• INSPIRED. District 2020 Spelling Bee Champ, Bryan Armstrong

    INSPIRED. District 2020 Spelling Bee Champ, Bryan Armstrong

    When Bryan Armstrong, West Lee Middle School sixth grader, was given the word “Connemara” – a very specific type of stone which comes from a region of the same name in Ireland – during the final round of the Lee County Schools district-wide spelling bee on February 13, he wasn't worried. He was confident, in fact. He'd studied his word list closely, promptly gave the correct spelling and was named the event's winner.

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  • INSPIRED. Southern Spice Girls Place Fourth in NC Jr. Chef Competition

    INSPIRED. Southern Spice Girls Place Fourth in NC Jr. Chef Competition

    One of Lee County's best new dishes isn't one you'll be able to find in any of our many restaurants. Instead, the Sweet Carolina Chicken Bang Bang – an outside the box take on chili – was served several times this year at Southern Lee High School by a team of students from Gwen Williams' Foods II class. The team, known as the “Southern Spice Girls” took their dish to the 2020 North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte earlier this month.

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  • INSPIRED. National Board Certified Teachers

    INSPIRED. National Board Certified Teachers

    North Carolina leads the country with more than 22,600 National Board Certified teachers. Lee County just added six more in a single year. “It's meant to be a distinction. It's nationally recognized,” said Patricia Coldren, the National Board district coordinator for Lee County Schools. “Having six in one year is a big deal. It's normally between zero and two, and two had been a high number for us.” These six now give Lee County Schools a total of 46 National Board Certified teachers.

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  • INSPIRED. Seniors Launch Futures With More Than A Diploma

    INSPIRED. Seniors Launch Futures With More Than A Diploma

    As seniors returned to class after a well-deserved holiday break, they were faced with a startling reality. After 13 or more years of formal learning, their initial journey is almost over. Only one semester remains before they take their next big step in life. The good news is that their work is about to pay off, and not only with the high school diploma everyone their age has been seeking. Nearly all will graduate with something more — distinctions that give them a leg up in college or work. That’s thanks to “More Than a Diploma,” a Lee County Schools initiative helping students leave high school with college credit, nationally recognized career certifications and other widely recognized academic distinctions.

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  • INSPIRED. Our Champions

    INSPIRED. Our Champions

    The outcome of the football game at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh between the Lee County Yellow Jackets and the Weddington Warriors on Dec. 14 didn't go the way folks in Lee County wanted it to. The game, which decided the NCHSAA 3AA state championship, went Weddington's way, as the Matthews, N.C. based team won its second consecutive title. But for folks at home, the Yellow Jackets are champions anyway, and for the team, the lessons learned are as valuable as anything.

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