Essay winner: Porter Yelton of Gaston Day School recently won the region’s Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s theme was “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?”
Gaston Day students Caroline Lim and India Mackinson also earned recognition in the competition.
Headmaster Richard Rankin joined all three students at an Optimist Club breakfast where Yelton received a certificate and gift card. His essay now advances to district level judging.
Beta Club awards: The Mount Holly Middle School Beta Club recently competed at the North Carolina State Convention held in Greensboro.
Mount Holly’s club placed third overall in crafts. Individual winners were:
Caleb Sherman, first place, charcoal sketching
Lexi Trull and Kelston Gantt, second place, quilting
Quentin Hooker, Grayson Epperson, Bobby Mageau and Jennifer Piercy, third place, Battle of the Books
Mikayla Blackwood, third place, poetry
Stacie Bell and Lori Collins are school sponsors of the Beta Club.
Friday students honored: W.C. Friday Middle School recently named its Students of the Month for January.
Winners were: Erika York, Bailey James, Cody Friday, Jacob Herman, Nora Guthrie, Jeremiah Pettis-Cook, Tommy McNeal and Giancarlo Silva.
Targonski wins diving title: Mary Ellen Targonski, a junior at South Point High School, recently won the State 3A Diving Championship. She also takes honors courses and has a 4.0 GPA.
Targonski is a USA Diver who trains with the Carolina Diving Academy at Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center in Huntersville. She was a finalist in the 2012 USA Diving Junior Olympic Nationals in the platform event, placing sixth. She also earned third place in the one-meter and three-meter events at the 2012 AAU Diving Nationals last summer.
The oldest of five children, Targonski also participates in Catholic Athletes for Christ and works part-time as a lifeguard.
Chavis band students selected: Several students from John Chavis Middle School participated in All-County Band on Feb. 9 at Ashbrook High School. Students auditioned to perform with the band made up of top young musicians from across the county.
Chavis Middle was represented by:
Eighth grade: Tiffany Green, Haley Little, Hannah Weidenhamer, Cassidy Murri, Chenoah Millwood, Chloe Baumgardner, Erica Boswell, Leina Moore, Cassie Wells, Cassie Hudson, Rebecca Howe, Breona Tuft, Maddie Green, E.J. Bowles, Thomas LaFrancis, Alex Bowman, Justin Hannah, Kaitlyn Estep, Sarah Leetham, Mike Harrelson, Mary Dobbins, Andy Rhyne, Lucia Shackelford
Seventh grade: Meredith Bowen, Taylor Paputseanos, Stephanie Cruz, Michelle Munoz, Tristian Hedgpeth, Katie Scronce, Amariah Pratt, Jana Jones, Madison Miller, Taylor Hope, Hope Bibb, Noah Shepherd, Owen Kaylor, Johnathan McSwain, Dawson Cody
Pre-k registration: Gaston County Schools will hold pre-kindergarten registration 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15-19 at select elementary schools.
Children should be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 and a resident of Gaston County. For a list of schools offering pre-kindergarten registration, visit www.gaston.k12.nc.us and click on the Parents and Pre-Kindergarten Information tabs.
Space is limited.
Kindergarten registration: Gaston County elementary schools will host kindergarten registration 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22-26. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to qualify.
Parents must bring the child’s certified birth certificate from a register of deeds office or state vital records office, current immunization record, health assessment and proof of residence.
Belk gives to school: Lingerfeldt Elementary was recently chosen as a community service project by Belk’s department store chain. One hundred Belk employees will help beautify the school by building picnic tables, painting murals, making bookshelves and installing landscaping.
Catawba Heights project: Students at Catawba Heights recently raised $1,607 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Sponsored by the Student Council, the service project involved the collection of more than 22,500 pennies.
Olive Garden also awarded a pasta party to the class with the highest total.
Terrific Kids: Gardner Park Elementary School recently named its latest Terrific Kids.
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Gastonia, the student recognition program promotes character development, positive self-esteem, perseverance, kindness and compassion.
January winners received a certificate, free admission to Kate’s Skating Rink and a pencil from Kiwanis Club member Joseph Nelli. Each student also was recognized at the school’s monthly Honors Assembly.
January winners were: Kaylley Armas, Menaal Shaikh, Jakayli Jenkins, Kailey Caughron, Katherine Molano, Ayden Wykle, Leadria Sanders, Isabel Castro-Uribe, Kaitlyn Minier, Gerardo Cervantes-Tinoco, Tyler Meeks, Julissa Hernandez. Ivan Ramirez, Sarah Harris, Alan Archer, Abbi Brown, John Steele, Jordan Dilling, Kayleen Echeverry, Jacob Surratt, Gavin Zhang, Ashlee Creque, Emma Putman, Nala Galindo, Tori Lambert, Gwyneth Bolt, Kathleen Sharp, Jacklyn Silvers and Tyson Crawford.
Good Citizens: Hawks Nest Intermediate School recently named its Good Citizens for February. Selection was based on honesty, the character trait of the month.
Winners were: Malea McCollough, Ashlyn Oakes, Rebecca Faust, Scott Ledford, Sam Albright, Mason Swindler and Alex Berghello.
College expo: The second annual Gaston County Schools College Expo will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Gastonia Conference Center.
Parents and students can get information on financial aid, planning for college financing, accessing applications electronically, scholarships, college websites, athletic eligibility, SAT and ACT tips, writing resumes, essays and letters of recommendation for college, interviews, military enlistment and other topics.
Admission is free.
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.
Conservation essay winners: Winners of the 2012-13 Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation Essay Contest were recently announced. They are:
• Josh Fesmire, North Lincoln Middle, first place, $100
• Kaylee Martin, East Lincoln Middle, second place, $50
• Lejla Brka, Lincolnton Middle, third place, $30
• Justin Lynch, West Lincoln Middle, honorable mention, $20
The top three winners read their essays at the Lincolnton Rotary Club meeting on Jan. 28. The Board of Education also recognized the students with a Certificate of Recognition.
All-District Band: Kaitlyn Wilt and Michael Storey, eighth-graders at Lincolnton Middle School, were recently selected for the South Central All-District Band. More than 600 talented student musicians auditioned for the band through a solo performance, sight reading and demonstration of scales.
Kaitlyn made third chair in the Concert Band and placed 15th out of 99 flutes. Michael made second chair in the Symphonic Band, placing second over 25 other tuba players who auditioned. He also is eligible to audition for All-State Band.
Kindergarten registration: Lincoln County Schools will hold registration for children entering kindergarten in the fall through March 18.
Students who will turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 should be registered at the school they will attend. Registration for first graders new to Lincoln County Schools also will occur during this registration period.
Parents should bring a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization records. A health assessment should be completed by a healthcare provider before the start of school and no later than 30 days after school begins.
After registration, parents should schedule a screening appointment at their child’s school. Sessions will be held on the following dates:
April 10-11: Childers Elementary
April 15-16: North Brook Elementary
April 17-18: Union Elementary
April 22-23: Rock Springs Elementary
April 24-25: St. James Elementary
April 29-30: Battleground Elementary
May 1-2: Pumpkin Center Elementary
May 6-7: S. Ray Lowder Elementary
May 8-9: Iron Station Elementary
May 13-14: Catawba Springs Elementary
May 15-16: G.E. Massey Elementary
Compiled by Leigh Pressley