Awards and Recognition

Awards in the 2016-17 School Year

Whitney Yancey, Ali Royer and Nadja Brown have been chosen for Junior Leadership Gaston, which is coordinated through the Gaston Chamber.  Once a month, the students have learning session led by community leaders to develop leadership skills.

Jake Siders and Logan Watson were picked as all conference athletes by the coaches from the southern piedmont conference for soccer and volleyball respectively.

At the regional NC Theater Conference Piedmont won four awards! We won honorable mention, which means we have been in the top three plays at regional competition for three years straight. We won excellence in ensemble acting. Dylan Medlin won excellence in production. Jennifer Schneider won excellence in stage management.

Piedmont has six students honored in the Keep Gastonia Beautiful Recycled Art Contest for 2016. We congratulate Xanthe Moore, Annezly Moore, Lola Barone, Daniel Rincon, Grace Siders, and Katie Kayser. Pictures will be shared following ceremony.

Nearly half of the 7th and 8th graders at Piedmont had a 3.5 GPA and were eligible for National Junior Honor Society.

Piedmont’s Middle School had so many students in 6th grade with high proficiency in Math that an extra Advanced level Math class was added.

In the Fall of 2015 during Mr. Bridges first year at Piedmont, there were 7 high school students in the Career and College Promise program.  In the 2016-17 school year twenty-eight students are taking a total of 45 CCP classes. For more on the signs of increased academic rigor, click here.

This Fall National Honor Society grew its membership from 19 to 49 and will have another induction in the Spring.

Awards in the 2015-16 School Year

• Drama won an award at state for “Excellence in Comedic Technique.”  Senior, Josh Carper, garnered a $52,000 scholarship from Greensboro College.

• Shelby Hooper, Langden Ramseur and Kiersten Setzer were recognized for working with the planning board for the 2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Gaston County to better our community.

• Piedmont Community Charter School-CFA was the judges’ choice to go on to state competition at Greensboro College for the NCTC State Festival.  For the 2nd year in a row, Piedmont earned overall best actress, director and performance.

• Nine students earned recognition in the 2015 Recycled Art Contest.   Their work is on display at the Main Branch of the Gaston County Public Library.

• Solomon Crawford and Ethan Caldwell were selected to participate in the 35th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic on Nov. 19 – 21.

• Ethan Caldwell was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall (Feb. 4 -8) for the 2016 High School Honors Band Series.

Character Awards for elementary students with outstanding character were given this Fall to Tucker McWhirter, Mason Kistler, Ava Deaver, Kendyl Jackman, Noah Sanders and Diezel Bryant.

• Piedmont’s band earned Straight Superiors, the highest award, for an eight year.

• Ethan Caldwell was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall during their 125th anniversary for the 2016 High School Honors Band Series.

• When Gastonia City Council acknowledged the winners of the Keep Gastonia Beautiful 2016 Arbor Day poster contest, Piedmont had the most students acknowledged with 7 winners.

• The Piedmont Spring Dance Recital sold out as you will see why in a few minutes.

• Piedmont’s proficiency scores were among the top in our county.  We had two students chosen to attend the North Carolina School of Science and Math.

• Piedmont’s women’s choir competed at Carowinds for the 40th Annual Festival of Music competition. They received a Superior rating, which is the highest honor.  Our choir has 8 years of superior ratings.

• Piedmont high school girls basketball, boys basketball and baseball teams were all regular season champions.   Coaches and students are excited about stepping into a NCHSAA conference next year.

• This year Piedmont launched a middle school sports program including boys and girls basketball, soccer and cheerleading.

• We worked hard as a school community to fight for equal funding for NC charter schools. And we are committed to continuing to ask NC representatives to Support Fair Funding for ALL NC Public Schools.






• Three Winners in the 2014 Recycled Art Contest had works displayed at the Main Branch of the Gaston County Public Library.

• Two students served as NC Senate Pages in Spring 2015, Riley Klocke and Langden Ramseur.  Langden was voted as Senate Page of the week.

• 1st & 2nd place in 2015 Arbor Day Art Contest received awards at an April 2015 city council meeting.

• The elementary campus earned the 2015 Green School Award for Keep Gastonia Beautiful.

• In April 2015, the PCCS-CFA HS Wind Ensemble attended the North Carolina Music/South Central District/Music Performance Assessment and won superior rating overall.

• At the 2015 Carowinds Festival of Music the PCCS-CFA Band received straight 1’s which gives them another superior rating.

• At the 2015 Music Showcase Festival in Atlanta, Piedmont Chorus won 1st Place HS Mixed Chorus, 1st Place MS Treble Choir, Outstanding MS Soprano Section,Outstanding MS Alto Section, and Overall Highest scoring Middle School with a score of 100.

• The high school drama team collected five awards of outstanding performance at the NCTC State Play Festival at Greensboro College.

• JHB Members Recognized by Heart Society of Gaston County

– Entire club for service hours (780) and for largest Heart Walk Donation from a Gaston County HS JHB Club ($1,300)

Kaylee Bell – Selected out of all Gaston County HS JHB Clubs for the Naomi Cunnigham Service Award Grayson Higgins

– Selected out of all Gaston County HS Seniors in JHB Clubs for the Samuel B. Johnson Scholarship

• Teen Court Best Prosecuting Attorney was PCCS-CFA high school student, Frances Quinn.

• Boys Basketball earned 2013 and 2014 Championship.  Girls Basketball and BoysBaseball were 2015 Championships in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.  Girls’ Varsity Soccer team won 2nd place in the Conference.

• Student Council was created and has been very active. They vote monthly to honor the great character of students and teachers.

• Staff regularly recognizes students with excellent character on the Character Wallof Fame.

• PCCS-CFA high school Royal Robotics team was a top seed in robotic competitions in the southeast.

• At the 2015 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Annual Convention, Mr. Richard’s middle school History club won six individual awards. 8th grader Tiffany Gates won First Place with her Civil War essay about the North Carolina Junior Reserve. Prem Gandhi, a 7th grader at PCCS won 2nd place for his essay on soybean production. 10th grader A.J. Gluck won 2nd place for his watercolor painting of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. 8th grader Hannah McLaughlin, 10th grader Nadja Brown, and 10th grader Hannah Hudson all received the honor for their well written African-American essays.

• Out of 45 students who were the winners from their school spelling bees, our Jacob Sells won 2nd place in The Gaston Gazette Spelling Bee in March 2015.

• Over half a million dollars in academic and merit scholarship money has been offered to our 2015 graduates so far.

• The elementary campus added two great clubs, Girls on the Run and Let Me Run.

• The State Board of Education voted to renew charter for ten years for PCCS-CFA through June 30th of 2025.

• The NC report card for PCCS-CFA showed an 18.5% increase over all from the previous years scores.