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Jay M. Robinson High School
Educator of Distinction: Lin Smithson of Jay M. Robinson High School was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars. She was nominated by Toni Bowerman for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. Student members have the opportunity to nominate the educator who made the most significant contribution to their academic careers. The Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award recognizes teacher role models who have made a lasting difference in the classroom.
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Guided studies for first-year students: The college recently received a College Access Challenge Grant of $3,360 from North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. The grant is being used to expand the Guided Study Session program, an initiative targeted towards first-year students. Study sessions are led by student leaders. The grant enabled the college to triple the number of students serving as mentors to six. Cabarrus College was one of 18 private colleges and universities in North Carolina to receive a grant. Funding came from a $200,000 federal grant aimed at helping colleges and universities implement programs that will help first-generation, low-income, minority, or students at risk to reach success. Details: www.cabarruscollege.edu.
High school graduations
Graduates should arrive at the Cabarrus Arena one hour prior to the respective scheduled graduation ceremony time and follow instructions. Signage for designated graduate drop-off point or for parking will be marked at the arena.
Central Cabarrus High: Be at the arena 7:30 a.m. check-in for 9 a.m. June 12 graduation.
Northwest Cabarrus High: 4 p.m. June 12 at the arena.
Jay M. Robinson High: 2:30 p.m. June 13 at the arena.
Hickory Ridge: 6 p.m. June 13, Cabarrus Expo Center.
Cox Mill High School
Yard sale: The school yard sale is 7 a.m.-noon May 1. Donations can be dropped off in front of the school 5:30-7 p.m. April 30 or 6-7 a.m. May 1. Items not sold will be donated to the Salvation Army. A bake sale will be held, and donations are being accepted. Volunteers are welcome. The event is sponsored by the CMHS Academic Booster Club. Details: Charlotte at 704-701-1587 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hickory Ridge High School
Band competition: Both bands at Hickory Ridge High earned superior ratings and both placed first in their class during the Washington, D.C., national concert band competition. The Wind Ensemble was the highest scoring band of the competition, earning a score of 93 out of 100 possible points. Hickory Ridge also won an award for the school with the highest combined score for two ensembles from the same school, with a combined total of 179 out of 200 points. In addition, Emily Poppen won the outstanding solo award, an honor given to only one instrumental student. In addition, the concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble earned superior ratings at the South Central District Music Performance Adjudication at Shelby High School in March.
Central Cabarrus High
Choir competition: The Central Cabarrus Advanced Chorus received a superior rating at the N.C. Music Educators Association Large Group Contest on March 15. The chorus competed in Level VI, singing "O Magnum Mysterium" in Latin and "Erschallet ihr Lieder" in German. The 50-voice chorus under the direction of Dennis Jewett scored superior ratings from all three judges. On March 16, the chorus was the guest choir on the Carolina Concert Association "Bach to the Future" Concert at the Halton Theatre in Charlotte. They joined the Ethos Consortium choir and orchestra on music of Bach and the Beatles.