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April is designated as the Month of the Military Child.  This is a time when we applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.  Schools have special events planned throughout the month to honor our military children and families. Friday April 21st is “Purple Up Day”.  Board Chair Pam Thomas invited the public to join OCS by wearing purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.  Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military.  Brittany Norman, OCS military liaison, along woth Donna Grady, Julie Fulton and Deputy Col. Michael Scalise, all from Camp Lejeune helped to recognize the following students who won the elementay Essay Contest Winners!

Faith Merkle – Queens Creek

Ian Fuqua – Richlands Elementary

Lorraine Diaz – Carolina Forest

Adia Sorg – Northwoods


They also recognized students recently accepted to Francis Hesselbein Leadership Conference

Jennifer Navarez – Swansboro High School

Jennifer Navarex, a junior at Swansboro High School, and Meaghen Kreh, a junior at Jacksonville High school were accepted to the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Conference at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  She attended this global conference March 13 – 17.  She is the fifth student from Swansboro HS to be invited to attend the conference in the last three years.  This puts Swansboro High tied for the most award winners in the nation over that time period.


Each year, Operation Homefront receives hundreds of nominations from all corners of the globe for their Military Child of the Year awards.  The awards recognize seven inspiring young people between the ages of eight and 18, six of them representing each branch of the military.  Judges look at student’s scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement and other criteria while facing challenges of military family life.

From nearly 400 nominees they chose 90 semifinalists. Onslow County Schools is proud to announce three of our students were semi-finalists for 2017 Military Child of the Year.

 The following students were recognized for Military Child of the Year:

Joshua Frawley, Hunters Creek Middle School

Brooke Gruber, Northside High School

Jennifer Narvaez, Swansboro High School

The list was narrowed to 26 finalists, six for each branch.  Brooke Gruber and Jennifer Narvaez were among the finalists.

We are so proud of every one of these students recognized and we hope you will join us in celebrating all our remarkable military kids this month.



 Greg Grantham,the OCS coordinator of athletics, recognized some of our Winter Sports Athletes and Coaches of the Year:


2016-17 Winter Sports Recognitions

Conference Players of the Year

Boys Swimming- Grant Meadows (Swimming)

Boys Indoor Track- Liam Anderson (Swansboro)

Boys Basketball 2A- Zach Hobbs (Northside) *also District POY by the NCBCA

Wrestling 2A- Corey Smith (Dixon)

Wrestling 3A-  Blaine Mainz (Jacksonville)

Also want to recognize 3 wrestlers who were Silver medalists at the State Wrestling Championships, meaning they were state runners up in their respective weight classes

Nick Butler (Swansboro) = 3A 106lb

Corey Smith (Dixon) = 2A 113lb

Mario Ortega (Northside) = 2A 138lb


Coaches of the Year:

Boys Swimming- Scott Evans (Swansboro)

Wrestling 3A-  Brandon Spiece (Swansboro)

Wrestling 2A- Dal Tomlinson (Dixon)

Boys Basketball 3A- Chris Grimes (White Oak)


Girls Basketball- Monique Gidrey (Jacksonville) was name District COY by the NCBCA

Boys Basketball 2A- Tony Marshburn (Northside) * also District COY by the NCBCA

Indoor Track – Chris Mueller, White Oak HS


Recognize our State Champions from the Winter season

Need to recognize Northside HS Boys Basketball team for capturing the State 2A Championship

Indoor Track

from Jacksonville HS-  Rayshawn Massey (500 meters) & Jacobi Lloyd (55 m hurdles)


Blaine Mainz (Jacksonville) = 3A 138lb

Dustin Childs (Swansboro) = 3A 145lb

Bogue Dick (Swansboro) Pole Vault State Champ


Northside HS Boys Basketball Team State 2A Champs


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