2018-2019 “A Single Step”

Fall Academic Recognition Night, November 19, 2018

  • 5:30pm Digital Portfolios with Parents & Teachers (If your child has one.)
  • 6pm Check-in opens for honor roll students to be called on stage.
  • 6:30-7:30pm PROGRAM – Keynote Judge Vince Rozier, Honor Roll Call, Knight Awards, and Door Prizes (Auditorium)

20151201_142546-300x169KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Judge Vince Rozier is a Wake County Superior Court judge and will join us to share why “WHAT YOU DO IN HIGH SCHOOL DOES MATTER!” 

In this role he has presided over cases ranging from first degree murder to civil cases that impact the entire state.  Formerly a Wake County prosecutor, he tried nearly 70 jury trials including, murder, wire tapping, sex offenses, and to drug trafficking.  At the age of 29, he became the youngest District Court judge ever in Wake County (2006). Beyond criminal cases Judge Rozier has presided over Family Court and Juvenile Court leading to tens of thousands of cases impacting children and NC citizens.  He has worked to establish a diversion program for students charged with criminal offenses in school. As the co-founder of Wake County’s Youth Law Day Saturday program,

Judge Rozier, the son of a preacher and teacher, is a native of Tar Heel, NC. His parents instilled the importance of faith, family, community and education. Though he spent time farming with his grandparents and working in tobacco fields from the age of 12 until his senior year in high school, he was determined to become valedictorian. He made this a reality.   He then moved on to receive his bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship, and was voted Mr. UNC for homecoming. He later earned his law degree from NC Central University School of Law. During his time in law school, he served as the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for Carolina Friends School, where he was recognized as “Coach Of The Year” for his conference.

2017-2018 “ORIGINALS: How non-conformists move the world.”

“You were born an original work of art. Stay original.” ― Suzy Kassem

Quarter 2 and 3 ARN – Monday, April 23, Check In 6pm, Book Fair, 6:30pm Auditorium

Knightdale Teacher of the Year, Mr. HinnantIMG_0548

Keynote: Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Board Chair of the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals and WCPSS Family and Community Engagement, Senior Administrator.

Dr. Maria Rosa Rangel was born in Mexico, and immigrated to the Unites States at the age of nine. S

he grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where she maintained close relationships with families. She hol


ds Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northeastern University in Chicago. A Master’s Degree in School Administration and a Doctoral Degree in Education from North Carolina State University.
She has over 24 years of education experience. Her professional career history includes both teaching and administrative assignments at the school and district level.
Since 2014, she has worked for the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh in the role of Senior Administrator for Equity Affairs. Maria Rosa has been married for 20 years, and has one son.
  • MC: KHSCD Student  MarQuay Spencer-Gibbs
  • 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.
  • Book Fair in the Media Center 5:30-6:30pm
  • Special Spoken Word performance by students Kiara Bush and Lilah El-Halabi at 6:30pm
  • Save the Date Quarter 3 – April 23, 2018

Quarter 1, MONDAY, Nov 20, 2017 6:30pm

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.  

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2017 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Hankins, has two minutes of important advice! VIEW HERE

Quarter 2, WEDNESDAY, FEB 8, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm (Check-in at 6 pm)

THEME: “Be the Change: Women in Politics” GKP_0862

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! 

Senior Honor Roll
Junior Honor Roll
Sophomore Honor Roll
Freshman Honor Roll




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.

N. Gibbs

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


2 thoughts on “Academic Recognition

  1. Xandra Savini says:

    I’m looking forward to this event so much! I’m more than happy to be a student MC/speaker if needed. Just let me know what I need to do.


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