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SkillsUSA recognitions

Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, recognized students for their success at the recent SkillsUSA Competition.

Jacksonville High School’s “Team Works” team finished first place in the state and will be headed to the nationals soon. Team members are John Mercer, Drew Mercer, Keegan McNamara and Evans Morgan. Their teacher is Kenny Kellum.

Ethan Smith, from Richlands High School finished first in the state in the area of Related Technical Mathematics. He will move on to represent RHS in the National SkillsUSA Competition.

Though there are no competitive national events in Debate and Spelling, Eason congratulated Richlands High School students Alexis Smith and Aunna Hinkle for their first place finish in Debate and Jarred Peters for his first place state honors in Spelling.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Their programs include state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational leadership and skills. The North Carolina SkillsUSA Competition was held April 9 – 11th in Greensboro.

HOSA recognitions

Swansboro High Schools students Kylie Cleve, Rebecca New and Rachel Woodul were recognized by Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, for their recent accomplishments at the NC-HOSA State Conference March 26 – 29th at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

Cleve was selected as the District 2 President and State HOSA Vice-President. New placed first in the area of Medical Photography and Woodul received a gold medal for Outstanding HOSA Chapter.

All will go on to represent Swansboro High School and Onslow County Schools at the National HOSA Convention to be held soon at Walt Disney World in Coronado Springs Resort.

Heath Occupations Students of America, or HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. To further their mission, HOSA encourages all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the Health Science Education – HOSA partnership.

ProStart Teacher of the Year

Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, recognized Swansboro High School’s ProStart teacher Shelly Harper for being selected by the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation for the 2014 North Carolina ProStart Educator Excellence Award. The award is given to one ProStart educator in every state. Those chosen have helped elevate the program and their students within the community and they are considered leaders within their state program.

Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, ProStart educators help build the future leaders of the restaurant and foodservice industry. Over the course of the program students immerse themselves curriculum and mentored work experience. Students completing the entire course of study are eligible to earn the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement, providing an entryway to further education with many college culinary, restaurant and hospitality programs.

Odyssey of the Mind

The New Bridge Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team and Dixon Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team recently competed at the 2014 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The New Bridge team, competing in their division in “Driver’s Test” qualified for the world competition when they were awarded the North Carolina Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, presented to a team demonstrating exceptional creativity through problem-solution and extraordinary ideas beyond the problem-solution. In addition they were among three North Carolina teams to host an international team as a buddy team sponsor. They were paired with students from Toyota, Japan.

The following New Bridge OM team members were recognized and congratulated: eighth graders, Eva Robinson, Ayianna Robinson, Anthony Roman; seventh graders, Alex Ferreiro, Tommy Ryan and sixth graders Samantha Autry, Sean Calderon.

Though not present, it was noted that Dixon Elementary’s OM Team took fourth place in their division on “It’s How We Rule.”

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution and then present it in a completion against other teams in the same problem and division.

Governor’s School

Seven rising seniors from Onslow County Schools have been selected to attend the 2014 Governor’s School of North Carolina. These students were recognized by the Board of Education during the June regular meeting.

Governor’s School is a prestigious five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students. The sessions are located on two college campuses, Salem College in Winston-Salem (Governor’s School West) and Meredith College in Raleigh (Governor’s School East), with up to 300 students each.

Here is the list of students selected, their school, selected area and campus:


Samantha Thurman, of Swansboro High School, will study English at West. Malorie Smith, of Southwest High School, will study Oboe/Instrumental Music at East. Asa Augustin, of Jacksonville High School, will study math at East, Christopher Downs, of Jacksonville High School will study Natural Science at West, Breanna Coogan, of Jacksonville High School, will study Choral Music at West, Rebecca Chisholm, of Northside High School will study dance at East and Matthew Smith, of Richlands High School, will study Natural Science at East.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for the academically-gifted high school students in the nation, integrating academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses.

The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests or grades.

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