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Heritage Middle and Hillcrest Elementary schools were recently named two of the Top 50 Real Dedicated Educators, Administrators & Learners schools in North Carolina.

The award is based on student achievement and teacher working conditions.

As one of the 50 finalists, Heritage and Hillcrest will be highlighted on Gov. Mike Easley's Web site and listed in the 2008 Real D.E.A.L schools booklet provided at the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Conference. State winners will be announced in late October.

Approximately 80 students met with community leaders and school employees in Liberty Middle School's annual See You at the Pole event.

Participants gathered to pray for the school, community, families and military and government leaders.

Twelve of the 14 elementary schools in Caldwell County recently earned the highest five-star rating for before- and after-school childcare. The designation was awarded by the N.C. Division of Child Development.

Schools receiving the honor were Baton, Collettsville, Davenport, Dudley Shoals, Gamewell, Granite Falls, Happy Valley, Hudson, Kings Creek, Lower Creek, Sawmills and Valmead elementary schools.

Three students were recently named Shining Stars for September at Catawba County Schools.

Winners Steven Green, Jordan Krumanocker and Aaron Barnes received a trophy, certificate, $50 savings bond donated by BB&T and a $20 gift card from Texas Roadhouse.

Steven is a sixth-grader at Sherrills Ford Elementary. He showed courage, faith and dedication when his father was hospitalized several times while waiting for a heart transplant. Since the surgery, Steven has helped his mother and remained dedicated to doing well in school.

Jordan is a seventh-grader at Arndt Middle. She was recognized as an outstanding student who works hard, is prepared every day and loves to learn. Her enthusiasm inspires other students. Jordan also is an active volunteer with maturity and kind nature. She competes on the Lenoir-Rhyne swim team and the Arndt Middle cross country team.

Aaron is a junior at Maiden High School. He is an exceptional leader in Air Force JROTC, acting as Flight Commander of 23 new cadets. Aaron has shown exceptional patienceand a sincere desire to improve the skills of his cadets. He also edits the Air Force JROTC monthly newsletter. He maintains an A average and is a member of the Beta Club.

Freshmen at Bunker Hill High School who are participating in the Success 101 course enjoyed a unique transition activity with horses this fall.

Success 101 focuses on incoming at-risk freshmen. Eight students spent the day at the Exceptional Equestrian's barn, participating in activities such as cooperative games and lessons related to care and safety of horses.

The team-building program was funded by the N.C. Horse Council.

Arndt Middle School was recently named one of 50 finalists in the N.C. 2008 Real Dedicated Educators, Administrators & Learners School Awards.

Selection was based on outstanding student achievement over the past two years and positive teacher working conditions.

The school will be highlighted on the Governor's Web site and listed in the 2008 Real D.E.A.L Schools booklet provided at the upcoming statewide 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Conference.

Leigh Pressley

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