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Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Rocky Road Elementary

Above and Beyond: The Mooresville Graded School District board of education recognized Neftali Melgar, Rocky Road Elementary custodian, at its March meeting for his commitment and willingness to go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. Principal Chuck LaRusso nominated Melgar for the honor.

South Elementary

Clothing drive: The early childhood specialist team is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit students at the school. Donations of gently worn children’s clothing will be accepted at the school. Donations will benefit children in need and children who require spare clothing because of accidents at school.

All Pro Dads meeting: 7:30 a.m. April 4. The first Friday of every month throughout the school year, dads, granddads and mentors along wtih their children meet to eat breakfast together, meet others and strengthen their relationships. Breakfasts are sponsored by local businesses. RSVP at:

Mooresville High/N.F. Woods

Art honors: N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center students Aurelia Garcia-Mayo and Ellie Hand-Thoennes were recognized March 11 for winning an art contest put on by the Mooresville Public Works Department. Art students from Mooresville Graded School District and neighboring districts were invited to submit art designs promoting recycling and public works, with the top two designs destined to decorate the sides of the town’s new sanitation trucks.

An unveiling of the new trucks and artwork will occur in May with a date yet to be announced. Hand-Thoennes also had a pastel painting accepted to be part of N.C. Art Education Association’s art display at N.C. Department of Public Instruction Building in Raleigh, N.C. She and her family will attend a reception in April along with the other winners who will have artwork on display.

Lake Norman Elementary

Odyssey of the Mind: Lake Norman Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind team earned second place at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition held March 8 at Wingate University. The team travels to the statewide competition April 5.

Lakeshore Elementary

Chess achievement: Student Paige Cook participated in the N.C. State Chess Tournament recently in Raleigh and finished fourth in the K-8 Under 600 rated category. Before the tournament, her rating was 463, but after three wins and a draw against higher-rated opponents, her rating increased to more than 630.

Mount Mourne IB Middle

Spirit Night: 5-9 p.m. March 26, Chipotle, Spirit Night at Chipotle, 643 River Highway, Mooresville. The school will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from each meal for diners who bring in the event flier, show it on their smartphone or tell the cashier they are with Mount Mourne IB Middle. For details and to view the event flier, visit

Lake Norman High

Art and writing awards: Students from Lake Norman High School received 12 individual Gold Key Awards for being in the top 10 percent of 2,000 entries, and four Gold Keys for portfolios for eight-piece bodies of artwork submitted by seniors, during the recent Scholastics Art and Writing regional competition. The competition included work from 18 North Carolina counties.

Megan Davidson, a senior at Lake Norman, received the American Visions Award for scoring in the top 1 percent of 2,000 entries with her drawing, “Shoes.” Her submission will go on to the national level to be considered as the American Visions representative for the entire 18- county, mid-Carolina region.

Out of 200 Gold Key winners, 12 were selected to be placed on individual billboards throughout Charlotte as part of an outdoor marketing campaign to further the arts in the local community. Two of the 12 were seniors from Lake Norman High.

NASCAR Tech Scholarship program: Students from the Iredell-Statesville Schools Career Academy and Technical School recently competed in the NASCAR Tech Scholarship Testing program held on the campus of the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville.

High schools seniors from 15 schools representing several states participated in the contest. Andrew Johnston of Lake Norman High was one of several students who represented CATS.

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