Written by Will Montgomery

Bartlett named RCS Teacher of Year

Dr. Melissa Bartlett was named Roxboro Community School’s (RCS) Teacher of the Year Tuesday, during the end-of-the-year faculty meeting.

Bartlett teaches 11th grade English at RCS. She has been at the school a total of six years. She taught at the charter school for two years before taking time off to complete her PhD in curriculum and instruction in 2011-2012. Since then, she has been back in the classroom.

“To be chosen as teacher of the year at RCS is particularly moving for me,” Bartlett said, “considering the caliber of teacher this school attracts. To know that I was selected by my peers, and that they’re of that level of excellence, makes me feel humbled.”

Upon naming Bartlett, RCS high school Principal

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Written by Taylor Anderson

Bulldog to become NCSU dancer

Chandler Warren, a senior at Roxboro Community School (RCS), will soon be joining the pack as a dancer for North Carolina State University (NCSU).
Warren has always had a love for dancing and has been doing so for the past 14 years of her life. She said that before this year, dancing for the university wasn’t something she had considered, but she is now very excited about the opportunity to do what she loves.

“I was very nervous,” said Warren, “there were 40 people trying out in person and 12 video auditions, [making] a total of 52 people competing for a spot on the team.”

On top of that, she said, “auditions were [held] the day of and the day after prom.”
Warren is planning on minoring in dance, but as for the bigger picture, she hasn’t decided on a

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Written by Luke Burton

Oakley competing for state Jaycee scholarship

The Jaycee Outstanding Leadership Scholarship is a scholarship that is awarded to a senior who is a strong leader, has good character, and has competitive academic achievements. Kailey Oakley was nominated at Roxboro Community School and won the Roxboro Jaycees award. Oakley will now compete for the scholarship on the state level in Chapel Hill. “I felt honored, blessed, and grateful,” she said.






Written by Luke Burton

RCS has largest YLA contingent in state

Roxboro Community School (RCS) had the largest representation of any school in the state at the 47th Session of the North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) March 31-April 2. RCS boasted one tri-speaker, six committee co-chairs, two clerks, 12 delegates, and two sergeants-at-arms. YLA is a mock legislative session where high school students voice their opinions and vote on issues concerning local, state and national government. The three-day session is patterned after the North Carolina General Assembly. At the conclusion of YLA, a final report is drafted and distributed to the governor and legislators. The conference allows high school students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the workings of local, state, and national government.


Written by Luke Burton

Science club builds robot

On Jan. 26, the Roxboro Community School (RCS) Varsity Science Club Robotics team finished their first working robot known as the Clawbot. The bot construction was led by Sydney Fryman, Taylor Anderson, Reagan Anderson, and Alex Adkins.

Fryman joined Science Club hoping to start building prosthetics with the medical team, however, Mike Czysz, club advisor, suggested that she work with the Robotics kit instead. After beginning the project, she was able to order a bigger and better kit thanks to the donations of Mary Alice Wildman, Czysz’s mother-in-law.

“Our next step is the advanced clawbot, which is two times as big and as useful. I also am working to make it a remote wireless,” said Fryman. She continued that their work was “far from over.”

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Written by Luke Burton

Conservators Center fundraiser a success

Ethan Mitchell, Roxboro Community School (RCS) freshman, held a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Feb. 11 for the Conservators Center, located in Caswell County. He profited $1,832 and all proceeds go towards the center, the animals that they provide for, and other miscellaneous expenses.

“There was a great turnout,” Mitchell said. Many members of the community supported the fundraiser. Mitchell’s friends and family helped with the fundraiser. Mitchell also received help from his grandparents, parents, and great-grandfather. RCS freshman and friend of Mitchell, Jayden Earwood helped with the breakfast.

“Ethan invited me to film for him for his YouTube channel. I saw this as an opportunity to

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Written by Will Montgomery

Three RCS teachers receive PCEF grants

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, three Roxboro Community School (RCS) teachers were surprised with gifts that will benefit their students.

Spanish teacher Laura Carver, art teacher Anne Bettendorf and dance teacher Teresa Coleman each received mini-grants of $300 from the Person County Education Foundation (PCEF).

PCEF Executive Director Jennifer Kafer presented the awards, along with Roxboro Community Middle School Principal Donna Ingram.

Coleman said she would use her grant funds to purchase a rear projection screen so her students can create “shadow dances.” She said this would allow her high school students to be

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Written by Luke Burton

Career Fair once again successful

The Roxboro Community School (RCS) multipurpose area was filled Thursday, Nov. 3 with professionals and business owners from Roxboro and Person County who volunteered to give RCS and Person High School (PHS) seniors a taste of life after high school and college.

The Career Fair is an annual program hosted by the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee. The event gives RCS and PHS seniors an opportunity to learn about career opportunities and needed education and training in different areas.




Written by Luke Burton

RCS comes to the aid of sister charter school

Roxboro Community School (RCS) students and faculty collected donations for a sister charter school affected by the flooding following Hurricane Matthew, which affected North Carolina in early October.

For two weeks, RCS students and faculty gathered donations of water and pet food for Southeastern Academy Charter School (SEA). A special jeans day raised over $800 to purchase more water, and a local business owner chipped in more money when he learned of the effort. Nearly 500 cases of water and around 20 bags of pet food were delivered to the students and staff at the school.
SEA is a K-8 charter school located in Lumberton, N.C. Two hundred and ten students are enrolled at SEA.

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Written by Phyliss Boatwright

RCS seniors take home top three Distinguished Young Women titles

On Saturday, Sept. 24 Roxboro Community School (RCS) senior Catie Mooney was named Distinguished Young Woman of Roxboro for 2017, taking home five preliminary awards. She is the third consecutive RCS senior to receive this honor.
Senior Kailey Oakley was named first runner up, taking home three preliminary awards. Senior Chandler Warren was named second runner up, taking home four preliminary awards.
Mooney, who has attended the show every year for as long as she can remember, said that placing felt “surreal. “This year, just participating in the program was a dream come true, but placing made it all the better,” she said.

Oakley stated that she was proud to be on stage with all of the girls, and felt blessed to place. Warren continued to say

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