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Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015

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Shout Outs! Lots of 'em!
- Hearne Elementary wanted to give a Shout Out! to these folks for taking great care of them during Teacher Appreciation: Pizza Inn, WCS Administrative Services Department and Finance Department and Rachel Pierce.

Jeannette Etheridge, math teacher at Fike High, was awarded a $5,000 technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase TI-Inspire calculators. 

Christine Gilmore, third-grade teacher at Jones Elementary, and Lisa Lewis, business teacher from Hunt High, are new inductees into Delta Kappa Gamma Society International - Omicron Chapter, which promotes professional and personal growth of female educators and excellence in education.

Olivia Exum, a senior at Beddingfield High, won the local Golden Circle Optimist Oratorical Contest. The other participants were all juniors in the AVID Program at Hunt High: Diana Chavez-Hernandez (second place), Ruben Franco, Ashleigh Best and Alana Mooring. Olivia and Diana will compete at the district level on May 23

Wilson 20/20 Community Vision held its annual meeting Wednesday with keynote speaker Dr. James Johnson from UNC-Chapel Hill. The topic centered on diversity and everyone in attendance left with their eyes opened to disruptive demographics across our nation, state and town. Kudos to Paula Benson and her Board for all their work to build a stronger community through partnerships, collaboration, innovative programs and shared resources.

Ian West, senior at Fike High, recently cleared 16 feet to win the 3A Pole Vault championship and become the first four-time state champion in the vault!

The WCS Glow Run 5K was a huge success with more than 400 people participating to support health initiatives for our students! Shout Out! to Jessica Bailey, WCS web guru and coordinator of special projects, for organizing the event and to the WCS Maintenance Dept., Chick-fil-A, Run the East and all the student/staff volunteers! 

- Toisnot Middle has been offering before- and after-school tutoring for students and guess who is leading the eighth-grade science sessions? Principal Ronnia Cockrell. What a great example of leadership! 

- Neill Blackwell, Kate Hanson and Carol Jablonski, students at Fike High
, were accepted into the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics Program - a state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). 

- The Automotive Technology Program at Beddingfield High recently earned accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The program underwent rigorous evaluation in the areas of instruction, facilities and equipment. This is a win-win for graduates who are more employable in automotive jobs with this training. 

Sheriff Calvin Woodard recently visited fifth-graders at Vinson-Bynum to talk about making the right choices and staying in school to succeed in life. The students enjoyed his visit!  

- Kudos to the Wilson Youth Council for organizing the “25 Days of Respect Countdown” selfie contest. The council promoted this new anti-bullying initiative at every middle and high school. 

- Women's soccer players Eynde Frazier of Hunt High and Katie Stokely and Mary Love Taylor of Fike High have been selected as players in the 2015 Clash of the Carolinas and the 2015 NC Coaches Association East/West All-Star game. To be selected for both games is a great honor. All three will continue their soccer careers at the NCAA Division 1 level: Eynde at Western Carolina, Katie at UNC-Wilmington and Mary Love at Duke.

- Rachel Haun, reading intervention teacher at Barnes Elementary, wanted to recognize her colleague Tinika Bunch: "Ms. Bunch is a great team player, gives excellent advice to many people in the school and goes above and beyond her teaching role!"

- Eight members of the Hunt High Technology Student Assoc. recently attended a conference in Greensboro and competed in various technology events. Shout Out! to Dakota Tomlinson, Nieimah Moore, Tiara Rouse, Cullen Lee, Edwin Langston, Daniel Kersey, Nicholas Stillman, James Bailey, Advisor Susi Price and Bus Driver/Chaperone Terrane Hinnant.

Shelby Aycock, fourth-grader at Stantonsburg Elementary, initiated the process to have a Buddy Bench at her school after reading about it in a magazine. The Buddy Bench is a red bench that is placed on a school playground and if students feel lonely or bored, they sit on the bench as a signal to other classmates to play with them. Stantonsburg recently unveiled the bench to coincide with the "25 Days of Respect Countdown." 

The Hunt Junior Pink Ladies hosted the second annual Mother/Daughter Zumba event this past weekend with Hunt Math Teacher Joy Edwards as the instructor. All proceeds to participate went to the Pink Ladies of the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson.  

- Theresa Mathis, advisor for the Wilson Youth Council, wanted to give a Shout Out! to students involved in WDMS-TV at Darden Middle. The “25 Days of Respect Countdown” made headlines on their morning announcement program, and they did a great job as the anchors. Special thanks to Karen Bessey, media coordinator, for creating such an innovative program. 

- Tanji Bass, PTO prez at Elm City Middle, wanted to thank the following folks for their help with the school's spring fundraising event: 
Lee Ann Madar, Sheryl Creech, Renee Barnes, Brent Pearson, Gretchen Hunt, Adam Schultz, Councilman Tom Fyle and the Fike NHS students.

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