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Charlotte-area students collect 71 tons of food for needy

Students from 17 Charlotte-area high schools collected more than 71 tons of food during the fourth annual Carolinas Student Hunger Drive that ended this week.

Ardrey Kell High School and Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College won the school honors for collecting the most food. Ardrey Kell won in the big school division and Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College in the small school competition.

Providence High was second among the big schools, with Nation Ford High in Fort Mill, S.C., finishing second among the smaller schools.

The six-week drive is modeled after an effort that started in 1986 in Davenport, Iowa. Since being started in 2010 in the Charlotte area, more than 385,000 pounds of food has been collected by students.

Mecklenburg County schools in the competition were Ardrey Kell, Butler, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Independence, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, Providence and South Mecklenburg.

Competing from Cabarrus County were Kannapolis A.L. Brown, Cannon School, Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, Cox Mill, Hickory Ridge and Northwest Cabarrus.

The York County, S.C., participants were Fort Mill and Nation Ford.

Winners of other competitions in the food drive:

Most improved: Fort Mill High.

Most Creative Activity: Nation Ford High.

Food Lion MVP Student Scholarship: Cody Braden (Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College); and Deep Patel (South Mecklenburg High).

Teacher/Advisor Award: Renee Kozlowski (Nation Ford High).

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