Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little and members of the Mount Airy Board of Education balanced recognition of student achievement with concern of legislative action on school funding during their regular meeting on Tuesday.
Little encouraged voters to communicate their support for education to state legislators. He told the audience he felt accounts of pending action on the state budget were not favorable to education.
“We’ll be talking with our senators,” said Little. “The House budget is anticipated in the next three weeks. We will make no excuses in the Mount Airy Schools and we will continue to support our people.”
In other activities, the Mount Airy Middle School girls track team was honored for winning the Foothills Middle School Conference Championship. Little said the team had 10 girls individually place in the top six in the conference meet with six of those receiving medals for finishing in the top three and the 4x200 meter relay team placing fifth.
Student Jessica Bevard finished first in the 400 meter, Madeline Mayfield was first in the 600 meter and Sarah Lankford finished first in shot put and discus. The 4x100 meter relay team of Shalin Revels, Cidney Speas, Jo Snow and Jessica Bevard was first in that event. Snow topped the field in the 1600 meter with a time of 5:49.7 for a new conference record.
The members of the team are Jessica Bevard, Sadie Brooks, Alexis France, Marina Gonzalez, September Ingram, Abby Isom, Shayde Jones, Sarah Lankford, Tatyana Long, Kelly Lor, Madeline Mayfield, Nique Penn, Shalin Revels, Allie Sechrist, Jo Snow, Cidney Speas, Braden Taylor, Kaleigh Vaught and Miriam Culler. Cheyenne Allen and Kyra Revels are managers for the team.
The MAMS boys tennis team was recognized for being the Foothills Middle School Conference Champions with an 8-0 record overall. Little said six members of the team are eighth-graders and four are in the seventh grade. The top six seeds were composed of three eighth-graders and three seventh-grade students.
Members of the team are Kyle Epperson, Hunt Harrison, Dawson Lievsay, Jesus Orosco, Jackson Smith, Will Sparks, Brandon McGuire, Harrison Morris, Corbin Robertson and Grey Tucker.
Little also recognized five Jones Intermediate School students who swept all categories in the Travis Tuck Jordan poetry competition in the North Carolina Poetry Society contest for elementary students. The students will all be published in this year’s Pinesong edition which is produced by the N.C. Poetry Society. Cydney Boyer was first with a work titled “Nature’s Home.” In second place was Avery Cox with “Upside-down Playground,” Jared Easter was third with “Water is Everywhere” and Baylor Brinkley and Jackson Tumbarello each earned honorable mention.
The Mount Airy High School Interact Club was recognized for its impact on the community through the year with projects including providing school supplies to students in Israel, Habitat for Humanity, Mayberry Triathlon and supporting a reading program at Tharrington Primary School in partnership with the Mount Airy Rotary Club.
Megan Hardy was recognized for receiving the Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship. The scholarship in the amount of $11,700 is for the 2013-14 academic year. Hardy plans to major in developmental psychology with an art minor at UNC-Chapel Hill. Peyton Marion, Christian Cail and John Ferry were recognized for being chosen by the North Carolina School of the Arts and Hassan Moore was honored for participating in the MAMS Spelling Bee for three years. He most recently was the eighth-grade representative of the school.
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