Gaston County Schools' back-to-school orientation and open house schedule:
Highland School of Technology: 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, freshmen.
Warlick School: Wednesday- Friday, orientation by appointment.
Forestview High School: 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Freshman Transition Camp.
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Gardner Park Elementary School: 3 p.m. next Sunday, kindergarten orientation.
Holy Angels recently honored the following graduating seniors and administrator from Gaston County Schools at the 2008 Volunteer Appreciation Banquet in Belmont:
BrittanieKendrick of East Gaston High, Jerica Martin, Kirsten Brown and Jimmy Heracklis of Forestview High. Terry Usery, principal of Tryon Elementary School, received the Ed Sabatini Advocacy Award.
Walter Burks, a Highland School of Technology graduate, recently won a store-level Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship. He is now competing on the regional level.
Maya Hardin, a Highland School of Technology graduate recently received a scholarship from the Gastonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The Mount Holly Middle School eighth-grade band, directed by Eric Myers, recently received top honors at the 2008 Carowinds 32nd Annual Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choral & Show Choir Festival.
The band performed Level II/III music for nationally known composers and judges, who awarded the group a superior rating.
South Point High School's Allied Health class recently toured the North Carolina Burn Center and Emergency Room of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical complex. Students also learned about the hospital's helicopter trauma team.
Participants toured the facilities and received an in-depth look at medical treatment of burn patients and emergency victims.
Participating students were Cadee Greenway, Emily Scruggs, Brittainey Moore, Julia Ratchford, Ellen Long, Logan Tucker, Anna Watkins, Madison Pope, Allyssa Hall, Laney Guice, Ashley Parker and Ashley Yonker. Gloria Caldwell is the Allied Health instructor.
The following students from Bessemer City Middle School recently won awards at the 2008 Gaston County Schools Middle School Art Show:
Victoria Thompson, first place, drawing; Jennifer Pruitt, second place, painting; Anthony Secundino, second place, mixed media; Brooke Mayberry, honorable mention, mixed media.