BC: from the ECG PTSA | Special thanks to Francis Wong and the Dynamic Visual Club who provided most of the photos for the book. Book design by Ellen Wolf, October 2009.
FC: A Tribute to Charles Blanchard Principal of The Early College at Guilford 2007-2009
1: Deepest thanks for encouraging Tayler Kost. Your creativity and support of her as a student has changed her life forever in a myriad of ways. Best, Dr. Michelle D. Ungurait | Mr. Blanchard, Thanks for a job well done. I wish you well. Sara Markus | Charles, Thank you for the superb leadership you provided at ECG. You made the school a welcome place for both students and parents and helped all of us feel that our contributions were important. We especially appreciate the time and energy you put in after school hours to support our students, whether that meant bringing your family to the Spaghetti Dinners or chaperoning a Robotics trip to Atlanta! You will always have a special place in our memories of ECG. Don, Anne, & Liz Sheffield | Charles, Thank you for putting 100% of yourself into your job as principal at ECG. I especially appreciate the sincere and uncomplicated way you communicated with students and parents. I will always remember how you helped out students in so many small ways, such as the time Esther had a problem with the printer and you just went up to your office and let her use yours. I also enjoyed your sense of humor! Under your leadership, ECG grew as a true community. Ellen Wolf
2: "A" is for Awesome | Award Winning | A m a z i n g
3: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Q. Adams
4: Early College Activities
5: They will always remember
6: Humor is mankind's greatest blessing Mark Twain
7: Don't laugh !
8: Thank you for encouraging talent,
9: creativity and thought
10: You helped them explore, discuss and discover,
11: but most of all to become.
12: they hit | The bOOkS | or NOt...
13: E | B R A T E | C E L E | it didn't rain
14: We thank you for being a friend in work and play
15: "YES YOU MADE IT" ...and we miss you
16: Commentary /Index | page 2: Remember when we won all the awards at the PTA Banquet? Ellen Wolf, Camy Sorge, Charles Blanchard, Anne Sheffield, Cathy Gorton. and Judith Cherry at the 2009 Guilford Council of PTA Annual Banquet. In Raleigh, Charles Blanchard and ECG Treasurer Sharon Ozment picked up the 100% Graduation Rate Award from June Atkinson, NC Superintendent. page 3: Stephen Padgett and Heather Seaman check last minute data on the computer before a student event. David Yeomans and Isaac Studebaker don't seem to mind sitting in the front of class. Students from many schools participate in Model Congress; some, like the boy in the bottom picture, become quite passionate. page 4: We like to move it, move it...Oliver Stahlmann and Suraj Shah lend a helping hand. Students wait for the line to move forward at a formal event. Stephen Padgett strikes a silly pose despite his formal attire. Patrick Farrell and Suraj Shah leap for a frisbee, a common ECG activity. page 5: Thomas Huff and Ally Steward wear their impressive Junior Marshall sashes, while Matthew Draelos sports an awesome trench coat. page 6: What was the principal doing with the toy chicken? Did he cross the road, and if so, why? Let's not mention the hair style.
17: page 7: Charles Blanchard jokes around with student Caitlyn Holt. Chad Burton's cat-in-the-hat hat may be strange, but not nearly as questionable as Charles Blanchard who is covered in what seems like shaving cream (!?!). Too funny! Cole Justad-Sandberg and Eden Garner give the thumbs up, while Oliver Stahlmann and Suraj Shah make goofy faces. page 8: ECG 's Got Talent!! Nikki Shah and Anna Solini perform an expressive dance. April Lee strikes a graceful pose. Elizabeth Dzugan, Hmellisa Mlo, Hilary Chan, Aardra Rajdendran, and April Lee gather round the piano to perform a song. Other talents include politics: Thomas Huff and a friend wave a giant Model Congress banner across campus. page 9: The Model Congress convenes. Suraj Shah practices to make a point. Isaac Studebaker looks spiffy for his participation. The winning magnet school poster, designed by Francis Wong and the Dynamic Visual Club displays the faces of diversity: Kiron Allen, Tamsyn Corbett, Chad Burton, Holli McClean, Nikki Shah, Grace Oh, Francis Wong, Christina Chong, Samantha (or twin sister Miranda?) Bradley, Joshua Ransom, Joe Tesfaye. page 10: Oliver Stahlmann seems to think it's very cool to sit on the bench with the Grusky brothers, Alec and Brennan. Kiron Allen studies with friends. Hmellisa Mlo and Ernest Thompson seem to have discovered something very surprising! page 11: Madiha Bhatti, Heather Seaman, Suraj Shah, and Patrick Farrell strike a "striking" pose.
18: page 12: Jessica Douangprachanh and Danning Ge appear to love their studies. Oliver Stahlmann would rather be done and join the horse play in the left hand picture on the bottom: Suraj Shah, Lizzy Hayton and Anna Solini. page 13: Graduation 2009. Liz Sheffield accepts her ECG high school diploma. Kerry Smoot, Meg Horton and Liz Sheffield pose with Charles Blanchard at graduation. Congratulations to all ECG students! page 14: Model Congress members gather for a group photo. Charles Blanchard chats with students outside the modular. Charles Blanchard shows off his sporty side, playing basketball. page 15: "YES!!!"
19: WHY ECG ROCKS! | The Early College has been recognized as a Magnet School of Distinction by the national organization Magnet Schools of America. According to U.S. News and World Report, The Early College at Guilford ranked 17th on the list of America's top 100 high schools and received gold metal status. ECG was one of only two North Carolina schools to have that distinction. Principal Charles Blanchard also has been awarded the Robert A. Clendenin Administrator Award from the Guilford County Council of PTAs. | However, despite the awards, rankings and distinctions, Charles Blanchard never lost sight of what really matters: keeping it real with students, parents and teachers, and doing his best to support students in their academic pursuits. He recognizes and respects each student as a unique person of many dimensions.
21: As one of the formative principals of this remarkable school, you will always be a part of the Early College at Guilford, and a darn good one at that.