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2017 News and Business Briefs

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 Commissioners meeting.

“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 information.

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 work.”

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  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) 441-8144.

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 Cate Parker.

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 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 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 or

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 emergency.

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 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

Principal's List

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, Katherine Wright.
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.

Honor Roll

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

Principal's List

Seniors  - Alexander Lobas and Gabrielle Sadler.
Eleventh grade - Enrique Babilonia, Susanna Couch, Carlos Escobar-Roldan, Kayleeann Jones, Alexis Rausch, Kendal Woods, and Krystle Woods.
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Andrea Covey, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly Greenwood, Josefine Harmon, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, and Lauran Wage.
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 Wright.
Sixth grade - Lucas Blankenship, Blake Cabral, Oralia Cirisa, Gideon Couch, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily Ratliff, and Malia Speedy,

Honor Roll

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 Zavala-Roldan.

March 31, 2017

Local linemen, local power: Celebrate linemen on National Lineman Appreciation Day

Join 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.

“Linemen 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.

Being 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 possible. 

Electricity 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.

“All 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.

On 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

After 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 1986.

“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 zone.”

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

March 16, 2017

Community 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

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

Members 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.

This 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. 

The 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. 

Pictured from left to right:  Zeb Shoemaker, John Canning, Billy Ivey, Evan Cabral, and Colby Day

March 13, 2017

Eighteen Local Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge

Ten 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 existing endowments. 

In 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 in need.

“We 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.

The 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.”

The 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.

Second, the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.

“We 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.”

Organizations 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.”

The 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.
These groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of the matching grant.

“Anyone 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.

In 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.

“The 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.”

Any 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

The 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 in 2016.

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 Mullet.

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: to print an application.

February 27, 2017

Dare 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, Transportation.

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 Margie Parker.

Additionally, school principals and department heads were there to talk about each employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools' mission.

February 23, 2017

CHSSCS 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 them.”

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 Tracy Salmon

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 the schools. 

February 20, 2017

NCSBA winners recognized

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

HIYEF 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

Cape 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 Laura Ertle.

February 20, 2017

Board tours Hatteras Schools

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

Dare 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

Board 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.

February 8, 2017

CHES Principal's List and Honor Roll
Second Quarter School Year 2016-17

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.

Principal's List

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, Grace Vernesoni.

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.

Honor Roll

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.

February 8, 2017

CHES 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 surprise.

February 8, 2017

Black 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.

February 6, 2017

Cape 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.

Principal's List

Seniors - Alexander Lobas, Carmen Reynolds, Gabrielle Sadler
Eleventh grade -  Evan Castillo, Kelsey McNutt, Kendal Woods, Krystle 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 Wright
Sixth grade - Blake Cabral, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily Ratliff

Honor Roll

Seniors -  Bailey Arnold, Delaney Johnson, Hannah Lovell, Porter White
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

February 6, 2017

Fair 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).

February 1, 2017

CHSS Teacher Honored as Tar Heel Teacher of the Week

Cape 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.

Ferguson 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 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.

“We 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.”

The 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 million students.

January 9, 2017

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 Fishing Tournament.

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,

January 6, 2017

Hatteras 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 sold tickets.

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 project.

"Thank you to everyone for purchasing tickets," the group says. "Stay tuned to see what kind of rods we'll be raffling next year!"

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