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.