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Student wins merit scholarship

John Sink of Myers Park High won a corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship award.

Nearly all of this year’s corporate-sponsored designees were announced publicly by National Merit Scholarship Corporation in April, but the award John was chosen to receive became available after that announcement. His probable career field is politics.


Junior is 5th in national debate event

North Mecklenburg High rising junior Abhishek Kulgod survived 12 rounds to place fifth in extemporaneous debate at the National Forensic League Speech and Debate National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., and Myers Park’s Jake Lampke reached the semifinals in Student Congress at the event.

The students competed with more than 5,000 other U.S. high school students from across the country.

North Meck’s Colleen Watson reached the quarterfinals (top 30) in original oratory. Students from Ardrey Kell, Myers Park and Providence high schools also made the nationals after participating in competitions throughout the school year and qualifying against the best students from other schools at the Carolina West District event.


3 win 2nd place from media institute

Gaston Day School students Misbah Ahmad, Sara Bonesteel and Mason Farmer received second-place honors from the North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute at UNC Chapel Hill.

Misbah’s honor was in the review category (small schools); Sara’s was for a sports photograph. Mason finished second for typography in a literary magazine.


4 chosen for trip to Paraguay

Margaret Cardaropoli of Davidson, Lindsay Carey of Cornelius, McKenzie Maddox of Cornelius and Nathaniel Vang of Charlotte were chosen to go to Washington, D.C., and then Paraguay from July 16 to Aug. 13 as part of the American Youth Leadership Program.

The group, consisting of 18 youths and three adult mentors from throughout the United States, will convene in Washington for a week before traveling to Paraguay for three weeks. They’ll spend three weeks abroad engaging with local government and civic organizations, building relationships with host families and other youths, visiting schools and participating in skills-based workshops.

AYLP participants were selected in an open competition of teens ages 15-17 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities and have shown interests in improving their communities.

Reid Creager

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