MecklenburgNational Merit Semifinalists: The following students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists:• Ardrey Kell – Manas K. Agrawal, Seok Jin Hong, Soonmin Hong, Rohan Sharma.• David W. Butler – Moriah Sharpe.• Cato Middle College – Casey W. McGuirt.• Mallard Creek – Kevin M. Rabel.• Myers Park – Rudolph Banny, Emily P. Brown, Meredith K. Freeland, William H. Fuller, Alexander F. Griffith, Kristen N. Heritage, Nathaniel K. Holderman, Emily G. Shannon, Ann K. Steele, Andrew H. Sun, Hannah Wang, Ivy W. Zerkle.• North Mecklenburg – Hannah P. Bensky, Jack A. Bradford, Christopher J. Pirrung.• Math, Engineering, Technology and Science at Olympic – Henry T. Yadon.• Providence – John Benjamin P. Adams, Jared E. Blum, Sarah S. Fellman, Madison C. Gabriel, Brandon S. Greenblatt, Saikiran Gudla, Willis Y. Lu, Prayag Pershad, Sharath Rama.• South Mecklenburg – Ellen P. Adams, Zachary J. Marcus, Robert P. Medlin, Zachery Montgomery, Alison J. Roeth, Siqiao Wang. Bailey Middle: The school’s 2012-13 PTSA received the Outstanding PTA Service Award at the Mecklenburg PTA Conference in August. The group was recognized for increasing membership to over 1,000 members last year. Davidson Elementary: The school recently learned it was top the N.C. school in last February’s Pennies for Patients fund drive for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for the second year in a row. The school raised $10,300 and will participate again this February. To date, Davidson Elementary has raised almost $42,000 for the drive. Vance High: The school is one of five U.S. schools to be named a School of Excellence by the national organization Communities in Schools. The local affiliate, CIS-Charlotte, also has been recognized with a Communities of Excellence award. The awards recognize improvement in student performance and graduation rates and successful collaborations between CIS, local partners and public schools. SouthLake Christian Academy: The school will hold its fall festival 2:30-7 p.m. Oct. 18. The festival is the PTF fundraiser. Contact Susan Cook at 704-820-0248 about sponsorships. Contact Tracy Helms at 980-429-0447 for information about the silent auction. Lake Norman Charter: Teachers Elizabeth Padgett and Christine Pecorella were selected to participate in this year’s STEM Fellow program, hosted by Discovery Place. Only 20 participants were chosen. Held throughout September, the program workshops demonstrate STEM best practices and advanced technology strategies and provide in-depth understanding of the STEM-based curriculum. Youth basketball: Registration for the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Basketball program begins in October. Practices begin in November, games in December/January. Details: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Athletics/YouthAthletics/Pages/Basketball.aspx. Operation College Launch: The library is hosting its annual Operation College Launch, designed to provide information about the college admission process to students and parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. http://blogs.plcmc.org/libraryloft/your-future/ocl/
Gold Hill Middle: The school has collaborated with Founders Credit Union to run a student store and an in-school credit union. In addition to increasing their financial literacy and receiving training by Founders, the students will organize and manage both business units. Fort Mill District: Lipi Pratt has won the 2013 Teacher of the Year award. Pratt teaches gifted and talented math and science at Fort Mill Elementary and Sugar Creek Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and a master’s from Coppin State College.• Support staff: Debbie Morshead has won the 2013 District Support Staff of the Year award. Morshead is an instructional assistant at Fort Mill Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Griggs Road Elementary: Students raised $14,000 through pledges at the Boosterthon Fun Run. The PTO will use the funds on projects this school year. Clover High: Ross Lenard, a senior and Eagle Scout candidate, recently constructed and dedicated an outdoor classroom board at Bethany Elementary as his Eagle Scout project. Ross is a former BES student. Rock Hill District: John Taylor has been named interim superintendent of the district. Taylor has served as superintendent of schools in Dillon, S.C., and Lancaster County and as associate superintendent of long-range planing, staff development and community involvement in the Rock Hill district.
Union Weddington Cluster schools: Weddington High, Weddington Middle and Antioch, Wesley Chapel and Weddington Elementary Schools recently participated in the annual United Way Day of Caring. Students, staff and parents were assigned to help an elderly couple in the Waxhaw area. The volunteers performed yard work and organized a flower garden and patio. Blood donations: The school system was recognized Sept. 5 by the American Red Cross for donating 2,053 pints of blood through school blood drives. Twenty-three principals were presented with certificates in recognition of ongoing support of the Red Cross. Sun Valley Middle: Through Sept. 30, SVM students and staff will participate in The Water Challenge, a fundraiser benefitting areas in Africa that don’t have access to a sustainable water supply. Participants will forgo nonwater beverages and instead donate that money to The Water Project ( www.thewaterproject.org.) For details or to donate, contact Diana Ollis at 704-296-3009 or visit http://bit.ly/1fBNkEB. Waxhaw Elementary: Anya Rawstron of England has joined the school staff as a second-grade teacher. Rawstron has experience teaching the U.S. equivalent of first, second and third grades. 5K fundraiser: On Oct. 12, a 5K Walk/Run/Ride (bicycles and scooters) fundraiser will be held at 9 a.m. at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy to benefit a community member. The Henely family from the Chestnut Oaks neighborhood has a son diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. Neighbors aim to raise $7,000 to reduce the family’s financial burden. To register: http://beta.active.com/matthews-nc/running/team-will-5k-fun-run-walk-2013. Contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.Cabarrus Jay M. Robinson High: Freshman Chris West has been named a Hometown Hero. Chris received a VIP welcome-back to school Sept. 13 after he missed most of last year due to cancer. His motorcade to school included road closures and police escorts from the Concord and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police departments. Students met Chris at the front doors with a rally and celebration. Hometown Heroes is an organization that provides unique experiences to kids in difficult situations. Cannon School: The school will offer the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course on campus from Oct. 19 to Nov. 23 (fall course) and Feb. 1 to March 1 (winter course). Both courses are open to private, public and home-schooled students. Online registration: www.cannonschool.org/satprep. Compiled by Cindy Stern