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Gaston County

Leadership conference: Members of the Highland School of Technology Interact Club and Friends of Rachel Club attended a Rotary/Interact Leadership Conference Oct. 20.

Students participated in a video competition about how the Rachel’s Challenge presentation impacted the school. Highland’s team won first place and a $500 prize.

Corie Denton, Kirsten Floyd and Kalani LaFrancis from RAM-TV assisted with production of the video. Daniela Lopez, Jalyn McNeal and Jaclyn Morton also participated.

Highland honors: Several students at Highland School of Technology have earned academic honors recently.

Jasmine Scheitler was named a semi-finalist in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. The competition is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Michael Ham and Abigail Hardee were named Commended for their outstanding performance on the PSAT. Only about 34,000 people earned the Commended Student designation out of 1.5 million who took the exam.

Hunter Huss leaders: Several students at Hunter Huss High School recently participated in leadership conferences.

Caleb Bynum and John Rosemond attended Tarheel Boys’ State. Sadie Rankin attended Tarheel Girls’ State.

Melissa Fonseca attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference.

Catherine Bynum and Melissa Fonseca participated in the Rotary Club’s Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders Conference.

Kaleb Rostemeyer attended North Carolina Governor’s School.

Kelsee Payne was named the Green Student of the Year at Hunter Huss.

Cheron Farley participated in the Research Apprenticeship Program at North Carolina A&T University.

Hunter Huss also was represented at the local Commissioners’ School of Excellence. Participating students were: Christopher Davis, Morgan Fender, Dean Gamble, Slade Moss, Kiara Palmer, Zachary Templeton and Kylelyn Underhill.

District receives donation: Gaston County Schools recently received a $65,000 donation from the Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation in celebration of the foundation’s 40th anniversary.

The funds will be used in middle school media centers, including Warlick and Webb Street schools.

Gaston County Schools has received 77 Glenn Foundation grants totaling more than $430,000.

Gaining economic skills: Two sixth-grade math classes at Mount Holly Middle School are gaining math and financial skills using Vanguard’s “My Classroom Economy.”

The simulated economics program lets students earn a mock salary by performing jobs ranging from a banker to a police officer to a store clerk. Students earn bonus “cash” by participating in extracurricular activities, helping others and earning top grades. They also lose “money” if they do not meet classroom expectations.

Lessons of earning money, budgeting and smart spending also are included in the free program being taught by Carrie Messer and Katie Legg.

Engineering scholarship: Gaston County high school seniors are invited to apply for a new engineering scholarship created by Stephen Griffin, CEO of 6 SigmaTek.

“See It Through Engineering” is also funded by Yorel Integrated Solutions.

Students should see their guidance counselor for information or visit www.GastonCountyScholarships.com. Application deadline is April 8.

Math conference: Ann Harrelson and Joy Cash, teachers at John Chavis Middle School, presented a 90-minute workshop at the state conference of the North Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

The conference was held Oct. 25-26 in Greensboro.

In “Flyin’ High with Math,” Harrelson and Cash taught participants how to construct a kite from a paper grocery bag while integrating common core math standards with interdisciplinary teaching.

Sports update: Several middle school teams recently won county championships in their respective sports.

Grier Middle won the county championship in football, while Belmont Middle took toy honors in boys’ golf.

Chavis Middle won the championship title in softball.

Barbecue fundraiser: Highland School of Technology will host a Port-a-Pit Barbecue Chicken Fundraiser 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the school.

Plates are $8 and include a half chicken, baked beans, slaw and a roll. A limited number of walk-up plates will be available.

Volunteer orientation: Gaston County Schools will hold a volunteer orientation session at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Central Office, 943 Osceola St. in Gastonia.

Parents and community members who would like to help in local schools should plan to attend.

Innovation challenge: Students across North Carolina are being challenged to come up with an innovative product or tool that will benefit their communities in the third annual Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation competition.

Finalists in the high school and college level divisions will be awarded $1,000, with the winning idea in each age group receiving $5,000 to go toward product development.

Applications are due Nov. 16. Winning teams from each age division will be announced in February. For information, visit www.ncsu.edu/iei.

Lincoln County

East Lincoln honors: East Lincoln High School recently announced student, faculty and staff accolades for October.

Students of the Month were Gray Dellinger and Kayla McMillan. Winners are selected by teachers based on exceptional character.

History teacher Cale Thornburg was named Teacher of the Month.

Bookkeeper Debbie Richard was named Staff Person of the Month.

Cross country qualifier: Kelsey Mosteller, a student at West Lincoln High, recently qualified to compete in the Cross Country State Qualifier.

Mosteller participated in the meet Nov. 3 in Kernersville.

Peace Poster winners: West Lincoln Middle recently announced winners of its Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest.

First place went to eighth grader Vincent Melendez. Dianna Nava, a sixth grader, won second place. Parker Chapman, an eighth grader, took third place.

Book fair: The online portion of the Kiser Intermediate School Book Fair will run through Nov. 5. For information, visit the Kiser Intermediate page via www.lincoln.k12.nc.us.

Volunteers needed: The Lincolnton Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association is looking for volunteers to man concession stands at athletic events and dances.

Funds raised through the concession stand support the school. For information, contact Lincolnton Middle at 704-735-1120.

Commemorative bricks: North Lincoln High is offering folks a way to be a part of the North Lincoln Knights Kingdom.

Engraved bricks are being sold for the Walk of Bricks located at the entrance of the stadium’s home side. Pavers are $50.

Order forms are available on the North Lincoln High website via www.lincoln.k12.nc.us.

Turkey Trot: Lincolnton High School will sponsors its second annual Turkey Trot 5K Nov. 17 at the school.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m. Walkers are welcome.

Cost is $20 adults, $15 students, $25 on the day of the race. Early registration will be held through Nov. 14.

For details, visit the Lincolnton High School page through www.lincoln.k12.nc.us.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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