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Hickory Ridge High
Engineering win: The JETS team recently won second place overall against 27 other schools at UNC Charlotte. JETS is the Junior Engineering Technical Society and is sponsored by math teacher Dawn Denney. The students built trebuchets to see how far they could launch a tennis ball, built bridges to see how much weight they could support (first place), took the Test of Engineering Aptitude in Math and Science (fourth place), created a robot to navigate an obstacle course (best design award), and made and presented a poster regarding alternative fuels (algae as biofuel, first place).
Graduation: The school will hold its second commencement at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Cabarrus Arena.
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Cum Laude Society: The following students from Cannon School's junior and senior classes were inducted into the Cum Laude Society for demonstrating academic excellence:
Concord: Julie Harriss, junior; Meredith Hoover, senior; Graham Lombardi, junior.
Cornelius: Lauren Hunstad, senior.
Davidson: Shelby Dyl, junior; Nora Munger, junior.
Huntersville: Jenna Sarett, senior; Stephanie Schauder, junior.
Mooresville: Josh Lamb, junior; Eden Sipperly, junior; Sterling Swygert, senior.
University City Area of Charlotte: Brandee Branche, senior; Will Carter, senior; Jeremy Miller, senior; Tyler Sakaluk, senior.
Charlotte (Dilworth): Gavin West, junior.
Certificate: Jonathan Burr from Concord received the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT) recently. Burr is a graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High (2000); UNC Chapel Hill (2004, English and environmental studies) and Appalachian State University (2006, master's in English). Burr is the son of Mitchel and Ann Burr of Concord.
Concord Middle School
Duke Talent Identification Program: Twelve students at Concord Middle School participated in the Duke Talent Identification Program, which identifies academically promising seventh graders based on standardized test scores. Margaret 'Maggie' Ericson received grand recognition for being among the nation's highest scorers.The following Concord Middle students also participated: Ash Berger, Julia Estey, Kiersten Eury, Eleanor Irving, Madison Jenkins, Luke Motley, Julianne Pomnitz, Abigail Stoddard, Jacob Sumner, Nathan Watson and Cassie White.
Safety Patroller of the Year: Sydney Hansen was awarded AAA of the Carolinas Safety Patroller of the year for North Carolina.
Sydney is a fifth-grade student at Bethel Elementary School and is an active member of the school Safety Patrol. Sydney, daughter of Stewart and Robin Hansen, was nominated by Carrie Whitley, safety patrol adviser.
"Sydney is a very capable young lady and can easily take charge of a situation. She played a leadership role in the school safety patrol; she created posters and assisted in organizing our Haiti relief drive. She has also completed AIG service projects," said the nomination.
As winner of State Safety Patroller of the Year, Sydney received discount tickets to the Charlotte Bobcats game in April and also was awarded a free two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Uptown Charlotte. She also received a certificate and trophy.
Grants: The Charles E. Boger Elementary School PTO was awarded two grants totaling more than $5,000. The first grant is a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant for $5,000. The funds will be used to build a basic workstation for media center volunteers to process incoming new books. The remaining funds will be used to purchase new titles for the school's growing media center. The second grant is from the Kohl's Kares employee volunteer program. Three Kohl's employees, including a Boger grandparent, ran the Book Walk event at the school's Spring Family Festival in April.
Cabarrus County Schools
High schools: Exams are June 3-4, 7-8. June 8 is early dismissal. Graduations are June 11-13.
Middle schools: Exams are June 9-10. June 9 is early dismissal.
Mt. Pleasant High
Cat's Meow models for sale: OCS class is selling a limited supply of Cat's Meow models of the high school for $15. You may purchase these models in Room D147 or contact Beth Downs or Katie Owens at 704-436-9321 ext. 1447 or 704-436-3166.