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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows Tours Avery High School

ACS Superintendent David Burleson, NC Representative Josh Dobson, NC Congressman Mark Meadows, Culinary Arts Teacher Amanda Spann, County Commissioner Kenny Poteat, School Board Chair John Greene and students representing the Culinary Arts Program: Devon Farfour, Kelly Sellers, Taylor FarFour, Bailey Main

Aug. 27, 2013. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC 11) and Avery County Schools administrators met “around the kitchen table” for informal, yet important conversation about education in Avery County Schools.   

AHS Teacher of the Year 2012 Hank Hardin and Congressman Mark Meadows

While the meeting was intended to exchange information relevant to needs and accomplishments, students were able to showcase skills and talents promoting the “good things” happening in our schools. 

The Avery High Culinary Arts Students, lead by teacher Amanda Spann, prepared a meal for the guest in Viking Hall; the AHS Horticulture Classes and FFA Club, led by Gretchen Blackburn and Gwen Clark, created center piece arrangements made out of recycled materials and propagated greenery from the biotech lab and supplied herbs from the student maintained greenhouse to by used in the preparation of the food. 

The visit concluded with a visit to Avery County Teacher of the Year 2012 Hank Harkin’s class. 

Supt. David Burleson said, “We appreciate the support of Congressman Meadows and hope to engaged in more conversations about our schools and education in general.   Our schools and staff are doing an excellent job educating our students.  We want our Congressman and Representatives to see first hand that we believe in our students and want our district to be recognized a model of education in North Carolina.” 

Other guests present were Sherriff Kevin Frye and his wife Cheri, NC Representative Josh Dobson, Avery County Commissioners and ACS School Board Members.