Schools to honor supporters

Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) honors the system's outstanding student athletes through its Hall of Fame.

Now, the system plans to create a similar annual award for those who impact schools through substantial time contributions and monetary donations.

NCCS will present its first "Red Blazer Award" in the spring. The board of education reviewed award plans this week.

"The focus is on anything that went toward the betterment of the school system," said Dr. David Stegall, the system's associate superintendent.

"We've modeled it somewhat like the baseball hall of fame. Someone nominated as a candidate would be a candidate for a period of time."

Anyone can make a nomination between Feb. 1 and March 1 each year, beginning in 2012. Copies of the nomination form will be available at NCCS schools and online. More information on nominations will soon be available.

Stegall, who has helped plan the award, said nominees can currently live outside Catawba County and can be deceased. The main criterion for eligibility is a significant contribution to the school system.

Nomination forms will include a place to mark "donation" or "contribution," and a section for a brief narrative description of why a nominee should be selected, Stegall said.

A committee comprising community members with longtime ties to the school system will select about three finalists each year and choose a winner.

The winner will be notified in early March, and that person will receive a plaque and a red blazer with an embroidered logo. The winner will also be recognized at a special banquet in early May and at the Newton-Conover High School graduation ceremony in June.

For more information, contact Stegall at 828-464-3191, extension 204.