Education shoutouts 6/30

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

Catawba College psychology professor presents at conference

Dr. Amy Holmes, visiting assistant professor of psychology at Catawba College, presented her work at the Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (ETOP) June 24-25th in Staunton, Va. Her presentation was entitled:  “A (Relatively) Painless Approach to Online Psychology Course Creation”  Her work focuses on how to put research into practice by presenting examples and guidelines to follow when creating online courses, and the relationship between effective online courses and student success.

Cleveland Elementary

May Good Citizens: Lyric Watford, Cyntoria Bush, Ethan Haynes, Raegan Quinn, Aniza Tucker, ZiyAnna Cowan, Yasmine Mancia-Lemus, Colton Graham, Kylie Coultrup, Hunter DeHart, Brianna Blankenship, Jarred McDaniel, Hanzzen Perez, Tristan Redman, Grayson Lynch, William Smith, Alex Miller, Olivia Clark, Gracelyn Thomas, Jayden Mills, Lyndsey Hall, Sawyer Henderson, Laci Smith, Clayton Bumgarner, Justin Mullins, Katelynn Nottingham, Xzavier Vaughters, Alex Lucas, Elisa Jenkins, Mason Quarles, Makayla Upright and Dominick Mattox.

Perfect attendance for 2015-2016: Jackson Bean, Bryson Ellis, Kierah Keller, Emory Stephens, Desha Thompson, Trinity McKie, Hannah Phelps, Mark Brown, William Goss, Lyndsey Hall, Scarlett Kennedy, Dylan Parrish, Lark Staley, William Givens, Katelyn Lee, Jhamyai Tucker and Jonique Staton.

Fourth quarter All A Honor Roll: Blake Fero, Berkley Koontz, Elijah McGinnis, Mark Brown, Lyndsey Hall, Scarlett Kennedy, Gavin Morgan, Dylan Parrish, Cash Ramsay, Kaleigh Goodman, Laci Smith, Millie Ingersoll, William Givens, Latelyn Lee, Lily Smicker, Alex Bouk, Ciara Cuthbertson, Ben Lee, Mason Lee, Tanner Brown, Peyton Bruce, Abram Davis, Paxton Greene, Emily Kelly, Evelyn Kwitowski and Anna Parrish.

Fourth quarter A/B Honor Roll: Hunter Bean, Cary Goss, Gage Ludwick, Jayden Mills, Lark Staley, Gracelyn Thomas, Zander Brown, Morgan Chapman, Sawyer Henderson, My’Kyria Howell, Emma Haynes, Clayton Bumgarner, Reagan Powell, Chania Henderson, Grayson Jordan, Greg Leo, Ashley Pardo, Brendan Sidden, Anthony Beltran, J’Hari Clodfelter, Dianna Covarrubias, Abby Evenden, Ava Gusler, Lawrence Hancock, Brisa Huerta Salazar, Saida Mayers, Hunter Miller, Justin Mullins, Chase Overcash, Israel Santivanez, Blake Rogers, Jonathan Blackwelder, Emma Cline, Deja Hall, Corbin Nations, Kenleigh Prince, Quincy Rowland, Hayley Sola Dubon, Lucas Treadaway, Mark Truman, Titus Brooks, Rex Earnhardt, Sierra Lemly, Mason Quarles, Easton Troutman, Seth Darnell, Kayleigh Dellinger, Robert Readling, Makayla Upright and Madelyn Voncanon.

All A Honor Roll for 2015-2016: Blake Fero, Berkley Koontz, Elijah McGinnis, Lyndsey Hall, Scarlett Kennedy, Dylan Parrish, Laci Smith, Kaleigh Goodman, Millie Ingersoll, William Givens, Katelyn Lee, Alex Bouk, Ciara Cuthbertson , Ben Lee, Mason Lee, Peyton Bruce, Emily Kelly, Evelyn Kwitowski and Anna Parrish.

A/B Honor Roll for 2015 -2016: Hunter Bean, Jayden Mills, Lark Staley, Gracelyn Thomas, Mark Brown, Zander Brown, Morgan Chapman, My’Kyria Howell, Clayton Bumgarner, Reagan Powell, J’Hari Clodfelter, Diana Covarrubias, Abby Evenden, Ava Gusler, Lawrence Hancock, Hunter Miller, Justin Mullins, Blake Rogers, Jonathan Blackwelder, Lily Smicker, Lucas Treadaway, Mark Truman, Titus Brooks, Sierra Lemly, Mason Quarles, Tanner Brown, Abram Davis, Kayleigh Dellinger, Paxton Greene, Bryan Taylor and Madelyn Voncanon.

Millbridge Elementary

Fourth quarter All A Honor Roll
Third grade: Grace Bostian, Abbie Carter, Zachary Howard, Ashley Lylerly, Elijah Russomanno, Railyn Wright, Wilmer Garcia, Luke Bancroft, Addison Beaver, Alex Buckles, James Ritchie, Dakota Ross, Sophia Blackledge, Ben Bolick, Kaylan Deal, Neely Hiatt, Conner Overcash, Mackenzie Todd and Arabelle Shulenburger.
Fourth grade: Seth Karriker, Andrew Lee, Zachary Almond, Colin Ball, Josh Bost, Grayson Cromer, Avery Crowell, Korbyn Hudson, Aaron Jones, Portlynn Kilgore, Charlie Menius, Macy Miller, Alex Ochoa, Jacob Oliver, Kassidy Sechler, Sarah Shell, Valerie Webster, Damian Canup, Cynthia Davis, Ava Hinson, Eli Julian, Brice Knox, Lindsay Myers, Daisy Sanchez, Kyndal Sigmon, Andrew Helmbold, Payton Ives and Grayson Steedley.
Fifth grade: Savanna Bancroft, Anna Grace Blackledge, Matthew Connolly, Gabe Dial, Delana Frye, Alllyson Hedrick, Zachary Markle, Grayson McGuire, Zach McNeely, Reagan Moore, Chris Morales, Madison Rawlings, Laney Reilly, Callie Sherrill, Hailey Stancil, Colby Tutterow, Kyle Wood, Bailey Yon, Hayley Borst and Haiden Leffew.


Cabarrus College named number one best small college in North Carolina

Earlier this month, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences was named the #1 Best Small College in North Carolina by Zippia, a company dedicated to providing tools to improve career outcomes for everyone. Ten schools made the list, but Cabarrus College was number one. To see the entire article, go to

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ( and College Scorecard data ( was used in creating this top ten list. Some of the data used included:

  • Career earnings after six and ten years
  • Ratio of people working to not working after ten years
  • Admissions Rate
  • Graduation Rate
  • Average Cost of Attendance

Cabarrus College topped the list by having graduates earn the second highest salaries in the state for all small colleges. The college also boasts a 31 percent admission rate, indicating a selective admissions process, and also has the third lowest cost.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, a member of the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities organization, focuses on health sciences education and offers master, bachelor, and associate degrees as well as diplomas, certificates, and continuing education on a non-residential campus in Concord. Cabarrus College is located on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast.

For more information on Cabarrus College, go to Applications are still being accepted for fall 2016 admission.

Golden LEAF scholars

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority recently selected Jamia Angle, of West Rowan High School; Kristina Everhart, of Gray Stone Day School; Claudia Patterson, of West Rowan High School and India Witherspoon, of North Rowan Hight as recipients of up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship.

The students are among 215 students selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of study at a participating NC public university or private non-profit college or university. Recipients are from rural, economically distressed North Carolina counties and are selected based on a number of criteria, including a review of school and community service activities, goals, and expressed intent to contribute to rural communities upon graduation from college.

The Golden LEAF Foundation created the Golden LEAF Scholarship program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties, with the hope that after graduation, recipients will provide leadership in these communities.

Clemson University

Joshua M. Hawk of China Grove was named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Rachel Patricia Jones, Benton T. Kribbs and Joshua Michael Rowell, all of Salisbury, were named to the President’s List at Clemson University. To be named to the President’s List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.

Georgia Institute of Technology

William Overcash, of Salisbury, was named to the Dean’s List at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Shelby Lowe

Shelby Lowe

Spirit of Atlanta

This year, Shelby Lowe, a graduate of East Rowan High School, has been selected to join Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for its 40th anniversary season, as a member of this elite competitive group. Out of hundreds of young and talented musicians that have auditioned to join the corps for the 2016 season, all ages 15-22, this musician was selected to be a performer for the 2016 edition of Spirit of Atlanta. One hundred and fifty members are chosen each years based on musical talent, athletic skills, and passion for performing. Above all, they must exhibit the attitude needed to complete a challenging, and high quality artistic program.

Spirit of Atlanta is a member of Drum Corps International (DCI), which is a governing body facilitating summer educational events, performances, and competitions. Spirit of Atlanta is proudly representing their city at more than 20 competitions and exhibitions across the country for an audience of over 300,000 fans. The corps members will be traveling thousands of miles across the USA, working hard to inspire thousands of people through the mediums of music, showmanship and dance.

Spirit of Atlanta Director, Chris Moore states, “The performing members we have selected are at the top of their game. The character they exude, dedication and hard work will be fine tuned skills they will carry for the rest of their lives.”

Event and ticket information can be found on the corps’ website:

Local student signs onto rodeo

Zach Toberer from Mount Ulla has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team, in Tucumcari, N.M., for the 2016-2017 season. Toberer will be majoring in Animal Science and is a recipient of the Mesalands Stampede Rodeo Scholarship. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes throughout the Grand Canyon Region in National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) competitions.

The Mesalands Rodeo Team will host their ninth Annual Mesalands Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo on Oct. 14-15, 2016 at the Quay County Rodeo Arena.

St. Marks Lutheran Church

In the first part of June, St. Marks Lutheran Church in Christ presented three students with scholarships.

Allison Von Canon was presented with one of the William J. Shulenburger Scholarships. Allison, the daughter of Perry and Kris Von Canon is enrolled in Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She plans to major in business management and accounting and will transfer in the fall to a four-year institution.

Mack Flanagan was also presented with a William J. Shulenburger Scholarship. Mach, the son of Robert and Maria Flanagan is enrolled at the University of St. Thomas. He will graduate after the fall semester with a degree in financial planning. Mack is currently working this summer for Edward Jones as an intern and hopes to become a financial adviser.

Daniel Flanagan was presented with a Carmon A. Wilson Scholarship. Daniel, the son of Robert and Maria Flanagan is enrolled at N.C. State. he plans to obtain a degree in agronomy from N.C. State University. Daniel would like to become a soil scientist for the State of North Carolina.

Daniel Flanagan

Daniel Flanagan




Allison Von Canon

Allison Von Canon

Mack Flanagan

Mack Flanagan