Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"The Order of The Long Leaf Pine"

"The Order Of The Long Leaf Pine Certificate"

On Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 the Faculty and Staff of Mooresville High School Gathered for a Retirement Luncheon for Mr. Rankin and David Barlow. We have been good friends and colleagues for many years having worked together in several schools - but longest at Mooresville High School. I had Mr. Rankin's daughter in my class and she was present as well as my family and Susan Shields and Natalie Miller another of my former students and Staff Member of the American Odyssey program.
What a festive occasion it was - Balloons and cakes representing our career interests, wonderful lasagna and salad and ice cream. The Faculty really outdid themselves. Cathy Black the Bible Teacher put together a slide show of the past and present for both Mr. Rankin and myself. There were photos of his coaching activities and my Hands On activities in class as well as photos from the American Odyssey Trips. It was awesome!!!!
Coach Nancy Dilks served as the Emcee and many wonderful stories were recounted from both of our careers. Mr. Eddie Karriker spoke about both of us. Natalie Miller spoke almost to tears. So did Mr. Rankin's daughter.
Margaret Shoe, a History Teacher, that I had the pleasure of working with for 20 years - (I also had her daughters in class) got up to speak and began to summarize my career. Shortly thereafter, she began to read a letter from the Governor of North Carolina - Mike Easley.

I was being presented "The Order of the Longleaf Pine" The Highest Award that can be given for a civilian in the State of North Carolina for dedication and years of service.
Wow! What an Honor!!

Information on the Order of The Long Leaf Pine
Longleaf Pine information from the Governors Office

Yes, there were newspaper articles. My recognition even made the Charlotte Television Station WCNC News 6 - 36. Links to the Newspaper articles are here:
"For Outdoors-Loving Teacher, It's on to the Next Adventure"
Friday, June 13, 2008
Landis Resident, Firefighter, Teacher Honored with Long Leaf Pine Award
By Sarah Nagem
snagem @salisburypost.com
Friday, June 20, 2008

What a Send Off!!!!

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