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Teacher winner: Maureen O'Bryan-Grogg has been the director at First Kids at First Presbyterian Church in Concord for 18 years. The TEDDY is a parent-driven awards process that gives families the opportunity to recognize their child's teacher, family child care home provider or director.
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Graduation Marshals: The 2009-2010 Junior Graduation Marshals are selected from the top 15 students in the 11th grade based on their weighted grade point averages. They will participate in Commencement exercises June 13. The 2010 graduation marshals are: T.J. Babalola, Morgan Britton, Chris Cline, Robert Dates, Sharon Hartsell, Zack Lambert, Ian Mercer, Matthew Ninneman, Steven Porson, Josh Sheetz, Chris Strein, Conner Toth, Caroline Weller, Devon Williams and Megan Yeargin.
Football Camp: Hickory Ridge will host a football camp for youth in grades 2-8 on June 16-18, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost is $60 and is payable by June 4.
The camp will include instruction on the fundamentals of football and will be led by Ragin' Bulls head coach Marty Paxton, his staff, and current Hickory Ridge players. Players should bring shirt, shorts, and a t-shirt. Youth will receive a camp t-shirt and a pizza snack on the last day, and participate in daily contests. Details: 704-454-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay M. Robinson High
Choral Ensemble: The Advanced Choral Ensemble members became stars of their own Disney show on April 8 when they took the stage at Melody Gardens at Innoventions West. They traveled from Concord to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in a Disney Performing Arts Program. Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resorts.
Mount Pleasant Middle
Iditarod bound: Martha Dobson, a sixth-grade teacher, has been selected as the Target 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. Dobson's choice of a Gary Paulsen novel to teach her students, led her to the Iditarod and a trip to Alaska. After experiencing the race as an IditaRider and attending an Iditarod Teacher Conference in Alaska, Dobson discovered that the race seemed to spark an interest like none other in her students. Of her experience, she said, "The challenge the race presents to mushers, dogs, students, and me is a metaphor for the challenges of life and life opportunities, a strong example of setting goals, determination, and perseverance to run one's personal race." Beginning in June and throughout the next school year, Dobson will be creating standards aligned curriculum and developing an online journal at iditarodblogs.com/tott/. During the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Dobson will fly to the various checkpoints to share her observations and lesson ideas via the internet to students and teachers in classrooms around the world.
Cabarrus County Schools
Personnel Changes: The Cabarrus County Board of Education has approved the following appointments for upcoming year:
Susan Cline will fill the interim principal position at the Glenn Center until a replacement principal has been approved. Cline previously served as the principal at Harris Road Middle School before retiring from Cabarrus County Schools.
Cathy Hyatt, principal at Boger Elementary School, plans to retire on Oct. 1. Phyllis Phifer, current principal at Beverly Hills Elementary School, has been appointed to the principal position at Boger Elementary. Phifer will serve at Boger in an assistant principal position until Oct. 1 when she will assume the principal position. Phifer will begin her new duties July 1.
Marcie Beard, assistant principal at Rocky River Elementary, has been appointed principal at Beverly Hills Elementary School. Beard will begin her new duties July 1.
Mary Beth Roth, former director of middle school curriculum, has been appointed principal at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School. Mel Denton has served as the interim principal at Coltrane-Webb for the past few months. Roth will begin July 1.
Matthew Fail has been appointed executive director for organizational planning and development. Fail is currently the chief strategic planning officer for Iredell-Statesville Schools. Fail will begin in his new role with Cabarrus County Schools June 1.
Crystal Hill has been appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Human Resources. Dr. Hill is currently the Principal at Park View Elementary School in Mooresville, North Carolina. Dr. Hill will begin on July 1, 2010.
Changes in assistant principal positions for the 2010-2011 school year: Chrystal Brown, from Concord High to W. R. Odell Elementary; Nathan Gray, from Mt. Pleasant Elementary to Harrisburg Elementary; Dana Jarrett, from Bethel Elementary to Mt. Pleasant Elementary ; Bridget Johnson, from A. T. Allen Elementary to Cox Mill Elementary; Susan Keiger, from W. R. Odell Elementary to Rocky River Elementary; Shemmicca Moore, from Concord Middle to J. N. Fries Middle; Susann Nash, from Coltrane-Webb Elementary to A. T. Allen Elementary; Eric Trail, from J. N. Fries Middle to Concord Middle; Sandi Valentine, from C. C. Griffin Middle to Hickory Ridge Middle; Sandy Ward, from W. M. Irvin Elementary to A. T. Allen School.
Central Cabarrus High
Golf Tournament Fundraiser: June 21 at the Cabarrus Country Club in Concord. 9 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds benefit Central Cabarrus Bible Teaching Association
Details, contacts, or to donate: www.ccbta.org.
Mount Pleasant High
Sportsmanship Award: Coach Michael Johns was presented the Homer Thompson Sportsmanship Award by the NCHSAA State Athletic Association at their annual meeting.
Performance Learning Center
Applications: Now accepting applications. Office hours 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Off to college: Here's where the graduates, listed by hometown, from the Cabarrus region plan to attend college.
Concord: Nathaniel Sullivan Booe, UNC Wilmington; Cara Irene Brock, University of South Carolina; William Randolph Cox, College of William and Mary; Riley Diane Craven, UNC Chapel Hill; Dillon Peter Freer, Southern Methodist University; Seve Michael Gaskin, North Carolina State University; Alexander Paul Gordon, University of Chicago; Meredith Virginia Hoover, UNC Chapel Hill; Hunter Chanel Horton, College of Charleston; Graham Tarlton Jewell, North Carolina State University; Angela Jia, UNC Chapel Hill; Hayden Elizabeth Keziah, Appalachian State University; Andrew Robert Krusell, UNC Chapel Hill; Stephen Joseph Metz Jr., Florida State University; Lauren Nicole Propst, Florida State University; Benjamin David, Rhodes Guilford College; Zachary John Rossitch, UNC Chapel Hill; Ryan Frank Scolaro, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Rosemary Elisabeth, Sirois, Rhodes College; Tinsley Alexandra White, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
Salisbury: Cala Rae Cocca, Wofford College; Anne Kimpton Langford, Sewanee: The University of the South; Carleigh Jessica Rose, Meredith College.
Harrisburg: Chelsea Nichole Foxx East Carolina University; Claudia Melissa Marcantonio Appalachian State University; Alexandros Menelaos Poutous UNC Chapel Hill.
Kannapolis: Meredith Jane Parker, College of Charleston.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Teaching Awards: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is honoring nine faculty members with 2010 Excellence in Teaching Awards. Louise Ginger Pack, a mathematics instructor and director of RCCC's Math Tutoring Center, has received the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award. She has taught at RCCC for 11 years and has more than 17 years of teaching experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in math education from N.C. State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed additional study at the University of Copenhagen. Pack and her husband, Bradley, reside in Concord. By receiving the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award, Pack also is RCCC's nominee for the 2010 North Carolina Community College System's R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award.
Three faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards with special distinction. They are: Pepsi Boyer, a web technologies instructor - for the use of technology in instruction; Betty Stack, an English and communications instructor - for active learning practices; and Claudia Swicegood, a reading instructor - for support to college's mission.
The remaining RCCC Excellence in Teaching Award winners are: Donna Ginn, English instructor and acting program head for English; June Hundley, mathematics instructor and director of the Math Tutoring Center; Jacquelyn Loupis, social studies instructor; LaNita Kirby, English instructor; and Leslie Pullen, biology instructor.