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Volume41,Number 18 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, January 8,2015
Carver alumus named
state's top assistant principal
BY CHANEL DAVIS
A Winston-Salem native is showing he
has what it takes to make a difference in
Jason Jowers, an assistant principal at
Hillside High School in Durham, has been
named the 2015 North Carolina Assistant
Principal of the Year by the state's
Jqjvers, a 2003
Carver High School
graduate, said he
wasn't expecting the
honor and was taken
by surprise when he
"It's surreal," the
29-year-old said via
receive this award before I'm 30 years old
is surreal. I'm going to continue to push
myself because there is still work to -be
Jowers will go on to represent the state
in the national Assistant Principal of the
Year contest sponsored by the National
Association of Secondary Schools
Principals. Like its state counterpart, the
national honor recognizes outstanding
middle level and high school assistant prin
cipals who have demonstrated success in
leadership, curriculum and personalization.
Ironically, Jowers didn't set out to be an
educator. He entered the field only so his
parents; Winston-Salem residents John and
Malinda Jowers, wouldn't be burdened
with paying his way through college. He
had an epiphany as a Carver freshman
when he attended the Awards Day ceremo
ny for seniors.
"There, they announced all of the
scholarships that were received. One guy
See Jowers on A7
Photo by Keitneth Branson. Mastermind Productions
Jason Jowers is presented with the award by Shirley Arlington of the North Carolina
Principals!Assistant Principals Association and Hillside Principal William Logan.
MLK Breakfast to
tackle timely themes
BY DONNA ROGERS
THE CHRONICLE _____
Is racism America's Berlin
Ernie Pitt, publisher of The
Chronicle, is presenting this ques
tion as the topic for discussion at
the newspaper's 2015 Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast
fast will be 8
a.m. to 10
Jan. 19 at the
West Fifth St.
in the United
States today, we feel we need to
have a serious discussion about
racism," Pitt said.
He referred to the nation's heat
ed racial climate after several white
police officers went unpunished for
killing unarmed black people, espe
cially black men and boys.
Blacks nationwide have been
joined by oth^r minorities and
some whites to protest those
killings and what people believe is
injustice. Winston-Salem is among
the cities where protests have been
Ongoing discussions about the
relationship, between black resi
dents and black students and police
in Winston-Salem were taking
place before the nationwide uproar
about the killings.
"The situation is only going to
get worse unless we do something,"
Pitt compares racism in
America to the Berlin Wall, which
divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989,
See Breakfast on A8
Photos by Todd I.uck
Larn Dillard presents awards to Keyla Lewis-Fleming and Elizabeth Wheeler (right).
Education and freedom touted at service
BY TODD LUCK
Struggles for freedom - both past and present - were acknowledged Thursday, Jan. 1
during a service at St. John CME Church celebrating the issuance of the Emancipation
The Emancipation Association of Forsyth County holds a morning service every New
Year's Day to mark the day in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln signed the famous war-time
proclamation declaring freedom for slaves in the rebelling Southern states. Each year, the
service is held at a different church. The more than nine decade-old St. John, located at
350 NW Crawford Place, got the honor this year.
"1 do believe our history is too painful to remember, but it's too dangerous to forget,"
said St. John Pastor Omar Dykes.
Elected officials like City Council Member Denise "D.D." Adams, whose North Ward
includes St. John, offered greetings. Though the service celebrated the Emancipation
See Emancipation on A8
Rev. Paul Lowe speaks.
Reynolds and Tabor planning tribute to Stuart Scott
BY DONNA ROGERS
Reynolds High School had been planning a
special event on Feb. 6, and Stuart Scott, a long
time "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personali
ty, was to take part.
Principal Patrick Olsen said Tuesday that
changed with Scott's death on Sunday, Jan. 4. He
See Scott on A7
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