Community members, family members, friends, former colleagues, BOE members, and current N-CCS employees gathered to attend the fourth annual N-CCS Red Blazer event on May 14, 2015. This celebratory banquet took place at the Catawba Country Club at 6:30 pm. The 2014-2015 Red Blazer Committee selected three individuals to be recognized with a Red Blazer Award this year. This fourth installment of distinguished winners consisted of Maggie Daniels, Mavis B. Hedrick, and Bobby Rowe. Ms. Daniels, a former English teacher, coach, and school counselor, was honored for her love and dedication to her students and the community before her life was tragically taken in the summer of 2014. Mr. Rowe, a former EC teacher, coach, and student mentor is known for being a strong man of character during integration and great change in the American education system. Mrs. Hedrick is a former teacher and principal who served the N-CCS community over the course of four decades. She is known for her high expectations and the wide variety of opportunities she provided for her students.
At the May 14th event, over 100 attendees were greeted by Dr. David Stegall, N-CCS Superintendent, Major Tim Hayes, N-CCS BOE Chair, and Dr. Betsy Rosenbalm, N-CCS Director of Exceptional Children and Communication Services. The invocation was given by Dr. Aron Gabriel, Assistant Superintendent. A lovely meal and delicious cake were provided by the Catawba Country Club and Marie & Twanette’s of Newton. Fresh flower arrangements were provided by ABC Florist of Newton, and the Red Blazers were intricately monogrammed by Melissa Bradshaw, an FACS teacher at N-CHS.
After the meal, the three honorees were introduced and honored with speeches from those who know them well. Mr. Bobby Rowe was honored in a speech given by previous N-CCS Athletic Director and colleague, Mr. Don Patrick. Mrs. Mavis Hedrick was celebrated in a speech given by previous N-CCS teacher, fellow administrator, and 2012 Red Blazer winner, Ms. Pat Gibson. Mrs. Julia Styers, current principal at South Newton Elementary, also presented Mrs. Hedrick with a memorial plaque that will be placed on the wall in the new South Newton building. Mr. Rowe and Mrs. Hedrick graciously accepted their Red Blazers and plaques and gave speeches of appreciation to the audience. Ms. Maggie Daniels was honored in a speech given by fellow N-CHS English teacher and friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Gargis. Ms. Daniels’ Red Blazer and plaque were humbly accepted by her mother, Kathy Daniels, as Maggie received this award posthumously. Mrs. Nicola Hershberger, N-CCS employee, also presented Kathy Daniels with a commemorative portrait of an angel, in honor of Maggie.
The N-CHS Chamber Choir sang three of their spring concert pieces for the group, as a form of entertainment and as a tribute to Ms. Maggie Daniels. The N-CHS Chamber Choir is an auditioned honors vocal ensemble, directed by Mrs. Beth Fowler. Their performance of Pie Jesu, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was performed in memory of Maggie Daniels at the Red Blazer event, but it will also be performed in her honor at their final concert on May 28. Pie Jesu is a beautiful prayer from Webber’s Requiem which translates, “Merciful Jesus…grant them rest.” Their second piece was David’s Lamentation, composed by Joshua Shank and based on 2 Samuel 18. Their final piece was a rousing celebration of life, Little David Play on Your Harp, arranged by Rollo Dilworth. Their student accompanist for the evening was Shelby Graff.
The evening came to an end with closing remarks and pictures taken by Dr. Rosenbalm. From the warm conversations, sweet memories, and joyful bouts of laughter shared, it was evident that the attendees of the event felt honored to be a part of this celebration of such legendary giants in our N-CCS history. Mr. Rowe, Mrs. Hedrick. and Ms. Daniels are three more examples of why we are proud to say, “We are Newton-Conover!”