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Compiled by Cindy Stern

Providence High

Volunteers needed: The Odyssey of the Mind program at PHS needs volunteers for its competition March 2 at Wingate University. Volunteers may be high school students younger than 18. Contact Deanna Keithly at deannakeithly@juno.com or 704-845-6045 for details.

School honors: During the first semester the following were recognized: The PHS Auto Tech Program received National Recognition in the “Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year Program for its top 25 ranking nationwide. Eight students were named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. Geethi Loganathan received the Catalyst Award at the N.C. Summer Ventures for Science and Math. Mijal Bucay won the Carolinas’ Carrousel Scholarship Competition. Michael Martin was recognized in the Do the Right Thing program.

Charlotte Christian

Drama awards: The following Charlotte Christian students won awards at the Christians in Theatre Arts Secondary Theatre Festival: Savannah Kasay – First Place for Junior High Solo Musical Theatre; Haley Putnam and Emma VanDeVelde – First Place for Duo Musical Theatre; Carolina Kasay and Haley Putnam – First Place Tie for Solo Musical Theatre; Graham Baker, Colter Corish, Brad Kesling, Faith Hanegraaff, Lynn Putnam, and Morgan Wakefield – First Place for Ensemble Theatre; Michael Julliard – Second Place for Shakespeare Monologue and Honorable Mention for Solo Musical Theatre; Kristyn Richardson – Second Place for Contrasting Monologues; Emma VanDeVelde – Third Place for Solo Musical Theatre; and Kyndall Sutherland - Semifinalist for Contrasting Monologues. The ACT 1 high school team is led by CC director of theatre Lori Anne Sword. CC music and theatre teacher Mindy Damon directs the ACT 2 middle school team.

Musical production: CC lower school students will present “Disney’s The Aristocats Kids” Feb. 28 to March 2 as their annual spring musical. Details and tickets are available at www.charlottechristian.com/boxoffice.

Myers Park High

Theater fundraiser: The MPHS Theater Department and Jersey Mike’s in Dilworth, 1300 East Blvd., are joining for a Spirit Night fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19. Jersey Mike’s will donate 25 percent of the sales during those hours to the Theater Department. The donations will help support the spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress” set for March 21-23.

Providence Day

Festival choir: PDS Upper School Chorus students Frannie Koback and Renee Parris sang at the Mars Hill High School Choral Festival Choir held recently at Mars Hill College.

Regional orchestra: PDS students Alexander Roupas (cello) and Tyler Hawk (percussion) were selected though audition to perform in the N.C. Western Region Orchestras, to be held March 1-3 at UNC-Greensboro. Roupas and Hawk will perform, respectively, in the Honors and Repertory Orchestras.

Scholarship finalist: PDS senior Tony Asher has been named a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Charlotte Prep

Middle School appointment: Following a national search, Edward Mensah has been named head of middle school at Charlotte Prep beginning July 1. Mensah comes to the school from Steppingstone Scholars in Philadelphia, where he has worked as director of programs since 2002. Mensah received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Biltmore performance: For the second year in a row, Charlotte Prep’s chorus was one of only two in the Charlotte area chosen to perform at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Geography bee: Eighth-grader Alex Smith has won the school’s geography bee. Fifth-grader Maxwell Lindner is the runner-up. Alex, who won on the fourth question in the challenge round, will attempt to qualify for the state bee through testing.

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