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The Cumberland County School Board recognized Mr. Eli Green for the month of September.
Mr. Eli Green is the owner of Eli’s Greens, a greenhouse located on Pleasant Valley Road.
He was born and raised in Sonoma, California, and graduated from Healdsburg High School. While in high school, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and was a student of Agriculture Science. Mr. Green went on to attend Chico State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Stewardship. Toward the end of his college career in 2007, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, with his parents. He was able to take his final college courses toward his degree locally at Longwood University and transfer them to his home university.
In 2008, he moved to Cumberland County. He selected Cumberland because of its beauty and location. The following spring, he opened his store. Today, in his business he sells nursery plants as well as cut flower bouquets, and he also grows mushrooms. Many of his products are sold at farmer’s markets in the Richmond area. Mr. Green takes pride in his work and most of his growing methods are organic.
In his spare time, Mr. Green likes to camp, fish, and work on building projects. He is often surrounded by educators because both his mother and his girlfriend are teachers. When asked what he loves most about his business, he stated that he really likes the sense of community in Cumberland and the relaxed lifestyle. He enjoys seeing the same customers season after season and checking in on the progress of their gardens.
Coach Will Robinson, a 1972 graduate of Cumberland High School, has coached the game of basketball for over 30 years, having been a coach for both girls and boys at the high school and collegiate (George Mason University) levels. During his high school years, he was a three sport standout athlete. He attended Mansfield College in Pennsylvania on a basketball scholarship and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Upon graduation Robinson returned home to Cumberland County High School, where he was a teacher. He joined the Cumberland HS basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach to then Head Coach James “Jimmy” Johnson. The Dukes went on to win consecutive State Championships. After taking a leave from education, Robinson returned to Cumberland to become the head coach of the “Dukes.”
Coach Robinson is recognized as both an educator and an accomplished coach who is praised for his ability to teach the game of basketball to others. He says that it is his passion for the game and for those who share it that motivates him to encourage, inspire, and build confidence in those who desire to become a better player and person.
Currently Coach Robinson serves as an Academic Facilitator as well as the Community Engagement Coordinator and head Boys Basketball Coach at Vance High School in Charlotte, NC. In this position, he has a career coaching record of 161-32 and has had 16 players sign full scholarships to play collegiately during his tenure.
On November 7, 2012, Coach Robinson reached a coaching milestone by winning his 500th game. Coach “Rob” has been rewarded for his efforts both on and off the court. He is often called upon to speak and was the keynote speaker at NC Teacher Cadet Program, the keynote speaker at University Meadows Elementary School, was the featured speaker at the Chris Paul Basketball Camp, was a speaker at 100 Black Men Youth Program, and was the featured speaker at the YBM Program of Charlotte. Some of his accomplishments are as follows:
Kailyn Gilliam, a Cumberland High School student, was recognized by the School Board for being selected to attend Girls State during the summer. Delegates to ALA (American Legion Auxiliary) Girls State programs have completed their junior year in high school and are selected by American Legion Auxiliary units. The units work with local high school educators to identify young women who have demonstrated leadership qualities.
Girls State delegates are described as a diverse group of young women with a shared desire to learn and lead. Girls State “citizens” come together from small towns, big cities and rural areas to hold Girls State elections, and their varied backgrounds set the stage for a week of spirited, experiential learning. The number of Girls State citizens varies by state and is determined by each state’s American Legion Auxiliary resources.
Virginia Girls State was held on June 16, 2013 at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia. The theme for the session was “Take Flight Towards the Future.” Ms. Gilliam made a presentation to the School Board to show what she learned from the program. The Board members congratulated Ms. Gilliam for attending Girls State.
Ariel Hampton, a student at Cumberland High School, was recognized by the School Board at the August 2013 meeting for attending the Dream It, Do It Virginia Manufacturing Technology Camp. The week-long camp was held at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, VA, during the summer. At the camp older youth were introduced to the manufacturing design process in a fun and interactive format. During the camp, students had an opportunity to use a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) router, CNC lathe, laser engraver, and digital imaging. Camp activities also included touring both the Riverstone Energy Center and the Center for Coatings Research and Education (C-CARE), and hearing a presentation from ABB Lead Process Engineer Patricia Ricketts on ABB’s global operations, manufacturing processes, and career opportunities.
This year’s students were participants in the Workforce Investment Act youth program. Participants had to write an essay to be accepted into the camp. Students that take part in the manufacturing technology summer camp learned techniques involved with creating a clock by participating in a hands-on activity.