DrawingOn Wednesday, May 11th, Scotland High School students (George Butler, Tre’ Dixon, Shane Dubbs, Kyle Ferrell, Lawrence Jackson, Daniel Johnson, Tatyana Leach, Laron Quick, Kayla Simmons, and Ariel Yates) presented their projects for the 2016 Project Bauhow Design Competition. The students worked independently to design a Modernist Home using AutoDesk CAD software to be located in one of the parks in Scotland County. The judges for the event were Guy McCook, Scotland County Commissioner, John Ferguson, Laurinburg/Scotland Chamber Chair Elect, Larry Johnson, SCS Assistant Superintendent, and Liz Stubbs, School Counselor. Also in attendance for the presentations were Dr. Ron Hargrave, Superintendent and Mr. Kevin Goins, Instructor and Project Bauhow Coordinator. The submissions were juried by a panel of North Carolina architects and designers on May 17th and Kyle Ferrell, a Scotland High School Junior was selected as the overall winner. Kyle will have the opportunity to attend the NCSU Design Camp in Raleigh during the week of June 12-18. Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for their hard work. To learn more, please visit

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Group PHoteOn Thursday, May 12, 2016, a banquet was held by the Scotland High School CTSO Advisors to recognize outstanding CTSO participants for the 2015-16 school year. More than sixty (60) faculty, students, parents, family, and friends joined together at The Main Table to celebrate in their child’s accomplishments. CTSO members and advisors have been extremely busy this year participating in service learning projects, regional and state competitions and assisting during schoolwide and community events. Students were recognized by their advisors for their participation in these events throughout the school year. Ms. Tilisa Adkins, who helped to organize the event, was awarded the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree. This was a wonderful night of celebrations, fun, and fellowship.

More than two-hundred (200) Scotland County Schools students’ participate in CTSOs each year to include FBLA, FFA, DECA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA. Participation in CTSOs is an extension of the classroom that provides students with leadeIMG_0262rship development and public speaking skills, technical competencies and helps to build confidence. Scholarship awards also provide the opportunity for students to continue their career-path through higher education.  SHS Advisors include: Tilisa Adkins (FBLA), Reid Ledbetter & Carrie Wilkins (FFA), Bobby Scott (DECA), Kendra Faries (HOSA), Kevin Goins, Steven Dibble, & Sam Richardson (SkillsUSA), and Monica Whitehead (TSA).

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Student Attends the Art Institute College Bound Program

IMG_0191Rashaunda McIver is a junior at Scotland High School enrolled in Ms. Samantha Ray’s Digital Media class. Currently, she is dually enrolled at The Art Institute in Charlotte in the College Bound Program. This program is an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors to connect with like interests who have the opportunity to take college level courses. The program helps students get a step ahead on their college career by developing critical design and media skills. She found out about the program while researching photography and scholarships on the Internet.

Rashaunda has always had an interest in photography and has an interest in caIMG_0192meras old and new using social media to share her photographs.  The interest in her photos and encouragement from her grandmother prompted her to begin a small business during her sophomore year named “Creative Memories”. Through networking, she has been able to progress in her small business. Rashaunda explained that in her current college class, she has to know how to use Photoshop and by being enrolled in the Digital Media class at SHS, it has helped her to be a step ahead in her program at The Art Institute.  She encourages more students to take Digital Media and CTE classes to help be better prepared for their future College and Career goals! She is also a member of TSA and competed at the State competition in Photographic Technology.  For more information about the program, please visit

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City of Laurinburg and Scotland County Schools Fruit Orchard Project

FullSizeRenderOn Friday, April 22nd in honor of Earth Day, a collaborative effort between The City of Laurinburg and Scotland County Schools, Intro to Culinary students planted 100 trees to include apple, pear, and fig. Plumbing II students assisted the city workers with the installation of the irrigation system that will help to provide a continuous waterIMG_1372 supply to the trees. Rodney Byrd, a Scotland High graduate, Beautification Supervisor for the City of Laurinburg and a Certified Arborist led the project. The trees will be used as an on-going school service project to provide fruit to the community and The Bagpiper restaurant. This was and will continue to be a great learning experience for our students.

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SLES Enrichment Club Students Learn About College and Careers

IMG952016042095152327209On April 20th, Sycamore Lane’s 4th Grade students involved in the Enrichment Club directed by Ms. Jess Mager, ELA and Social Studies teacher, had the opportunity to participate in a culinary activity led by SHS CTE Teacher Chef Dibble. Although the students are still in elementary school, it is never too soon to begin thinking about college and careers. Chef’s presentation included the history of a chef and why he chose that particular career. Additionally, information was shared on the opportunities available at high school and beyond for students who choose a career path in the culinary field.  Students participated in the Black Box Challenge where they chose a box with mystery ingredients, were presented with a scenario, and created a recipe witSycamore Lane 3h the provided ingredients. This was a great way to integrate academics with CTE and a great collaborative effort that extended to elementary students to illustrate the importance of starting early thinking about college and careers through hands-on activities.

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FFA Chapter Participates in State FFA Horse Evaluation Event

FFAThe Scotland FFA Chapter participated in State FFA Horse Evaluation Event held at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC on April 23, 2016.  Team members were Athena Ward, Mira Ward and McKenzie Moody.  The FFA advisors are Carrie Wilkins and Reid Ledbetter.

“Participation in this even helps FFA members learn how to carefully select stock; a valuable career skill for working with producers,” says Jason Davis. State FFA coordinator. Students demonstrate their ability to reason and communicate about equine selection, management, and production. Participants are responsible for evaluating classes of horses composed of performance and halter. Participants then give oral reasons for their selections.

The highest scoring team in the state event is eligible to compete in the National FFA event at the National FFA Convention in October 2016. The top three teams and high scoring individual will be recognized during the 86th North Carolina FFA State Convention in Raleigh on June 21-23, 2016.

The Scotland FFA team placed first in class placing and first in reasons in the South Central Region.  Athena Ward was first place individual in the South Central Region.  The contest consist of four halter classes, six performance classes and two reasons classes.

This event is one of 43 different career development events offered 10 North Carolina FFA members on the state level. The North Carolina FFA Foundation sponsors the state Horse Evaluation Career Development Event.

The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 20,119 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, and technology of agriculture with 260 local chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.

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Congratulations Mr. Jody Odom

Jody OdomMr. Odom was voted by his peers as “Teacher of the Year” at Spring Hill Middle School for 2015-16. Mr. Odom has been teaching for 12 years and teaches business education for CTE. Additionally, he has led in professional development at the school and district level. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. Odom stated “CTE Teachers have a huge responsibility and challenge to connect core content to what we teach and then demonstrate the impact it will have on a student’s future.  I love watching a student make the connection in my class.”  He goes on to say “Show someone value in something and they will move heaven and earth to achieve it.” Your CTE Family is very proud of you Mr. Odom!!

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WPDE Carolina & Co. Live

In conjunction with the Laurinburg Chamber of Commerce, Carver Middle’s STEM Academy was featured on WPDE Carolina & Company Live on March 30th. Mrs. Catherine Gates, CTE Technology/PLTW Teacher, along with STEM students Nick Cooke, Megan Lam, Morgan Stewart, Cooper Sutherland, and Darasia Williams were featured in this segment.

The segments begins at the 16:56 mark.

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Business After Hours Event

Visiting the CTE Programs and School-based EnterprIMG_0170ises was an eye-opening experience for our guests who toured the programs on April 21st. “I wish we had this when I was in school” and “This is just amazing”, was a common expression from amongst the guests as they toured the facilities.  This is just one of many collaborative events with the Scotland/Laurinburg Chamber and our business partners to help raise awareness throughout the community. Thanks to all the CTE Staff for your hard work and dedication to ensure our students have the best educational experience!

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Students@Work District Winner

IMG_0169Over 300 hundred SCS 8th grade students participated in Students@Work, a job-shadowing initiative through NCBCE & NCDPI. The goal is to expose middle school students to career pathway options, where students shadow an employer for a day and complete a research portfolio. Emily Hendrix (Carver) and Andrew Oswald (Spring Hill) were selected as their school’s overall portfolio winner and presented their portfolios at the district competition held on April 21st at the Chamber of Commerce. After a tough competition, Andrew was selected as the SCS district portfolio winner. Andrew aspires to become a graphic designer and has already registered for Digital Media when he transitions to high school. Both students will be recognized at the May 9th school board meeting.

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