- Watauga County Schools
November Board of Education Recognitions
The Board of Education honored member Jason Cornett with the Servant’s Heart Award. Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott
Elliott said Cornett was a true professional board member with a listening ear who had worked hard during his tenure handling issues
and concerns from his constituents with great personal commitment and positivity. Elliott said Cornett was among the most humble people
he’d ever worked with, who came to the board with a desire to serve his community and be a reliable representative and a voice for parents and
District-wide spelling bee winner, Hardin Park sixth-grader Sam Nystrom was recognized by the board. Nystrom will go on to represent
Watauga County Schools at the regional contest in March. Pictured are Nystrom and Watauga County Schools director of middle grades education
The board recognized Watauga High School spanish teacher Carmen Scoggins who was recently selected as Appalachian State
University’s Outstanding Alumni of the Year. Scoggins was also honored with the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina
Honorary Life Member Award.
The Watauga Education Foundation awarded grants to Watauga County Schools teachers from across the district, including: Angela Alexander, Tory Ward, Shelly Klutz, Jana Smith, Melody Roaden, Candace Trexler, Erin Ellington, Amber Dollyhigh, Stephanie Kostis, Brandon Winbush, Ashley Tate, Chelsie Eldreth, Denise Presnell, Genal West, Jobeth Gobble, Lindsay Postlethwaite, Sherri Hale, Callie Jarman, Ashley Greene, Susan Suddreth, Seth Freeman, Amanda Ward, Connie Peeler, Erin Scott, Amy Hiatt, Chris Watson, Grady McKinney and Donna Raichle.
WHS GEAR UP coordinator Laura Turner and Student Services Director Paul Holden recognized a group of students who represented the
district at the national GEAR UP conference. Pictured are Turner, Holden and Leslie DeCuesta, Ben Styles, Grace McClure , Emma Shew,
Peyton Cline , Logan Sturgill , Abby Graham , Kyra Turner, Victoria Combs and Haleigh Lawson.