Welcome to the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program (AIG) at West Hoke Middle School in Raeford, NC. It is our purpose to provide our AIG students with a rigorous and challenging educational experience during their three years here in our AIG program. Please feel free to look around the site in order to stay informed on happenings within our AIG community.

Parent Resources

Items of Interest


If you are interested in joining the battle of the books team for the 2021-2022 school year, please see Mrs. Wood in the media center!

If you are interested in joining the speech and debate team for the 2021-2022 school year, please see Mr. Bridges in room 156!

2021-2022 Middle School BOB List

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America by Teri Kanefield

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Deathwatch by Robb White

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

AIG Specialist



My name is Preston Bridges, and I am the AIG Specialist here at West Hoke Middle School in Raeford, NC. I am also in my thirteenth year of teaching sixth grade social studies here at West Hoke Middle. I am originally from Shelby, NC, in the Western part of the state. I graduated from Crest Senior High School, and went on to attend Appalachian State University. At Appalachian I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences education, with a concentration in history. I began teaching at West Hoke Middle School in 2009, and while here, I have also earned my certification in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I greatly enjoy working with the AIG students of West Hoke Middle School, and look forward to working with you and your students, in their journey through middle school within our AIG community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.

HCS AIG Coordinator

910-875-2416 Ext 246

AIG Parent Websites

Click on the website links below to check out some great resources and information about your gifted students!