As we wrap up CTE month, let's take a moment to highlight and celebrate the incredible work of our Adobe students. Often working behind the scenes, they are the powerhouse driving our Jumbotron, capturing moments through photography, designing eye-catching flyers, and crafting engaging videos. Their dedication and hard work may not always be in the spotlight, but it's time we change that. Join us in recognizing and appreciating two of our Adobe students for their invaluable contributions this month. They are led by Mrs. Billie McNair #AdobeStudents #CTEMonth #BehindTheScenesHeroes #CreativeMinds #JumbotronJugglers #PhotographyPros #FlyerDesigners #VideoVirtuosos
We are excited to honor and celebrate Coach Lamont Gilliam for his exceptional achievements as the 2023-24 Coach of the Year! Coach Gilliam's impressive basketball coaching record highlights his outstanding commitment and expertise. With a JV team record of 63-5, a Girls team record of 120-28, and a Boys Varsity team record of 110-19, culminating in a current season record of 20-3, his leadership on the basketball court is undeniable.
Coach Gilliam's excellence has not gone unnoticed, earning him three Coach of the Year titles as the Girls Varsity Head Coach and four as the Boys Varsity Head Coach. His strategic vision and dedication have led our teams to two appearances in the Eastern Regional Championship game, with the Lady Vikings proudly finishing as NC 1A State Championship runners-up.
Furthermore, Coach Gilliam has coached several athletes that went on to play at the collegiate level, including Adrian Moore,, Brittany Franklin, Janazia Dixon, and Omar Harris, showcasing the significant impact he has as a coach
Let's all extend our heartfelt congratulations to Coach Lamont Gilliam on this award and for his remarkable contributions to our basketball program. His legacy is impressive.
Washington County School Alumni Spotlight
Angeline Cox Brunson, a graduate of Plymouth High School in the class of 1983, has pursued a fulfilling career path since her time in high school. After graduation, she enrolled at NCCU, laying the groundwork for her future endeavors.
Currently, Angeline serves as a unit secretary in the NICU, where she undoubtedly utilizes the skills and knowledge gained from her educational journey.
During her time in high school, Angeline completed a CTE pathway, which provided her with valuable insights and experiences for her future career. Now, she shares words of wisdom with current Washington County School students, emphasizing the importance of staying focused on their dreams.
Angeline's story exemplifies perseverance, dedication, and a commitment to one's aspirations. Her journey serves as an inspiration to Washington County alumni, showcasing the rewards of staying true to one's goals and aspirations.
#WashingtonCountyAlumni #ClassOf1983 #CareerSuccess #Education #Perseverance #Mentorship
Washington County Schools will host a DISTRICT ARTS NIGHT on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the WCMS/PES Gym in Roper, NC. The ART Work will be created by the scholars from each of our five schools. The ART Teachers from WCHS, WCMS, PES and CES have inspired the scholars to be creative with their unique masterpieces. WCECHS scholars are preparing ART WORK as well. Each of the performers are preparing their performance to showcase with our community. Please come out to support our scholars throughout the medium of the ARTS. The excitement is in the air!
Friday, March 1, 2024
Game Schedule for the 2nd Round of playoffs and cost is $7.00.
Girls - Washington County @ Fall Lakes Academy - 6:00 pm
Boys - Vance Charter @ Washington County 6:00 pm
Members of the Washington County Panthers Battalion JROTC participated in the Washington County Senior Center Black History. Program today. They performed fancy drills and sang Cadence for the Senior Citizens. Job well done.
Washington County Alumni Power Couple Spotlight:
Robert Lee McNair Jr., a 1997 graduate of PHS, and Kalisha L. (Simpson) McNair, a 1998 graduate of PHS, both pursued higher education after high school. Robert attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration in 2001 and a Master of Science Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Higher Education in 2010. Kalisha began her educational journey at Fayetteville State University before transferring to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Birth-Kindergarten and pursued a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Mathematics.
Currently, Robert serves as the Executive Director of the Student Center and Recreational Services at North Carolina A&T State University, bringing over 22 years of experience in higher education and recreation administration. He is recognized for his leadership excellence and has received prestigious awards such as the University Award for Excellence in Leadership and the ACUI Region III Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff. Kalisha, on the other hand, has dedicated over 20 years to the Guilford County School system as an educator. She is known for her creativity, resourcefulness, and advocacy for students and educators in the district.
Both Robert and Kalisha share words of wisdom with current students, encouraging them to believe in their abilities, overcome obstacles, and forge their paths. Their combined dedication to education, leadership, and advocacy serves as an inspiration to all.
#WashingtonCountyAlumni #WCSPowerCoupleSpotlight #Education #Leadership #Advocacy
Washington County School Alumni Spotlight Raven Brooks, a graduate of Plymouth High School l in the class of 2013, has embarked on a remarkable journey since her high school days. After graduation, she enrolled at North Carolina Central University, where she earned both her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2016 and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 2020. Currently, Raven is pursuing her passion as a full-time entrepreneur, working as a Loctician at The Heir Salon in Durham, NC. Her journey from academia to entrepreneurship exemplifies the diversity of paths available to Washington County alumni. During her time in high school, Raven completed a CTE pathway, which laid a solid foundation for her future endeavors. She shares words of wisdom with current Washington County School students, encouraging them to believe in the attainability of their dreams and reminding them that the world holds a place for everyone. Raven's story is a testament to perseverance, ambition, and finding one's place in the world. She expresses her willingness to give back to her alma mater by serving as a guest speaker or panelist, offering insights and guidance to students pursuing similar career paths. Raven Brooks' journey serves as an inspiration to Washington County alumni, demonstrating the limitless possibilities that await those who dare to dream and pursue their passions. #WashingtonCountyAlumni #Entrepreneurship #CareerSuccess #Mentorship #DreamBig
Kierstyn Smith: Washington County School Alumni Spotlight
Kierstyn Smith, a graduate of Creswell High School in the class of 2015, has forged an impressive path since her time in high school. Following graduation, she pursued higher education at Pitt Community College, where she obtained an impressive four associate degrees in Medical Office Administration and Billing/Insurance.
Currently, Kierstyn serves as an Informatics Education Specialist with ECU Health, utilizing the skills and knowledge gained from her educational journey.
During high school, Kierstyn completed a CTE pathway, which provided her with valuable insights and experiences for her future career endeavors. Now, she shares words of wisdom with current Washington County School students, reminding them that challenges are opportunities for growth, and encouraging them to radiate positivity and self-belief.
Kierstyn's story exemplifies resilience, determination, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. She expresses her willingness to give back to her alma mater by serving as a guest speaker or panelist, offering her insights and experiences to guide students in similar career pathways.
Kierstyn Smith's journey inspires Washington County alumni, showcasing the transformative power of education, perseverance, and a positive mindset.
#WashingtonCountyAlumni #ClassOf2015 #CareerSuccess #Education #Resilience #Mentorship
Today, the Lady Panthers traveled to see Duke and NCSU in action. 🏀⛹️♀️
🚨🚨 February is CTE Month🚨🚨
Food and Nutrition Showcase
Celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE)
The school hallway was filled with delicious aromas and mouth-watering dishes during the recent Food and Nutrition showcase for Career and Technical Education (CTE) week. Students from the Food and Nutrition I and II classes worked tirelessly to prepare authentic meals for their peers and staff to sample.
The menu for the showcase included a variety of tantalizing options, including jerked chicken, BBQ meatballs, sweet and tangy smokie sausage, and a live demonstration on how to make shish kebabs. These dishes not only provided a burst of flavor and excitement but also offered a glimpse into the rich history and cultural significance of each meal.
Jerked chicken, for example, traces its roots back to Jamaica, where indigenous Taino people developed a spicy method of cooking meat. BBQ meatballs have a long history in American cuisine, with variations found in regions across the country. The sweet and tangy smokie sausage showcased a blend of flavors and techniques from different parts of the world. The shish kebabs demonstrated the art of skewering and grilling meats and vegetables, a tradition in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.
But beyond the delicious dishes, the Food and Nutrition showcase highlighted the importance of learning about proper nutrition and healthy eating habits in high school. As students navigate their busy schedules and face the temptation of fast food and processed snacks, understanding how to prepare and enjoy nutritious meals is essential for their overall well-being.
By participating in hands-on cooking demonstrations and tasting sessions, students not only learned new recipes and cooking techniques but also gained a deeper appreciation for the impact of food on their health and energy levels. The benefits of incorporating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into their diet can be seen in improved focus, concentration, and overall physical health.
Events like the Food and Nutrition Showcase not only foster a love for cooking and experimenting with ingredients but also empower students to make informed choices about the food they eat. As they continue to explore the world of culinary arts and nutrition, they are better equipped to make healthier decisions that will benefit them both now and in the future.
Overall, the Food and Nutrition Showcase was a delicious success, showcasing the talents and creativity of our students while promoting the importance of Food and Nutrition Education in high school. As we continue to celebrate CTE week and the diverse opportunities it offers, let us remember the vital role that food plays in our lives and the many ways in which it can nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits.
Spotlight on Washington County Alumni Nikki McCray Purkett:
Nikki McCray Purkett, a distinguished graduate of Plymouth High School in the class of 1994, has blazed an extraordinary trail since her time in high school. After graduating, Nikki embarked on a journey of both higher education and entrepreneurship.
She pursued her academic aspirations, attending college and later transitioning into entrepreneurship, where she became the owner of a million-dollar travel agency. Alongside her entrepreneurial endeavors, Nikki has also carved out a successful career as a Continuous Improvement Manager at Syngenta.
During her time in high school, Nikki completed a CTE pathway, which undoubtedly laid a solid foundation for her future achievements. Now, she imparts a simple yet profound piece of wisdom to current Washington County Schools students: the key to success lies in maintaining a positive "Can Do" attitude.
Nikki's story is a testament to the power of perseverance, positivity, and entrepreneurship. Her remarkable achievements serve as an inspiration to students, reminding them that with determination and the right mindset, they can overcome any obstacle and achieve their dreams.
Moreover, Nikki is not just a role model but also a willing mentor. She expresses her interest in serving as a guest speaker or panelist, offering her insights and experiences to guide others in similar career pathways.
Nikki McCray Purkett's journey exemplifies the spirit of resilience, determination, and entrepreneurship that defines the Washington County alumni community. Her story is a beacon of hope and inspiration, inspiring students to believe in themselves and reach for the stars.
#WashingtonCountyAlumni #ClassOf1994 #Entrepreneurship #CareerSuccess #Mentorship #PositiveAttitude
🚨Important Senior Announcement 🚨
A meeting for senior students took place earlier this week. Every senior received a comprehensive schedule detailing all upcoming events and the expectations for the rest of the academic year. The students were instructed to give the document to their parents or guardians, obtain their signatures, and return the signature page.
🌟 Washington County Alumni Spotlight 🌟
Full Name: Mable N. James
Year of Graduation: 1969
Education Journey: Completed a trade program.
Current Endeavors: Mable started a wheelchair-accessible Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) business in 2019.
CTE Pathway Completion: Yes
Words of Wisdom: "While in school, attend to be a difference maker. Never settle for just getting by, because you have what it takes to soar. No one or nothing can hold you down when you purchase in your heart that the sky is the limit. Know your self-worth and stand on that strength. Remember, you did not make yourself, so you cannot keep yourself; when you realize you need your Maker, Who is Jesus the Christ, He will be there waiting."
Mable N. James' journey from Washington County Schools to becoming an entrepreneur in the NEMT business is a testament to her determination and vision. Her words of wisdom inspire current students to aim high, believe in themselves, and rely on their inner strength.
Spotlight on Washington County Alumni Tenisha Hines:
Tenisha Hines, a proud graduate of Plymouth High School in the class of 2013, has charted an impressive path since her high school days. After graduating, she pursued higher education at North Carolina Central University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Business and a Concentration in Homeland Security. Not stopping there, she continued her academic journey, earning both a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate.
Currently, Tenisha is making significant strides in the field of Civil Rights and Compliance. Her dedication to this important area underscores her commitment to justice and equity.
During her time in high school, Tenisha completed a CTE pathway, which undoubtedly laid the foundation for her future success. However, her journey wasn't without challenges. Yet, she believes firmly that no obstacle is insurmountable. She encourages current Washington County Schools students to embrace resilience, kindness, and a hunger for knowledge.
Tenisha's words of wisdom are truly inspiring. She urges students to shine bright in every room they enter, to extend grace to themselves, and to surround themselves with positive influences. She emphasizes the importance of networking and preparing oneself for the journey ahead.
Moreover, Tenisha is not just a beacon of inspiration but also a willing mentor. She expresses her readiness to serve as a guest speaker or panelist, offering her insights and experiences to guide others in similar career pathways.
Tenisha's story exemplifies the spirit of perseverance, kindness, and ambition that defines the Washington County alumni community. Her journey serves as a testament to the limitless potential within each student, reminding them that with determination and a supportive network, they can achieve their dreams and make a meaningful impact in the world.
#WashingtonCountyAlumni #ClassOf2013 #EducationJourney #CareerSuccess #Mentorship #Resilience
🌟 Washington County Alumni Spotlight 🌟
Full Name: Andrea C. Collins-White
Year of Graduation: 1987
Education Journey: Andrea enrolled in college after graduating.
Current Endeavors: Andrea is currently a School Leader at the Christiana High School & Middle School Honors Academy.
CTE Pathway Completion: Yes
Words of Wisdom: "There have been great people from Washington County who have accomplished great things. One day very soon YOU will be added to that list of greatness. See yourself beyond our small county. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, believe it and then work hard to achieve it!"
Andrea C. Collins-White's journey from Washington County Schools to becoming a School Leader at an esteemed academy is an inspiration. Her words of wisdom encourage current students to believe in themselves, aspire to greatness, and work diligently towards their goals. Andrea is interested in being a guest speaker or serving on a panel, virtually, with individuals in similar career pathways. 🌟📚✨
🌟 Washington County Alumni Spotlight 🌟
Full Name: Jahi Walker
Year of Graduation: 2021
Education Journey: Enrolled in trade school to become a certified firefighter.
Current Endeavors: Jahi is currently employed as a Career Firefighter at the Cleveland Fire Department.
CTE Pathway Completion: Yes
Words of Wisdom: "In the face of life's challenges, it is crucial to persevere and not lose hope. Instead of following others, strive to become a leader, as there are people who rely on your strength and guidance. Always remember 'BE THE CHANGE'."
Jahi Walker's journey from Washington County Schools to becoming a Career Firefighter exemplifies resilience and determination. His words of wisdom inspire current students to persevere through challenges, strive for leadership, and embrace the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities. Jahi is interested in sharing his experiences and insights as a guest speaker or panelist, both virtually and face-to-face, with individuals in similar career pathways. 🚒🔥✨
For the Black History Month celebration, the Washington County Retired Educators Association is proud to spotlight Ms. Johnson, a remarkable educator whose dedication to teaching and her students left an indelible mark on our community. Ms. Johnson first retired in 2009 after a distinguished career, only to return to the profession she loves for an additional four years, culminating in her second retirement in 2013. Over her 37 years in education, Ms. Johnson not only imparted knowledge but also fostered enduring connections with her scholars, touching many lives with her passion and commitment. Her legacy is a testament to the profound impact one educator can have, inspiring us all to strive for excellence and to make a lasting difference in the lives of our students.
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