The arts in multiple forms were highlighted during Monday’s Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting as students were recognized for their successes.
Each year a contest is held among the students to see which of their artworks will be featured on the school system’s birthday and Christmas cards which are sent out. This year, six birthday designs and nine Christmas designs were chosen.
The winners of the birthday card contest were Alondra Longoria, fourth grade; Amanda Shaffner and Sophie Welborn, fifth grade; Kimberly Cruz, eighth grade; and Mallie Hutchens and MacKenzie Bullins, 12th grade. Christmas card winners included Laura Coach, first grade; Joshua Couch, fourth grade; Gretchen Brooks and Valeria Guzman, fifth grade; Jordan Ennis, seventh grade; Bethany Roberts and Kimberly Cruz, eighth grade; Aspen Shaw, 11th grade; and Beth Coe, 12th grade.
Also honored for their visual art talents were Patrick Soos, eighth grade; Luis Segovia, 10th grade; and Katie Bryant, 11th grade. Soos’ pencil shading pieces featuring a tiger and factory, and Segovia and Bryant’s ME creation honoring their teacher, Mrs. Edmisten, are hanging on the newly-designated art wall in the central office’s lobby. Superintendent Dr. Myra Cox explained that every other month the school system will recognize the four art pieces — kindergarten through second, third through sixth, seventh through eighth, and ninth through 12.
The two pieces for January from Soos, Segovia and Bryant represent the seventh/eighth and ninth through 12th grades. The art work from the elementary students were taken home at the winter break, and will be brought in with those students being honored at the school board’s February meeting, Cox said.
Musicians also were recognized during Monday’s meeting as those who were selected for all-county band received certificates. Those students included Paul Brinegar, sixth grade; Hunter Weavil and Breanna Laws, eighth grade; Samantha Martin, ninth grade; Sarah Parker, 10th grade; and Avery Atwood, 12th grade.
In addition to students who were highlighted, Emily Rycroft, a middle school English teacher, was introduced as the staff member chosen to participate in High Point University’s new Leadership Academy. The academy program will allow Rycroft to earn 36 credit hours, a principalship license and a master’s degree, and continue her role teaching. Upon completion of the program, she also will be certified to serve as an assistant principal or principal in North Carolina.
Rycroft told the board she was “very honored and excited, and thankful for the opportunity.”
The final group of people recognized Monday was the school board, as part of School Board Recognition Month. Each had at his or her seat gifts from various schools and staff members as a way of thanking them for their service. Also, Cox asked each of the board members to share with those in attendance how many years they’ve been on the board and what they enjoy about the role.
“It takes sacrifice and dedication. You passionately work behind the scenes,” Cox said to the board. “I’d heard superintendents before I took this position talk about their five bosses, or seven, or in some cases nine. I never understood until now. I’m enjoying working with each of you. Each one of you cares about the success of the system and the students. I appreciate all you do.”
Frank Beals has served for two years, and said he feels like he is “part of something big and important.”
James Freeman, a board member since 2006, said, “I feel honored to be associated, to be affiliated with such a great school system. We have fantastic teachers and administrators.”
“For me, it is just such a blessing to be part of this,” said Dr. Richard Brinegar, who was recently re-elected for a second term. “I’m honored and blessed to be part of the community and give back to the school system. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a small part of it.”
“I wanted to be part of sustaining what’s already here,” said Dr. Jane Riley, who has served for two years.
Judy Walker just began her first term on the board. “I’m the new kid on the block. I look forward to working with this great group of people.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.