Elkin City Schools Teachers of the Year are recognized by the Surry County Board of Commissioners. They are Alicia Gentry, kindergarten teacher at Elkin Elementary School who has been teaching at Elkin since 2007; Amanda Burton, eighth-grade English language arts teacher at Elkin Middle School who has been with Elkin since 2005; and Melva Edmisten, exceptional children’s teacher in seventh through 12th grades at Elkin High School and has been with Elkin since 2010.
Georgia Longworth, who was unable to attend, and Mary-Claire Hooper are recognized by the Surry County Board of Commissioners. Longworth, a senior at Elkin High School has served NC FCCLA as vice president of membership for the 2015-2016 school year. She has also served as president of the EHS chapter of FCCLA this year. Hooper is a freshman who has served as NC FCCLA vice president of Middle Schools. These young ladies were elected to represent District 7 on the State Executive Council because of their outstanding leadership within their school, district and state. They have participated in extensive training to enhance their ability to be good leaders at both the state and national levels. Last summer, both of these young ladies attended the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. While there, they met with legislators to advocate for Career and Technical Education and Family and Consumer Science.
Elkin High School senior Anna Tayor, who has served as Student Council president this year, is recognized by the Surry County commissioners. She has done an outstanding job in providing leadership for her fellow officers and students, according to school officials. She has made sure that meetings are well organized, productive, and purposeful. Taylor has initiated several successful student events this year including the powderpuff football game in the fall and a spring semester dance. She is a very energetic young lady with a wonderful personality that is contagious to everyone she comes in contact with.
Melody Hayes is recognized by the Surry County Board of Commissioners. Hayes, a teacher assistant at Elkin Elementary School, has been a wonderful role model and inspiration to so many over the years at EES, according to school officials. She is well known for her tasty chicken pie, hard work and dedication to supporting the Elk Angels, the Relay for Life team, and has singlehandedly memorized all of the carline numbers and the children who match them. Hayes is a remarkable person who is always quick to volunteer to help anyone with anything and often puts herself last.
Said Javier, this year’s 1A wrestling champion in the 126 lb division, is recognized by the Surry County commissioners. Javier has worked hard during his four years of high school for this award. Last year he was the runner-up in the state championship and this year not only won the individual championship but was a driving force behind the successful year for our team and other wrestlers. He has shown exceptional leadership to his teammates and could always be seen encouraging and cheering on his fellow wrestlers during their matches.