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Pineville Elementary, South Meck High

Teacher seminars: Pineville Elementary teachers Kathryn Brown and Brittany Houser and South Meck teacher Ellen Estes recently attended seminars held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized leader in professional development for teachers. NCCAT conducts seminars for teachers of all grades to improve skills and provide knowledge and new teaching methods and practices.

Charlotte Christian School

Teacher retirement: Jean Fogle has retired after teaching at Charlotte Christian Middle School for 33 years. Fogle taught social studies, history and geography and was instrumental in creating the school’s annual Middle Ages Day Celebration.

Art contest winner: Beth Richter, recent Charlotte Christian graduate, met with Congressman Robert Pittenger and his staff at the U. S. Capitol on June 26. Beth is the 9th District winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition and was in Washington with her family to view the unveiling of her artwork inside the Capitol Building. Her painting, “Medal of Honor”, will be on display for one year.

Charlotte Catholic High

Erdman award: Lauren Nahouraii has won an Erdman Engineering Award scholarship toward her tuition at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. Charlotte attorney David Erdman funds the scholarships which are awarded to North Carolina students who have been accepted in the engineering program at Duke University.

Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill

Matthews student award: William “Billy” Gerhard has received a Vimy Global Team Award and will perform research this summer on the San Cristobal island in the Galapagos. The rising senior and biology major will collaborate with team members to measure fecal indicator levels in the water and map locations of the highest fecal contamination. The Vimy Global Team Award is supported by the UNC Global Education Fund.

Providence Day

STEM national winner: Abbie Cochell, Katherine Holway and Haley Ritchie (Team Charger Breath Saver) won first place at the eCYBERMISSION National Showcase in Washington, D.C., on June 21. The team conceived and built a wearable water-detection device that alerts caregivers if their dependents submerge in water. The students competed against 15 teams and were advised by PDS science teacher Barbara Morrow.

Ardrey Kell High

Rising ninth-graders: The fourth annual Knight Camp, a student-only event for rising ninth-graders, will be held July 31 at the school from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A snack lunch will be served and students will be able to familiarize themselves with the campus. The event is free.

Charlotte Latin:

800M run: Varsity track athlete Christian White finished second in the 800-meter with a time of 1:52:18 at the Meet of the Champions held in June in Winston Salem.

Coach award: Dick Sipperly, varsity boys’ lacrosse coach, has been named the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Boys’ Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Under Sipperly, the Hawks won their second straight NCISAA lacrosse championship earlier in May.

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