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Governor's School: Ten students will pack their bags and spend six weeks studying at the 2011 North Carolina Governor's School from June 12 to July 23. Students were nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas: art, choral music, dance, English, foreign language (French and Spanish), instrumental music, mathematics, natural science, social science and theater. The Governor's School curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline. Students will study at one of the two campuses, Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem or Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. Qualifications for Governor's School include nomination by a school administrator, outstanding academic record, qualifying test scores and a personal essay.
The following students were selected: Kyle T. Alderdice, Cecily A. Basquin, Seok Jae Hong (Ardrey Kell); Elizabeth M. Stevens (East Mecklenburg); Theodore Howie, Katelyn M. Morgan, Porter Nenon (Myers Park); Mihir Pershad, Ashley Reid (Providence); Paul Champion (South Mecklenburg).
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Scholarships: The National Achievement Scholarship program has named the following five CMS students as 2011 scholarship winners: Kainee Aguilar (Myers Park); David Ayers (East Mecklenburg); Wiley Davis III (Providence); Khalid Love (Vance); Melanie McRae (Independence). These students are among more than 800 black American high school seniors across the country who will receive scholarships totaling over $2 million. Requirements for the semifinalists to become scholarship winners included high academic performance, a recommendation from their high school, SAT scores that match the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test performance, and an essay.
Odyssey of the Mind: Two of the four teams that competed in the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind tournament April 2 are advancing to the OM World Finals, which will be held May 27-30 at the University of Maryland. The school's Burton Team won first place in Division 3 while the Cammer/Anderson Team won second place in Division 1. Both of these teams will advance to the World Finals. The LeDonne/Dudas/Smith Team placed third in Division 3, and the D'Alliard Team placed fifth in Division 2.
Essay contest: Five sixth-grade science students recently earned top honors in the 2011 Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Poster and Essay Contest which focused on the theme of "Water ... the Cycle of Life." The following students received awards: Nicholas Fields, first place poster contest; Abby Yoh, first place essay contest; Caitlin Callihan, second place essay contest; Sarah Horton, second place poster contest; and Jordan Turner, third place poster contest. Prizes will be awarded at a banquet May 3.
In addition to local honors, Nicholas Fields also won third place in the Area VIII contest, which includes the 12 surrounding counties of Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union. All of the winners are students of Julie Bartlett, middle school science and economics teacher.
Art award: Sophomore Carson Kowar received the National Scholastic Gold Key Art Award for her drawing entitled, "Rise Up In Courage." She will be honored at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31. The honor was awarded by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, an 88-year-old national program administered through the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. This is the fourth consecutive year that Charlotte Christian student artists have won Scholastic Art Awards on the national level.
Theater competition: Middle school students on the ACT 2 competition drama team recently won multiple awards at the North Carolina Theater Competition Middle School Play Festival held March 19. The group won both individual and group honors for both of their productions. The team presented "September Bears," a play about how teddy bears helped children cope with the aftermath of 9-11; and "Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.," an exciting musical that teaches students all about grammar, history and science with catchy songs.
Beverly Woods Elementary
Odyssey of the Mind: The fourth-grade Odyssey of the Mind team placed first in its division at the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind tournament April 2. The team is advancing to the OM World Finals May 27-30 at the University of Maryland. The team incorporated song, dance and origami into a humorous solution about dust bunnies on Broadway for Problem 5 Full Circle. Team members are Ethan Foster, Luke Foster, Katie Freije, Rachel Gardner, Will Horne, Lucy Koeniger and Beckett Stillman. Parents Laurie Foster and Meredith Stillman coach the team.
South Charlotte Middle
Odyssey of the Mind: The school's Odyssey of the Mind team won first place at the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind competition held April 2. The team will advance to the World Competition May 27-30 at the University of Maryland. South Charlotte's team consists of seven eighth-graders who have spent the past five months creating a script, making sets and costumes and practicing spontaneous problems. The team could not spend more than $125, total, for costumes and sets. The school's skit involves Peter Pan and Tinker Bell taking four characters from famous paintings to Lascaux, France, to see a prehistoric cave painting, a little girl's room, and The Louvre museum in Paris.