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N-CCS-Nominated Students All Accepted to Attend NC Governor’s School

N-CCS-Nominated Students All Accepted to Attend NC Governor’s School

DSC_0397Newton, NC — March 31st, 2016 — As it is written on the North Carolina Governor’s School webpage, “[i]magine a summer program where students who are among the best and brightest gather for the love of learning and the joy of creativity…where teachers and students form a community while searching together for answers to challenging questions…where there are no grades or tests…where a synergy of intellectual curiosity fuels the exploration of the latest ideas in various disciplines.”  

For a selected group of high-caliber students across the state each summer, this is reality — and for three elite students from Newton-Conover City Schools (Grace Little, Henry Cox, and Shelby Graff) the summer of 2016 will bring this reality to them.

The North Carolina Governor’s School program affords students the opportunity to spend a summer studying a collegiate discipline at one of two sites.   

Dr. Stegall, Superintendent, shared with the Newton-Conover City School Board that the Governor’s School allows students to spend time on these college campuses during the summer semester to work in academic areas they have strong interest in.  For six weeks, these students will be immersed into a full and authentic college experience.

Henry Cox, N-CHS Junior and 2016 Attendee, is eager to fill the shoes left following N-CCS’ long line of stellar past participants, including his sister’s attendance a couple of years ago.

“I am ecstatic about everything that Governor’s School has to offer this summer. The opportunities to learn new things, not only in my specialty but also in various other fields, is very exciting. I am very grateful that my school nominated me for this program and I hope to carry on the torch from all of the past Red Devil participants (not just my sister!),” said Cox.

This year, N-CCS’ selected students come from both High School sites: Grace Little, our Discovery High School nominee, has been accepted to study English, at the Governor’s School West Campus at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.  From Newton-Conover High School, our state-selected students were Henry Cox, whose selected area of study is Natural Science at the Governor’s School West Campus, and Shelby Graff, whose selected area is also Natural Science at the West Campus.

Additionally, Newton-Conover City Schools can recommend three potential candidates (who are also rising seniors) for study each year — and this year, all three applicants were accepted!  This is a remarkable achievement that shines brightly on the collective caliber of work and leadership among these students.

Jamie Frye
Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer
jamie_frye (at)
605 N Ashe Ave
Newton, NC 28658


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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