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Opening Convocation celebrates KCS as AMAZING PLACE

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Kannapolis City Schools welcomed back staff with an Opening Convocation celebrating the district as an AMAZING PLACE.


The event featured a program filled with stories demonstrating how KCS teachers and staff have inspired students to find overwhelming success. The 2019 KCS Opening Convocation can be viewed here in YouTube.


Jennifer Moxley, a 1995 graduate of A.L. Brown High School, shared how KCS helped her overcome an abusive home life and teen pregnancy to find her way to college and a successful career. She now owns her own communications company with clients that include Good Morning America, the Ellen Show, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the New York Giants football team, Duke Energy, and many more. She said that KCS teachers and other educators made an amazing difference in her life and make Kannapolis City Schools a very amazing place.


2019 A.L. Brown graduate, Makenzie Davis, talked about the project she started with her Carpentry teacher, James Busse, called Knight Haven. Knight Haven provides shelters and services for homeless veterans. Makenzie launched the Knight Haven project while she was a senior at A.L. Brown High School. She and her fellow carpentry students made structures that were donated to homeless veterans to provide them with free shelters. She talked about the amazing opportunities that KCS provided to her in both carpentry and college prep classes. Makenzie is now a freshman at UNC Charlotte.


Cameron McKnight, a 2015 A.L. Brown graduate, shared his amazing story during convocation. In the four years since he graduated from A.L. Brown, McKnight has earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Pure & Applied Mathematics. He also has earned certification in Statistics & Data Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micromasters certification in Artificial Intelligence from Columbia University. McKnight earned his Credential of Readiness certification in Business from Harvard University. In addition, he has launched the McKnight Dream Foundation that provides food, shelter, coats, and blankets to those in need. The Foundation also provides a scholarship to one deserving student each year. It truly is an amazing accomplishment.


These inspiring stories demonstrate that KCS is an AMAZING PLACE, which will continue Creating the Future for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond.