Gaston & Catawba

Gaston/Lincoln school news

Gaston County

Smith selected for conference: Meagan Smith, a senior at Hunter Huss International Baccalaureate High School, was selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Nov. 14-16 in Washington, D.C.

The honors program provides motivation and direction to top students who aspire to be physicians and medical scientists and to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Meagan was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Her selection was based on academic achievement, leadership potential and the determination to serve humanity through medicine.

At Hunter Huss, Meagan serves as president of Health Occupations Students of America and Science Olympiad, as vice president of the National Beta Club and treasurer of the National Honor Society. She also participates in the Interact Club, Senior Council and Pep Club.

In addition, Meagan competes on the swim team and soccer team and volunteers at CaroMont Health Hospital. Her honors include being named the International Baccalaureate Student of the Year at Hunter Huss, earning the Presidential Community Service Award, serving as a Junior Marshall and participating in Teens Westward Bound.

During the three-day conference, Meagan will join students from across the country to hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners discuss leading medical research and top medical school deans talk about what to expect in medical school. Students also learn about cutting-edge advances in medicine and medical technology.

Meagan, who plans to pursue pediatric medicine with an oncology specialization, received a fully paid scholarship to attend the conference.

Career walk: Sixth-graders at Belmont Middle School learned what it’s like to own a retail store, cook in a restaurant and serve as mayor during the downtown Career Walk program.

More than 100 students learned about potential professions during the educational field trip organized by Career and Technical Education teachers Deb Elmore, Ed Piercy and Jill Warren.

With downtown in their school’s backyard, Belmont Middle students in Exploring Career Decisions classes could come face-to-face with diverse careers and business options. The trip also helps the school build relationships and awareness with local business owners.

Four groups of sixth-graders walked around downtown, visiting Allison Love Fine Jewelry, Nationwide Insurance, iDropped cellphone repair shop, The String Bean restaurant, Walk & Run Belmont and the office of Mayor Charlie Martin.

Students filled out worksheets at each store and asked business owners and managers about their jobs. After the walk, they wrote reflection papers describing what they had learned and whether they discovered a career they would like. The youngsters also wrote thank you notes to businesses that gave presentations.

Sweezy selected: Elise Sweezy, a junior in the Business and Legal Studies program at Highland School of Technology, was recently chosen to serve in the Governor’s Page program.

She will spend a week in Raleigh working in the Governor’s Office to gain hands-on knowledge of the role of state government and the importance of public service.

Hallway huddle: Sadler Elementary held its first Hallway Huddle of the year to recognize staff for outstanding contributions to the school.

The School Improvement Team honored 15 staff members. They are: Phyllis Windham, Nicole Pollard, Charlotte Ware, Troy Winder, Isha Hardin, Edith Benson, Marisela Shumway, Bob Felker, Becky Perkins, Valerie Schoen, Jessica Ellison, Pam Hoffman, Becky Cochran, Ansley Putman and Todd Moser.

Marching band excels: The East Gaston High School marching band was named the Class 1A and 2A Grand Champion at the Chase High School Trojan Tournament of Bands.

In addition, the band earned first place honors in the drum major, percussion, color guard and music categories, and received the Trojan Pride Award for outstanding sportsmanship, behavior, character and respect during the competition.

All-County Chorus: Several students at John Chavis Middle School were recently selected to participate in the Gaston County All-County Chorus Festival.

The students were Allie McCloskey, Devon Hannah, Andrey Goretoy, Katie Branch, Chloe Tate, Caleb Mercer, Macie Drum and Niya Bush.

Alternates were Becca Knowles, Carter Smith and Dawson Moore.

Information session: Gaston Early College High School will host a Spotlight Night for eighth grade students and their parents who are interested in learning more about the Early College program.

Spotlight Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the school.

Spirit Night: Belmont Middle School sponsors Spirit Night 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at Johnny B’s Pizza. The next Spirit Night will be Nov. 20.

Patrons should write BMS on the back of their receipt. Dine-in and carry-out orders apply to the Spirit Night fundraiser for the school.

Outstanding educator awards: The Kia Outstanding Educator Awards Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.

Each school and the Central Office will nominate a staff member for the Kia Outstanding Educator Award. A random drawing will be held to determine the winner of a new Kia Soul from Kia of Gastonia.

Volunteer orientation: Adults who would like to serve as volunteers with Gaston County Schools are invited to attend a volunteer orientation session at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 or 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Central Office, 943 Osceola St. in Gastonia.

For information, call the Business Partnership Office at 704-866-6329.

Model bridge competition: Middle and high school students are encouraged to enter the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s 16th annual Model Bridge Building Contest.

The competition is designed to create student interest in careers related to transportation, engineering and construction. Deadline to enter is Nov. 14.

For information, visit

Mobile app available: Gaston County Schools has a new mobile app to enhance communication with parents, students, employees and the community.

The mobile app is available as a free download in the Apple iTunes and Google Play online stores. Find it by searching Gaston County Schools.

Lincoln County

Big 22 finals: Two Lincoln County football players – Darian Roseboro of Lincolnton High and Chazz Surratt of East Lincoln High – recently competed in the WSOC-TV Big 22 contest sponsored by OrthoCarolina.

Prior to the season, football coaches in the Charlotte viewing area nominated up to five high school players to be considered for the Big 22 honor. The Channel 9 Sports Team selected the final 22 after reviewing coach’s nominations.

Among the 22, Roseboro and Surratt were among five finalists determined by a percentage of public votes and a percentage of votes by the WSOC sports team.

Dupree Hart of Northwestern High in Rock Hill won the Big 22 Player of the Year competition.

Thanksgiving food drive: The National Honor Society at North Lincoln High School will sponsor its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive through Nov. 14.

Canned green beans, canned corn, canned yams, stuffing, instant potatoes and canned cranberry sauce are needed to pack Thanksgiving dinner boxes for people in need.

In past years, North Lincoln students and staff have collected enough good to create hundreds of Thanksgiving lunches.

To make a donation, call the school at 704-736-1969.

Textile recycling project: Lincoln County Schools is sponsoring a textile recycling project at each of its schools.

Unwanted clothing, shoes, linens, curtains, coats and other textiles in any condition may be dropped off in the textile recycle bins at each school. Each year, 13.1 million tons of textile waste is generated in the United States.

Schools will collect money for educational needs for every 490 pounds of textiles recycled. The drive runs through Dec. 1. The highest collecting school also will receive an additional $1,000.

Mentors needed: West Lincoln Middle Schools needs volunteer mentors for several students.

For information on how to participate, call Penny Hullette, CIS Coordinator, at 704-276-1760.

Parent portal available: Parents of children attending Lincoln County Schools can now sign up for the Home Base PowerSchool Parent Portal. The free Internet-based system allows parents to see grades, attendance and class schedules and to monitor their child’s academic progress.

A computer with Internet access is needed to view the website.

For an instructional video and other support documents, visit Compiled by Leigh Pressley