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Beginning Teacher of the Year

Dr. C.J. Korenek, director of Human Resources, recognized Hannah Moehrke as the 2014 Beginning Teacher of the Year. Moehrke teaches at White Oak High School, and she is a graduate of White Oak High School. Her strong abilities in planning and instruction were some of the attributes that earned her the designation. Korenek said it is especially rewarding when a graduate returns to her hometown to become a leader.

Mentor Teacher of the Year

Dr. C.J. Korenek, director of Human Resources, recognized Tami Rosage, of White Oak High School, as the 2014 Mentor Teacher of the Year. Korenek said she was chosen because she goes above and beyond being a helper and supporter in mentoring new CTE teachers. As a mentor she exemplifies all that is a leader and role model.

Gladys Stafford Award

Each year the Gladys Stafford Award for Outstanding Secretarial Service is presented to a school based office support person who has exceeded all expectations in work performance. The person selected for this award consistently interacts with others in a positive manner, demonstrates initiative and creativity in solving problems, accepts new challenges, and demonstrates a desire to improve work performance as a lifelong learner. Dorothy Stafford Mason, whose family established the award program in memory and to honor her mother, helped Dr. Korenek recognize Cathy Johnson, the receptionist at Northwoods Park Middle School as the 2014 recipient of the Gladys Stafford Award for Outstanding Secretarial Service. Each year the family funds a $400 cash award to accompany the recognition.

2014 Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist

This past June some 350 rising senior boys from across the state participated in the program held at Catawba College in Salisbury, including Garrett Carpenter, of Swansboro High School, who was sponsored by the American Legion Post 265 in Jacksonville. Garret is a descendent of two wartime veterans.

The Board recognized and congratulated Garrett because the American Legion Tar Heel Boys State program is an intense leadership workshop concentrating on North Carolina state and local government and politics. The program has historically been a springboard for many of the boys to pursue careers in public service.

Garrett was the only boy from North Carolina to be selected as a 2014 Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist. He was chosen for this prestigious award based on his academic and community leadership and involvement. As a National Finalist he will compete against approximately 97 other students for one of nine $20,000 Samsung American Legion Scholarships. If not selected he will receive a $1,100 scholarship signifying his selection as a National Finalist. The National Selection Committee meets in October; results of the scholarship competition will be announced shortly after.

Southwest Elementary selected as UTOTES participant

In moving toward becoming a School of Environmental Studies, Southwest Elementary School was recognized for being selected to participate in an award-winning educational program this year which will help administrators and educators extend their instruction beyond classroom walls.

The UTOTES program, which stands for Using the Outdoors to Teach Experimental Science, is offered by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Designed to help teachers look at their school grounds with new eyes and to increase their comfort in using the outdoors as a teaching tool, the program includes six different hands-on teacher education workshops which will be held over the course of the next year. The workshops and educational materials provided with them will help staff engage students in the natural environment. Museum instructors will also help staff create wildlife habitats on school grounds and help them integrate the outdoors into their curriculum.

It was noted that since UTOTES inception in 1991, Southwest Elementary is one of the only participants to have its entire teaching staff take part in the staff development opportunities.


Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Finance Reporting

The Onslow County Schools’ comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 and it qualified for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

This is the 11th consecutive year that the Onslow County Board of Education has earned this prestigious award.

Congratulations went out to Jeff Hollamon and his dedicated team in the Finance Department for their consistent award winning performance.


David Bullock receives Long Leaf Pine Award

Steve Myers, the assistant superintendent of Auxiliary Services, was honored to announce to the Board that David Bullock, our recently retired director of maintenance, was selected to receive The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor of North Carolina.

He told Board members that during Bullock’s 31-year tenure he proved himself to be invaluable to all the schools and students of Onslow County. He started out in the Wastewater Department and obtained the necessary certifications which enabled him to work in many different areas of maintenance including HVAC and Electrical. He has been the maintenance director for the past four years and always embraced our maintenance motto --- “Whatever it takes.”

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most sought after and valued awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina. Since its creation in 1963, it has been presented to honor persons who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the State of North Carolina.

Representing Pat McCrory, the Governor of the State of North Carolina, Myers and Superintendent Rick Stout presented Bullock with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine which states, “reposing special confidence in the integrity , learning and zeal of David Joseph Bullock I do by these presents confer The Order of the Long Leaf Pine with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this exalted order, among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world.”

“Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,

The summer land where the sun doth shine,

Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,

Here’s to “down home,” the Old North State!”





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