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Exceptional Children’s Program Celebrates Achievements

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – May 14, 2019- The Duplin County School’s 6th Annual EC Celebration and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Exceptional Children’s Department, was a night filled with opportunities and accomplishments.  All students and teachers in the program were praised for their progress this school year and 48 students received awards including trophies and door prizes.

Mr. Cary Powers, Special Advisor for Exceptional Children/Global and Cultural Arts Education/PE, welcomed everyone and Dr. Austin Obasohan, Superintendent gave opening remarks.  “Let’s give our children a big round of applause. They have accomplished so much this year and we are so proud of all of them,” stated Superintendent, Dr. Austin Obasohan. “On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you to Mr. Powers for your leadership and to Mrs. Raynor as well as all our Exceptional Children’s staff for all you have done.  It is truly a privilege to nurture and to teach our students. I ask you all here to please keep everyone who comes in contact with our children covered in prayer. These teachers are truly my heroes and I hope they are yours too.” Pastor David Walker led the Invocation.

Each student was introduced as he or she came to the front of the Ed Emory Auditorium to receive a trophy and a door prize, which was generously donated by area businesses.

The 2019 Carol Dice Humanitarian award winner is Ms. Lillian Satchell from James Kenan High School.  Ms. April Raynor, who presented the award shared that Ms. Satchell has changed many lives for the better.  She helps the students with food, clothes and personal items. She constantly uses her own time and money to help her students.  Many of the 11th and 12th graders at her school received job interviews and jobs this year because of her fortitude and willingness to go beyond the job description.  She also helped many students (both EC and Gen Ed) find prom dresses, even contacting a company in New York. Her belief is "Don't ever say it can't happen, because there is always a way!"  

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Powers stated “It has been so nice to recognize so many deserving students tonight. It is always a blessing to be able to get together with parents, teachers, teacher assistants, and other support staff to share in the joy of children being successful. We appreciate the support of so many community donors who provided gifts to our students in addition to the awards the students received. The event is always a wonderful experience due to the hard work of our EC staff members and the family atmosphere that has been fostered within the program.  We thank you for your support.”

The smiles on faces and hugs exchanged throughout the night are evidence the celebration was once again a huge success!


Duplin County Schools would like to thank all who made the evening a success, including:

Knights of Columbus

The Carol Dice Foundation

The Church at Pin Hook (Youth Department)
DCS Exceptional Children’s Special Olympics

Mrs. Rita Walker

Corner Jeweler of Jacksonville


White Lake Water Park

Defy Gravity of Wilmington

Premiere Theatre of Goldsboro

AMF Goldsboro

AMC Jacksonville

Wise Jewelers of Kenansville

Art of Hope

PJ’s Pizza of Warsaw

Domino’s of Wallace

Krispy Kreme of Goldsboro

Bowlerama of Jacksonville