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Career Day: Parents and community members are needed to talk about their jobs at the school’s Career Day on April 29. Volunteers will need to speak for 10-15 minutes about their jobs to students in grades three to five. Presentation can include information about related school subjects, education and training, personal skills, a typical day at your job, games, hands-on activities and visuals. Volunteers are also needed to help plan Career Day. For details or to participate, contact Aara Bunyan at 980-343-3905 or firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17.
Robotics award: Cornelius Elementary’s robotics team, the Robo-Linguist Crew, was the first runner-up in the 2015 Charlotte Mecklenburg Robotics Championship held recently at Mountain Island Lake Academy. The theme for this year’s competition was “World Class.” For their project, the students created a presentation to demonstrate how they would improve language learning in the 21st century. They also designed, built and programmed a LEGO robot to complete various missions at the competition. With this win, the team qualified for the Western North Carolina Robotics Championship to be held at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory in May. The team is coach by Ashley Hanks and Molly East.
Grand Oak Elementary
Beginners Day: Grand Oak Elementary will welcome 2015-2016 rising kindergartners and their parents at Beginners Day 8:30-10 a.m. April 22. The event will include a formal presentation for parents in the gym while children spend time in the kindergarten classrooms. Registration is required. To register, visit the main office. For details, call 980-343-2063.
Long Creek Elementary
Annie Kids: More than 90 Long Creek Elementary students presented three performances of “Annie Kids” at Hopewell High School in late March. The school sold a total of more than 1,250 tickets for the musical. Beth Gommel was the director, Jessica Alston the assistant director and Donald Buzzee the art director. Middle school students who had previously attended Long Creek volunteered to help with rehearsals and performances.
Golf tournament: The inaugural Bailey STEM Team Charity Golf Tournament will be held April 27 at River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson. Registration is $150 per player and includes a round of golf, lunch provided by Cafe 100, an awards dinner at River Run’s clubhouse, a golf shirt, a swag bag, and entrance into a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Bailey Middle School’s National STEM League team, which will be competing in the National STEM League National Finals in May in Houston, Texas. To register, visit www.horsepowermotorsports.weebly.com/golf-tournament.html.
Open mic: The Hough PTSA will host its inaugural Harvey’s Open Mic Spirit Night 5-9 p.m. April 19 at Harvey’s Bar & Grill, 13812 Cinnabar Place, Huntersville. The restaurant will donate a portion of the evening’s sales to the Hough PTSA. The event is open to the public. Performers are limited to three songs each. For details and to sign up to perform, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4faeaf2ca31-harveys.
Band award: The Hough High School Symphonic Band was awarded a rating of “superior” in a music performance adjudication held March 23 at Hickory Ridge High School. The wind ensemble, competing at a level 6, the most difficult level, also received a rating of “superior” in a music performance adjudication held March 24 at Hickory Ridge High School. For both groups, it was the first time to receive a perfect rating.
Scholarship: Cannon School senior Jack Amoroso recently earned the Morehead-Cain scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill. The Morehead-Cain scholarship program was established in 1945 as the nation’s first merit scholarship program. The four-year scholarship provides full tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop computer and supplies. It also includes a four-year summer enrichment program. Amoroso has been at Cannon School since 2012. He won the Ginger R. Holloway Interdisciplinary Research Paper Award in 2014, is president of the Model United Nations and is a member of the math, history, French and English honor societies. He is also cyclist who has participated in several long-distance cycling events, including Apogee’s “America Coast to Coast” tour in 2013, and is a starting outfielder on Cannon’s varsity baseball team. He is the son of Michele and Greg Amoroso of Charlotte.
No Makeup Day: On April 14, Cannon School’s Upper School held its third No Makeup Day event. The annual initiative was started by Cannon School students Victoria Bliss, Johanna Bloomquist and Sydney Frankenberg as a Girl Scout project aimed at boosting girls’ self-esteem. On No Makeup Day, students are encouraged to come to school with no makeup. Female students are also asked to submit photos of themselves which are posted in the library. Other students are asked to write compliments on sticky notes to place on each girl’s picture. Other elements of this year’s event included a discussion among all members of the Upper School, both male and female, and a performance of Colbie Caillat’s hit “Try” by Cannon School’s female a capella group, The Acabellas.