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DPS Good News for June 7, 2019


  • Congratulations to Jordan High junior Clayson Good, who shot one over par to take second place out of 83 golfers in the NCHSAA state men's 4-A golf tournament!

  • Congratulations to Northern High junior Cameron Traylor, who raised more than $4,000 along with his AP English III classmates and community supporters (such as RTP Electrical), to provide clothes, school supplies, hygiene products, and other basic necessities for youth, through his own non-profit, Cam's Closet.

    Cameron Traylor, classmates, and donors

  • Congratulations to Riverside High's Girls Go CyberStart team, which is one of only six in North Carolina to progress to the 2019 National Championship! Girls Go CyberStart is a fantastic competition for students interested in becoming cybersecurity professionals!

  • And speaking of Riverside Engineering, check out this short video of teacher Adam Davidson's Computer Integrated Manufacturing students—three of his classes—building an honest-to-gosh factory. They had one calendar month to get the job done. If you want all the details, there's a 40-minute video.

  • Time for a proud dad moment: Give it up for J.D. Clement Early College graduate Akankey Mason-Hogans, who earned a full merit Cheatham-White Scholarship to North Carolina A&T this fall. Her older brother won the same award...and their father is Little River K-8 School principal Dr. Cory Hogans!

  • Congratulations to Lauren Hope, recently named the president of District 3 of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants!

  • Congratulations to Chelsea Privette, Glenn Elementary speech-language pathologist, who was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award! This fellowship grant from the National Institute of Health will suport her dissertation research, "The Misdiagnosis of Speech Sound Disorders in Spanish-speaking Preschoolers Acquiring African-American English," addressing how to prevent misdiagnosis in children speaking those dialect varieties.

  • Granted! Out Teach has secured a grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield for an approximately $130,000 "Big Dig" at Merrick-Moore Elementary, along with professional learning at Eno Valley Elementary and Fayetteville St. Elementary. Community volunteers will install a new Out Teach Learning Lab, much like an HGTV transformation.

  • Wow! America's Got Talent semifinalists and Americana-roots musicians Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band came to Mangum Elementary to perform and present a literacy program called "I Write My Story" to motivate students to write creatively incorporating personal stories!

    Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band with Mangum teachers

  • Congratulations to the following Jordan students awarded scholarships at the Durham Sports Club banquet:
    • Ben Miller, Harold Strawbridge Scholarship
    • Esmé Wheeler, Blunt-Bradshaw Durham Sports Legend Memorial Scholarship

  • Congratulations to Kelly McGee from Carrington Middle and Danielle Hamilton from Durham School of the Arts, who have been selected to attend the Carnegie Learning National Institute this summer! They will attend sessions designed to enhance capacity to effectively utilize Carnegie Learning resources and network with other educators across the country.

  • We can't wait for the second round of the Durham Bowls competition, which pairs school nutrition staff with local chefs to develop delicious, nutritious cafeteria masterpieces--and this year, DPS culinary students from Northern High and Jordan will compete!

  • Speaking of culinary students, check out this NHS wedding cake featured on Southern Bride and Groom's Instagram!