North Mecklenburg High School Vikings versus Hough Huskies equals "old home week" in Davidson.
At recent varsity volleyball and football games, I experienced bittersweet moments.
When W.A. Hough High School opened this year, some Davidson students were moved there from North Mecklenburg. (Seniors didn't have to move.)
The move has split teammates. Hough's oldest students are juniors, so they are taking on leadership roles early.
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I recognized many children who, over the years, played at the Y, on Davidson Parks and Recreation teams, on local club teams and in the streets together. Now they're opponents.
Both games were at the brand new Hough High School.
Hough won their home volleyball game, avenging a previous loss at North Mecklenburg. The players respect each other and miss their former teammates.
The football game ended in a 21-17 North Mecklenburg victory. At the end of the hard-fought game, players hugged each other, greeting former teammates and fast friends.
The N.C. Wildlife Federation bestowed one of the 47th annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards to Davidson Day School.
Vicki Carbone's 6th grade science class won the Youth Conservationist of the Year award for their "Trout in the Classroom" program. The young conservationists worked with trout from the egg stage to adulthood, learning about water quality and the importance of habitat.
Awards winners are nominated by N.C. residents and selected by a committee of scientists, environmental educators and conservation activists.
For more information visit at www.ncwf.org or call Christopher North, the N.C. Wildlife Federation's conservation director, at 704-332-5696.
Tigers on the Prowl
Davidson Elementary School recently launched its ninth annual Tigers on the Prowl running program at McEver Field on South Street.
Special guests included Davidson College athletes and coaches, town Police Chief Jeannie Miller, Mr. Cat from Davidson College and the Tiger mascot from Davidson Elementary.
TOTP was created by Walter Rabb, physical education instructor at Davidson Elementary. Students run or walk laps during recess to accumulate miles of activity throughout the school year. Milestones are recognized at the 10-kilometer, half-marathon, marathon and multi-marathon levels.
Last school year, students together compiled milage equaling more than 800 marathons. Marathon students get T-shirts, a different color each school year.
"It is extremely gratifying to see students in the community with different-colored TOTP shirts for the various years that we have held the program," Rabb said.
He credits TOTP with developing a culture of making physical fitness a priority among Davidson Elementary staff and students. New to the program this year is a U.S. map hung in the school gym, on which students will collectively chart their TOTP miles across the country.