Teacher encourages students to sign up for race

By Clint Parker

NBMS – Teacher and coach Chris Brown inspires her students inside her social studies classroom and outside on the softball field. Now she is hoping to inspire them to join her as she runs the North Buncombe Middle School Chilly Challenge 8K Race on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10 am.

“Last year’s Chilly Challenge was my first ever 8K and only the second race since 5th grade when I ran the mile to earn the Presidential Medal of Fitness,” said Brown. “The course was challenging at points but with easier sections to recover! It’s a lot of work for a free banana, but the chili after is what makes it all worth it! Our community coming together to help our kids makes my heart happy.”

Now in its seventh year, the North Buncombe Chilly Challenge 8K Race & 1-Mile Fun Run and Chili Cook-off draws hundreds from the area to run, walk or cheer. Many NBMS student groups and staff work together to make this fundraising event a success! The school’s jazz band performs during the chili lunch, the Beta Club staffs the water station, student volunteers work with the art teacher to create clay race medals and the softball team and student council encourage runners along the course. In addition, teachers, staff and parents contribute countless hours to the event by volunteering, encouraging kids to run and running or walking the race themselves.

Runners will enjoy a brisk scenic run and post-race celebration that includes a tasty chili lunch from Luella’s BBQ, live music, chili cook-off tasting, free photo booth and fantastic prizes. Sign up by February 15th and save! The 8K entry fees are $35 for adults and $20 for students. The 8K fees increase $5 on February 16th. The 1-Mile Fun Run entry fee is $15. Spectators may enjoy the chili lunch for $5.

For more detailed event information and to register, go to Runners can form or join a team when they sign up! The largest team receives an award! Coach Brown is encouraging her students to join her team titled “8K the Coach Brown Way.”

Two BlackHawks sign to play for Newberry College

NBHS – Two North Buncombe High School students and teammates signed to play football for the same college, Newberry College, a Division II college, Wednesday morning (Feb. 6). Seniors Spencer Harris and Jackson Ramsey will be suiting up to play for the South Carolina college come fall. They appeared at a media event in the North Buncombe High School’s media center to announce their signing.

Harris, who was scholar athlete of the week in last week’s Tribune, says he’s been told that Newberry is planning on using him as an offensive lineman. “I’m very excited! You know just playing another four years of football. I love the sport and I’m just ready to go,” said Harris. Spencer is the son of Tina and Roger Harris of Weaverville. Harris is undecided on his major.

“That’s great,” said Ramsey about signing to play football with Newberry. “I know it’s a step up, and it’s going to be way harder competition, but I get to keep doing the thing I love! Football is my passion! It’s one of the most incredible offers I’ve ever had.”

Reflecting on his time as a member of the North Buncombe Football Team, Ramsey said, “We came from nothing…we had a season where we won no games. Now we made it to the play-offs my senior year and I think it’s the best thing to go off of and I cannot thank my coaches enough!” Jackson is the son of Kelly Dillingham and Scott Ramsey. He plans on studying education. “I really want to be a history teacher,” Jackson told the Tribune.

According to Wikipedia, “Newberry College is a private Lutheran liberal arts college in Newberry, South Carolina. It has 1,042 students…Newberry College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor’s degrees. Newberry College is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities, the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II).”

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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