It is my distinct pleasure to announce that our West Craven High School AFJROTC Strike Eagles have earned the Distinguished Unit Award for AY 2015-2016. This is the highest award a unit can earn during a non-inspection year.
The Distinguished Unit Award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.
We see ourselves as ‘blue collar cadets’. Each day we roll up our sleeves and go to work…and judging by our success year after year, that work is paying off.
I am extremely proud of our cadets, and with the unwavering encouragement and support of our principal, Mr Randy St Clair, they truly are becoming ‘Citizens of Character’.
Col Chip Stine
For many, 13 is an unlucky number. New Bern High School NJROTC was notified by the Navy Education and Service Training Command that it has earned “Distinguished Unit” for its 13th consecutive year. Earning this prestigious award has come from a year of hard work, dedication and commitment by these New Bern High School Cadets.
Led by Battalion Commander Cadet Christina Hardtle, the cadets have performed 6533 hours of community service in the New Bern Community. They have had the opportunity to visit various college campuses, participate in a variety of academic, orienteering, athletic, military drill and marksmanship competitions throughout North Carolina. Additionally, they have visited various military bases and our own USS North Carolina. Of note, New Bern High School NJROTC has a vibrant sailing program consisting of 10 sailboats with local volunteers teaching the mechanics and art of sailing. This sailing program is a rarity in JROTC programs throughout the country.
New Bern High School NJROTC has had the fortune this year of having a Top 5 Finalist in The Military Child or the Year, Mariah Warner. Mariah will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Former cadet, Christy Harris came back to give “her story” of life at college as well as other former cadets telling “their story” about college life, the United States Naval Academy as well as in the military. Of our 23 graduating seniors in NJROTC, 17 are enrolled in college next year, five have committed to various branches of the military and one is working to become a local Fireman.
New Bern High School NJROTC is characterized by their Area Manager as a program that opens its doors to all, giving each and every cadet the opportunity to lead, exceed and succeed in a multitude of areas.
The cadets will be celebrating at the New Bern Convention Center with their Annual Awards Banquet the end of May. Various Service Organizations including the Navy League, American Legion, AMVETS, National Sojourners, Scottish Rite, Daughters of the American Revolution and many others will be presenting awards and scholarships to many of the cadets.
Cadet Ensign Emilee Metts, Cadet Public Affairs Officer
At the beginning of Dionte’s senior year he was interviewed by his NBHS Job Coach to see what his concentration was for his post-secondary goal which is his career path after graduating high school. Dionte’ knew without hesitation what he wanted to do and he stated “he wanted to drive long distance trucks.” Dionte’ has worked at several different job sites within Craven County while he was attending high school that has given him a ton of experience. So far some of those job sites includes: Central Office Print Shop, A Dog’s Dream, Maola Milk Co, YMCA, NBHS Athletics Asst and the Food Bank. He was also a part of the WIOA Program which is an internship organization for students. Even while working all these different jobs, he still managed to play sports and obtain his drivers permit and a year later he got his drivers license.
With all the hard work and efforts put forth from each job location payoff finally came after going on a field trip to Craven Community College.While on the tour Dionte’ had the opportunity to personally meet with the Chair of Industrial & Transportation Service Program, which is direct person of contact for truck driving school. One month later he received a phone call stating that he was accepted into the truck driving class which started in March and last for a total of 7 weeks to become certified as a long distance truck driver.
Dionte’ meet all graduation requirements and was able to graduate early so he could focus and concentrate on his college & job career. With all of that said and done he is on his way to success and looks forward to making some of that long green machine dough when he becomes a certified truck driver.
“Life is sweet when you know which direction you want to turn the only thing you have to do is stay on the road like Dionte’.”
All the staff here at NBHS wishes you the best on your Road to Success!!
On Friday April 8th, James W. Smith hosted their ninth annual AG Day (Agricultural Day). The day started at 8:30 am with six different stations, all of which had a focus on agriculture in North Carolina. In partnership with the Craven County Cooperative Extension, each group of students was able to have a hands-on experience with livestock, grains, nutrition, and so much more.
AG Day started in 2007 when Kristen McCoy, then a fourth grade teacher, wanted to give the fourth graders at James W. Smith a connection to the North Carolina Standards covered in their curriculum. Fourth Grade focuses a great deal on our state history, symbolism and economy. In order to give the students those experiences we brought in some assistance from our local Cooperative extension, Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers, and many more agricultural groups to allow the students to learn more about the number one industry here in North Carolina, agriculture!
This year the students rotated through stations sponsored by the Soybean Association where they made smoothies and tasted chocolate chip bread, all made from soybeans. Kelly Beasley from Cooperative Extension showed students a healthier way of eating as they took a closer look at “My Plate,” the nationally adopted balanced food initiative where students learned to “Eat Smart to Play Hard.”
Students then moved on to the grain commodities grown here in North Carolina. Agents from the North Carolina Small Grains Association along with Mike Carroll showed students examples of what they might see in the fields of North Carolina and how those grains are used to provide food, household products, and financial resources to all North Carolinians. We also wanted to incorporate horticulture into our stations since Earth Day quickly approaching on April 22, and commodities such as Christmas trees are a large resource for us in North Carolina as well. Tom Glasgow from Cooperative Extension provided a demonstration for students on how to prepare their ground, plant, and care for plants and trees. The students then helped plant an olive tree on our school grounds so that they can watch it grow for years to come. Finally, the students were able to get up close and personal with some of our local livestock. Thanks to McCoy Cattle Farms and Wyatt McCoy, who is currently a first grader at James W. Smith, students were able to learn, touch, and ask questions about cattle, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. They were also able to learn about swine which is one of North Carolina’s biggest livestock resources. Wyatt, along with his mom Kristen McCoy, talked with students about the importance of caring for your animals, what animals provide for us, and what are the facts and myths regarding livestock today. Wyatt also talked with students about his responsibilities on the farm and what he does to get his animals ready to participate in local livestock and the State Fair livestock shows. Needless to say by the end of AG Day the students at James W. Smith learned how hard people in agriculture work every day and how much it provides for them here in North Carolina. That connection will not only help in their academics but also in life as they grow up to be productive citizens and leaders in our state.
Special Thanks to: The Fourth grade team, Renae Willis, Ashley Shortall, and Molly Donovan
Craven County Cooperative Extension, North Carolina’s Soybean Association, and NC Small Grains Association.
Kindergarten teachers Linda Barnes and Stephanie Light recently attended the North Carolina Reading Association Council Conference held in March in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Reading Association holds an annual three-day conference which features nationally recognized professional speakers, national literacy experts, children’s authors, college professors and authors, NC administrators and teachers who lead sessions promoting literacy. Mrs. Barnes and Ms. Light both received the Margaret Stancil Award for Professional Development from The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Alpha Psi Chapter, North Carolina which allowed them to attend the literacy conference this year.
Bangert Elementary students recently participated in the national Jump Rope for Heart campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHARE). This event engages elementary students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues. It also is a great way to satisfy the physical education standards as determined by SHAPE America.
Jump Rope for Heart was held at Bangert under the direction of the PE teacher, Coach Calvin Campbell. Each grade level was taught a heart-healthy curriculum to support heart awareness for the event. Over one hundred Bangert students participated and raised over $3,000 for the American Heart Association. Coach Campbell says, “I would like to thank the students and their parents for their hard work. Also, I would like to give a special shout out to Miss Erin Saunders’ second grade class for having 100% participation!”
Participating students were invited to a Jump Rope for Heart Celebration held on the playground at Bangert. Thank you to our community members for your support!