WILMINGTON — As another school year ends, Wilmington City Schools recognized students for athletics, Phi Delta Sigma, and National Honor Society. Student talents have been showcased in concerts, talent shows, and art exhibits.
WCS administration took some time to recognize their staff as well last Friday for all of their hard work and daily dedication to the students of WCS.
Among those recognized were two retiring staff members, WMS teacher Cherie Dixon and WHS athletic department secretary Donna Seeger.
Cherie Dixon has been with WCS for 30 years and over the years has taught in Martinsville, Denver Place, East End, Holmes, and Wilmington Middle School. Cherie shared that she will miss those moments when you just see it click with a student.
“I will miss that favorite lesson on the Declaration of Independence. But most of all I will miss the incredible teachers, office staff, aides, administrators, custodians, kitchen staff and bus drivers who work so hard every day to do the best they can for our students,” she said.
Donna Seeger is a 1983 graduate of Wilmington High School and began her career at WCS in 1985. She is retiring after 33 years, where she has been the athletic department secretary since 2002.
In addition to her work with the school, Donna also coached girls golf. Her golf teams had two state appearances, one in 1998 and the other in 1999. Donna’s personal touch has positively impacted every Hurricane athlete, coach, parent, community member and game official.
She shared that she was always most inspired by the awesome kids that have many struggles and obstacles at home, and still find a way to come to school and get their job done and graduate from high school.
In addition to retiring staff members, WCS also recognized staff members from all departments for their years of service and perfect attendance. WMS secretary Linda Floyd was recognized for more than 17 years of perfect attendance.
This year, they also awarded the first annual Classified Staff Most Valuable Player award.
All WCS staff were invited to nominate a classified staff member that they felt went above and beyond to positively impact students in the District.
Out of a number of outstanding nominees, bus driver Dori Ann Allen was chosen as MVP.
Dori showed an extraordinary amount of patience and compassion with the children on her route each and every day. She took the extra time to get to know the students, sang happy birthday to them on their birthday, and decorated her bus to take to the neighborhood on her route on beggar’s night to get to know the families. She even brought her horses to school on field day for her students to ride as a treat for their improved behavior on the bus.
Dori exemplifies the kind of compassion and steadfastness that makes a true difference in the lives of students on a daily basis.
Also recognized Friday were the Foundation’s 2018 Williams Excellence in Teaching award winners: Ashley Johnson (fourth grade, East End), Hillary Battrell (Language Art, WMS), Ben McCoy (Intervention Specialist, Denver), and Travis Murray (Spanish Teacher, WHS).
These teachers have gone above and beyond in improving the educational experience at WCS.
The class of 2018 received their diplomas Friday night and are heading off to a bright future.
Back at WCS, the work continues as they prepare for the class of 2031!