Students visit Senate: Fourth graders from Gaston Day School recently traveled to Raleigh as part of their study of geography, economics and state government.
The students met Sen. Kathy Harrington and were able to visit the floor of the North Carolina Senate chamber.
AD named: Terry Radford was recently named athletic director at the new Stuart W. Cramer High School. He currently serves as athletic director at Hunter Huss High.
Radford starts Jan. 22 and will develop and supervise the new school’s athletic programs. Cramer High opens in fall 2013 with grades 9-10. Grade 11 will be added in 2014, followed by grade 12 in 2015. The school features a 1,500-seat gymnasium and a 3,000-seat stadium.
A committee of middle school students who will attend the new Cramer High chose “Storm” as the school’s mascot, and silver, black and purple as the school colors.
Artwork published: Jordan Grimes, a student at John Chavis Middle School, recently published a drawing of her dog in a national magazine.
Jordan’s drawing was published in the January issue of “Dog Fancy” magazine. She is a sixth grader at Chavis Middle.
Students, teacher honored: John Chavis Middle School recently named its Students of the Month for November.
Selection is based on academic performance, behavior, character, improvement and overall contribution to the class and school.
Sixth grade: Brianna Bearden, Taryn Jenkins, Nicole Fields, Maggie Barnes
Seventh grade: Whitney Silver, Davonta’ Martin, Dillon Sain
Eighth grade: Yung Sherrill, Alexis Hunter
Staff members named Susie Jenkins, a sixth grade math teacher, as Staff Member of the Month. Jenkins previously taught at W.C. Friday Middle.
Students of the Month: W.C. Friday Middle School announced its most recent Students of the Month.
Honorees were Thomas Smoot, Bailey Burr, Charley Thao, Hunter Adams, Asia Spinks, Ruth Marlowe, Ricky Dale Tanner, Kinlee Pruitt and J.W. Conner.
A luncheon was held in their honor on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Boone named to board: Brent Boone, executive director of high schools and fine arts for Gaston County Schools, was recently appointed to the North Carolina Virtual Public School Advisory Board.
He was chosen for his in-depth knowledge of the N.C. Virtual Public School program
Student earns scholarships: Kayla Journey, a senior at Highland School of Technology, has earned three academic scholarships.
Kayla has been awarded scholarships to Lee University, Lees-MacRae and Freed-Hardeman University.
Springfield honors: Springfield Elementary faculty recently named Allison Wells the school’s Teacher of the Year.
Lou Grigg won Teacher Assistant of the Year honors.
Engineering scholarship: Gaston County high school seniors are invited to apply for a new engineering scholarship created by Stephen Griffin, CEO of 6 SigmaTek.
“See It Through Engineering” is also funded by Yorel Integrated Solutions.
Students should see their guidance counselor for information or visit www.GastonCountyScholarships.com. Application deadline is April 8.
Photography contest: The North Carolina Forest Service is sponsoring a 2013 Arbor Day Photo Contest for students in grades 5-12. The photo contest is an opportunity to share the beauty, value and benefits of trees. This year’s contest theme is “Trees Where I Live.”
Contest details, guidelines and an entry form are available online at www.ncforestservice.gov/Urban/arbor_day_photo_contest.htm. Submission deadline is Feb. 28. Details: Jennifer Rall, NC Forest Service, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-857-4849.
Volunteer orientation: Gaston County Schools will hold a volunteer orientation session at 12:15 p.m. Jan 18 at the Central Office, 943 Osceola St. in Gastonia.
Lincoln Charter project: Lincoln Charter, a K-12 college preparatory charter school, recently donated toys to children in Breezy Point, N.Y., as part of Hurricane Sandy relief.
The toys were distributed at the local recovery shelter and at the Breezy Point community tree lighting ceremony. Lincoln Charter partnered with the Commission of Fire Fighters in the community service project.
DECA competition: The North Lincoln High DECA Club competed at the district level on Dec. 19 at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College.
• Apparel and Accessories Marketing
Second Place: Abby Labar
Top 6 Overall Finalists: Anna Formichella, Escher Griffin, Abby Labar, Madison Looper.
Top 3 Test Scores: Julianna Sides
Top 3 Performance: Escher Griffin, Abby Labar
• Principles of Marketing
Jordyn Connell, first place; Kaitlyn Blackburn, third place
Top 6 Overall Finalists: Ricky Anthony, Kaitlyn Blackburn, Jordyn Connell, Cooper Marshall, Ethan Thornhill
Top 3 Test Scores and Top 3 Performance: Ricky Anthony, Jordyn Connell
• Retail Marketing Services
First Place: Christina Draper
Top 6 Overall Finalists: Christina Draper, Mary Pruneir, Carson Jackson
Top 3 Test Score and Top 3 Performance: Christina Draper
• Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Competition
First Place: Fallon Huffman and Cohen Pirtle
Team Decision Making: Grant Studdard and Taylor Woodby, third place
Top 6 Overall Finalists: Fallon Huffman and Cohen Pirtle, Grant Studdard and Taylor Woodby, Sean Robinson and TJ Carswell, Dalton Kraklon and Max Caldwell, Leslie Leung and Dalton Riker
Top 6 Test Score: Alex Ashby, Alidia Hannon, Dalton Kraklon, Leslie Leung, Cohen Pirtle
Top 6 Performance: Fallon Huffman and Cohen Pirtle, Grant Studdard and Taylor Woodby, Sean Robinson and T.J. Carswell, Hunter Foster and Courtney Sigmon, Amber Case and Caitlin Adams.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley