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11/09/2012 12:00 AM

11/07/2012 2:42 PM


West Charlotte High: The band program recently earned awards at the following performances:

– Johnson C. Smith University Band and Parade Competition: First place, Grand Champions 2012.

– Gotham City Invitational: First place, Class 3A; first place, music 3A; first place, marching 3A; third place, General Effect 3A; first place, Drum Major; first place, Dance; third place, Place Flag.

• Through coach James Davis’ effort to emphasize student healthy lifestyles, the school won a Bronze Award in first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge.
• Rocking chairs designed by the IB art students are on display at the Levine Museum of the New South. As part of the Wells Fargo “Charlotte Rocks Rocking Chair Program,” the students based their work on design techniques of premier collage artist and Charlotte native Romare Bearden. During the design process, the students learned about Bearden’s interest in African masks and jazz music and his Charlotte childhood.

Elizabeth Traditional Elementary: On Oct. 26, the school held its centennial celebration, attended by present and former students, principals and staff. There have been 14 principals during the school’s history. The original auditorium chairs from 1912 were saved during renovation, refurbished and are still in use.

Rocky River High: The school will host the first annual Student Leadership Conference from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in collaboration with New Beginnings Church and the DREAM Team. The purpose is to provide students with strategies to achieve leadership potential and positively affect the community. Scholarships are available to cover the $5 admission fee.

Clear Creek Elementary: Deborah McSwain Heath recently was appointed principal of Clear Creek Elementary School. Heath has worked in the CMS system since 1987 and currently is an assistant principal at Independence High.

SouthLake Christian Academy: Twenty-four first-graders recently visited a senior living community and played bingo and other games with the residents. The first-graders visit the community every month during the school year.


Northwestern High: The school’s Visions Literary Magazine has won the following awards from the S.C. Scholastic Press Association for last year’s magazine:

– Josh Swanson, second place, Best Photograph.

– Natalie Hageman, third place, Best Cover.

– Ian Bolin, third place, Best Spread Design.

– Overall magazine rating of Superior.

• Senior Rontavious McClure has been named to the 2012 Shrine Bowl.

Fort Mill High: The Fort Mill High Marching Band won the 4A State Championship, with the top 14 state bands competing. Fort Mill won awards for Best Music, Best Visual and Best Overall Effect.

Nation Ford High: Nation Ford Marching Band placed second in the 4A State Championship.

South Pointe High: At the recent S.C. Scholastic Press Association awards ceremony, South Pointe’s literary magazine, Impulse, won the following awards:

– Taryn Thompson, first place, Best Spread Design.

– Maiya Dickerson, third place, Best Poem.

– Tabatha Clein, first place, Best Art.

Clover High: The Blue Eagles Marching Band recently competed in the S.C. Band Director’s Association 4-A State Band Competition in Columbia. The competition was the 15th consecutive year that Clover High competed at the state level. The band placed seventh in the competition.

Crowders Creek Elementary: Third-graders recently spent a day at Kings Mountain State Park. The students toured the museum, learned about the Battle of Kings Mountain and participated in 17th century Colonial games.


UCPS: The following Union County Public School students have been appointed to the N.C. March of Dimes Youth Council for 2012-2013: David Tyler Brooks, Porter Ridge; Dev Mashruwala, Union Early College; Ryan Hobbs, Weddington; and Sarah Wylie, Kayla Russell and Lainey Blalock, Piedmont. Members of the Youth Council will assist the March of Dimes in the development of programs targeted at youths.

Monroe High: Kate Latta has been voted 2013-2013 Teacher of the Year for Monroe High. Latta is a member of the Exceptional Children’s Department and teaches the Transition to Adulthood class.

Marvin Ridge High: Seven students selected by teachers for excellence in language study recently attended the World Affairs Council of Charlotte Luncheon, which hosted the Ambassador of Nicaragua to the U.S., Francisco Campbell. The luncheon is part of the WACC Ambassador series, in which invited leaders from local companies, universities and high schools attend to hear a presentation from a noted guest.

Cuthbertson High: Students in Butch Phaneuf’s 20th Century America class recently examined artifacts from World War II.

Class guest Fran Liu brought boxes of memorabilia and artifacts that belonged to her father, Theodore Hudanski, who served in the U.S. Army, 728th Railway Batallion, from 1943 through 1945 in England, France and Germany. After examining items including a Camp Kilmer training manual, an aircraft recognition silhouette book, Allied and Axis pins and medals and old photos, the students used the Internet to research the significance of the items.


Northwest Cabarrus High: The school’s Advanced Theatre Class has advanced to the State One-Act Play Festival. For its performance of “The Yellow Boat” at the Regional One-Act Play festival, the group received an award for excellence in ensemble. Lole Johnson received an acting award and teacher Andy Rassler won an award for excellence in directing.

Cabarrus County Schools: CCS has announced the second annual Holiday eCard Design Contest for students. The three winning cards, one per school level, will be used in the superintendent’s annual greeting. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 16. For rules and an entry form, visit the CCS website.

• Casey Calloway, Cox Mill High and Grayson Miller, Northwest Cabarrus High, have been named to the 2012-2013 March of Dimes North Carolina Youth Council. The students were among 46 selected for the council. The students will work with the March of Dimes in developing and implementing youth-targeted programs.
• CCS teamed up with CMC-NorthEast to produce a video in support of breast health awareness. More than 150 staff members joined in the hours of dancing at the Pink Glove Dance competition and will be shown in the video, which follows three breast-cancer patients in different stages of treatment.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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