Education Briefs

First Posted: 1/15/2009

Knuckles places at Books contest
LUMBERTON - W.H. Knuckles Elementary finished third at the 2006-2006 Elementary Battle of the Books competition.
Team members were Sadeshia Bryant, Summer Killens, Brianna McLaurin, Jza'Qera Pittman, Elisha Powell and Paradise McRae. The coaches were Hawhana Rising, Kim Lopez and Rose Hunt.
Tanglewood Elementary came in first, followed by Pembroke Elementary.

Honor society picks Atkinson, Hamilton
RALEIGH - Lumberton natives Michelle Atkinson and Abby Hamilton recently were inducted into Peace College's chapter of Alpha Chi, an academic honor society.
Atkinson, a junior, is pursuing a major in political science and a minor in history. She is the daughter of Vickie Atkinson of Lumberton.
Hamilton, a junior English major, is the daughter of Philip and Myra Hamilton of Lumberton.
Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society that promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among college students. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors and seniors.

Learning sessions begin March 12
LUMBERTON - The Center for Community Action's Learning Together spring sessions begin March 12.
The 11-week sessions will continue to May.
The sessions are for 3-,4-, and 5-year-olds who haven't had any pre-school experience. Parents or caregivers must attend. The sessions will be held at East Robeson, R.B. Dean, Pembroke, Union Chapel, St. Pauls, Rex Rennert and Rowland Norment elementary schools.
The sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For information, call 739-7851.

Financial aid workshop Monday
RED SPRINGS - Red Springs High School has scheduled a financial aid workshop at 6 p.m. on Monday.
Information on the FAFSA forms will be presented. Parents of seniors and juniors are invited.

East Robeson goes to the museum
LUMBERTON - East Robeson Primary School recently took 51 students on a field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh.
The students explored various exhibits and live animals. They enjoyed hands-on activities and interacting with real objects. They were able to view fossils, snakes, butterflies, bats, and a large variety of bugs.
The students were especially interested in a prehistoric dinosaur battle that is on display in the Terror of the South exhibit. The bones of the 110 million years old Acrocanthosaurus are the only one of its kind displayed anywhere in the world.

Green Grove picks its Pandas
FAIRMONT - Green Grove Elementary has recognized its Positive Panda students for the week of Feb. 19-23.
They were:
– Kindergarten: Frank Andujar, Kaitlyn Jacobs and Mason Locklear.
– Grade 1: Brenna Hunt, Jasmine Coler, Tyee Sampson and Alesia Bartley.
– Grade 2: Latisha Oxendine, Shakierra Paige and Harmony Oxendine.
– Grade 3: Zabre Dinnerson, Melquan Dinnerson and Damian Hunt.
The students were selected because they displayed good behavior at school and on the bus.

Robeson natives make dean's list
WILMINGTON - Eight Robeson County natives were named to the dean's list at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for fall 2006.
Making the list were Amy Ammons of Fairmont; Katie Creech of Red Springs; Stephanie Cummings of Parkton; Robyn Grice, Megan Smith, Janna Currie and Jonathan Weathington, all of Lumberton; and Rachel Gallman of Maxton.
To make the list, students with 12 to 14 hours must earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or better with no grade less than a B. Students with 15 or more hours must earn a GPA of 3.2 or better with no grade less than a B.

Students honored for art achievement
LUMBERTON - The Robeson County School Board recently recognized several students who won regional art awards.
They were Winfred Cox of Fairgrove Middle; Megan Jacobs of Purnell Swett High; Nicholas Palmerico and Reggie Rogers, both of Lumberton Junior High; and Shyan Bell, Edguardo Estigoy and Abir Abumohsen, all of Lumberton High.
Their art is on display at Barton College.

Branch receives national honor
LUMBERTON - Harrison Branch, a sixth-grader at Fairgrove Middle School, has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner.
Branch is the son of the Rev. Harrison and Sharon Smith-Branch of Lumberton. His grandparents are Bessie Smith and the late Melvin Thompson-Smith, Jethro and Sara Gilchrist, all of Lumberton and the Rev. Authur and Marie Lowery-Bell of Pembroke and the late Charlie Branch.

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