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Romare Bearden celebration: Charlotte Country Day celebrates native Charlottean Romare Bearden's 100th birthday with 17 original works on display at the school and open to the public 1-4 p.m. April 2-3 in the Hance Fine Arts Center at 1440 Carmel Road. Admission is free. For information about the gallery and exhibit, visit www.charlottecountryday.org.
New director of advancement: Lauren Batten is CCDS's Director of Advancement, effective July 11. Batten currently serves as founding president of Vandever Batten, a local full-service philanthropic consulting firm specializing in organizational strategy, capital and endowment campaign management, development planning and strategic grant making. Vandever Batten launched in 1999 with Charlotte Country Day School as its first client.
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Youth Art Month: Providence Day School is hosting the sixth annual Youth Art Month Exhibit for area Independent Schools from March 6-31.
Twelve area independent schools are participating, with each school submitting five pieces of art created by Lower School students (kindergarten through grade five). Schools participating include Providence Day School, Cannon School, Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Jewish Day School, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte Preparatory School, Charlotte United Christian Academy, Covenant Day School, The Fletcher School, Gaston Day School and United Faith Christian Academy. Youth Art Month is an annual observance, sponsored by The Council for Art Education, to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.
College of Charleston Math Meet: More than 700 high school students from across the Southeast recently competed in the 2011 College of Charleston Math Meet. The following Providence Day students were honored in their respective categories: John Cambern, Timed Sprints/Even Whole 2; Providence Day team of Kevin Lee, David Lucia and Eric Slep, first place, and Providence Day team of Tucker Albert, John Cambern, Tate Krasner and Hayley Snyder, third place, Physics Brainstorming; Derek Makous, third place, Written Test Level 1; John Cambern, honorable mention, Written Test Level 2; David Lucia, first place, Written Test Level 3; Providence Day team of Kevin Lu, Alice Li, Michael Lucia and Derek Makous, second place, Written Test Level 1 Team; Providence Day team of Tate Krasner, Hayley Snyder, Andy Marx and John Cambern, second place, Written Test Level 2 Team; Providence Day team of Eric Slep, Jack Munley, Kevin Lee and David Lucia, first place, Written Test Level 3 Team.
Drama team honors: Members of the Charlotte Christian ACT 1 drama team represented the state March 4 at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta, Ga., where their production of "Into the Woods Jr." received the Outstanding Musical Achievement Award. Senior twin sisters Claire and Polly Hilton also won individual awards for their performances. Claire Hilton was named to the All Star Cast and Polly Hilton won best supporting actress.
Alumnus selected for service award: Bowman Hitchens, a Covenant Day graduate now a history and religion major at the University of Mississippi, has been selected one of the nation's top 50 students for the Students in Service Award. This award is a national search for inspirational college students positively impacting social and environmental challenges facing our communities. Hitchens works with the homeless population in Oxford, Miss.
Faculty serves at Samaritan's Feet: Seventy teachers from Covenant Day worked at Samaritans Feet - www.samaritansfeet.org - unpacking, re-lacing, sizing and repacking shoes in February.
Chemistry team: Charlotte Latin's chemistry team placed first among Mecklenburg County public and independent schools in the annual UNC Charlotte Super Competition on March 7. Team members also took the top three individual honors. The team includes Kavitha Eechambadi, Madeleine Fish, Mackenzie Jones, Rory Keeley, Grace Lowe, Katie McDowell, Sarah Saba, Sarah Shea, Mary Page Welch, Connie Zhou. The following students received individual honors in the competition: Laura Gill, first place; Emily Ho, second place; and Matthew Bredder, third place.
Odyssey of the Mind: Charlotte Latin's Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the OM Central Region Tournament on March 5, and four of those teams finished in first or second place to qualify for the state competition April 2 in Asheville. Senior Brian Lax was awarded an OMer Award for his exemplary behavior as a judge. The following Charlotte Latin teams advanced to the state competition: fourth-graders Jimmie Anderson, Grace Armstrong, Ethan Cammer, McCall Canady, Claire McCall, Kemp Norris and Cameron Swiler, first place; sixth-graders Mikaela Anderson, Tyler D'Alliard, Ikenna Eruchalu, Will Gardner, Conrad Song, Mary Stenerson and Christopher Williams, first place; 10th- and 11th-grade students Jaclyn Burton, Chuma Eruchalu, Meron Fessehaye, Alexis Giger, Davis Heniford, Michael Metzger and Marco Ricci, first place; ninth-graders Carter Anderson, Rachel Calloway, Wesley Dudas, Mason LeDonne, George Lucas, John Robinson and Griffin Smith, second place.
New website: Charlotte Catholic High has a new website: www.charlottecatholic.org.