|April 24, 2017
SPCA Pet of the Week - Chaucer
April 17, 2017
Hatteras Island Social Worker Receives Employee of the Month
Stephanie Bowers, Social Worker II, with the Social Services Division
of the Department of Health & Human Services, is the April 2017
Dare County Employee of the Month. Chuck Lycett, Social Services
Director, presented Bowers with the award at the April 3, 2017 Board of
“Stephanie was crucial during the implementation of NC Fast and helped
to get the program up and running,” said Lycett, describing some of the
reasons that Stephanie is deserving of the award. “She is also an
integral part of the Work First program which is designed to help
families achieve self-sufficiency. And following Hurricane Matthew,
Stephanie’s leadership and positivity had an impact not only on clients
but other coworkers as well.”
Bowers was hired in August 2009 as the Volunteer Services Coordinator
with the Health Department. In 2014, she transferred to Social Services
and began working as a Social Worker I. In 2015, Bowers was promoted to
Social Worker II.
During the nomination process, coworkers praised Stephanie’s hard work
and dedication during Hurricane Matthew to ensure that Hatteras Island
residents had their needs met. They commented that her ties to the
community were an invaluable asset to the entire team.
Stephanie is described as a hard worker and someone enjoyable to work
with. She is willing to do anything asked of her with a positive,
joyful attitude. According to a coworker, the pride that she has in her
job shows in her daily work with her clients.
April 17, 2017
Chicamacomico is Looking for a Few Good Men or Women
Widely known for its rich history of saving souls in peril from the sea
the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station has, for many years, provided a
re-enactment of the beach apparatus rescue drill, recognized as an
integral part of the Life-Saving
Service. This public demonstration has, unfortunately, been
curtailed for the past few years as the USCG reconsidered its continued
involvement. The Chicamacomico Historic Association is pleased to
announce the request for a cadre of local hardy, dedicated volunteers
to once again provide the public the opportunity to witness this
historic drill. The drill will be conducted on Thursdays at 2 p.m. from
Memorial Day through Labor Day.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of this unique
team please call the Life-Saving Station at 252-987-1552 for further
April 12, 2017
Chamber Seeks Nominations for 2017 Entrepreneur & Small Business of the Year Awards
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2017
Entrepreneur & Small Business of the Year (ESBY) Awards. Awards
will be presented at the annual ESBY Luncheon 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, June
6, 2017 at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant, Nags Head.
ESBY awards recognize successful business ventures in four
categories: Solopreneur, Home-Based Business, companies with 10
or fewer employees, and companies with 11-50 employees.
Eligible applicants must have been in business in the Outer Banks area
(Dare County, Currituck County or Ocracoke Island) for at least two
years and are members in good standing of the Outer Banks Chamber of
Commerce. Nominees will be evaluated based on their business stability,
challenges and growth, customer service practices, marketing
strategies, and community involvement.
“We are looking for those that stand out above the rest,” said Chamber
President & CEO Karen Brown. “These awards recognize
community partners that make the Outer Banks a great place to live and
A panel of judges from area nearby colleges and chambers of commerce from around the United States judge the applications.
The deadline for ESBY nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017. Applications can be submitted on-line at www.outerbankschamber.com/esby2017 In addition, printed forms are available at the Chamber office in Kill Devil Hills.
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is the area’s largest business
membership organization representing 1100 businesses in Currituck, Dare
and Hyde Counties. For additional information about the Chamber
or the 2017 ESBY Awards, please contact the Chamber office at (252)
April 7, 2017
Two CHSSCS Students Bound for Governor's School
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies juniors, Susanna
Couch and Enrique Babilonia are to join three other Dare County Schools
high school students to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -
they were accepted into the 2017 NC Governor's School.
Junior Enrique Babilonia, 16, is the son of Rosalie and Carlos
Babilonia of Buxton. Enrique excels in English, and takes highest level
honors band. He's a member of DECA, the National Honor Society, and
captain of varsity basketball team, Enrique is strongly interested in
music performance. He is the leading scorer for the school's basketball
team; his father is retired US Coast Guard, and don't ask Enrique to
play golf - he does not like it! He says, "I'll be forever grateful for
the love and support of my parents, and my sibling Carlos and Calia.
They've been there with me the whole way and I wouldn't be where I am
now without them." Enrique loves jazz music, and will forever wonder
about rap music's true value.
Junior Susanna R. Couch, 16, is the daughter of Danny and Sherry Couch
of Buxton. Her Governor's school discipline is English. She's an
artist, a dancer, and a musician - a six-year veteran on the violin,
and the double bass in jazz band and the synthesizer in marching
band. She's also a member of the choir at Buxton UMC. "I wanted
to apply for Governor's School after hearing my mother talking about
her positive experience with the program when she was in high school,"
says Susanna. "My dedication to academics, ability to reach goals, and
my willingness to help others sets me apart from my peers." She has two
younger brothers; Gideon and Griffin.
April 7, 2017
CHES Elementary takes first place in Battle of the Books
After advancing to the
Northeast Regional Competition against 10 other county finalists on
March 30, the Cape Hatteras Elementary School Battle of the Books team
took first place - hooray! They had a great time while there, staying
in a hotel the night before rather than getting up to leave at 4 am.
They were sporting leggings supplied by LuLaRoe so they definitely had
the look going on in addition to the knowledge of the books to take
first place. It was the third time Dare County Schools had been in the
regional Elementary Battle of the Books; all three years represented by
Cape Hatteras Elementary. In 2015 they took third place overall, in
2015 they placed second (with a two point differential), and in 2017
with 18 points to spare, they brought home the first place trophy. The
Battle of the Books Competitions are sponsored by the NCSLMA (NC School
Library Media Association), school libraries, and media
specialists. The successful team was coached by Media Specialist
Shauna Leggat, Media Assistant Jenn Augustson, Technology/Literacy
Facilitator April Oden, and fifth grade teacher Laurie Parker. Leggat
is so proud of this all-girl team, saying, "Those girls had read and
re-read! An incredible group in every way!" The winning team is
comprised of fifth graders Evela Chandler, Bella Heilig, Destyn Jakob,
Alice Oden, Abby O'Neal, Kylie Philips, Lillian Quist, Grace Vernesoni;
and fourth graders Kirra Enseņat, Audrey Kramer, Ashlyn Midgett and
These students read 18 novels in order to prepare for this competition,
most reading them multiple times. The team met during lunch,
after school twice a week and on several Saturday mornings in order to
prepare for the local and regional competitions. The girls also
participated in a Battle of the Books website study-aid called
MyBobTeam.com to further their practice from home. "The Battle of the
Books has created such a buzz about reading at CHES," said Augustson.
"It is amazing to have an entire school so excited about reading. In
fact, the 2017-2018 EBoB list has just been released, and the titles
for next year's program are already flying off our shelves."
April 7, 2017
Two CHSSCS Senior Shadow with worldwide company
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies seniors, Conner Day
and Aron Stowe, spent Tuesday, April 4 with Booz, Allen and Hamilton in
Norfolk. Mr. Blake Salmon, Project Manager, provided an
over-the-top experience for the two students. They experienced many on
the job demands - from team collaboration to HTML mock-ups, to
programming code to database testing, to the system development process
to a working lunch. "These guys truly experienced an intense day on the
job," noted Career Development Coordinator Elaine Whitaker. Check out
boozallen.com to get the scoop on the company; they employ over 22,000
employees worldwide. Whitaker emphasized that these opportunities for
students are graduation requirements, and the result of strong
networking; she thanked Salmon for his efforts.
April 6, 2017
April Declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County
At the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 3, 2017 the
Board of Commissioners declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
in Dare County. The declaration calls upon all residents, community
agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and
businesses to increase their participation in the efforts to support
families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the
communities in which we live.
A special display, “Because Someone Cared,” will be set up at several
locations throughout the county during the month of April to raise
awareness about the important role each community member plays in
protecting children and strengthening families. The cumulative display
of nearly 200 children represents the 419 children in Dare County who
received protective services through the Division of Social Services in
2016. This project is made possible by the Dare County Department
of Health & Human Services- Division of Social Services, Children
and Youth Partnership and other collaborating agencies and
organizations that work together throughout the year to make our
community a safer and healthier place for children and families.
The display can be seen in Kill Devil Hills on the corner of Croatan
Highway and 8th Street, on Hatteras Island at Spa Koru in Avon and in
Manteo on the north end of the Roanoke Island COA Campus.
North Carolina has a mandatory reporting law N.C.G.S. - 7B-301 that
states that any person who suspects that a child has been abused,
neglected or dependent shall report that to the Division of Social
Services where that juvenile is found. This law covers children under
the age of eighteen, who are not married, emancipated, or in the armed
services. The following links may be helpful in determining if you
should make a report.
Additional information can be obtained at www.preventchildabuse.org or http://www.child-abuse.com/
You may make a report by calling the Dare County Department of Health
& Human Services- Social Services Division at 252.475.5500,
8:30AM-5:00PM, Monday- Friday or by calling 911 if you believe it is an
The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services provides a
broad array of economic and social services aimed at promoting and
strengthening family stability and integrity; enhancing the protection
and care of children and dependent adults; and assisting all citizens
in achieving their highest level of independence. For more information,
visit www.darenc.com/hhs or call 252.475.5500.
April 5, 2017
SECU presents program to CHSSCS math students
Students routinely ask their teacher at the beginning of class, "What
are we gonna learn in class today?" and "How will I use this after I
graduate from high school?" At Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies, eighth grade math teacher Natasha Farrow had their
answers. By collaborating with SECU (State Employees Credit Union),
Farrow's class participated in SECU's financial literacy program for
middle school, "Live Within Your Means." Students completed a
budgeting activity in class using assigned profiles. "As always, the
SECU activity was engaging, challenging and downright fun," observed
Elaine Whitaker, CHSSCS CDC (Career Development Coordinator). From
SECU's Manteo branch, Senior Financial Services Officer I Missy
McPherson and Senior Financial Services Officer Heather Doughtie
assisted eighth grade math and several seventh grade honors level
students. "Everybody loved the event. We continued to hear
student remarks in the hallway when changing classes," said Whitaker.
April 5, 2017
Cape Hatteras Academic Achievers Third Quarter 2016-2017
CHES Principal's List and Honor Roll
Fifth Grade - Raven Castillo Harkrader, Evela Chandler, Maddox
Cromwell, Isabella Heilig, Destyn Jakob, Abby O'Neal, Alice Oden,
Kinzlie Philips, Kylie Philips, Makenzey Pullen, Grace Vernesoni.
Fourth Grade - Kimber Ballance, Amy Briones-Montiel, Griffin Couch,
Kirra Ensenat, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Caroline Fuller, Kevin
Gonzalez-Caldera, Thomas Gwin, Jade Hernandez-Sanchez, Lydia Hooper,
Audrey Kramer, Ann Margaret Lord, Kaylee Mackenzie, Ashlyn Midgett,
Bryanna Midgett, Colin Midgett, Rylee Oberbeck, Catherine Parker,
Delaney Ranno, Emma Riggs, Dorian Speedy, Shaytana Trejo, Gracie White,
Third Grade - Jeffrey Aiken, Owen Austin, Gabriella Baker, Daniel
Bateman, Kalynn Bock, Noell Carter, Anthony Chavez-Ramirez, Ava
Damitio, Joey Gavetti, Joe Kavanagh, Matthew McDuffie, Estrella
Olan-Campos, Alex Pennington, Eryn Ratliff, Samantha Schena, Aria
Vacha, Ezekiel Willis, Jude Wright, Steve Wyatt.
Fifth Grade - David Amortegui, Noah Baker, Abigail Edwards, Derek
Garcia Rodriguez, Jackson Harris, Jordan Harris, Austin Jones, Sherlyn
Mendieta-Lozano, Kyler Merillat, Silas Midgett, Amanda Quiroz, Lillian
Quist, Alexander Sauer, Colin Scalia, Aidan Stanowski, Keith Swoveland,
Marisol Valazquez Lozano, Anthony Zenteno Luna.
Fourth Grade - Teigan Augustson, Kenneth Berrane, Charlie Brinson,
Jazira Christ, Gabriel Christiansen, Ivonne Cirisa, Madison Fiscus,
Kathya Fonseca Reyes, McCoy James, Micah McCroskey, Kaytelynn Meekins,
Sally Newton, Nevaeh Perry, Bode White, Ruby Whitehead, Dawson
Williams, Ainsley Wilson, Sophie Woods.
Third Grade - Rosa Aburto-Valencia, Colton Allen, Kamryn Bacon, Lily
Brown, Christopher Bruner, Everett Cooper III, Karina De Lao Caldera,
Hunter Ferguson, Michael Gavetti, Caden Gray, Emma Hill, Kira Murphy,
Mackenzy O'Neal, Kali Quidley, Jackson Revere, Nicole Rodriguez, Haven
Schwartz, Matthew Stowe, Arturo Tirado Garcia, Michelle Vazquez,
Josselin Velasquez, Marina Whitley, Brayant Zenteno-Luna .
CHSS Principal's List and Honor Roll
Seniors - Alexander Lobas and Gabrielle Sadler.
Eleventh grade - Enrique Babilonia, Susanna Couch, Carlos
Escobar-Roldan, Kayleeann Jones, Alexis Rausch, Kendal Woods, and
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Andrea Covey, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly
Greenwood, Josefine Harmon, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, and Lauran
Ninth grade - Amy Chen, John Contestable, Dylan Gray, and Lane Stevenson.
Eighth grade - Laya Barley, Peyton Cabral, Laura Hooper, Rubie Shoemaker, Conner Tawes, and James Tawes.
Seventh grade - Sydney Brown, Kirra Folb, Yoselyn Gabriel, Jennifer
Mohnal, Elizabeth Muller, Clara Oden, Jackson Pullen, and Rebecca
Sixth grade - Lucas Blankenship, Blake Cabral, Oralia Cirisa, Gideon
Couch, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily Ratliff, and Malia Speedy,
Seniors - Miles Damitio, Madeline Gray, Avery Johnson, Joanna Lochrie,
Noah Ranno, Carmen Reynolds, Caitlyn Setree, Paytan Smith, Aron Stowe,
Porter White, and Lola Wyche.
Eleventh grade - Evan Cabral, Evan Castillo, Madeline Chandler, Anna
Fritz, Emilie Fulcher, Tayler Gavetti, Caroline Gray, Shae O'Neal,
Tucker Paddock, Caroline Peele, Lexi Petruccelli, Jasmine Quidley,
Terilynn Reid, Dawson Romanko, Catherine Willis, and Christopher Zavala.
Tenth grade - Betty Chen, Keyaira Clever, Maya Damitio, Colby Day,
Henry Macchio, Avery O'Neal, Maria Palestina Vazquez, Trafton Reynolds,
Madalyn Tudor-Duncan, Jillian Webster, and Kaitlyn Whipp.
Ninth grade - Chelsea Artzt, Justin Chandler, Anna France, Chyenne
Gaskill, Cheyanne Gaskins, Stanley Godwin, James Hild, Lexus Meekins,
Jadon Midgett, Peyton Mugford, Junias Rochin Torres, Sophie Waterfield,
Hannah Williams, and Lauren Wright.
Eighth grade - Maria Aburto Luna, Shanklin Austin, Calia Babilonia,
Emmiline Baker, Victor De Lao Caldera, John Fairbanks, Amber Harrell,
Jorah Midgette, Eliza Quidley, and Tanner Thrasher.
Seventh grade - Kaleigh Canning, Madai Contreras-Zumarraga, Emma Del
Monte, Berlynn Ditton, Hobson Freye, Gavin Herring, Madison Keiser,
Jerusalem, Mills, Elizabeth Parker, Mia H Phillips, Kathleen Quigley,
Sydney Ranno, and Skye Swenson.
Sixth grade - Shayley Ballance, Chloe Flythe, Dean Hild, Emma Koontz,
Ethen Lord, John Metacarpa, Maleia Quidley, Emily Ryals, Grace
Shoemaker, Ansley Thompson, Gavin Thompson, Addyson Wilson, and Alexis
March 31, 2017
Local linemen, local power: Celebrate linemen on National Lineman Appreciation Day
us, and electric cooperative members nationwide, in celebrating the
hardworking men and women who keep the lights on. April 10, 2017 is
National Lineman Appreciation Day.
are first responders. They're out in all kinds of inclement weather and
at all hours. We depend on them to be the front line,” said Susan
Flythe, EVP and General Manager of CHEC.
the ‘front line’ for CHEC means linemen are first responders in our
community. As a local business, CHEC’s employees, including our
linemen, live in the communities we serve. You’ll see them not only
restoring power, but also at the store, at church or picking up their
kids from school, and you can feel confident that they – like you –
want power to be restored to our community as quickly and safely as
is delivered along a series of connected wires and poles, and when that
connection is interrupted by something like a falling tree branch, an
animal or faulty equipment, it takes knowledge, skill and muscle to
rebuild. Our crews are always ready. In the middle of the night, on
holidays, and in hurricanes, winter weather and extreme heat, they are
dedicated to restoring power to members, no matter the conditions.
our cooperative employees do a phenomenal job every day to serve our
members, but it takes a unique person to do the work of a lineman, and
they're looked at as heroes,” Flythe said.
April 10, 2017, take a moment to show your gratitude to the dedicated
crews who build, maintain and repair the electric system that power our
lives. On social media, use the hashtag #ThankaLineman!
March 27, 2017
Frisco Native American Museum Reopens With Celebration
almost six months of recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew, the
Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center on Hatteras
Island will reopen April 11, 2017. The entire
facility was flooded in October with water levels ranging from a few
inches to over three feet—a first since the museum was founded in
“There was never any thought of not reopening,” said Carl Bornfriend,
Executive Director. “It was simply a matter of figuring out
what needed to be done and then getting to work.”
The “work” presented some major challenges. Damage was so severe
that a professional cleaning company was called in. The
organization, which deals with post-disaster recovery all over the
United States, removed walls, sanitized the building, and dried it with
massive, heavy duty fans. Once that was done, volunteers, staff,
and contractors could begin putting the building back together.
Bornfriend smiled as he described the progress. “We’ve had an
amazing amount of help. Just days after the hurricane, more than
two dozen Coast Guard volunteers jointed our staff, friends, and
local volunteers to pull up and remove the soggy carpet—a HUGE
undertaking. The carpet formed a small mound in front of
the building that soon grew to a small mountain as other water damaged
items were piled on top. At times it looked like a war
Despite the difficulties, Staff realized the recovery efforts
also presented opportunities The Outer Banks Community
Foundation awarded the museum a grant to assist with repair/replacement
efforts that will greatly reduce recovery time if the museum has
significant water damage in the future. Exhibit cases now all
have rollers as well as easily accessible openings to remove artifacts
quickly and reduce mold growth. Glass has been replaced
with non-breakable materials, walls replaced with the latest mitigation
methods, and dehumidifies added.
The greatest opportunities have been the chance to replace and redesign
exhibits to showcase recent donations while also maximizing air flow
and improving traffic patterns. Long-held dreams for a
number of new exhibits have also become reality, and new signage that
incorporates QR codes linked to smart phones will greatly increase
educational opportunities for visitors.
“We have designated the week of April 18-23 as our THANK YOU OPEN
HOUSE for Dare County.” said Bornfriend. “The out
pouring of assistance during the recovery process has been
phenomenal—from physical labor to recovery contributions and moral
support, our community helped make it possible for us to not only
recover from the hurricane but to make the museum even better. We
hope local folks will have an opportunity to visit any time during that
week—admission free—and help us celebrate our reopening.
For more information, contact the museum at 252-995-4440 or visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org.
March 16, 2017
Foundation Elects New Board, Honors Champions, Nonprofits, and
Departing Board Members at Annual Meeting
The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced the winners of its
Champion Award and its Nonprofit Video Contest at the organization's
annual meeting last month. New board members were elected by the
organization's members, and four departing board members were honored.
After a beautiful and enthusiastic musical performance by the Monarch
Lighthouse Club Bell Ringers, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and
elected four new members to the Community Foundation's board of
directors: Bruce Austin of Manteo, Nancy Caviness of Duck, Greg
Honeycutt of Ocracoke, and Clark Twiddy of Colington.
Scott Brown and Nancy Sugg, Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee,
announced that the Community Foundation gave out over $150,000 in
scholarships to 75 deserving students in 2016. Scott Leggat, Chair of
the Grants Committee, announced that over $500,000 in grants were
awarded in 2016 through Community Enrichment Grants, Donor-Advised
Funds, and other endowment distributions.
Video contest winners were announced: the Dare County Arts Council came
in first place, winning a grant of $2,000, followed by GEM Adult Day
Services in second place with a grant of $1,000, and Food for Thought
in third place with a grant of $500. The winning videos, as well as all
of the entries from this year's and past years' contests, can be viewed
online at www.obcf.org.
Four outstanding board members were thanked for their generous service
to the Community Foundation: John Graham, Deloris Harrell, Dorothy
Hester, and Bob Muller. All have now received the honorable status of
Emeritus Director with the Community Foundation.
Chris Seawell, Vice-President of the Community Foundation, conferred
this year's Champion Award posthumously to Don and Catharine Bryan, the
founders and sustainers of the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural
Series, a nonprofit that brings significant arts and cultural events to
the Outer Banks.
In announcing the award, Mr. Seawell stated: “In addition to their
legacy of service to our country and their selfless participation in
local government and volunteerism, Don and Catharine were passionate
about the arts. With many of their neighbors, they had a vision of
inspiring, educating, and challenging our community through
presentations of exceptional visual, literary, and performing arts. To
ensure this vision, they chose to leave significant gifts in their
wills to the Outer Banks Community Foundation."
The Community Foundation now stewards and manages the Bryans' gifts in
a perpetual endowment fund to benefit the Cultural Series, which today
is the largest fund that the Community Foundation holds.
Since Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s family live out of town, accepting the 2017
Champion Award on their behalf were Bob Muller and Robert Hobbs,
executors of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s estates, respectively.
Finally, Teresa Osborne, the 2017 President of the Community
Foundation, closed the meeting with the news that in honor of the
organization’s upcoming 35th birthday on November 30, 2017, the
Community Foundation would offer a Matching Fund Challenge for
nonprofits. Eighteen nonprofits are now registered for endowment
support through the Challenge.
March 13, 2017
Cape Hatteras High School Baseball team members volunteer
for United Methodist Men
of the Cape Hatteras High School Baseball team volunteered their time
and strength on Saturday, March 11 to help the Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men move furniture that was donated for flood victims.The
Methodist Men were truly grateful for the help with the heavy lifting.
is not the first time that the Cape Hatteras baseball team pitched in
to help the community this month. During the Hurricane's Sandlot
Baseball Tournament, the players collected over 300 food items from
visiting teams, fans, and Hurricane players and donated them to the
Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
Hurricane's Baseball team is led by Coach Keith Durham that has been
teaching his players not only about the game of baseball, but about how
to give back to the community and make a difference.
from left to right: Zeb Shoemaker, John Canning, Billy Ivey, Evan
Cabral, and Colby Day
March 13, 2017
Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge
local nonprofits are creating new endowment funds this year, thanks to
the Community Foundation’s new Matching Fund Challenge, which was
announced by Community Foundation President Teresa Osborne at the
organization’s annual meeting in February. Additionally, eight other
charities are getting help from the Community Foundation to grow their
all, eighteen nonprofits are participating in the program, from
Ocracoke to Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Island to Roanoke Island. The causes
they support range from health care to community radio, fire protection
to the arts, historic preservation to emergency assistance for people
are excited that so many diverse nonprofits from across the Outer Banks
are taking advantage of this new grant program,” said Lorelei Costa,
the Community Foundation’s executive director.
goal of the Matching Fund Challenge, she said, is to help local
nonprofits create, build, and publicize endowment funds. “An endowment
can be extremely beneficial to a nonprofit because it can provide easy,
reliable income each year to support the nonprofit’s mission,” stated
Ms. Costa. “Endowments really are perpetual legacy funds that are
invested to sustain a nonprofit for generations to come.”
Matching Fund Challenge includes two components. First, the Community
Foundation pledged $2,500 as a matching grant to local nonprofits that
in turn pledged to contribute or raise a minimum of $2,500. The
combined $5,000 would be invested in the organization’s endowment fund.
the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for
organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.
are automatically giving a Marketing Mini-Grant to every organization
in the Matching Fund Challenge,” said Ms. Costa. “We are also offering
five stand-alone Mini-Grants to organizations that already have
endowments and just want resources to promote them.”
were included in the Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Originally the Community Foundation had planned to offer just 10 slots
in this initial year. “But when 17 organizations signed up by 10:00 am
on the first day of registration, we realized that there was huge
demand for endowment funding,” explained Ms. Costa. “So we added more
slots to include every group that committed on that first day.”
organizations participating in the Matching Fund Challenge are the
Beach Food Pantry, Chicamacomico Historical Association, Children &
Youth Partnership for Dare County, Community Care Clinic of Dare, Dare
County Arts Council, Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Food for
Thought, Friends of Outer Banks History Center, Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation, Hatteras Village Civic Association, Interfaith Community
Outreach, NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, Ocracoke Community Radio,
Ocracoke Fire Protection Association, Outer Banks Hotline, Outer Banks
Relief Foundation, and Outer Banks Sporting Events.
groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of
the matching grant.
can help any one of these organizations receive their matching funds,”
said Ms. Costa. “Interested donors should contact their favorite
charities on the list to pledge their support.” The Community
Foundation is asking each individual group to collect donations from
supporters to ensure that gifts are attributed correctly.
addition to the aforementioned nonprofits, the Elizabethan Gardens
received a stand-alone Marketing Mini-Grant to promote its endowment.
There are four additional slots still available to other groups that
have endowments and simply want marketing funds. These slots will close
on June 30.
Matching Grant Challenge could not come at a better time for
nonprofits,” said Ms. Costa. “Here on the Outer Banks, the competition
for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become incredibly
fierce. An endowment, on the other hand, can provide dependable funding
for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”
501(c)3 serving the Outer Banks that missed the Matching Fund Challenge
in 2017 will have another chance in 2018, when the Community Foundation
board intends to renew the Challenge in some iteration. For more
information, go to the Community Foundation’s website at www.obcf.org.
Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects
people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation
manages $14.5 million in 150 charitable funds for individuals and
agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 50
scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors
pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the
Community Foundation has awarded almost $8 million in grants and
scholarships to local nonprofits and students.
March 3, 2017
Winners of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Fishing
Contest Honored at Banquet
Winners of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club’s 2016 Surf Fishing Contest
were honored at the Surf Fishing Contest Awards Banquet Feb. 18 at the
Anglers Club. Seven of the anglers’ winning fish were eligible
for North Carolina award citations.
Plaques and certificates were awarded to the 19 winners at the
banquet. Several anglers not only caught citation-size fish, but
also were multiple winners in their division.
In the Men’s Division, Miltos Stefanitsis received winner’s plaques for
three North Carolina citation-size fish – a 51-inch Red Drum, a 3-lb.
11 oz. Pompano and a 2-lb. 7-oz. Sea Mullet. His name will go on
the Bernice R. Ballance Memorial Trophy for the largest Red Drum caught
Three anglers in the Women’s Division also won with citation-size
fish. Ginger Knight reeled in a 43-inch Red Drum; Susan
MClanahan, a 2-lb. 14 oz. Pompano; and Emily Seibert, a 2-lb. 1-oz. Sea
In the Youth Division for club members through age 12, a citation-size
1-lb. 9-oz. Sea Mullet was caught by winner Josh Kiser. Josh
again was a multiple winner in his division. He also was awarded
plaques for a 10-oz. Gray Trout, a 1-lb. 5-oz. Pompano and a 1-lb.
13-1/2 oz. Spanish Mackerel. Two additional winners in the Youth
Division were Blake Givens for a 24-inch Bluefish, and Reese Hubbard
for a 28-inch Red Drum.
Additional winners in the Men’s Division were Ray Montani, 1-lb. 13-oz.
Black Drum; Clay Spencer, 1-lb. 1-oz. Blow Toad; Rich Brady, 32-inch
Bluefish; William Motley, 17-3/4-inch Flounder; Charles Durrer, 3-lb.
6-oz. Spanish Mackerel; and Kevin McCabe, 2-lb. 4-oz. Gray Trout and
3-lb. 8 oz. Speckled Trout. In lieu of a plaque, Kevin donated
the cost of the plaque to the Anglers Club Scholarship Fund.
In the Women’s Division, Kathleen Armel was awarded a winner’s plaque
for her 11-lb. 7-oz. Black Drum. Ginger Knight’s second winning
fish was a 17-inch Flounder. Other winners were Sandy Madre, for
her 19-1/2-inch Bluefish; Thelma Noble, 2-lb. 3-oz. Sheepshead; Carla
Meekins,3-lb. 10 oz. Spanish Mackerel; and Jan Larsen, 2-lb. 4-oz.
Speckled Trout. Jan also donated the cost of her plaque to the
club’s scholarship fund.
Jasmine Roller swept the Junior Division (Ages 13 through 16) with
three winning entries -- a 14-inch Bluefish, 1-lb. 7-oz. Pompano and a
1-lb. 5-oz. Sea Mullet.
All current members in good standing are eligible to compete in the
annual contest which runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 each year.
Fish can be weighed and registered at any Hatteras Island tackle
shop. Fish that are released are to be witnessed by another
angler on the beach. Registered entry forms are then submitted to
the Anglers Club. Entry forms are available at all tackle shops
and at the Anglers Club.
New members are always welcome. For more information on joining
the Club and competing in our members contest, call the Anglers Club
office at 995-4253. The Anglers Club office, located on Light
Plant Road in Buxton, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from
8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You also may pick up a member
application at any tackle shop, or visit our web site: www.capehatterasanglersclub.org
to print an application.
February 27, 2017
County Schools Recognize Employees of the Year
Dare County Schools held its celebration for the district's classified
employees of the year on Thursday, February 9th at Pamlico Jack's in
Nags Head. The dinner was supported by the Board of Education with
Pierce Group Benefits and sponsored by Ace Hardware stores of the Outer
Banks. Employees of the year are site-selected, and recognize
individuals who exhibit dependability and dedication, produce an
outstanding quality of work, and make unique contributions to the
mission of Dare County Schools.
Dare County Schools 2016-2017 Employees of the Year:
Jennifer Augustson, Cape Hatteras Elementary School; April Webster,
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Whitney Waddington,
First Flight Elementary School; Elizabeth Guardado, First Flight Middle
School; Debbie Mitchell, First Flight High School; Terri Creef, Manteo
Elementary School; Anna Sampson, Manteo Middle School; Connie Francis,
Manteo High School; Pat Hamilton, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Ginny
Twiford, Nags Head Elementary School; Marion Walker, After-School
Enrichment Program; Missy Braddy, Central Office Barbara Fullam,
Maintenance; Nora Simpson, School Nutrition; and Tom Sullivan,
Director of Human Resources, Dr. John Donlan, together with staff,
organized the dinner which was attended by Board of Education Chair Bea
Basnight and Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, and Board members Ben Sproul,
Joe Tauber, and David Twiddy, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue
Burgess, Chief Operating Officer Trip Hobbs, and Chief Academic Officer
Additionally, school principals and department heads were there to talk
about each employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools'
February 23, 2017
Teacher of the Year
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies English teacher Tracy
Salmon is the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Salmon’s teaching
responsibilities range from eighth grade English Language Arts to
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition to Publications.
She has 15 years of teaching experience and is in her third year at
Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Her degree is from Christopher Newport
University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She began her career
in education in Newport News, with her final Virginia teaching
assignment in Yorktown.
Salmon says her philosophy of teaching can be summed up by a quote from
Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget
what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Salmon continues, “Literature has always allowed me to escape and
writing proved cathartic. I wanted to share my passion of literature
and writing with young people. However, what drove me to my
profession was the desire to reach the “invisible” students, the ones
who can easily fall through the cracks. The type of students that
may act as though they want to be left alone, but in the end truly need
you most. The type of student I had once been.
“I have always seemed to connect with the invisible, at-risk, or less
than congenial students. I guess I knew from the start of my
career I needed to love my students, even more than I love my subject
area. You must do your job and hold students accountable, but you
cannot fulfill your obligation as a teacher unless they know you love
CHSSCS Counselor Karla Jarvis notes that “Tracy embraces each chance to
provide opportunities for our students outside of the classroom. She is
a role model to our staff. Tracy does what she does with humor and
tremendous respect for others. She radiates warmth and compassion but
also holds firm on her demands that students follow the rules and
respect others. Tracy is a gift to our students and staff and
exemplifies what is right with education today.”
Salmon asserts, “Although ultimately my responsibility is to prepare
students to master specific skills and ensure they understand key
concepts, I believe to do so effectively requires an educator to meet
each student wherever he or she currently is academically, socially,
and emotionally with the goal of devising a plan to grow them.
Instruction is not a one-size-fits-all ideology. Long before the term
differentiated instruction was coined, all thoughtful educators
understood this philosophy.
All in all, she believes Carl Jung said it best: “One looks back with
appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who
touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw
material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for
the soul of a child.”
BOE Recognizes CHSSCS Teacher of the Year
At its February 14 meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal
Studies, the Board of Education recognized Cape Hatteras Secondary
School of Coastal Studies English teacher Tracy Salmon as the school's
2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Salmon’s teaching responsibilities
range from eighth grade English Language Arts to Advanced Placement
Literature and Composition to Publications. She has 15 years of
teaching experience and is in her third year at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School. Her degree is from Christopher Newport University, where she
graduated Magna Cum Laude. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance,
Tracy Salmon and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
February 23, 2017
Collaboration Uncovers Buried Treasure - More than a Myth
It depends on your definition of treasure but selected Cape Hatteras
Secondary School of Coastal Studies students have dug up what
historians consider worthy of the tag. Principal Beth Rooks and School
Media Specialist Linda Austin are the local leads on this ongoing
archaeological expedition with the University of Bristol in Great
Britain that features archaeologists Dr. Mark Horton, Dr. Aisling
Tierney and Dr. Charlie Goudge. Austin noted that the school's bridge
in this partnership is the Croatoan Archaeological Society, led by
Scott and Maggie Dawson. At the Board of Education meeting on
February 14 at CHSSCS, the group of junior archaeologists provided the
Instructional Highlights, along with Rooks and Austin. Introduced by
Director of Secondary Instruction Arty Tillet, they described how they
go about finding artifacts and other items that provide glimpses into
life long ago. "This extraordinary interdisciplinary, interactive,
relevant and hands-on learning experience affords students in all grade
levels here at CHSS the opportunity to work closely with real
archaeologists as they excavate, catalog, study and research the
history of artifacts dating back to 500 AD," noted Tillett. CHSSCS
Principal Beth Rooks, with Austin, described the collaboration with
students on the archaeology team. They had multiple samples of things
that they have found and talked about how they date the items they
find. They expect to dig again at the beginning of April, when Dr.
Horton and his group will return to Hatteras.
February 20, 2017
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies was second on the
Board of Education's stops on February 14; the Board began its tour at
Cape Hatteras Elementary School. With a welcome from Principal Beth
Rooks, she and Assistant Principal Annette O'Neal led the BOE members
and key administrators through the school, highlighting AIG and math
teacher Jessica Polk's and science teacher Erin Del Monte's classes. In
Polk's Math class, they saw a 3-D printer making pieces for a
prosthetic hand which they will send to a company that will ship to
someone in need. The printer and hand project was funded by the
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF) through a grant written by
Polk. In Del Monte's class, students were dissecting Cape Sharks (aka
Dogfish Sharks). Once considered a "trash" fish whose purpose was to
annoy fishermen by getting into their nets, Evan Ferguson's Foods
classes have been turning that idea on its head and cooking the Cape
Shark to rave reviews. A local fisherman had donated the fish to Del
Monte's class. Commissioner Danny Coach joined the Board on its tour of
February 20, 2017
At the North Carolina School Boards Association Conference in November,
Cape Hatteras Secondary Middle School won second place overall in the
middle school category for its What’s Great About Public Schools video
submission. The video was collaboratively composed by students under
the guidance of Technology Facilitator Randy Ratliff in his Video
Journalism Class. At its February 14 meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School, the Board of Education recognized Ratliff and his class for its
achievement. They also received a certificate, ribbon and a $50 gift
card from NCSBA. From left, front - students representing the
Video Journalism Class - Dean Hild, Addy Wilson, Kai Wescoat and back -
Randy Ratliff, Board member Mary Ellon Balance, and Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
February 20, 2017
Grants Recognized by BOE
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF), with teachers Evan
Ferguson and Jessica Polk, were recognized on February 14 by the Board
of Education at its meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies. HIYEF gave funding assistance for three instructional
projects at the secondary school. First, AIG and Math teacher Jessica
Polk’s 3-D printer project entitled, “Lending a Helping
Hand.” Polk’s students are working on creating a prosthetic hand
and plan to donate it to an agency for potential use. Second, Evan
Ferguson’s Spring Hospitality and Tourism Exploration of Corolla, where
students will explore Corolla’s tourism programs including the
Whalehead Club, Corolla Lighthouse, and the Wild Horse Tour. Lastly,
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund contributed to Evan Ferguson’s and
Erin Del Monte’s STEM-Related Sustainable Careers and Life Science
Field Trip that will occur later this year, when students will visit
the NC Museum of Life and Science, Maple View Dairy Farm, and the North
Carolina Farmer’s Market. Board member Jonna Midgett was present to
represent Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. From left, Board of
Education member Mary Ellon Ballance, teachers Evan Ferguson and
Jessica Polk, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess and
HIYEF Board member Jonna Midgett.
February 20, 2017
Hatteras Electric Cooperative Recognized by BOE
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) was recognized on February 14
by the Board of Education at its meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School of Coastal Studies. Foods teacher Evan Ferguson and science
teacher Erin Del Monte received a grant from CHEC for their
interdisciplinary honey bee project. This science and foods-related
teaching and learning opportunity involves a working beehive on the
CHSSCS campus. Additionally, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
recognized Foods and Marketing Education Teacher, Evan Ferguson, as a
“Tar Heel Teacher of the Week” through the North Carolina Electric
Cooperative’s Bright Idea Grant program. From left, Board of Education
member Mary Ellon Ballance, Evan Ferguson, Superintendant of Schools
Dr. Sue F Burgess and CHEC Director of Public Relations & Marketing
February 20, 2017
The Board of Education was joined by Commissioner Danny Couch on its
tour of Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies on February 14. After lunch at CHES, Principal Sherry
Couch led the Board to Licia Kee's first-grade classroom where students
were rotating in math stations, with each group receiving
individualized instruction. It was Valentines Day, and hearts were
everywhere. Kee was leading a graphing exercise with conversation
hearts, and teacher assistant Hermann Serfling was helping another
group with a unifix cube activity; other students were doing
self-directed activities but could ask for help if they needed it. In
Julie Conner's second grade classroom, students described their
classroom library to Board members and key administrators on the tour.
Then Conner announced her Literacy Bag idea to her students, where they
can take home a bag based on a theme and read a book and complete
activities surrounding that theme with family members.
February 17, 2017
County Board of Education Advocates for Public Education
The Dare County Board of Education traveled to Raleigh on Wednesday,
February 15, 2017, to advocate for public education. The Board members
and superintendent met with Dare County’s General Assembly members
Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell. Additionally, in
small groups they met with Representative Linda Johnson, who is the
Chair of the Appropriations Committee and of the Education K-12
Committee, and with Senator David Curtis, who co-chairs the committees
on Appropriations in Education and of Education/Higher Education. The
Board also had the opportunity to meet with the new State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson.
The Board expressed its news on a variety of topics, including
increasing teacher and principal pay, restoring pay for teachers who
earn masters’ degrees, reducing the number of state tests, emphasizing
the importance of career and technical education courses, continuing to
provide teachers of art, music, and physical education teachers in
elementary schools, and increased funding for staff development.
“We appreciated the time the members of the General Assembly gave us to
express our views on challenges facing teachers and students,” said
Board Chair Bea Basnight. “The Dare County Board of Education feels it
is part of our responsibility as Board members to be active
participants in the political process at the state level.”
Superintendent of schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess said, “This was my first
chance to talk to State Superintendent Mark Johnson. He was very
interested to hear our concerns and priorities. We have invited him to
visit our schools and agreed to send him information about how we are
using computer technology in classrooms.”
From left: Joe Tauber, David Twiddy, Superintendent Sue Burgess, Board
Chair Bea Basnight, Board Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, Mary Ellon
Ballance, and Charlotte White.
February 17, 2017
Recognizes Advisory Council Members
The Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies student
representatives serving on the Superintendent's Student Advisory
Council - Evan Castillo, Morgan Fairbanks, Dylan Stanowski, and James
Hild - were recognized by the Board of Education at its February 14
meeting at CHSSCS. They, with other middle and high school students,
meet with the Superintendent and key administrators twice yearly to
discuss district initiatives and offer their valuable opinions on a
variety of topics. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance, Dylan
Stanowski, James Hild, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
Principal's List and Honor Roll
Second Quarter School Year
Cape Hatteras Elementary School has announced
students who achieved academic honors on either the Principal’s List or
the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school term.
Fifth Grade - Raven Castillo Harkrader, Evela Chandler, Maddox
Cromwell, Isabella Heilig, Destyn Jakob, Sherlyn Mendieta-Lozano, Abby
O'Neal, Alice Oden, Kinzlie Philips, Kylie Philips, Lillian Quist,
Fourth Grade - Teigan Augustson, Kimber Ballance, Jazira Christ,
Griffin Couch, Kirra Ensenat, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Caroline Fuller,
Kevin Gonzalez-Caldera, Thomas Gwin, Lydia Hooper, Audrey Kramer, Ann
Margaret Lord, Kaylee Mackenzie, Ashlyn Midgett, Bryanna Midgett, Colin
Midgett, Rylee Oberbeck, Catherine Parker, Delaney Ranno, Emma Riggs,
Dorian Speedy, Ruby Whitehead.
Third Grade - Owen Austin, Gabriella Baker, Daniel Bateman, Noell
Carter, Anthony Chavez-Ramirez, Ava Damitio, Caden Gray, Joseph
Kavanagh, Eryn Ratliff, Samantha Schena, Haven Schwartz, Aria Vacha,
Marina Whitley, Zeke Willis, Steve Wyatt.
Fifth Grade - David Amortegui Valencia, Sayler Bacon, Noah Baker, Haley
Duvall, Robert Eakes, Abigail Edwards, Derek Garcia Rodriguez, Jackson
Harris, Calvin Harris, Adrianne Jackson, Austin Jones, Lana Luckett,
Kyler Merillat, Silas Midgett, Faith Porras Ruter, Makenzey Pullen,
Brock Quidley, Amanda Quiroz, Colin Scalia, Aidan Stanowski, Keith
Swoveland, Marisol Velazquez Lozano, Anthony Zenteno Luna.
Fourth Grade - Kenneth Berrane, Charlie Brinson, Gabriel Christiansen,
Ivonne Cirisa, Jade Hernandez-Sanchez, McCoy James, Micah McCroskey,
Kaytelynn Meekins, Ryan Meekins, Shaytana Trejo, Bode White, Gracie
White, Ainsely Wilson, Katherine Wright.
Third Grade - Rosa Aburto-Valencia, Jeffrey Aiken, Colton Allen, Kamryn
Bacon, Kalynn Bock, Christopher Bruner, Hunter Ferguson, Joey Gavetti,
Emma Hill, Matthew McDuffie, Kira Murphy, Mackenzy O'Neal, Estrella
Olan-Campos, Alexandra Pennington, Kali Quidley, Jackson Revere,
Preston Stowe, Erik Valle German, Michelle Vazquez, Taylor Woods, Jude
Wright, Brayant Zenteno-Luna.
Super School Surprise Patrol
Cape Hatteras Elementary School's Super School Surprise Patrol has been
busy this year. It's part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions
and Supports) and a sub-committee of Sunshine. Assistant
Principal Diane Brown describes the Patrol as being made up of four
teachers and CHES' Young Leaders Group. "We talk about what makes a
great school person and a great citizen; positive attributes that
people have to offer our school community. The group decides on a
person to surprise by discussion and vote. It's done in front of
others so that we can publicly thank them for making our school a great
place to be and for the particular attribute they bring to the school
community--hopefully inspiring those watching to do the same. It
involves lots of confetti, silly string, a gift of love picked based on
the person's likes and hobbies, and the patrol goes to great lengths to
make sure it is an unexpected surprise." Custodian/bus driver Marcella
Burrus, Media Specialist Shauna Leggat, Counselor Kris Caroppoli, and
School Resource Officer Aaron Felton have been recent recipients of the
History Month Puzzle Solved at CHES
Cape Hatteras Elementary School art teacher Kevin Biddle has his
students guessing about a project they're working on. Outside of Wayne
Hooper's class, Biddle has displayed the results of a warm up
activity. Biddle explains, "To prepare students for their next
drawing activity, they are learning about grids and the different
applications in which a grid would be used (counting, organizing,
planning, designing, drawing, etc.). Students were given small
squares with abstract patterns and asked to enlarge the design. When
all 88 pieces were finished students took turns bringing their
completed enlarged squares to the front of the room to solve a mystery
puzzle. As more pieces were added guesses were made as to the outcome
of the puzzle. Students in the front of the room had a hard time
recognizing the character until everyone moved to the back of the room
to get a better view of their abstract grid enlargement. It was Martin
Luther King, Jr., to commemorate February as Black Heritage Month.
Next, they will be drawing their own self-portraits in the same
style. Robin Arnold's students have also begun to enlarge their
puzzle pieces, but due to missing a few Mondays, they are very curious
as to what they are drawing as well. Now, the cat is out of the bag!
Students from left - Ann Lord, Jazira Christ and Madison Fiscus.
Hatteras schools announce academic achievers
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies has announced
students who achieved academic honors on either the Principal’s List or
the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school term.
Seniors - Alexander Lobas, Carmen Reynolds, Gabrielle Sadler
Eleventh grade - Evan Castillo, Kelsey McNutt, Kendal Woods,
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly Greenwood,
Henry Macchio, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, Samantha Smith
Ninth grade - Amy Chen, John Contestable, Dylan Gray
Eighth grade - Laya Barley, Laura Hooper, James Tawes
Seventh grade - Jennifer Mohnal, Elizabeth Muller, Clara Oden, Rebecca
Sixth grade - Blake Cabral, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily
Seniors - Bailey Arnold, Delaney Johnson, Hannah Lovell, Porter
Eleventh grade - Evan Cabral, Haidyn Campos, Emilie Fulcher, Tayler
Gavetti, Caroline Gray, Kayleeann Jones, Felix Lozada Sanchez, Lexi
Petruccelli, Jasmine Quidley, Madison Randall, Alexis Rausch, Terilynn
Reid, Catherine Willis, Anna Faith Woods, Christopher Zavala
Tenth grade - John Canning, Betty Chen, Keyaira Clever, Andrea Covey,
Maya Damitio, Colby Day, Avery O'Neal, Madalyn Tudor-Duncan, Jillian
Webster, Kaitlyn Whipp, Lillian Wilbur
Ninth grade - Justin Chandler, Anna France, Stan Godwin, James Hild,
Jadon Midgett, Junias Rochin Torres, Sophie Waterfield, Lauren Wright
Eighth grade - Andrew Austin, Peyton Cabral, Victor De Lao
Caldera, John Fairbanks, Amber Harrell, Jorah Midgette, Eliza Quidley,
Rubie Shoemaker, Conner Tawes, Nathan Whitehead
Seventh grade - Elizabeth Bradshaw, Sydney Brown, Madai
Contreras-Zumarraga, Emma Del Monte, Kirra Folb, Hobson Freye, Yoselyn
Gabriel, Gavin Herrin, Madison Keiser, Jerusalem Mills, Elizabeth
Parker, Jackson Pullen, Sydney Ranno
Sixth grade - Shayley Ballance, Lucas Blankenship, Oralia Cirisa,
Gideon Couch, Chloe Flythe, Trafford Hill, Emma Koontz, Ethen Lord,
Landon McKnew, John Metacarpa, Maleia Quidley, Emily Ryals, Grace
Shoemaker, Malia Speedy, Dylan Stanowski, Ansley Thompson, Max White,
Addy Wilson, Alexis Zavala-Roldan
Haven United Methodist Women donate school supplies
Fair Haven United Methodist Women collected some midyear school
supplies in January and delivered them to the Cape Hatteras Elementary
School on Friday, February 3, 2017. Back in September the group donated
book bags filled with supplies. These additional supplies will help
them get through the year.
Pictured from left to
right are: Jenny Gray (School Receptionist), Jackie Wenberg &
Janice Ogden (Fair Haven UMW), Kristine Caroppoli (School Counseler).
CHSS Teacher Honored as Tar Heel Teacher of the Week
Hatteras Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that local teacher
Evan Ferguson of Cape Hatteras Secondary School is being honored on a
statewide level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. CHEC
nominated Ferguson in recognition of her dedication to students and for
winning four Bright Ideas education grants from the Cooperative,
including her latest for the “Cape Hatteras Honeybee” project.
is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of
the Week designation this school year. She will be recognized on air
during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina
basketball games against Louisville on February 22 and against
Pittsburgh on February 25 and also on the Bright Ideas website at www.NCBrightIdeas.com.
She, along with other Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honorees, attended
the UNC/Florida State game in January and was presented with a plaque
commemorating her achievement.
partner with many outstanding teachers through our Bright Ideas
education grant program, and Evan consistently goes above and beyond to
make a difference for students,” said Laura Ertle, director of public
relations and marketing of CHEC. “It is an honor to recognize Evan for
her hard work and to be able to thank her for the positive contribution
she makes to the students on Hatteras Island.”
Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s
electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina
classrooms by awarding grants to teachers in grades K-12 for
innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be
funded. Since the program began in 1994, about $10.2 million has been
given to educators for more than 9,800 projects benefitting well over 2
Anglers Club supports community groups
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, as part of its ongoing support of
community groups on Hatteras Island, contributed $12,900 to local
organizations in 2016, plus gave an additional $7,000 in scholarships
to local high school seniors, for a total of $19,890 in local
assistance for the year.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s destructive passage over Hatteras
Island in October, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club decided to increase
its donation to the United Methodist Men to help their efforts with the
island’s long-term hurricane recovery. In fact, the Anglers Club
more than doubled its 2016 donation to $7,318 to the UM Men.
In November, the Anglers club presented two checks to the UM Men, a
check for $3,500 to aid its disaster relief program and a check for
$1,500 to aid the food pantry. In addition, $818 was raised
during the Club’s invitational surf fishing tournament in November to
add to the disaster relief effort. The Club had previously
donated $1,500 to the UM Men in August.
Recognizing the need, the Anglers Club also increased its donation to
Hatteras Island Meals to $900 for the year. Five non-profits each
received $500 donations from the Club: the Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation, Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team, Hatteras
Island Rescue Squad, Keep America Fishing and the Hatteras Island Girl
Scouts. Receiving $300 donations were Radio Hatteras, the
Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County’s Imagination Library
and the Outer Banks Preservation Association.
The Anglers Club also made $200 and $100 donations to 10 additional
local organizations, including the six fire stations on the island,
Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue, Chicamacomico Historical Association,
Cape Hatteras Booster Club and the Lions Club Visually Impaired Persons
Volunteers for the non-profit Anglers Club work year-round to raise
money by holding Bingo nights on designated Wednesdays at the club and
with its annual invitational team surf fishing tournament each November
that is billed as one of the largest in the world.
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club welcomes new members and
volunteers. To join, download the member application from the
club’s Web site, www.CapeHatterasAnglersClub.org.
Island Cancer Foundation announces winners of custom rods
The Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation raffled two custom rods last year. Hatteras Jack's donated
the blanks, Teach's Lair did the custom work, and Frisco Rod and Gun
Dorena Martin from Virginia, in
photo, is presented the trout rod by John Mortensen. John Pickard from
Burlington, N.C., won the cobia rod.
HICF raised $2,245 with the
"Thank you to everyone for
purchasing tickets," the group says. "Stay tuned to see what kind of
rods we'll be raffling next year!"
For more information, go to www.hicf.org.