The Davidson Elementary Quiz Bowl team, made up of selected fourth- and fifth-graders, took first place in North Carolina in the Knowledge Master Open in January.
In the computerized team competition, students compete from their schools using a Promethean Board to answer 100 challenging questions in all subject areas. They earn points on the basis of speed and accuracy.
The Davidson Elementary team's performance earned a rank of 67th out of 206 teams nationwide. The team also competed in the America Answers Challenge, held Tuesday. Katie Ruzinsky is the faculty adviser for the team.
Garden Club symposium
The Davidson Garden Club is sponsoring its 27th symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 at Davidson College's Knobloch Campus Center. Chip Callaway will talk about "Restoring Southern Garden Traditions," and Darrel Morrison will speak on "Landscape Design: Where Art and Nature Meet."
Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Vail Commons, with an optional tour of the arboretum. The afternoon program features Erica Glasener speaking on "Proven Plants for the South."
The rest of the afternoon will be workshops: Barbara Pleasant, "Can't Miss Vegetable Varieties for the South" and "Organic Edibles: How We Do It in the South"; David Creech, "The Natives are Restless"; Chip Callaway, "The Trials and Triumphs of Restoring Southern Gardens"; and Erica Glasener, "Designing the Four-Season Southern Garden."
To register or for information, visit www.davidsonsymposium.org or contact Mary Wilson Stewart, president of the garden club: 704-604-6618.
Davidson Lands Conservancy and Woodlands Discovery are offering a nature discovery program for families called "Bizarre Botanicals," featuring Larry Mellichamp, professor of botany and horticulture at UNCCharlotte and director of the university's Botanical Gardens.
Bizarre botanicals are plants that do not look or behave like normal plants. These plants eat insects, look like stones, can grow on your refrigerator door or produce live babies. Some have spores that ignite into a brilliant flash when exposed to a flame.
The free event, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 26, is open to children ages 9 and older, if accompanied by an adult. To register, e-mail Davidson Lands Conservancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will be at UNCC's McMillan Greenhouse, and free parking is available across the street. Plants will be available for sale, as will be Mellichamp's latest book, "Bizarre Botanicals," co-written by Paula Gross.
Local musicians have collaborated to create a new country/pop music CD featuring 14-year-old Cici Jansen.
The CD, called "See Me," consists of 11 original songs written by Cici; her mom, Charlotte Jansen; Tim Cashion of Grand Funk Railroad; and Shannon Roschke. Go to Cici's website for further information: www.cicijansen.com.