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2017-2018 Military Friendly School of the Year Award


Brittany Norman, OCS Military Transition Counselor, Camp Lejeune School Liaisons Donna Grady and Julie Fulton and Chief of Staff, Col. Thomas Bruno recognized two high schools for their strong Student2Student organizations.  Jacksonville High and Swansboro High Schools were both selected to received the 2017-18 Military Friendly School of the Year award.  Fulton said they decided it was a tie this year; after they agonized quite and while, they were unable to differentiate between them.

Grady presented Norman (for Onslow County Schools)  a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol Nov. 10, 2017 in honor of military students in Onslow County.



Recognize Educator for Accomplishment 

Brent Anderson, director of Community Affairs.  recognized and congratulated Dr. Lisa Peele, OCS director of Cultural Arts and Special Projects.  Dr. Peele was selected by the North Carolina Arts Education Association as Administration Art Educator of the Year for 2017-18.  The awards are presented to art educators to recognize and celebrate their commitment to art education.

Peele was recognized during the Awards Presentation and reception at the NCAEA annual Professional Development Conference in Wilmington October 29th.


Red Ribbon Banner Contest Winners

The following schools and groups of students were selected as winners from among many schools participating in 2017 Red Ribbon Week Contest.  This year's National Red Ribbon Week theme: "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free."  Community Prevention Services selects and recognizes the winners each year.  Anderson called up the following winners in their categories and presented their trophies.


Best Overall:

Morton Elementary-"Hanging Key”

Southwest Middle-Red Ribbon Outdoors

Jacksonville High School- “Goofy” Jamari Bonds


Most Original:

Northwoods Elementary 1st Grade- Fidget Spinners

Richlands Primary Kindergarten- “Open the Door to Your Future”

Trexler Middle- “Real Heroes”- Sasha E, Emily P, Jessica H, Olivia L, Hannah V. (some of the students with their counselor and Assistant Principal (either Amanda West or Alex Corey)


Most Creative:

Richlands Elementary 5th grade-" Harry Potter/Slytherin

Meadowview Elementary 2nd grade-"Drug Busters”


Most Creative-Middle School

New Bridge Middle: “Put the Stash in the Trash”


Most Red Ribbon School Spirited:

Richlands Primary: Sheriff Car-5 Presentations, Daily Prizes, 800 Pledge Sheets returned, 950 Red Ribbon items given out daily, 43 Student classroom signed key banner, 10 drug free announcements, can food drive, daily anti-drug lessons.


Morton Elementary: Canned food drive, school decorated throughout with red ribbon/anti-drug theme, outside decorated, daily giveaways, cool prizes.



Recognition of Fall Coaches and Athletes 


Greg Grantham, OCS Athletic-PE Director. made the fall sports recognitions.

Several  OCS athletes and coaches were recognized by their respective conferences as being the Player or Coach of the Year for their sport during the fall season:


Coastal 8 1A/2A Conference Players of the Year:

Girls Tennis- Abbie Korenek (Dixon)

Boys Soccer- Harrison Martin (Dixon)

Volleyball - Brittany Silance (Dixon)

Football - Jakoby Johnson (Southwest)


Players of the Year from the Coastal 3A Conference:

Girls Tennis- Alli Ingraham (Jacksonville)

Boys Soccer- Cannon Tootle (Swansboro)


Coaches of the Year from Onslow County:

Coastal 8 1A/2A Volleyball- Heather Moore (Dixon) 

Coastal 8 1A/2A Boys Soccer- Kevin Hart (Dixon)

Coastal 8 1A/2A Football- Charlie Dempsey (Southwest)

Coastal 3A Boys Cross Country– Mark Starlin (Swansboro)

Coastal 3A Boys Soccer- Dave Miller (Jacksonville)

Coastal 3A Girls Tennis- Dave Fleischer (Jacksonville)

Coastal 3A Volleyball- George Folger (Jacksonville)


He congratulated all the student-athletes and coaches on their dedication, hard work and success.








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