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Gaston County

Food drive: The Chavis Middle School Beta Club sponsored its annual canned food drive in December.

Chavis students and staff collected 616 items, including 395 from sixth grade, 84 from seventh grade and 137 from eighth grade. Mrs. Pace’s homeroom class collected the most with 138 items.

Beta Club officers are Macie Drum, Logan Barnett, Madison Philbeck, Taryn Jenkins and Brent Walls. Beta Club sponsors are Suzanne Beam, Robin Blackburn and Jeanna Spiker.

JROTC gives back: The Ashbrook High School Air Force JROTC delivered 3,000 cans of food to the Greater Gaston Baptist Association’s food bank during the recent holiday season.

Band raises uniform funds: Marching band students at Ashbrook High School will receive help to pay for uniforms thanks to several fundraisers that helped the school group raise $3,000.

During this season’s marching competition, Ashbrook High’s band earned its highest average performance score in seven years.

Eyeglass collection helps needy: The Southwest Middle School Beta Club recently collected 205 pairs of used eyeglasses for the Lions Club. The glasses will be refurbished and provided to people in need.

The Beta Club also donated new toys and books to The Least of These Gaston toy drive for foster children. DiBella Chiropractic Center in Gastonia matched the items donated in the toy and book drive.

Students in the Beta Club also collected 508 cans of food to the Salvation Army.

College scholarships: Several Highland School of Technology students recently earned college scholarships for academic merit.

Recipients and the schools that awarded their scholarships were: Mara Hayes, University of Tennessee; Julie Masluk, Savannah College of Art and Design; and Neyda Medina-Hernandez, Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Tobi Adelekun also was named a semifinalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Classroom Central gives supplies: Gaston County Schools recently received a donation of school supplies from Classroom Central.

Supplies were delivered to Tryon Elementary, where more than 90 teachers could pick up classroom items for distribution to students.

Teachers from Tryon Elementary, Cherryville Elementary, Beam Intermediate, Chavis Middle, Cherryville High, Bessemer City Primary, Bessemer City Central, Bessemer City Middle and Bessemer City High received the donated supplies.

Economics program: Gaston County Schools and Junior Achievement recently received a $3,500 contribution from the Community Foundation of Gaston County to fund the Economics for Success program in middle school.

The Junior Achievement program teaches students about financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.

Student Council organizes drive: The Bessemer City Central Elementary Student Council recently organized a food drive for the Bessemer City Crisis Center.

The collection drive brought in 514 cans of food.

Citizens of the month: Costner Elementary named its most recent Citizens of the Month.

Honored students were: Sofia Parra, Stephanie Shires, Jordyn Barnes, Hannah Martin, Micah Smith, Camden Pasour, MaKenzie Strader, Nolan Jones, MaKayla Hill, Evan Welch, Hector Hernandez, Wyatt McSwain, Audrey Brandon, Hayden Davis, Charity Clark, Raegan Hood, Sandy Salgado, Chase Johnson, Rachel Dellinger, Lidea Falls, Ethan Spencer, Caroline Allred, Eric Brady, Brian Coley, Isabel Beaty and Rhiannon Eason.

Students recognized: Chavis Middle School recently named its latest Students of the Month.

Winners were:

Sixth grade: Allie Kay Homesley, Ford Golden, Elizabeth Brannan

Seventh grade: Breanna Carlson, Krystal Torres, Madison Garren

Eighth grade: Alexis Ferguson, Matthew Williams, Abbey Greenway

Stacie McCants, a seventh grade science teacher, was named Teacher of the Month.

Highland open house, lottery: Highland School of Technology is accepting applications for current eighth grade students who want to attend the school next year.

An open house will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 10. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28.

Highland will hold a lottery for spots in next year’s freshman class at 4 p.m. March 19 in the auditorium.

For information, visit the school’s Web page via

Early college open house: Gaston Early College High School will host two open house events for current eighth grade students interested in attending next year.

The open house sessions for students and parents will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. Applications are due to middle school counselors or the Early College office by Feb. 20.

All-county band, chorus concerts: Some of the most outstanding student musicians in Gaston County will be featured in two upcoming concerts.

The All-County Band for middle and high school students will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at Ashbrook High School. The All-County Middle School Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. March 3 at Holbrook Middle School.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Apply for Commissioners School: Current ninth-graders can apply to attend the 2015 Commissioners’ School of Excellence, a two-week summer enrichment program held at Belmont Abbey College.

The prestigious program gives rising sophomores an opportunity to learn more about Gaston County and their roles as future leaders in the community. Activities include seminars, hands-on experiences, field trips, guest speakers and sessions to development problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 13. For information, contact a high school counselor or email directors Lori Collins at or Bridget Matzke at

Lincoln County

Student sings at Panthers game: East Lincoln Middle School sixth-grader Olivia Harbin performed the national anthem at the Carolina Panthers game on Dec. 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hometown heroes: Two Lincoln County Schools educators were recently named Hometown Heroes for the month of December.

Brittany Dellinger, a teacher at Catawba Springs Elementary, and Rebecca Eaker, a teacher assistant at North Brook Elementary, won the monthly contest that recognizes hard work and dedication.

Sponsored by Charlotte law firm Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, the program includes a $250 gift card for classroom supplies and a pizza party courtesy of Domino’s Pizza.

Educators in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties are eligible.

To make a nomination or vote, visit and click on vote. Nominations may be made each month.

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

For information on how to participate, contact 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–

Driver’s ed: Lincoln County Schools has contracted with North Carolina Driving Schools Inc. to provide Driver Education for students.

Participants must be 14 1/2 years old and enrolled in a public, private or home schools. Students should sign up shortly after they reach 14 and a half years old.

The driving school is open on a first come, first served basis. The oldest student applicants participate in the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction first.

For information, visit

Compiled by Leigh Pressley