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Rotary Recognitions

Associate Superintendent Dr. Lesley Eason along with fellow Rotarians Randolph Thomas, Royce Bennet and Elizabeth Elks presented five OCS staff members with education awards last spring based on projects.  Amy Perry, Barbara Edwards, Bernie Rosage and Teresa Alphin were awarded checks for $500 at that time. Christine Francis was selected to receive the K.B, Gresham Rotarian award along with a monetary award of $1,000.  Realizing how special these educators are, and given their passion for their projects, the Rotarians decided they would like to match the monetary awards.  Each received another check as they were recognized.


IB Recognitions

The IB diploma offered at Jacksonville High School is the most rigorous program OCS offers.   Students pursuing IB in their junior and senior year of high school are looked at as some of the top students in the county and state.

For the first time since the IB program began, all the candidates were awarded the full diploma in one year. 

All three diploma recipients were accepted into prestigious universities and had their choice of scholarships, honors programs, and opportunities provided to them.

The following students were recognized for their accomplishments, Victoria Fonte (NCSU), McKenzie Miller (Elon U), and Sophie Oswalt (UNC/Chapel Hill).  Also recognized were Amber Lumbly, the IB DP Coordinator at Jacksonville High School, and Principal Darin Cloninger.

All three of these ladies scored high enough on their individual exams to receive credit on their university of choice’s requirements.  It was noted that the three ladies shared almost every class together for two years and helped motivate each other through the entire process.

The newest IB program, which Jacksonville High School was the first school in the state to be authorized, is the Career Related Program.  This program combines the values of the IB program with the needs of students who are in career-related studies.  JHS has three career areas: Nursing, Pharmacy Tech and Business.  In addition to taking a minimum of two IB classes, these students had four Career Path components, which included internships outside the classroom and projects to help businesses either find creative solutions to problems or provided assistance in areas of need.  Also the CP students had to become certified in their area.

Kelsey Avery (UNCW), Faith Brown (UNC-Greensboro), Maria Gholson (UNC-Chapel Hill), Alexis Henderson (Meredith College), Jennifer Hurlbut (UNC-Greensboro), Davis Long (NCSU), Sydney Lowe (ECU-Honors College), Ramsey Osborn (ECU- Honors College), Macayla Saraiva (UNC-Chapel Hill) were recognized for their accomplishments.

Thirty-two other students tested in individual subject areas and of those, 20 scored passing marks which could result in credit at their college/university (depending on the requirements at the individual school).


Recognitions for schools earning 2017 National Beta School of Merit status

Beta clubs promote academic achievement, strong moral character, and social responsibility.  Students involved in these clubs know about service to others, and they learn strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

Associate Superintendent Dr. Lesley Eason recognized Richlands High and Trexler Middle schools that were recognized by The National Beta Club.

Richlands High School, under the direction of Tiffany Rhodes and Valerie Marriott and Principal Brad Staley, and Trexler Middle School, under the direction of Deanna Ford and Principal Lynn Jackson, earned the prestigious honor – having achieved 2017 National Beta School of Merit status.  Both earned this award by offering National Beta to all eligible grades on their campus. 

Offering Beta Clubs in our schools is one of the ways we grow leadership skills and passion for community service in our students. Both these clubs have been very active in meeting the needs of their community and they are the leaders with a true focus on their very bright futures.  





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