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AVID Recognitions

 The AVID Center recently accredited Jacksonville Commons Middle School and Northside High School as AVID National Demonstration Schools, validated through Fall 2017.

These two schools are now among a select group of sites so honored throughout the United States In this elite category there are only 4,900 AVID schools in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries and US territories.

School Principals Maria Johnson and Gail Pylant were recognized and commended for their AVID site teams and for all their efforts on behalf of students whose futures are brighter because of ther commitment to them.

NCAGT 2015 Gifted Administrator of the Year Award

Michael Elder, Director of Academic Innovation & AIG Services, was recognized for being selected to receive the 2015 award for the North Carolina Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted. He has been a leader and an advocate for the support of gifted education in Onslow County Schools.  Mr. Elder has also been a strong advocate in the areas of teaching, curriculum development and adaptation for all children, but especially those who are identified in the gifted program.He was recognized at the NCAGT State Awards Banquet during the 41st NCAGT Annual Conference in Winston-Salem on March 6th.

Governor’s School

Michael Elder, the director of Academic Innovation and AIG services recognized some of the district's amazing students selected to attend the Governor's School this summer.

The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, is a five-week summer residential program which is open to rising seniors, is located on two campuses of up to 305 students each: Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978). Students are encouraged to apply in areas including art, music, theater, English, world languages, math, natural science, and social science. Throughout their time, students are immersed in both academic and creative ventures which allows them to learn new information while also making life-long friendships.

In November, students submitted an application which included essays, nominations from teachers, personal experiences, and academic achievement information. Students were either interviewed by a team including community members or had auditions for selection. The NC Governor’s School has selected 12 students from Onslow County and tonight we get to recognize them.
From Jacksonville High School we have

·         Avery Anderson (Choral Music)

·         Aaron Herzer (Instrumental Music-French Horn)

·         Bryan Rusch (Math)

·         Reina Romero (Spanish)

·         Jazmyn Mason (Theater)

·         Marshall Earley (Theater)

From Richlands High School we have

·         Morgan Jarman (Math)

·         Alex Epley (Natural Science)

From Southwest High School we have

·         E’Spreance Bligen (Social Science)

From Swansboro High School we have

·         Tara Fevang (Choral Music)

·         Sean Warren (Instrumental Music-Viola)

From White Oak High School we have

·         Justin Powers (Math)

·         Chrya Savage (Math)

He noted that the future is in good hands with these and the many more talented and gifted kids that grace our halls each day.


Charlotte Rodriguez, the president of Onslow Memorial Hospital Auxiliary,  recognized some of our seniors volunteers.

Each year OMH hosts teen volunteers who are between 14 and 18 years of age to be a part of the hospital cadre of volunteer workers. The goal is to provide positive, energetic students who are possibly interested in healthcare with an environment and an opportunity to learn, help others, build friendships, and give back to the community. The program also provides assistance to departments that could use extra sets of hands.


Originally started at “Candy Stripers” in the 1940s, the program has morphed into the current VolunTEEN Program (or junior volunteers) who work under adult supervision of the program coordinator and also Hospital and Auxiliary staffs. The “Candy Striper” name came from the traditional uniform that volunteers wore, that looked like peppermint candy, although this outfit isn't frequently worn today.


Last year about 72 teens, boys and girls from all high schools in the area, were selected to participate in the program and serve as “Ambassadors of Good Will” for the Hospital. They did this through a variety of Auxiliary services from working at the front desk, the gift shop or in other understaffed departments. Tonight we are honoring our graduating seniors with a candy striped honor cord.


Students were selected through an application and interview process and they worked under adult supervision during their term of service. Included with the application is a requirement for parental consent and two favorable teacher recommendations.   Parental support of the program is key to our success. Upon completion of an orientation to the Hospital to include patient privacy policies, infection control, and satisfactory tuberculin skin and rubella tests, the students were assigned to an area to complete their service as they earn community service hours.


Volunteers, adults and teens, are integral to the success of the Hospital, thanks to their interactions with both nurses and patients. VolunTEENs help to make the hospital a little happier and friendlier. Volunteering can be a rewarding way to spend the summer, earn valuable community service credit for school and decide whether or not to pursue a career in the medical field!

 To make the VolunTEEN experience the best it can be, teens must maintain first-rate behavior at all times, because their conduct reflects on the Hospital and the community. Observing all hospital policies assures a great reference for college or job applications.

 Of the 80 students, twenty-three are graduating this year from various high schools. She wanted to recognize those graduating VolunTEENs:













Carol Ann































White Oak



























NCASBO Star Award

The North Carolina Association of School Business Officials, NCASBO, is a statewide organization that promotes professional development in the area of school business and financial operations. In 2006, NCASBO established the School Business Management Academy to provide comprehensive training for staff who serves at the district level in financial management. Mr. Jeff Hollamon, the district director of Finance, has been previously recognized by the association for his role in the development that program, Superintendent Rick Stout announced.

 More recently, Mr. Hollamon served on the committee that developed a training program designed specifically for individual School Treasurers. Superintendent Stout said our Treasurers here at Onslow County Schools have already begun to participate in this training program along with over 600 School Treasurers from across North Carolina. This program will assist School Treasurers in conducting their duties in a highly professional manner. In recognition of his contributions to this program, Mr. Hollamon was presented with the NCASBO Star Award. Stout thanked him for his efforts to improve Onslow County Schools and school districts throughout the State.


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