Wood Wins Spirit Award Two Years in Row


    Wood Elementary received the Spirit Award for the Waynesville R-VI School District for the first semester of 2015 by designing and building the winning homecoming float.
    The trophy was presented during November’s Board of Education meeting.
    The float’s concept was developed by Wood’s competition committee, which is co-chaired by John Rose, art teacher, and Vanessa Mason, music teacher.
During a six-week period of time, Wood faculty and staff worked together on the float – donating materials and resources for building and donating countless hours of time.
    “Working together through the whole process was the key to our success,” says Dr. Antiqua Hunter, Wood’s principal. “We also received great support from our PTO parents as well as our Partners In Education (PIE) military groups.”
    The float tells the story of Roary the Dragon’s escape from the Land of Camdenton and his entrance into the Tiger Nation just in time for Waynesville’s 101st birthday celebration.  Roary the Dragon was transformed through the portal – with the help of Fantasia Mickey  – into Roary the Tiger and is welcomed into Tiger Nation with open arms.
    “Winning first place in the float contest two years in a row is a great accomplishment,” Hunter says. “We are very appreciative of the extraordinary talents and guidance of our art teacher, Mr. John Rose, who leads us to the path of victory.  His experiences with sculpting and fabricating offer a unique element to our float designs.  We are blessed to have him a part of our Wood Elementary Family. It was truly a team effort!”