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Middle School Academic Derby

The Onslow County School System has a rich history of providing students with academic enrichment events and competitions to enhance the regular curriculum.  One of the longest running of these academic competitions is Academic Derby.  For over 30 years, Academic Derby has provided students with the opportunity to participate in a team-oriented, multi-disciplinary academic competition.

This year the Middle School Academic Derby winning team was Trexler Middle School.  They took the trophy for the second year in a row.

Coach, Susan Rogers and the following team members were recognized and presented the trophy:

Jolene Hutchinson (team captain) — eighth grade

Sydney Davis — eighth grade

Kameron Griffin— eighth grade

Will Mills — eighth grade

Makayla Selby — eighth grade

Riley Stone — eighth grade

Bryce Tobin — eighth grade

Alexa Addison — seventh grade

Caroline Cubas — seventh grade

Azel Soloman — seventh grade

Allison Bundle — sixth grade

Tiffany Echternach — sixth grade



2016 Beginning Teacher of the Year and Mentor Teacher of the Year

The Beginning Teacher of the Year Award and the Mentor Teacher of the Year Award are presented annually to an outstanding elementary, middle, or high school first year and mentor teacher employed by Onslow County Schools.

School leaders nominate individuals for Beginning Teacher of the Year. Finalists are selected based on their performance in the following categories: teacher leadership, interaction with students, facilitation of learning and content knowledge, interaction within the educational environment, and distinguishing characteristics.  The final selection is based upon classroom observation.

Ms. Brandon McGee, from Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School of International Studies and Cultural Arts received the title. His principal, Lori Howard, nominated Ms. McGee for this award saying, “Based on the success of her first year, I can only imagine the impact Ms. McGee is going to make on future generations.  She is truly a gift to education.”

Ms. McGee grew up in the area and even attended Clyde Erwin as a student.

School leaders or beginning teachers may nominate mentor teachers.  Winners are selected based upon their effectiveness in supporting beginning teachers in the following categories: demonstrating leadership, establishing a respectful environment, knowing appropriate content, facilitating learning, and reflecting on practice.


Jace Redick, from Parkwood Elementary School, was recognized for being slelected Mentor Teacher of the Year. Mr. Reddick mentored David Gould, the school’s visual arts teacher.  Mr. Gould described his experience with Mr. Redick by stating, “He always looks for the humor in a good natured and humble fashion.  By example, he has taught me to laugh at all our minor foibles and work our way intensely to improve our lessons throughout the week.”

Mr. Redick has been a valued employee at Parkwood since 1995.

Gladys H. Stafford Award

Each year the Gladys H. 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.  Gladys H. Stafford was a school secretary in Onslow County. Her family presents the award annually to pay tribute to her and others like her. The family also provides a $400 award with this recognition.

The recipient of the award is Ms. Cynthia Shepard, from Dixon Elementary School.  She was recognized along with her principal, Glenn Reed, who nominated her for the award.

Miss Shepard has been employed by Onslow County Schools since 1995. She is currently the treasurer at Dixon Elementary School and she is an active member of the Onslow County Association of Educational Office Professionals.  Mr. Reed nominated Ms. Shepard stating, “She is truly one of the most dedicated employees I’ve ever worked with.  She completes all tasks with a wide smile or quiet laugh and total professionalism.”


Blue Ribbon Awards

The North Carolina School Public Relations Association offers annual statewide recognition of its members for outstanding publications, internet home pages, photographs, as well as special programs and marketing campaigns.

School public relations professionals across the state were honored on Friday, Jan. 27, for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro.

Thirty-seven school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 255 awards in eight categories: Digital Media Engagement, Electronic Media, Excellence in Writing, Image and Graphic Design, Marketing, Photography, Publications, and Special Events and Programs.

Included in the list of winners was Onslow County Schools.  Lauri Crowder,OCS video coordinator, received four Blue Ribbon Awards in the Electronic Media category. A Gold Award for “The Learning Curve.” A Silver Award for “This is the Onslow County School System.”  A Silver Award for “Busting Bad Busing.” And a Bronze Award for “Governor McCrory Honors Longtime Teacher.”

Over the past three years, since OCS has been a member, Onslow County Schools has received 18 Blue Ribbon awards.

NCSPRA’s mission is to build support for public education through well-planned and responsible public relations.



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