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Redistricting postponed: The Cabarrus County Board of Education voted last week to postpone proposed redistricting plans that would have moved more than 100 rising ninth and 10th graders living north of Weddington Road and east of Coddle Creek from Jay M. Robinson High School to Northwest Cabarrus High School. Supporters of the plan argued that Northwest is under capacity, and with lower enrollment, the school could lose some Advanced Placement courses. School system staff plan to create a redistricting proposal for the whole district for the 2011-2012 school year to balance enrollments, and the board requested that the superintendent make accommodations to maintain class availability at Northwest.
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Tessa Pfeifer, a senior at Concord High School, took the top honor for the second time the 8th District Congressional Art Competition at the Cabarrus Arts Council's Davis Theater on May 10. Students from across the district were encouraged to submit artwork for consideration.
Tessa's submission was entitled "Jordie's Curls." Pfeifer, the daughter of Lance and Thea Pfeifer, won for the second straight year. Her piece will be displayed in an exhibition in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for a period of one year replacing last year's winning piece, also from Pfeifer.
Pfeifer will receive three roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to Washington. The Congressional Art Competition Washington Reception will be June 17. The winning students are invited to attend the unveiling of their work in the corridor leading to the Capitol.
Exchange student hosts
CASE, a premier non-profit high school exchange program, is seeking host families for the 2010-2011 academic year for exchange students coming from predominantly Muslim countries..
The students, selected based on maturity, adaptability, academic success, extra-curricular activities, community service involvement and a desire to participate fully in their host family's life, come from the following countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, West Bank, and Yemen.
To host one of the students, contact CASE representative, Pam Bilton at toll-free at 888-430-4795 or visit us at www.case-usa.org.
Recipients of the 2010 North Carolina State University Cabarrus County Alumni Scholarships will be awarded a $500 scholarship during their freshman year at North Carolina State University for the 2010-2011 school year. The students are: Ashlyn Doby, A. L. Brown; Thomas Norris, Central Cabarrus; Paul Leung, Hickory Ridge; MacKenzie Hines, Jay. M. Robinson; Cecelia Chapman, Mt. Pleasant; and Kevin Dean, Northwest Cabarrus.
Hickory Ridge High
Jazz and concert performance: A jazz and concert performance is scheduled at 7 p.m., May 25, in the auditorium.
Cox Mill High
Scholar Athlete: The Cox Mill Women's Golf and Cross Country teams achieved NCHSAA Team Scholar Athlete, first place status, during the fall sports season. Both were first in the entire state, with Golf achieving a team 3.70 GPA and Cross Country achieving a team 3.82 GPA.
Essay contest: Kevin Ortiz, a sophomore at Cox Mill High School, recently won a national essay contest sponsored by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA). This year's NSCDA essay topic was: "Discuss a Major Supreme Court Decision You Believe to be Pivotal in our Nation's History." Essay winners receive full scholarships to attend the 2010 Congressional Seminar June 19-25 in Washington, D.C.
Free baseball and softball camps: The Kannapolis Police Department will host a free baseball and softball camp at the Northwest Cabarrus High School Baseball field, conducted by some of the top area high school and college coaches. Officers from the Concord Police Department, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department, Rowan County Sheriff's Department, Landis Police Department, and the N.C. Highway Patrol will assist with the camp. Coaches, speakers, and police officers will also talk about making positive life choices. The camp is limited to the first 100 players. Players can register for the camp at the Kannapolis Police Department. Questions? Call Lt. Bret Johnson at the Kannapolis Police Department at (707) 920-4016.
Project Uplift: Arlan Wallace has been chosen to attend Project Uplift at the UNC Chapel Hill from May 20-22. Project Uplift enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life. Students spend two days visiting classes, meeting with faculty and staff, interacting with UNC students, and participating in cultural and social activities. Project Uplift is designed for students who are academically motivated and rank in the top 25 percent of their class. They must be enrolled in a curriculum that includes Advanced Placement courses, foreign language, and advanced mathematics.
Technology Teacher of the Year: Julie LaChance, technology facilitator, has been selected as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Technology Teacher of the Year. This is the first year that ISTE has presented this award, which was created to go to an outstanding young educator (under the age of 35) who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. The work also should reflect ISTE's mission and purpose and model best practices. LaChance will be honored at the ISTE annual conference and exposition in Denver, Colo., in June.
Jay M. Robinson
Technology grant: Jay M. Robinson has been chosen as a Spirit Award finalist in the Windstream Classroom Connections grant contest. Thirty schools are competing to win $5,000 towards technology. The winners of this award are chosen based on public online voting between May 17 and Aug. 20; anyone can vote once a day to help the school win this award. Please spread the word and vote on line at www.lifetimetour.com/vote.php?videoId=3.
Automotive Champion: James Beall, a senior, has been named North Carolina Automotive Service Technology champion. Automotive Service Technology is one of the categories in the SkillsUSA competition. Beall competed against 75 other automotive students in the state. As state winner, Beall received scholarships totaling $37,000, a set of Snap-On tools, a medal, and a plaque. He plans to attend North Carolina State University in the fall and pursue a degree in aviation engineering. This summer, Beall will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo.
Duke TIP: Fourteen Cannon School students earned state recognition in Duke University's Talent Identification Program Duke TIP, which seeks to identify academically talented middle school students in a 16-state area. Uday Uppal of Huntersville earned grand recognition for being among the nation's highest scorers in the seventh-grade talent search. He will be honored at a Grand Recognition Ceremony May 24 at Duke University and receive a medallion as an acknowledgement of his achievement.
The following students qualified for state recognition: Jessica Abel Huntersville; Kent Andrews Cornelius; Kelli Baker, Concord; Mitchell Carlson Davidson; Joanna Copio, Davidson; Rachel Fitzpatrick, Cornelius; Logan Foster, Concord; Trip Goff, Davidson; Madeleine Nagy, Spencer; Erin Norton, Davidson; Erin Sullivan, Huntersville; Troy Terveer, Huntersville; Kendall Thomas Cornelius.
All 14 Cannon School students were honored at a May 13 ceremony at Davidson College.
Award-winning Artist: Cannon School junior Stephanie Schauder of Huntersville won a Gold Medal in the 87th Annual Scholastic Art and Writing awards, which recognizes outstanding, creative teenagers. She will be honored June 9 at a gala celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her drawing, entitled "A Different World," is among a select few that will be exhibited June 9-25 at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Manhattan.
Elon Scholars: Five Cannon School juniors - Shelby Dyl, Davidson; Madeline Hurley, Huntersville; Josh Lamb, Mooresville; Brianna Ratté, Huntersville and Stephanie Schauder, Huntersville - have been named Junior Scholars at Elon University.
Concord High School
Awards Day: Seniors must be seated in the gym in their cap and gown no later than 7:15 a.m. May 26. Graduation attire is required.
Performance Learning Center: 6:30 p.m. June 11, Cabarrus Arena, Gold Hall.
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, at the arena.