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Compiled by Cindy Stern

Waddell Language Academy

Competition winner: Hannah Cole McGee, a second -grader, is the winner in the Intermediate Division in the fourth annual North Carolina Chinese Speech Competition of the Confucius Institute. Out of 150 initial statewide entrants, the top 10 were invited to finals in Raleigh. Hannah was the youngest finalist in her division and competed against middle and high school students. Her teacher is Zhang Laoshi.

Charlotte Prep

Boston Strong: The school’s Spirit Club has raised $2,751 for the Be Strong Stay Strong Fund, a fund established by the Charlotte Athletic Club to defray medical expenses for Charlotte resident Nicole Gross and her family, three victims in the Boston Marathon bombings. Participating students donated $1 or more, dressed in Carolina teams’ jerseys and competed in relay races.

Palisades Episcopal School

Conference winners: The PES Golf team has captured the Charlotte Gastonia Athletic Association conference title with a 16-stroke victory on May 7. The team had won the regular season title with a 20-stroke win on April 30 and top performers Max Gilbert and Sam Gilbert each shot 39 on eight holes.

National Latin Exam: PES student Grant White earned a perfect score on the National Latin Exam. Max Gilbert, Emma Myrick, Grant White and Jack Zeller were awarded Certificates of Outstanding Merit. Caidin Biggers, Allison Bowman, Sarah Lail, Mary Moulliet, Madison Vanias and Andi Wheeler earned Certificates of Merit.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills: PES ranked in the 93rd percentile in the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) core and composite totals. As a result of the individual ITBS scores, 15 PES students in third to fourth grades and 17 students in fifth to eighth grades qualified for the 2013 Duke TIP Talent Search.

South Meck

Tournament volunteers: South Meck students, teachers and families filled more than 500 volunteer spots as Ecology Ambassadors at the Wells Fargo Golf Championship. The school received $30,000 for the Ambassadors’ work during the tournament.

Eagle Scout: Trevor Boheler, Troop 199, has received the Eagle Scout award. Trevor’s Eagle service project was a Child Safety ID kit including DNA information which can be used with missing or abducted children. He is also a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do and has been accepted at Western Carolina University.

Charlotte Latin

Regional orchestras: Four CL Middle School students were accepted through audition into the 2013 Junior Western Regional Orchestras. Olivia Lowe was selected for the first violin section, Adithya Suresh for the cello section of the Repertory Orchestra, Alex Warmath for the bass section and Austin Fitzgerald for first violin section of the Honors Orchestra.

All-State Band: Jasmine Leahy and Veronica Leahy were selected through audition for the 2013 North Carolina Middle School all-State Honors Band. Jasmine was selected as seventh chair trumpet and Veronica as second chair alto saxophone.

Charlotte Country Day

Service project: CCD Upper School students and faculty participated in the national letter writing project to U.S. troops, “A Million Thanks.” The 500 letters were written and collected in March to be processed for the Memorial Day distribution. Student organizers included Annie Whitney, Byers Whitman, Katrina Smith and Matthew Lewis. Middle School students are working on a similar project.

Charlotte Christian

All-State Band: Eighth-grader Andrew T. Looker Jr. was selected to perform in the North Carolina All-State Band on May 5. Andrew was selected by audition as a trombone player and was also selected to the UNC-Pembroke Honors Band in March. He is under the direction of CC band teacher Kischa Moore.

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