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Carrie Shell ... 'Rockin' the classroom

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Rockin' Apple Award Party was held May 15 at Highland Middle School for Carrie Shell, seventh grade science teacher. Pictured is Brandon Baxter with KISS FM, Carrie Shell and "Booger," KISS D.J. Photo/Tammy Curtis
Highland Middle School's gym was rocking May 15 as Brandon Baxter and Booger from Jonesboro's 101.9 KISS FM brought the Rockin' Apple Award party to Highland.

Carrie Shell, seventh grade science teacher, won the award in what Baxter said was "the largest number of votes in the history of this contest." He went on to say how far their listening area covered and the number of much larger schools in the area, making the award even more special.

Shell, who was a little shy and didn't seem like the type to enjoy being honored in front of a crowd said, "I really feel humbled by this."

A group of seventh grade girls at Highland Middle School show their support for Carrie Shell, the recipient of the Rockin' Apple Award at their pizza party May 15. Photo/Tammy Curtis
Shell is the mother of three grown children. She taught at Evening Shade for 13 years and then went back to college. Shell said she graduated in 2004 as valedictorian at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge and is currently working on her masters at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She said her twins, both of who are blind, graduated in 2005, so for the Shells, college is a family affair.

Recipients of the award are nominated on the Web site by submitted essays from the students. By the sounds of the students, banners and waves, there was no doubt that Shell was a crowd pleaser. She said that fellow teachers, Leslie Allen and Adam Carter, helped the children with the nomination. They wrote their essays in English class.

When the disc jockeys asked why they voted for Shell, one student said, "She is awesome." Others compared her to a second mom and the general consensus was the many interesting hands-on science projects were the main reason they picked Shell.

The event was a huge pizza party with fun, games and a monster cookie cake. The 120 seventh grade students at Highland Middle School performed for Shell from singing, dancing, back flips and even a student doing the worm. There was no mistaking the fact that Shell was the queen of the school.

Her jam-packed prize pack included lots of food, a month at Fitness boot camp, tanning package, gift certificates and the coveted Rockin' Apple Award.

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