Mariner Gold

November 19, 2009

Go Team Go!

There is nothing like interscholastic high school athletics to bring unity to a school and community.

Welcome to the Fall 2009 East Carteret High School athletic recognition celebration.  Whether you or your student-athletes are from Beaufort, Harkers Island, Cedar Island, North River, South River or all points in between…this season they joined as one team…one band of brothers or sisters…in football, soccer, volleyball, girls tennis, cross country, girls golf, cheerleading, and sports medicine.

Tonight, we are here to recognize them for their individual participation and achievements…but more than that we are here to recognize the power of teams, the power of school, and the power of community…east of the bridge.

Go Team Go!

This year our 110 fall athletes and 16 coaches competed in over 65 events.  To put this in perspective, I want you to understand the input of all the adults involved before the game whistle even blows.

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Permanent Connections

November 15, 2009

Whether we remain in one school work setting for a long time or hop around from school to school, we touch a lot of lives.  Conversely, we are equally as touched.  After 25 years in the business—and a lot of stops along the way–I have built a lot of connections to a lot of people in a lot of places.  And the opportunities to reconnect along the way are always fulfilling–somewhat like class reunions or homecomings.

Most recently (11/12/09), I had the opportunity to return to Newport Elementary to give the inspirational message at the Academic Achievement Awards ceremony for about 250 students who made Principals List and Honor Roll.

My speech was called Hawk Air and it started like this:

Imagine walking into grandma’s kitchen right when an apple pie is coming out of the oven.  Your natural reaction is probably something like a big, long whiff followed by a great exhale of satisfaction.


You could almost taste that apple pie.  Just the aroma and the air you breathe seem to invigorate, refresh, energize, even nourish the body, mind and soul.

Now, I want you to focus on our air.  Because the air that surrounds us tonight is equally as rare.


That, my dear students, families and friends, esteemed colleagues, and distinguished guests…that is some good ol’ Hawk Air…the air that hangs exclusively over the Newport Nation.

On any given day here, if you look above the tree line and against the clouds you can see a hawk or two gliding on the wings of that hawk air soaring ever higher…always improving their positions…always soaring ever higher.


Our air is the air of excellence, success, achievement, hard work, determination and ClassScapes.

Full text of Hawk Air