Thursday, October 31, 2013

Points of pride


The awards, accolades, and accomplishments continue to roll in for the students, teachers, and administrators of Oconee County Schools.  Each month the regular session board of education meeting begins with a recognition time to honor the outstanding achievements of our students and staff.  This week, I want to highlight some of those recognitions that have occurred, or will occur in the near future, and continue to praise our students and staff publicly for raising the bar of success in our schools. 

Perhaps one of the greatest awards a student can obtain is that of a National Merit Scholar.  In fact, the award is so prestigious that simply being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge honor.  Only 16,000 students in the nation receive this honor each year and I am pleased to share that OCS has four of those highly acclaimed scholars. Susan Ye and John Benton of OCHS and Annabel McSpadden and Hailey Clark of NOHS were recently recognized for this accomplishment. These students will move on to compete for over thirty-five million dollars in college scholarship offerings.  Good luck to them as they continue to represent Oconee County Schools!

Great schools have several components, but one necessary ingredient that everyone can agree on is that of an outstanding teacher.  Oconee County is blessed to have great teachers working with our students and our next point of pride has quickly proven herself as a valuable team member. Julie Inwright is a first-year teacher at North Oconee High School and a recent graduate of the University of Georgia. She is also the latest recipient of a $1000 new teacher assistance grant presented by Georgia Power.  Candidates for this grant must be in the top twenty-five percent of their graduating class, must have shown high aptitude for teaching while in college, and must have obtained a full-time teaching contract in a public school in Georgia.  Julie met all these requirements and was recognized by Mr. Karl Langenbach of Georgia Power at a recent BOE meeting.  Congratulations Julie!

Our final point of pride this month highlights one of our outstanding administrators from Oconee County High School, Dr. Lisa Vaughn.  Lisa has just been named one of four finalists for the 2013 Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) Assistant Principal of the Year award.  The assistant principal of the year will be named on November 4 in Savannah.  Finalists are recognized for excelling in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others, and community service.  Dr. Vaughn has been employed by OCS since 2005, and has served in her current role of assistant principal at OCHS since 2008.  We wish Lisa good luck as she continues to represent Oconee County Schools in this prestigious contest!

As stated earlier, Oconee County Schools has points of pride at every level of our organization.  The outward recognitions are a tremendous reflection of the inward work taking place each day in our schools.  Tell me about your OCS points of pride at jbranch@oconeeschools.org. 

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