A number of students and staff members of Elkin City Schools were recognized last week during the school board’s February monthly meeting.
Kicking off the recognitions was the arts recognition during which teacher Adam Beshears highlighted the leadership of Elkin High School Art Club President Julie Neumark. The senior is “one of the most advanced students and one of the best students I’ve ever taught,” said Beshears.
He said the recognition wasn’t necessarily for her art work though, but instead for leading the art club and the projects it has taken on during the school year.
Also recognized during the meeting was Hunter Simmons who has been chosen as a state nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career & Technical Education. Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle said the winners will be announced in May and will travel to Washington, D.C., to be awarded their honors.
Chaise Swisher, also recognized by Hoyle but unable to attend the meeting due to coaching the high school baseball team against Forbush the same night, was highlighted as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week by Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation. Twenty-six teachers are chosen from throughout the state for the honor.
Elkin Elementary School Principal Pam Colbert recognized the winning work of two former elementary school students. Killian Carpenter was the regional winner for the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics math logo contest, with a logo of “Let math insπre you.” Carpenter wore the shirt bearing his logo to the meeting.
Coming in as first runner-up for the region was Jaclyn Simmons, also an Elkin student who was honored at the board meeting.
The school system’s bus drivers were recognized for Love the Bus week. Lisa Pendry, transportation director, introduced them to the board. Bus drivers are Danyelle Hampton, Amanda Hurt, Vickie Mendenhall, Earl Mounce, Bob Norton, Larry Powell, B.D. Reece, Anthony Shropshire and Bill Owen.
Rotarian, and school board member, James Freeman made recognition of the Elkin High School Interact Club, of which 50 students are a member. Part of the presentation was to announce a new scholarship designed specifically for Interact Club members and to recognize Cameron Beals, who won the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club’s speech contest and moved on to participate in the district contest. Club advisor Leslie Hooper was on hand for the good news, and club board members noted were Madison Shoemaker, president; Beals, vice president; Kennedy Freeman, secretary; and Trevor Nance, treasurer.
Also recognized were spelling bee winners. Maggie Tomlin, Elkin City Schools system-wide winner, was presented with her engraved plaque and a certificate. Elkin Elementary School school-wide winner Sophia Barron and Elkin Middle School school-wide winner Reanna Rice, who was unable to attend, also both received certificates.
The board spotlight for the evening was on the Elkin Elementary School cafeteria staff for their “Elf on the Shelf” project, in an effort to increase participation in school meals by students.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said the project was recognized in the local newspaper and four national magazines, and honored the staff’s “creativity, innovation” and the school system “allowing people to excel in what they do and the importance of school nutrition.”
The week before Easter, the school will have a Golden Egg promotional event.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.