Congratulations to the Yearbook staff for being named a 2016 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The award recognizes Yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies literacy.
Congratulations to Jan Blumer, who received a $500 LIFT Grant from the Union County Education Foundation. Mrs. Blumer is a teacher in the Transition to Adulthood Program at Piedmont. The grant was entitled "Professional TTA" and will be used to develop work stations where her students can further enhance their job readiness skills as they prepare for their next steps after high school.
Congratulations to Dr. Tyson for being awarded the UCPS Principal of the Year Award. Dr. Tyson was chosen as this year’s top principal during the Principal of the Year Luncheon held at the Professional Development Center on October 13. “I’m very surprised," Tyson said. "There are a lot of very deserving candidates in this room. I feel very honored and humbled by this opportunity. As a product of Union County Public Schools, representing the county for the coming year is very special to me. I look forward to what the future holds over the next few months. I will do the best I can to represent the county.” Dr. Tyson will now represent UCPS in the regional Wells Fargo Principal of the Year competition in December.
Congratulations to the winners of the Miss Piedmont Pageant: Haley Manus-Miss Piedmont and winner of a $1000 scholarship sponsored by Pinsak Orthodonic and a $48,000 In Kind Scholarship to Wingate University; Josh Collura-Mr. Piedmont and winner of a $250 scholarship sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club; Erin Harding-Miss Senior and winner of a $500 scholarship sponsored by Pinsak Orthodontics; Chloe Bell-Miss Junior; Jordyn Oakes-Miss Sophomore; Carlie Griffin-Miss Freshman; Peyton Hudson-Director's Award for Spirit; Chloe Renfroe-Miss Photogenic and winner of a free photo session from Lenn Long Photo; and Taylor Newman-Miss Congeniality, winner of a $250 Scholarship sponsored by Caitlin Herlihy.
Congratulations to art teacher Tracy Price for being selected as this year's Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Price has spent her entire 28 years in education at Piedmont! In addition, Mrs. Price is National Board Certified and has received countless awards and grants throughout her career. She is the advisor of the National Art Honor Society and serves as the Department Chair for Fine Arts. According to Price, "I'm humbled because our staff includes so many outstanding, passionate teachers who challenge, inspire, and support their students every day. Many of them influence my teaching every day and have over the past 28 years."