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Discovery HS Senior Aoife Sinclair Awarded Prestigious Park Scholarship

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Newton, NC — March 8, 2016 — Local Discovery High School senior and Newton-Conover City School student Aoife Sinclair has recently been named a recipient of North Carolina State University’s prestigious Park Scholarship — the only recipient to be named in Catawba County this year.

The Park Scholarship provides its recipients with a $100,000 scholarship at $25,000 per year for four years, and is the University’s most prestigious honor.  Prospective applicants were narrowed from a pool of 2,000 candidates to 112 finalists.  These 112 finalists participated in a day of interviews by 220 NC State and Park Scholarships alumni, where the candidates were screened for “exceptional potential in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character,” according to Program Director Eva Feucht.

From these 112 finalists, only 35 were named award recipients to join the 21st class of Park Scholars.  Aoife’s place among them demonstrates her commitment to excellence in all aspects of her academic career.

Feucht also shared just how much weight the program carries.

“You and your family should be proud of your achievements – all of which have merited your selection as a Park Scholar. The Park Scholarships program will measurably enhance the quality of your undergraduate experience, support your efforts to develop an effective leadership style, and enable you to make a significant contribution toward the improvement of our society,” said Feucht.

Among the 35 other internationally-selected recipients from across the globe, Aoife will receive an estimated award valued at $22,500 in the first year of the program for NC residents, covering the full cost of tuition, room and board, textbooks, academic supplies, personal expenses, and a personal computer and peripherals.

To learn more about the program, visit the Park Scholars webpage online at

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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