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Henderson collegiate shares the christmas spirit

Leaders with the Vance County Department of Social Services released results of their Christmas Cheer campaign on Monday, noting one local school as stepping up in a big way this year. Director Antonia Pedroza said more than 300 families and senior citizens received clothing, personal care items, toys and food this holiday season through Christmas Cheer. Contributions from Henderson Collegiate Charter School included more than 1,000 donated items and 95 hand-decorated gift bags, prompting Pedroza to single them out for a special note of thanks among many other helping organizations, churches, businesses and individuals. Of Henderson Collegiate school leader and Read more
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Finding the right career includes path to familiarity

Henderson native Jaquell Sneed-Adams will be returning to her hometown to teach after she graduates from Harvard this spring. Jaquell Sneed-Adams couldn’t have imagined when she was growing up in Vance County that she would eventually gain admission to one of the most selective colleges in the country. The 21-year-old Northern Vance High School alumna and Henderson native will graduate from Harvard University in May and return home as a Teach for America corps member in fall 2014. “When I was in third grade, or fifth grade, or even high school, I didn’t believe I would go to an Ivy Read more
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Charter school ready to build

As Vance County’s newest charter school continues to grow, the school leaders are moving ahead with plans for a permanent facility. The school’s co-founder Eric Sanchez said the bidding and hiring process for a contractor should take place over the next few months. Henderson Collegiatel, which opened in 2010, uses modular units on county property. The Henderson Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved its proposal for a two-story, 45,000-square foot building off Old Epsom Road last March. Sanchez said Five Star Properties and Rentals donated 30.9 acres to the school in 2012. “The only conditional part of agreement was that Read more
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Willing to step Out and make a change

When Tracey Greenway’s son graduated from Vance Charter, she began to look for alternatives to Vance County high schools. For the Henderson resident, the Vance County Schools system wasn’t an option for her son. She decided to send him, instead, to Oxford Preparatory High School, which opened its doors this year with about 70 ninth-graders. “It’s great to have someone willing to step out and make a change,” Greenway said of the school’s executive director, Andrew Swanner. Greenway’s move is part of a larger trend in the county, which has seen decreasing student enrollment in the public school system for Read more
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Ask a ranger students compete in 25th ecology meet

Ask a Ranger: Students compete in 25th Ecology Meet JESSICA WILLIAMS Each year, state and Virginia middle and high schools near Kerr Lake are invited to participate in an Ecology Meet, an eight-station competition that tests youths’ minds on various aspects of the environment. The stations examine soil ecology, wildlife, hydrology, herpetology, aquatics, endangered species, forestry and everyone’s favorite: environmental education interpretation. Participating students spend months studying, researching and preparing for this event, which is also a collective effort for the local organizations from our state and Virginia that participate as facilitators. They are Virginia Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, Read more
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The pride of 2019 henderson collegiate graduates first-8th grade class

By Sarah Mansur, Dispatch staff Members of the Henderson Collegiate Pride of 2019 sing the school’s alma mater during their promotion ceremony. MARK DOLEJS / Dispatch Staff Carlos Cruz takes a look at a certificate as he and three other classmates, including Victor Clifton (back right), are honored for completing seventh and eighth grades with a 4.0 grade point average. The other two students honored for the achievement were Ashlee Catlette and Shannon Hunter. MARK DOLEJS / Dispatch Staff Jackson Olsen congratulates Shannon Hunter for scoring in the 99th percentile on all four of her end of grade tests during Read more
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Event fosters love of Reading

Seventh-graders Tony Burwell (from left), Nolvia Ayala and Vihareem Bailey participate in the annual Read-A-Thon at Henderson Collegiate on Saturday morning. HENDERSON — Henderson Collegiate’s annual read-a-thon showed seventh-grader Briana Sulyans how far she had come in her reading abilities. She and her peers arrived at the last Saturday school of the year at 7 a.m. with pillows and books in hand to test how long they could read without stopping. Briana made it through the entire four hours this year. “I know that a lot of people in middle school and high school don’t read as much, but I Read more
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Contest builds love of math

Contest builds love of math Clarke Elementary students Jarell Boyd (from left), Saniah Silver, Aaron Labra, Saray Trejo and Yumyah Hargrove work on a math problem during the team competition of the Southern Vance High School Elementary Math Competition. Students from Aycock Elementary compete with other schools during the math competition Thursday afternoon. Competition had never been more fun. Elementary students visiting Southern Vance High School on Thursday fought to be named the top math performer in the county. Mu Alpha Theta and Southern Vance Math Club complied a 30-question individual exam and an eight-problem, two-part group exam for 85 Read more
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When a school and a marriage are the same thing

 DAVE DEWITT  North Carolina Teacher Project, Part 12 Enlarge image Carice Sanchez counsels a student at Henderson Collegiate. Credit Dave DeWit For many, teaching is a calling. For others, like Eric and Carice Sanchez, it’s something a little more than that. “It’s during the honeymoon during the early morning, getting up and checking to make sure the loan went through,” said Eric Sanchez, the co-founder and school leader at Henderson Collegiate. “But I guess those are the funny pieces that add to the story and add to the merger of a school and a relationship.” Eric and Carice Sanchez needed the Read more
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Raising The Expectations

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 09:52 PM SARAH MANSUR EARL KING / Dispatch Staff Ronald Gregory, superintendent of the Vance County Schools, addresses a group gathered for an education summit Tuesday morning. EARL KING / Dispatch Staff Eric Sanchez, a co-founder and school leader at Henderson Collegiate, shares information on his school’s success in the past year. Losing power during a summit of education and community leaders wasn’t a deterrent. Similarly, those in attendance are committed to educating the children of Vance County regardless of adversities and challenges. The group convened Monday in the Glass House at Satterwhite Point on Kerr Read more