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Brent Anderson, the director of Community Affairs presented  the following Good News Spotlight recognitions: 


Cultural Arts Recognitions


Anderson recognized and congratulated the following students (and their teachers) on their selection to be part of one of the 2017 North Carolina Honors Ensembles! This is quite an achievement and honor, and  it reflects hard work and dedication over the years to each student's music studies.

These students worked hard, with their teachers guiding them, to learn a specific musical selection and build music skills to compete against hundreds of other students from all over the state of North Carolina for a spot to perform in one of the North Carolina Music Educators Association Honors Ensembles. Once selected, students learned a variety of musical selections and they will go to the 2017 NCMEA Professional Development Conference Nov. 10-14, to work with renowned musicians and give a final performance with their honor ensemble at a selected venue in downtown Winston-Salem

North Carolina Honors Orchestra

White Oak High School-Gregory Dundore, Teacher

Kaytlin Dumler, 12th grade


Richlands High School-Gregory Shreckengost, Teacher

Jeffery Sandlin, 10th grade 


Northside High School-Benjamin Reyes, Teacher

Gabrielle McBroom

Scott Lauzon


North Carolina High School Honors Chorus

Jacksonville High School -Tamra Sutton, Teacher

Jacquelyne Lorson

Victoria Gibson


North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus

New Bridge Middle School- Jennifer Mahouchick, Teacher

Elijah Meyer

Regan Hartley


North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus:

Swansboro Elementary- Lindsay Williams, Teacher

·       Ryan Montgomery

·       Jacob Hernandez 

·       Katie McElmon

·       Jazlyn Rodriguez 


Carolina Forest Elementary- Mary Ludwig, Teacher

·       Margaret Kaup


Stateside Elementary- Janae Copeland, Teacher

·       Brynn Copeland  

·       Alexis Hewitt  

·       Frederick Pleis 

·       Bailey Weston

·       Lauren Weston 


Dixon Middle School - Joy Shreckengost, Teacher

·       Callie Shreckengost


There were also two educators recognized for their recent accomplishments.  They were selected to receive the following North Carolina Art Education Association Awards for their commitment to art education:


North Carolina Arts Education Association- Secondary Art Educator of the year

Northside High School, Sara Gant


North Carolina Arts Education Association- Elementary Art Educator of the year

Silverdale Elementary School, Lee Ann Doss


They were recognized at the annual Professional Development Conference in Wilmington October 29th.


AP of the Year and POY

Last month OCS made two district-level announcements. The following were brough before the Board for recognition.


Jacob Mabry, assistant principal at Swansboro Middle School, has been chosen Onslow County School District’s 2017-18 Assistant Principal of the Year.

Mabry has served as assistant principal at Swansboro Middle School since 2013.


He earned his Master’s Degree in School Administration at East Carolina University.


In addition to his many duties as assistant principal he is an active leader in his community. He coaches youth sports and devotes much time to his church.  He has been instrumental in, and supportive of programs promoting positive relationships including STRIDE and Reading Buddies, which are crucial to bringing the student body together.


Colleagues nominating him for the award said he works closely with students and staff and promotes a positive atmosphere within the school.  It was noted that he strives to assist staff with the implementation of programs with the goal of improving student achievement across all ability levels. 

The award, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, recognizes the exceptional leadership and responsibilities involved in this key role in making school systems work. Mabry will next compete at the regional level. This is the sixth year the school district has selected a designee for their exceptional leadership.


Southwest High School Principal Timothy Foster has been named OCS 2017-2018 Principal of the Year and 2018 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

Foster has served Onslow County Schools for 26 years, 11 as a principal. He has been principal at Southwest High School for the past eight years.


He graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and began teaching Social Studies at Hunters Creek Middle School. He earned a Masters of School Administration from East Carolina University.  He is serving his second term on the Board of Directors for N.C. High School Athletic Association and he currently serves as president of the Onslow County Principal and Assistant Principals’ Association


Several faculty members nominated Foster for POY.  Chelsea D’Zurilla said Foster has implemented several programs and projects within the school to meet students’ needs and support their success.  Through Power Hour initiatives, students are provided individualized support in all educational areas. “Mr. Foster has provided immeasurable support both inside the classroom and within my coaching endeavors.”  Tiffany Messer said, “He is always there to listen to concerns of his staff be they educational or personal.”  Polly Blake and Renee Otero said the following in their nomination of Foster for POY, “Hailing from a family tradition of service through education, Mr. Foster is deeply committed to educational quality for all students.  One of the most effective ways in which (he) nourishes relationships is by maintaining high visibility among the student body … as a result, our students feel more invested in our school community.”


Foster will move on to compete for regional POY with other southeastern POY recipients.  Eight regional finalists will be named, and one will be selected as 2018 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.  The POY program is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo.


BOE Silver Bell Award


Anderson also recognized the OCS Board of Education members.


They received the Silver Bell Award during the North Carolina School Board Association District 2 meeting last month.  The Silver Bell Award was given for training excellence and commitment during the 2016-17 NCSBA Academy year.


He congratulated them on the level of commitment this award represents and for their commitment to the children of Onslow County.

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