Greene Early College students spotlighted by school board – Neuse News

Each month, the Greene County School Board recognizes students from different schools across the county with Student Spotlight. At the October board meeting, five Greene Early College students, nominated by GEC staff, were recognized for their leadership, citizenship, academic achievement, and innovative initiatives. The unique attributes of the students were shared with the board. In addition, each student received a certificate from Superintendent Dr. Frank Creech.

Senior Anamari Zuniga will complete her five-year plan within four years, graduating from high school and associate’s degree at Lenoir Community College in the spring of 2023. She has excelled in her studies as she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in Fall 2021. To be the only academic honor society for junior colleges, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 on their academic work. Additionally, she has accumulated over 100 hours of community service to date. She still participates in the school’s Adopt-A-Highway cleanup each year, is a staff member of the GEC yearbook, and was captain of the GEC team in October’s “Rise Against Hunger” event.

Sawyer Wurdock, a senior, completed his Eagle Scout requirements this year. He serves his community by volunteering with the Snow Hill Fire Department. Sawyer is very important to his school community as he quickly volunteers to get school ready for the next day if the janitorial staff is away for a day.

GEC super senior Jacinta Blow used her passion for basketball to give back. After leaving college and playing basketball while there, Jacinta dedicated herself to the college girls’ basketball program. Jacinta dedicated 180 hours after school to help the middle school girls’ basketball program.

Coached by Tonya Hooks, Jacinta attends practices and after-school games. When asked exactly how she helped the coach and the team, Jacinta quickly replied, “From managing an exercise to statistician responsibilities.” Taking her commitment seriously, Jacinta attends every game, again ready to do whatever the team needs. Coach Hooks said: “She (Jacinta) has been very dedicated and serves as a positive role model for our college team. College girls love having it around. As a former coach, I enjoyed watching her grow and flourish.

Senior, Wyatt Grantham, will also complete his five-year plan within four years, graduating from high school and his LCC associate’s degree in the spring of 2023. He is on his way to completing his Eagle Scout requirements. Excelling in his academics, Wyatt was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa 2020. Completing 105 community service so far, he has served on the prom committee, member of SGA, school student ambassador, mentor for freshmen and volunteers with the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Super senior, Nidia Acevedo, excelled in her studies and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Beta club. She also took the opportunity to explore another area of ​​training. She has earned certificates in Lenoir Community College’s Computer Integrated Machining programs and Nurse’s Aide I. She is currently working toward her Medical Assisting Certificate this year. Nidia is a member of SGA, HOSA and the Cougar Care Club. She is a student ambassador. Nidia also helped clean up Teen Court and Adopt-A-Highway. She reaches out to other schools in the county by willingly serving as a translator at parent events throughout the year. Currently, she volunteers at the Kitty Atkins Hospice Center in Goldsboro.

Congratulations on your many accomplishments.

The game will take place at the John Paul II in Greenville, North Carolina on November 20 at 2:00 p.m. All-star teams are selected from the NCISAA or Virginia VISFL and consist of 24 seniors on each team. The Patriots had seven players selected for the All-Star Game, including Ashton Brinson, Nick Fell, Aaron Jones, Paxton Riley, Cole Smith, Andrew Daniels and Thomas Grady. Coach Beamon was named head coach of the North Carolina team. Coach Beamon is honored to have his players selected as well.

“It’s a huge honor for these seven guys to be selected to represent TEAM NC,” he said. “I am honored to be the head coach of this team. I was an assistant on the team last year and I’m looking forward to keeping the trophy in North Carolina because we won last year’s game.

Big 8 Conference MVP

The Big 8 Conference MVP has been awarded to Ashton Brinson for the 2022-23 football season. Brinson was an impact player on both sides of the ball at running back and linebacker. The running back finished with 208 carries for 2,100 yards and 28 total touchdowns. On the defensive end, Brinson had 133 tackles with three sacks, two interceptions for touchdowns, a blocked punt and a blocked kick.

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