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Liberty Hill Back to School Bash 7/26

Liberty Hill Baptist Church will hold its annual Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 12:00 P.M. (rain or shine) on the church’s softball field.  This is the third year that Liberty Hill has collected and will distribute school supplies to students from Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and surrounding counties.  School supplies such as backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, (more)

SOAR Shapes a Student Leader at MCC

Moving from foster home to foster home, a ward of the state, Daryl Byrd did not envision himself as a future college student or a leader. By age 17 he had dropped out of high school and had three misdemeanors and a felony on his record. “I was really good at making bad decisions,” Byrd admits. Working as a landscaper instilled in him a strong work ethic and a desire to do something (more)

Boone Serves as Instructor in MCC Fire Schools

Bradley Boone followed in his family footsteps by serving his community for the last 20 years. He is employed by the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department and is Assistant Chief at the Pensacola Fire Department. Boone has also been a part-time fire instructor for Mayland Community College for over five years and has participated in some capacity as a student or instructor at four Rookie (more)

Elkins Graduate with Honors

Austin Elkins graduated with honors this May from Mayland Community College. Elkins received his Associate in Applied Science degree in Horticulture Technology. Elkins also previously earned a Certificate in Landscaping, a Certificate in Horticulture Technology, and a Certificate Horticulture Technology in Micropropogation. Honors is designated to students who hold a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of graduation. Elkins also served as Mayland’s Academic Excellence recipient for 2012. 

Ingram Chosen for Disney College Program

Mayland Community College student Lauren Ingram will be spending time where dreams are made into reality this summer and fall. Ingram, a Mayland Associate in Arts transfer student, was accepted into the Fall Advantage Disney College Program. Ingram will be spending several weeks living in a dorm like setting while working for Disney in Orlando.(more)

Pinning Ceremony for Medical Assistants

Mayland Community College Medical Assisting students recently held their pinning ceremony.
Mayland’s Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals who are qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures. (more)

Yancey County Schools Meet the Challenges of Read to Achieve

The preliminary end of year assessment results for all grades K-12 are currently being analyzed at the local and state levels, and the early indications show gains being made across the board in the second year of the heightened standards of the NC Career and College Ready Standards initiative.  Of particular interest are the results for 3rd Grade Reading in light of the NC (more)

Vogler, Dalamangus Receive G. MacLeod Bryan Awards

Christina Dalamangas, a senior biology major from Belmont, NC, and Dr. Beth Vogler, professor of social work, have received the G. McLeod Bryan Caring Awards from Mars Hill University. The Bryan Awards are given annually at Mars Hill University in honor of the late Dr. G. McLeod (“Mac”) Bryan, a member of the MHU class of ’39, and a professor at Wake Forest (more)

Mu Kappa Lambda Inducts New Members

Mu Kappa Lambda Inductees:  (left-to-right): Caption: Dr. Susan Stigall (Honorary Inductee), Stephanie Dawn McCullough, Pennie Evans Ewart, Jenee’ G.Davis, Amber N. Cheyney, Deanna Fox Buchanan, Angela B. Brock, Emily Suzanne Allen, Ashley Delores Garner, Raymond (more)

Phlebotomy Students Complete Clinical Hours

Mayland Community College Phlebotomy students recently completed 130 hours of class and lab hours as well as 80 clinical hours. The Phlebotomy curriculum includes developing communication skills when working with patients, selection of venipuncture sites, care of blood specimens, record keeping and equipment maintenance. Students are able to sit for an ASPT Exam in which they can earn a national (more)

South Toe Elementary School Library Open

Hey Wildcats!  Just a reminder that the South Toe Elementary school library will be open on Wednesdayafternoons from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. through August 6th.  Ms. Howell has planned lots of fun activities for these sessions and you can check out books to enjoy during summer break!  Escape to other worlds through the wonder of reading!  Just enter the door . . . through the South Toe Elementary Library.

Students Use Therapy Balls for Chairs

Second Grade students at South Toe Elementary are bouncing toward academic achievement.  Ms. Cripps’s second grade class received a grant from the Yancey County Schools Foundation to replace stationary seating with therapy ball chairs.  Students now sit on balls chairs with tiny (more)

Mitchell Schools Math Olympiad

Several students from Mitchell County Schools were among the 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiads program. The program is meant to stretch the abilities of students in grades 4 -8, strengthening their foundation for both assessment tests and more advanced studies. The students participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each, from (more)

Harris Middle School Students Perform

On Monday evening, June 8th, at it’s regular monthly meeting, the Mitchell County Board of Education, along with a considerable crowd in attendance, took a few moments apart from conducting business and were treated to performances by three exceptionally talented eighth grade students from Harris Middle School.  The performance began with HMS 8th grade student Anna Zheng playing a (more)

Allen and Littleton Chosen for NC Governor's School

Two rising Seniors at Mitchell High School have been selected to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School. Bethany Allen, daughter of Mitchell and Wendy Allen of Spruce Pine, will be attending in the area of English.  Keikichi Littleton, daughter of Thomas Littleton and Dr. Barbara Stagg, will be attending in the area of Dance. (more)

Noah Gavenus To Study Chinese Abroad on Scholarship

Noah Gavenus, a high school student at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC and originally from Burnsville, NC, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2014-2015. Noah will study Chinese in China for the Summer. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based (more)

Houchard Recognized for Artwork

Josie Houchard, a third grade student at Deyton Elementary School, visited Raleigh recently to be recognized for her artistic submission to the NC Farm To School program.  Josie’s creation, involving honey bees, was selected as one of 13 to be featured in the 2014-15 NC Farm to School calendar. (more)

Amanda Biddix Receives Congressional Invitation

A student from Harris Middle School has received an exclusive invitation to attend the “Breakfast on the Hill”, a Congressional Breakfast ceremony in Washington, DC sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in representing their state’s history.  Amanda Biddix, an 8th grade student at HMS, recently (more)

Cook Chosen in National Reading Sweepstakes

Abby Cook, a fourth grader at Deyton Elementary School, has been selected from more than 14,000 entries as aScholastic Reading Club Star Reader. Abby will appear in the national Second Grader May flyer, along with a review of The Dirt Diary, by Anna Staniszewski, and will also receive a 10-book library. Abby is a Star Reader because of her nomination from her teacher that said (more)

YCS Confirmed Flu Cases Prompt Preventative Measures

Several confirmed cases of the flu at Bee Log Elementary have prompted Yancey County Schools administrative staff to begin preventative measures.  With county-wide testing beginning June 2nd, it is imperative that school staff, parents and students take extra precautions to avoid further spread of the flu. (more)