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Alexandria Chadwick recognized for academic achievement

A Swansboro High School senior has accepted one of the most prestigious and selective opportunities in the United States – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

Alexandria Chadwick is the only Onslow County student to receive this scholarship this year and is one of three in the region to be awarded the scholarship.

Founded in 1945, the Morehead-Cain Scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 and will cover her tuition for four years including student fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop and other supplies.  Alexandria will have access to additional grants through the Discovery Fund program and access to the four-year Summer Enrichment Program which offers diverse, customized experiences.

Alexandria has proven herself to be an outstanding student; she will graduate with a 4.0 unweighted grade point average and 5.2 weighted GPA.  She is involved in more than 10 school clubs and organizations.  She was one of 18 students to attend Governor’s School last year.

She plans on majoring in chemistry and was recently accepted to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

MATE ROV Team from Swansboro Middle recognized for earning 2nd place in Regional Contest

Four students from Swansboro Middle School recently fared very well in an international student underwater robotics competition in Morehead City;  Brooklynn Hambrick, Ericka Hewitt, Bryce Hutto and Chris Williams with their coach, Angelina Pavone, their sixth-grade science teacher, and Principal Helen Gross.  They returned from the regional contest with second place in the SCOUT class competition. 

Using ROV’s, or remotely operated vehicles, this event, coordinated by Marine Advanced Technology Education (or MATE), has 21 regional ROV contests taking place across the US and internationally.  Student teams compete in one of three different classes of various sophistication and requirements based on age.  It is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply physics, math, electronics and engineering skills they are using in the classroom to solve problems from the marine workplace.

In addition to technical skills, the events help students learn to work as part of a team.  It also exposes students to ocean-related career opportunities and helps them see the pathways to those careers.

Hunters Creek  Middle School recognized for receiving state level SAVE Award

Hunters Creek Middle School’s SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) chapter received 2017 Middle School Chapter of the Year Award at the SAVE Summit held in Raleigh this past April. 

The group was recognized for its teamwork, collaboration and pride for the club, school and community. The chapter members have stepped up help prevent bullying and other destructive behaviors.  They mentored the fifth grade SAVE club members at Hunters Creek Elementary, packed and wrapped shoeboxes for the children at the Women’s Shelter during the Christmas holiday, and they planted a pinwheel garden at the school entrance to raise awareness about child abuse and in support of the Protect Our Children campaign.

Two Richlands HS OM teams recognized for qualifying for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Richlands High School’s two Odyssey of the Mind teams – Catch Us If You Can and Odd-A-Bot just returned from World Finals at Michigan State University.  They competed with over 900 teams from 31 countries, some of which they now call friends. 

Team coach, Justine Smith, has been involved with OM for 11 years.  She cannot help the students with their projects and is only there to facilitate as they work.

Catch Us if You Can:

Lauryn Givens, Caleb Miller, Faith Kennedy, Taylin Batchelor, Jacob Zimmerman


Emma Lovely, Alyssa Powell, Mackenzie Repp

Members of both teams:

Adam Edmonds and Jason Lassila

Catch Us If You Can placed 24th and Odd-A-Bot placed 25th at the world competition

The OM program fosters creative problem-solving methods and encourages creativity and imagination.

This is the second time RHS has had a team progress to the OM World Competition.

They were congratulated for all their hard work and creativity. 


Swansboro Middle School Coach presented with Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award

 Coach Craig Blue has had a lengthy career serving the Onslow County Schools school system.

It was OCS's honor to present him with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

This award is one of the highest civilian honors the Governor of North Carolina can bestow.  It’s an honor awarded to those who have given exemplary service to the state and their communities that’s above and beyond the normal call of duty and has made a significant impact and strengthened the state. 

Coach Blue has been teaching physical education and served as athletic director at Swansboro Middle School since 1990.  He has

coached all sports and been tireless in his dedication to the Swansboro community.

He spends his evenings driving teams to sporting events, and on the weekends, he ensures the fields and equipment are ready for upcoming events.  Most importantly, he has mentored generations of young coaches, teachers and students who have gone on to begin their own careers in education and athletics.

Unfortunately, Coach Blue will be officially retiring soon. He will be greatly missed.  OCS wishes him the best as he begins his next journey.


Speech Contest Winner Recognized

For more than 60 years the Modern Woodmen of America School Speech Contest has provided students with a valuable personal and academic experience. 

This year’s school speech topic was “What does it mean to be a hero?”

Level 1 contests were held in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district.  Students who placed first or second at their schools moved on to compete in the district’s Level 2 contest.  Of those students, those who placed first or second participated in the Level 3 Regional School Speech Contest.  In all 12 contestants, representing 12 different schools, all delivered outstanding speeches.

Winona West, an eighth grader from Swansboro Middle School, was this year’s winner of the Level 3 Regional School Speech Contest.  

Winona will be moving on to participate in the Level 4 National Contest.  

OCS wishes Winnie the best of luck in the National Contest!


2016-17 Spring Sports Recognitions

Conference Players of the Year

Girls Soccer- Danielle Acree (Dixon)

                 Madison Hoopes (Jacksonville)

Softball- Leanna Whaley (Richlands)

Baseball- Riley Barber (Dixon)

Boys Track- Milton Chandler (Jacksonville)


Coaches of the Year:

Boys Track- Joe Hicks (Swansboro)

Softball- Mike Deleone (Richlands)


Recognize our Regional Track Champions from this Spring

Girls 100 & 200 meters (Southwest)- Tahalia Fairman

Girls 400 meters (Northside)- Jazmyne Bryant

Girls 4x200 relay (Southwest)- Daijah Strickland, Allyra Greene, Marquia Humphries, Tahalia Fairman

Girls 4x800 relay (White Oak)- Edwina Gilman, Edlane Gilman, Sabrina Herritt, Laila Aljanabi

Boys 4x400 relay (Swansboro)- Liam Anderson, John Hasteadt, Ricky Kidwell, JR Perez

Boys 4x800 relay (Swansboro)- Derick Detoro, JR Perez, Liam Anderson, Ricky Kidwell


We had some Regional Champs who also won the State Championship in their event

Girls discus- Maya Stanley (Northside)

Girls high jump- Alejandra Urraca (Northside)

Boys 300 meter hurdles- Jacobi Lloyd (Jacksonville)

Boys 800 meters- Ricky Kidwell (Swansboro)

Boys pole vault – Brett Parks (White Oak)



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