Student accomplishments at Cape Hatteras Secondary saluted

Published 1:55 pm Sunday, March 6, 2022

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A trio of Cape Hatteras Secondary students are on the way to International DECA competition.

Chloe Flythe, Jennifer Mohnal and Elizabeth Muller placed first in the Community Awareness Project section of the DECA State Competition.

The 2022 DECA International Career Development Conference and competition is scheduled for April 23 through 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

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The team’s winning project titled “Lose The Phone Get Your Head In The Zone” aims to reduce teenage phone usage, especially during school.

The team designed a bin system where students chose to “park their phones” and win a chance for a prize donated by 15 Hatteras Island businesses. The team organized activity days where students played various sports. The project also involved a survey.

The project was presented at the Feb. 8 Dare County School Board meeting.

At that same school board meeting, Cape Hatteras Secondary staff and student accomplishments were noted.

Natasha Farrow is the Cape Hatteras Secondary Teacher of the Year. She has been a member of the faculty since 2011. Since 2014, she has taught math.

For 14 years, Phyllis Spruill has welcomed folks first to the guidance office and now as the school’s receptionist. She is the Classified Employee of the Year. “Ms. Phyllis runs our office with ease and knows exactly what is going on in the building at all times,” said Cape Hatteras Secondary Principal Beth Rooks.

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Phyllis Spruill. M.H. Goodloe-Murphy photo

Clay Tiderman has taught middle and high school science since 2017. He sponsors the school’s fish hatchery, surf club and the ocean science class. He was recently accepted into the Principal Preparation Program through North Carolina State University.

Tiderman also worked with students to collect recycling and install water stations to cut down on plastic bottles used. Working in that program and saluted at the Board of Education meeting are Trae Wyatt, Joey Lettieri, Wyatt Cannon, Olivia Rooks, Max Syrrist, Gracie Wyatt, Colton Allen and Misha Nuzzo. Cape Hatteras Secondary alumni Noah Dixon also participates in the project.

Eight students and a teacher have completed 10 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training. The course for entry-level workers in construction and general industry teaches workplace hazards, workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file an OSHA complaint. These students achieved the 10-hour training: Derek Cunningham, Derek Garcia Rodriguez, Jonah Jordan, John Metacarpa, Garland Midgette, Jonathan DeOliveria, Kyle Hibbs, James Quist and teacher Keith Durham.

Eight Cape Hatteras students have earned an Adobe Certified Professional certification by passing a 50-minute exam testing familiarity with core product features and capabilities, common workflows, basic project management and foundational industry concepts. Earing the certification are Jassmine Ibarra, Savannah Johnson, Ethen Lord, Andrew Perez, John Conner, Lizibeth Lozano Lopez, Kirra Folb and Devin Lester.

Receiving Honorable Mentions at the District Art Show at the Glen Eure Ghost Fleet Gallery are Chase Dixon, Aiden Throne, Misha Nuzzo, Alaina Bonanni and Gabriela Baker.

Auditioning and earning a seat in the North Carolina Eastern Regional Honors Band this year are Clara Oden on flute, Elizabeth Muller on clarinet, Rylee Oberbeck on French Horn, Max Syrrist on baritone and Cody Bayne on mallets.

Two Cape Hatteras Secondary students have been selected to attend Wake Forest University Summer Enrichment Camp for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Selected for the camp are Samantha Schena and Estrella Olan-Campos.

At the State DECA completion, Audrey Kramer was named a top 10 finalist in the Entrepreneurship Category.

Kimber Balance, Emma Riggs, Jose Briones Avila, Lydia Hooper, Madison Morrell and Isabella Helig received a proficiency rating in the Coastal Division. This is recognition of the combination scores of role plays and exam scores on their respective events.

DECA is a co-curricular program at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.