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Charlotte’s Myers Park, Jay M. Robinson win top honors

By Gabrielle Zendan
Correspondent

Myers Park High School and Jay M Robinson Middle School were honored recently at the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities’ annual meeting.

NCASA is a nonprofit association of schools that promotes academic excellence of North Carolina students through scholastic competition. According to NCASA’s Facebook page, they “recognize educators and students…for their outstanding contributions and performance in scholastic activities.”

Myers Park won the 2013 NCASA Scholastic Cup and Jay M Robinson won the 2013 Middle School Cup presented by Time Warner Cable.

The Scholastic Cup is awarded to a high school and middle school that earns the most Scholastic Cup points “through participation and excellence in scholastic competitions throughout the school year,” according to NCASA’s website.

Myers Park was also recognized as the best high school in North Carolina due it its 11 top-10 finishes and four state championships.

Jay M. Robinson was also recognized as the best middle school in North Carolina due to its seven top-three finishes and four state championships.

Jay M. Robinson’s Samantha Schrager was awarded Scholastic Director of the Year for leading her school to win state champion at The Quill and for creating Charlotte’s first digital newspaper for a middle school.

For Myers Park and Jay M. Robinson to obtain these titles, high standings had to be accumulated in NCASA competitions and Cup Partner competitions. The following NCASA activities that the schools was involved in included: The Quill (essay writing), The Twelve (N.C. trivia and history), Quiz Bowl, Show Choir and Art Showcase. Cup Partner competitions included: Science Olympiad, Odyssey of the Mind, Envirothon, Technology Student Association, N.C. Chess Association, State Mathematics Contest, Tarheel Forensic League, Economics Challenge and MATHCOUNTS.

NCASA listed the top 10 high schools and top 10 middle schools in the Cup. The final standings were:

Cup Top 10 High Schools:

1. Myers Park

2. N.C. School of Science and Mathematics

3. Ardrey Kell

4. Simon G. Atkins A&T

5. Hickory,

6. Northwood

7. Providence

8. Northwest Guilford

Tied for 9. AL Brown and Thomas Jefferson Classical

Cup Top 10 Middle Schools:

1. Jay M. Robinson

2. Mount Mourne School

3. Central

4. Smith

5. JN Fries

6. Seventy-First Classical

7. Community House

8. Alexander Graham

9. Hickory Ridge

10. Elizabeth City

Gabrielle Zendan is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Gabrielle? Email her at zendan@gmail.com.
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