College fair: The National College Fair will be held noon to 4 p.m. March 9 in Independence Hall in The Park, formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. in Charlotte.
The fair is sponsored by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.
Students can meet representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation. Presentations also will cover how to pay for college, searches for international students, scholarships, NCAA and student athletes, SAT and ACT success, planning for college for middle school students and selective college admissions.
For information, visit www.nacacnet.org.
South Point students honored: Four students at South Point High School recently advanced in scholarship competitions on a state and national level.
Madeline Killen was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among 16,000 top high school seniors nationally and is the only one from Gaston County Schools to advance in the annual scholarship competition.
Matthew Agee was named a semifinalist for N.C. State University’s Park Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Agee also was named as a finalist for N.C. State’s Centennial Scholarship.
Kati Scruggs was selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, supplies and study abroad experiences. Scruggs also was named a semifinalist for the Park Scholarship at N.C. State University and the Coca-Cola Scholarship.
Quinn Barnette was named as a finalist for UNC Charlotte’s Levine Scholars Program. It covers full tuition, room and board, a grant to implement a service project and study abroad experiences.
Smarter than a fifth-grader?: The Gaston County Education Foundation will host its annual “Are You Smarter than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?” 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Stuart Cramer High School.
Proceeds will provide mini-grants to Gaston County teachers for innovative classroom activities. Twelve school-business teams will compete for the championship title, with each business partnering with an elementary school.
Students will serve as coaches and cheerleaders for the business teams, which donate $1,000 to participate in the quiz bowl format. Additional awards are given for spirit and costumes.
Admission is $4, and the event is open to the public.
Bus driver appreciation: Gaston County Schools observed National School Bus Driver Appreciation Week Feb. 10-14.
The district’s school buses travel more than 11,900 miles and carry more than 14,000 students to and from school each day.
Chavis honors students, staff of the month: John Chavis Middle School recently announced its Students of the Month for January.
Sixth grade: Mallory England, Sergio Pena Hernandez, Abbey Good
Seventh grade: Laura Perez, Carlie Grace Jackson, Luke Rayfield
Eighth grade: Jaiden Hunt, Mary Beth Wyatt, Stacy Kostiuk
Art teacher Callie Hahn won Staff Member of the Month.
Mars Hill Choral Festival: Three South Point High School students – Lauren Adams, Faith Granade and Hannah Phillips – were recently selected to participate in the prestigious Mars Hill College Choral Festival.
They were among 800 students who auditioned for the program.
Disney leadership program: Members of the Southwest Middle School Beta Club will participate in the YES Disney Leadership Summit in Orlando, Fla.
Students will learn about teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, while experiencing behind-the-scenes magic of the Disney theme parks.
Tate’s Janitorial Service, the Gill Foundation, Blythe Construction Services, Hardee’s and Parker Hannifin donated money to sponsor the trip.
Athletes win titles: North Gaston High School student Mariel Finger recently won the pole vaulting state championship at the 3A indoor track and field competition in Winston-Salem.
South Point High School student Mary Ellen Targonski won the one-meter diving state championship at the 3A swimming and diving competition in Cary.
Kids consignment sale: Brookside Elementary will hold its Fall & Winter Consignment Sale 6-9 p.m. March 21 and 8 a.m. to noon March 22 at the school. Many items will be marked half-price on March 22.
The sale is sponsored by the Brookside Elementary PTO. Five percent of proceeds go to the school.
Pasta for Pennies: East Gaston High School raised more than $2,907 to help fight cancer in its 10th annual Pasta for Pennies campaign.
Proceeds from the event benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Raffle ticket fundraiser: East Gaston High School is selling $1 raffle tickets to help purchase new computers for students and staff.
The April 14 drawing will feature a $500 winner, a $100 winner and eight $50 winners.
For information, call the school at 704-827-7251.
Become a mentor: Gaston County Schools is encouraging caring adults to serve as mentors to students in local schools. To be approved, an online volunteer application with a criminal background check is required. Applications are available at www.gastonschoolvolunteers.com. Volunteers can enter the mentoring program at any time throughout the school year.
Upcoming training sessions are at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19 and March 19 in the Gaston Regional Chamber Seminar Room, 601 W. Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia.
For information or to reserve a seat for mentor training, contact Valerie Yatko, director of the Office of Business & Education Partnerships, at 704-866-6329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Underwood featured in magazine: Neil Underwood, music and band director at North Lincoln High School, was selected as one of 50 individuals from across the nation to be featured in School Band and Orchestra magazine.
One director from each state who makes a difference in the lives of students was featured for their perspective on the critical elements that lead to a successful education career.
Underwood also was recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting.
Kindergarten registration: Registration for children entering kindergarten will be Feb. 18-March 18. Children who will turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, should register between those dates. Parents must register their child at the school they will attend. Registration for first-graders new to Lincoln County Schools will also occur during the same time frame.
Parents must present a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, immunization records and a health assessment.
Upon registering their child for kindergarten, parents can schedule an appointment for Dial Screening at their home school. The schedule includes:
April 2-3: Rock Springs
April 7-8: Pumpkin Center Primary
April 9-10: Iron Station Elementary
April 14-15: Childers
April 16-17: Catawba Springs
May 5-6: Battleground
May 12-13: G.E. Massey
May 14-15: S. Ray Lowder
May 19-20: Union
May 21-22: St. James
Compiled by Leigh Pressley
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