Jan Barriger, a teacher at Alexander Central High School, was named the 2009-10 Alexander County Schools teacher of the year. She was honored at the Teacher Celebration Banquet on May 18. Barriger received a crystal apple.
Pat Fox was recently selected as the 2009 outstanding bus driver of the year for Alexander County Schools.
Fox drives a bus at Taylorsville Elementary. She received a plaque from transportation director John McCurdy and associate superintendent Jeff Peal.
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Caldwell County students remembered fallen soldiers and active members of the military with a variety of Memorial Day observances.
Local veterans spoke to large student audiences at some schools. Students also created Memorial Day walls and quilts, recited patriotic poems and interviewed faculty and staff who served in the U.S. armed forces. Each school in the system designated a time and event to remember Memorial Day.
Timothy Markley, superintendent of Catawba County Schools, was named the northwest superintendent of the year on May 20. He was selected unanimously by his peers in the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance.
Markley was recognized for his positive leadership style, innovative ideas and approachable attitude. He also was noted for his willingness to help others succeed by offering his information, time and expertise.
Markley serves as chairperson of the Alliance's superintendent's council.
Markley will now advance to the 2010 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year competition in the fall.
The Alliance membership is made up of school districts from Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Hickory, Winston Salem/Forsyth County, Elkin City, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and the N.C. School for the Deaf.
The Bandys Child Care Center, on the Bandys High School campus in Catawba, is looking for children to fill child-care openings for the 2009-10 school year.
The center accepts children ages 3-5 who are potty-trained. Hours are 7:35 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Fridays. The center follows the Catawba County Schools calendar.
The facility is a five-star child-care center and a laboratory training facility for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education course. Tuition is $90 per week .
For more information, contact the school at 828-241-3171.
Members of the Leadership 2013 Class were recently named by Hickory Public Schools.
Participants, who will graduate from Hickory High School in 2013, were selected for the internship program, which provides practical, field-based experience with a nonprofit, governmental agency and private business. Students learn about goals and how the organizations reach their objectives.
Each summer for three years, students complete a week-long, 30-hour internship. Seminars are held throughout the year, and a project is presented at an annual banquet.
The program is now in its 14th year.
Members of the Leadership 2013 class are Nick Carlton, James Corsi, Matthew Gosnell, Zoe Fisher, Katie Mathewson, Raheim Connelly, Malik Linebarger, Kara Wiley, Elizabeth Menard, Sydney Goebelbecker, Miranda Broussard, Lauren Skoog and Nick Guarino.
Project Graduation will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 11 in the gymnasium at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Project Graduation is a chemical-free celebration held after graduation ceremonies for Newton-Conover High School students. It's an opportunity for graduates to have fun in a safe, alcohol- and drug-free environment and a way for the community to say they're proud of students.
Held at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the event includes karaoke, a deejay, swimming, racquetball, bounce houses and “air” games such as an inflatable obstacle course, air jousting and a bungee run. Each senior who attends receives a prize, ranging from a beach chair to a color television. Seniors can register one guest through June 10 by contacting Alice Averitt at the school or during graduation practice. The event is free to seniors and includes entertainment, food and prizes.
Each senior can also bring a registered guest. Registration is required by June 10. Compiled by Leigh Pressley