The lobby meeting area of the Elkin City Schools administrative offices was standing room only as students, parents, community members and staff filled the room for a portion of the April 25 school board meeting.
Several groups of people were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments during the board spotlight and good news portions of the meeting.
While Sandy Welborn and Kathy Gentry were unable to attend the meeting, Elkin Elementary School Principal Pam Colbert recognized the duo along with Sherry Martin and Cynthia Altemueller for completing a tedious and detailed Title I audit required by the state.
“It was a massive undertaking,” Colbert told the board. And in the end, Elkin Elementary had no findings and the auditors had no recommendations, giving the school a perfect audit.
Altemueller said the audit wasn’t just completed by the four ladies being recognized, but that the staff throughout the school assisted. “Every teacher in that school responded positively to requests for information,” she said. “It’s not just about us, it is about the whole school.”
Colbert also recognized the Elkin Elementary School Jr. Beta Club state winners and the sponsors of the club.
Fifth- and sixth-grade club members attended the state Jr. Beta Convention to compete, she explained. “We have three winners in the state level going to nationals in New Orleans,” she said of the summer national convention they will attend.
The school put the competitors in “jail” as a fundraiser recently to help offset expenses for the Louisiana trip, and she said the trio raised $2,200 in one hour after school.
While some Beta members compete for a variety of categories, all three of Elkin’s winners competed in academic topics. Attending the meeting and being recognized were Raven Poindexter, Paul Brinegar and Jackson Sowers and their advisors, Julie Reed and Tammy Coley.
Honored for the athletic success was the Lady Elks basketball team, both junior varsity and varsity. “Part of my job is I’m fortunate to be able to attend athletic events,” said Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle.
He said he most especially enjoys watching groups like this year’s women’s basketball team. “It’s neat to see these girls grow.”
The varsity team earned the title of conference co-champions and made it to the third round of the state playoffs. The junior varsity team, with just six girls on the team, was undefeated in the conference.
Hoyle said beyond athletics, the girls on the teams do well academically and volunteer in the community.
During the recognition, Coach Derek Carter said, “I had some big goals. For years, I’ve seen the trophy and plaque given to other teams.”
In conference play, the team ended with 12-2 record, and the Lady Elks beat twice the other team that was co-champion. The team ended with an overall 25-4 record, and placed second in the conference tournament.
“They always found a way to win. They had the desire,” Carter said. “I’m very proud of them, they focused on the team aspect.”
This is the first conference championship for the Lady Elks basketball program since 1993, Carter said.
Carter presented Hoyle with the conference championship plaque, which features a picture of the team at the top of the plaque, and each of the team members were presented with certificates.
In extracurricular recognitions, members of the Elkin High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America group were honored for their success on the state level.
Kenya Easter was recognized for the silver she was awarded for her dance investigation project in the career investigations category. Georgia Longworth was noted as the state vice president for membership.
Representing Elkin at the national competition in San Diego this summer will be Emma Aldridge and Mary-Claire Hooper, who won second place at the state and a gold award for their project on Alzheimer’s disease in the interpersonal communication category.
Also, Maia Schweikert will compete at nationals after her recycled material tire ottoman won gold and first place in the recycle and redesign category at the state competition.
Four awards were presented to Elkin City Schools for category wins in The Tribune’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice contest during the meeting as well.
Tribune General Manager and Media Director Holly Lamm presented Hoyle with the Best High School certificate for Elkin High School. Also recognized were Pam Colbert for being voted Best Principal; Nick Tomlin for being voted Best Coach; and Kim Monteleone for being voted Best Teacher’s Assistant.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.