2017-2018 “ORIGINALS: How non-conformists move the world.”
“You were born an original work of art. Stay original.”
― Suzy Kassem
Quarter 2, POSTPONED
Keynote: Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Board Chair of the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals and WCPSS Family and Community Engagement, Senior Administrator.
- MC: KHSCD Student Eynisa Morrison and MarQuay
- Honor roll students should arrive by 6pm to check-in and get registered for door prizes.
- Care Depot is in need of deodorant, shampoos, conditioner, paper towels, laundry detergent, and dish soap.
- Save the Date Quarter 3 – April 23, 2018
Quarter 1, MONDAY, Nov 20, 2017 6:30pm
- 2017 Quarter 1 A/B Honor Roll
- 2017 Quarter 1 President’s List (All A’s)
- KHSCD Student Eynisa Morrison’s Speech!
- Keynote: retired N&O columnist Barry Saunders
- Raleigh Hipster – Tyrone Demery
In 2005, Tyrone Demery was just in middle school, and his family was featured as the international, USA representatives in the book “Hungry Planet” by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. This experience had a profound impact on Tyrone’s global view. Tyrone is a photographer and adventurer! His travels include studying in Morocco and living in Paris. He revived the Black Flag T-shirt and recently moved back to Raleigh and is working for Lumina Clothing Company. He has an older brother, and a new baby niece. With 3,730 “friends” on Facebook he is vocal as he engages his diverse friends in difficult dialogue on in issues including age, gender, race, and ethnicity.
“For more than two decades, Barry Saunders has been one of the Triangle’s leading voices,” said John Drescher, executive editor of The N&O. “He’s been courageous, he’s been insightful, he’s been funny. Barry’s deep roots in North Carolina clearly influenced his work and helped make him a must-read for many of our readers.”
Barry Saunders has been a journalist for 39 years. Until August, he was a columnist with the News & Observer and is now in the process of starting his own online newspaper. He is the author of two books, “Do Unto Others – And Then Run,” and “…And The Horse You Rode In On, Saunders.” Both are collections of his columns at the News & Observer. Barry grew up in Rockingham, N.C., and attended St. Augustine’s University before finishing his formal education at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
2016-2017 BE THE CHANGE
Quarter 3, MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm
- Keynote: Knightdale High School alumni, Melvin Lee III
- Teacher of the Year – Mr. Hankins
Melvin Everett Lee III is a native of Knightdale, North Carolina, and an alumnus of Knightdale High School. He studied biology and political science at East Carolina University, where he was a 5-time Dean’s list recipient and the Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society. After graduation, he joined the College of Education at East Carolina University as the Robotics Program Coordinator, where he developed his passion for S.T.E.M. Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). He’s spent the last 5 years leading S.T.E.M. initiatives responsible for embedding robotics hardware and software tools in classrooms throughout Eastern North Carolina. Working in partnership with AmeriCorps, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, and public school districts, Melvin exposed thousands of students to robotic engineering and computer programming concepts. In addition to his commitment to education, Melvin is a regular contributor to volunteerism and an enthusiastic Duke Basketball fan.
Quarter 2, WEDNESDAY, FEB 8, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm (Check-in at 6 pm)
THEME: “Be the Change: Women in Politics”
KEYNOTE: MS. LINDA COLEMAN
2016 Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor
2009-2012 Director of the NC Office of State Personnel
2005-2009 Knightdale’s representative to the NC House of Rep.
1998-2002 Wake County Commissioner
(Knightdale resident 35 years!)
Quarter 1, TUESDAY, NOV 15, 2016 @ Knightdale High for Collaborative Design
- Student Hosts: Vontrez Moore, Cameron May, Tamaria Moore
- Keynote Speaker: Mr. Joseph Holt, II
Joseph Holt told his story (Powerpoint LINK) of courage, character, and perseverance. In 1956 he was the first African-American child to pursue a seat at a white school in Raleigh. He was denied for 4 years and it was not until he left for college that Raleigh finally admitted just one African-American, a 2nd grader, to a “white” school. Where many celebrate the integration of the carefully selected 2nd grader, Billy Campbell, in 1960. Few know the brave story of Joseph Holt, a rising 9th grader, who understood the inequity, duty to his community, and fear – years before Campbell was integrated. It was an honor for our HONOR ROLL to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Holt’s first attempt to “Be the Change” for Raleigh and America!
2015-2016 “GETTING SMARTER TO DO GOOD”
Corey Scott is an interdisciplinary engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and currently finishing his Masters in Business Administration. Scott has recently been named Engineering Team Leader within a Department of Defense Agency (Defense Contract Management Agency), and was recognized as one of the top aeronautical engineers in the south under thirty-five (now 36). He is a leader in both design and management, but what matters most is this millennial’s leadership breaking through his own college and industry barriers . More of his inspiring story HERE.
Knightdale’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, Nichole Gibbs, plans to share her words of wisdom about learning and the duty to TEACH what you have learned. Whether you teach your brother, your friend, your colleagues, or future generations. We have an obligation to generously share what we learn. Mrs. Gibbs will speak from her own experience as a mother, wife, teacher of the arts, and woman that has found her power within and wants to help all KHSCD students seek their individual and unique destiny!
Quarter 2 Monday, February 8, 2016
In spite of the rain/sleet we had a great turnout for our winter Academic Recognition Night. Special thanks to all of the faculty that stayed on to meet parents, our student MC Jada Johnson, keynote speaker Nation Hahn, the many students and parents that helped with video, lights, sound, honor roll check-in, and directing parents. Special thanks to Ms. De Leon, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Kallimanis, Mr. Whisler, and parent photographers Glenn Gamayot and Rich Levine.
Quarter 1 November 16, 2015
Special thanks to our fabulous speaker, Jessamyn, She reminded us that life is to be experienced and to always learn and savor each day’s opportunities. Global Yoga Enthusiast, Jessamyn Stanley Student MC’s, Xandra Savini and Crystal Villines