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Dec. 11, 2015

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Please enjoy this ALL STUDENT edition of Our Story! Our students come first, and we can all learn from the creativity, determination and selflessness of the students featured below. As the late UCLA Coach John Wooden said, "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."  

Shout Outs! 
1. Liz Short, Neil Blackwell and Sunny Sandhu, seniors, Fike High
All three of Fike's Morehead-Cain nominees have been selected as semi-finalists! This is an amazing accomplishment, and we are so proud of them. Only 20 percent of applicants are chosen as semi-finalists. These students now have the opportunity to sit for interviews with a regional selection committee. Pictured are the students and Principal Mark Holley.

2. Djimon Bailey, eighth-grader, Darden Middle
Djimon is becoming a Shout Out! legend this year with all of his accomplishments! For the second year in a row, he was selected to attend the Hot 100 Middle School Showcase as one of the region's top male basketball players. Djimon has also been featured in Stack magazine as a high-level athlete and maintains an A average. 

3. Students in BLAST at Elm City Middle 
Sixth- and seventh-graders in the BLAST peer tutoring program visited the Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport last week. They toured the facility, spoke with the Fire Manager and Civil Air Patrol Manager, learned about a variety of aviation-based careers and even went inside a luxury jet (parked safely on the ground). The students received numerous compliments for their excellent questions and attentiveness. 

4. Fourth-graders in Ms. Gilmore's class at Jones Elementary
Students in Ms. Gilmore's class recently completed a fundraiser to provide 100 zippered pouches filled with goodies to families at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham. The pouches provide a way for the families to carry snacks, drinks, medications, etc. to and from the hospital. The fundraiser was in honor of Superman Noah - the 15-month old son of one of Ms. Gilmore's friends who passed away last year after battling cancer. 

5. Grayson Thorne, sixth-grader, Springfield Middle
When children at Duke Children's Hospital reach a milestone in their treatment, they are able to pick a prize from a toy chest. Grayson was at the hospital recently and noticed the toys were picked over, and he asked for a list of approved toys. Please consider donating items and supporting Grayson! Here is more information from his mother: "I'm very proud of what Grayson is doing. We are very grateful to Duke for everything they do for so many kids. If you've never needed them, it's hard to understand how important the facility and staff are. But when it's your child's life on the line, they are a true blessing. The approved items are: Matchbox/Hotwheels cars, small Nerf-like balls, coloring/activity books, craft kits, board games (ages 3-10), Play-Doh (only name brand), Lego sets and nail polish sets."


6. Rachel Cobb, Emma Wandscher and Brianna Edwards, FBLA Students at Fike High
These students attended the NC FBLA Triangle East Regional Competitive Events at Cary High School on Dec. 4 and advanced to the state competition in March! Congratulations on placing in these events: Rachel Cobb? placed first in Public Speaking 1; Emma Wandscher? placed second in Database Design and Applications; and Brianna Edwards? placed fourth in Introduction to Business Procedures. 

7. Zaniya Richardson, sixth-grader, Darden Middle

Business Teacher Ivana Pina-Eatmon recently asked her students to create an electronic Christmas card to send to someone. Zaniya wrote a heartfelt letter and sent it to Superintendent Sean Bulson to thank him for his hard work and for supporting students. She was delighted when Dr. Bulson responded to her card!

8. Barnes Elementary Students
Does it get any better than an elementary Christmas program? One of our favorite pictures of the year - the audience reacting to the stellar performance of the Barnes students in the Winter Program. At Barnes, students in grades K-5 are featured in the program. Kudos to these precious babies! 

Camille Tew, senior, and Nicholas Tew, freshman, Hunt High
Camille and Nicholas are returning cast members in the 41st Anniversary of Ira David Wood’s A Christmas Carol showing at the Durham Performing Arts Center December 17-20. This play has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast! 

10. Toisnot Middle Band
From Wells Elementary Principal Wendy Sullivan: "I was amazed at the professionalism displayed by the students in the Toisnot band as they went about the business of changing places and moving instruments at their recent concert. The students were at ease, and it seemed effortless - although I completely understand the hard work and hours that go into such a performance. The kids LOVE Band Teacher Jordan Webb, and I am delighted that both of my boys have had her as a teacher."

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