Oxford Preparatory School Honors Academic Excellence

-Information courtesy Oxford Preparatory School

On Thursday evening, January 31, Oxford Preparatory School presented honors to students who demonstrated academic excellence for the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic year.

Students in the lower school were recognized for making all A’s or A’s and B’s. Names of these students were published in January.

Students in grades 7-12 who have maintained a 3.0 with no grade below a C were granted honors designation. Those students who successfully reached a GPA of 3.5 or above and had no grade below a C merited Directors’ List status.

In addition to the honors certificate, those students on the Directors’ List received a special pin that they will display on their drape at their commencement. Students have the opportunity to earn a total of 12 pins – one for each semester they maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Oxford Prep recognized the following students:

7th Grade Honor Roll – GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a C

Hunter Crute, Jada Goodin, Logan Hite, Jimmy Jeffries, Jessi Keeton, Callie McDuffie, Seth Murray, Kendall Sizemore, Zach Tinsley, Chapel Westbrook and Micayla Williams

7th Grade Directors’ List – GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C

Haylee Adcock, Jackson Higgins, Kylena Jones, Elijah Alston, Gavin Owens, Camden Boone, Reagan Owens, Gracie Bullock, Peyton Pernell, Chevy Chiem, Josh Roberson, Harley Culbreath, Chloe Satterfield, Elizabeth Ellis, Devin Taylor, Jamari Glover,  Justin Thomas, Chloe Hernandez and Caitlyn Tinsley

8th Grade Honor Roll – GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a C

Kenny Averett, Jesse Griffin, Savanah Ayscue, Ryan Grissom, Jackson Barker, Travis Harris, Brianna Boyd, Kwa’Nasha Hicks, Kamryn Brooks, Paige Meadows, Marissa Burleson, Reese Moss, Randall Burwell, Mary Roberson, Robert Faulkner, Elizabeth Rudd, Brayden Garrett, Grace Stovall, Chance Gresham and Reagan Tingen

8th Grade Directors’ List – GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C

Hailey Aycock, Emily Hobgood, Lillian Brooks, Samantha Huff, Holly Currin, John Hunt, Julianna Dale, Alexis Hunter, Kierra Davis, Reese Newton, Cameron Doby, Kaylee Preddy, Taylor Firtick, Carson Reese, Jordan Greenway, Meredith Reese, Madison Haley, Sheona Shibu, Matthew Harris, Sydney Sinnema, Emma Hicks, Otelia Thomas, Coleman Hines, Alexis Wilson Maggie Wilkinson and Cadence Woodlief

9th Grade Honor Roll – GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a C

Leanne Adams, Drake Hobgood, Aaliyah Alston, Zoe Holland, Lillian Bissett, Lucas Juntunen, Annette Carlos-Tejada, Ahlori Long, Judah Eaton, Mona Mohammed, Skylar Edwards, Noah Watson, Paige Ellington, Matt Wilkinson, Chris Hayes, Sam Young and Lacie Heath

9th Grade Directors’ List – GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C

Layla Brewer, Eric Osborne, Makayla Cox, Ashlyn Roberson, Jaci Crute, Cayton Sievert, Jane Faulkner, Trinity Swartz, Daniel Hoyle and Isaac Watkins

10th Grade Honor Roll – GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a C

Suzanne Alsayde, Brock Perry, Keenan Coley, Brandon Sullivan, Rebecca Currin, Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Dunn, Avery Thomas, Kirsten Ellis, Caitlyn Williams, Brian Harvey, Luke Woltz and Jack Hopper

10th Grade Directors’ List  – GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C

Zach Biggs, Madison Hight, Hailee Bissett, Haley Patterson, Lionel Burnette, Carla Rodriguez, Adam Corbett, Alex Rote, Zoey Elliott, Molly Stallsmith, Nick Ellis, Cassidy Stokes, Emily Faucette, Molly Thrift, Bryce Garrett  and Sophia Williford

11th Grade Honor Roll – GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a C

Danny Gillis, Krystal Parrish, Misty Holloway, Allie Reeder, Ronnie Murray, Catherine Slack, Morgan Nance and Kaitlyn Spain

11th Grade Directors’ List – GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C

Wesley Aitken, Sophia Metcalf, Ey’Mania Alston, Kamarion Moore, Rorie Brewer, Emily Osborne, Lindsey Haley, Hampton Short, Robert Hopper, Lexi Simmons, Ridge Huff, Ian Simmons, Emily Iannuzzi, Alex Slack, Abbie Mann, Sarah Slack and Nathan Metcalf

12th Grade Honor Roll – GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a C

Quincey Burreal, Maranda Mynatt, Victoria Gill, Rick O’Neal, Sandra Inman and Jaylen Rose

12th Grade Directors’ List – GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C

Aymen Alashmli, Sydney Landers, Sala Algathi, John Linge, Alex Bare, Shawn Matthews, Josh Blackburn, Luke Overby, Hannah Brewer, Mira Patel, Brian Burch, MacKenzie Pendergrass, Erica Evitts, Kara Ray, Nelson Fuentes, Adam Sizemore and Kaylah Hunt

Oxford Preparatory School Chooses 2019 Homecoming Court

-Information courtesy Victoria Bradsher, School Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School (OPS) recently crowned a new homecoming king and queen from amongst representatives of the senior class.

OPS Senior Homecoming court representatives included Camden Ross, daughter of Marc and Jackie Ross from Kittrell; Quincey Burreal, son of Yolanda Burreal also of Kittrell; MacKenzie Pendergrass, daughter of Amanda and Zack Burnette of Henderson; and Luke Overby, son of Tony and Angie Overby from Oxford.

OPS Interact Club President Avery Thomas and Vice-President Ey’Mania Alston crowned the king and queen who are chosen by the entire Griffin student body from the senior class representatives.

For the 2018/2019 school year, OPS Homecoming King is Quincey Burreal. Quincey is a senior who has been accepted to North Carolina Central University and plans to major in Business Administration.

Griffin Homecoming Queen for 2018/2019 is MacKenzie Pendergrass. MacKenzie is a senior who has been accepted to East Carolina University and plans on majoring in Nursing.

Other homecoming court representatives include:


Bryanna Kingsberry from Henderson, granddaughter of Dave and Lynn Nyquist and Ian Simmons, son of DeMarcus and Candace Simmons, also from Henderson.


Emily Faucette, daughter of Alan and Melissa Faucette of Oxford. She is escorted by Codie Johnson, son of Steve and Maggie Johnson of Oxford.


Zoe Holland, daughter of Tracy and Christopher Holland of Oxford and Jackson Edwards, son of Buck and Tina Edwards from Henderson.


Dasana Williams, daughter of Craig and Tammy Williams of Oxford and Elijah Griffin, son of Christina Griffin and Grandson of Floyd and Joane Griffin of Oxford.


Peyton Purnell, daughter of Leah Williamson and Jonathon Purnell of Oxford and Jonathan Gouldman, son of Shannon Currin of Henderson.

Oxford Preparatory School Seniors Quincey Burreal and MacKenzie Pendergrass were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively, for the 2018/2019 school year. (Photo Credit: OPS)

The Oxford Preparatory School 2018/2019 Homecoming court represents grades 7th – 12th. (Photo Credit: OPS)






Oxford Preparatory School’s 6th Graders Make First Semester Honor Roll

-Information courtesy Victoria Bradsher, School Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School’s 6th-grade Griffins continue to excel. The first semester for the 2018-19 school year ended on December 19 and a number of students demonstrated high achievement levels. We are proud to announce the first semester A and A/B Honor Rolls for 6th-grade students.

Students on the A (Directors’ List) and A/B Honor for the semester will participate in an honors recognition ceremony on January 31.

6th Grade – 1st Semester A Honor Roll – Directors’ List

James Boone Allred

Elizabeth Jones

Jacquelin Jose

Marleigh Swanner

Hannah Twisdale

Caleb Watkins

Kennedy Wilkerson

Hunter Wade Woodlief

6th Grade – 1st Semester A/B Honor Roll

Andrew Jordan Adcox

Mary Virginia Bailey

Elizabeth Diane Baker

Ayla Kristine Batchelor

William Christopher Brooks

Emily C. Dail

Starling Davis Faulkner

Kaylee Brianna Gill

Cadence Hoyle

Holden Jones

Jetta Mangum

Sean Osborne

Violet Perry

Brandy Ray

Makala Roberson

Ellie Stock

Pearla Tabor

Sawyer Vaughan

Trevor Weary

Emily Grace Wilkinson

Macie Rae Wilkinson

Oxford Preparatory School Readies for 2019/2020 Enrollment & Expansion

-Information courtesy Andrew Swanner, Executive Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Applications for new 5th – 12th grade student enrollments for the 2019 – 2020 school year have been available at since Open Enrollment began on October 29. Oxford Preparatory School (OPS) is an independent and tuition-free public charter school that is designed to mold students into future leaders through completion of a rigorous curriculum while focusing on community service and developing an appreciation of the arts. OPS offers a college preparatory curriculum, a variety of competitive middle school and varsity athletic teams, and is located at 6041 Landis Rd. in Oxford.

To be considered for a potential lottery, all applications must be submitted online by Friday, February 1, 2019. If more applications are received than available seats in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, a blind public lottery will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019. All students choosing to attend OPS will need to confirm enrollment by completing and sending in an enrollment packet by Friday, March 15, 2019. After February 1, applications received at the end of the waiting list as determined by the lottery.

Oxford Preparatory School invites families of prospective students to learn more about the unique offerings of the school. The final of three information sessions will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. Afterward, tours will be conducted that will allow the opportunity to meet faculty.

In addition, prospective students are invited to spend time visiting the school on the final of three Shadow Days so they can experience our unique school program firsthand. Visiting students accompany OPS student guides through their classes during a four-hour visit. It’s a chance to meet the staff and the students and to get a snapshot view of our engaging college preparatory classes. The final shadow day will take place on Friday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please call the Oxford Preparatory School office at (919) 690- 0360, or email Office Manager, Karen Brown at [email protected] to make an appointment.

For additional comment, please contact Andrew Swanner, Oxford Preparatory School Executive Director at [email protected] or by calling (919) 690-0360.

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Oxford Preparatory School Announces 6th-Grade Honor Roll Recipients

-Information courtesy Victoria Bradsher, School Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School is proud to announce the A and A/B Honor roll for 6th-grade students who have completed their 1st quarter. Students in 6th grade come to OPS from five surrounding counties.

The OPS mission is to develop students who are college ready and able to be competitive in the admissions process so that they are able to gain acceptance to the four-year college of their choice. Expectations are high for all students to perform at grade level and a robust curriculum is employed to help students reach these goals.

Students are provided instruction in math by Mrs. Tammy Pulliam using the Eureka math curriculum from Great Minds. Mr. Randy Smith and Ms. Alexa Cooke deliver English instruction using Wit and Wisdom curriculum also from Great Minds. A lot of interactive learning opportunities are delivered by Mrs. Lynne Corbett in science and social studies.

In addition to meeting these high expectations, most of these 6th-grade students have also been actively involved in sports such as volleyball, cheerleading, cross country and soccer and will soon be participating in swimming and basketball.

6th Grade – 1st Quarter A Honor Roll: James Boone Allred, Starling Faulkner, Grayson Gaul-Kinyon, Cadence Grace Hoyle, Jacquelin Jose, Brandy Ray, Ellie Stock, Marleigh Swanner, Hannah Twisdale, Caleb Watkins, Kennedy Wilkerson, Emily Wilkinson and Hunter Woodlief. (Photo Credit: Oxford Prep)


6th Grade – 1st Quarter A/B Honor Roll: Andrew Jordan Adcox, Mary Bailey, Elizabeth Baker, Ayla Kristine Batchelor, William Christopher Brooks, Emily C. Dail, Logan Stratley Elliott, Jeremiah Evans, George Gabbidon, Kaylee Gill, Luke Harris, Gage Hobgood, Elizabeth Jones, Holden Jones, Jetta Mangum, Kayleigh Patterson, Violet Perry, Makala Roberson, Othneil Joshua Javon Smith, Sawyer Vaughan, Trevor Weary, Macie Rae Wilkinson and Madison Woodlief. (Photo Credit: Oxford Prep)



Oxford Prep Announces First Annual 9-11 Memorial 5K Run

-Information and flyer courtesy Rick Kenner, Athletics Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School will hold its first Annual 9-11 Memorial 5K run on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the school, 6041 Landis Road, Oxford. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to park between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m.

Cost for adults (18 and over) is $20; children are $15. Each adult ticket comes with a free raffle ticket.

You may pay on site the day of the race or send payment to the attention of Rick Kenner – Oxford Preparatory School, 6041 Landis Road, Oxford, NC 27565.

Registration is available online by clicking here. For additional details, including contact information, please see flyer below.


Oxford Prep. to Build Outdoor Fitness Trail for Community Use

-Information courtesy Vici Bradsher, Oxford Preparatory School

Thanks to a grant from the Granville County Parks and Recreation Advisory, Oxford Preparatory School, under the guidance of Rick Kenner and other school staff, will be building an outdoor fitness trail. The trail will be accessible from Salem Rd and will be open from dawn to dusk. There will be two bridge sites spanning the lovely stream that is on the site. A butterfly garden will be planted to complement the wide variety of wildflowers already growing in the area.

The trail will be 1.1 miles long and pass by the Oxford Preparatory School’s outdoor classroom, an Eagle project completed by Sean Burch, already in place by the creek. It will traverse through shaded areas, up hills and across flat terrain. Ten fitness stations will be placed along the trail, including sit-up/leg raise, balance walk and reverse pull-ups.

The trail will be maintained by Oxford Preparatory School as a service to all of the citizens of Granville County. It is anticipated that the trail will be ready for use by August 2019.

Photo: Oxford Preparatory School

Photo: Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School Announces Graduation Marshals for 2018

-Information courtesy Victoria Bradsher, School Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School has announced the marshals who will serve at the commencement exercises for 2018. Students selected as marshals have maintained a cumulative GPA greater than 4.25 and have no grade below a C in any class.

Students who merited selection as 2018 marshals are: Front row, left to right – Ey’Mania Alston, Ian Simmons, Shawn Matthews (Chief Marshal), Alex Bare, Erica Evitts, Mira Patel. Second row, left to right – Wes Aitken, Abbie Mann, Hannah Brewer, Nathan Metcalf, Sophia Metcalf, Robert Hopper, Claire Gordon and Kaylah Hunt. Not pictured: Sala Algatha and Emily Iannuzzi. (Photo courtesy Oxford Preparatory School)


Oxford Prep Softball Team Advances in State Playoffs

-Information courtesy Tommy Anstead, Coach, Oxford Preparatory School

Jordan Dunn with five hits and Kaci Roberson with four hits led the way for the Oxford Prep Griffins softball team’s victory of 18-1 over #14 seeded Mattamuskeet High Wednesday, May 9 in the 1st round of state playoffs. The entire batting order contributed to the 16 hit/18 run win. This is Oxford Prep’s third trip to the state playoffs, but the first win.

Oxford Prep plays #3 seeded Riverside High School from Williamston, NC on Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m.

Oxford Preparatory School Announces Awards Day Recipients

-Information courtesy Victoria Bradsher, School Director, Oxford Preparatory School

During Awards Day on Friday, May 4, Oxford Preparatory School (OPS) announced their honor graduates, Spirit of The Griffin award, marshals, leadership and service awards and Directors’ awards. Students were also recognized for excellence in academics, fine arts and athletics. In addition to school awards, two students received honors and scholarship from local civic organizations.

At Oxford Prep students earn Latin distinctions. Summa cum laude cords of gold, purple and orange are presented to students who have a weighted GPA greater than 4.5. Mary Catherine Stallsmith will graduate with the summa cum laude distinction and will speak at graduation on May 26, 2018. Catherine will attend Elon in the fall.

Students who have a cumulative weighted GPA between 4.25 and 4.5 earn the magna cum laude distinction and will wear cords of purple and gold. This year that honor goes to Layla Alashmli, Maddie Stallsmith, Jackson Vaughan and Jacinthia Williams.

Ten students earned cum laude distinction by achieving a GPA between 4.0 and 4.24. They are Megan Ayscue, Andrew Crumpler, Whitt Daniel, Kaleb Evans, Chelsea Gatewood, Ca’rin Green, Jose Kyle Maghanoy, Emily Oswald, Bo Puckett and Nicoria Williams.

Each year the staff chooses a student graduation speaker who they feel best represents the Spirit of the Griffin. The Spirit of the Griffin is the person who has taken full advantage of the academic opportunities at OPS. It is the person who has grown and taken on active and verifiable leadership roles both within and outside of the school. The student chosen as the Spirit of the Griffin speaker demonstrates service to others as an individual, as a representative of OPS and in the larger community in which we live. To be selected as the Spirit of the Griffin speaker the student must have a commitment to attend a four-year university. The Spirit of the Griffin for 2018 is Chelsea Gatewood. At the awards ceremony, Chelsea also received the DAR service award and scholarship.

OPS Marshalls were formally presented with their sashes during the awards ceremony. At OPS marshals are those students chosen from the sophomore and junior class who have maintained a GPA greater than a 4.0. The chief marshal is selected from the junior representatives and is the student with the highest GPA. The Chief Marshal for 2017-2018 is Shawn Matthews from Oxford, NC.

The remaining marshals who will serve this year are Wes Aitken, Sala Algathi, Alex Bare, Ey’Mania Alston, Hannah Brewer, Erica Evitts, Claire Gordon, Robert Hopper, Kaylah Hunt, Emily Iannuzzi, Abbie Mann, Nathan Metcalf, Sophia Metcalf, Mira Patel and Ian Simmons.

Leadership awards are selected by the entire OPS staff and are presented to those students from any grade who demonstrate positive leadership that helps to guide others in achieving excellence in academics, sports, the arts or service. Leadership awards were presented to Mary Catherine Stallsmith, Caleb Hunt, Alex Bare, Cesar Ponciano-Quintana, Sophia Metcalf, Zenia Hart, Holly Currin, Samantha Huff and Tripp Brewer.

Zenia Hart, captain of the girls’ basketball team then presented her teammates with star awards for their continued demonstration of leadership in the school and representation of the highest levels of sportsmanship, perseverance, positivity, determination and team support. Team members are Cassidy Stokes, Kayla Whirley, Catherine Slack, Sarah Slack, Carla Rodriquez.  The team has an overall average GPA greater than 3.3 (unweighted) and has received the NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award.

The Outstanding Senior Athlete Award is given each year to a graduating senior who best exemplifies Scholarship, Athletic Skills, Athletic Involvement, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, and Cooperation. They must have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average (weighted) through the first semester of their senior year, possess athletic skills of superior quality and a high level of success and skill at their sport(s), and have earned a minimum of four Varsity letters. Candidates are nominated by other senior student-athletes and a single male and female are selected by varsity head coaches and the athletic director. The Female Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete of 2018 is Maddie Stallsmith and the Male Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete is Whitt Daniel.

Service to the community is a key component of the OPS mission. Being honored for excellence in service were Avieri Sievert, Katie Redman, Jaci Crute, Luis Rodriguez, Elijah Griffin, Chelsea Gatewood, Cassidy Stokes, Rick O’Neal and Ey’mania Alston.

Avery Thomas received high honors in service for his ongoing commitment and contributions to the school, to family, and to the local community. Senior Whitt Daniel was presented with the Service Award and Scholarship from the Henderson Optimist Club.

The Directors’ award for 2018 was conferred on 18 students. To be eligible for the Directors’ award, students must have a clear discipline record and an academic record that reflects excellent performance. Students who receive the Directors’ award demonstrate the principles upon which Oxford Prep was founded. The very special young people receiving the Directors’ award this year are Trey Reese, Kim Campbell, Cassidy Griffin, Adam Corbett, Nick Corren, Alex Rote, Annette Carlos-Tejada, Jane Faulkner, Mona Mohamed, Ashlyn Roberson, Isaac Watkins, Matt Wilkinson, Taylor Firtick, Sydney Sinnema, Emma Hicks, Alexis Wilson, Reese Newton and Carson Reese.

Graduation for OPS Griffins will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 1:30 pm. The ceremony will be at McGregor Hall in Henderson. Entry to the commencement exercise is by ticket only.