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Since 1981 Onslow County Schools has been holding Battle of the Books contests.  It started with a sixth-grade competition, but since then has grown and now we have teams of elementary, middle and high school students from across the district competing.  The North Carolina School Library Media Association selects the books for the middle and elementary level competitions, as the winners move on to compete at the regional level to represent OCS.  This is the second year we’ve held a high school competition and we selected the books for that competition.  Students get the book list at the end of each school year and spend months reading and soaking up as much information from the books to prepare for the trivia-like competition.

The following first place teams were recognized:

Elementary School Battle of the Books

Swansboro Elementary School

Team members:

Logan Walters

Akayla Hamrick

Marielle Hirkala

Karley Davis

Quinn Gilbert

Robbie Heite

Noah Timmerman

Katie McElmon

Mackenzie Phillips

Ella Green

Caleb Havens

Coaches; Meredith Lynch and Mallory Floyd

Middle School Battle of the Books

Swansboro Middle School

Team Members:

Isabella Palmer

Bryce Hutto

Collin Hewitt

Haley Provenzano

Kierstyn Horne

Autumn Brainard

Alyssa Sabella

Coaches: Amy Garrett and Michelle Sweeting

High School Battle of the Books

Richlands High School

Team Members:

Izabelle Stauffer-Frymier

Jesse Tovar

Evelyn Cruz

Jean Rodriguez

Mackenzie Collura Repp

Melissa Harmon

Melody Harmon

Madeline Schmuck

Dennis Oney

Coaches: Shanin Moore and William Edwards


Superintendent Stout announced Lisa Godwin as being chosen 2017 Burrough Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  

from among the state's regional finalists.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson, who announced the award winner at a luncheon, said Godwin represents the best of North Carolina’s talent in the classroom — something we already knew.

With this title comes much responsibility.  For the next year Godwin will travel all over the state sharing her knowledge of teaching and being an ambassador for the teaching profession. She will serve as an advisor to the State Board of Education for two years and as a board member for the NC Public School Forum for one year. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will sponsor her enrollment and completion of the Public School Forum’s Education Policy Fellowship Program and she will have opportunities to travel abroad.


Greg Grantham, the district athletic director, also announced a state winner.

Tony Marshburn coached Northside’s basketball team to a state championship – and to top it off they went to the NCHSAA 2-A competition undefeated.

The beginning of this month 14 sports writers across the state voted and in the end named him the Associated Press state boys’ basketball coach of the year.  And just last week, USA Today High School Sports announced him Coach of the Year.


Charlotte Rodriguez, VolunTEEN Program Coordinator at Onslow Memorial Hospital celebrated the senior students who volunteered at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

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 aids 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. 


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 to pursue a career in the medical field!


Graduating seniors received a candy striped honor cord.


Maria Pighi

Bailey Williams


Hannah Blaylock

Chelsey David

Jacob Gillespie

Alexis Henderson

Syndey Lowe

Kaitlin Maready

Hannah Mayhew

Ramsey Osborn

Kaylee Painter

Alexandria Pierce

Gustavo Rios

Catlin Sleeper

Katelynn Smith

Mackenzie Sudbrink

Caitlin Wolf

Brandon Wu

Nicholas Yun


Aaliyah Bowden

Alizay Brinkley

Breann Bullwinkle

Kyle Hamlett


Adam Edmonds

Brandon Eliott

Rachel Foy

Teresa Garcia

Maria Gholson

Helen Humphrey

Katelynn Jones

Morgan Robles


Maddox Bulris

Annessa Neilson

Allie Thompson


William Alquist

White Oak

Thomas Cluen

Maverick Cornell

Kayla DeViney

Liddianne Rogers        




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