The Stokes County School system was awarded a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy Monday night to help fund Stokes STEMS, a STEM based program for fourth grade students.
“We recognize that we have to maintain and encourage out school systems to have a good quality workforce in the future,” said Duke Energy’s Jimmy Flythe. “It is also great for our economy to have a trained workforce.”
The Reynolds American Foundation also recently awarded the fifth grades $15,000 for a project titled Stokes STEM – The Phenomenal Fifth Grades The purpose of the projects is to provide a 21st century education and grow students to be globally competitive through units of study focused on STEM activities that are real world, motivating, and based upon practices that promote investigation and active engagement resulting in instruction that allows students to learn most effectively.
Kits will be assembled to support the teaching and learning in each classroom. Units based upon the North Carolina Standard Course of Study will be used to teach Forces and Motion, Energy, Weather, Ecosystems, Human Body, and more. Much needed items will be purchased with the grant money in order for students to learn with hands-on equipment and supplies.
The School Board also recognized a number of students and employees for recent successes Monday night.
Pinnacle Elementary School students Andrew Fuertes, Jake Petree, Anna Grace Warren, Jozlyn Donaldson, Austin Ogburn, Aiden Smith, Miana Steinmeyer, Reid Livengood, and sponsor Tiffany Ramey were recognized for winning the county Battle of the Books Competition.
The board recognized a number of students for being recognized in the 2016 Duke University Talent Identification Program’s 4th-6th Grade Talent Search. Students honored included: Ian Clark, London Elementary; Kera Simmons, Germanton Elementary; Wyatt Simmons, Germanton Elementary; Joshua Cahua, King Elementary; Edward Sawyers, Mount Olive Elementary; Ione Johnson, Mount Olive Elementary; Michael Meadows, Nancy Reynolds Elementary; Cannon Parks, Nancy Reynolds Elementary; Andrew Fuertes, Pinnacle Elementary; Elliot Church, Poplar Springs Elementary; Olivia Harper, Poplar Springs Elementary; Noah Johnson, Poplar Springs Elementary; Eirik Oseguera, Poplar Springs Elementary; Noah Patterson, Poplar Springs Elementary; Victoria Pulliam, Poplar Springs Elementary; Ragan Speer, Poplar Springs Elementary; Annie Tayson, Poplar Springs Elementary; Lydia Cook, Sandy Ridge Elementary; Autumn Dancy, Sandy Ridge Elementary; Carl Hylton, Sandy Ridge Elementary; Morgan Gregory, Southeastern Middle School; Abby Tilley, Southeastern Middle School; Katie Quesinberry, Southeastern Middle School; and Katrina Borgen, Southeastern Middle School.
Camille McEachern, of Southeastern Middle School, was recognized for being selected to represent WSSU Pre-College program in the state-wide MSEN Day competition at Elizabeth City State University. She will be competing in the Earth Science division.
Daniel Furr, of Stokes Early College High School, was recognized for completing his Eagle Scout project at Pinnacle Elementary School. As part of this project, he painted the mailbox, repaired/patched front sidewalk, painted panther paws in the car ride line and made and outdoor Lending Library for the community.
The South Stokes High School Quiz Bowl team was recognized for winning at both the regional and state level. They will be competing in a national competition in June. The team is comprised of: Elizabeth Byers, Amy Christie, Heather Dow, Harmony Templon, Alyssa Hagerman, Amanda Myers, Hannah Ross, Nora Skinner, Will Skinner, Hannah King, Jordan Zeigler, and sponsor Renee Himmelspach.
The South Stokes JROTC were recognized for taking a number of first place awards at a recent drill competition. The team took Overall Champion 1st Place, Color Guard (veteran) 1st Place, Color Guard (new) 1st Place, Unarmed Squad 1st Place, Unarmed Squad 1st year students 2nd Place, Unarmed Platoon 1st Place, Armed Squad 1st Place, Armed platoon 1st Place, and Individual Armed 1st Place. The JROTC is comprised of students from South Stokes and West Stokes high schools, including Corey Adams, Tyler Adkins, Corey Agee, Bailey Blevins, Dre’ Bonner, Isaac Brown, Blake Bullins, Cody Carter, Jordan Decker, Jabrea Gore, Jessica Hartmann, Cheyanne Hicks, Mary Hill, Hunter Johnson, Parker Johnson, Jade Joyce, Brandon Krupel, Reva Lee, Dillon McBean, Austin Neely, Alex Ogan, Cody Oliver, Isaac Patterson, Austin Potts, Nicholas Proctor, Deshun Reynolds, Armando Rodriguez, Kendra Samuels, Jalyn Simmons, Nick Smith, Riley Smith, Austin Southard, Robert Taylor, Gabe Tedder, Kenneth Thomas, Rudy Thompson, Devon Wires, Master Sergeant Grogan, and Major Bill Baker.
The West Stokes Varsity Cheerleaders were honored for winning the 2016 Cheere Ltd. National Championship for the Small Varsity Non Tumble D2 Division. The team is comprised of Becca Badgett, Jordan Black (Captain), Emily Ellis, Olyvia Lawson, Peyton Gaudet de Lestard, Kaci Gentry, Cassidy Hedgecock (Captain), Madi Horn, Cionne Huling, Danielle Hutchins, Abigail Poole, Alli Riggins, Kaitlyn Royal (Captain), Alley Tuttle, Taylor Watts, Jordan Whitt, and Christina Bell, Varsity Cheerleading Coach.
The board recognized a number of students for receiving outstanding scholarship offers including South Stokes High School’s Steven Alex Owens who received the NCHSAA Pat Gainey Student Scholarship Award; Stokes Early College High School’s Sydney Simmons, who received over $975,000 in scholarship awards; Stokes Early College High School’s Isabelle Lindsay, who received the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Winston-Salem State University; and Stokes Early College High School’s Shellie Poston who received the Goodnight Scholarship from NC State.
Louise Cape was recognized as the Northwest Region Career and Technical Education Instructional Management Coordinator of the Year.
Anna McGee was recognized for achieving certification as a NCSIP Foundations of Math Instructor.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.