School News: School holds flag ceremony

While the American flag was at half-mast Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, TC Henderson Elementary held a brief flag ceremony. They honored Memorial Day and celebrated their newly created school flag.

The Student Forum had previously held a flag design contest and the winning design was created by fifth-grader Noah Pierce.

To honor Noah’s new design, the forum, made up of Korinne Hawk, Alyssa Myers, Cray McCall, Zane Ramey, Grant Reese and Samuel Whitmire, wrote the whole program for the ceremony. Zane helped Noah display and then raise the new flag on our flag pole. The orange and black design bold against the blue sky and waving below the red, white and blue.

Sloan awarded scholarship

Grayson Sloan of Flat Rock has been awarded the prestigious Higginbotham Scholarship at Salem Academy, beginning with the fall 2011 term.

Sloan is the daughter of Ross and Martha Sloan of Flat Rock. She currently attends Hendersonville Middle School.

School thanks St. Timothy church

Pisgah Forest Elementary School would like to thank St. Timothy United Methodist Church for providing additional food to supplement the school’s Backpack Buddies program over Spring Break. Backpack Buddies is a program that partners MANNA FoodBank with Transylvania County Schools’ Child Nutrition Department to provide nonperishable food items on a weekly basis to more than 170 students and their families in the Transylvania County School system.

The members of St. Timothy’s saw a need for additional food over the Spring Break holiday to nourish these families and offered their help. Church members gathered or purchased the food, packed the items and delivered the packages to Pisgah Forest Elementary the week before Spring Break. Lisa Thompson, a member of St. Timothy UMC, led the project.

Capps named 2011 champion

Eighth-grader Brandon Capps of Rugby Middle School was the 2011 middle school Blue Ridge Athletic Conference individual champion. The tournament consisted of 10 teams with a total of 36 golfers. The tournament took place at Waynesville Country Club and Crooked Creek Golf Coarse. Brandon had the score of 77 for the tournament.

Rugby coach Jeff Davenport stated that “the coaches at the tournament couldn’t recall a score in the 70′s at a conference tournament before.” Brandon’s score may also be a school record for Rugby Middle. Brandon will be attending West Henderson High School next year where his brother, David Capps, is on the Falcon Golf Team.

Homeschool graduates honored

The Henderson County Homeschool Association honored their 2011 graduates in a ceremony at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

The students recognized were:

Kurt Louis Garfield — parents Bob and Cindy Garfield.

Joanna Reneé Glass — parents Ron and Cyndi Glass.

Tiffany LaHoya Gordon — parents Eddie and LaHoya Gordon.

Gregory Hedrick — parents Greg Sr. and Leigh Hedrick.

Alexandria Gayle Redden — parents Alex and Rhonda Redden.

Danielle Jessica Shackley — parents Wayne and Sina Shackley.

Audrey Michelle Ward — parents Bobby and Sally Ward.

Caleb Owen Worrell — parents Chip and Ranae Worrell.

Master of Ceremony was Joshua Connor. Opening prayer was led by Bobby Ward. Processional and recessional music was played by Gena Ward. After the ceremony, which included an address by Wesley Jones as well as biographical slideshows of the graduates, family and friends gathered in the church’s fellowship hall for a reception to celebrate the milestone event.

Art students raise hurricane relief

FLETCHER — Art students at Veritas Christian Academy Lower School have been selling Koi fish paintings as an art project and donating all proceeds to the earthquake relief efforts in Japan. So far, the students have raised more than $3,000.

Japanese Koi fish are distinguished by bright vivid color and patterning. Pieces of the Koi fish artwork were auctioned off at the school’s Grandparents’ Day event on April 21. Two original pieces were also be available for purchase via online auction.

Commemorative posters of the artwork are now available and can be purchased at the school or ordered online at The posters will sell for $20 with all proceeds going to the Japan relief fund. You can read more about the Koi Project at

Patel named essay winner

Samil Patel, North Henderson High School senior high school essay contest winner, poses with N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Edmunds Jr.

The North Carolina Bar Association observed Law Day on Friday, May 6, as students from across the state gathered in Raleigh for the event. The students were honored for their efforts in the annual Law Week competitions.

Student winners in the essay, poster art and photo/essay contests are as follows (Click on each name to read the winning essay):

Senior High (grades 9-12) Essay Contest: First place Samil Patel, North Henderson High School, Hendersonville.

2011 CTE Scholars recognized

The Henderson County Public Schools recognized eighty-eight 2011 Career and Technical Education Scholars on May 23 in an awards ceremony at Blue Ridge Community College in the Thomas Auditorium of the David W. Sink Building. Pamela H. Johnson, HCPS Career and Technical Education and School Counseling Director, welcomed students and guests. The guest speakers were the Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent David L. Jones and Henderson County Board of Public Education Chairman Ervin W. Bazzle. The student speakers were Joseph Messer of East Henderson High, Hunter Jones of Hendersonville High, Nicollette Yarbrough of North Henderson High, and Carly Owenby of West Henderson High.

The 2011 CTE Scholars are:

East Henderson High: Vandy Brown, Dillian Burrell, Larissa Capps, Melissa Castillo, Hayden Cole, Briana Gover, William Green, Matthew Hara, Steven Jarvis, Ryan Jones, Richard Justice, Stephen Land, Candice Lengyel, Jessica Lott, Joseph Messer, Nicholas Morales, Tyler Morgan, Breanna Owensby, Matthew Pohl, Jessie Russell, Justin Shook, Daniel Sumner, Micaela Thiery, and Austin Weaver.

Hendersonville High: Kristy Cole, Jennifer Davidson, Matthew Emrich, Eric English, Kyle Eudy, Spencer Garey, Hannah Hipp, Kendall Holcomb, Shanice Ingram, Angel Jeffery, Hunter Jones, Erika McMillion, Karina Melendez, Justin Parnell, India Summey, and David Swanzy.

North Henderson High: Marcela Alfaro, Emily Bowers, Sara Bradley, Ashley Brown, Andrew Cass, Candace Dillin, Kathryn Dillin, Jessica Earley, Zach Erhard, Jovahnna Graves, Wayne Griffin, Dylan Heath, Hayley Klumpp, Erika Morton, Tim Orr, Natalie Reece, Lauren Reiff, Cody Ridgeway, Courtney Rogers, Nora Stepp, and Nicollette Yarbrough.

West Henderson High: Michael Aamodt, Jordan Bell, Wilson Billingsley, Cameron Brogden, Camillia Brodgen, Christa Cloud, Krystal Mae Crook, Melissa Elliott, Jessica Davidson, Melanie Evans, Colton Fouts, Kayla Gibbs, Katie Gilbert Ryan Gordon, Emily Hopkins, Whitney Howell, Ryan Loudy, Bobbie McCombs, Victoria Minick, Carly Owenby, Erica Pressley, Paige Prather, Cody Shipman, Shaundi Sides, Jastin Telles, Hannah Wilson and Samantha Woody.

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