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Presidential Scholars: Brendan Y. Shi, a graduating senior at Charlotte Latin School, has been named one of approximately 560 semifinalists in the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
The semifinalists were selected from more then 3,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and community involvement.
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Teacher of the Year
Finalists: The following seven Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year.
They are: Kristin Hahn, Whitewater Academy; Shaunta Taylor, Shamrock Elementary; Karen Meadows, Sedgefield Middle; Justin Ashley, McAlpine Elementary; Altovese Simmons, West Charlotte High; Linda Schultz, Berewick Elementary; and Erika Ellis, Tryon Hills Pre-K Center.
Healthy Schools Program: Heather Curtis-Sowell, a third grade teacher at Smithfield Elementary, launched a fruit and vegetable challenge last fall after she joined an initiative called the Healthy Schools Program. She divided her class into teams and each team chose a name and created a healthy food poster. Now they are tracking what they eat for lunch and at home. At the end of each month the teams will tally up their points.
Odyssey of the Mind: Two teams of Woodlawn Middle School students competed in the N.C. Northern Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on March 5. One team placed first in their division and the other placed third.
The competition focuses on problem solving.
Woodlawn's team for the "As Good As Gold...berg" problem was part of a unique three-way tie for first place. The students created a machine that involved Indiana Jones, spinning planets, a water balloon and more that ended up cracking a nut. This team continued on to the state competition on April 2 in Asheville and included Jake Johnson, Kristin Van Epps, Erica Rose, Eliza Robinson, Sam Packard and Nelson Malushizky.
Judges also praised Woodlawn's "Extreme Mousemobiles" team for their costumes and for their poise under pressure. This team was asked to create mousetrap-powered cars that could perform a variety of tasks. They came in third in their division. This team included Merritt Strodel, Elliott Anderson, Rachel Neal, Halynna Snyder, Matthew Shaw and Cameron Latten.
Junior Elon scholars: Juniors Daniel Goldstein and Abby Seelig have been selected as North Carolina Junior Elon Scholars at Elon University in Burlington.
Both students were recognized at a banquet held on Elon's campus the weekend of April 8-10. To qualify, students must maintain an "A" average and meet SAT score requirements in addition to showing achievement in academics, leadership, community service, international or cultural experiences, the arts, athletics, or entrepreneurial endeavors.
Egg hunt: Students Against Destructive Decisions members from Central Academy of Technology and Arts continued their annual egg hunt at Wolfe School.
They hid plastic eggs across the campus and let the Wolfe School students hunt for them. This is the third year that CATA's SADD students have held an egg hunt for Wolfe students.
"Guys and Dolls": Parkwood High School's theatre department will present "Guys and Dolls" at 7 p.m. May 13,14, 20 and 21. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Details: 704-764-2900.
Student elections: Winthrop students recently elected sophomores Kambrell Garvin and Kaitlin Sapp president and vice-president of the Council of Student Leaders.
Garvin, a political science major, will take on his new role as president - the position formerly known as "chair" - on July 1. He will replace fellow political science major Sydney Evans, a junior. Garvin, a native of Columbia, has been with CSL since fall 2009 as a representative for Winthrop's NAACP student government representative.
Sapp, a sophomore integrated marketing communication major from Salisbury, will move from her role as CSL secretary to vice-president on May 7. She has been involved with the council since January 2010. As vice-president, Sapp will work with the Student Allocations Committee funding.
York County: The Sheriff's Foundation will award a minimum of two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors from York County. Applicants will be limited to those who intend to pursue a law enforcement-related area of study such as criminal justice, detention/corrections, forensic science, criminology or social work.
The application deadline is May 6. Awards will be announced by May 16. All scholarship money will be sent directly to the college or university selected by the applicant for the academic year of 2011-2012. Details: 803-628-3057.