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National youth forum: Sophomore Ryan Manion, 16, has been selected to attend the six-day National Youth Leadership Forum this spring in Washington, D.C. During the program, the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense, will introduce students to the challenging careers in national security, intelligence, the diplomatic corps and more. Manion is on the wrestling and football teams at Charlotte Catholic and holds a 4.23 GPA; he aspires to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. For more information on the forum, visit www.nylf.org.
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National Merit finalists: Seniors Sammy Brown, Kathryn Currier, Andrew Hewett and Zane Turpin have advanced to finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship competition. These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million. Selections will be announced in mid-March. Seniors Bryanna Carpenter and Ito Eyo also advanced as National Achievement finalists.
Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Eighth- through 12th-grade students accumulated 34 awards at the 2011 Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, including 12 Gold Key awards. All Silver Key Art will be exhibited at the Mint Museum of Art on Randolph Road from Feb. 15 to March 6. The Gold Key Art is being cataloged and prepared for hanging at the galleries of Johnson C. Smith University from March 1-March 31. Gold Key winners: Kemi Akande (ceramics), Aubrey Knickerbocker (three awards, digital art, design, drawing), Addison Lee (painting), Elise Mixon (photography), Meg Neale (four awards, drawing, drawing, painting, printmaking), Kerchvan Soong (ceramics) and Madison Sumner (painting). Silver Key winners: Sharon Hughes (photo), Aubrey Knickerbocker (digital art), Addison Lee (drawing), Madison Mahoney (drawing), Margaret Morgan (painting), Meg Neale (two awards, drawing, painting), Megan Nowak (ceramics), Victoria Nowak (printmaking), Chakky Pasupa (printmaking) and Kerchuan Soong (five awards, drawing, drawing, drawing, painting, sculpture). Honorable Mention: Aubrey Knickerbocker (two awards, digital art, portfolio), Addison Lee (drawing), McNair Mitchener (sculpture), Kerchuan Soong (sculpture), Madison Sumner (two awards, painting, painting).
"The Curious Savage": Carmel Christian School Players present "The Curious Savage" at 7 p.m. March 10, 11 and 12 in the Uptown Auditorium on campus. The cast includes Mary Catherine Avey, Emily Colvin, Kyle Kiser, Chris Kitchen, Konner Mantekas, Laura Sanford, Alyssa Scarfato, Ashton Smith, Ashlyn Uribe, Greyson Wade and Alanna Woods. Tickets may be purchased online at www.carmelchristian.org: Adults $8; children (younger than 12) $6. Dessert will be served during intermission.
ADHD and your child: A workshop led by local clinical therapist Diana Mendelsohn will be at the school 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 5. Hear all about ADD/ADHD and the ways you can cope. Reserve a spot by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Mecklenburg High
Reverse Homecoming: The East Mecklenburg High student congress recently had its Reverse Homecoming (boys homecoming). East Meck's homecoming court was chosen based on nominations from the senior class; instead of voting for a king, the court raised money for a charity during homecoming week. The court member who raised the most money was crowned homecoming king. Stand Up For Kids, whose mission is to help homeless and street kids find a more stabilized life, received 100 percent of the $1,227.51 collected by the homecoming court. This is the second year the student congress and the Reverse Homecoming Court have donated all proceeds to Stand Up For Kids. This year's court raised more than $500 more than last year's total. For more information about Stand Up For Kids, visit www.standupforkids.org.
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 www.ticketfusion.com/footloose or 877-548-3237.