Students, staff recognized for achievements


By Wendy Byerly Wood - [email protected]



State Future Teachers of America video contest winners are recognized during the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting. Pictured are, from left, Anna Taylor, EHS Principal Joel Hoyle, Josie Dumas, Julie Neumark and FTA advisor Ruthann McComb.


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The Elkin City Schools arts department teachers are recognized by Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe, left, last week. They are, from left, Tonya Smith, Adam Beshears and Marena Scott. Unable to attend were Jill Bellia and Kory Strother.


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Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, left, recognizes Tyler Eaton for being named MVAC Swimmer of the Year and his coach, Oz Prim, who was named coach of the year.


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Choral Director Tonya Smith recognizes Laken Lloyd for her third consecutive year participating in the Mars Hill Choral Festival during last week’s Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting. Adriana Mantero also will participate but was unable to be at the meeting.


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Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, left, talks about the accomplishments of wrestlers, from left, Juan Anuario, Blake Frye, Said Javier, Jude Lloyd and Justin Redd. Coach Matt Dunn was unable to attend last Monday’s school board meeting.


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A crowd filled the lobby of the Elkin City Schools Administrative Building last Monday as students and staff were recognized for a number of achievements.

Arts, athletics and extracurricular successes were highlighted at the monthly board of education meeting.

Adriana Mantero, who was unable to attend, and Laken Lloyd were noted during the arts recognition. The singers, who are directed by choral director Tonya Smith, will be attending the Mars Hill Choral Festival as participants.

Smith said Lloyd is a junior at Elkin High School and this will be her third year to be able to participate in the Mars Hill event. “She’s been with me since fifth grade,” Smith said of Lloyd’s singing.

In athletics, swimmers, basketball players and wrestlers were recognized for doing well.

Tyler East was honored for his being named Mountain Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year, with his coach Oz Prim being named coach of the year, an honor he’s received several times. While she was unable to attend, Miracle Walters was highlighted for being named Mountain Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

For their accomplishments on the mat during state wrestling competition, several wrestlers from Elkin High School were given certificates. They included state champion wrestler Said Javier; third place wrestler Jude Lloyd; fourth place wrestler Juan Anuario; state wrestling tournament competitors Justin Redd and Blake Frye; and coach Matt Dunn.

EHS Principal Joel Hoyle said looking at the state wrestling tournament program he noticed there were very few schools who had five wrestlers competing at that level.

“They did a super job at states. There are 10 matches going on at the same time,” Hoyle explained for those who may have never been to the large state competition. “Each had to win two matches on the same day, and they all advanced to the second day.

“I have watched Said and the leadership he’s demonstrated. I’ve watched him encourage the others, and I can’t think of anyone else that deserves it any better,” he said.

Following the athletic recognitions, the focus turned to Anna Taylor, Anna Poplin, who was unable to attend, Josie Dumas and Julie Neumark, who earned first place at the State Future Teachers of America competition with a video they produced.

“We had to do a video to show to our legislators on what we would want them to change for teachers,” explained Dumas of the requirement. While other competitors had the rubric, or guidelines for the video, ahead of time, the Elkin team got it upon arrival.

“When they called our name we were all surprised,” she said. “We won $50 for our club.”

The girls’ video was shown to those in attendance, and then they received their certificates.

Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe pointed out that when the girls graduate with their teaching degrees, they will begin impacting students for the following 30 years .,”They will be impacting students in 2050,” he said.

Each month a different element of the school system is highlighted during the board spotlight. During last week’s meeting, the spotlight was for March being Arts Appreciation Month. Included in the arts department recognition were teachers Marena Scott, Jill Bellia, who was unable to attend, Kory Strother, who was unable to attend, Tonya Smith and Adam Beshears.

“We are an art rich school,” said Bledsoe. “We are proud of their programs and how they’re able to help others see how learning can be enriched through the arts.

“We’re proud of showcasing the arts for these students. I encourage everyone here to encourage the arts in every student’s life.”

Beshears jokingly said, “It’s the most important subject in school.”

“It’s nice to see the camaraderie between the schools with our art and music programs,” said Elkin Elementary School Principal Pam Colbert.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

State Future Teachers of America video contest winners are recognized during the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting. Pictured are, from left, Anna Taylor, EHS Principal Joel Hoyle, Josie Dumas, Julie Neumark and FTA advisor Ruthann McComb.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0957.jpgState Future Teachers of America video contest winners are recognized during the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting. Pictured are, from left, Anna Taylor, EHS Principal Joel Hoyle, Josie Dumas, Julie Neumark and FTA advisor Ruthann McComb. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

The Elkin City Schools arts department teachers are recognized by Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe, left, last week. They are, from left, Tonya Smith, Adam Beshears and Marena Scott. Unable to attend were Jill Bellia and Kory Strother.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0963.jpgThe Elkin City Schools arts department teachers are recognized by Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe, left, last week. They are, from left, Tonya Smith, Adam Beshears and Marena Scott. Unable to attend were Jill Bellia and Kory Strother. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, left, recognizes Tyler Eaton for being named MVAC Swimmer of the Year and his coach, Oz Prim, who was named coach of the year.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0950.jpgElkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, left, recognizes Tyler Eaton for being named MVAC Swimmer of the Year and his coach, Oz Prim, who was named coach of the year. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Choral Director Tonya Smith recognizes Laken Lloyd for her third consecutive year participating in the Mars Hill Choral Festival during last week’s Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting. Adriana Mantero also will participate but was unable to be at the meeting.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0943.jpgChoral Director Tonya Smith recognizes Laken Lloyd for her third consecutive year participating in the Mars Hill Choral Festival during last week’s Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting. Adriana Mantero also will participate but was unable to be at the meeting. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, left, talks about the accomplishments of wrestlers, from left, Juan Anuario, Blake Frye, Said Javier, Jude Lloyd and Justin Redd. Coach Matt Dunn was unable to attend last Monday’s school board meeting.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0953.jpgElkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, left, talks about the accomplishments of wrestlers, from left, Juan Anuario, Blake Frye, Said Javier, Jude Lloyd and Justin Redd. Coach Matt Dunn was unable to attend last Monday’s school board meeting. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

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