MecklenburgSmithfield Elementary: Veteran teacher Margareta Tripsa has been named a 2013 Global Educator by the Visiting International Faculty Education program.Originally from Romania, Tripsa has taught for 13 years, two at Smithfield teaching English as a Second Language. The award winners are selected based on successful cultural teaching. Queen’s Grant High: At the graduation ceremony for the class of 2013, Sarah Donaher was the valedictorian.Kendal Thomas was the Salutatorian, Amanda Middleton and Rebeka Turner respectively received the Citizenship Award and the Perfect Attendance Award. Hough High: Senior Travis DeWitt O’Shell has earned his Eagle Scout rank. Travis served as his troop’s Senior Patrol leader and as Crew Leader for the 2012 Philmont trip. He landscaped, constructed steps and built a dry creek bed at Legion Park in Cornelius for his community service project. • Patrick Cowley has received a full ROTC scholarship to the Duke Engineering school. Patrick also received an Erdman Award scholarship. Erdman Awards: The following Charlotte area seniors have received $1,000 scholarships to Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering: Lauren Nahouraii, Charlotte Catholic; Dean Hazineh, Marvin Ridge High; Matias Lopez, Forestview High and Kevin Murgas, Jay M. Robinson High. The scholarships are funded by Charlotte attorney and Duke graduate David Erdman. Cabarrus Northwest Cabarrus High: Colin Kinney has been awarded a Horatio Alger North Carolina Scholarship.The scholars were chosen based on educational commitment, community service and in perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve success. Each recipient will receive $5,000 for college expenses and have access to networking, assessment, counseling and housing opportunities. Cabarrus County Schools: Superintendent Barry Shepherd announced additional leadership changes.Dustin Shoe has been named principal of Beverly Hills Elementary. Dan Meehan will become director of transportation. Michelle Rinehardt-Cline has been named principal of Hickory Ridge High. Mt. Pleasant High, Hickory Ridge middle schools: Trent Smith, Mt. Pleasant High, has won the May Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month award. Pepper Martin, Hickory Ridge Middle, has won the June Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month award. Teachers are nominated for outstanding work in the classroom. Cox Mill High: Elijah Goins, 2013 graduate, was recognized at the recent Board of Education meeting for winning the boys 110 hurdles state title with a time of 14.67 seconds. Harris Road Middle: Madeline Barfield was presented at the June 10 Board of Education meeting as the winner of the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts Soil and Water Conservation Power Point Contest. Union Piedmont High: Alice I. Will has been awarded a Horatio Alger North Carolina Scholarship.The scholars were chosen based on educational commitment, community service and in perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles. Each recipient will receive $5,000 for college expenses and have access to networking, assessment, counseling and housing opportunities. Porter Ridge High: More than 300 students earned Microsoft 2010 certifications during this school year. To receive certification, students must score a minimum of 700 out of 1,000 possible points on the Microsoft Certification Exam. York York Road Elementary: The school has been recognized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for raising $2,000.Gemeta Anderson and Phyllis Doherty accepted the award on June 18 at the JDRF Charlotte awards reception. South Pointe High: Rising Senior Wade Hopper has been selected as this year’s Shrine Bowl correspondent for the S.C. football team.This is the second consecutive year that a South Pointe columnist has received this honor. Wade will also serve as the school’s newspaper editor-in-chief and sports editor during the upcoming year. India Hook Elementary: Teachers Stacy Bunchman and Heather Rollings and Principal Crystal Guyton are currently teaching in China in classrooms they have set up.India Hook was chosen by a group of Chinese educators, who wanted to duplicate a U.S. high performing elementary school in Beijing. Winthrop University Dean Jennie Rakestraw, who knew of the group’s efforts, recommended a number of area schools as options. Clover High: The graduating class of 2013 has been offered $10,053,782 in college scholarships.The previous record of $6 million was set by the class of 2011. The 2013 graduating class is the largest class in the 91-year history of the school. Clover Assistant Principal Announcements: George Smith will move to Crowders Creek Elementary. Richard Eppes will move to Kinard Elementary. Vickie Stine will move to Clover Middle. Nicole Thompson will move to Oakridge Middle. Clover High: Graham Stafford has been hired to lead the school’s men’s soccer program. Stafford has 12 years of teaching experience and has taught physical education at York Road Elementary for the past six years. He is originally from Milton Keynes, England. Compiled by Cindy Stern
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
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