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  • Highland Students attend the TSA Regional Competition
    Highland's Technology Student Association competed at the TSA West Regional Competition on February 27 at Appalachian State University. Twenty-six students competed and the following students placed in the top three in their competitions. 
    Lillian Abernathy & Kelsey Tanner- 3rd Place Fashion Design
    George Dent- 1st Place Computer Aided Design (CAD 3D)
    Andrew Dixon-3 Place Dragster Design
    Bonham Ekleberry, Emily Laye & Caleb Valentine- 3rd Place Video Game Design
    Alexander Matthew & Ryan Thurston- 3rd Place Technical Problem Solving
    Ethan & Evann Wu- 3rd Place Technology Bowl- Written Exam
    TSA Regional Winners  
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  • Highland Students Finish Second in Stock Market Game

    Months of research, strategizing and some big bets paid off for a team of students at Highland School of Technology, who recently beat out nearly 1,000 other teams in the state to earn second place in the Fall 2014 Stock Market Game sponsored by the North Carolina Council on Economic Education. Teacher Dan Froehlich, back left, coached the winning team of (from left) Matthew Noles, Noah Goble and Emani Crawford.
    Stock Market Team
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  • Highland Students Place at Beta Club Convention

    The Highland Tech Beta Club had 23 of its 160 members to compete
    ​at the 2015 NC State Beta Convention held at the Sheraton Four Season in Greensboro on Feb. 6-7th.  The following students received awards for their achievement in academic and artistic endeavours:
    Caleb Sherman--1st place in Pencil Art
    Ellie Sweezy--1st place in Chemistry
    Matthew Noles--1st place in Social Studies, Division 2
    Nicole Wolf--1st place in Spanish, Division 1
    Katie Purello--2nd place in Acrylic Painting
    Alex Matthew--2nd place in Science, Division 2
    Ryan Thurston--2nd place in Math, Division 1
    Emily Lopez--3rd place in Biology
    Miriam Okonkwo--3rd place in English, Division 1
    Evann Wu--3rd place in Social Studies, Division 1
    Caleb Sherman, Matthew Noles, Nicole Wolf, Katie Purello, Alex Matthew, Ryan Thurston, Miriam Okonkwo, & Evann Wu are all eligible to compete in their respective competitions at the National Beta Club convention to be held June 25th to July 2nd at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.
    Beta Club Students
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  • Highland Receives School Grade of A

    NC School Report Cards were release Feb 5th and Highland is the only school in Gaston County to receive a NC School Report Card Grade of A.  Click here for more information. 
    HST School Report Card  
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  • Highland Ranked 8th in 2015 Niche Ranking

    Highland was ranked 8th in the Best Public High Schools in North Carolina by the 2015 Niche Rankings.   A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly. Click here for more information.
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  • Highland students take pride in giving back

    At the Highland School of Technology, the spirit of giving isn’t just part of the holiday season. Students look for ways to contribute to the community all year round whether collecting food or donating time to a service project.  Click here to read more.
    Highland Spriit of Giving  Highland Spirit of Giving

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District News

  • Board approves recommendations for new schools

    The Board of Education has approved a series of recommendations related to plans for new schools in Gaston County. The recommendations include building a new elementary school in west Gastonia and a new middle school in Stanley; establishing a new elementary school magnet program at Hawks Nest Intermediate School; and appointing a task force to study options for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school.

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  • Students finish second in stock market game

    Months of research, strategizing and some big bets paid off for a team of students at Highland School of Technology, who recently beat out nearly 1,000 other teams in the state to earn second place in the Fall 2014 Stock Market Game sponsored by the North Carolina Council on Economic Education.

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  • School mentor has big influence on student’s life

    When David Landrum first volunteered as a Gaston County Schools mentor, he was introduced to a boy who was almost too shy to come out of the kindergarten classroom. Today, that once-timid student is a more confident and talkative eighth grader, who is looking forward to high school and thinking about what to do after graduation.

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  • Students sample possible cafeteria menu items

    Blueberry pancakes, Thai Sweet Chili Chicken, all-natural turkey franks and jalapeno ketchup were a few of the more than 200 items on the menu for Gaston County Schools’ fourth annual food show.

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  • Board of Education meeting is Monday, March 2
    The Gaston County Board of Education will conduct a work session meeting Monday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. The public is invited. Click here for the agenda. The meeting will air live on Channel 21 and on Ustream. Prior to the Board meeting, the Gaston County Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee will meet at 4:45 p.m. Click here for the agenda.
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  • College and Career Expo at Eastridge Mall
    The annual College and Career Expo presented by Gaston County Schools will be held Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia. Middle and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend to meet with college representatives and business leaders and participate in information sessions. So far, 35 colleges and 11 companies have registered for the event.
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  • Best and Brightest 2015 scholarship program
    Again this year, The Gaston Gazette is sponsoring the Best and Brightest scholarship program to recognize outstanding high school seniors in Gaston County. One senior from each high school will be chosen for the Best and Brightest honor and have an opportunity to compete for $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 13. Information will be available from high school counselors and online by clicking here. If you have questions, call Gazette community editor Will MacDonald, (704) 869-1838.
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  • "Are You Smarter ..." competition rescheduled

    The annual "Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?" competition originally scheduled for Thursday, February 19 has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High School. The event is a fundraiser to provide grants for teachers and features school teams paired with business representatives to prove who really is smarter than a fifth grader. The public is invited. Admission is $4. The Gaston County Education Foundation is organizing the program with Wells Fargo Bank as the title sponsor and Allen Tate Realtors as the gold sponsor.
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Highland School of Technology
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Gastonia , NC 28052
704-866-6105 - fax
Denise McLean, Principal

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