Halifax County High School has started a new initiative called Student Shout Outs, meant to recognize students who are going above and beyond this semester.

Those at the high school know that distance learning has been a struggle for many families, so it is important for them to show appreciation to students who remain dedicated to their education.

Each week, teachers will nominate students who have done outstanding work: perhaps they participate in every class session, turn in all of their assignments on time or demonstrate critical thinking skills and creativity in their assignments. These students’ names are placed into a drawing, and winners will receive a small prize and public acknowledgement of their hard work.

The first winners are Me’Sharlia Fountain and Harmoni Wilson. 

Fountain was nominated by her Spanish teacher, Yhon Imbachi Rojas.

He said that Me’Sharlia puts forth “extraordinary effort,” participates in class, turns in all of her work, and is “very dedicated” to Spanish class.

Wilson was nominated by Coach Kenneth Day, who said that she makes an effort to attend and participate in all Zoom classes, and that she completes all of her assignments on time.

In addition, they decided to honor one more student this week.

Nydia Dunkley was nominated by three of her four teachers.

According to her English teacher Jane Sibley, Dunkley is an “extremely responsible young lady” who “always tries her hardest and turns in her best work on every assignment.”

Art teacher Forrest Layne added that Dunkley has a “great personality” and “outstanding work ethic.”

Finally, JROTC instructor Giles Cutler noted that Dunkley “never cuts corners on her work” and always turns in thorough and complete written assignments.

Teachers at the high school said they are so proud of all of their Comets who are working harder than ever this year. They encourage students to participate in live sessions if at all possible, and keep up with their work every week.

More than anything, they look forward to reading more impressive nomination forms.