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2017 News and Business Briefs

March 20, 2017

Video produced by Dare County's Gov Ed TV
SPCA Pet of the Week:  Lisa

This week's Pet of the Week at the Outer Banks SPCA is Lisa.  She is about a year old. Lisa loves to play and make new friends. She had surgery on her eyes for a painful eye condition.  She is heal very well and is expected to make a full recovery. She has basic training and likes to learn.

You can find out more about Lisa at the Outer Banks SPCA and the Dare County Animal Shelter at or call at 252-475-5620.

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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