Students and Staff of Local Schools Recognized at State and National Levels
Recent news releases from Triangle public schools have highlighted some of the achievements, talent and dedication of local students and staff members.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: East Chapel Hill High School football player Mujahid “MT” Turner was selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, which took place January 14. Student-athletes were coached by National Football League veterans, with Quinn Gray working with the Grey Squad. The game was broadcast live on ESPN3.
Orange County Schools: Cedar Ridge High School’s Griffin Ross was among 32 students from across the country, and the only one from North Carolina, selected to attend the jazz session of the 2017 Grammy Camp. Ross traveled to Los Angeles for the 10-day experience, practicing and performing with students and industry professionals to record an album. Camp participants attended the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 12, 2017, as guests of The Recording Academy.
Durham Public Schools: Lowe’s Grove Middle School principal Tekeisha Mitchell was named the 2017 Administrator to Watch by the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education. Mitchell was selected based on her ability to challenge students academically, provide high-quality resources to all students, and establish an organization that supports and sustains students. She was chosen from a field of more than 100 nominations statewide and recognized in Greensboro on March 7, 2017.
Wake County Public School System: Drew Pledger, who serves as WCPSS’s mental health services coordinator and crisis response team leader, has been named 2017 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter. He was recognized March 24, 2017, in Raleigh. Pledger was previously named Clinical Social Worker of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Clinical Social Work. He has also received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine for service to the state.
WCPSS Superintendent Jim Merrill is among four finalists for the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year. In a video produced by the School Superintendents Association, Merrill said public education in America “is what delivers our people to be enlightened and informed adults to preserve our democracy.” Merrill was also named North Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 2006 and is a past Virginia Superintendent of the Year.