Carroll County’s School Board “Spotlight Moment” gave the limelight to a student athlete’s kindness off the field. Achievements on the court and in the classroom by the HOSA-Future Health Professionals students and the girls’ varsity basketball team were also honored at the April 12 meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship read from a Virginia High School League school sportsmanship incident report filed by a Southwestern Soccer offfical on March 23 during a girl’s match between the Cavaliers and Galax.
“I was an AR (Assistant Referee) during a Carroll County girl’s match and then a boy’s match. There is a new star in the sky tonight and it is named after #15, Emily Bryant of Carroll County,” read Blankenship. “A handicapped male student from Carroll was one of the ball people on my end of the field. He was having difficulty performing his duties. Although Emily had just competed in the girl’s match, she came and patiently instructed and helped this person perform his duties. She was kind, caring and compassionate to this young man. Her acts of kindness did not go unoticed by me. She is what high school sports should be all about. Carroll County should be proud to have her as a student athlete. Nobody else witnessed her kindness. I hope this report brings a little positive attention to an outstanding human being. I was proud to be on the same field that Emily Bryant was on.”
Chairman Brian Spencer told the audience the spotlight moment often honors groups, but is also to give recognition to the leadership of individuals who do something that improves the environment for the whole student body and the district.
Recognition certificates were presented to HOSA state award winners. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of Association of Career and Technical Education. The organization’s mission is to promote health care industry career opportunities and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all.
First place winners are eligible to compete at the HOSA 39th Annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is slated for June 22 through June 26. Kaylee Smith placed first in clinical practical nursing and Sarah Tensen was first in Medical Reading. Kyleigh Hanks was second in clinical practical nursing. Sarah Hodges placed third in the Home Health Aide category and Hanah Hill was third in extemporaneous writing. Bailey Delby placed fifth in physical therapy.
Sponsor Debbie Johnson thanked parents, grandparents, families and the Board for being supportative and helpful of HOSA through the years. She said without them they wouldn’t be able to participate in the competitions.
The 2015-2016 Lady Cavalier varsity basketball team was recognized for capturing the Conference 24 Championship. The team was the Region 4A West runner -up and a state quarterfinalists. Coach Marc Motley, Assistant Coach Brandi Mitchell, Manager Emma Reitzel and Bookeeper Stacy Whitaker were also honored.
“I’m so proud of this group,” said Motley. “They tied the school record for the most wins. The competition this year was the toughest I’d seen since I’ve been at Carroll County.”
Team members recognized were Keely Lundy, Madisyn Dalton, Danielle Gallimore, Gracie Davidson, Mattie Kennedy, Rylee Haynes, Mariah Carter, Jade Holt, Carlie McMillian, Haley Turman, Megan Garland and Samantha Reece.
The Board was presented information on the summer Middle and High School programs. The High School summer program is for students currently in grades 9-12. It is scheduled for June 13-24 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Driver’s education will be offered for $175 and fees will be colleced the first day of classes at CCHS. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Transportation is not provided.
The Project Graduation Summer School Progam tutorial service will be provided to students in grades 9-12 needing remediation or tutoring in English, mathematics, science and or history. Spaces are limited with preference given to students in grades 11 and 12 needing verified credits or graduation core area credits.
The Middle School Summer Remediation Progarm is for Carroll Middle students in grades 6-8. It will be held from June 13-24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. Students will receive remediation and tuturing in reading and mathematics, and if funding allows, writing, science and history. Transportation is provided for the remediation program.
Laurel Elementary was tops in its percentage of attendance with 96.18 percent with an average daily membership of 230 students. CCHS was second with 95.7 percent. Its daily membership average was 1,148.
An additional Board meeting has been scheduled for June 29 at 8 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to close out the financial year and related business matters before the Board. The regularly scheduled July meeting of the Carroll County School Board has been moved to July 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Board adopted a proclimation declaring April as “Month of the Military Child.” The measure notes that more than 108,000 children across the Commonwealth (with 71,000 of those school-aged) have parents serving in the military. The tribute is intended to reaffirm commitment to “ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services to miliary children who face unique challenges other children their age never experience.”
David Broyles may be reached at 2760779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.