Scholars recognized: South Point High School seniors Ashley Mull, Kristin Rivera and Sadler Gensch were recently named 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation semifinalists.
Selection is based on leadership, character, academic achievement and community service.
This spring, the foundation will award 50 scholarships valued at $20,000 and 200 scholarships worth $10,000.
Terrific Kids: Gardner Park Elementary School recently named its Terrific Kids for November.
Winners were: Zachary Silverman, Austin Weaver, Virnita Cabrera, Elijah Martin, Blake Hundley, Kayleigh Steele, Maya Sadler, Sarah Bell, Plamedi Warsinsky, Amari McRae, Sheryl Magee, Abigail Moore, Emily Arriango-Gutierrez, Samarria Floyd, Marcus Overcash, Luke Morris, Baqir Ali, Jamir McKinney, Julian Hall, Xavier Adams, Katie Brown, Monica Trejo, Charvarius Telley, Salome Artola, Ruben Lopez, Marissa Cannon, Lilly Bishop, Bob Dang and Emma Leech.
The Kiwanis Club of Gastonia sponsors the Terrific Kids recognition program.
Dads get involved: Catawba Heights Elementary sponsored a Stories and Donuts with Dads program that encouraged fathers and father figures to join children for reading time while enjoying doughnuts. More than 150 people participated in the special parent involvement event.
The school also sponsored a Leadership Luncheon program for fifth-graderes who had an opportunity to interact with business, school and civic leaders and learn about careers and leadership.
Accelerated Reader: Cherryville Elementary recently conducted an Accelerated Reader celebration to recognize students who achieved their reading goals.
The fun event was based on the Summer Olympics in London and featured the theme, “Around the World in 180 Days.”
South Point DECA: Several South Point High School students competed at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) marketing competitive events conference in Asheville.
Winners were: Trenton Joiner, Paul Katopodis, Emily Rhodes, Camden Van Pelt, Jeth Champion, Jon Robert Stewart, Austin Dirks, Karan Mirchandani, Dimpal Patel, Samuel Harris, Aafia Jaliawala, Sarah Abernathy, Anthony Helms, Jacob Clawson, Thomas Burns, Dane Rhyne, Cooper Johnson and Caroline Law.
The students earned recognition for their outstanding performance in activities that tested their knowledge of retail merchandising, sports and entertainment marketing, restaurant management and marketing principles.
Good Citizens: Bessemer City Primary School recently named its Good Citizens and Principal’s Pride winners for December.
Good Citizens were: Victoria Griffin, J’Vontre Duff, Abagail Wooten, Jermell Alexander, DeMarcus Cannon, Kaylie Battles, Gracie Freedle, Kaleb Huskins, Micah Ravan, Carolyn Sisk, Valeria Rico-Salazar, Jack Kiser, Dro Suarez, Vincent Worley, Chase Miller and Aniston Mixon.
Principal’s Pride award winners were: Seniaya Patterson, Carleigh Clark, Matthias Adams, Malik Hodge, Abigale Harris, Bradley Hughes, Zackary Sigmon, Cody Shirey, Lilly Knight, Adian Marlow, Caila Summey, Camren Wooten, Eli Shaw, Carter Owensby, Braden Graham and Xiang Zhang.
Highland runners excel: For the second time in three years, the Highland School of Technology cross country team advanced to state competition.
Students Jonathan Hilton, Walt Hambrick, Miguel Picardo, Jonathan Hildreth, Trot Leary, Dash Chrisner and Jacob Broach participated in the event. The team finished 11th overall.
Guidance counselor Mathieu Chapman is the coach.
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.
Photography contest: The North Carolina Forest Service is sponsoring a 2013 Arbor Day Photo Contest for students in grades 5-12. The photo contest is an opportunity to share the beauty, value and benefits of trees. This year’s contest theme is “Trees Where I Live.”
Contest details, guidelines and an entry form are available online at www.ncforestservice.gov/Urban/arbor_day_photo_contest.htm. Submission deadline is Feb. 28. Details: Jennifer Rall, NC Forest Service, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-857-4849.
Volunteer orientation: Gaston County Schools will hold several volunteer orientation sessions in January.
Sessions will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 and 12:15 p.m. Jan 18 at the Central Office, 943 Osceola St. in Gastonia.
Honesty and fairness: Two students at East Lincoln High School were honored as November Students of the Month.
Jennifer Freeman, a senior, and Caleb Carpenter, a freshman, were recognized for their honesty and fairness.
Cards for soldiers: Members of the National Technical Honor Society at Lincolnton High School recently made Christmas cards for wounded soldiers.
Poets published: Brittany Keener and Adrian Brunt, members of the Lincolnton High School Poetry Club, recently published their poems in the 2012 issue of “Talented.”
“Talented” is a poetry collection by young teens throughout the United States.
Students of the Month: West Lincoln High recently named its November Students of the Month. Winners were:
Ninth Grade: Gabrielle Powell, Matthew Farmer
10th Grade: Ashley Smith, Mack George
11th Grade: Joy Kniceley, Chance Armstrong
12th Grade: Lisa Gantt, Patricio Armendariz
Compiled by Leigh Pressley