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5/18/2017 12:24:00 AM
Good News From Gaston County Schools, May 2017

Todd Hagans
Chief Communications Officer


GASTONIA, N.C. - The Gaston County Board of Education received the following Good News during its regular meeting on May 15, 2017.

Gaston County Schools presented its most prestigious awards during the annual Evening of Excellence ceremony on May 2.  Wells Fargo Bank sponsored the program. The winners were Teacher of the Year Mindee MammanoStuart W. Cramer High School; Principal of the Year Phyllis WhitworthBelmont Central Elementary; Assistant Principal of the Year Donna KellyRankin Elementary; and Central Office Administrator of the Year Valerie Yatko, director of business and community partnerships. 



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The Highland School of Technology and the Gaston Early College High School were recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s annual high school rankings.  Highlandwas identified as a Silver Award School and ranked 47th among the top 100 schools in North Carolina while the Gaston Early College was identified as a Bronze Award School.   The rankings are determined based on graduation rate, test scores, college preparedness, student success in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, socioeconomic status, and other factors. 

Sherwood Elementary kindergarten teacher Christine Lutz and East Gaston High School automotive teacher Shane Hawkins were recognized on May 2 during Teacher Appreciation Night at the Charlotte Knights baseball game. They were honored along with other teachers in the Charlotte area who received the “Teachers Getting Results” award presented by Fox 46 Charlotte. 

Highland School of Technology senior Sarah Eagan and Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Mattie Lee were winners of the Best and Brightest scholarships presented by The Gaston Gazette

The Gaston County Quiz Bowl winners were Highland School of Technology, first place; South Point High School, second place; and Bessemer City High School, third place. 

Gaston County Schools had several school teams to participate in the RoboFest regional competition. New Hope Elementary had the highest score among the 48 school teams from across North and South Carolina to win the overall championship. In the robot performance category, Rankin Elementary placed first and Catawba Heights Elementary placed third. In the project presentation category, Pinewood Elementary placed third. 

The following middle school choruses participated in the Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) Festival at Wingate University: Belmont Middle, superior rating; Bessemer City Middle, excellent rating; Cramerton Middle, superior rating; Holbrook Middle, superior rating; Mount Holly Middle, superior rating; Southwest Middle, superior rating; and Stanley Middle, superior and excellent ratings. 

Two high schools - Stuart W. Cramer and South Point - received nominations for the prestigious Blumey Awards, which recognize outstanding student achievement in theater arts. South Point’s Kayla Booth and Stuart W. Cramer’s Abigail Morrison were among the 25 students vying for best actress while Dakota Jones of Stuart W. Cramer was among the top 25 students for best actor. Stuart W. Cramer also earned nominations for best musical, best set construction, and best featured performer (Jo Ocasio). 

Stuart W. Cramer High School student Chloe Kaylor and Forestview High School student Nicole Rodriguez were winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest and had their artwork chosen for placement on billboards in Gastonia and Belmont. 

Katie Kiser of Highland School of Technology won first place in the statewide InvestWrite finance contest. 

Rebecca Gomez of Highland School of Technology is the recipient of the James Buie Scholarship, which provides full tuition for her to study criminal justice at Belmont Abbey College. 

The East Gaston High School concert choir sang the national anthem for the Charlotte Hornets game on April 5. 

Students at Bessemer City PrimaryCherryville ElementaryGardner Park ElementaryMcAdenville Elementary, and Springfield Elementary enjoyed a visit from “Hugo the Hornet,” who brought the Charlotte Hornets’ book bus to the schools and gave a fun presentation about the importance of reading. 

Webb Street School hosted its second annual fashion show and raised more than $20,000 for the school’s inclusive accessible playground project. More than 40 student models participated in the event along with professional models and designers from the Charlotte area. 

The North Gaston High School yearbook was recognized for excellence and featured in the 2017 Jostens Look Book, which celebrates the “best of the best” in yearbook design and coverage. It was one of only 418 yearbooks selected for the recognition from approximately 3,000 school publications. 

Scott Heavner of Cherryville High School was named the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) Baseball Coach of the Year. 

Cherryville High School won the annual Gaston County high school baseball tournament held at Sims Legion Park.  North Gaston High School took second place and Forestview High School earned third place.

Gaston County Schools is receiving “retired” ambulances from the county for the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) programs at three high schools: CherryvilleHunter Huss, and Stuart W. Cramer.  The ambulances will be used to provide hands-on training for students. 

The Belmont Middle Battle of the Books team placed second in the state competition. The school has won the county and regional competitions for the past three years. 

Trinity Knauf of Belmont Middle School achieved a county record in soccer for most goals scored in a single season with 38. The previous record was 32. 

South Point High School senior Michaela Taylor will have her original poem, “Swan Lake,” published in the American High School Poets anthology. 

South Point High School won the North Carolina Stock Market Game.  Nick MatthewA.J. Robinson, and Charlie Tran competed in the contest that focused on investing a hypothetical $100,000 in bonds, stocks, and mutual funds. The students’ wise decision-making resulted in a $60,571 profit, enough to earn the championship over 312 other teams. Math teacher David Grimes is the team’s adviser. 

Gaston County Schools observed “School Lunch Hero Day” on May 5 to express appreciation for school nutrition employees and their outstanding efforts to provide healthy breakfast and lunch meals for students. 

Students in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) class at Bessemer City Middle School enjoyed a presentation by officers from the Gaston County Police Department, who demonstrated real-life robotic applications that are used in police work. 

Fifteen students from Gaston County Schools were selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School: Lathan Birmingham and Paige Valego of Stuart W. Cramer High SchoolJonathan Hollenback of East Gaston High SchoolAndrew Hughlett of Forestview High SchoolAlanie Odell of Gaston Early College High SchoolGrace Dent and Julia Murrow of Highland School of TechnologyJosseline Vega of Hunter Huss High School; and Madison DavisKristen FletcherJessica Helton and Sofia Saiz of South Point High School

The student council at Springfield Elementary School coordinated a “Penny War” fundraiser, which included some friendly competition to see which classes could collect the most pennies. 

Lingerfeldt Elementary teacher Mary Beth Barrett and East Gaston High School student Cameron “Cammie” Tarte were honored during the Gaston County Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Awards ceremony.  Barrett teaches fifth grade and was instrumental in the success of her school’s LEAP (Leading, Educating, and Preparing) program.  Tarte is an outstanding leader at school and in the community.  With a true passion for art, she won the National Silver Key Award in the highly-competitive Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program.  

Students at Sadler Elementary got an important lesson about business and personal finance thanks to the Junior Achievement Day program. Volunteers from Firestone Fibers and Textiles, Mann and Hummel (Wix Filters), and Woodforest National Bank took a break from their job to get in the classroom and help students in grades 3-5 learn about the importance of money management. 

Students at W.A. Bess Elementary enjoyed an assembly program by country singer Lizzie Sider, who shared her bullying prevention message.  She sang several songs, including Taylor Swift’s anti-bullying tune “Mean” and her song “Butterfly” that’s based on her self-realization that she could rise above the cruel things people said to her. Each student received an autographed picture and a bracelet with her motto: “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” School counselor Renea Walker coordinated the program.  Sider also shared her anti-bullying message during an assembly program at Bessemer City Middle School. 

Lisa Funderburk of Catawba Heights ElementaryGeorge Scoumis of York Chester Middle, and Trish Jones of Stuart W. Cramer High School were honored as the School Custodians of the Year during the Keep Gastonia Beautiful awards luncheon. Phoebe Lawing of Stuart W. Cramer High School was named the Green Teacher of the Year, Amber Avery of W.B. Beam Intermediate was named the Green Coordinator of the Year, and Jaidan Mitchell of Robinson Elementary was named the Green Student of the Year for their efforts to keep their school and community “clean and green” and promote environmentally-friendly efforts.  Additionally, North Belmont Elementary was named the Green Elementary School of the Year, Belmont Middle was chosen as the Green Middle School of the Year, and Forestview HighSchool won the Green High School of the Year recognition.




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