Pinecrest Students Receive 'Patriot Pride' Recognition
Employing good social skills, displaying academic dedication and having a positive attitude are paying off for students and staff of Pinecrest High School.
Those and other attributes were some of the “exemplary characteristics” that made 159 of them certificate winners in the “Patriot Promise” program for the month.
“Whenever good behavior is observed, students and staff members record the deed on specially created cards for that purpose,” Assistant Principal Fellow Charlene Vermeulen said. “Kindness, good deeds and school-related dedication are some of the ways that one qualifies for recognition.”
Vermeulen said that the qualifications for recognition “can really run the gamut.”
“Someone can be recognized in any category, from social behavior to academics, from sports to simply opening the door for someone,” she said. “We thought it would be a great way to reward exemplary behavior in any situation.”
After the cards are submitted, a drawing is held to recognize two winners from each grade level from among the 159 honored. This month’s winners received, courtesy of Patriot Promise business supporters, either a pizza from Pinehurst Pizza or a quart of Italian ice from Rita’s.
Senior Edythe Wilson was eligible to receive a free pizza after being recognized for “being on-task daily and keeping her grades up.” Tianna Davis was awarded a quart of Italian ice for “working hard in her online class and going out of her way to help others.” Her instructor wrote that Tianna “is the sunshine in our classroom.”
Staff winners were Ben Hammer, who received a haircut from Hairplay Salon, and Ruby Howard, who received a $25 gift certificate from Southern Prime Steakhouse in Southern Pines.
“We really want the students to understand the connection between them and the community, the importance of working hard now so that they can be successful, contributing community members now and as adults,” Vermeulen said. “And we want the community to understand that our students need their support and encouragement to grow into community leaders.”
Vermeulen added that staff and students appreciate the efforts of the sponsoring businesses.
“Pinecrest thanks our sponsors and supporters,” Vermeulen said. “At this time we have a dozen, and will always welcome more. Our newest sponsor is Thermal Metal Treating from Aberdeen, and we appreciate their support.”
Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Vermeulen at (910) 692-6554 for more information.
Contact John Lentz at (910) 693-2479 or jlentz@thepilot. com.
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