Local Teen Strives for Perfection

Mohammad Malik, FFA Vice President at WHS, is Fox 8’s Class Act Student for January 11. Enjoy the video clip at the following link http://myfox8.com/2016/01/11/local-teen-strives-for-perfection/.


FBLA Strong Showing for NERMS / PGHS

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) from Northeastern Randolph Middle School and Providence Grove High School attended Regionals on Saturday, December 5 in Chapel Hill. Three NERMS students earned first place in their events – Daisy Suarez in Career Explorations, Sydney Booth in Business Communications, and Diana Castro-Vasquez in FBLA Creed. Second place honors went to Gaby Gil in Public Speaking and Ayman Youness competed in Business Math.

Providence Grove High School’s seniors, Katie Melvin and Cole Bohnsack, each earned first place in their respective competitions. Katie placed first in Job Interview and Cole placed first in Public Speaking II.

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Cole Bonsack (Public Speaking II), Advisor Tony Joyce, and Katie Melvin (Job Interview)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

*Source: http://www.fbla-pbl.org


WHS students competed on Wednesday, December 2 in Burlington, NC at the NC DECA District 5 Marketing Competitive Events Conference (MCEC). DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing and related fields. The US Department of Education recognizes DECA as one of ten Career and Technical Student Organizations. With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, schools administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946.

Wheatmore High School’s Kadie Miller won a medallion for a Top 12 finish in the Apparel & Accessories written exam. Other competitors scored proficient in their categories as follows:

Ben Clements-Retail Merchandising
Michael Fields-Retail Merchandising
Cameron Frazier-Retail Merchandising
Corey Hudgins-Retail Merchandising
Kadie Miller-Apparel & Accessories
Mitchel Shaffer-Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Scotty Spicer-Retail Merchandising
Julian Zimmerman-Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Kadie Miller Top 12 Exam
Kadie Miller – WHS DECA Top 12 Apparel & Accessories
WHS DECA Competitors             December 2, 2015






DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. There are 215,000 high school DECA members in 3,500 chapters around the globe.

*Source: http://www.deca.org/about/

Culinary Cougars Baking for Thanksgiving

The Culinary Cougars are holding their “First Annual Holiday Pie Sale” this week — baking and selling pies for Thanksgiving meals.

Southwestern Randolph High School’s class offerings include a culinary-based program called ProStart. It’s a national, two-year high school program uniquely designed to unite the classroom and industry and develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and food service leaders.

There are 40 ProStart students this semester, according to their culinary instructor, Kelly Biggs.

In the classroom, they regularly prepare catered meals for various functions. Every other week, teachers are treated to boxed lunches prepared by the students.

The projects raise funds to help send competition teams to the ProStart Invitational, a culinary and management competition where SWRHS students placed among the Top 10 teams in the state last year.

This semester, The Culinary Cougars are preparing and selling homemade pies for their first holiday pie sale. They’ll be making homemade pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin and Dutch apple crumb pies for pick up or delivery on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Pies will be baked fresh and then frozen; each comes with reheating instructions. All pies are $8 each.

Pie orders must be placed by this Friday, Nov. 20, with Kelly Biggs at (336) 381-7747 or email her at kbiggs@randolph.k12.nc.us.

Randleman FFA Places Second in National FFA Competition

Members of the Randleman FFA Chapter competed in three Career Development Events during the 88th National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky October 28 – 31, 2015. Members of the Gold Emblem and National 2nd place Milk Quality & Products team were Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes and Brianna Reynolds. The National FFA Milk Quality & Products CDE is a competitive event that allows students to prove their knowledge about the recognition, selection and management necessary for the production of quality milk and dairy products.  Participants must complete a written exam on milk production and marketing, evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality, identify cheeses and characteristics, complete practical mathematical problem solving activities, conduct and interpret milk acceptability tests within the team activity.  Hannah Hughes earned 2nd place individual honors and received a $900.00 scholarship to be applied to her post-secondary education endeavors.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Randleman FFA has represented the North Carolina FFA Association in the National Milk Quality and Products event.

National 2nd Place Team: Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes, and Brianna Reynolds.
National 2nd Place Team: Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes, and Brianna Reynolds.

In the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, members Josh Berman, Brent Brown and Sophie Farlow finished as a silver emblem team placing 13th in the nation.  The National FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant’s ability to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing.  Event participants must complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate quality of eggs, evaluate and identify parts and products and complete a team activity based on management knowledge and mathematical concepts necessary within the poultry industry.

Hannah Gray, Jon Isom and Kristen Shirley competed in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event finishing as a bronze emblem team.  The National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and competencies in evaluating and identifying meat carcasses and products.  Event components include a general knowledge exam; beef carcass evaluation; identification of wholesale and retail cuts of beef, lamb and pork; quality and yield grading of beef carcasses; a team merchandising event; and solving of a meat formulation problem.

The chapter was also represented at the convention by chapter officer Austin Morris and FFA Advisor Mark Walker.  The Randleman FFA is comprised of 90 students within the Agricultural Education program at Randleman High School.  The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Joint Support at RHS for “Your Place at the Table”

Tiger Nation sponsored a community meal on October 22 at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Randleman. “Your Place at the Table” community outreach meals are offered bi-monthly by various civic and community organizations to the area’s citizens who may be in need of a warm meal and opportunity to fellowship with others. Randleman High School’s Foods I and II students prepared a delicious meal of baked ziti, fresh green salad, and warm garlic bread with chocolate eclair cake for dessert. The groceries for the meal were donated by others from the RHS Tiger Family – clubs, sports teams, and teachers.

Mrs. D. Hayes' Foods I and II students preparing their meal for "Your Place at the Table."
Mrs. D. Hayes’ Foods I and II students preparing their meal for “Your Place at the Table” in their newly renovated Foods Lab.

Service for those attending the meal was provided by a joint effort of RHS’s Key Club, AIM, SkillsUSA, and Student Government. In all, almost 40 Randleman High School students participated in this opportunity to give back to their community. It was truly a total Tiger Nation initiative and a great success! RHS is already on the calendar to do it again next year – and looking forward to another meaningful service-learning experience.

Part of the 40-strong student volunteers at the October 22nd "Your Place at the Table" community meal.
Part of the 40-strong RHS student volunteers at “Your Place at the Table” – enjoying the opportunity to give back!

200 Eighth Graders Experience Advanced Manufacturing Day 2015

Do you know how pizza arrives at your house and is still warm? Or how the plastic case for your highlighter matches the ink color? How about where the plastic drink cups used by Disney World and Disneyland are made? The answers to all the questions connect to Randolph County and manufacturing.

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Today is National Manufacturing Day across the US and 200 8th graders from the Randolph County School System and Asheboro City Schools experienced advanced manufacturing first-hand as they toured area industries, heard a panel discussion and toured several related program areas at Randolph Community College.

A full house at the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center Auditorium for the Manufacturing Day Panel Discussion.

Hosting student tours to start the day off were Sapona Plastics, LLC, The Timken Company, Klaussner Furniture Industries, Energizer, PEMMCO, and Acme-McCrary Corporation. Students then traveled to RCC’s Asheboro campus for an expo highlighting CTE programs in the county, RCC’s industrial automation mobile classroom, and some awesome robotics simulators. A five-member panel spent time sharing their experiences in advanced manufacturing careers and exposing students to the exciting world of manufacturing before they enjoyed a lunch funded by a HAAS Industries’ grant.

RCC's Mobile Classroom ~ Instructor Tom Jones
RCC’s Mobile Classroom ~ Instructor Tom Jones

Tours of RCC’s computer integrated machining, welding, electrical systems technology and mechatronics areas wrapped up the exciting day that exposed students to a vast amount of knowledge about manufacturing, career opportunities, and educational paths available to them right here in Randolph County.

Panelists T. Franklin, M. Totten, S. Judd, D. Portillo, and J. Trogdon share their experiences in advanced manufacturing
Panelists T. Franklin, M. Totten, S. Judd, D. Portillo, and J. Trogdon share their experiences in advanced manufacturing.

This event was hosted jointly by Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, and Randolph Community College in keeping with our Pathways to Prosperity plan for ensuring a pipeline of workers needed as the advanced manufacturing industry continues to grow in North Carolina.

Click here to review the Central NC Pathways to Prosperity Final Report.