The celebration of achievement was in full force at North Laurel High School last weekend, with several special recognitions being presented to students and staff.

A school-wide pep rally brought all patrons of the school to the gym last Friday afternoon for the presentation of a $10,000 check.

The check was presented on behalf of Rack Room Shoes, which sponsors a "Real Teacher of the Year" contest annually. North Laurel High School teacher, Melanie Alsip, was one of five teachers across the United States chosen for the honor. She received a year's supply of shoes for her nomination and selection for the honor, while the school received the monetary funds. NLHS Principal Mike Black told students the money would be used to replace the old computer equipment in the school library.

Alsip was nominated by Lisa Depew, whose child is a student in Alsip's Alternative Curriculum class. Depew praised Alsip in her nomination for the dedication and concern she gives to each student to help them learn and achieve.

The success of several sports teams and clubs were also recognized during the student assembly program. The NLHS girls soccer team had an exceptional year, going to the Elite Eight while the volleyball team won the 49th District championship.

The cross country team also had its share of success this year. The NLHS girls team took fifth place during their competition season, with two members of the boys team qualifying for state finals.

Four members of the school's Future Farmers of America (FFA) took the National Championship in Environmental and Natural Resource competition.

The assembly also offered the NLHS marching band as the musical entertainment, who performed a portion of their 2018 show, Spellbound. Band members competed in the Mid-State Band Association contest on Nov. 3, taking ninth place of the 29 bands competing.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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