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Middle and Elementary School Geography Bees

Onslow County Schools’ sixth, seventh and eighth graders tried to top each other’s knowledge of geography Dec. 17, at Trexler Middle School.

Thirteen students from seven middle schools competed in the district bee. Each was the first and second place winner of their school-level geography bee.

Prior to the start of the district competition Michele Halley, director of professional development and academic enrichment services, recognized each winner and presented them with a medal and a certificate of achievement.

Contenders were tested on their knowledge of U.S. State Capitals, U.S. Geography, Continents, Cultural Geography, World Geography, Odd Item Out and Current Events.

At the end of the seventh round there was a tie between Zac LeBouef, a sixth grader from Southwest Middle School and Kira Cox, an eighth grader from Trexler Middle School.

The two were asked to write down the answer to questions until a winner was revealed. It took three questions to end the tie breaker; both students knew the Beaufort Sea was nearest the North Pole. Neither knew the answer to, “James Bay, which borders Ontario and Quebec, is the Southern extension of what inland body of water?

Cox came up with the right answer to, “Which country lies along the Mid-Atlantic ridge and is partly covered by Vatnajokull ice sheet?”

This is the second year the school district has held a countywide middle school geography bee to promote geography education and foster students’ knowledge of the world around them.

Middle School contestants included: Kenzie Guice, seventh grade and AJ Mercer, eighth grade-Hunters Creek Middle; Miles Tanner, sixth grade and Shawn Deam, eighth grade- Jacksonville Commons Middle; Kamani Arcot, seventh grade and Georgette Sullivan, sixth grade- New Bridge Middle; Samantha Will, seventh grade, Jaylin Kirchoff, sixth grade- Northwood Park Middle; Madelyn Constine, seventh grade and Zac LeBouef, sixth grade, Southwest Middle; Gavin Bolton, seventh grade-Swansboro Middle; Kira Cox, eighth grade and Adam Biello, seventh grade-Trexler Middle.

 Onslow County Schools’ fourth and fifth graders competed against one another at Stateside Elementary School December 12, to find out how much they know about their world.

This is the second year the school district has held a countywide elementary geography bee. The contestants Dec. 12 were the winners of their school-level geography bees. The twelve school-level winners were presented with a medal and a certificate of achievement at the start of the competition in recognition of their achievement.

Students were eliminated through seven rounds of question which included U.S. State Capitals, U.S. Cities, Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, Continents and Odd Item Out. After seven rounds two students — Jacob Marks, a fifth grader at Southwest Elementary and Sophia Lavigne, a fourth grader from Bell Fork Elementary — were tied, necessitating a tiebreaker round in which the two were asked to write down the answer to the question, What famous speech by President Lincoln is carved in the walls of the Lincoln Memorial?

Sophia came up with the right answer to secure top billing as the 2013-14 Onslow County Elementary Geography Bee champion.

The Onslow County Elementary Geography Bee was introduced during the 2012-13 school year to test the geography skills of students, help promote geography education and foster students’ knowledge of the world around them.

Elementary contestants included Isaac Hernandez, fifth grade-Carolina Forest; Joey Vela, fifth grade-Dixon; Caleb Bradley, fifth grade-Jacksonville Commons; Grace Colley, fifth grade-Meadow View; Collen Kerrigan, fifth grade-Morton; Jua Augustin, fourth grade-Parkwood; Kayla Brady, fourth grade-Queens Creek; Sydney Davis, fifth grade-Richlands; Jaiden Gutierrez, fourth grade-Sand Ridge; Alexander Gray, fifth grade-Stateside.

Note: The video of the entire Geography Bee will run on G10 through the Christmas holiday and it will also be posted at onslowco.tv

Teachers achieve National Board Professional Teaching Certifications

Two teachers within the Onslow County School System were recognized for having taken on the national challenge of excellence in teaching – acquiring their National Board Professional Teaching Certifications.

Dr. C. J. Korenek recognized Helen “Theresa” Petty from Thompson Early Childhood Center and Michelle Huffman from Richlands Primary School for this prestigious achievement.

The certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. Teachers choosing to seek this credential achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. As part of the process, candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videos and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

Korenek presented Petty and Huffman with new OCS identification badges acknowledging the National Board accomplishment.


Northside High School Junior congratulated for being the only student presenter at NCREN Community Day 2013

Brooke Johnson, a junior at Northside High School was the only high school student selected to speak at the North Carolina Research and Education Network Community Day 2013 on Nov. 21-22, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Dr. Lesley Eason along with board members congratulated Johnson for being selected.

Johnson, enrolled in two interactive video conferencing classes from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC, promoted the ability to participate in courses via virtual connectivity. Johnson talked about why connectivity is so important to students’ education and how there are more opportunities for students as a result of online learning communities and expert teachers across the nation willing to teach them. She is currently in the top 10% of her 2015 class. 

North Carolina Research and Education Network – in existence for 30 years — provides true high performance broadband connectivity for anchor institutions in K-20 public and private education, nonprofit healthcare, public safety, the NC Judicial branch of govt. and federal, state and private institutions

MCNC, a non-profit group that provides information technology to promote education and economic development, organized the first NCREN Community Day in the late 1990's. The event gives users and constituents an opportunity to hear from leaders in the community and to share applications, best practices, successes, and ideas experienced by peers through the use of NCREN and its related services.


New Bridge Middle School named Samsung Solve for Tomorrow state winner

Dr. Lesley Eason announced that Julie Baile, Science Lab Coordinator at New Bridge Middle School, has been named a state winner in the 2014 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Baile’s entry was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among her students as well as making and impact on her community.

As the state winner the school will receive a $20,000 technology package. They will create a video on the project and compete against the winners from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C, which could get them anywhere from $35,000 to $140,000 in additional technology. And Samsung provided a video kit worth $1,300 to create the video on their project to submit for judging.

Samsung received over 2,300 applications for projects. On Nov. 7, New Bridge, West Rowan Middle School, Cape Hatteras Middle School, Western Almance Middle School and Rockingham Middle School were identified as the five state finalists. Of those New Bridge was selected the state winner.

From the state finalists’ videos, 15 national finalists will be chosen to compete for five winning slots. The public will have an opportunity to choose the 15 national finalists, who will receive technology packages worth $30,000 from February 14 – March 13. From the 15, five national winners will be selected and will receive a prize package valued at $146,000 and will be honored at an awards ceremony on Washington, D.C. A special prize called the Environmental Innovation Award, valued at $50,000 will be chose by NEEF and also awarded to one of the 51 state winners.

Onslow County Schools recognized for donations to Christmas Cheer

Onslow County Schools stepped up to the challenge, as it partnered with Christmas Cheer and made a positive impact for many local families and students. The school system collected 30,666 canned food items for Christmas Cheer along with other non-perishable food items. Also donated were toys, turkeys, filled backpacks, winter coats, Angel Tree Wishes and donations to school-level student needs.

In addition some of the schools in the school system contributed an additional 9,525 canned food items to other charities in their community.

Jacksonville Rotary Club awarded monetary prizes to the top three schools in the district. In third place, receiving $100 was New Bridge Middle School for contributing 1,966 cans amounting to 3.8 cans per student. In second place, receiving $250 was Richlands High School for collecting 5,441 cans or 4.9 cans per student. And taking first place, receiving $500, was Thompson Early Childhood Center for collecting 8.4 cans per student (1,661 cans).

Board members congratulated all students and staff for their tremendous efforts and generosity.


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