As one of four captains of the LCHS Yellow Jacket soccer team, senior Michael Carter started the season knowing this was the year the team had a shot at the state title. “A state championship is always your goal, but sometimes you have to be realistic,” Carter said. “You're not going to win a state championship every year. But this year, for the other captains and me, it was always in our thought process from the very beginning that this was our year." The Jackets got all the way to the last game before coming up just short against what Carter called “a really solid team” in the Weddington Warriors.
Tony Lin, a kindergarten student at J.R. Ingram Elementary, had a gift for his friend Rich Johnson, a fifth grader at the same school. On a recent school day, Tony presented Rich with a picture he'd drawn of the two, standing under the sun and smiling. It was a simple token of friendship, probably not uncommon among elementary age kids. But the friendship between Tony and Rich is anything but common.
Participating in a 200 mile relay race has got to be a learning experience, so for one Lee County principal, passing the lessons she learned in the recent Tuna 200 on to her students was a no-brainer. B.T. Bullock Elementary Principal Stefanie Clarke participated in the relay run – which took her and a team of 11 others from a starting point in Garner hundreds of miles east to Atlantic Beach – in late October.
Morehouse, a mathematics teacher at Deep River Elementary School, was recognized through the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
After two consecutive years at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary in Jonesboro, the Lee County Education Foundation's Head of Class award – and with it a $50,000 prize – has a new home at Greenwood Elementary. The foundation, formed in 2003, began awarding Head of Class to an individual school in Lee County in 2011. The award recognizes Lee County Schools' best-performing elementary school on a number of criteria, which include test scores and school demographics. The winning school's staff – from the principal to the custodians – split the $50,000 award in a merit-pay program that has been hailed by leaders from across North Carolina as an innovative way to reward achievement by a public-private partnership.
How does that statement about shooting for the moon and landing among the stars go? In the same vein, a “three-peat” would have been nice, but Lee County High School can still be proud of Siranon Shoomee. The 18-year-old senior finished in second place individually at this week's state golf championship after taking the title in each of the past two years.
Now that Harris Lanier has “winning a pageant” ticked off her list – the Lee County High School junior was named Miss Lee Regional Fair in September, her first pageant victory after four years of competing in them – she's moving on to achieving her next goals. Those would be, in order, to attend college (either at N.C. State or Appalachian State, she says) to study construction management, and then to join the United States Navy and become an underwater welder, and then to start her own construction company after that.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Curriculum & Instruction HS Committee
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Policy Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Facilities & Technology Committee Meeting
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Annual Leave
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Annual Leave