A number of staff and students were recognized during the most recent Elkin Board of Education meeting for success in academics, the arts and extra projects of the school system.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Don Martin took several minutes to recognize the recent state rankings which were released and how Elkin compared to the other 114 school systems in the state. He said that Elkin City Schools is the only system to be in the top 10 for all four major academic indicators in the state — graduation rate (ranked in top three), systemwide proficiency composite (ranked seventh), ACT scores (ranked second) and ACT-WorkKeys scores (ranked fifth).
“The teachers are the ones responsible,” Martin said as he honored the principals, “but the people who hire the teachers and support the teachers are behind me. The leaders’ role is to remove barriers” so the teachers can teach and the students can learn.
The principals recognized were Pam Colbert and Dustin Webb from Elkin Elementary School, Casey Morrison from Elkin Middle School and Joel Hoyle and Lisa Pendry from Elkin High School.
The arts recognition for the month was on the two marching band drum majors, Avery Atwood and Sierra Moses, by new band director Greg Carpenter.
In other recognitions:
• Morrison recognized the staff who made Elkin Middle School’s Day of Service: Remembering 9/11 event a success. Those named included Emily Rycroft, Angela Adams, Abby Kiser, Bronson Ericksen, Shannon Swaim, Susan Bennett, Kimberly Swisher, Lane Beshears, Vickie Rountree, Ginger Isenhoward and Ken Berger.
• Hoyle recognized students Cameron Beals and Kenya Easter for participating in North Carolina Governor’s School this past summer. Both students were at Meredith College, Beals for social science and Easter for English.
• John Altemueller, maintenance director, recognized those people who assisted with the Buckin’ Elk Tailgate Party on Sept. 9. They were Kavin Burchette, Phillip Chrismon, Debbie McCoin, Barbara Long, Jan Zachary, Britt Shaw, Sgt. Kenneth Abrams and Noelle Wolfe.
• Martin also recognized those who helped with the recent concert of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony and the Bingo event for the Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation. Those named included WIFM, Mazzini’s, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Dr. Richard Brinegar, John Altemueller, Pam Colbert, Joel Hoyle, Casey Morrison, Tonya Smith and the middle and high school chorus, Greg Carpenter and the band students, Myra Cook, Jan Zachary, Allison Moxley, Noelle Wolfe, Gretta Lytton, Sgt. Kenneth Abrams and the JROTC cadets, Jill Bellia, Adam Beshears, Britt Shaw, Cynthia Altemueller, Alene Brown, Serena Martin, Lyndsey Ballard, Tom Flippin, John Wiles, Jim Westbrook, Tom Gwyn and Frank Beals.