Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Governor’s School Participants Announced

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to attend the 2017 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School:


Samantha Gephart Art East TSHS
Jaelyn Wilson Choral Music (Soprano II) East MHCHS
Portia Washington English East PFHS
Hahn Lheem Instrumental Music (Cello) West JBHS
David Li Instrumental Music(Violin) West TSHS
Daniel Soliman Math West PFHS
Nicole Delmolino Math West TSHS
Nikhil Gordon Math West TSHS
Rebecca Black Math East TSHS
Shen Chung Math West RRCHS
Andrew Esterly Natural Science West GCHS
Brianna Chan Natural Science West JBHS
Catherine Walwer Natural Science West DBHS
Kelly He Natural Science West JBHS
Selena Beal Natural Science West TSHS
Arington Duffer Social Science East PFHS
Ellin Heidgerken Social Science West PFHS
Janasia Miller Social Science East EESHS
Mary E Vorder Bruegge Spanish West MHCHS

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students that integrates academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses (Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh). The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.

Published on March 31, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners

CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners


Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Middle School Forensics Tournament, held March 4 at New Century International Middle School, served as the culminating event for a season of competition that also included three Fall Festivals, three Mini-Tournaments, and two District Tournaments.

Over 230 middle school students from all 16 CCS’ middle schools competed for first- through tenth-place honors in three rounds of competition.  Students participated in the Speech and Debate categories of Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling and Public Forum.

Middle school student winners in First Place in each category were as follows:


Humorous Interpretation Lilli Mikesell New Century International Middle Isaac Frazier
Dramatic Interpretation Majesty Smith South View Middle Diane Speights
Extemporaneous Speaking Cadyn Taylor Mac Williams Middle Amy Tarrillion
Original Oratory Naina Mittal Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel
Storytelling Mya Bartell South View Middle Diane Speights
DUO Interpretation Hezekiah Bryant & Kenneth Ritchie Max Abbot Middle Jennifer Mullen
Public Forum Amira Gunther & Chidimma Umerah Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel


First- through fourth-place Sweepstakes Awards were also given to those schools that accumulated the most points through student placement. Schools that received Sweepstakes Awards were as follows:


First Place          Seventy First Classical Middle, Valerie Israel, Head Coach

Second Place     Mac Williams Middle, Amy Tarrillion, Head Coach

Third Place        Gray’s Creek Middle, Leslie Craig, Head Coach

Fourth Place      South View Middle, Diane Speights, Head Coach


The Middle School Forensics program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants by focusing on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.           


Published on March 24, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Fayetteville PWC Employees Receive 11th United Way ‘s Spirit of NC Award

The United Way of North Carolina has awarded the Fayetteville Public Works Commission its Spirit of North Carolina Award  for outstanding support of the United Way.  It’s the 11th time since 2004 PWC has received the honor and  PWC was one of 29 award winners at the United Way of NC’s Annual Meeting held in Greensboro, NC in February. The awards are sponsored annually  to provide statewide recognition for outstanding commitment and support to communities through local United Way involvement.

In 2016, PWC employees pledged  $113,985 and a record high 99.1% of PWC’s 604 employees contributed to the United Way and the number of PWC employees giving at the Leadership level ($1,000+) increased to 36.

The Spirit Awards are designed to recognize companies and their employees that demonstrate campaign excellence and community commitment.   In addition to contributions made during the campaign, many PWC employees serve in volunteer roles on the United Way Board, volunteer committees and as Loaned Executives throughout the year. PWC Senior Customer Programs Officer Mark Brown, Director of Financial Planning, Rhonda Haskins and Budget Manager, Rhonda Graham currently serve on the Board.    PWC also partners with the United Way to provide NC211, a free, 24-hour multi-lingual telephone referral service.

PWC was also recognized by the United Way of Cumberland County, receiving the Chairman’s Award and the Marquis Award for having the highlight number of Leadership givers.    Graham, a United Way Board member, was also named Community Volunteer of the Year.

Published on March 8, 2017 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson

‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for January 2017

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.


Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Jessica Bennett Certified as Travel Industry Specialist

Fayetteville, NC–  The American Bus Association (ABA) recognized Jessica Bennett, Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) Tourism Sales Manager, for successfully completing the course requirements to earn her Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) designation.  All graduates were honored at a special ceremony during the 2017 ABA Marketplace in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Jessica achieving this certification is another example of the dedication she brings to her efforts to recruit group tourism to Cumberland County,” says John  Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.

Available to any employee of an ABA-member organization, the CTIS program is the first university-administered certification program in the group travel industry. It is administered for ABA by Indiana University /Purdue University Indianapolis. Participants completed five correspondence courses over the past year, and attended and evaluated eight Industry Advancement Seminars.

The certification process is rigorous and demanding.  “These graduates are rightfully viewed by their peers as dedicated individuals who care about their profession,” says Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, President and CEO, ABA., The program has graduated 600 since its inception in 1989.

Follow THIS LINK  to download photo of Jessica receiving her certification from Pete Pantuso, President of ABA. 


The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States and Canada.  Another 2,900 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. 


The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is America’s first military sanctuary. 

Published on January 24, 2017 by Melody Foote

Bureau wins Sports Events 2017 Readers Choice Award

Fayetteville -SportsEvents Media Group recently recognized the FACVB as one of 2017 Readers’ Choice Award winners.  Honorees included both destinations and sports venues.
Sports event professionals nominated organizations they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host. Nominations were received from readers throughout the year, and the top picks were selected based on results from an online voting system.

“SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them.” said John Rezell, SportsEvents executive editor.  “It is clear, based on our readers’ experiences, that these award winners are willing to go above and beyond typical service levels to help sports event planners produce outstanding events that participants, their families and spectators will want to experience again and again.”

A downloadable, high-res Readers’ Choice Award logo is available at

“I’m proud of our team for securing this recognition,” says John Meroski, FACVB president and CEO. “It speaks to the level of one-on-one specialized service we provide our clients and the marketing strategies behind our successes.”

About SportsEvents Media Group
SportsEvents Media Group, publisher of SportsEvents magazine, is the industry leader in providing products and services designed to connect sports events organizers with sports commissions, CVBs, hotels, insurance companies and other sports events industry suppliers.

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.comor call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on December 13, 2016 by Melody Foote

Southern Regional AHEC Receives $505,000 Grant from The Duke Endowment for Psychiatric Advance Directives

Fayetteville – Southern Regional Area Health Education Center of Fayetteville has received a $505,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the implementation and dissemination of mental health crisis planning through psychiatric advance directives. Psychiatric advance directives (PADS) are legal documents that permit individuals with mental illnesses to declare their preferences and instructions for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision maker through a health care power of attorney, in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. The Endowment grant will be used to train community volunteers to facilitate the completion of PADS and educate providers and health systems on how to use them.

“Psychiatric patients in crisis often experience prolonged hospital emergency room stays due to a statewide shortage of psychiatric beds and alternative community services,” says Southern Regional AHEC board member Marvin S. Swartz, M.D., professor and head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, director of the Duke AHEC Program and director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. “Many of these patients face these long stays, in part, because they are too ill to give a good history or consent to treatment.”

He also said that most people need help in creating psychiatric advance directives as legal documents and, until now, there have been few resources to help complete them. “We are excited that this timely funding from The Duke Endowment will help to facilitate training that has been shown to prevent and manage these psychiatric crises by providing clinicians with well-designed crisis plans, advance consent to treatment and a legally appointed person to make decisions for the patient during a crisis.” Training from the grant will be implemented through a unique partnership with the NC Evidence-Based Practice Center at SR-AHEC, the National Alliance for Mental Illness-NC, the NC Division of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives at Duke, regional Medicaid Managed Behavioral Health Care organizations and clinicians across the state.

For more information on this grant program, contact SR-AHEC marketing director Karen Mantzouris at 910-678-7269 by telephone or by e-mail at or visit our website at Specific information on training will also be available on the NC EBP Center site at
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

PWC Fleet Management Named 43rd Best in Americas

The Public Works Commission of the City of Fayetteville has been recognized for outstanding operations of its Fleet Management by the NAFA Fleet Management Association. PWC was named #43 Best Fleet operations in The Americas, at the Association’s conference in Austin, Texas earlier this spring.


Of over 38,000 public fleet departments in North America, PWC was one of 1,900 who were identified as being superior by their peers, other national recognitions, site visits by the judges, and best business practices.  PWC received an exceptional rating based on the 12 criteria of the contests performance measures to ultimately be named the 43rd best operations in the Americas.


Criteria for the award included: Use of technology, accountability, pricing, customer service, innovation, efficiency, and continuous improvements are all best business practices in the public sector.


PWC maintains over 1,800 vehicles and equipment for both PWC and the City of Fayetteville. They have also been recognized as an NC Smart Fleet Champion Award winner, presented by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and NC DOT.   Champion is the award’s highest designation and recognizes PWC’s efforts to reduce transportation-related emissions, and increase efficiency.

Published on June 17, 2016 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson

PWC’s Chad Ham Recieves J.W. Pate Award for Environmental Protection Contributions

Chad Ham, Water Resources Environmental Program Manager for the Fayetteville Public Works Commission,  has been named the 2016 Recipient of the J. W. Pate Award for his contributions to conservation and environmental protection.  The award is given annually by the Cape  Fear River Assembly to individuals who exhibit strong leadership on environmental issues, particularly related to water resource and quality matters.

This is the organization’s highest honor for environmental stewardship and was first given in 1984 in memory of J.W. Pate, a former Fayetteville City Council member.  Pate is remembered as an outstanding citizen and community member of Fayetteville with an unusual sensitivity for his time toward environmental issues and the Cape Fear River.

Since its inception,  award recipients have included North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, N.C. Senators Tony Rand and Lura Tally, N.C. Representatives Alex Warner and Margaret Highsmith Dickson, Dr. Sid Gautam and Sol Rose.  Ham is the fourth person associated with PWC to receive the honor as former General Managers Ray Meunch, Tim Woods and Steve Blanchard are past recipients.

Ham serves on the Cape Fear River Assembly Board o f Directors as well as serving as the Middle Cape Fear River Basin Association Chairman.  He has also served as the President of the North Carolina Water Quality Association, Chairman of the   NCAWWA-WEA Water Resources Committee  and member of the NC League of Municipalities Regulatory Advisory Committee,  and  NCAWWA-WEA Governmental Affairs Committee.

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Published on June 17, 2016 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson

E.E. Smith High School Principal Named N.C. Principal of the Year

FayettevilleMelody Chalmers, the principal of E. E. Smith High School, was announced on May 12 as the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The announcement came during a state-wide luncheon in Cary.

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson commended Chalmers on her selection. “Melody is known as an innovative problem solver who is committed to the academic and personal growth of each of her students and teachers. Her staff and students truly benefit from the nurturing learning environment she promotes.”

In naming Chalmers the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year, Juan Austin, Wells Fargo Carolinas Community Affairs senior vice president, said, “Melody has a special ability to recruit and retain quality teachers in her school, and student achievement is remarkable. Our education system has never been at a more critical juncture than now and with administrators like Melody we all see how dedication and effort connects with students, staff and parents.”

The 18-year education veteran received a bachelor’s degree in English Education in 1998 from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in School Administration in 2005 from Fayetteville State University.

She has served her entire administrative career in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) having worked as assistant principal at E. E .Smith High and Warrenwood Elementary from 2004-2009, principal at Cross Creek Early College High from 2009-2011, and now principal of E.E. Smith High. Throughout her career, she has received numerous educational recognitions and certifications, and has presented at various state-wide conferences.

As Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, Chalmers receives $3,000 for personal use and $3,000 for her school. She also receives professional development and resources supporting global awareness in the curriculum for her staff thanks to Education First Tours, and a custom-made NC Principal of the Year signet ring and pendant from Jostens, Inc.

Chalmers will continue to lead her school for the next year; however, Wells Fargo will furnish her with a stipend to travel across the state serving as an ambassador for education. She will serve as a member of the State Superintendent’s Principals’ Advisory Committee, and as an adviser to the State Board of Education and the Board of Directors for the NC Public School Forum. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will sponsor her enrollment and completion of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.  She will also chair the 2017 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Selection Committee.

“Melody has committed herself to making the community where she grew up better by educating the children,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till. “Now, she will be a role model for the state.”

Chalmers is the fourth principal from the Cumberland County School system to be selected for this honor in the 33-year history of Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year. She joins the following list of outstanding principals:

1990                Dr. John R. Griffin from E.E. Smith High School

1996                Mary D. McDuffie from Seventy-First High School

2003                Nina Rene’ Corders from E.E. Smith High School

Having received today’s honor, Chalmers succeeds Pactolus School Principal Steve Lassiter from the Pitt County School system.

 2016 NC Principal of the Year Melody Chalmers w State Superintendent Dr June Atkinson (May 2016) Pictured is (l-r) State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson and 2016 N.C. Principal of the Year Melody Chalmers during the May 12 announcement at a state-wide luncheon in Cary.


Published on May 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Local Schools Win Top Awards at Middle School Forensics State Finals

On Saturday, April 30, the 2016 Middle School Forensics State Final was held at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham.  Students participated in six separate events: Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Original Oratory.  In the Interpretation categories, students performed memorized literary works, and in Original Oratory students presented their own original persuasive speeches.  Students participating in Extemporaneous Speaking came prepared to speak on three topics—US Politics, Africa and the Middle East, and the US Economy—but did not know what questions they would answer before drawing them before the beginning of the round.  They then had 30 minutes to prepare a persuasive speech.  And in Public Forum Debate, teams argued for or against pulling U.S. troops from Okinawa.


Below are the top six ranking students in each category and the top six ranking schools:

Humorous Interpretation

6- Arianna Herring, 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

5- Antonio Santiago, New Century International Middle School, Fayetteville

4- Bomani Mwamba, New Century International

3- Joy Bao-Dai, Jay M Robinson Middle School, Charlotte

2- Rachel Curtis, Jay M Robinson

State Champion- Vinitha Sunkara, Jay M Robinson


Dramatic Interpretation

6-Colby Blackwell, Pine Forest Middle School, Fayetteville

5- Ramaya Wike, Gray’s Creek Middle School, Hope Mills

4- Arianna Darden, Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

3- Rebecca McCartney, 71st Classical

2- Reagan Amos, Meadowview Magnet Middle School, Mt. Airy

State Champion- Julia Dyer, New Century International


Extemporaneous Speaking

6- Peyton Warren, Gray’s Creek

5- Nadia Hussein, JN Fries Magnet School, Concord

4- Jackson Lewer, Jay M Robinson

3- Aditya Senthil, JN Fries

2- Luke Suh, New Century International

State Champion- Rashad Rahman, 71st Classical


Original Oratory

6- Faith Frizzi, JN Fries

5- Naina Mittal, 71st Classical

4- Sherry Liu, Jay M Robinson

3- Kaylee Newcomer, Gray’s Creek

2- Emily Rogers, Mac Williams

State Champion- Naomi Ovrutski, Jay M Robinson


Duo Interpretation

6- Josie Savnik and Tayshlei Owens, Mac Williams

5- Silas Benavides and Aaron Pizzaro, New Century International

4- Pate Fuller and Riley Hall, 71st Classical

3- Hannah Daniels and Damian Gunter, Gray’s Creek

2- Josh Hurd and Christyna Regan, JN Fries

State Champions- Rakshita Kothapalli and Meghna Iyer, Jay M Robinson


Public Forum

6- Hope Bartlinski and Emma Warrick, New Century International

5- Asia Murchison and Richelle Ntumy, 71st Classical

4- Himanshu Kunwar and Andres Hui, 71st Classical

3- Krithika Senthil and Mastawal Tirfe, JN Fries

2- Tisha Abdul and Tanmayee Kanagala, JN Fries

State Champions- Devin Desai and Luke Draygo, Jay M Robinson


And the top six schools:


6- Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

5- Gray’s Creek Middle School, Fayetteville

4- JN Fries Magnet School, Concord

State Third Place- New Century International Middle School, Fayetteville

State Runner-up- 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

State Champion- Jay M Robinson Middle School, Charlotte


Middle School Forensics is one of 23 competitions that will determine the best high school and middle school in the state.  The NCASA Scholastic Cup and NCSSM Challenge Cup will be awarded to the high schools and middle schools with the best overall performance among the 23 major scholastic competitions in North Carolina.  Points are awarded for participation and excellence in NCASA and partner competitions.




Published on May 6, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character Recipients for April 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Eight students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Josaleen Yates, Rihanna Garcia and LaNaya Mitchell, first graders at T.C. Berrien Elementary SchoolAccording to School Social Worker Reta Elliot, Josaleen, Rihanna and LaNaya “showed courage and did what true citizens do in a real emergency situation.” Recently when entering the classroom from recess, the six-year-old girls noticed a classmate who was having a seizure. Apparently the student was light headed, dizzy and began staggering while attempting to walk. “The little team of students, immediately assisted the student in need by helping her walk safely on the stairwell to make sure she didn’t get hurt,” said Elliot. While the teacher assisted in the situation, Josaleen, Rihanna and LaNaya made sure everyone stayed calm and helped lead the student to a safer area.

Esther Cazares, Abigail Thorne, Luenice Fonseca, Jada Myrick and Hayley Rupert at Cumberland Mills Elementary School – Teacher LaTonya Brewington, School Counselor Aliena Maples and the Kindergarten teachers at Cumberland Mills Elementary School all agree that Esther, Abigail, Luenice, Jada and Hayley are “wonderful role models and show excellent citizenship to all students” at the school. This school year, the five girls were nominated to help kindergarten students during breakfast time and with AR reading or general tasks based on their outstanding character. Mid-year it was noted by their teachers that they are disciplined, self-starters who initiate positive behavior and have kind and caring spirits. “These young ladies are trusted to help our kindergarten students with minimal supervision or direction,” said the school counselor and teachers. “Esther, Abigail, Jada, Luenice and Hayley first complete their responsibilities and then take time out of their morning routine every day to help assist kindergarten students with their responsibilities. All five of these young ladies are wonderful role models to others on how to be a great citizen.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.



Published on May 6, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

School Administrators Announce Assistant Principals of the Year

Fayetteville –Three Cumberland County school administrators were recently announced as the 2016 Cumberland County Schools’ Assistant Principals of the Year.  They are as follows:

  • Elementary School Level – Chad McLamb, C. Wayne Collier Elementary
  • Middle School Level – Tim Lancaster, Westover Middle
  • High School Level – Meshonda Williams, Terry Sanford High School

The announcement was made at the annual Assistant Principals’ Banquet on April 21. During this time each year, the CCAPAP gathers to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and dedication assistant principals render to students, faculty, and families.

McLamb, Lancaster, and Williams were nominated and voted on by their fellow assistant principals from across the school district.

Note: McLamb and Williams have recently been named the principal of Morganton Road Elementary School and Douglas Byrd Middle School, respectively.

 A photo of the honorees is below: (l-r) Tim Lancaster, Meshonda Williams and Chad McLamb.

2016 Assistant Principals of the Year (Lancaster, Williams & McLamb)


Published on April 29, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Cumberland County Schools’ 2016 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award Recipients

Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Wells Fargo, N.A., Business Relationship Manager and Assistant Vice President Keith Crumpler presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand-work glass apple to the following three educators during the April 12 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting:

Elementary Teacher Award – Brittany Horne, a teacher at Cumberland Road Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund “Strengthening Minds and Bodies through Gross Motor Activities.”  Through the project, approximately 32 children, ages 4 – 5, will be able to take part in activities each day during recess that strengthens their gross motor skills. The funds will be used to purchase platform stilts, a two-wheel scooter, a 12” tricycle with helmets, a four-ring basketball hoop and an active-play gross motor kit that includes hoola hoops, juggling balls, jump ropes, etc. The students will be tested at the beginning and end of the school year to see evidence of growth.

Secondary Teacher Award – Tatum Weaver, a teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School, will implement an “Arts in Social Studies” project that will allow her to insert hands-on activities into her social studies classroom. Grant funds will be used to purchase an Art in History kit that provides materials to help her Civics and Economics students recreate Colonial teapots from the American Revolution. Through the one-time project, students will learn what led to the Revolution, Colonial life during this era as well as enjoy a fun, hands-on activity that will improve their retention of information.

Administrator Award – Todd Yardis, the principal of Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School, will use the funds to develop a makerspace in the school’s media center where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover by using a variety of tools and materials. The makerspace will help support the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, which has an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Through the funding, a doodling pen, Legos, and a 3-D printer are a few of the tools students will be able to use in the makerspace to help spark their creativity and sharpen their technology, research and problem-solving skills.

Wells Fargo Outstanding Educators of the Year 2016 (Horne, Yardis & Weaver)

Pictured are (l – r) Brittany Horne from Cumberland Road Elementary School, Todd Yardis from Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School, and Tatum Weaver from Cumberland International Early College High School.


Published on April 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

A Legendary Weekend

Immediate Release
March 18, 2016

Kevin Hight
Student Government Association Adviser
Terry Sanford High School


The weekend of March 11-13, 2016, saw over 500 delegates from across North Carolina descend on Terry Sanford High School for the 90th NC Association of Student Councils state convention. This year’s theme of “Where Leadership Legends Begin” proved to be a good one as the keynote speakers included UNC-Chapel Hill and NBA legend Michael Jordan, Grammy-Award winner KJ Scriven, Harlem Globetrotter legend Dexter Williams, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson and a video message from NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Delegates also heard from Lt. Col. Ken Dwyer and retired Master Sgt. James Jordan while on a two-hour visit to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and NC Veterans Park. Tours of the museum were given by active duty and veteran soldiers, so students truly learned first-hand about the sacrifices and dedication of these true legends. They also completed over 25,000 meals for people in underdeveloped nations through a grant provided by Wells Fargo and the Stop Hunger Now program.

It was also a legendary weekend of success for delegates from the Cumberland County schools as many council and individual awards were won. The following high schools were named Honors Councils in the North Carolina Association for Student Councils (NCASC): South View, Gray’s Creek, Pine Forest, Seventy-First, E.E. Smith, Douglas Byrd, Massey Hill Classical, Howard Health & Life Sciences, and Terry Sanford. Cross Creek Early College won the Distinguished Donor Award for the 4th year in a row. This year, they gave over $4,500 to the state association’s charity, Victory Junction.

Ten students from Terry Sanford were recognized for receiving the Distinguished Student Leader Award by the NASC upon completion of a rigorous portfolio application. Twelve students from across the county were inducted into the NCASC Hall of Fame. Principal David Culbreth of Pine Forest High School was named Administrator of the Year. Kellie Aldridge of Southview won the Bronze Service Award for 15+ years as an SGA adviser from the National Association of Student Councils. Kevin Hight of Terry Sanford won the Silver Service Award for more than 20 years as an SGA adviser from the NASC and also the Distinguished Service Award from the NCASC.

Finally, Terry Sanford and Grays Creek high schools were recognized for their service during the current year as President School and Central District Vice Chair School, respectively. Jeremy
Ruiz from Douglas Byrd High School was elected Central District Chair for the 2016-2017 school year, which means his school will host the district conference next fall. Massey Hill Classical won two offices: Hannah McCarthy was elected State Communications Officer and Jenna Nabors won Central District Vice-Chair. With this election, a Cumberland County school has served on the state board every year since 2003, including the 2014-2015 school year when the county had five schools holding six offices.



Published on March 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Community Comes Together to Stop Child Abuse

WHAT: “Break the Chain of Child Abuse”

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Crown Expo Center
1960 Coliseum Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306

WHY: Children from Cumberland County will join colorful paper chains together as a symbol to break the chains of child abuse.

• “Champion for Children” awards will be presented to one professional, one volunteer and one agency/group who have gone above and beyond to reduce child abuse in our community.

• The ceremony is a joint effort between the Child Advocacy Center, the Cumberland County Schools, the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, the Cumberland County Family Court, the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Fort Bragg Army Community Services, the Fort Bragg Schools, and the Cumberland County Guardian Ad Litem Program.

• Presenting Sponsor: The Exchange Club of Greater Fayetteville

• For more information, contact 910.678.2621 or 910.486.9700.

Published on March 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for February 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

One student was recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honoree is as follows:

Bryson McClure, a kindergartener at Glendale Acres Elementary SchoolAccording to Kindergarten Teacher Lee Ann Morris, Bryson has exhibited the trait of trustworthiness on more than one occasion this school year. The six year old’s teacher said that recently her class played a game of Alphabet BINGO where prizes were awarded. Bryson won a prize. Upon placing his prize in his cubbie, he found that someone had accidentally put their prize in his cubbie as well. “He quickly came to me and turned over the treat, saying it wasn’t his,” said Morris. “He wanted to be sure that whomever won it [the prize], got it back. He could have easily said nothing and kept both prizes. Instead, Bryson told the truth about what he found in order to make sure it was returned to the rightful owner.” Morris said that on another occasion, the students were awarded Cub Coins for good behavior. Bryson found some of the coins on the floor in their classroom. Instead of keeping the coins, he returned them to her. “As a young student, he [Bryson] is definitely on the right track,” said Morris. “He has a good heart and I trust him to do the right thing whether there is an adult around or not.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.


Published on March 2, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Young Scientists Engage in ‘Head-to-Head’ Competition at Regionals

Fayetteville – Twenty-two middle school and 25 high school Science Olympiad Teams converged on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) for ‘head-to-head’ competition in 23 events during the Feb. 27 Fayetteville Regional Science Olympiad.

The day of activities produced the following winning teams:

Middle School B Division

1st place – Seventy-First Classical Middle School

2nd place – The O’Neal School

3rd place – R. Max Abbott Middle School

4th place – Mac Williams Middle School

5th place – HOME (Home Offering Meaningful Education)


High School C Division

1st place – Terry Sanford High School

2nd place – Cape Fear High School

3rd place – Jack Britt High School

4th place – Massey Hill Classical High School

5th place – Robeson Early College High School


This year’s Spirit Awards were given to Seventy-First Classical Middle School and E.E. Smith High School for each team’s actions and spirit throughout the day of competition.

Also, Marie Cash from the FTCC Math Department was given an Outstanding Honor Award for her many years of volunteering and leading the Write It, Do It event for both divisions.

The top three teams in each division received bids for the State Science Olympiad Tournament, scheduled at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) from April 22-23.


Published on March 2, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of March 6, 2016)

Let’s Talk Education Radio Show for March 2016 -“Military Child in the CCS”
The show’s host , Renarta Clanton Moyd, will discuss with CCS’ Military Family and Youth Liaison Cathy Hurley the Month of the Military Child observance (April) as well as various programs for and the latest grant geared toward the needs of the military-connected child. Tune in to listen on Monday, March 7 from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit


Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize February’s Amazing Acts of Character recipient.


10th Annual Adult Spelling Bee
Educators from across the school system will put their spelling skills to the test during the Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals’ (CCAPAP) 10th  Annual Adult Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of South View High School. Teams of four, who will be representing different schools and departments throughout the county, will work together to spell various words. Last year through this effort, thousands of dollars in scholarship money was awarded to deserving high school seniors. For more information, contact CCAPAP member Crystal Brown at


Get Connected TV Show for March 2016 — “Military Child in the CCS”
During March’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by CCS’ Military Family and Youth Liaison Cathy Hurley and DoDEA Grant Project Coordinator Rebecca Legan. They will discuss the Month of the Military Child (April) as well as various programs and the latest grant to assist military-connected children. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (


21st Annual Elementary Battle of the Books Competition
During the upcoming 21st Annual Elementary Battle of the Books competition, cluster teams will ‘go head to head’ in the quiz bowl-type tournament with hopes of earning the county title. Finals get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11 in the AIT Building, located in Downtown Fayetteville. Elementary Battle of the Books was established to help elementary school students develop a lifelong love of reading. For more information about the competition, call CCS’ Information Technology & Media Services Department at 910.678.2613.


Published on March 2, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

School District Takes Top Honors in Math Competition

Fayetteville – Four Cumberland County middle schools took top honors in the Feb. 13 South Central Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition held at Snyder Memorial Church.

The top MATHCOUNTS teams received the following honors: 1st place – Mac Williams Middle School; 2nd place – John Griffin Middle School; 3rd place – Seventy-First Classical Middle School; and 4th place – Gray’s Creek Middle School. Fifteen middle schools from the Cumberland County School (CCS) system participated in the annual competition and 23 schools were represented during the day-long contest.

The top three individual students were Jonathan Piland from Mac Williams Middle School, Junhee Shin from John Griffin Middle School, and Justin Munoz from Mac Williams Middle School, respectively.  Seven of the top 10 individual students were from the following Cumberland County middle schools: Mac Williams, John Griffin, Gray’s Creek, Max Abbott, and Seventy First Classical.

The top three teams and top individuals will go on to compete in state competition on March 5 at Carrboro High School in Carrboro, NC.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a middle school competition program, with live, in-person events in all 50 states.  During this competition, students engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.



Published on February 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

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