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Compiled by Cindy Stern

Freedom School Partners

Record-setting fundraiser: Community supporters and scholars raised $220,000 through donations and sponsorships at the recent Freedom School Partners Jubilee. Special guest speaker Bonnie St. John talked to children about perseverance and determination. St. John was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal despite having a leg amputation at age 5. Freedom School Partners is an organization which works to improve academic performance, inspire reading and involve community support in children’s education.

National Merit Scholarships

Providence High winners: Megan Rees received the National Merit American University Scholarship. Eunice Lee received the National Merit George Washington University Scholarship.

Audrey Kell High winners: Aparna Balikrishnan won the National Merit Washington University in St. Louis Scholarship. Mary McAllister received the National Merit Liberty University Scholarship.

Myers Park High winner: Ellie Acheson received the National Merit Grinnell College Scholarship.

East Meck

Booster Club: The EM Athletic Booster Club needs corporate sponsors for the upcoming sports season. Contact Stephanie Cornett at scornett@carolina.rr.com.

Cheerleading tryouts: The official tryouts are scheduled for 8 – 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1-3. Cheerleading workouts are being held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 – 11 a.m. Students need to show up-to-date physicals before workout or tryout.

Incoming freshmen: New Eagle Success Training orientations for the students (class of 2017) will be held 9 a.m. – noon Aug. 15 and 1 – 4 p.m. Aug. 16 on campus. There will also be parent information sessions.

Ardrey Kell High

Sports physicals: AK sports physicals for 2013-14 will be available to students 6 – 9 p.m. July 30 in the Aux. Gym. A $10 cash donation is requested to support the school’s sports medicine department. To receive a physical, student-athletes must present a completed 2013-14 AK Athletic Packet with the copy of the sports physical forms. The physicals are sponsored by OrthoCarolina with Dr. Scott O’Neal and Robert Raspa PAC.

Providence High

Rising ninth-graders: The school will hold a New Student Welcome for rising ninth-graders 3 – 5 p.m. Aug. 22. The drop-in will allow the students to become familiar with the school layout and to receive activity information from club representatives, who also will be soliciting membership.

Campus beautification: The PTSO Beautification Committee will sponsor a workday 9 a.m. – noon Aug. 21. PHS students or registered PHS/CMS adult volunteers may volunteer to spruce up the school grounds before the start of school. RSVP to Margot Strickler at margotvos1@gmail.com.

AP reading: Students taking 11th grade AP English Language and Composition during the upcoming school year are required to read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan and “Thank You for Arguing” by Jay Heinrichs. Students should annotate texts as they read and mark significant passages and quotes.

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