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Elementary and Middle School Geography Bee Winners

Elementary and middle school students vied for the top spot at Onslow County Schools’ annual district-level Geography Bees, held Thursday, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14.

The competitions, held at Stateside Elementary and Trexler Middle School, brought together the top ranked school-level geography buffs to test their knowledge of the world.  As the rounds progressed, the questions became progressively more difficult, starting with U.S, capitals and ending with more in-depth questions about economic geography.

Brent Anderson, the director of Community Affairs recognized the winners.

At the elementary level, Briyana Edwards, a fifth grader from Bell Fork Elementary, and Talon Stevens, a fifth grader from Jacksonville Commons Elementary, competed against 12 others and aced all seven rounds.  Tiebreaker rounds did not produce a solo winner, so the two share the first-place title this year.

Hunter Maxwell, a fourth grader from Queens Creek Elementary garnered second place finishing six rounds.


Eleven students from six schools gathered for the middle school bee and were grilled on their knowledge of U.S. Capitols, U.S. Cities, Continents, Cultural Geography and World Geography.

Jacob Coleman, an eighth grader from Northwoods Park Middle School, knew his World Geography and garnered first place.  Jacob has taken the NC state qualifying pre-qualifying test and is awaiting news on whether he will advance to the state level Geography Bee.  We should find out by the end of the month!


Leigh Nipper, an eighth grader from Northwoods Park Middle, and Sophia Lavigne, an eighth grader from New Bridge Middle, went head-to-head through four rounds.  They share second place.

He congratulated all our Geography Bee champions.


Glenn Reed 2017 Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award for his contributions to education

Each year the University of North Carolina Wilmington Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to education and who represents the commitment to excellence typified by the Watson College of Education.

Anderson was pleased to announce Glenn Reed, the principal at Dixon Elementary School, was selected to receive their 2017 Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award.

Reed, the 2012 Onslow County and Southeastern Regional Principal of the Year, received his undergraduate degree from UNCW.  He began his teaching career at Jacksonville High School as a French and World History teacher.  He received his Masters of Supervision and Administration from ECU, and has served at assistant principal and principal at several OCS schools.  He’s served as principal at Dixon Elementary since 2014 and implemented a themed school concept where the focus is on global leadership. 

Reed attributes UNCW for laying the foundation for his career in education.  He said, “By the time I left UNCW, I had a good understanding and was ready to join the workforce.  It is fantastic to be recognized by the university I attended for the work they prepared me to do.”

He congratulated Reed on the achievement and there was another recognition to be made.

Dixon Elementary recognized by State Board of Education for meeting Prepared Level of Achievement

Last December the State Board of Education recognized Dixon Elementary among four public schools for their commitment to global education under the State Board’s Global Education Strategic Plan.  This means Dixon Elementary School, recognized for meeting Prepared Level of Achievement, has effectively implemented systems and processes to support global readiness and that many components of global education are embedded schoolwide and are reaping positive results.

To achieve this designation, schools completed a rigorous application process that included submission of an application with narratives and links to evidence that supported the self-assessment rating along with a successful site visit by a state evaluation team.  In addition to having met the criteria for the designation, the schools met or exceeded the minimum student achievement requirement for the average composite on statewide achievement assessments and for growth.

Anderson congratulated Dixon Elementary and Principal Reed on their hard work.


Student Artists Chosen for 2017 District Christmas Card

Each year Onslow County Schools reaches out to students to submit Christmas holiday themed artwork for our district Christmas Card.  Tonight we would like to recognize and present a special thank you gift to the four students whose artwork appeared on this year’s Christmas card.  Anderson presented canvas copies of the artwork to the following four students:

Kailey Vecchia — Kailey is an eighth grader at Dixon Middle School. (Amanda Gooler, Leigh Bizzell)

Xyrelle House — Xyrelle is a junior at Swansboro High School. (Teresa Murphy, Chris Andre)

Megan Hadley — Megan is a senior at Southwest High School. (Rene Otero, Tim Foster)

Marquia Humphries — Marquia is a senior at Southwest High School. (Rene Otero, Tim Foster)

I’m sure everyone will agree we have some very talented students up here.  Thank you for sharing your art work with us.


Community Affairs Multi Media Staff Receives Eight NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards

The North Carolina School Public Relations Association hosted its annual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony Friday, Jan. 26, in Greensboro.  The awards program recognizes effective school communications and public relations in 2017. 

Thirty-eight school districts out of 115, were recognized for outstanding work and received awards in eight categories.

Anderson announced that OCS was included in the list of winners.  Lauri Crowder, our multi media coordinator, and media production assistant, Richard Dyer received eight NCSPRA Blue Ribbon awards. 

In Electronic Media they brought home the following:

Three Gold awards — Elementary Math Counts 2017; Big Thoughts from Little Kids; and, State of the Community Program.

One Silver — Elementary Science Olympiad

Three Bronze — Automotive Collision & Repair Grant; Parkwood Elementary, A Habit of Mine; and, Bright Ideas Showcase of Grants.

They also received a Gold Award in Photography for their entry entitled “Shell Yea!”

He invited theBoard and attendees to go over after the meeting and check out all their awards.

Board Attorney Alex Erwin Appointed to State Commission

North Carolina appreciates its military connection and strives to provide support systems to meet the unique needs of military families. 

Anderson announced that Governor Roy Cooper recently appointed E. Alex Erwin III, our school board attorney, to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.  As frequent moves and deployments are hallmarks of the last decade and more of service in our nation’s military, this Compact works to resolve education transition issues for military children in four key problem areas; eligibility, graduation, enrollment, and placement.

He told Erwin how much we appreciate his dedication to education and our military families.


Recognize Board Members for Successful Completion of School Board Training

Legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the summer of 2009 requires all North Carolina local board of education members to receive 2 hours of ethics training within 12 months of initial appointment or election and again within 12 months of each subsequent reappointment or reelection.

The North Carolina School Boards Association provides an Academy for School Boardsmanship; high quality training programs to help board members effectively fulfill their responsibilities as leaders of public education in North Carolina. 

Recognition is awarded to individuals who have participated in a minimum of 30 hours of training during the current academy year.  Once this recognition has been met, annual recognition will be given.

Four Board members qualified for recognition of their level were awarded certificates indicating their achievement level:

With total cumulative hours of training between 101-200, Rev. Joel Churchwell, was awarded the Certificate of Achievement.

With total cumulative hours of training between 201-300, Paul Wiggins, was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Achievement

With total cumulative hours of training between 401-500, Earl Taylor, was presented the Award of Distinction.

With total cumulative hours of training between 501-600, Pam Thomas, was presented the Diploma of Honor.




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