On April 22, 2015 all representatives from the 2014 Catawba County United Way campaign gathered together and enjoyed a great celebration luncheon at the Catawba Country Club. Local business and industry along with local school districts were present to hear about the successes of their individual and collective campaigns for the year. Executive Director, Jennie Connor, directed the program and the guest speaker was Mr. Mike Webb, long-time executive with Century Furniture.
The awards for successful campaigns were categorized into two groups. One for Business and Industry, having five divisions based on their employee numbers. The second group was focused on Education and included all schools in the Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools districts. The group for Education is divided into three categories of Elementary, Middle and High School.
Winners in the categories for education are based on three factors: average gift, percent participation and employee per capita scores for each site. Newton-Conover City Schools swept all three categories. The winner in the county for all elementary schools was South Newton Elementary School represented by Principal, Julia Styers and Site Ambassador, Suzanne Cadwallader. The winner for the highest middle school in the county was Newton-Conover Middle School represented by Principal, Kim Kaylor and site ambassador, Betta Hord. The high school honor for the county went to Discovery High School with Principal, John Robinson and ambassador, Luann Walker attending and receiving the award (photo not available).
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