The first hour of the Mount Airy Board of Education’s meeting this week consisted of honoring several students and personnel.
Before the school board could get down to announcing Jason Dorsett’s promotion to COO (previously announced in The News), the board and Dr. Greg Little, superintendent, brought forth dozens of people to be recognized.
The board informed the large crowd inside Mount Airy High’s media center that the school system won two awards at a recent N.C. School Public Relations Association awards ceremony.
Carrie Venable, public information officer and instructional technology facilitator, received a Blue Ribbon gold award for special events and programs thanks to a community night held in Jan. 2015. She received a bronze award in marketing for a marketing plan called Language Leaders at Tharrington Primary.
Gene Garland, First Baptist Church, came forward with six girls to discuss the church’s fundraiser for the Hungry Bears backpack program. The Souper Bowl fundraiser resulted in a check to the school system for $1,581, presented at the meeting.
Over the winter, Mount Airy hosted a group of students from China for a week. The school board recognized the local students and their families who hosted the visitors.
Rodney Ellis, president of the N.C. Association of Educators, presented an award to a local student. Ellis said the NCAE holds an annual Multicultural Arts Contest through its Human and Civil Rights Commission. Joshua Combs, of Mount Airy Middle, was one of the winners.
Winter weather the previous month had postponed several honors for the band programs, which added to the lengthy ceremony at this week’s meeting.
Director Jonathan Jones presented several recognitions, including a certificate to the many band members who traveled to Florida to participate in the Russell Athletic Bowl, formerly known as the Tangerine Bowl.
Jones also presented a certificate to Katie McDuffie, who has been accepted into the Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University this summer.
The camp will be held June 25-July 16 in the university’s Hayes School of Music, led by the school’s music faculty.
At the end of the camp, the participants will hold a performance Rosen Concert Hall.
According to ASU, the three-week music-filled retreat “offers the most comprehensive course of musical instruction in the Southeast, with intensive college preparatory work in performance and music theory. Campers participate in daily ensemble rehearsals and music theory classes in an atmosphere that elevates everyone’s musicianship.”
Jones also introduced the students who made the all-county band.
Then he presented three of the five students who made it through the first step of selection for the Virginia Tech Honor Band.
A couple of students had other obligations the night of the meeting, but Jones said he was proud that five musicians made it through the first level. The five were supposed to advance to an audition on campus in mid-February, but that happened to be when the last snowfall hit and kept the group from going, he explained.
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