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Good News Spotlight August 5, 2014
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Girls on the Run

Alicia Alford and Angel Allgrim, on behalf of Girls on the Run, publicly thanked Curtis Ehmann, the principal at Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, for his support of the program during the Board of Education meeting. The program, for girls grades 3 - 8, has grown from 3 schools to 23 schools in Onslow County and from 45 participants to 1,500 participants. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishments while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

High School Scholarship Report

Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, provided board members a snapshot of the 2013-14 High School Scholarship Report.

This past year superseded last year. Seniors were awarded a total of $9.3 million in scholarship money. In 2012-13 seniors received $6.3 million, which was still quite impressive. Dixon High School seniors were awarded the most, having received $2.6 million. Jacksonville High School came in second with $2.4 million in scholarship money.

Eason sent a special acknowledgement out to our school principals and counselors for their time and effort in working with seniors to obtain and earn the scholarship funds.

2013 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association STEM Grant Award

Michele Halley, director of Professional Development Services, on behalf of Dawn Hicks, a math teacher at Southwest Elementary School, accepted a check for $1,000 to support the school’s science program. Dan Egge, representing the Coastal North Carolina Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, an affiliate of the AFCEA, presented the check.

AFCEA annually offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teaching Tool Grants to deserving teachers or programs in Eastern North Carolina. This program seeks to promote effective science teaching and enhance the abilities of capable teachers nationwide.

Recognitions by OCAEOP

Wanda Costner, incoming president of Onslow County Association of Educational Office Professionals (OCAEOP), recognized Nancy Burt as its 2014 Educational Office Professional of the Year. Burt, who works at the District Office in the Human Resources Department has been a member of OCAEOP approximately eight years and during that time has served as its treasurer and president. Additionally, she has served as the OCAEOP district auditor. She has been a great asset in support of organizations throughout the county including Christmas Cheer, the Onslow County Women’s Shelter and the Onslow Community Outreach Soup Kitchen.

Costner recognized Dr. Barry Collins, associate superintendent of Human Resources, as its 2014 Administrator of the Year.

As an associate member of OCAEOP, Collins recognizes the value of the association; he welcomes new memberships and quietly supports the work they do. He also welcomes input from the OCAEOP leaders and members with his open door policy. He recognizes the importance of its members continuing to improve their skills and knowledge through sponsored workshops and other educational opportunities. He is always aware of what projects are being worked on each month, recognizes member achievements and continues to support the pay incentives received for PSP certifications.

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