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Compiled by Cindy Stern

East Meck

Culinary arts: Culinary arts teacher Dale Richardson has been selected by MeckEd as a 2013 Teacher of Excellence. Richardson, along with 24 other teachers, will be honored for the recognition May 8.

Providence High

Community volunteers: PHS needs community members and parents for PHS Career Day April 30. The volunteers will share their career experiences with students in an informal setting. The school is in particular need of speakers from health services, engineering and science fields. Contact Sharon.walker@cms.k12.nc.us to volunteer.

PHS NJROTC: At the Area Six NJROTC Meet, the Physical Training, Academic and Drill Teams won two second place and one third place in drill and physical training. The unit also finished fifth place in academics.

Charlotte Latin

YBTC award: Eighth-grader Adithya Suresh has won the You Be the Chemist NC Challenge for the second consecutive year. Adithya will compete in the YBTC National Challenge in Philadelphia June 24.

Myers Park

Debate coach award: Andrew West, nationally recognized MPHS debate coach, received the Virginia Sutherland Circle of Honor award from the Tarheel Forensic League. He is the 15th coach to receive this award in the league’s 40 year history. West has more than 20 years experience as debate coach and is a previous recipient of the Arts and Science Council’s Cato Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Emory University/Barkley Forum Key Coach Award. Under West’s leadership, Myers Park has won more than 10 state championships in addition to national awards in speech and debate competitions.

Orchestra rating: The MPHS Symphony received a Superior rating at the recent festival. The orchestra was one of only two receiving the Superior rating.

Theater award: The MPHS Theater Department was selected as a top 30 semi-finalist in NBC’s “SMASH” Make a Musical Constructed by Lowe’s. An online voting contest will determine the top five schools, which will receive a Lowe’s gift card. Visit www.makeamusical.org to vote.

Providence Day

Alum news: PDS graduate and UNC senior Margo Williams is working on critical research projects at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and applying to Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology. A double major in Psychology and Spanish, Williams is using touch-screen computer technology to assess the working memory and attention levels of children to gain understanding in brain development. In addition, Williams has helped to translate instructions and can administer the assessments in Spanish.

Palisades Episcopal School

Presidential award: Emma Myrick, a PES eighth-grader, has been honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of her exemplary volunteer service. The distinction is awarded by President Obama through The Prudential Spirit of America Community Awards program. In her work at PES and at local churches, Emma has served as School Safety Patrol Captain for two years, volunteered at vacation Bible schools and worked in church nurseries.

Charlotte Christian School

National awards: Eva Bower, Carson Kowar and Beth Richter have been awarded 2013 National Scholastic Art Awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. Eva, an eighth-grader, received a National Gold Medal for her drawing. Carson and Beth, seniors, both received National Silver Medals for their senior portfolios consisting of eight works each. Director of Visual Arts Eva Crawford and Visual Arts Teacher Pete Baglia direct the CCS students.

Charlotte Prep

Jump Rope for Heart: CP students have raised $3,865 for Jump Rope for Heart, a program which raises awareness of the importance of cardiovascular fitness and raises funds for heart disease and stroke research. The high dollar raiser, for the amount of $1,388, was fourth-grader Raechel Babb.

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