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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

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Central Cabarrus Vikings Speech and Debate Team members Caeley Riordan, left, and Beth Kingaby, both juniors, qualified to attend the National Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament.

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County Schools

A.T. Allen Elementary

Teacher of the Year: Amy Whitten recently was named by her fellow teachers at A.T. Allen as the Teacher of the Year. Whitten now advances to the district level for consideration as the Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year.

Garden soil needed: A large amount of good-quality soil is needed to fill the school’s raised beds in preparation for planting a vegetable garden. To donate soil or to recommend a source of quality soil, call the school at 704-788-2182.

Beverly Hills Elementary

Wellness Fair: 6 p.m. March 18 at the school, 87 Palaside Drive, Concord. Open to the community. Features displays by more than 20 local health and wellness vendors and healthy door prizes.

Boger Elementary

Spring Fest planning meeting: Noon, March 6. Open to anyone interested in helping plan for the May 9 Spring Family Festival and Fun Run. The event has been rescheduled from its original date of May 2. Community sponsors and auction item donations are needed. Details:

Carl A. Furr Elementary

Bricks 4 Kidz: 3-4 p.m. Thursdays starting March 6. Boys and girls can learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through fun activities with Legos. Cost is $72 for a six-week session. To register, visit For details, call Laura at 704-559-9796.

Cox Mill Elementary

Proctors needed: Cox Mill is need of proctors for the end-of-grade tests at the end of May and early June. One proctor is needed in each classroom in which a test is being administered. Around 50 proctors are needed for May 28-29, and 20 proctors are needed for June 3. Proctors need to arrive at the school by 7:50 a.m. on their volunteer day for a brief training and refreshments. Testing is usually completed by noon. Proctors must be at least 18 years old. Sign up:

Weddington Hills Elementary

International Studies meeting: 7 p.m. March 6. An information session about the International Studies magnet program to be offered starting next year. Spanish and Mandarin language classes will be available through the program, which will be open to both magnet students and students living within the school’s attendance boundary.

Wolf Meadow Elementary

Teacher of the Year: Janice Witherspoon was recently named Wolf Meadow Elementary Teacher of the Year. Michele Johnson was named Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Concord Middle

Beautification project: Boy Scout Troop No. 264 at Central United Methodist Church in Concord will help Concord Middle School’s Parent-Teacher-Student Organization beautify the campus in coming months. The project involves putting in new plants, cleaning the courtyards and putting in planters. For updates on the project, look for “BSA 264” on Facebook.

Hickory Ridge Middle

Parenting workshop: The Hickory Ridge Middle Counseling Department will offer a workshop for parents, “Raising Kids in Our Digital World: Texting, Cyberbullying, Social Networks and More,” 7-8 p.m. March 13 in the Media Center.

Winkler Middle

Parent Night: The College Fund of North Carolina’s Middle School Parent Night will be at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in the auditorium at Winkler Middle. The session will offer help with navigating the College Fund of North Carolina to plan for high school, college and careers. Details:

Central Cabarrus High

Speech and debate honor: Vikings Speech and Debate Team members Caeley Riordan and Beth Kingaby both juniors, qualified at the recent Chase High School Speech and Debate Tournament to attend the National Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Hickory Ridge High

Community yard sale: 8 a.m.-noon March 8, Hickory Ridge High parking lot. Benefits the Hickory Ridge Athletic Department. Cost to sell items is $20 for one space, $30 for two spaces. To reserve spaces, make checks payable to “Hickory Ridge Athletics” and mail to Hickory Ridge Athletics, 7321 Raging Ridge Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075. A Goodwill truck will be at the site to accept unsold items. Details: Adam Despot,

Art award: Senior Skylar Crocker was awarded both Scholastic’s Gold Key Award and the American Visions Award for his ceramic sculpture “Melting Bull.” Gold Keys are awarded to the top 7 percent of artists in the region, while American Vision Awards are given to the top five artists among that 7 percent. Crocker’s sculpture is now being judged on the national level with the potential to win college scholarships.

Jay M. Robinson High

European Heritage Dinner: 4-7 p.m. March 13, cafeteria. The annual event celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. This year’s main theme is “European Language of Love and the Origin of the Valentine.” The evening will feature artifacts from various European countries, two guest speakers, international dances, a Best Couple Contest with prizes and a pasta-and-pizza dinner with cake. The event is open to parents, students and the community. Cost is $ per person in advance or $7 at the door. Multicultural Club and Spanish National Honors Society members eat free. Proceeds will go to the Multicultural Club Scholarship Fund. Details: Adela Henry,

Northwest Cabarrus High

National Youth Leadership Forum: Freshman Ivan Kosma has been chosen to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum the first week of March in Washington, D.C. The six-day Envision program prepares high school students for careers in defense, intelligence and the diplomatic corps. Participants study how the United States plans for peace and prepares for crisis.

Art scholarships: Madeleine Antinucci, Mary Martinez and Tyler Herrera are finalists in the seventh Create-a-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest. The contest drew 13,122 entries. The three Northwest students are among 203 finalists. The winner will be announced March 14.

Kannapolis City Schools

A.L. Brown High

Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month: English teacher Deanna D’Addezio, known to her students as “Mrs. D,” was named Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for February.

Rowan-Salisbury School System

Jesse Carson High

Seafood Festival and Oyster Roast: 5-8 p.m. March 8, Jesse Carson High School. The menu will be steamed oysters, oyster stew, friend shrimp, fried flounder, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, hush puppies, slaw, water and iced tea. Hosted by the Carson Booster Club and Parent Teacher Association.

Tickets are $30 for the seafood buffet, $40 for the seafood buffet with oyster bar, $70 per couple and free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets, details and sponsorship information: Melissa, 704-925-9210.

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