Brookside Elementary recently named its Silent Hero winners for the 2008-09 school year.
Each month, three fifth-graders were nominated for the annual award, which honors character and courage without seeking recognition.
This year's winners were Chad Hughes and Hailey Hagans. They enjoyed lunch at the City Club on May 5 with Principal Jerry Bostic and fifth-grade teachers Beth Washle and Emily Thornburg.
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Amber Donaldson was recently named Page Primary teacher of the month for April.
A native of Cullowhee who now lives in Belmont, Donaldson graduated from UNC Charlotte. She has been teaching for three years.
The girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams from Forestview High School were presented with a commendation honoring them for excelling to the NCHSAA 3A State Title Championship Playoffs in Raleigh.
The Gaston County Board of Commissioners recognized both teams in a ceremony April 9 at the Gaston County Courthouse.
Several Highland School of Technology students recently earned awards at the Future Business Leaders of America 2009 state leadership conference.
Roy Abernathy, first place, business presentation.
Frazier Smith, first place, technology concepts. Smith also was elected southwest regional vice president
Corwin Martin, second place, introduction to technology concepts.
Monique Kreisman, second place, public speaking I.
Brandon Wilson, Ernie Heavener and Peter Grichanichenko, third place, network design.
Ashton Anderson, Wes Johnson, Reginald Jones and Shannon Norris, Top 10, parliamentary procedure.
Tonique Garrett, top 10, accounting II and principles of business.
Kasey Mead, top 10, principles of business.
Caitlyn Johnson, top 10, business communications.
Kasey Mead, Isaiah Nelson and Houston McCurry, top 10, entrepreneurship.
Sean Rankin, top 10, economics.
Josh Watts, a senior at Forestview High School, was recently crowned Mr. Forestview in the school's annual pageant fundraiser.
Each contestant represented a different film in the event's Hollywood theme.
Watts represented the James Bond movies and also was recognized as the top ad salesman.
Senior Sam Crabtree represented “Drumline” and won first runner-up honors with a social commentary he wrote and read on stage.
Second runner-up honors went to senior Wesley Clinton, who represented “Top Gun” and performed a rendition of Tom Jones' “What's New Pussycat.”
Stanley Wong represented “High School Musical” and performed a self-choreographed hip-hop dance.
Senior Tommy Adams won Mr. Congeniality honors.
Forestview's Interact Club sponsors Mr. Forestview. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other Interact charities.
Math teacher Amanda Choren directed the pageant.
Several students from Carr Elementary School recently displayed their artwork at Westfield Eastridge Mall.
Selected students were Emily Ross, Brandon Turner, Emily Sinclair, Katie Jones, Harley Tanner, Courtney Franklin, Haley Novy, Breanna Nicoletti, Kwayvion Griggs and Cecilia Chan.
Art teacher Keisha Byrd chose the students for the exhibit sponsored by the Gaston County Art Guild.
Five students from Carr Elementary were recently chosen to read their stories at the poetry and prose celebration at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.
Winners were Austin Braswell, Lindsey Choate, Kinlee Pruitt, Annalyse Treadway and Jenna Thornton.
Forestview High School science teacher Lenora Crabtree was recently nominated for the N.C. State University inspirational teacher award.
Tierra Pressley, a 2008 graduate of Forestview, submitted the nomination.
The award recognizes excellence in high school teaching and shows appreciation for those who instilled a passion for learning in students.
Dana Avery, a kindergarten teacher at Love Memorial Elementary School, was recently named Lincoln County Schools 2009-10 teacher of the year.
The passion and unique characteristics that she saw in her elementary school teachers inspired her to go into teaching, too. Avery is committed to helping students of all levels.
“All children can learn,” she said in a release. “Teaching is the heart of education. Without it, students fail.”
Avery began her career in education in 1993 at Battleground Elementary. She also taught for nine years at Rock Spring Elementary before joining Love Memorial.
Avery earned a master's degree in reading and this year attained National Board Certification. She serves as a grade level chair and supervises a student teacher.
Jennifer Marshall of Pumpkin Center Primary and Pumpkin Center Intermediate schools, was recently named Lincoln County Schools 2009 assistant principal of the year.
Marshall was recognized for her focus, organization, professionalism, dedication and love for children.
Now in her fourth year as an assistant principal, she previously taught exceptional children at Rock Springs Elementary School. Marshall also served as assistant principal at East Lincoln Middle School. Compiled by Leigh Pressley