Education shoutouts

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hanford-Dole Elementary

The following students were named Good Citizens for the month of February.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten:  Jalayan Phillips, Ela Godines Oliva, Nicholas Ellis, Eliseo Sanchez and Elsie Lapuz.

First grade: Tony Brock, Solashe Sifuentes and Jada Henry.

Second grade: Osmar Nava, Kelis Worth, Isaac Chacon-Acevedo, Allison Floris, Shawn Boyd and Lindsey Hoosier.

Third grade: Madison Brewer, Allysa Shepherd, Shyann Walker, Jonah Edmiston and Anastasiia Ivanova.

Forth grade: Zoey Cline, Daniella Manzano, Charlize Clark, Kaleb McCubbin, Samuel Moose and Jaylen Howard.

Fifth grade: Will Klingler, Lakiyah Haskins and Lesly Chica Bautista.

Overton Elementary

The following individuals were recognized at Overton Elementary School in the month of February as First Class Scholars for the character trait “good team player:”

Kindergarten: Deangelo Kelly, Lamans Brewer and Gunner Ginn.

First Grade:  Bailey Beaver, Jaxsyn Ginn, and Camden Honeycutt

Second Grade: Claryssa Riley, Eva Bolin, Dazmin Ambers, and Jak Reasons

Third Grade:  Troy Davies, Malachi McHenry, Lia Anariba-Rivera, and Brimeya Long

Fourth Grade:  Tristan Saunders, Trazelle Ward, and Malik Streater

Fifth Grade:  Shamaya Evans, Joshua Burns, and Arel Long

Overton Elementary Junior Beta Club

Overton Elementary recently inducted its charter Junior Beta Club members. Jr. Beta Club is a national organization that promotes academic achievement, character, leadership and service among its members. Scholars who qualified for membership were invited to a special ceremony, along with parents and family members. Each member will serve a minimum of 5 community service hours this year as a part of their membership requirements. Stephanie Bellotti, fifth-grade teacher and Lauren Justice, fourth-grade teacher are club sponsors. Congratulations to the following members: Joshua Allen, Tyler Conforti, Connor Davidson, Kaleb Gilmore, Aleiah Martin, Nehemiah Mason, Aiden Palmore, Kate Preslar, Jonathan Ross, Khlaysia Sellers, Sofia Martinez, Brittany-Sheri Price, Joshua Burns, Anny Kuykendall, Ebbie Lescoe, Julia Shelton, Jackson Sparger, Audrey Urbina, Ella Wilson, Pearl Gilmore, Trazelle Ward and Kimora Stoner.

North Rowan Elementary

The following students at North Rowan Elementary were named Good Citizens for the month of February:

Kindergarten: Jeremiah Alexander, Aaliyah Brown, Colin Clodfelter, Kaelynn Curran, D’Asia Finger, Tadarren Geter, Justice Hannah, Wyatt Hannah, Chuesee Herh, Aaliyah Holmes, Jayden Jimenez-Tirado, Andre Jordan, John Majetich, Eddie Medina Lara and Sarah VanVorst.

First grade: A’Janae Alexander, Stephen Burrison, Logan Cantu, Jade Hernandez Salinas, Landyn Herndon, Naomi Koontz, Alyssa Newby, Donovan Mullen, Shirlea Murry, Cameron Olson, Hunter Picknarcik, Asa Riley and Evelynn Short.

Second grade: Morgan Baker, Michael Ballard, Jaleel Brown, Kaydence Brown, Marisol Castellon, Kaylee Connor, Davian Givens, Ka’misze Hoover, Dontay Jefferies, Jayvin Pearman, Mya Perez, Lucia Pinel, Lanna Russell, Jordan Smith, Noah Vang and Ariyana Walker.

Third grade: Hani Alshaman, Zy’Quize Carpenter, Ty’Tiana Clemmons, Mya Craig, Jonathon Evans, Myriah Harris, Antae’yah Horton, Mariah Jackson, Jude Jones, Dulce Lopez Martinez, Terry Murry, Za’Kiya Olgesby, Payton Patterson, Mikeya Penn and Braydon Sechler.

Fourth grade: Sandy Alonso Mendoza, Megan Brewer, Jaiden Brown, Crystal Cleveland, Dylan Connor, Aleese Daniels, Brilynn Pearman, Alexis Picard and Parker Vriesema.

Fifth grade: Daniel Bricker, Ariana Brown, Addisyn Finsel, Jade Herrera-Most, Elinor Hinson, Akira M. Jackson, JaLayiah Jackson, Sadie Payne, Carolina Pirhala, Anna Tsambounieris and Z’myia Vinson.

Mount Ulla Elementary

The following students made the All A honor roll for the second quarter:

Third grade: Lilyanna Hernandez, Owen Hoffner, Caleb Jones, Phineas Mixson, Brody Pope, Karla Reyes-Ortega, Alex Smith and Julian Steck.

Fourth grade: Kylie Bailey, Will Beecham, Mason Gabosch, Daniela Guerrero-Suarez, Luke Henson, Victoria Lowman, Isaac McLaughlin, Caleigh Morgan, Abigail Rose and Lucille McLean.

Fifth grade: Melanie Greer and Taylor Keller.

The following students made the AB honor roll for the second quarter:

Third grade: Callen Batts, Brayden Luther, Jaxon Ramsey, Vanessa Rangel, Jocelyn Rodriguez-Reyes, Anna Sawyer, Anderson Shue, Victoria Stamison, Jackson Wallace, Mason Walters and McKenlyn Weber.

Fourth grade: Wesley Allen, Joquetta Allison, Cole Blevins, Baylee Burdette, Moriah Dumas, Carter Durant, Samuel Faulkner, Korben Fink, Jordan Gardner, Clary Graham, Kaden Harris, Colton Hood, Ryan Laws, Macie Lowder, Caleb Martin, Carson McDaniel, Abigail Morse, Christopher Osalde Sanchez, Max Pickens, Kevin Ponce-Solis, Maddyn Sanders, Alexis Smith and Jordyn Williams.

Fifth grade: Bryson Bentley, Reese Brown, Kennedy Clawson, Ella Doby, Callee Edwards, Ashely Elorza, Eli Graham, Conner Heath, Haven Lawson, Tyler Looney, Austin Page, Jaydon Sanchez, Angel Sanchez-Guerrero, Fred Taylor and Isaiah Wood.

Shive Elementary

The following students have been recognized as March Good Citizens for the character trait “creativity.” Each student received a certificate, a Star Student dog tag and had his or her picture on the Good Citizen board for the month.

Kindergarten: Pavan Yates, I’Raemen Street, Bryson Kiker, Addyson Witt, Colton Kyles and Olivia Wright.

First grade: Lainey Sifford, Evan Johnson, Grayson Carter, Katelyn Jessee, Cayden Williams, Adilynn Dolby, Carson Jenkins and Josalynn Burris.

Second grade: Haley James, Hayden James, Natalie Greene, Addison Callahan-Fletcher, Taylor Carter and Terrie Phillips.

Third grade: Seth Trexler, Emily Heald, Oliver Shank, Jayden Purvis, Kylee Edmunds, Drake Kerley, Patrick Sanchez, Alex Lambert and Natalie Wilhelm.

Fourth grade: Cheyenne Talley, Noah Butler, Landon Earnhardt, Aiden Morris, Joey Torrence, Jayden Ireland, Macey Banks and Presley Helton.

Fifth grade: Addison Moore, LaShaun Alexander, Addy Barnes, David Craft, Madison Driscoll, Samuel Taylor and Kailey Newcome.

West Rowan places in ProStart competition

The West Rowan High School management team won third place in the management division of the North Carolina ProStart Invitational, a culinary arts and restaurant management competition managed by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA).

The 2018 invitational took place at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte. High school students from across North Carolina put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, family and friends with the hopes to earn more than $1 million in scholarships to top culinary schools across the country. More than 100 ProStart students, made up of 18 teams from across the state, demonstrated their mastery of skills in the fast-paced, high level competition.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College LPN program honored

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been recognized by the annual State LPN Program Rankings as the number seven ranked LPN program in North Carolina. is the leading LPN/LVN advancement and ranking agency. You can find the full, detailed ranking at

Approved programs in North Carolina are offered at community colleges, technical centers and private career schools, and includes 37 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, ranks the top 10 programs.

Radford University

Susannah M. Dixon, of Salisbury; Morgan E. Ingram, of Salisbury, and Marissa C. Yow, of Mount Ulla, were named to the Radford University Dean’s List for the fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have taken 12 or more graded credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.

Western Governors University

The following local students have received their degree from Western Governors University: Deandrea Desmond, of Salisbury, and Kendra Vignola, of Salisbury.

Meredith College

Katie Marie Kepley, of Rockwell, was named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List at Meredith College. For a student to be named to the Dean’s List, she must have a semester grade-point-average of at least 3.5 out of a possible 4.0, must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours and passed all courses.

Local earns doctorate

Shari Lynn Almond of Cooper Hill, Virginia, received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education on Jan. 24 from Northcentral University. Almond, the daughter of Pete and Rachel Almond of New London, is a 1988 graduate of North Stanly High School and a 1992 graduate of Western Carolina University. She received her master’s degree in education in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. She is currently the curriculum and instruction coordinator for Cumberland County Public Schools.