The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Highland School of Technology attended the 2016 FBLA North Carolina State Leadership Conference on March 15 to 17. The 44 Highland students joined over 2000 students to compete at events related to their high school Career and Technical Education courses. Highland students competed in their various events which resulted in winning 32 medals.
Highland was awarded the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit for the fourth year in a row. Highland had students qualify to compete for the first time in the industry Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams at the FBLA National competition. Evan Null qualified for Microsoft Office 2013 - Excel; Elliott Stines and Zoe Hatsios qualified for Microsoft Office 2013 - Word.
The following student placed in individual competitions at the conference: David Hamilton – 1st Securities and Investments; Caleb Kiser – 1st Introduction to Information Technology; Jovan Sheshbaradaran – 2nd Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Kristen Caulfield – top 10 Multimedia and Web Design open testing; Savannah Duncan – top 10 Public Speaking II; Ma’Aanu Ervin – top 10 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Patience Foster – top 10 Introduction to Business Procedures; Sara Jane Heavner – top 10 Introduction to Business Procedures and top 10 Microsoft 2013 open testing; Haleigh Johnson – top 10 Accounting II; Katherine Kiser – top 10 Introduction to Business Communications; Priya Shah – top 10 Introduction to Business Communications; Caroline Smith – top 10 Insurance and Risk Management; and Leah Sosnik – top 10 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures.
Students worked as a team in the following competitions and placed as follows: Alexander Matthew and Matthew Noles – 2nd Banking and Financial Systems; Parker Crenshaw, Abril Jauri, and Elise Sweezy – 2nd Emerging Business Issues; Kayla McManus-Viana, Katherine Purello and Teresa Purello – 2nd Global Business; Abril Jauri and Elise Sweezy – 1st Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit; Alec Castillo, Michael Caulfield and Ciara Kranzler – 4th Marketing; Ryan Hance, Chase Pasour and Morgan Poteat – 2nd Network Design; and Bailey Birtchet and Kristen Caulfield - 5th Publication Design.
Students or teams placing in the top four qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia the end of June.
Two weeks of Minecraft. For the middle school students enrolled in the Gaston County Schools Summer Enrichment Program, two weeks devoted to their favorite video game must have sounded like a dream come true. They may not have even realized this summer camp was educational. But their teacher for the program knows that more than just a game, Minecraft can be an effective classroom learning tool.
They could have been at the beach, but instead, nearly 70 Gaston County Schools teachers spent their first week of summer vacation in the classroom. Teachers from all grade levels spent time learning together in the Pinnacle Leaders program, which aims to help educators use technology effectively in the classroom and become technology leaders in their schools.
For the past three weeks, bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes have been removing trees, turning over dirt, and preparing the land for a new middle school in Stanley. But a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning marked the official start of construction for the new facility, which will be built on the same parcel of land as the current school.
W. Jeffrey Booker, Superintendent of Gaston County Schools, has earned the prestigious Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year recognition for 2016-2017. Superintendents in the Southwest Region, which includes 11 public school districts in nine counties across the greater Charlotte area, selected Booker for the honor. He will compete against other regional winners for the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year title.
Gaston County Schools has 33 students in the Class of 2016 who have achieved valedictorian or salutatorian honors. Each valedictorian and salutatorian were recognized during high school graduation. The senior with the highest weighted grade point average (GPA) is selected valedictorian and the senior with the second-highest weighted GPA is chosen salutatorian. When students are tied for first or second in the class, co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian honors are presented.
Gaston County Schools will operate again this summer on a four-day, 10-hours a day work week beginning Monday, June 13. School and central level offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All offices will be closed on Friday. Offices will be closed Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Summer hours run through Friday, August 5.
Congratulations to the 300 students who were selected on Friday to attend the new Hawks Nest STEAM Academy when it opens in August. Click here to see the list of students selected in the lottery. Click here for a slideshow of pictures from the lottery.