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Two Swansboro HS students attend the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program

Onslow County Schools recognized two Swansboro High School students, Grace Frazier and Alexandria Chadwick, who were among an elite group of students chosen to receive a scholarship to attend the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program, offered at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York last fall.

Established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in 2006, the five –day program delivers intensive leadership training, focuses on character development, team building, goal setting, resilience, community involvement and leaders in action and helps students develop the skills to apply what they learn. Through personal, small group experiences led by the MCEC and Academy faculty and cadets, participating students gain confidence, competence and commitment to return to their campuses ready to share with fellow students. No more than 24 sophomores and juniors active in their local Student 2 Student programs are chosen to participate each year. Full tuition includes transportation, lodging, meals, program materials, supplies and an opportunity of a lifetime, according to information provided by MCEC.

Having two of our students selected has never happened before.

The program was named for Frances Hesselbein, in recognition of her dedication to the development of children and youth. Hesselbein is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute and the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of America. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, in 1998. In 2002 Hesselbein was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series Award for her service with the U.S. Army. She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership, published in August of 2002, and is the co-editor of 20 books in 28 languages.


Dixon student places third at national level speech contest

The Board of Education recognized Carrie Dean, now a freshman at Dixon High School, for being awarded third place at the national level of Modern Woodmen of America’s 2015 School Speech Contest.

The topic for the contest was “an interesting landmark.” Students could choose to describe the landmark’s history, location, and physical characteristics, and/or impact on individuals and communities.

Carrie chose the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame and delivered her speech in a unique way, she spoke as if she were the flame, noting the importance of the flame and the man whose grave it memorializes. In her speech she said, “I will burn forever on, launching not missiles, but hope, dedication and passion to the people of your nation … I am burning to prove that even though the man is gone, the hope he gave you isn’t.”

 As the third-place winner of the fraternal financial services organization’s annual contest, Dean earned a $1,000 Modern Woodmen Bank savings plan to be applied to her college tuition, and two award plaques – one for her and one for her school. Modern Woodmen Financial Representative Joanne Adcock, of Hampstead, sponsored the local contest and attended the Board meeting to present the awards.


Financial Awards

Superintendent Rick Stout proudly announced Onslow County Schools recently received two distinguished recognitions for financial management for fiscal year 2014.

The first award was the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Association of School Business Officials. It is the highest recognition for school district financial operations. This program reviews district accounting practices as represented in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and commends school districts that adhere to sound principles and reporting procedures. A district earning the Certificate of Excellence has demonstrated its credibility in financial management for the school system.

The second award is the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award 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 12th consecutive year that the Onslow County Board of Education has earned these two prestigious awards.

Stout commended Mr. Hollamon and his dedicated staff for their continued outstanding management of the school district’s financial resources.


Dr. Lesley Eason, Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services, presented the scholarship report for 2014-15. It can be viewed with photos taken of those recognized




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