School board honors reps from A.L. Brown

School board honors reps from A.L. Brown
Posted on 05/14/2018
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The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to recognize outstanding representatives from A.L. Brown High School during its May board meeting. We are very grateful to the Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance Agency for donating $100 to the A.L. Brown library in appreciation of the honorees.


  • Sammy Jijon-Bacilio: Sammy Jijon-Bacilio is an outstanding member of the Class of 2018 who has been a rising star from the moment he entered A.L. Brown. As a member of the Skills USA Club, Sammy has won state and national awards since the time he was a freshman. During his sophomore year, he not only won 1st place in the Skills USA Culinary state competition but also was ranked in the top 25 in the National Skills USA contest and served as the North Carolina Vice President. Sammy’s go-getter spirit and tenacious attitude give him the competitive edge he needs to overcome challenges in the classroom and the kitchen. He is a born leader and is always willing to give a hand to students in need. This June, he will compete for the third time at the National Skills USA Conference with the hopes of bringing home gold in the culinary competition. 


  • Lauryn Bainbridge: When you see Lauryn Bainbridge, you see a young lady with one of the most contagious smiles imaginable. She’s an outstanding student who is hard-working, enthusiastic, and caring. She’s also dedicated herself to helping others and is the epitome of character. Lauryn is involved with the National Honor Society, BETA Club, Food for Friends organization, and Student Council as well as being a member of the volleyball and softball teams. After Lauryn graduates in June, she plans to pursue a degree in Veterinary Science at NC State University. Whether in the classroom or the athletic field, Lauryn always gives her best and excels at everything she does. She is a true Wonder and winner!


  • Jackson Park United Methodist Church:   Jackson Park United Methodist Church is a congregation that cares, and they have given tremendous support to A.L. Brown. This past winter, the church reached out to make a difference for graduating seniors by offering to help them buy their caps and gowns. The church held a Wonder Burger Sale and gave all proceeds to buy caps and gowns for students in need. While the cost of a cap and gown might not seem like much to some, for many families, it can be a real financial hardship. The caring and generous contributions of Jackson Park United Methodist Church have made a sure that all members of the A.L. Brown Class of 2018 who earn their diplomas will be able to walk across the stage proudly wearing their caps and gowns.

  • Susan Smith:  Susan Smith is the Data manager at A.L. Brown, and, in so many ways, she’s the glue that holds things together. She is the epitome of a team player, and she dedicates herself completely to the staff and students. She not only collects data, stores grades, and prints report cards but also provides mentor support for students in need. One student said, “Ms. Smith is the nicest person in the whole world, and she makes me smile every day.” Susan also provides a listening ear and kind heart for many staff members. She is the kind of employee that makes the school a better place. During her time away from work, Susan enjoys crafting and spending time with family, but everyone at A.L. Brown is happy that she chooses to spend much of her time with them.   


  • Traci Anderson: Traci Anderson is only in her second year at A.L. Brown, but she has already made a tremendous and positive impact on the school. She has been an amazing addition to the Occupational Course of Study program. She brings new and creative ideas, and her instructional style is fun and fresh, including lots of hands-on activities for students. Traci has been teaching for 33 years, and she spent her most of her career in Arkansas and Mississippi before coming to Kannapolis. Everyone at A.L. Brown is extremely glad that she made her way to Wonderland. Traci has a genuine passion for education, and she’s very supportive of her coworkers. She often sends inspirational texts or emails at the end of a long day to her colleagues, and she’s always willing to help. She is a WONDER-ful addition to the A.L. Brown staff and the KCS family!

  • Haley Campbell: Last month, the grandfather of a player from North Rowan had a heart attack during a game on the campus of A.L. Brown. The game was halted, and the A.L. Brown staff called 911. However, before paramedics could arrive, Haley Campbell and her team of trainers—Travis Billings, Sam Davis, Bryson Massey, and Jacob Wright—immediately stepped in and began giving aid to the gentleman. They began CPR and used the emergency medical equipment that was available at the school. Thanks to their efforts, the man remained conscious and was able to be transported to the hospital for additional care. We’re extremely proud of the excellence and dedication of our A.L. Brown athletic trainers and the life-saving training they have.


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