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December 5, 2014

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Shout Outs! 

1. Administration and Office Staff at Hunt High
Kudos to these folks at Hunt for assisting in the planning of a special event on Tuesday for Jeremy Tucker to surprise him as the North Central Region Teacher of the Year. They were absolute vaults with the secret and handled every detail both big and small to ensure it was a special day. The delegates from the state were so impressed, and Superintendent Bulson is grateful for your assistance, professionalism and attention to detail. 

2. David Lewis, seventh-grade science teacher, Elm City Middle
Most of us remember learning about cells in middle school, but I'm not sure many of us did it this way. Students in Mr. Lewis' class recently created edible cell models. Principal Will Pope wanted to commend the students on their creativity and Mr. Lewis for encouraging them to think outside of the box. 

3. Shree Pickett, kindergarten teacher, Winstead Elementary
Ms. Pickett is a first-year kindergarten teacher at Winstead, and she is such an amazing asset to the staff. She created a "Now What Notebook" to guide effective reading instruction for every student, and the initiative is having a positive impact. 

4. Jennifer Stancil, sixth-grade teacher, Darden Middle
On Nov. 14, the sixth-graders at Darden visited the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the USS North Carolina Battleship. Ms. Stancil planned and organized the details for the learning experience, and the students were inspired and verbalized their intent to begin researching colleges. We appreciate her commitment to the future of these students. 

5. Donna Winborne, counselor, Lucama Elementary 
Principal John Joyner, School Secretary Lynn Boswell and the remainder of the Lucama staff wanted to thank Ms. Winborne for her kindness and compassion when working with students and the way she is able to anticipate their needs. 

6. Noah Baker, student, New Hope Elementary

Jami Smith wanted to send a Shout Out! to her son, Noah Baker, for winning third place in the districtwide Wetlands Poster Contest: "We look forward to attending the banquet honoring you and the other two winners on Dec. 4. Way to represent our family and your school!"

7. Fike High Students Assist OIC of Wilson
Eleven students at Fike assisted from beginning to end with the OIC Food Distribution the day before Thanksgiving. For the second year in a row, the weather was very cold and rainy. The students transported food for a dozen needy families, and they truly worked with an amazing spirit. Pictured are the students with OIC President and Founder Howard Jones. 

8. Jasmine Lee and Jeannie Lyndon, counselors, Beddingfield High
School Counselor Bettena Adams-Artis wanted to give her colleges a Shout Out!: "Ms. Lee came to campus with a youthful vibrancy and energy sparking the interest in our students and staff for all things college bound. She has organized SAT & CFNC registration drives, become the lead with our GEAR Up group and works with students individually on test registration, fee waivers, college applications and NCAA eligibility. She is well on her way to becoming one of the best in her profession! Ms. Lyndon arrived at Beddingfield with extensive counseling experience from her time at Forest Hills Middle. Her energy and passion for helping young people is evident in the way she goes about her day. She has re-energized the department with her ideas and contributions. Her revamping of the character education program has created a welcomed buzz about recognizing our students for their exceptional character. The students have been so proud to be recognized each month. Both women are exceptional additions to the Bruin counseling team, and I am so proud to say they are shining examples of what it means to BE BRUIN!"

9. Deedra Wood, Kristina Stark and Cindy Hernandez, staff at Stantonsburg Elementary, and Stantonsburg Police Chief John Hunt
After a recent field trip, a student with no previous history had a seizure, and these folks were instrumental in helping the student and handling things quickly and professionally. Principal Denise Taylor wanted to commend them for their actions and also recognize the other students who were present and showed great concern and care for their classmate. 

10. Fourth-graders at Barnes Elementary 
The fourth-graders at Barnes have been busy creating beautiful Christmas cards in Ben Gufford's art class. Here is a link to an online art exhibit to help get you in the Christmas spirit! 


- Don't miss the Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale at Wilson Medical Center on Mon., Dec. 8 and Tues., Dec. 9 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the same company that sets up in the cafeteria at Fike for our Opening Day. 

- Two of our amazing employees, Jessica and DeWayne Ward, are raising money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The funds ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude as their children are treated for cancer. Please consider giving to this amazing organization. Here is a link to Jessica's fundraising page.

CHEW is presently feeding 573 chronically hungry children each weekend. If you know of anyone who would like to make a financial donation, $5.10 will feed a child for a weekend. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 728, Wilson, NC 27894. During the holidays, encourage friends to make a donation to CHEW in someone's honor.
* Feel free to email Shout Outs!, Opportunities and pictures/news to feature in OURSTORY and/or for the WCS main website and Facebook page!

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