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J.M. Alexander Middle
Principal named: Dr. Jo Karney of Davidson IB was named principal for the 2011-2012 school year at J.M. Alexander Middle.
Pine Lake Preparatory
Leadership project: Alex McCaskey, 12, a Cornelius sixth-grader at Pine Lake Preparatory, chose to help the Ada Jenkins After School Program for his mid-year leadership project. Alex collected about 1,000 juice boxes for the after-school program , which provides educational services, programs and social skills development for 60 children through fifth grade. Alex's collection efforts will provide juice boxes for the 60 kids for about a month.
Grant for sports: Hopewell students, staff and community members helped win a $5,000 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance to support Hopewell's sports program. The school earned the grant through grassroots efforts to get community members to complete an online course on sports mentoring. Hopewell is among 20 youth sports organizations nationwide to complete enough quizzes to earn grants.
Art awards: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers have named winners through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Hopewell had 15 students selected for Scholastic Golden and Silver Keys as well as Honorable Mentions. They are: Allison Stubbs, two honorable mentions in ceramics and a silver key in photo; Brandon Phuntek, a gold in digital art; Ben Pierce, gold in digital art; Jessica Traugott, silver in digital art and a silver in design; Rashad Alexander, honorable mention in design; Alston Sanderson, silver in drawing; Shennilla Smith, honorable mention in drawing and a gold in mixed media; Rachel Dade, silver mixed media; Tiara Kennedy, honorable mention in mixed media; Gina Ricciardelli, gold in photo; Bailey Barger, silver in photo; Brittany Bivins, silver in photo, Sarah Cain, silver in photo; Breeanna Reische, honorable mention in photo.
Cultural exchange visit: Eleven students and a teacher from Tianli International School in Luzhou, China, are visiting Cannon School to experience a range of local culture during a two-week stay. The visitors are paired with Cannon School students whose families act as hosts for the trip. The visit is part of a sister school relationship that began in 2004.
W.A. Hough High
Empty Bowls: Hough's Art Club and FCCLA are working to fill the Second Harvest Food Bank through Empty Bowls, an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Participants create ceramic bowls which, in this case, may be purchased by the creator or donated to sell during the Empty Bowls event. Now through Feb. 4, all are invited to Room C107 from 2:15-4 p.m. each day to create a bowl. Donate $15 and create, decorate, glaze and take home your own bowl. For a $5 donation, you can work on a bowl that will be donated for sale later. Bowls may be purchased Feb. 10-16 inside the mall area of the school from 2:15-4 p.m. each day. Contact Marjorie O'shea at 980-344-0514.