News

2022

  • 2021-2022 Sports Recognition Ceremony

    Enjoy the full video of the 2021-2022 Sports Recognition Awards Ceremony for JV and varsity teams. Toyin Koleoso '18 was the keynote speaker.
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  • Upper School Awards Ceremony 2022

    Enjoy the video of The O'Neal School Upper School Award Ceremony that took place on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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  • O'Neal Holds Commencement

    O’Neal held its 46th Commencement at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at Sandhills Community College, Friday, May 27th at 1:00pm. Commencement is the final school event for the 2021/2022 school year where O’Neal had record enrollment of 550 students.
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  • Senior Scholars Research Program Participants

    Signature Scholar Research Symposium Held

    O'Neal seniors Stephanie Dücker, Vicky Mills and Emily Wacker-Puleo presented the culmination of research on topics about which they were passionate. Each student wrote a 10,000 word research paper. Two of them have submitted their work for publishing. Enjoy the presentations!
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  • Kennedi Hamner with John Elmore

    Holmberg and Bradshaw Recipients Announced

    Three rising ninth graders have been chosen to receive four-year scholarships at The O’Neal School. Kennedi Hamner has been awarded the Helen Pringle Holmberg Scholarship. Riley Lefler and Jaleesa Eichel are each a recipient of the Hannah Marie Bradshaw Scholarship. 
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  • Falcons Make History – Tri-TAC Champions

    Friday night might have had its share of excitement courtesy of afternoon showers pregame, yet the Falcons stole the show to end the night. In an offensive explosion the Falcons mercy ruled conference foe Burlington Christian, grabbing the 13-3 win in just 5 innings to secure their place as the 2022 Tri-TAC Conference Champions.
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  • Falcons Sweep SEMSAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships

    After multiple years of runner up finishes, the Middle School Girls Soccer Team left no doubt this season who the top team in the SEMSAC was on their way to winning both the SEMSAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships! 
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  • O’Neal Hosts Symposium Featuring Its First Signature Research Scholars

    The O’Neal School is excited to showcase the research of three seniors who are the first graduates of the Signature Scholars Research Program (SSRP). The 20-minute presentations will be held at O’Neal on Thursday, May 19th at 5pm.
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  • O’Neal Students Audition for Dance Scholarships and College Programs

    Four O’Neal students traveled to Daytona Beach May 5th-8th to participate in the Regional Dance American/Southeast Festival. Upwards of 600 dancers from fifteen ballet companies around the southeast attended.  Juniors Maxwell Epstein and Reese Fisher, sophomore Rob Mays and eighth grade student Nik Epstein traveled down as performing members of the High Point Ballet (HPB) to participate in master classes, perform in adjudicated pieces in two dance concerts, and audition for scholarships.
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  • History Made at Tri-TAC Conference Meet

    In the long record of the track and field program at O’Neal, numerous conference championships have been won, yet one feat has eluded the Falcons, until last evening. Both varsity boys and girls track and field teams made O’Neal history by sweeping the Tri-TAC Conference Championship on Thursday evening, marking the first time that both the boys and girls teams were crowned Conference Champions in the same season!
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  • McHarney and Brown Celebrate College Commitments

    O’Neal’s Jace Brown and Caelan McHarney celebrated their college athletic commitments in a signing ceremony before their peers on Thursday, April 28th.  Brown has committed to Stevenson University Men’s Swimming and McHarney signs with St. Lawrence University Women’s Basketball.
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  • Jill Faxon Promoted to O’Neal Varsity Girls Volleyball Head Coach

    The O’Neal School is excited to announce Jill Faxon as the next Varsity Girls Volleyball coach beginning with the 2022- 2023 season.
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  • Varsity Boys Golf is Back-to-Back Conference Champs

    The O'Neal School Varsity Boys Golf Team won the Tri-TAC Conference championship for the second year in a row Monday, April 25th at Mid South Club in impressive fashion.
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  • All-School Picnic is Best EVER

    Close to 600 of O'Neal's community attended the All-School Picnic on Thursday. Though the Parents Association Picnic is held annually, this one was special in many ways. The school community celebrated 50 years while also jumping at the opportunity to be together after the delay of the picnic at the beginning of the school year due to the pandemic. 

    Many thanks to the Parents Association for the provision of the kids zone, the fruit and decorating the tables. 
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  • Konni's Courtyard is Dedicated

    A special trustee reception was held during the all-school picnic in the McMurray Library in celebration of O'Neal's 50 years and as part of the dedication ceremony for O'Neal's central campus, Konni's Courtyard. Past and present trustees for O'Neal were invited. Longtime trustee and past parent Stan Bradshaw addressed attendees remarking the growth of the campus since it was founded 50 years ago and attributed its success to the many trustees and donors along the way. 

    Head of School John Elmore spoke of trustee and past parent Konni McMurray for her dedication to the school for almost 25 years. Hence the naming of Central Campus as Konni's Courtyard is in her honor.

    Konni's Courtyard is a part of the Growing Strong at 50 Capital Campaign. 
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  • O'Neal Celebrates Earth Day with a Photo Contest

    The science department held a photo contest in celebration of Earth Day - April 22nd. All students and faculty members were asked to submit photos in the following categories: 

    Enjoying the Earth | The Earth Up Close | The Earth's Landscapes and Wildlife

    Photos were shared with advisories and homerooms allowing students to vote. Take a look at the 4 minute video to see who the winners are! 

    Much appreciation goes to Science Department Head David Williamson for organizing the event.
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  • Peeps Diorama Contest Announces Winners

    Congratulations to our winners in the Library's Peeps-O-Rama Contest!
     
    - Lily Austin and her Grandmother in the LS Family Category for The Three Little Peeps and the Big Bad Wolf.
    -The Smith Family (Lilah, Wes and Griffin) in the MS Family Category for 101 Peep-ations.
    -Marley and Edward Pace in the Cross-Division Category for Red Peep & Yellow Peep are NOT Friends.
    -Collins Walker in the 4th Grade Category for The Three Little Peepelinas.
    -Delancey Copeland in the 3rd Grade Category for Peeper Rabbit.
    -Jack Pearson in the K-2 Category for Peep and the Purple Crayon.
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  • All-School Campus Clean-Up

    O'Neal held it's All-School Campus Clean Up day on March 24th. Students, faculty and staff from PreK3 through grade 12 had designated areas on campus to tidy up. From cleaning buses, picking up pinecones and limbs, sweeping the bleachers and wiping down the lockers, everyone joined in to clean their campus before leaving on spring break.
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  • Falcons are 50 Golf and Alumni Day

    O’Neal’s Falcons are 50 Commemorative Golf Tournament and Alumni Day turned out to be a great start to annual events going forward. The golf tournament saw current students, parents, friends and close to 20 alumni. A dozen or more alumni joined in at the Alumni Day Dinner. Winners of the tournament were: 1st place – Jared Lina ’97, Clifton Cameron, Tim Fraley ’96 and Brian Street ’96 (Jared and Brian were part of O’Neal’s state champion golf team in 1995) | 2nd place – Sofi Afable, Victor Afable, Rachel Joyce and Brooke Greenblatt | 3rd place – Bill McDougald ’14, Porter Hunt, Josh Roberts ’14 and Joseph Garner ’14. Special thanks to Ricky Fisher for cooking for the dinner and to O’Neal’s golf team members providing the Extra Putts and Tee Shots on two of the Par 5’s.
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  • Middle School Battle of the Books Wins Regionals

    Last Monday, O'Neal Middle School Battle of the Books team pulled off the regional win against four other divisional champs to be the Independent NC State team. There is more research to confirm, but this may mark the first time the MSBOB has achieved this level of competition. The team competed virtually against notable, high achieving schools: Davidson Day, Durham Academy and Asheville Christian. They will represent NC Independent Schools in the State BOB Competition on Friday, May 6th! Team members are: Nicholas Le, Hannah Wilcox, Abby Bager, Vivienne Rhue, Isla Riggsbee, Newnew Hong, Caitlyn Blocklinger and Sydney Chriscoe. 

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  • Upper School Chorus Scores Superior at Festival of Music

    The Upper School Choir scores a superior rating at the Festival of Music held at Carowinds on April 8th 2022. Superior is the highest award given at this festival. Their program featured the old folk song The Wayfaring Stranger with special guest Lucy on violin and an old jazz standard called Cloudburst. They spent the rest of the day celebrating their success with the day at Carowinds Park.
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  • Middle School Battle of the Books Wins District Competition

    Wednesday was a great day as the Middle School Battle of the Books team won their region 9 virtual district competition!  The team of eight members read 23 titles in preparation for the quiz bowl type format of questions.
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  • Middle School One Act Receives Superior Rating

    Middle School Performing Arts teacher David Lussier and his students received a superior rating, the highest level awarded, at the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) Regional Middle School Play Festival after performing Kendra Thomas’ The Struggles in Stewart Theater at North Carolina State University on March 19th.
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  • Phillip Hampton Promoted to O’Neal Varsity Boys Head Coach

    The O’Neal School is excited to announce that Mr. Phillip Hampton will be the next Varsity Boys Basketball coach beginning with the 2022- 2023 season.
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  • O'Neal Places Runner Up in Elementary Battle of the Books

    O’Neal’s Elementary Battle of the Books team traveled to Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point on Wednesday, March 16th to compete in the Region 9 District Competition for Elementary Battle of the Books. In preparation for the competition, each student read 15 books. At the competition the team answered questions from the books they read in a quiz bowl style competition.   O’Neal was among 4 other schools competing and placed second.
     
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  • Third Grade Builds Dream Homes

    Third grade students conducted an applied math project using area and perimeter by designing their own dream house. They planned the rooms as well as furniture and accessories for each room. They then calculated the area and perimeter for the rooms, the furniture and the space left over. The project allowed them the opportunity to apply math skills to real life concepts. As they were planning, they had to think logically about designing a room for its purpose and how furniture will fit into the space.
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  • Falcons Nest March 4th

    A stellar season finished one milestone short, as the Falcons finished as 2A NCISAA Runner- Ups adding to their Tri-TAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
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  • Middle School Science Olympiad Makes Great Showing

    The Middle School team has received its results from the regional competition and were quite successful! 
     
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  • Upper School Science Olympiad Qualifies for States

    The Upper School Science Olympiad varsity team placed 4th overall in regional competition giving them a ticket to the State Tournament at NC State University on Saturday, April 23rd.
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  • Falcons Repeat as Champions

    Hardware will fade, but memories last forever. Talking with Head Coach Charlie McHarney, this group was not short of memories this season. “It is nearly impossible for me to put into words the immense amount of pride and admiration I have for these special ladies. They capped a 20 win season with the cherry on top as they repeated this season as SEMSAC Middle School Girls Conference Tournament Champions.”
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  • 5-Peat Falcons Crowned Regular Season and Tournament Champions

    The Falcons finished another undefeated conference season capped off with a Regular Season and Tournament Championship last week. The streak, dating back to the 2017-2018 season, now extends to 46 regular season conference victories (62 total including tournament games) since the Falcons have lost in conference play.
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  • Falcons Bring Home Hardware at the NCISAA State Meet

    The Varsity Boys and Girls Swim Team traveled to Greensboro Tuesday, February 15th to complete in the NCISAA Division 3 State Swim Meet. With strong relay performances and individual records and championships, the Falcons saw the Girls finish as NCISAA Division 3 Runners Up and Boys team finish in 4th place!
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  • McHarney Joins 1000 Point Club

    Senior Caelan McHarney has been a part of many special moments in a Falcon uniform during her six years as the starting point guard on the Varsity Basketball team, but not many sweeter than Tuesday night – Senior Night and her 1,000th point scored.
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  • Tri-TAC Champions Crowned: O’Neal Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming

    The varsity boys and girls swim teams made quite the splash at Monday’s Tri-TAC Conference Meet.
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  • Cross Divisional Book Exchange

    Ms. Ravenscroft's 11th grade English class and Ms. Christ's 7th grade English class met in the McMurray Library this week for a book exchange. The juniors shared with the 7th graders their favorite books and why they liked reading them. Books showcased were Dark Life, Moby Dick, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hitchhikers and Treasure Island. The purpose for the exchange was to encourage independent reading.
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