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DPS Good News ( for the week of May 1, 2019)



  • Southern School of Energy and Sustainability student Mikala Forbes' Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games shirt design is making headlinesCLICK HERE to watch WTVD piece about her design.

  • Congratulations to Burton Elementary principal Dr. Kimberly Ferrell. Dr. Ferrell is featured in Durham Magazine's 7th Annual Women's Issue. READ MORE: CLICK HERE 

  • Congratulations to Abigail Furman of Jordan High School, recipient of the 2009 Wilburn Clary Medal from the North Carolina High School Athletics Association! The award goes to an outstanding varsity athlete who exhibits excellence in athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service. The award will be presented on Thursday, May 2. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO

  • Congratulations to Rogers-Herr Middle School and Durham School of the Arts, both Regional Battle of the Books competition winners (in middle school and high school categories, respectively).

  • Congratulations to Karena Bond, Lowe’s Grove Middle School teacher, set to be recognized as the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2019 Middle School Educator of the Year at an awards ceremony May 9!

  • Congratulations to Tylah Harrison, Jordan High senior, who is a regional winner of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship for 2018-19, going to selected outstanding athletes of color. She has a chance of receiving the state award at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting May 2! CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO

  • Congratulations to Krista Saunders, Exceptional Children’s director of special programs and behavior support, who will be recognized by Alliance Health for making a difference in our community at the System of Care Making a Difference Awards Ceremony on May 2! CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO.

  • Congratulations to our May 2019 Student of the Month Mauridi Masumbuko. Mauridi is a junior at Jordan High School who enjoys community service and tech theatre. READ MORE: CLICK HERE

  • Pitch Night is a culminating event in the Audacity Labs start-up incubator outreach project. Students in the program have had the opportunity to engage with local startup incubators and non-profit co-working spaces and be exposed to a variety of CEOs, Duke Faculty, VCs, founders, and undergraduate faculty across a wide range of industries. Student teams will present their concept plans related to the development of a start-up, with either a commercial orientation, a social enterprise, or a hybrid of both on Thursday, May 2.
    The project is a partnership with the Museum of Life and Science, Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship, American Underground, CSbyUs, and ReCity. For more information about the program CLICK HERE.

The following students from Hillside High who are involved:

  • Nakai Anderson (Junior)
  • Louis Blanton (Sophomore)
  • Rene Chavez (Senior)
  • Jazmyne Jefferson (Junior)
  • Madison Kelly (Junior)
  • Chen Xiao Li (Junior)
  • Alphaeus Martin (Junior)
  • Ana Durán Martinez (Sophomore)
  • Iman Mohammed (Junior)
  • Hanan Mohammed (Senior)
  • Sabat Siu (Senior)
  • Selvin Solorzano (Senior)