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Winding Springs Elementary: Students supported Autism Speaks through a recent “Penny Wars” fundraiser and raised almost $1,500. Autism Speaks promotes research into causes, prevention and treatments for autism and advocates for individuals with autism and their families.

Reid Park Academy: Sixth and seventh graders will visit LPL Financial twice a month through the Beyond School Walls program. Through a collaboration of LPL Financial, Reid Park Academy and Big Brothers Big Sisters the program offers mentoring, career advice and information on financial literacy.

William A. Hough High: Ninth grader Jordan McArthur is a grand prize winner in the “Fresh Start Challenge,” sponsored by Subway Restaurants. The contest challenged students to increase their daily intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease screen time or inactivity by 1.5 hours. Jordan’s class will receive a Subway sandwich party and the school will receive a $1,000 fitness grant.

CMS Anti Bullying: High school student leaders recently attended the Engage Summit hosted by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the Department of Justice to counter bullying and social pressures. The students attended workshops to learn strategies for anti-bullying and took part in outdoor sportsmanship activities to develop team-building.

West Charlotte High: Junior Angelica Pendergrass has been selected to travel to Senegal West Africa to promote literacy. Angelica is an IB student and was chosen through Y achievers.

Union

Stallings Elementary: Fifth grader Mason Harris was one of two local grand prize winners in the “Fresh Start Challenge.” The Subway Restaurant contest challenged students to increase vegetables and fruits and decrease screen time by 1.5 hours. Mason won a Subway sandwich party for his class and a $1,000 grant for Stallings to use to purchase new physical education equipment.

United Way: Union County Public Schools teachers and staff donated over $170,000 for the United Way campaign, an eight percent increase from last year. The Weddington Cluster had the highest participation and highest per capita donation. The Monroe Cluster had the greatest improvement in the percentage of participation.

Sun Valley Elementary: Third grade teacher Kathy Heyse was selected by the Council of Economic Education to receive The John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award at the Elementary level.

Piedmont High: The Future Farmers of America Piedmont High chapter was recognized at the recent Board of Education meeting for their win of the National Chapter Award at the National FFA Conference in Indiana.

Forest Hills High: Senior Amber Helms will sing with the Mars Hill College Honor Chorus in February. Amber was selected from over 1,000 singers through audition.

Cabarrus

Cannon School: The Cannon Theater Company recently received awards for their adaptation of “The Odyssey,” at the N.C. Theatre Conference.

The group of 22 Upper School students won Honorable Mention Distinguished Play and Excellence in Ensemble Acting. Individual awards went to: Barclay Sparrow, Excellence in Acting; Logan Foster, Excellence in Acting; Elizabeth Lovett, Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production; Bailey Middleton, Original Musical Composition; and Andy Macdonald, Excellence in Directing.

Mt. Pleasant High: Student Daniel Furr won the N.C. Masonry Pre-Apprentice State Title. Daniel was the first of 13 students chosen statewide by the Department of Labor.

Central Cabarrus High: The STEM and TED classes have designed and built new recycling receptacles at the school for cans, bottles and paper products.

Hickory Ridge Middle: April Wingler was recently awarded the 2012 Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher for Cabarrus County.

Cox Mill High: The Band department will have a Holiday Market and Auction on Dec. 1 from 3-6 p.m. at the school.

York

Banks Trail Middle: The dance team recently won first place in the Pom division and second place in the captain/senior duo division at the Fort Mill Dance Team Competition held Nov. 3.

Nation Ford High: The Band won the following awards in the recent Band Beat competition:

• Best Music, Visual, General Effect and Color Guard in the 4-A class.

• Grand Champion in the finals portion that included bands from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Springfield Middle: The Springfield Middle School Mock Trial team recently competed in the Piedmont Regional Competition in Greenville, S.C.

In the three rounds of competition, Springfield was one of two teams that advanced to the state competition. Andrew Cassidy was chosen as Most Effective Witness twice by opposing teams and judges. Alexis King, Abigail Audette, and Guinevere Hartman earned Most Effective Attorney by the judges and Abigail Audette and Muskan Bhadauria received Most Effective Attorney from an opposing team.

Team members are: Abigail Audette, Muskan Bhadauria, Andrew Cassidy, Grace Cunningham, Guinevere Hartman, Jalen Hodges, Maree Johnson, Kayleigh Kiernan, Alexis King, Anna Malaj, Jasmine Martinez, Mina Nguyen, Alyssa Pastore, Hannah Ross, and Megan Spilmann.

• The Springfield Middle dance team earned second place in Jazz, second place in Pom and special recognition for Showmanship at the Fort Mill Dance Team Competition.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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