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Compiled by Gina Smith

Hough High

Volunteer judges needed: Volunteers are needed to judge Hough High School’s 2013 Graduate Senior Project presentations. Judges will be paired with a school faculty member to evaluate each senior’s presentation. Judging will take place 7 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Dec. 10-14 at Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius. For details or to volunteer, contact Jeanmarie Adams at adamsjm@roadrunner.com.

Wreath and swag sale: The Hough High School Orchestra is selling wreaths, swags and candle wreaths to raise money for the Booster Club. All items are made fresh in Sugar Mountain, N.C. Orders will arrive no later than Dec. 6. To order, contact any Hough High School Orchestra student, send an email to graciouslink@gmail.com or 704-305-7856.

Challenge winner: 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.

North Mecklenburg High

Debate and speech winners: The North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team placed third overall out of 23 teams in a recent tournament held at Mauldin High School in Mauldin, S.C. The varsity team of Irfan Mekic and Abhi Kulgod placed second place in Public Forum. Taylor Barrett, Colleen Watson and Alex Pope came in third, fourth and sixth respectively in Original Oratory. Colleen Watson came in fourth and Alex Pope placed sixth in Impromptu Speaking.

Saint Mark Catholic

All Saints Day Mass: On Nov. 5, the 81 second-graders at Saint Mark Catholic School in Huntersville celebrated All Saints Day by dressing up as their favorite saints and leading a school-wide mass. More than 800 people attended the event. Father Matthew Codd, parochial vicar of Saint Mark Catholic Church, celebrated the mass and spoke to the students during the homily about how the saints lived their lives. The mass was the final part of a month-long research project for the second-grade students. During October, they each chose one saint to research then wrote a report and created a poster about him or her.

J.V. Washam Elementary

Box Tops fundraiser: J.V. Washam Elementary’s recent Box Tops Contest raised nearly $1,800 for the school. The top three student winners submitted more than 300 box tops each. The winners were Ryleigh Elliott , first grade; Caleb Collins, third grade and Amina McKinley, fifth grade. The two winners of a random drawing were Noah Kolkhorst, second grade, and Caitlyn Richardson, third grade. The winners received tickets to Zootastic Park in Troutman.

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