The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities held its fourth Annual Meeting Monday, May 12 at Simon G Atkins Academic and Technology High School in Winston-Salem. Outstanding students, educators, and schools were recognized for their contributions and success in scholastic competitions.
The following educators and students were recognized for their outstanding contributions to scholastic activities in the 2013-2014 school year.
Administrator of the Year: Frank Till, Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools. Dr. Till was instrumental in dramatically increasing the participation of Cumberland County Schools in scholastic activities, leading them to winning the 2014 School District Cup.
Principal of the Year: Susan Bunch, Principal, Mount Airy Middle School. Ms. Bunch has created a comprehensive scholastic program from scratch in her first year as school principal. She is frequently seen supporting her students at events throughout the state.
Scholastic Director of the Year: Angela Jordan, Brunswick Early College High School. Ms. Jordan led the only new NCASA member high school to compete in all five NCASA competitions. She also served as coach of all five teams. Her leadership led the school to a ninth place overall finish, the best for any new small member high school.
Coach of the Year: Melissa Leftwich, Visual Arts Educator, Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte. Ms. Leftwich has led her Art Showcase team to two consecutive runaway state championships. Her students have won 11 of the possible 14 individual state titles, a feat unmatched in any activity or sport anywhere in the state.
Middle School Student of the Year: Miranda Straubel, Lucas Middle School of Durham. Miranda competed in four different scholastic competitions at her school, winning the school spelling bee, serving on the school quiz bowl and MATHCOUNTS teams, and competing in The Quill. She led her The Quill team to a state title and won an individual state title in the Argumentative text type.
Note: two winners were chosen for High School Student of the Year.
High School Student of the Year: Gitanjally Nagulpally, Millbrook High School of Raleigh. Anjali is the club president of the MHS quiz bowl team. Her efforts led the team to attend the National Quiz Bowl Tournament for the first time, an experience that had a significant positive impact on the entire team. She led this year's team to a third place finish in the State Tournament. Anjali was also instrumental in starting a quiz bowl team at the feeder middle school for MHS, leading a group of students that works with the middle school each week to help start and build their team.
High School Student of the Year: John Henry Jackson, Atkins High School of Winston-Salem. John Henry competes and excels on many academic and sports teams at Atkins including Twelve, The Quill, quiz bowl, chess, and Technology Student Association. He led his teams to a second place finish in The Quill, a third place finish in Twelve and a state championship in TSA.
The following schools and districts were recognized for their outstanding performance in NCASA and Cup Partner competitions.
NCASA Scholastic Cup: Myers Park High School of Charlotte. Myers Park is recognized as the best high school in North Carolina. They participated in eleven NCASA and Cup Partner competitions winning state titles in Twelve and Art Showcase.
NCSSM Challenge Cup: Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte. Robinson is recognized as the best middle school in North Carolina. They participated in eight NCASA and Cup Partner Competitions, earning first place points in five competitions and second place points in two others.
Unity School Cup: Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy of Rutherford County. Thomas Jefferson is recognized as the best 6-12 independent or charter school in North Carolina. Their high school earned top-five finishes in three NCASA competitions.
School District Cup: Hickory Public Schools for small school districts. HPS was led by Hickory High School who finished in the top ten in four NCASA competitions and Grandview Middle School who earned first place points in Envirothon.
School District Cup: Surry County Schools for medium school districts. All SCS schools competed in scholastic competitions.
School District Cup: Cumberland County Schools for large school districts. CCS was led by Seventy-First Classical Middle School who finished second overall among all middle schools and Jack Britt HS and Terry Sanford HS who both finished in the top ten among all high schools.
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and William Peace University were recognized for continued support of NCASA and scholastic activities in North Carolina.
Joe Childers, principal of Atkins High School was re-elected by member schools as the NCASA president.