Five years ago, Shakeel Harris stood in front of Lee Early College's class of 2011 as its student commencement speaker. Next week, he'll be doing the same thing, only this time he'll be doing it as an alumni speaker kicking off a new tradition at the school's graduation ceremonies. “This is kind of full circle for me,” said Harris, who after leaving Lee Early College graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in political science and is now pursuing a master's degree in divinity from Duke. “It's just an honoring and humbling experience.”
Fourth- and fifth-graders from all seven LCS elementary schools battled it out last week to showcase their love of reading. Participants answered questions on 18 different books they had to read throughout the year.
Whether it's doing the torch run for the opening ceremony of this year's Special Olympics or serving as a graduation marshal next month, Lee County High School junior Michael Crumpton has a busy month ahead of him. Crumpton, 18, is on the autism spectrum. But that hasn't stopped him from achieving – excelling, actually – in sports (he's a member of the school's track and cross country teams; an avid runner who's just recently broken the five-minute mile) and academically (he has the top GPA in his program of study, leading Lee County High School Principal Kenna Wilson to name him one of 40 graduation marshals).
Brandon Morehouse's father taught him lots about the value of education. “He's the reason I'm up here right now,” Morehouse said Tuesday night to an audience of educators, education leaders, members of the business community, and more. “He worked hard his whole life, and became a success with just a high school diploma.” The group was gathered at Lee County High School to honor the 2016-17 teachers of the year from each of Lee County's 16 public schools. During the ceremony Morehouse, a fourth grade math teacher at Deep River Elementary, learned that he'd been named Lee County Schools' district-wide Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.
When Central Carolina Community College had an awards ceremony honoring some more of its best students recently, two outstanding Lee County Schools students were also recognized. Junior Payton Milikin and Senior Sarah Bogan, both Lee Early College students, joined more than 100 CCCC students on April 20 and received awards for their achievements in English and science, respectively.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Facilities & Technology Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Holiday
12:15 PM - 11:00 PM Early Dismissal - Middle Schools and Bragg Street Academy