GOOD NEWS REPORT -- for HPS Board of Education & Community!
Posted on 03/01/2020
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Hickory High

  • Mr. Schronce, who is in charge of ISS, has mentioned individual students' growth and reduced visits to detention within the last month.
  • Senior, Chase Johnson, is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • 7 HHS students were selected for the Catawba All-County Band (Tyler Hasty, Eros Ramirez, Rachel Register, David Tellez-Chavez, Eric Trejo, Zack Kennedy, Jorge Cisneros).
  • 2 HHS students were selected for the All-District Band (Rachel Register and Austin Roland). This is an extremely competitive group to get into, as it includes the best players from the Northwest region of the state. These students represented HHS at the clinic held in February at Appalachian State University.
  • Ms. Schronce’s EC Cluster Class received a therapy swing that they can use while doing classwork, for relaxing, or if they need time to calm down. They were able to get the swing because of the Donors Choose Project Ms Schronce created and promoted on social media. 
  • Our Quiz Bowl A-team went an outstanding 10-2 over the past few weeks and continued their perfect season in the Catawba Valley Quiz Bowl league (a smaller regional league, one of two they compete in). Our B-team went 4-6 despite being comprised almost entirely of freshman students.


  • The League of Women Voters stopped by HCAM to help high school juniors and seniors register for their first election.
  • HCAM’s Beta Club returned from the NC Convention with 2 prizes: 1st place in Science - Mary Langan - and 5th Place in On-Site Drawing - Naashon Parker. Especially impressive given that 85 NC schools attended convention.
  • Senior Donnie Yang has done so well at his CTE Internship at Cloninger Ford, they’ve offered to pay for his college education!
  • National Technical Honor Society collected lots of cans for the Souper Bowl Food Drive here in Hickory.
  • HCAM’s National Art Honor Society designed and painted Super Hero murals for Jenkins Elementary.
  • This year HCAM’s theater department has chosen Beauty and the Beast for its spring production. We’d love to have the HHS Admin and School Board at our play. We promise you’ll be both amazed and entertained. Date to be announced soon.
  • We would like to congratulate Kaylei Perdew for her winning artwork of Maya Angelou in the Corning Art Contest.


  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners of the Elks Lodge Essay contest - Division I
  • Grant from Hickory Playground to the arts department - $1,950 for Orchestra, $1,000 for Art Class
  • Hosted the All County Middle School Honors Orchestra
  • Donation received for landscaping the front of our building
  • DonorsChoose- “Starbooks Cafe”
  • Mrs. Kyro- HPS Education Foundation Grant- “A Sensory Explosion”
  • Cafeteria received a 100% sanitation score.
  • Our Broyhill Kids, who received Broyhill Leaders training at LRU this Fall, are providing leadership training for a new group of students on March 7.
  • Working with two visiting artists to complete two community based murals
  • Two students auditioned and made the Junior Western Region Orchestra


  • District Spelling Bee Winner
  • Meet the Composer Project - Combined concert of band/orchestra w/special guest composer Darryl Johnson II
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners for Elks Lodge Essay Contest - Division 2
  • Conference & Tournament Undefeated Boys Basketball Championship
  • 7 student artists advance to the District Level of the Hickory Junior Woman’s Club Art Competition
  • Art Club receives $500 from Hickory Playground Grant


  • Several donations for meal balances:
    Joy Jacoway - $500.00
    Jill Jacoway - $500.00
    Sandy Ridge American Legion - $500.00
    A. Teeter - $1000.00
  • Grace City Church - sponsoring school teacher and classified staff member of the month awards ($50.00 gift cards)
  • Paula Gambill, second grade teacher, nominated for the NC School Hero Award


  • Eight Longview students attended the State BETA Convention, competed in and won several Academics and Arts competitions both individually and as a team in Greensboro Feb. 4 and 5th. They have qualified for the National BETA convention to be held this June in Fort Worth, Texas. To be recognized at the March BOE meeting.


  • Students participated in the Great Kindness Challenge led by our School Counselor, Mrs. Kubiniec. Altogether, students completed 3,795 acts of kindness over a four day period. They learned a famous quote from Aesop, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


  • Received a $500 grant from Bumgarner Oil through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program.
  • Successful Chili Cookoff with the Longview Lions Club - Ms. Gagliano, one of our Pre-K teachers won a $75 first place prize and donated her winnings directly back to our school!
  • Successful fundraiser through the Knickerbockers with funds going to the Southwest PTA!
  • Hickory High National Honor Society collected and donated supplies for our students!
  • Our partnership with Lenoir Rhyne is growing. The LRU students in the reading foundations class have started tutoring students 3 times a week, 3 student teachers have taken over full time teaching responsibilities, and the school counseling department is also working with students to provide additional emotional and social support. We are so grateful for their partnership and support.
  • Southwest Pre-K classes have a Partnership with UNC-TV PBS Kids for Parent Engagement Playful Learning Nights (2/27, 3/26, 4/7 & 4/30)


  • $1000 donation for Math/Science Materials from Bumgarner Oil
  • Emily Bridges - State Hoop Shoot Champ for 8-9 Females
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Women provided a Soup and Chili lunch on Feb 3rd for the staff
  • Caitlin Norton was nominated as a NC School Hero. The top 10 in votes across the state will win $10,000 and the school will win $10,000. Voting ends on March 15th.


  • Congratulations to the HPS Finance Department for earning the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, as recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), ending with fiscal year 2019, informs stakeholders about the financial and economic state of the district, making it an important communications tool for building trust and engaging with the school community. Congrats to Finance Director, Adam Steele and team!
  • CTE Month! The White House proclaimed February 2020 as Career and Technical Education Month: “To ensure that our country’s workforce remains the best in the world, it is imperative that we equip students and workers with the skills necessary to fill the jobs our economy is creating at an incredible pace and to enable them to reap the benefits of successful careers. During Career and Technical Education Month, we reaffirm our commitment to expanding access to high-quality career and technical education for all Americans.”

Disclaimer: The above notes are only a sample of the outstanding achievements happening at HPS! Not every announcement of good news was included in this report--and more will be added to the March Good News shared with the HPS Board of Education later in March. To discover more Good News, visit the homepage of each of the nine schools or visit the Hickory Public Schools Facebook page. The above samples were provided by each school's Principal and Communications Liaison.  We greatly appreciate the sharing of their good news!

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