In July, SLHS senior Jose Luis Morales Jr. stepped onto a soccer field, ready to face off against West Ham United FC, one of England's leading soccer clubs. It was his professional soccer debut, and he was about to play center midfield against seasoned competitors who in some cases were more than twice his age.
In 2010, as a seventh grader at West Lee Middle School, Layne Baker got involved with the North Carolina chapter of the National FFA Organization. He didn't know at the time that in a little more than half a decade's time, he'd be leading the organization on a statewide basis.
School is back in session in Lee County, but it's not just students who are adjusting to new surroundings. Three new teachers – some new to Lee County, others new to teaching altogether – have been learning the ropes over the past couple of weeks as well.
There's a beginning and an end to everything, and as LCS kicks off another year of classes, Emma Langston, a senior at SLHS, is looking forward to the end. But as she sat down Wednesday afternoon with Wendy Cole – who taught Langston kindergarten at Greenwood Elementary a dozen years ago – she also thought about the beginning.
Every public school in Lee County improved its overall performance and eight of 13 met or exceeded their expected growth, according to annual assessments released today by the State Board of Education.
Summer is over and all Lee County students are back in school for the year, but the newcomers have a few extra steps to take upon entering the Lee County Schools system.