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February 16, 2011

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Charlotte Christian

Artists honored: Visual-arts students competed in the 2011 Junior Women's Club Arts Festival in Charlotte on Jan. 22, garnering a total of 34 awards and seven honorable mentions for both upper and middle school students.

The following upper school students won awards in their respective areas: Black and White Photography: Mari Pillmore, first place; Mark Igbinadolor, second place; AJ Calhoun, third place; and Kevin Ramsey, honorable mention. Mixed Media: Monica Galletto, first and second place. Charcoal: Tori Edwards, first place; Carson Kowar, second place; Logan Chambers, third place, and Erin McNaughton, honorable mention. Watercolor: Hannah Richards, first place; Logan Chambers, second place; Carson Kowar, third place. Pastel Drawing: Julie Morrison, first place; Robin Reeves, second place; Nikki Krecicki, third place. Pastel Painting: Anna Holt, first place; Monica Galletto, second place. Acrylic Painting: Jake Younts, first place; Mary Charles Bryson, second place; Carson Kowar, third place; Lauren Aspey, honorable mention; Logan Chambers, honorable mention. Computer Graphics: Kevin Ramsey, first place. Color Photography: Claire Parsons, first place; Alex Kellogg, second place; AJ Calhoun, third place; Haley Gray, honorable mention. Sculpture: Anna Holt, first place; Julia Buwick, second place; Robin Reeves, third place. Paper Crafts: Bailey Thompson, first place; Scott Durand, second place, Lauren Aspey, honorable mention. Ceramics: Carson Kowar, first place. Middle school students won the following awards: Middle School Pen and Ink: Jonathan Durham, first place; Spencer Berling, second place; Max McCreary, third place, and Sarah Redmond, honorable mention. Middle School Graphite: Nick Condon, first place. Middle School Watercolor: Sarah Stater, first place. First-place winners will advance to the District III JWC Art Competition in February. Upper school art students are under the direction of Eva Crawford, upper school visual arts teacher, and middle school students are under the direction of Pete Baglia, middle school visual arts teacher.

Scholastic art and writing awards: Visual-arts students in both middle and upper school accumulated a total of 40 awards at the 2011 Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, including two senior Gold Key portfolios and two senior Silver Key portfolios, each consisting of eight pieces of artwork. The competition featured more than 2,300 entries. Gold Key winners will advance to the national competition in New York City.

Charlotte Christian Gold Key winners include: Lauren Aspey (mixed media); Julia Buwick (mixed media); Monica Galletto (Two Gold Keys – drawing and painting); Carson Kowar (drawing); Nikki Krecicki (Two Gold Keys – senior photo portfolio and photo); Kevin Ramsey (design); Robin Reeves (mixed media); and Jake Younts (senior art portfolio). The Silver Key winners from Charlotte Christian are: Spencer Berling (drawing); Julia Buwick (Five Silver Keys – one for drawing and four for mixed media); AJ Calhoun (senior photo portfolio); Mark Igbinadolor (photo); Nikki Krecicki (Two Silver Keys – mixed media and photo); Erin McNaughton (Two Silver Keys – both for drawing); Trey Phills (drawing); Mari Pillmore (drawing); Sarah Redmond (drawing); Robin Reeves (Five Silver Keys – one for senior art portfolio, one painting, one drawing, and two mixed media); Chandler Schramm (drawing); and Jake Younts (painting). Honorable Mention Honors were awarded to the following students: Baxter Bradbury (drawing); Jonathan Durham (drawing); Haley Gray (Three Honorable Mentions – one photo and two digital art); Anna Holt (painting); Robin Reeves (mixed media); and Christi Takac (drawing). Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing in the United States.

Charlotte Latin

Scholastic art awards: Sixty Charlotte Latin art students received 98 awards - 44 Gold Keys, 28 Silver Keys and 26 Honorable Mentions - for their work in the visual arts category of the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. The 98 art awards received by Charlotte Latin students represents approximately 20 percent of the honors given by the Alliance's 18-county, Mid-Carolina regional affiliate. The 44 Gold Keys are a Charlotte Latin record. The school’s previous record, set in 2009, was 29 Gold Keys. Regional Gold Key recipients’ artworks have advanced to the national competition. National winners will be announced in April and will be honored at Carnegie Hall in June.

The following students were recognized: Portfolio Gold Key – Morgan Carnes (art), Maggie Gardner (art) and Martha Truslow (photography); Portfolio Silver Key – Joseph Cato (art), Samantha Foreman (photography), Claire Gibson (art), Leslie Hamilton (art), Ellison Peters (art) and Preston Turk (photography); Portfolio Honorable Mention – Morgan Henry (art) and Sara Thomas (art); Gold Key for Individual Artwork – Caroline Atwell (digital art), Lily Beck (drawing), Grace Beuley (painting), Tori Bilas (drawing), Lauren Brackett (drawing), Betsy Brooks (digital art), Grace Bryant (mixed media), Morgan Carnes (design, three Gold Keys for painting), Joseph Cato (painting), Kiera Dowell (digital art), Kirsten Dyer (painting), Coleman Evans (photography), Maggie Gardner (mixed media and painting), Claire Gibson (printmaking, two Gold Keys), Christina Glaser (photography), Avery Horvath (drawing), Libby Lamb (photography), McKenzie Jones (mixed media), Ruthie Lovejoy (mixed media), Sarah Manns (mixed media), Mark McAlister (design), Ellie Poteat (photography), Dominique Pearson (printmaking), Kristen Schumacher (drawing), Annie Simpson (drawing), Carson Song (sculpture), Sara Thomas (digital art), Harvey Thomason (drawing), Sidney Thomason (mixed media), Martha Truslow (photography, five Gold Keys), Preston Turk (photography) and Sarah Bailey Wilson (painting); Silver Key for Individual Artwork – Caroline Atwell (ceramics), Sarah Black (mixed media), Sparling Davis (drawing), Morgan Carnes (painting, four Silver Keys), Joseph Cato (painting), Chase Cisne (digital art), Sparling Davis (drawing), Chuma Eruchalu (painting), Maggie Gardner (digital art), Leslie Hamilton (painting), Morgan Henry (sculpture), Katherine Peters (sculpture), Adam Herrmann (digital art), Won Kyung Jeong (painting), Patton McClelland (digital art), Myers McGarry (digital art), Carson Song (drawing), Martha Truslow (photography) and Sarah Bailey Wilson (painting); Honorable Mention for Individual Artwork – Garland Austin (drawing), David Belk (drawing), Morgan Carnes (painting), Joseph Cato (painting), Allison Ditmore (mixed media), Kirsten Dyer (painting), Mary Claire Evans (digital art), Samantha Foreman (digital art, two Honorable Mentions), Maggie Gardner (sculpture), Claire Gibson (printmaking), Alexis Giger (drawing), Leslie Hamilton (painting), Mary Lewis (mixed media), Sarah Manns (design), Meredith McNelis (digital art), Grace Morris (mixed media), Harris Oates (drawing), Ellison Peters (painting, two Honorable Mentions), Kameron Spence (painting), Rachel Summa (mixed media), Caroline Targgart (painting) and Sara Thomas (mixed media).

Providence Day

Commencement speakers: Rabbi Judith Schindler-Wallach will speak at baccalaureate and W. (Whitney) Reese Fogle will be the commencement speaker. The baccalaureate service is June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater; commencement is June 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mosack Athletic Center.

All-State Chorus: Four Upper School chorus students were selected to represent Providence Day in the N.C. High School All-State Chorus in Greensboro on Jan. 28-29: Keyla Hernandez, Lex Lott, Renee Parris and Meredith Tate.

U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalist: Nathan Bruns has been named a national semifinalist in the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Finalists will be announced in April. The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize some of the most distinguished American graduating high school seniors.

Charlotte Country Day

Artist honored: Thanks to the generosity of Judy and Patrick Diamond, 17 works by native Charlottean Romare Bearden are on display at Charlotte Country Day School. The installation is one of several throughout the year at Charlotte arts venues to commemorate the late artist's birthday. Gallery open to the public 1-4 p.m. April 2-3 at the school's Hance Fine Arts Center. For school groups interested in viewing the exhibit, contact Chris Rydel, For information, 704-943-4500.

Ardrey Kell High

"Footloose": The Ardrey Kell Fine Arts department presents "Footloose," the musical about a city boy who comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned. Times are 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26. Tickets: $10; $7 for students. Reserved seats available online at or 877-548-3237.

FAFSA Day: On Feb. 19, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete FAFSA, their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. The program is open to students who plan to attend college in the 2011-12 academic year. To register, go to

Providence High

Graduates honored: Two Providence High graduates have been honored at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., for academic achievement during fall semester 2010, according to Lipscomb Provost Dr. Craig Bledsoe. Muriel Epling, majoring in Social Work, and Stephanie Santa Ana, majoring in Exercise Science, were named to the Honor Roll. Students who achieve a grade average of 3.5 to 3.99 are named to the Honor Roll.

East Mecklenburg High

Snow makeup days: Makeup days are Feb. 18 and 21; students are expected to report to school.

Music review: Join us as the choral department presents: "Music through the Decades, 1930-2010," at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 in the East Meck Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds support the choral music program.

Sports meeting: Spring sports parent meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 24. This is the spring sports eligibility meeting. If your child is interested in playing spring sports, this is a very important meeting to attend.

Culinary arts: Culinary Arts students competed in the CMS Regional Culinary Competition at Central Piedmont Community Center on Jan. 7 and brought home the top four scores in CMS. The three top scores are Culinary Arts I students. The following students will advance to NCFCCLA State competition at Johnson & Wales University on March 25: Jonathan Card, Gold Medal; Stanley Weaver, Gold Medal; June Nean, Gold Medal; Matt Anderson, Silver Medal; Aaron Grant; and Taylor Luu.

Art winners: The following students of Marilyn George and David Veto won at the recent Charlotte Junior Women's League Art Festival: First-place - Timothy Boardman in Graphics, Elaine Phong in Colored Pencil and Hunter Raineri in Dye Craft; Emily DeZubay won two blue ribbons in Creative Stitchery and Weaving; Tetyana Yosypiv had three first-place finishes in Decorative Painting, Nature Craft, and Mosaics; second-place winners - Riley Turner in Graphics, Nancy Le in Colored Pencil, Tetyana Yosypiv in Dye Craft and Katelyn Simmet in Mosaics; Cristina Rodriguez had two second-place wins in Nature Craft and Decorative Painting; third-place winners - Aurelie Merezette in Graphics, Ladarius Logan in Colored Pencil, Katelyn Simmet in Paper Craft and Emily DeZubay in Decorative Painting; Cristina Rodriguez had two third-place finishes in Dye Craft and Mosaics; an Honorable Mention Award went to Nancy Le in Watercolors.

South Mecklenburg High

Graduation date: 2011 Graduation will be held at noon June 13 at Bojangles' Coliseum.

McNair Scholarship finalists: Kyla Risko and Bailey Sanford are finalists for the McNair Scholarship at the University of South Carolina. As two of the 41 finalists out of 11,300 scholarship candidates, they are guaranteed $100,000 over four years.

Covenant Day

School sends team to Haiti: For the past four years, Covenant Day has sent students and faculty to partner with orphanages in Haiti. On Feb. 19-26, CDS high school students and faculty will be in the town of Jeremie working with the orphanage, school and medical clinic.

Carmel Middle

Help your child prepare for EOGs: Learn about CMS Study Island, Parent Assist, Castle Learning: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Carmel Middle School. Register online through Parent University or e-mail

College information: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 2 at the school. This program is in two parts: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Parent University is sending a speaker on Understanding College Savings Programs; 7:15-8:30 p.m., Rachel Brand, CMS high school counselor, as well as Katya Lezin and Ellen Martin, private college counselors, will provide information on college preparedness. Register online through Parent University or e-mail Students are invited.

Navigating adolescence: 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 7, the school will have two outside counselors on hand to go over a list of questions parents might have about their children, from anxiety (social anxiety, separation anxiety, etc.), depression, ADHD, questioning their sexual orientation or being "gender non-conforming," substance abuse and more. Laurie Howell and Trent Morrow, private clinical therapists who work with teenagers, will answer questions. Reserve a spot by e-mailing

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