Good News Updates for the BOE

Good News Updates for the BOE
Posted on 11/27/2018
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GOOD NEWS UPDATES for the HPS Board of Education

From the HPS Communications Office

(Samples of good news updates as submitted from school principals / communications liaisons; shared with HPS Board of Education 11.26.18)


Madeleine Johnson-North Carolina American String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra

Kayla Ruff-YMCA Teen Character Award 

Teacher Spotlights:

Carie Kahn - NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for the District

Sally Ross - 2018 NCME Western Regional Orchestra Teacher of the Year—2nd time

David Wortman - Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony

HHS Visual Arts Instructor Teresa Bentley was selected to attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff Canada, Alberta for an International Art, Book, and Film Conference in early November. The expedition was sponsored by Footsloggers Outdoor Sports of Boone, NC.

In case you didn’t know:

Lisa Camichos, HHS social studies teacher, was selected to speak in England and Greece—last summer. Her presentation focused on United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration work in Greece at the end of WWII—with a related personal family history. The conference was funded by the UN.

Senior, Sidney Brockenborough, was selected as a cellist for the Western Regional Orchestra.

All Conference Superlatives in Athletics:

Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year—Brian Jillings

Volleyball Player of the Year—Allison Gambill

Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year—Jackie Finley

Women’s Golf Player of the Year—Anna McDonald

Football Kicker of the Year – Harrison  Boston

**And you may have read about the recent SIX athletic signings to play sports at various institutions of higher learning.

Grandview Middle students participated in a Penny Wars to raise money to purchase a Booster Club banner to hang in the gymnasium in memory of their friend & classmate, Justice Freeman, who passed away last spring. The goal was to raise $400. The students raised over $600! The overage will be used to start a scholarship fund for the Class of 2023 in Justice’s name.   

In November, Grandview’s 8th grade students were invited to attend Leadership Training at Lenoir Rhyne University sponsored by the Broyhill Leaders.  The Broyhill Leaders is a student organization within the Broyhill Institute for Leadership at Lenoir-Rhyne University—designed to develop and foster the skills necessary for students to become effective leaders in business and professional communities with the ability to adapt to future innovations.

Oakwood Elementary

Together, Oakwood teachers, Dorothy Dalton and Jessica Dula presented at the November NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in Greensboro. Their presentation was titled: “Multiplication and Division: More than just your memory.” 


Following the recent Hickory Christmas Parade, Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High discovered they had defended their title as the parade winners! For the 2nd year in a row, HCAM was awarded Best of Show; and this year, they were also awarded Best in Theme. Congrats to Principal Tuttle and all those who worked so hard on the school’s Christmas parade float. Incredibly creative !

 **Disclaimer--HPS produces daily Good News; but this is just a sample of good news as submitted to the communications office from the schools. This monthly update does not represent every school. Visit the individual school's website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to capture more of the school's good news and announcements.