Caldwell County Schools staff, students receive honors

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 07:53 AM

With the school year in full swing, teachers and students in the Caldwell County Schools are starting to bring home honors and recognitions, from honors chorus distinctions to teaching awards.

South Caldwell High School social-studies teacher Erin Johnston has been named one of nine Claes Nobel Educators of the Year by the National Society of High School Scholars. Johnston said submitted an application for the award after being nominated by one of her students.

Two students have been selected to perform in the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus, and seven to perform in the North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus. The middle school chorus received 1,000 applications for 160 slots, community services director Libby Brown said at the Caldwell Board of Education’s meeting Monday. Adam Storie and Zarina Villacorte of Granite Falls Elementary will perform in the elementary chorus. Andrew Fultz and Jayne Hollar of William Lenoir Middle will perform in the middle-school chorus, as will Ragan Brown, Kiya Walton, Walter Schronce, Hannah Worthington and Brooke Worthington of William Lenoir Middle.

Five delegations from the South Caldwell High School Model United Nations team received awards at the High School Model United Nations Conference held Nov. 6 and 7 at Appalachian State University.

The delegations of Dylan Mathewson and Victoria Snow, representing Turkey; Whitney Earls, representing Turkey; and Brittany Ward and Caroline Howes, representing Germany, won superior delegation awards.

The delegation of Rebecca Hall and Tanner Dellinger, representing Germany, won an excellent delegation award.

The delegation of Destiny Curtis, representing Saudi Arabia, won best delegation.

Sarah Stafford, the band director at Granite Falls Middle School, has been awarded the statewide ENCORE award from the American School Band Directors Association, which presents the awards to band directors with fewer than seven years of experience.

Three schools earned distinctions through the North Carolina Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program, a framework aimed at assisting all North Carolina schools with behavior intervention.

Baton Elementary and Davenport A+ School were both named Green Ribbon Schools, and Gamewell Elementary was named a Model School.

Gamewell Middle was named an Exemplar School, the highest distinction in the PBIS program.