September 28, 2008

Norcom Upbeat After Losing Out on Best High School Honor Portsmouth High School Nominated for Best School in the Nation


By Tanaya McLemore

Teen correspondent

There's always next year for I.C. Norcom.

The Portsmouth high school, one of four finalists for Best High School at the 6th annual Hoodie Awards last weekend in Las Vegas, missed out on the honor to Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

"We can always try again next year," said sophomore Brittney Reese.

Even though the school did not win, there was an award - "an all- expense-paid trip to Las Vegas to the Hoodie Award ceremony and national recognition," said Norcom principal Lynn Briley.

I.C. Norcom students share the disappointment as well as the pride.

"We should've won," said junior Janay Berry, "but I'm still proud of our school."

The Hoodie Awards, hosted every year by comedian and radio show personality Steve Harvey, recognize the outstanding leaders, educational institutions and businesses in a community. The other categories are best church, hair salon, community leader, barber shop, fried chicken, soul food, high school teacher, nail salon, car wash detail shop, barbecue and church choir.

Finalists were nominated online, and the winner was determined by online votes.

Lisa Sloan, president of the I.C. Norcom Alumni Association, first heard of the Hoodie Awards in a phone call from her daughter's friend.

Soon after, Sloan decided to promote the idea of nominating Norcom for the award. She told a few of the neighborhood kids, and soon the news spread online to the networking sites Facebook and MySpace. E-mailing was a major part of the campaign.

"Radio station listeners who are Norcom alumni called and e- mailed family, friends and co-workers all over the country," Briley said.

Members of the alumni association "are excited," Sloan said. "We believe it is good exposure for the school and that it is positive for the kids.

"Anything positive that gets kids working together ... "

Tanaya McLemore, a freshman at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, [email protected]

Originally published by BY TANAYA MCLEMORE.

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