Charlotte Catholic High School
Festival: Fine Arts students displayed their talents at the spring Fine Arts Festival, held at the school on May 15, with performances by the Freshmen Chorus, the Choral Ensemble, the Honors Choir, and the Honors Women’s Choir. Student works of art and photography were on display throughout the evening, showcasing the talents of the visual arts students.
The Visual Arts segment of the Festival featured the works of 21 students who received 2017 Mid-Carolina Scholastic Art Awards. The art displays, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography and photographic printmaking represented seven Gold Key Awards, three Silver Key Awards,and 11Honorable Mentions. In addition, senior Bella Garner and sophomore Perris Bowling received National Silver Key awards for their photographic printmaking.
The 45-member Freshman Chorus opened the musical portion of the evening with three selections that displayed their developing talents, including the 1973 hit “Free Ride.” The larger Choral Ensemble, with 54 members, sang a variety of songs including the hymn “With a Voice of Singing” and a traditional spiritual. The men of the group sang “Hooked on a Feeling” from the 60s and the women sang “Jar of Hearts” from just a few years ago.
The Honors Choir took the risers next, bringing the audience with them on a journey to the pasture and to the rainforest. The listeners were enthralled with “Tres Cantos Nativos,” in which the singers snapped their fingers, clapped, and stomped in imitation of the sound of thunderstorms in the rainforest, and also sang melodies based upon those sung by native Brazilian Indian tribes. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon and “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire rounded out their set. The Honors Women’s Choir then joined the Honors Choir in singing “Offertory,” a beautiful hymn that reminds us of what God requires of us: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him.
The Honors Women’s Choir opened their own set with “This Little Babe” and “Esto Les Digo,” which reminds us that “where two or three are gathered, there am I also.” These talented singers then got their listeners’ toes tapping with “Music Down in My Soul” and a truly enjoyable medley saluting Aretha Franklin. Senior Darlene Singui-Tanyi gave the audience chills with her solo in “Respect.”
Retirement: Dottie Tippett announced her retirement after 37 years of teaching. Her colleagues and the alumni in theFina Arts Festival audience had a surprise for her, though, as many former students from her entire career had gathered in the audience to salute her. Sr. Paulette Williams, RSM, the principal from 1980 until 2000, was present as well. Marcus Riter, the theater teacher, compiled a video presentation that included memorabilia and photos from the many musicals that Tippett directed, messages of love and appreciation from former students and interviews with her colleagues, who reminisced about her time at the school and praised her many years of dedication to teaching.
Principal Kurt Telford said, “She has brought out talents and strengths in all of us, and has done it with patience, humor, and love. She is, and always will be, a much-loved member of our CCHS family.”
Charlotte Country Day School
Global curriculum: The Middle School Model United Nations Club at Charlotte Country Day School had the opportunity to skype with the First Lady of Cape Verde Ligia Fonseca on May 10, 2017. The students asked questions about her favorite experiences as First Lady and also they wanted to learn from her about her top priorities for social change.
The students also discussed her experiences with diplomacy and public speaking. This experience was part of the school’s overall global curriculum and programming.
Providence Senior High School
Quiz Bowl: On the weekend of May 27, the school joined 302 of the top high school quiz bowl teams at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.
Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.
Providence Senior High School sent two teams. The A team was captained by Matt Janson, who was joined by Zachary Osmond, Mark Schachner, and Noah Tobias. The B team was captained by Joey Chong, who was joined by Vittal Bhat, Bansi Chhatrala, and Anthony Hui. The teams were coached by Chip Schachner.
Providence entered two of the 13 North Carolina teams competing at the national championship.
Providence A finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-5 record. Providence B finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-5 record.
There were some tense moments. The A team suffered a heartbreakingly narrow loss to North Gwinnett from Suwanee, Georgia, 300-295 during round 16.
Providence A was on the brink of elimination when they defeated Jenks from Oklahoma in round 14 to stay alive. Unfortunately, they lost to North Gwinnett from Suwanee, Georgia, ending their shot at the playoffs.
Providence B’s shot at the playoffs ended when they lost to Indian Springs from Alabama in round 11.
The A team finished in 128th place.
The tournament champion was the A team from Hunter College High School of New York, New York. The field featured 304 teams from thirty-seven states and China.