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Accentuate the Positive Briefs

posted Apr 25, 2016, 11:31 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 11:32 AM ]

Accentuating the positive things going on in BCPS.

Freedom wins Quiz Bowl; Patton finishes third

    Burke County high schools finished first and third in the Catawba Valley Quiz Bowl League Spring Competition. The league held its spring final round of competition in Hudson on March 17. The league, now in its seventh year, provides area high school students with opportunities for participation in high-quality, low-cost academic competition in the area. Schools can send up to four teams of six students each to participate in three local competitions per year. Teams from area high schools such as Caldwell Early College, Freedom, Patton, Hickory, North Wilkes, West Lincoln, Lincolnton, St. Stephens and South Caldwell participate. The winter round of competition was held in February at Freedom High School. Freedom’s Varsity A team consisting of Gresham Redman, Jack Swanson, Will Knight and captain Benjamin Succop went 3-1 on the night by winning two matches against county archrival Patton 405-210, and a close game of 275-265.  Patton’s A team was comprised of Reid Simpson, Caleb Snow, Jackson McKinney and Ethan Sesco. Freedom A also took a loss and a win against Lincolnton. League director Jonathan Haas of South Caldwell presided over recognition of players and award winners. Succop, Simpson and Snow were selected for the all-star team. Succop was named the league’s most valuable player and Knight received the most improved player award. Seth Rickertsen from Freedom received the Quiz Bowl Volunteer of the Year award.


Student places second in state science event

    Liberty Middle School student Dorian Gregory placed second in the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition on April 8. Dorian’s project on hydroponics versus soil won first place in the BCPS middle school Continental Science Fair at Patton High School in November and first place in the regional science fair in Boone in December. The North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition was held in Raleigh, and Dorian’s project was in the advanced biological category.



Icard students receive dental care

Icard Elementary School participated in the Catawba Valley Community College Sealant Project on March 17. Fourteen students received sealants through the project with dental professionals applying a total of 75 sealants on students’ teeth. The estimated value is $4,500. In addition, seven students were referred for further dental treatments. Carla H. Anderson, a public health dental hygienist for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said, “This is just a wonderful community project and would not be possible without all Mr. Wall and Icard Elementary School’s support, and the fact that they value ‘total’ health for their students.”  


Soccer team raises money for scholarship

            The Freedom High School 2016 girls soccer team raised $500.49 for the University of North Carolina School of Nursing Katherine Wilson Scholarship Fund. Over the past 11 years, the girls soccer team has raised a total of $10,152 for the scholarship, named in honor of Wilson, a former player. Wilson played soccer for Freedom in the mid-1990s, was all-conference and all-region and ranks among the top all-time players at Freedom. She died of cancer in 2005. A significant contribution this year came from Christy Timbers Rife, one of Katherine's teammates when she played soccer at Freedom. Rife, who went on to play collegiate and professional soccer, said, "I played soccer a long time and with many different people.  I clearly remember the joy Katherine expressed when playing.  I'm so thankful I was lucky enough to be her teammate."   



Steel Wheels Band performs at Glen Alpine


     Glen Alpine Elementary School Fiddle Club students met members of the Steel Wheels Band following a recent performance. The Steel Wheels are a nationally touring band from Virginia who performed on April 4 for all students at Glen Alpine as a part of a Grassroots Grant from the Burke County Arts Council and the NC Arts Council.



DHS students learn money lessons

Draughn High School participated in the SECU Reality of Money Simulation on April 12. The Rutherford College branch of the State Employees Credit Union brought in volunteers to work with 350 students to help them realize important financial objectives. Students received a profile, which instantly transformed them into bill-paying, wage-earning adults. They had to make financial decisions based on their income and family structure as they traveled through 12 stations to pay bills.

Draughn Career Development Coordinator Jamie Norton said, “April is Financial Literacy month so this tied in perfectly with not only that but with the curriculum in personal finance and many of our CTE courses. The credit union developed this curriculum, and we want to thank the many volunteers from the credit union and especially the community who helped us. We had clergy, the mayor of Rutherford College and many other volunteers who helped us all day.”

The student comment sheet following the event include these quotes from students: “Money doesn’t go far, especially when you use it incorrectly. It takes [financial] knowledge to live a good life.”

“I learned that growing up is stressful!”

“Even though it can get hard, I must finish high school and not drop out.”


Forest Hill PTA hosts annual run


Forest Hill Elementary School held its third annual Joker Jog-a-thon on Friday, April 8. The PTA sponsors the event to raise money for resources for teachers and classrooms.


Elks Lodge hosts essay winners

Four students from Liberty Middle School had winning essays in the annual Americanism Essay Contest Western District selection, and one of these students placed at the state level of this competition. These students are:

Division I

Ethan Seidel – Western District second place and state second place

Om Parin Shah – Western District third place

Division II

Lauren Crump – Western District first place

Adair Garrison – Western District second place

The Morganton Elks Lodge will host these students and their families at its Youth Appreciation Celebration on May 3

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