In the five years the Lee County Education Foundation has given its Head of Class award, the “Scholar Boy” statue that's part of the prize has made its way to several elementary schools who've won the honor – Greenwood, J. Glenn Edwards and B.T. Bullock Elementary among them. Thursday morning, the statue was awarded to the school which hosted its unveiling six years ago – Deep River Elementary School.
In July, SLHS senior Jose Luis Morales Jr. stepped onto a soccer field, ready to face off against West Ham United FC, one of England's leading soccer clubs. It was his professional soccer debut, and he was about to play center midfield against seasoned competitors who in some cases were more than twice his age.
In 2010, as a seventh grader at West Lee Middle School, Layne Baker got involved with the North Carolina chapter of the National FFA Organization. He didn't know at the time that in a little more than half a decade's time, he'd be leading the organization on a statewide basis.
School is back in session in Lee County, but it's not just students who are adjusting to new surroundings. Three new teachers – some new to Lee County, others new to teaching altogether – have been learning the ropes over the past couple of weeks as well.
There's a beginning and an end to everything, and as LCS kicks off another year of classes, Emma Langston, a senior at SLHS, is looking forward to the end. But as she sat down Wednesday afternoon with Wendy Cole – who taught Langston kindergarten at Greenwood Elementary a dozen years ago – she also thought about the beginning.