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Compiled by Gina Smith
Cabarrus County Schools
Governor’s School: Sixteen high school students were recently selected to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School summer program. Nominations were submitted to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, and a statewide committee decided which students would participate. Selection criteria included grades, teacher recommendations and test scores. Students in the performing and visual arts were required to audition. The six-week program is open to rising North Carolina high school juniors and seniors and operates on two campuses: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The following students will represent Cabarrus County Schools in this year’s program: Northwest Cabarrus High – Mary Willis (art), Katherine Laws (English), Emily Absher, theater; Jay M. Robinson High – Ryan Petty (choral music), Drew Cheek (math), Emily Badgett (social science); Concord High – Faith Martin (English), Merrill Douglass (English), Chloe Arrojado (social science); Hickory Ridge High – Luke Tucker (math), Tam Nguyen (natural science), Leah Woeher (theater), Maya Christian (theater); Central Cabarrus High – Dharma Peterson (natural science); Cox Mill High – Grant Brown (natural science), Maram Elnagheeb (social science).
Harris Road Middle
Cheer Skills Day: Harris Road Middle School alumni and coaches will host a Cheer Skills Day for Cabarrus County Schools students in sixth to ninth grades 4:15-7:15 p.m. April 23 in the Harris Road Middle School cafeteria. The clinic will focus on arm motions, facials, jumps and new cheers, chants and dance moves. Cost is $25 payable by cash or check made out to the school. Details: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/29
Patriots STEM Elementary
Golf tournament: The PTO will host its fifth annual Red Hawk Invitational Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. May 3, rain or shine, at the Red Bridge Golf Club, 6801 Gatehouse Road, Locust. Registration begins at noon. Sponsors and donations are needed. Cost is $85 per golfer or $340 per team. Entry deadline is April 24. The event includes a silent auction, snacks and drinks, contests, door prize and an awards dinner following the tournament. Details: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/17
Art partnership: Springhill Suites by Marriott at Concord Mills hosted student artists from Winecoff Elementary for a Youth Art Month show and reception on March 19. More than 130 students and family members attended the event to view artwork and partake of refreshments provided by Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Marco’s Pizza. Last year, Springhill Suites selected Winecoff Elementary School to receive more than $1,000 worth of art supplies through its Fresh Artist program. Winecoff’s art teacher is Aimee Henderson. Springhill Suites is owned by SREE hotels, whose headquarters is in Charlotte.
Hickory Ridge Middle
Test proctors: Volunteers ages 18 and older are needed to proctor state end-of-grade tests 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. May 28 through June 10. Proctors help teachers distribute test materials and monitor students during testing. Some days as many as 80 adults are needed. Details and registration: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/30
Central Cabarrus High
Theater production: Central Cabarrus High will present a production of the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. April 16 and 17. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults.
Jay M. Robinson High
Teaching award: Jay M. Robinson teacher Jennifer McCarthy was among six North Carolina educators recently selected to receive the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers. Including this year’s recipients, only 20 teachers in the state have received this honor since it began in 2008. The award recognizes teachers who demonstrate a solid knowledge of science or mathematics and have an outstanding performance record in education. The recipients’ schools each receive $175,000 over five years for professional development, salary and equipment and supplies.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Quarters for K9s: Teacher Sandi Summerlin recently led the school in a spare-change collection called Quarters for K9s to raise money to buy a protective bullet- and stab-proof vest for Kannapolis K9 officer Boone. Students exceeded their goal of $950, raising more than $975. Boone is a 3-year-old German Shepherd who has been serving Kannapolis for 18 months. The dog recently visited Woodrow Wilson Elementary with his partner, Officer Nick Corn, and Sgt. Jason Hinson. Corn and Hinson then attended an ice cream sundae party with students from the class that had collected the most money at the $500 mark. The Kannapolis Police Department still has one more K9 officer in need of a protective vest.
A.L. Brown High
Earth Day activities: A.L. Brown High School teacher Trent Wharton is coordinating several events to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Throughout April, classrooms are creating recycled art pieces to display on their doors. On April 22, staff and students are encouraged to participate in “A day without plastic” by signing pledges to go the whole day without using any plastic. Also, several environmental groups will visit the school to offer drop-in information sessions that week to show students how they can get involved locally, and Greenpeace will visit the school on April 24 with its solar-powered truck, Rolling Sunshine, to demonstrate to students how photovoltaic cells transfer ultraviolet rays into energy.
Scholarship: Cannon School senior Jack Amoroso recently earned the Morehead-Cain scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill. The Morehead-Cain scholarship program was established in 1945 as the nation’s first merit scholarship program. The four-year scholarship provides full tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop computer and supplies. It also includes a four-year summer enrichment program. Amoroso has been at Cannon School since 2012. He won the Ginger R. Holloway Interdisciplinary Research Paper Award in 2014, is president of the Model United Nations and is a member of the math, history, French and English honor societies. He is also cyclist who has participated in several long-distance cycling events, including Apogee’s “America Coast to Coast” tour in 2013, and is a starting outfielder on Cannon’s varsity baseball team. He is the son of Michele and Greg Amoroso of Charlotte.
No Makeup Day: On April 14, Cannon School’s Upper School held its third No Makeup Day event. The annual initiative was started by Cannon School students Victoria Bliss, Johanna Bloomquist and Sydney Frankenberg as a Girl Scout project aimed at boosting girls’ self-esteem. On No Makeup Day, students are encouraged to come to school with no makeup. Female students are also asked to submit photos of themselves which are posted in the library. Other students are asked to write compliments on sticky notes to place on each girl’s picture. Other elements of this year’s event included a discussion among all members of the Upper School, both male and female, and a performance of Colbie Caillat’s hit “Try” by Cannon School’s female a capella group, The Acabellas.