The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

June 11, 2014

Students receive awards

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — Hundreds of families filed into last Tuesday night’s scheduled Board of Education meeting to watch Stanly County school officials recognize students in various award categories for the 2013-14 school year.

Youth Leadership

Stanly County Youth Leadership represents a new program this school year.  Associate Superintendent Sandra Carter said the purpose of Stanly County Schools Youth Leadership is to train students in leadership techniques and community awareness so that they may become familiar with current issues, community resources and opportunities within Stanly County.

Leadership is the foundation for what can be accomplished in an individual’s personal and professional life, she said. Stanly County Schools Youth Leadership exposed students to the fundamental principles and attitudes of successful leaders. They were taught leadership in career fields and given the chance to meet leaders in those professions.

Through interactive workshops and field trips, the students learned and practiced skills such as communication, creative thinking and decision making.

The SCS Youth Leadership advisor is Mandy Melton.

These leaders and their respective high schools include:

North Stanly - Charleton Edwards, Luke Gibson, Jacob Lancaster, Noah Lancaster;

Albemarle - Katie Lanier, Nigel Monroe, Olivia Hudson;

West Stanly - Noah Coley;

South Stanly – Abbey Sikes, Jacob Smith;

Stanly Early College - Anna Lor, Danni Poplin and Emma Carpenter.

This year’s Superintendent’s Student of the Year include:  

Albemarle High School – Taria Hall (12th grade);

Albemarle Middle School – Sierra Gordon (8th grade);

Aquadale Elementary School – Jackie Burris (5th grade);

Badin Elementary School – Travis Lefler (3rd grade);

Central Elementary School – Bryan Gutierrez Santamaria (5th grade);

East Albemarle Elementary School – Jacob Brewer (5th grade);

Endy Elementary School – Karsyn Underwood (4th grade);

Locust Elementary School – Lilly Hall (4th grade);

Millingport Elementary School – Courtney Smith (5th grade);

North Stanly High School – Kuldeep Patel (12th grade);

North Stanly Middle School – Titan Thao (7th grade);

Norwood Elementary School – Andrea Benites-Macedo (5th grade);

Oakboro Elementary School – Kyle Van Horn (5th grade);

Richfield Elementary School – Averie Brummitt (5th grade);

South Stanly High School – Hunter Gray (11th Grade);

South Stanly Middle School – Braidyn Davis (8th grade);

Stanfield Elementary School – Abbie Huneycutt (4th grade);

Stanly Academy Learning Center - Julie Anne Putnam (9th grade);

Stanly Early College High School – Anna Lor (10th grade);

West Stanly High School – Charlie Eudy (12th grade);

West Stanly Middle School – Alexander Sloop (8th grade).

Attorney General

The Attorney General Award was presented to Brandi Walker, Stanly Early College High School.

Career &



Students from West Stanly High School competed against statewide competition in Career & Technical Education, including a couple of 4A schools with more than 200 members in Future Business Leaders of America. They each completed projects that included a 15-page report describing the project, followed by a seven minute presentation in front of a panel of judges.

Winners include:

Caleb Conner and Regan Johnson for their first place honors in Partnership with Business Project. Their project consisted of working with the West Stanly Booster Club in preparing for the silent auction fundraiser that raised more than $15,000 for the athletic program.

Alexa Hendrickson and Alexis Whitley earned second place for their Community Service Project. Their project consisted of working with elementary school students, writing appreciation letters to the men and women in our local armed forces who were overseas during the holidays. More than 400 letters were written by the elementary school students and mailed out in time for Christmas.

These students will compete against the top business students in the nation this summer in Nashville, Tennessee, while also attending business and leadership seminars and workshops. This is the 14th consecutive year West Stanly High School has had students represent Stanly County at the national FBLA conference.




Students awarded a certificate of appreciation for their yearlong contributions on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee include:

Albemarle High School – Samantha Blue, CiCi Ly, Shawn Baldwin, Jadea Emery, Anteriio Harris, Samantha Holshouser, Robert Mack, Imani Pankey, Manuel Ubaldo, John Williams;

Albemarle Middle - Kellynn Combs, Sierra Gordon, Manolis Kambouris, Adrian Little, Danyale Polk, Chizong Vang;

North Stanly High - Ana Alejo, Isaiah Bennett, Madeline Bowers, Jala Bradshaw, Gentry Grubb, Addison Merritt, Ross Morgan, Bryson Russell, Hailey Simpson, T.J. Smith, Antonio Williams;

North Stanly Middle - Drew Bargesser, Jacob Clayton, Emery Culp, Grace Huneycutt, Virginia Jones, Jack Rummage, Robert Shelton, Savannah Smith, MaKaila Vang;

Stanly Academy Learning Center - Caleb Bostic, Justin Foster, Patrick Graham;

Stanly Early College - Armando Cardoso, Allison Cook, Kimrey Lowder, Miles Shen;

South Stanly - Jesse Barrett, Mary Curlee, Sabrina Faulkner, Hayley Frick, Jason Gonzalez, Hunter Gray, Scottie Green, David Harris, Martha McSwain, Jacob Smith, Abbey Wallace, Charles Weiker;

South Stanly Middle - Victoria Almond, Addie Campbell, Jordan Crisco, Jake Dennis, Mar’Nasia Harris, Riley Horton, Alexa Jordan, Drake Page;

West Stanly - Trey Barbee, Cassady Barnwell, Kayla Chapman, Colby Edwards, Madison Eury, Preston Flowers, Megan Fox, Sarah Fox, Alexa Hendrickson, John Honeycutt, Steven Little, Courtney Moses, Jessica Rogers, Karie Grace Shields, Luis Solorio, Madalynn Starnes, Macy Stutts, Carson Yow;

West Stanly Middle - Julie Brown, Gretchen Castello, Drake Cullingford, Kylie Hill, Ashton Kennedy, Annika Kuleba, Ella Moore, Bailey Queen, Brooklyn Simpson, Kaley Szarka, Sidney Webster and Shaye Winfield.

Staff Awards

Classified Support Staff of the Year - Julia Poplin;

Certified Support Staff of the Year 2013-14: Amy Talbert;

Child Nutrition Employee of the Year: Felix Hinson, Stanfield;

Bus Driver of the Year: Charmaine Watkins.

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email


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