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The Neighbors section needs information about your high school valedictorians and salutatorians.

Guidance counselors and principals, please e-mail the info to mynews@charlotte observer.com. Put “valedictorians” in the subject line. Include the valedictorian's and salutatorian's names and photos (in jpeg format). Also include your school and the town and county. Then list your name and a daytime phone number. Questions: 704-358-6035.

Southern Mecklenburg

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools notified 304 teachers on May 22 that they will not have jobs next year. The district sent similar letters last week to teachers who meet the criteria for nonrenewal established by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education – retirees, employees with end-of-year contracts and part-time teachers. The letters are part of an ongoing reduction in force by CMS, made necessary by county and state revenue shortfalls.

Two home-schooled Science Olympiad teams from the Charlotte area competed with 42 other public and private school teams at the state tournament in Raleigh on March 25. The South Charlotte and Union County team Science Hounds received five medals and placed eighth overall. The QUEST team from North Charlotte received six medals and placed 16th overall.

Beverly Woods Elementary School is one of seven public schools named 2009 National Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Each winner will receive an award and grant at CEP's 16th National Forum held Oct. 29-31 in Washington, D.C.

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Communities in Schools (CIS) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg awarded $72,000 in college scholarships to 59 graduating high school seniors in the CIS program at a Scholarships Reception on May 19. Adonis “Sporty” Jeralds of the Charlotte Bobcats served as the program's master of ceremonies. Details: 704-943-9447.

James Hill, a UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate from Charlotte, has been selected as a Phillips Ambassador for study in Asia. The economics major will study and complete an internship in Beijing this summer.

In addition to studying Mandarin language and Chinese culture, Hill will intern with the start-up company Cosaga, a Web-based global-issues advocate. He will be responsible for promoting the site with the English-speaking community in Beijing. He will also aim to find sustainable revenue-generating avenues for Cosaga, as it is currently grant-supported. Details: 919-843-4454.

The Charlotte Ole Miss Alumni Club will host its seventh-annual scholarship golf tournament at Raintree Country Club in south Charlotte on June 8. Proceeds benefit a local high school senior in the form of a scholarship to the University of Mississippi.

The club requests a $100 per-player donation with special rates for foursomes and sponsorship packages. Lunch, green and cart fees; refreshments on the course; dinner, raffle awards and a silent auction are all included as a part of this donation. Registration begins at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Details: 704-281-3590.

Hannah Heidenreich, a senior at South Mecklenburg High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program during a May 20 awards ceremony.

Heidenreich was honored for organizing a “Darfur Awareness Week” at her school that culminated in a fundraising walk yielding $8,000 for medical schools, food, water and mosquito nets for people of the Darfur region of Sudan. Details: www.news.prudential.com.

Union County

A Few Good Men Inc. has awarded Jeremy Ware of Porter Ridge High and Michaela Banks of Sun Valley High $500 scholarships.

Ware is part of the National English Honor Society and participated in track, wrestling, FCCLA and Interact. He has been accepted at East Carolina University and plans on double majoring in mechanical and electrical engineering.

Banks was a member of the Student Council, National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, Link Crew and was the senior class vice president. She has been accepted to Duke University and plans to attend medical school at Yale or Johns Hopkins University. Details: 704-882-5651.

Two members of the Power Team, a group of athletes who perform feats of strength and offer motivational and inspirational messages, traveled to East Union Middle and Forest Hills High School on May 15.

The athletes told East Union's more than 800 students to make the right decisions that affect their future and their education, which included saying no to drugs, not drinking alcohol, abstaining from premarital sex and making education a priority. Details: www.thepowerteam.com.

South Piedmont Community College is registering new and returning students for fall classes, which begin Aug. 17.

Through Thursday, registration hours are8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. During the remainder of June and throughout July, registration will be each Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The college class and continuing education course schedules are available at www.spcc.edu. Details: 704-290-5100.

The local chapter of the N.C. Retired School Personnel (NCRSP) hosted this year's annual NCRSP District VI meeting at Wingate University on May 18. Various members were recognized for such things as volunteer hours in the community and their contribution to NCRSP over the year. The Marvin Ridge High School Choral Arts performed arrangements of classical numbers as well as show tunes, and a photography and jewelry exhibit were displayed. Details: 704-233-5144.

York County

Winthrop women's assistant basketball coach Jodi Davis has resigned to take over as head coach of the varsity girls' basketball program at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Ark., women's head coach Bud Childers announced. Details: 803-323-2129 ext. 6246.

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