Owen High School earns Lighthouse Award

Special to Black Mountain News

Owen High School was recognized with a 2019 Lighthouse Award through the North Carolina ASCD (North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). They collected their award and $1,000 prize in Pinehurst on Feb. 7.

The Lighthouse School Award is presented annually to one or more North Carolina schools that, through innovation and creatively, have increased achievement for students.

Owen High applied for the award citing their innovative and engaging approaches to teaching and learning, academic achievement, parent involvement, and community partnerships.

"Back in 2014, we won the BCS Compass Award given by the Graduation Initiative as a school headed in the right direction," principal Meg Turner said. "It's been gratifying to see our school engage in innovative practices and exceed growth for the past three consecutive years as we advanced from being "headed in the right direction" to achieving statewide recognition as a Lighthouse School."

The Lighthouse Award also recognizes recipients for having a school with a healthy climate and strong community partnerships. The school has not yet decided how to spend their prize money; they hope to use it to celebrate their teachers and students.

Other schools winning this year: City of Medicine Academy, Durham Public Schools; Sunset Avenue School, Clinton City Schools; Plain View Elementary School, Sampson County Schools