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Northwest School of the Arts
Benefit concert: Northwest's music department will hold its ninth annual concert to benefit the school's piano program 3-4 p.m. April 3 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. The concert will feature six of the school's pianists as well as pianist/vocalist Noel Freidline.
North Mecklenburg High
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Debate and Speech Team: The North Meck Debate & Speech Team qualified for the NFL National Championship Tournament in Dallas that will take place this June. Three team members will represent the school and Carolina West. Junior Brooke Carter and sophomore James Williams placed second and fifth individually in Dramatic Interpretation; both qualified for nationals as a team. Senior Raul Gonzalez placed second in Original Oratory and also qualified for Nationals. Senior Brittany Wallace and junior Lauren Calucag placed fourth in Duo Interpretation; both are second alternates. Colleen Watson placed third in Original Oratory and is a first alternate.
Public Forum Debate team of senior Cameron Langford and junior Conner Taylor placed fourth and first alternates for Nationals. Sophomore Abby Auerbach and junior Catherine Bizub of the Public Forum team reached quarterfinals. Bizub is first alternate to NFL Nationals in Student Congress. The team is now preparing for the Tarheel Forensic League State Championship tournament April 8-9. The team is lead by head coach Christopher Rocca and assistant coach Miriam Oxendine.
Grace Covenant Academy
School fundraiser: Visit Jason's Deli March 31 where all proceeds will go to the school.
Merit scholarship: Seniors Madeline Hurley of Huntersville and Nora Munger of Davidson are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.
Scholarship: Tyler Haritan of Cornelius received full-tuition scholarship to study ballet this summer in New York City at the School of American Ballet.
Math counts: Middle School MathCounts team placed fourth in the South Piedmont Chapter competition at UNC Charlotte. Noah Edmondson of Davidson and Uday Uppal of Huntersville advanced to the state competition. Uday finished second in the individual competition after a tie-breaker and also advanced to the state competition as an individual.
Robotics team: The Brainy Yaks robotics team, including Dalton Phillips of Cornelius and Zach Ranson of Huntersville, placed first in the Innovated Research category at the First Elgo state championship. The team placed among 150 teams.
Classroom technology: The school raised $50,000 during a recent parent-led fundraising drive to enhance classroom technology. The money will go toward purchasing iPads, Smart Boards, Smart Tables and a virtual language lab. Middle school students currently use iPads inside and outside the classroom.
St. Mark Catholic School
Walk for Diabetes: WCNC TV's Larry Sprinkle presented St. Mark with an award on behalf of the American Diabetes Association for their outstanding fundraising contribution in 2010. St. Mark raised $38,914, which placed the school first in the Southeast and in the nation. Classes participated in Penny Wars to help reach a $40,000 goal for this year's Walk. More than $3,000 was raised through Penny Wars.
East Lincoln High
Winter Guard: The "Cheval" Winter Guard at East Lincoln was named the 2011 Scholastic A Champion at the Winter Guard International Raleigh Regional Championships. The "Cheval" Winter Guard is currently first in the Scholastic A classification in the Winter Guard International circuit. The band is directed by Dustin Stamey. 2011 Cheval members are: Danielle Driscoll, Debbie Jones, Emily Murphy, Rachel Colichio, Bronwyn Turner, Ciera Roberts, Brandon Nichols, Britt Nichols, Andy Roberson, Caitlin Jones, Shelby Benson, Jaqui Silva, Kerrigan Gudger, Sarah Eliason, Ayla Harvey, Alaina Seidle, Samantha Earley, Keri Bradley, Taylor Costner and Kaile Driscoll.
Attendance Recovery dates: Student Attendance Recovery Dates for the seventh, eighth and ninth unexcused absences can be made up on the following days in Mr. Burch's room from 3:05 to 4:35 p.m.: April 7, 14 and 28; May 5, 12 and 19.
COMPASS test: Gaston College will give the COMPASS placement test 3:30 p.m. April 14 at the Gaston College Lincoln Campus. The placement test is for those taking classes next year either online or through the Huskins Program. To register, visit the counseling office.
William A. Hough High
Color guard: Hough High School Color Guard will hold auditions 5-8 p.m. April 4-7 in the band room. Details: Robert Carrington, email@example.com.
Davidson Elementary School
WordMasters: The following students were top scorers on the WordMasters Challenge Test: Grade three: Michael Lozado and Mitch Porter; Grade four: Jay Satchwill; Grade five: Aubrey Dyckman and Natalie Monzaifar.
Crossing guard sought: The Cornelius Police Department is seeking a Civilian School Crossing Guard between the hours of 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m. when school is in session. The paid position is for the crosswalk in front of Cornelius Elementary School. Contact Sgt. Tony Sharpe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-892-1363 x. 245.
Community School of Davidson
Golf Tournament: The Community School of Davidson will host its 10th annual Golf Tournament April 29 and Pine Island Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Details: 704-896-6262 or www.csdnc.org/fundraising/golf_tournament.
"Race to Nowhere:" Screening "Race to Nowhere" 7 p.m. April 4 in the DDS Theatre. $10 advance; $15 at the door. Tickets: rtndavidsondayschool.eventbrite.com.
Auction bid: Register online to bid for a parking space in front of the school. Only one spot is available. Bidding closes April 4. To bid: bit.ly/parkingspot.
"The Lion King:" The Davidson Day School's Music Department presents "The Lion King: Broadway Selections" in the Davidson Theatre 1 p.m. April 6; 6:30 p.m. April 7; 7 p.m. April 8. Donations accepted at the door.
Homecoming Pageant: Kelsey Lee Helms placed third runner up in The America's Homecoming Queen Pageant for Miss North Carolina. Helms is a senior at Northside and lives in Huntersville.