• Month of the Military Child Finalists

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/11/2024 3:20:00 PM

    MOMC Recognition

    Onslow County Schools has had a long and positive relationship with our military. The growth of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and their associated schools and facilities has had a tremendous impact on the growth of the school system, as well as the local community. 

    April is designated as the Month of the Military Child – a time when we applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. Schools throughout OCS have special events planned throughout the month to honor our military children and families. 

    Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military, and we encourage everyone to join us in wearing purple on Friday, April 19th – “Purple Up Day” – to show support for and thank our military children and their families for their strength and sacrifices. 

    We would like to celebrate our military connection with a special recognition. 

    Each year, Operation Homefront receives hundreds of nominations from all corners of the globe for their Military Child of the Year award. The award recognizes seven inspiring young people between the ages of eight and 18, each representing a branch of the armed forces. Judges look at each student’s scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing challenges of military family life. 

    From 700 nominees, we are proud to announce that two of the finalists are students at Swansboro High School. 

    Congratulations to the following students – both seniors – on their selection as finalists for the Military Child of the Year.

    • Allison Frazier 
    • Caroline Lott  

    Unfortunately, we have learned that neither Allison nor Caroline was selected as the USMC Military Child of the year, but by virtue of being finalists, they were in the top 5 for consideration.  

    This is a great achievement for both of you, and we appreciate the sacrifices you and your families have made in the service of our country.

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  • Eastern Regional Honors Band Ensemble Recognitions

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/11/2024 3:15:00 PM

    Middle school band students

    We would like to recognize the middle and high school music students who participated in the Eastern Regional Honors Band Ensembles which were held February 2-3, 2024, on the campus of East Carolina University.

    Congratulations to the following students who participated in the clinic: 

    Dixon Middle School 

    • Nathan Campbell (8th grade) – 1st chair Concert Band – tenor saxophone – All-State Band Eligible
    • Aislin Kelly (7th grade) – 9th chair Symphonic Band – trombone
    • Benjamin Matthews (7th grade) – 3rd chair Symphonic Band – euphonium 

    Hunters Creek Middle School 

    • Elijah Harris (7th grade) – 2nd chair Concert Band – snare/general percussion 
    • Robert Ososkie (8th grade) – 4th chair Symphonic Band – alto saxophone 

    Jacksonville Commons Middle School 

    • Isabella Luna (8th grade) – 3rd chair Concert Band – bass clarinet
    • Leilani Phan (8th grade) – 1st chair Concert Band – flute
    • Dylan MacDonald (8th grade) – 1st chair Symphonic Band – timpani – All-State Band Eligible 

    New Bridge Middle School 

    • Avery Ross (8th grade) – 1st chair Concert Band – trombone
    • Daniela Reyes Burgos (8th grade) – 3rd chair Concert Band – trombone
    • Coraline Oakley (8th grade) – 8th chair – Symphonic Band – trumpet 

    Northwoods Park Middle School 

    • Andrew Best (6th grade) – 6th chair Symphonic Band – trombone 

    Swansboro Middle School 

    • Leah Lawson (8th grade) – 1st chair Symphonic Band – alto saxophone - All-State Band Eligible 

    The following high school students were selected as 1st, 2nd or 3rd chair in their respective ensembles and/or were eligible for All-State Band:

    Dixon High School 

    • Natalie DeForge (10th grade) – 3rd chair percussion 9/10 Band
    • Landen Garner (12th grade) – 3rd chair bass clarinet 11/12 Band
    • Callie Shreckengost (11th grade) – 3rd chair euphonium 11/12 Band 

    Northside High School 

    • Abigail Leyh Colvin (10th grade) – 3rd chair bass clarinet 9/10 Band 

    Richlands High School 

    • Jordan Coursey (12th grade) – 3rd chair trumpet 11/12 Band – All-State Eligible 

    Swansboro High School 

    • Carter Bemis (10th grade) – 1st chair section percussion 9/10 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Savannah Duncan (9th grade) – 1st chair bassoon 9/10 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Ben Dunham (10th grade) – 1st chair string bass 9/10 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Katherine Warner (9th grade) – 3rd chair flute 9/10 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Amir Baker (12th grade) – 3rd chair section percussion 11/12 Band
    • McKenzie Carr (11th grade) – 2nd chair oboe 11/12 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Anthony Sanchez (11th grade) – 2nd chair trumpet 11/12 Band – All-State Eligible 

    White Oak High School 

    • Alejandro Gonzalez (9th grade) – 6th chair trumpet 9/10 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Christopher Collins (11th grade) – 5th chair trumpet 11/12 Band – All-State Eligible
    • Abigail Suggs (12th grade) – 2nd chair flute 11/12 Band – All-State Eligible 

    Congratulations to these musicians and their teachers and to those eligible for participation in All State Band! 

    High school band students

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  • NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/14/2024 10:40:00 AM

    The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) awarded its highest honors during the annual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony on February 9, 2024, during a special event held in High Point.  

    NCSPRA presented Blue Ribbon Awards to 35 school districts for their outstanding communication and public relations during 2023. 

    The Blue Ribbon Awards are the highest honor presented by NCSPRA to school districts. The awards are given for outstanding communication in eight categories: 

    • Marketing
    • Digital Media Engagement
    • Electronic Media
    • Excellence in Writing
    • Publications
    • Image/Graphic Design
    • Photography
    • Special Events/Programs 

    Individual entries earn either a gold, silver, or bronze level award.  

    The OCS Community Affairs Department won awards in the following categories: 

    Digital Media Engagement 

    • Celebrating the Military Child – Gold Award 

    Electronic Media 

    • 2023 All-County Art – Gold Award
    • 2023 Science Olympiad – Bronze Award
    • 2023 Elementary MathCounts – Bronze Award 

    Excellence in Writing 

    • Raising the Bar – Silver Award
    • Joint Statement on School Safety – Bronze Award 


    • I Missed You! – 1st Day of School 2023 – Gold Award
    • Is That a Beak? – Gold Award
    • I Knew You Could Do It! – Silver Award
    • My Mentor, My Friend – Silver Award 

    Special Events and Programs 

    • Close Up Program – Gold Award
    • 2023 Excellence in Education Educators of the Year Celebration – Bronze Award 
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  • International Technology & Engineering Educators Association Program Excellence Award

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/14/2024 10:40:00 AM

    Susi Burger is recognized

    Awarded by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association and sponsored by Paxton/Patterson for decades, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs. 

    The Program Excellence Award is designed to recognize superior K-12 technology and engineering education programs from around the world that serve as a standard for comparison and models for the development of other programs. Program Excellence Awards are available for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in each US state or territory and international regions, countries, or provinces. 

    Ms. Susi Burger and Ms. Kari Cobb from the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center were recently awarded the Program Excellence Award at a recognition ceremony in Memphis, TN. 

    Mrs. Burger is our Manufacturing and Robotics Instructor and Mrs. Cobb is our Network Administration and Security Instructor. Their programs were selected from all Technology and Engineering programs and educators from across the state to represent North Carolina for 2024.  

    This is a great honor, and we are proud to have them as part of Onslow County Schools and the Eastern NC Regional Skills Center. 

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  • American College Application Campaign's School of Excellence Award Nominee

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/14/2024 10:30:00 AM

    WOHS Award

    The American College Application Campaign’s School of Excellence awards honor schools that demonstrate commitment to student success and are key contributors in helping ACAC fulfill its mission of increasing the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families who pursue a post-secondary degree or other higher education credential. 86 high schools have received the School of Excellence award since the program was launched during the 2019-20 academic year. 

    Each participating state campaign and the District of Columbia are encouraged to select one recipient from their state. The award recipients are selected based on timely submission of data, demonstrated commitment to student success, and serving as an exemplary model for their state’s application campaign. 

    We are proud to announce that White Oak High School has been nominated for the School of Excellence Award. The notice of the nomination from College Foundation, Inc., congratulated White Oak High School and OCS on “the success you had during the College Application Week AND the strides that we have seen, as you work toward strengthening your college and career readiness culture over the last several years! Impressive is an understatement. The work that your faculty, staff, community, and students are doing is remarkable. You are very much showing your students (in the high school and your feeder schools) that they have limitless possibilities and boundless horizons.” 

    The national announcement of all winners will come out in late March or early April. 

    Congratulations on your nomination! 

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  • Battle of the Books Winners 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/14/2024 9:45:00 AM

    The Battle of the Books program aims to promote reading. Students, no matter their level, are exposed to quality literature from various genres and perspectives by well-known authors. Through the enjoyment and challenge of the competition, students enhance their reading and social skills, grow in their selection of reading materials, and learn more about different topics. The game format of Battle of the Books creates interest and excitement in reading. Even when the competition is intense, students and coaches understand that the objective is to READ, not necessarily to win! 

    For the elementary competition, there were 15 books with 17 teams competing.  

    After a 4-day event in February, Swansboro Elementary School's team emerged and claimed the title as Onslow County Battle of the Books Champions.  They will represent Onslow County in the regional competition on Friday, April 19, at the Dillard Center in Wayne County.   

    SBES Battle of the Books team

    Swansboro Elementary Battle of the Books Team:

    • Brinley Marston, Grade 4 
    • Addison Oldfield, Grade 4
    • Hadley Schiefer, Grade 4
    • Jack Wauters, Grade 4
    • Landin Dewald, Grade 5
    • Evelyn Hanson, Grade 5 
    • Rebekah Katz, Grade 5
    • Noah Kohkemper, Grade 5 
    • Evelyn Light, Grade 5
    • Logan McDowall, Grade 5 
    • Addie Richmond, Grade 5
    • Gavin Williams, Grade 5 

    The Middle School BoB competition is a one-day event in which all 8 of our middle schools participated. Middle school teams were assigned to read 20 books! The winning team was New Bridge Middle School, and they will represent OCS in the regional competition which will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at the Rose Hill High School Fine Arts Building. 

    NBMS Battle of the Books team 

    New Bridge Middle Battle of the Books Team: 

    • Jules Beard, Grade 6  
    • Derrick Bechtel, Grade 6  
    • Coraline Becker, Grade 6 
    • Mary Brown, Grade 6  
    • Kinley Cannon, Grade 6  
    • Isaac Dupuis, Grade 6 
    • Jiana May, Grade 6  
    • Carolynn Sommers, Grade 7 
    • Kairi Leal, Grade 7  

    The High School Battle of the Books competition was held on February 27, and included 7 of our OCS high schools. Students in this competition were responsible for reading 16 books.

    The winning team was Richlands High School, and these students will represent OCS at the Kinston High School Performing Arts Center on April 12. 

    High School BOB

    Richlands High Battle of the Books Team: 

    • Cassandra Smith, Grade 9  
    • Hayley Baird, Grade 11 
    • Emma Batchelor, Grade 11 
    • La’Bria Carter, Grade 11 
    • Genesis Cordoba-Montecino, Grade 11 
    • Kelcey Clink, Grade 12 
    • Abigail Huller, Grade 12  

    Congratulations to all of our 2024 Battle of the Books winners! 

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  • Scholastic Art Awards

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/14/2024 9:40:00 AM

    WOHS Principal Joycelyn Cassidy accepts awards on her students' behalf

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been honoring creative teens from across the country since 1923. Students in grades 7-12 enter their works of art and writing in 29 categories.

    Experts in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are former award winners, judge the submissions.

    They look for works that show originality, technical skill, and the development of a personal voice or vision.

    At the Regional Level, Gold Key awards are given to the best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically eligible for national-level recognition.

    Silver Key awards are given to outstanding works submitted to local programs that show remarkable ability.

    Honorable Mentions are given to excellent works submitted to local programs that demonstrate great skill and potential. 

    We would like to recognize the following artists from White Oak High School:

    • Trinity White – Grade 10
      • Title: When Worlds Collide
      • Pencil Drawing – Honorable Mention
    • Aiden Ruddick – Grade 11
      • Title: Pieced Together
      • Photography – Silver Key Award

    We have also been informed that Aiden is one of five students selected to get a $1,500 scholarship if he decides to pursue art at East Carolina University.

    Congratulations to you both!

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  • Eastern Regional Honors Jazz Ensemble

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/14/2024 9:30:00 AM

    Honors Jazz Ensemble students are recognized

    The Eastern Region Jazz Band Clinic was held February 16-17, 2024, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

    Congratulations to the following students who participated in the clinic. These students did not just make it to the regional ensemble, they also earned a spot in the All State Jazz Band! 

    Northside High

    • Quinton Adgerson – Grade 12 – 1st Chair Tenor Sax
    • Chris Jones – Grade 12 – 5th Chair Trumpet
      • Director of Bands – Aaron Kingsberry
      • Principal – Brad Staley/AP – Jennifer Baggett, Jaime Smith

    Richlands High

    • Porter Chappell – Grade 11 – 1st Chair Guitar
      • Director of Bands – Wes Adams
      • Principal – Steve Clarke/AP – Cara Jackson, Christel Caliguire

    Congratulations to these musicians and their teachers, and also, congratulations on their eligibility for participation in All State Jazz Band!

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  • 2023-2024 Onslow County Schools Wells Fargo Principal of the Year

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/8/2024 2:40:00 PM

    Lisa Marshall and staff

    OCS is excited to recognize Mrs. Lisa Marshall, of Northwoods Elementary School, as the 2023-2024 Onslow County Schools Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

    The official announcement was made on October 20, when Mrs. Marshall – surrounded by her staff, students, and family – was surprised with the news at her school by a group of district leaders.  

    An Onslow County native and graduate of Jacksonville High School, Mrs. Marshall has more than 20 years of experience as an educator and has been with OCS since 2006. After starting her career in another county, she joined OCS as a teacher at Northwoods Elementary and has since served as the assistant principal of Northwoods Elementary for 7 years and as principal for the past 3 years.  

    Marshall’s staff say that her dedication to creating a positive and supportive environment for her school is unmatched. In her nomination letter, Northwoods Elementary School Assistant Principal Megan Bond said Ms. Marshall’s “consistent presence and support have created positive relationships with the community that surrounds our school.”  

    “...She consistently supports, encourages, and motivates our staff. In turn, they support, encourage, and motivate our students.” 

    In addition to creating a positive environment at her school, Marshall has made it her mission to improve student proficiency. At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, Northwoods Elementary was identified as a low-performing school, based on the previous year’s testing data.   

    Through Marshall’s leadership and unwavering dedication to supporting student and staff success, Northwoods Elementary went on to not only exceed their growth goals in the 2022-2023 school year, but also were identified as being in the top 25 percent of all schools in North Carolina in terms of year-over-year growth and were able to exit low-performing status. 

    Congratulations on this outstanding recognition, and for your great job representing Onslow County Schools at the regional level. 

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  • 2023-2024 VFW NC 5th District Teacher of the Year

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/8/2024 2:30:00 PM

    Allison Schwerin

    The VFW North Carolina 5th District is proud to announce that Allison Schwerin has been named its 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year. Allison is a Career and Technical Education teacher at Dixon Middle School. A teacher since 2005, she is certified to teach Business and Information Technology, Special Education, Social Studies and English Language Arts.  

    As a Career and Technical Education teacher, she engages her students in becoming college and career ready while also working to ensure her students become productive citizens. She incorporates civic literacy where applicable and invites speakers from the local community to her class. A proud military spouse and wife of a retired law enforcement officer, she understands the importance of students making connections with their friends, school and the community around them. Allison also works alongside her school's military liaison in support of her efforts to help the school's military students and their families. 

    Her Teacher of the Year package has been forwarded to VFW North Carolina for further judging. If Allison wins at the national level, she will be awarded $1,000 for professional development expenses and Dixon Middle School will be awarded $1,000. 

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