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Academic Derby teams recognized

Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, recognized the 2013/14 middle and high school Academic Derby champions during the monthly board meeting.

New Bridge Middle School’s Academic Derby team was awarded a large trophy and crowned the middle school champions this year. Likewise, Swansboro High School students gladly accepted their first place trophy and title.

Eason congratulated all the district’s Academic Derby teams and their coaches for all their hard work this year.

Academic Derby is a scholastic competition for teams of students from the elementary, middle and high school level to compete against one another in a quiz show format, earning points by answering questions on an array of topics, from mathematics to current events to book characters.

From October through December high school teams compete against other high school teams in a round-robin format. Middle school teams compete similarly in February and March. At the conclusion of the regular season, highest scoring teams square off against each other to determine that year’s champions.

Below is a list of the students and coach(s) of each winning team:

New Bridge Middle School, coached by Ange Bender — Molly Gartner, Logan Bera, Stephen Cosner (sixth grade); Kanmani Arcott, Thomas Ryan, Brandon Turner (seventh grade); Elizabeth Coleman, Kiliejah Moore, Justin Bautista, Austin Daugherty (eighth grade).

Swansboro High School, coached by Denise McCollouch and Kristina Adams: — Alanna Creel, Katie Collins, Sunny Collins, Jasmine Crow, Ian Evans(ninth grade); Shelby Rentofro, Katlyn Nicholas (grade 10); Rory Casey, Caitlyn Crow, Tim Stavesky, Collin Sweeney (grade 12).

Jacksonville High School authorized to offer IBCC program

Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, was joined by Dr. Donna Lynch, the principal at Jacksonville High School, and Laura Rumbley, the JHS International Baccalaureate Coordinator as she announce the news that the students at JHS will soon have another option in choosing high-quality preparation for college and career readiness.

On March 7, JHS was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate’s newest educational program, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate, or IBCC.

The IBCC meets the needs of schools looking for a technical or career-related studies track that not only provides students with a career-related competency, but is rigorous enough academically to leave them well prepared for university study.

JHS has been offering the IB flagship diploma programme since 2007. It is the first IBCC school in the state.

Students will be able to choose from two career-related studies options, either a business or health services track. Their career-related studies will be complimented by a minimum of two courses from the IB diploma programme, as well as an IBCC core that includes an Approaches to Learning course, community service, language development and a reflective project.

OCS recognized for successful United Way campaign

On March 26, the United Way of Onslow County recognized the close of another successful fundraising campaign. Steve Myers, the assistant superintendent of auxiliary services and the new chairman of the board of United Way of Onslow County, announced a special recognition presented to the school district during the celebration.

Onslow County Schools became only the third member inducted into the United Way of Onslow County Hall of Fame. Myers explained this is an honor that is not presented annually, but only recognizes the most supreme United Way advocates who share this organization’s vision for a better community. The school system was commended for its continued work in providing not only excellence in education but excellence in community service as it works to be a part of the solution, in partnership with many others, to address systemic issues its students face.

Myers congratulated staff members who made a financial contribution to the United Way and those who work tirelessly to serve students in the school district.

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