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Surry Teacher Headed to Washington, D.C. for Educational Program

Surry Teacher Headed to Washington, D.C. for Educational Program

A North Surry High School teacher has been selected to attend a special program in Washington, D.C. related to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Eric Jessup of Mount Airy has been selected for the Supreme Court Summer Institute to be held in June, according to the Mount Airy News.

Jessup was one of 60 teachers chosen after a “highly competitive” application process, according to officials of the program.

The teacher plans to learn about the judicial branch of the government through his upcoming participation in the program.

He said he will apply the program's insights about the federal government’s legislative functions into his own classroom teachings.

To read more visit The Mount Airy News.

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Armfield Scholarship Recipients Honored

Armfield Scholarship Recipients Honored

This year’s Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation College Scholarship Program recipients were honored at a reception Monday, according to the Mount Airy News.

The students recognized received scholarships to schools including Stanford, Georgetown, Davidson and Appalachian State. They represent six high schools in the county and Surry Community College.

This year’s scholarship recipients are listed below:

East Surry High School: Rhett Bodford, Krista Elliott, Rebecca George, Lindsay Holt, Chloe Imus, Austin Jones, Amber Scott, Alexandra Smith and Gregory Thorn.

Elkin High School: Matthew Billings, Cody Brown, Noah Harrington, Charles Neaves, Hiram Poplin and Erin Steiner.

Mount Airy High School: Caleb Bentley, Lonnie Bledsoe, Katie Bowman, McKenzie Culler, Katie Harris, Maxwell Inman, Taylor King, Myles Marion and Stephen Smith.

Student Concert Takes Place Friday

Student Concert Takes Place Friday

Millennium Charter Academy will hosting an advanced music concert at 1:30 p.m. Friday at its 500 Old Springs Road location in Mount Airy.

The concert will feature the school's advanced music and is directed by Rodney Money, according to the Mount Airy News.

The students will perform a composition called “Teen Symphony for Japan” composed for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, the paper reported.

Many of the compositions are performed all over the world including Germany, Italy, Canada and Lithuania, according to the paper.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are being accepted.

The event is one of several for museum month in May in Surry County.

To read more visit The Mount Airy News.

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Davie County Schools Selects New Superintendent

Davie County Schools Selects New Superintendent

The Davie County Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Darrin Hartness as its new superintendent of schools Wednesday, according to the Mount Airy News.

Hartness has been the Mount Airy City Schools superintendent since January 2008.

He will assume the position July 1.

He is replacing Dr. William Steed, who has been Davie school system’s interim superintendent since November, the paper reported.

“I am excited to be appointed to serve Davie County Schools as superintendent, but will also miss Mount Airy,” Hartness said, according to the paper.

Mount Airy saw an increase in the student graduation rate during Hartness' time as superintendent, the paper reported.

He also helped launch Mount Airy City Schools' Project iLearn, which helped provide iPod Touches and laptops carts for schools.

the N.C. School Board Association has been searching for a new superintendent for Davie County schools since January, the paper reported.

Large Taxidermy Event Coming to SCC

Large Taxidermy Event Coming to SCC

A large three-day taxidermy conference is coming to Surry Community College this week, according to the Mount Airy News,

The annual Taxidermy Mini-Course takes place from Thursday to Saturday at various locations on the college's Dobson campus.

The event will offer learning opportunities for beginner and advanced taxidermists, the paper reported.

It will also showcase taxidermy competition entries to the general public.

The event will also include more than 33 seminars taught by some of the nation’s top taxidermists along, the paper reported.

The registration fee is $66. Taxidermy is the act of mounting or reproducing dead animals for display

For more information visit www.surry.edu/taxidermy or call 386-3618.

Lowes Hardware Helps Elementary School

Lowes Hardware Helps Elementary School

Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Surry County is looking brighter and cleaner thanks to the help of Lowes Hardware, according to school officials.

The hardware store recently donated soil and petunias for the Lowgap school to plant in its courtyard.

School officials said the students enjoyed planting the flowers and discovering what lives beneath the ground.

Students also discussed weeding, cultivating and planting while working on the project, according to a press release.

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Surry Middle School Takes 1st Place in Reading Challenge

Surry Middle School Takes 1st Place in Reading Challenge

Pilot Mountain Middle School took first place in this year's Battle of the Books state competition, according to the Mount Airy News.

The Surry County Schools staff said this is the first team from the school system to win the state title, the paper reported.

The event is a reading competition in which each team is given a list of book and quizzed on them.

Members of the team have been training for the completion since October, according to the paper.

Many team members read almost all the 27 books on their given list, often times more than once to remember obscure details, the paper reported.

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