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Teen Awareness & Safety
Seminar: Presented by the Cornelius Police Department in partnership with United Family Services and The BRAKES program. Topics will include teen dating and violence, cause and effect of drinking and driving, texting, having too many distractions, and how to be safe when out with friends. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21 at Hough High, Bailey Road, Cornelius. Space is limited. RSVP: 704-892-1363, Officer V. Williams.
Lake Norman Charter High
Athletic Booster Club: The club purchased four large activity buses for the school. The Booster Club also purchased additional bleachers.
Entertainment book fundraiser: Top sellers were Ariana Dash and Amber Porter; each receives a $100 gift certificate. $25 gift certificates were awarded to students who sold five or more books: Carolina Anzola-Riegel, Rilee Blackwell, Benjamin Cattoni, Megan DuPriest, Cameron Floyd, Amanda Francois, Cheyenne Guilford, Shannon Hoey, Riley Kane, Lauren Lineweaver, Jasina Maldonado, Dallas Reed, Cooper Shannon, Zakeriya Subasi, Ashley Wolfe. Movie pass winners: Jasmine Cannon, Brandon Midgett, Hannah Pitts and Elizabeth Rothwell.
North Mecklenburg High
Debate Team: Members of the North Meck Debate and Speech Team who attended the Pinecrest Open Tournament in Southern Pines Sept. 25 came in third overall in the competition among more than 20 schools. The five members entered in the Speech categories took six placements. Congratulations go to: Speech co-captain senior Raul Gonzalez, who took first in Original Oratory; speech co-captain senior Brittany Wallace, who took second in Oral Interpretation and third in Humorous Interpretation; junior Lauren Calucag placed fourth in Humorous Interpretation; junior Brooke Carter, Dramatic Interpretation, fifth; and freshman James Williams, Impromptu Speaking, fifth.
In debate, the Varsity Public Forum team of seniors Jeremy Miranda and Chris Folmar placed third. In the JV Public Forum, sophomores Abby Auerbach and Micayla Murphy won the division with a first place showing. Junior Catherine Bizub placed fifth in Varsity Student Congress; and freshman Alex Pope took fifth place in JV Lincoln/Douglas debate.
East Lincoln High
National Merit nod: Senior Marni Krehnbrink was named a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship program. Marni, 17, is the daughter of Linda and Mike Krehnbrink of Denver. President of the student government association, Marni also is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. She is a member of the women's soccer, tennis, softball and cross country teams. She has the highest GPA in the senior class at this time, according to school officials.
St. Mark Catholic School
Open house: Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools and St. Mark will host an open house for prospective students 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 9 a.m.- noon.Oct. 19. 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. 704-766-5000. www.stmarkcatholicschool.net.
Fall Book Fair: Oct. 14-22. The book fair will be open to the public Oct. 17 after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mass.
Philly Pretzel Day: Pretzels will be on sale during all lunches Oct. 22.
Days off: The school will be closed Oct. 29 for a Teacher Workday and Nov. 1 in observance of All-Saints Day.
Christ The King Catholic High
Open enrollment: Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools plan to open the first Lake Norman area Catholic high school in August 2011. Enrollment is open for the ninth grade. The school will open August 2011 in a temporary location at 13728 Statesville Road, Huntersville. Enrollment is open until Oct. 15, accepting all faiths interested in a private Catholic school education. A minimum of 100 ninth-graders is required. The high school will continue to add a grade each year, with the first graduating class expected in 2014. For registration materials or to download the proposed curriculum, visit www.ChristTheKinghs.com.
Information meeting: A meeting is scheduled at 7p.m. today in Highland Creek for families interested in a new Catholic high school to open in fall 2011 in north Mecklenburg. Meeting is at Highland Creek Prosperity Park Club House, 5710 Fair Vista Drive. Details: www.ChristTheKinghs.com or call Arthur Packard at 704-562-4075 or Ann Marie Hubbard at 704-578-6212.
Grace Covenant Academy
Fundraiser: Students will participate in a school fundraising event called "the Fun Run" Oct. 22. Each class will run laps together in the school lot to earn money from sponsors. It will also be Silly Sock Day and students are encouraged to wear unique or silly socks. 17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius.
Central Piedmont Community College
Grant: Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Time Warner Cable, 450 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools middle school students will participate in the "If I Had a Hammer" program at Central Piedmont Community College, Huntersville. The program teaches at-risk students the importance of math, teamwork and communication through personal instruction and hands-on activities.
North Carolina Symphony
Taking applications: The symphony is taking applications to audition for the 2010-11 Young All-Stars Orchestras. High school students between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to participate in the auditions. at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh's Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions for the winter orchestra will be held Oct. 9. Auditions for the spring orchestra will be held Feb. 8 and Feb. 12. If accepted, a participation fee of $50 is required for each orchestra; scholarships may be available. The audition application, full schedule and a detailed description of requirements can be found at www.ncsymphony.org/education. Questions about the Young All-Stars Orchestra can be directed to North Carolina Symphony Education Manager Details: Jessica Nalbone at 919-789-5461 or email@example.com.