City school board hands out recognitions


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The city Board of Education recognizes the Mount Airy High School Interact Club at its last meeting. The officers are, from left, Rebecca Billos, president; Blake Wolfe, vice president; Olivia Wilson, secretary; Owen Perkins, treasurer; and Emma Ratcliff. Project manager Gabbi Troutman is not pictured.


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The officers for the high school HOSA Club are shown with their faculty advisory. Starting from second to left are Rebecca Billos, president; Carly Grade Sheets, co-vice president; Blake Wolfe, co-vice president; Emma Ratcliff, project manager; and Ellie Martin, treasurer.


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Amanda Sechrist, Mount Airy Middle, is recognized as exceptional children’s teacher of the year. Shown are, from left, Dr. Kim Morrison, district superintendent; Sechrist; and Wendy Carriker, school board chair.


Jeff Linville | The News

Penny Willard, left, grants director, and Olivia Byerly, middle school principal, are recognized by the school board and chair Wendy Carriker for completing post-graduate degrees while still working.


Jeff Linville | The News

The school board names its Innovators of the Month: Lauren Murphy, Jones Intermediate; Xiaowen Zhang, middle school; Melissa Ogle and Kevin Joyce, representing several with the high school. Not pictured was Beth Welch, Tharrington Primary.


Jeff Linville | The News

Jones Intermediate is praised for being one of two schools from the area, along with Flat Rock Elementary, named a Piedmont Triad Education Consortium Signature School. From left are Dr. Kim Morrison, district superintendent; principal Sherry Cox; and Wendy Carriker, school board chair.


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Kylee Hollingsworth, right, receives a certificate of recognition from Wendy Carriker, city school board chair, for being president of the Mount Airy Middle School HOSA Club, one of the few HOSA middle school groups in the entire state.


Jeff Linville | The News

The Mount Airy Board of Education had a busy night at its most recent meeting.

The school board held its regular meeting at Mount Airy Middle School with several recognitions planned for the night.

These included the Mount Airy Middle School Interact and HOSA clubs, which are rare for middle schools. Also, the high school Interact and HOSA officers were honored.

Then came a celebration of the Mount Airy High soccer team for the best season in school history with a conference championship and a Final Four berth. Despite just one loss, the Granite Bears were forced to go into the playoffs as a wild card, said coach Will Hurley. Then they didn’t lose until the Western Regional final.

The school board recognized Amanda Sechrist, Mount Airy Middle, for being the exceptional children’s teacher of the year.

Surry-Yadkin EMC just announced a series of Bright Ideas grants for local schools. The board noted three teachers who had projects approved for local grants: Elaine Reales, Tharrington; Carrie Taylor, Jones; and Heather Stafford, Mount Airy Middle.

Three faculty members were applauded for continuing their education while still on the clock. Finishing degrees recently are Olivia Byerly, middle school principal; Levi Goins, middle school assistant principal; and Penny Willard, grants director.

Several people were recognized during the regular Innovators of the Month award.

Named were Beth Welch, Tharrington; Lauren Murphy, Jones; Xiaowen Zhang, Mount Airy Middle; and Becky Parries, Central Office.

Then for the high school, several people were named for their part in making changes to the Bear Lunch program. These were Sarah Knott, Melissa Ogle, Conni Tucker, Lynn Snow, Kim Lyons, Gena Ray, Courtney Howlett and Kevin Joyce.

The city Board of Education recognizes the Mount Airy High School Interact Club at its last meeting. The officers are, from left, Rebecca Billos, president; Blake Wolfe, vice president; Olivia Wilson, secretary; Owen Perkins, treasurer; and Emma Ratcliff. Project manager Gabbi Troutman is not pictured.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7690_filtered.jpgThe city Board of Education recognizes the Mount Airy High School Interact Club at its last meeting. The officers are, from left, Rebecca Billos, president; Blake Wolfe, vice president; Olivia Wilson, secretary; Owen Perkins, treasurer; and Emma Ratcliff. Project manager Gabbi Troutman is not pictured. Jeff Linville | The News

The officers for the high school HOSA Club are shown with their faculty advisory. Starting from second to left are Rebecca Billos, president; Carly Grade Sheets, co-vice president; Blake Wolfe, co-vice president; Emma Ratcliff, project manager; and Ellie Martin, treasurer.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7693_filtered.jpgThe officers for the high school HOSA Club are shown with their faculty advisory. Starting from second to left are Rebecca Billos, president; Carly Grade Sheets, co-vice president; Blake Wolfe, co-vice president; Emma Ratcliff, project manager; and Ellie Martin, treasurer. Jeff Linville | The News

Amanda Sechrist, Mount Airy Middle, is recognized as exceptional children’s teacher of the year. Shown are, from left, Dr. Kim Morrison, district superintendent; Sechrist; and Wendy Carriker, school board chair.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7701_filtered.jpgAmanda Sechrist, Mount Airy Middle, is recognized as exceptional children’s teacher of the year. Shown are, from left, Dr. Kim Morrison, district superintendent; Sechrist; and Wendy Carriker, school board chair. Jeff Linville | The News

Penny Willard, left, grants director, and Olivia Byerly, middle school principal, are recognized by the school board and chair Wendy Carriker for completing post-graduate degrees while still working.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7702_filtered.jpgPenny Willard, left, grants director, and Olivia Byerly, middle school principal, are recognized by the school board and chair Wendy Carriker for completing post-graduate degrees while still working. Jeff Linville | The News

The school board names its Innovators of the Month: Lauren Murphy, Jones Intermediate; Xiaowen Zhang, middle school; Melissa Ogle and Kevin Joyce, representing several with the high school. Not pictured was Beth Welch, Tharrington Primary.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7703_filtered.jpgThe school board names its Innovators of the Month: Lauren Murphy, Jones Intermediate; Xiaowen Zhang, middle school; Melissa Ogle and Kevin Joyce, representing several with the high school. Not pictured was Beth Welch, Tharrington Primary. Jeff Linville | The News

Jones Intermediate is praised for being one of two schools from the area, along with Flat Rock Elementary, named a Piedmont Triad Education Consortium Signature School. From left are Dr. Kim Morrison, district superintendent; principal Sherry Cox; and Wendy Carriker, school board chair.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7704_filtered.jpgJones Intermediate is praised for being one of two schools from the area, along with Flat Rock Elementary, named a Piedmont Triad Education Consortium Signature School. From left are Dr. Kim Morrison, district superintendent; principal Sherry Cox; and Wendy Carriker, school board chair. Jeff Linville | The News

Kylee Hollingsworth, right, receives a certificate of recognition from Wendy Carriker, city school board chair, for being president of the Mount Airy Middle School HOSA Club, one of the few HOSA middle school groups in the entire state.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_0JAL7688_filtered.jpgKylee Hollingsworth, right, receives a certificate of recognition from Wendy Carriker, city school board chair, for being president of the Mount Airy Middle School HOSA Club, one of the few HOSA middle school groups in the entire state. Jeff Linville | The News

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