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National Shakespeare competition: Senior Claire Hilton has been awarded second prize in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition held May 2 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Claire competed with 56 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide after winning first place in the high school division at the Wingate University Shakespeare Festival held Feb. 15.
USC scholarship: Senior John Humphries, valedictorian for the Class of 2011, has been awarded the Trustee Scholarship at the University of Southern California, the highest academic full scholarship awarded to freshmen at USC. The Trustee Scholarship includes full tuition for approximately 100 students who receive the award each year.
Herman Lay scholarship: Senior A.J. Calhoun has been awarded the Herman Warden Lay Scholarship, the highest academic full scholarship awarded to freshmen at Furman University. The Lay Scholarship recognizes high school seniors who have displayed exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal achievement.
Outstanding teacher: Veteran educator Russ Eppley, who serves on the faculty of Covenant Day School as a middle school science teacher, has received the Hull and Coleman Outstanding Teacher Award.
Patriotic Art Contest winner: Senior Jordan Dunn has won the state competition for the 2010-11 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Jordan's piece, which depicted a moment of reunion between his father and military-serving brother, was one of 41 winners from more than 10,000 entries.
Smith Language Academy
Community Problem Solvers: The Smith Language Academy Community Problem Solvers team placed first in North Carolina for their project, Mission Transition. The team will be representing North Carolina at the Future Problem Solving International Competition in La Crosse, Wis., June 8-12. Team members are Kayla Allen, Elena Betancourt, Emma Beveridge, Elisabeth Butler, Katya Caleca, Elizabeth Fisher, Cierra Ivey, Sofia Puebla, Roya Rahimipour, Erin Rutherford, Ruth Wilson, Alexa Bethea, Lizzy Duniec, Felipe Sanchez and Haley Savage. The team is coached by Heather Lynch and Lou Nachman.
Beverly Woods Elementary
InvestWrite winner: Fourth-grader Laura Wallace won first place in the Elementary Level Statewide 2011 InvestWrite Spring Competition in Greensboro. She will be honored at a statewide ceremony in Greensboro. Teacher Jay Menkin made the competition available to his fourth-grade students as part of their real-world math enrichment.
National School of Character: Cotswold Elementary has been named one of the 2011 National Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership.
Quail Hollow Middle
Instrument drive: Caleb Whitlock, 14, is hosting an instrument collection drive to benefit the local arts. Last year 31 students at his school could not join band or orchestra because they could not afford the rental fees for an instrument. As his Eagle Scout project, Caleb is hoping to collect at least 30 instruments to give to local schools. The drive is May 28 at the Salsaritas Fresh Cantina at Quail Corners.
New academy location: Dore Academy is paying $2.5 million for a 58,000-square-foot building and six-acre property off Billy Graham Parkway near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. The brick office building, built in 1988, previously was owned by Ziff Properties in Charleston.
2010-11 Teacher of the Year: Science teacher Karen Meadows has been named CMS Teacher of the Year for 2010-11. Meadows graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a degree in chemistry and has taught in CMS since 2001, teaching at Ranson Middle, Hopewell High and Albemarle Road Elementary; she has taught at Sedgefield since 2005.