South Charlotte

April 28, 2010

School news

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Providence Day School

New director of admissions: Headmaster Dr. Jack Creeden announced the appointment of Cecil Stodghill as Director of Admissions beginning July 1. Stodghill currently serves as Director of Graduate Support at Academy Preparatory Foundation in St. Petersburg, Fla., and before that served as Associate Director of Admissions at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Miami and earned his master's degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Charlotte Christian School

Art students honored: Three art students from Charlotte Christian School have been honored with four National Scholastic Art Awards and invited to New York for the National Awards Ceremony for the 87th Annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Senior Megan Burton won a Gold Medal for her drawing titled "Hopeless," senior Meredith Haake won a Gold Medal for her painting "Til Death Do Us Part 2," and a Silver Medal for her painting, "Venetian Cross," and eighth-grader Allie Seeling won a Silver Medal for her drawing, "The Cliffs of Kap Arkona." Meredith will also be recognized for her piece "Mrs. Crawford," chosen as one of the American Vision Nominees from the Mid-Carolina Region to be judged at the national level. For more information:

Middle Ages Day: Sixth-grade students at Charlotte Christian spent the day exploring the life and history of the Middle Ages at the annual Middle Ages Day on April 16. Students came to school dressed as friars, monks, ladies, lords and knights and joined together for an interdisciplinary hands-on learning experience of the Middle Ages period in Western Europe. Also included in the day was a "feast" in the giant hall, testing catapults, music from the time period, and a presentation of "The Canterbury Tales." For more information: Candace Gowan, 704-366-5657, ext. 6303.

Charlotte Country Day School

Scholastic writing award: Eighth-grader Dianna Whitlark was awarded a prestigious Gold Medal in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national program that identifies and develops creative teenagers. Of the more than 165,000 student artists and writers in grades 7-12 who enter the contest, just 1,300 are honored with national bronze, silver or gold medals. Dianna won for her short story "Snow," about a cocaine-addicted teen, which she wrote for an assignment in CCDS teacher Allison Richardson's English class. On June 9, Whitlark and Richardson will attend a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City to honor the winners. Past winners of this award include Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Lithgow.

South Meck High School

Ecology ambassadors needed: South Meck will earn $30,000 with one week of work at the Quail Hollow Golf Championship. Students, family, community members and staff can all work. Money earned helps every student and family, including purchasing benches and tables for the courtyard, LCD projectors for the classroom, awards and treats for A & B honor roll and more. Shifts still needing volunteers: May 1, 2:30-10 p.m.; May 2, 9:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and 2:30-10 p.m.; May 4, 8-noon and 1-5 p.m. Contact Becka Tait,, 704-540-1698.

Ardrey Kell High School

Graduation: Ardrey Kell's graduation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m., at Bojangles Coliseum.

Golf fundraiser: Save the date for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Firethorne Country Club on May 17. This fundraiser will benefit all Ardrey Kell athletes. Registration forms are due on or before May 3 and the event is limited to the first 120 golfers. Fore more information contact Traci Schneider at (704) 756-0741 or

Charlotte Latin

Odyssey of the Mind: Five Charlotte Latin teams competed in the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind (OM) tournament on April 10, and three of those teams have advanced to the OM World Finals, which will be held May 26-29 at Michigan State University. Charlotte Latin's Taylor/Lax team advanced to the World Finals in two categories. Charlotte Latin OM students also received two awards at the state tournament: Fourth-grade student Ashley Derrington (McClung team) received the Omer Award, which is "given to recognize an individual (or team) who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, exemplary behavior, and exceptional talent." The Hammond Team (ninth-graders) received the Ranatra Fusca Award, which is "presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity through some aspect of their problem solution, their behavior, or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution."

Providence High School

Athletic Booster Club golf outing: The Athletic Booster Club will hold its annual spring fundraiser May 3 at 1 p.m. at Raintree Country Club. Please consider being a sponsor and/or fielding a team. Proceeds generated from the tournament help fund scholarships to be awarded at Senior Night and other athletic needs. The registration form and information is available on the PHS Athletic website: phsathletics/golfouting.html. An individual entry fee is $100, which includes golf, lunch, dinner, and prizes. A four-person team can enter for $380. Sponsorships are available - Hole Sponsorships are $200 and Gold Sponsorships are $1,000, which includes a team entry, hole sponsorship, and recognition at the dinner. Contact Scott Herbert at 704-771-6249 or

East Meck High School

Choir concert: After a wonderful production of the Music Revue in late February, the East Meck Choirs will perform their Spring concert April 29 at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $3 at the door. This will be choir director Bebe Snyder's last concert, since she will be retiring after this year.

Myers Park High School

AP Exam proctors needed: Your help is needed to proctor the upcoming AP exams in May. Locations for the exams will either be on the Myers Park Campus, at Central Piedmont Community College, Myers Park Methodist Church, Providence United Methodist Church, or Myers Park Baptist Church. Contact Ruth Bierbaum:, or 704-371-5080.

Charlotte Jewish Preschool

Mentalmania: The Charlotte Jewish Preschool will host nationally-recognized Mark Stone with his Mentalmania show April 24 at 9 p.m. at the Levine JCC, Sam Lerner Center, 5007 Providence Road. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Call 704-366-5007 for tickets.

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