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National Winners — Skills USA

Not one, but two Richlands High School graduates are national winners, placing third in their categories at the SkillsUSA National Conference held in June in Louisville, Kentucky.

Recent graduates Morgan Jarman (she) and Jordan Garza received bronze medals in each of their categories at the competition. Morgan competed in the architectural drafting contest and Jordan competed in the practical nursing contest.

Competitors in the architectural drafting competition were expected to complete a written test, a skills test and design a house and do the floor plan for it.

In the practical nursing contest competitors had to act on a real life situation presented to them without knowing in advance what that situation would require of them.

Both will use the skills they have taken from this program as they head off to college. Morgan will be attending NC State. She will major in engineering. Jordan will be attending William Peace University and will major in biology in preparation for medical school.

We also acknowledged Ken Brown, Morgan’s advisor and Mary Lanier, Jordan’s advisor for preparing these two students. And I would be remiss if I did not recognize Darin Cloninger, who had been the principal at Richlands High School through this strong program — at least one Richlands High School student has advanced to the SkillsUSA National Conference seven out of eight years. Six students qualified and made the trip to nationals this year. Brad Staley, the current principal, was challenged to continue the winning streat as he supports these wonderful students and teachers.



Modern Woodmen Speech Contest



A fifth grade student, Marcus Dowd, at Carolina Forest International Elementary School last year, competed nationally against 960,000 students fifth through eighth grade. Marcus has been selected as the first place winner in the National Modern Woodmen Speech Contest.


They acknowledged Melanie Shepard, the literacy coach at that time, for supporting Marcus through the speech process. The topic this year was “Hunger in America.”


Jo Adcock, the representative from Modern Woodmen presented plaques and an award to Marcus.



Northside HS STEM “Model Academy”


 Northside High School Principal Maria Johnson and Kari Cobb, the school’s Director of Advanced Applied STEM Academy, were recognized for STEM.


National Career Academy Coalition completed a review of the school’s STEM Academy and upon doing so designated the STEM Academy as a “Model” academy. Many academies are reviewed based on NCAC Ten National Standards of Practice of Career Academies, but few are of model status.


In their letter they wrote: “It is evident that the passion of the school team, coupled with the support of the school administration, and the intense focus of your business community has created a sustaining program for students, parents and the community. The rigor of the curriculum and the depth of your industry partnerships are to be commended.


Their academy will be featured on NCAC’s website and honored at the November NCAC National Conference.



Educators and administrators from across the district were recognized and awarded certificates last May. For the Board they were recognized again for being selected Administrators of the Year.


Chris Andre, Principal at Swansboro High School and Chris Barnes, last year’s principal at New Bridge Middle School, currently principal at White Oak High School –they tied as OCS Tech Savvy Administrator of the Year


Dr. Donna Lynch, the principal at Jacksonville High School, who just retired in July, was named OCS Global Administrator of the Year


Teah Bulris, principal at Hunters Creek Elementary, received OCS STEM Administrator of the Year


Kristie Bracy, principal at Silverdale Elementary, named OCS Student Support Administrator of the Year


Vickie Brown, principal at Meadow View Elementary, named OCS Arts Administrator of the Year


Maria Johnson, Northside High School principal, was our AVID Administrator of the Year





Scholarship Report






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