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Compiled by Cindy Stern
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology: Students won two events at the N.C. State Fair Web and Graphics Competition in late October. The students entered four events. Entries were based on creating a logo to represent the Graphic Design contest.
Stoney Creek Elementary: The Dads and Men of Stoney Creek Elementary will meet Dec. 4 in the school media center to discuss ways to improve the success of the students and the school. Details: Randolph Frierson, 980-344-1030.
Grand Oak Elementary: The school created patriotic shirts to celebrate Veterans Day.
The students talked about the importance of our veterans and were challenged to contact a veteran they knew and express their appreciation for defending the country.
Davidson College: Phi Delta Theta has raised $15,000 for military veterans and their families.
The N.C. Gamma chapter raised the amount for Support U.S. Armed Forces through fundraisers including online contributions and partnerships with local restaurants. The fraternity has raised over $35,000 for the organization in the past three years.
Hopewell High: The DECA will host the 5K Race for a Reason on Dec. 13 at Rural Hill.
The annual event honors a former member who died of Muscular Dystrophy. Proceeds are donated to the MDA – Charlotte Chapter. Details:
Kensington Elementary: Susan Glasheen is the Hometown Hero for November.
Glasheen was nominated through an online voting contest for her service in public education. She received $250 for classroom supplies and a pizza party for her class from Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, sponsor of the Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award. The community may nominate and vote for a teacher at: www.carolinalaw.com/hometown-hero-teacher-appreciation-program.aspx.
Sun Valley High: The Student Council will sponsor its annual Children’s Christmas Party for community families in need.
In prior years the school has raised $20,000 to provide 32 families in its elementary school cluster with toys, clothes or food. The school will host its first Daddy Daughter Dance on Dec. 6 as one of the fundraisers and expects over 1,000 in attendance.
• The Honors Theatre class won two awards at the N.C. Theatre Conference Play Festival earlier in the month. Stephanie Hurtado received an Excellence in Acting award. The cast of “Civil War Voices” received a Theatre Arts Award for Excellence in Making History Relevant.
Central Academy of Technology and Arts: Morgan Miller, Jessie Sperry, Amina Faye, Hannah Gundersen and Matthew Howie have been accepted in the 2015 Mars Hill Choral Festival Choir.
Monroe High: Rick Kukor’s AP Environmental Science class recently applied their skills and knowledge in a visit to the Union County Agricultural Center.
The students met with Union County Soil and Water Conservation scientist Charles Dunevant and assessed and identified the soils and soil forming processes at several field locations. The class has recently investigated necessary soil requirements and conservation for global food production.
Hickory Ridge High: The Theatre Department, directed by Melanie Elicker, earned awards at the 2014 N.C. Theatre Conference.
The awards include: “The Snow Queen and The Goblin,” superior rating; Excellence in Ensemble Acting; Excellence in Production Design; Barbizon Lighting Award for Excellence in Student Design and Production, Anthony Messina; Barbizon Lighting Award for Excellence in Student Design and Production, Abbie Freeman, assistant stage manager; Barbizon Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production, Emma Montgomerie, stage manager; Outstanding Achievement in Acting, Demi Harris; and Excellence in Directing, Melanie Elicker.
Cannon School: The following students signed letters of intent to play college athletics: Anna Redding, women’s golf, University of Virginia; Annie Collom, women’s golf, University of Richmond; Noah Edmondson, men’s golf, University of Arkansas; Will Gordon, men’s golf, Vanderbilt University; Anthony Perrino, men’s golf, Georgetown University; Davis Kiger, men’s golf, High Point University; Jordan Wallace, women’s volleyball, Claflin University; Savana Gandy, women’s volleyball, Appalachian State University; and Patrick Hunter, men’s cross country, Washington and Lee University.
Central Cabarrus High: The school’s Shakescare troupe competed at the N.C. Theatre Conference and earned the following awards: Theatre Arts Award-Achievement in Ensemble Movement, “Shakescare;” Barbizon Lighting Excellence in Student Design & Production Award, Stage Manager, Alana Conner; Excellence in Acting, Cory Ambrose.
JN Fries Magnet: The school was recognized for its achievements in STEM education at the Nov. 6 N.C. Board of Education meeting. Only 12 schools statewide received the recognition.
Jay M. Robinson High: The theater classes competed at the N.C. Theatre Conference and won five awards: Excellence in Ensemble Acting, Cast of “Help Wanted;” Excellence in Acting, Vance Graves; Set Design Production Award, Erin Ashbaugh; Costume Design Production Award, Diana Perez Moreno; and Sound Design Production Award, Savannah Bowen.
Clover District: Christie Reid has received the Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award.
The district math instructional specialist was awarded the honor by the S.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics on Nov. 6. In addition to serving her district, Reid has led a successful campaign to reconfigure South Carolina’s mathematics instructional materials and has appeared before legislative entities as a student advocate.
• The district has been honored with placement on the fifth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while increasing the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. The College Board awarded the honor to only six S.C. school districts and 547 districts in the U.S. and Canada.
Dutchman Creek Middle: The eighth-grade volleyball team ended the season undefeated and won the York County Middle School Conference Championship and the Bearcat Invitational Tournament. The team is coached by Jane Page and Kristin Page.
• The eighth grade football team was undefeated for the season and won the York County Middle School Conference Championship. Tim Robinson is the team coach. Assistants are Ryan Hunt and Joem Morehouse.
South Pointe High: Joshua Dantzler tied for first place in the “It Can Wait” texting and driving essay and video contest sponsored by the S.C. Press Association. Joshua is a 10th-grader at South Pointe and a visual communications student at the Applied Technology Center.