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Their success is a lesson to others
Monty Coggins, Cannon's Upper School Science department chairman and science teacher, was reunited with Concord's Avett Brothers at the recent Merlefest music festival in Wilkesboro.
Coggins, who lives in Kannapolis, taught Scott and Seth Avett at Mount Pleasant High School in the 1990s.
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"I taught Scott and worked with Seth in the Beta Club during my time there," Coggins said. "The Avetts visited Cannon School in fall 2005 to hear our chorus sing a couple of their songs and to sing a couple for the chorus. It was very low-key."
Their success has grown in intervening years, and, in that success, Coggins sees a learning opportunity.
"Scott and Seth's success demonstrates what happens when two people with profound gifts have the courage and wisdom to develop those gifts and to follow wherever that path leads," Coggins said. "If our students follow their passions with the same determination and open spirit that Scott and Seth have, they will make a huge difference in the world."
Jay M. Robinson
Auto champion: Senior James Beall has been named N.C. Automotive Service Technology champion in the SkillsUSA competition. James competed against 75 other automotive students in the state. Contestants were judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and their ability to follow directions. As state winner, James received scholarships totaling $37,000, a set of Snap-On tools, a medal and a plaque. He plans to attend N.C. State University and pursue a degree in aviation engineering. Later this summer, James will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo.
Hickory Ridge High School
Blood drive: The school's HOSA club (Health Occupations Students of America) will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 12 in the auxiliary gym. Donors must be at least 17 and are asked to sign up during lunches or see Mrs. Moss. Family members can also donate.
Stories from the Bible: The students of the Hickory Ridge High School Bible classes present Bible stories at 7 p.m. May 13 and May 14 in the auditorium. Tickets: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Children 5 and under get in free. Tickets are sold by students of Bible classes and are available in the front office.
Northwest Cabarrus High
National Merit Scholar: Katherine J. Moore of Kannapolis has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship. She plans to pursue studies in biology.
Jay M. Robinson High
National Merit Scholar: Katherine E. Turner of Concord has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship. She plans to pursue an education career.
Central Cabarrus High
Wall of fame: Central Cabarrus would like to honor its current and former scholars and teachers with a "wall of fame" and needs your help. The 2008 Spring Leadership class and PTSO are starting a Legacy Wall at Central where students, faculty and alumni can purchase plaques that will hang in the entry of the school. Plaques range from $20-$25. To order online: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/central/PDFs/2008-09/viking%20legacy%20doc.pdf.
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: Be at the arena 7:30 a.m. check-in for 9 a.m. June 12 graduation.
Northwest Cabarrus: 4 p.m. June 12 at the arena.
Jay M. Robinson: 2:30 p.m. June 13 at the arena.
Hickory Ridge: 6 p.m. June 13, Cabarrus Expo Center.