University City

February 1, 2013

School news

South Mecklenburg High: Anna and Grace Glenn are the first high school freshmen to receive gymnastic scholarship offers from UCLA, and will attend the university in fall 2016.


South Mecklenburg High: Anna and Grace Glenn are the first high school freshmen to receive gymnastic scholarship offers from UCLA, and will attend the university in fall 2016.

Anna and Grace, born in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China, were adopted in 1999 by Neil and Cindi Glenn and became interested in gymnastics when they were 2 years old. They also are honor students and have volunteered at Ortho Carolina during summer breaks.

CMS: Coffee with the Superintendent will be hosted by Heath Morrison to discuss plans and receive feedback from community members and parents. The following is a list of schools and dates:

Feb. 4, Cochrane, 3-4:30 p.m.

March 6, South Mecklenburg, 7:30-9 a.m.

April 15, Rocky River, 3-4:30 p.m.

May 8, Hough, 7:30-9 a.m.

June 3, Vance, 3-4:30 p.m.

• The 58 CMS educators who achieved National Board Certification in 2012 and the 70 CMS teachers who renewed their certification were honored Jan. 17 by the Board of Education, Superintendent Heath Morrison and the Teacher Professional Development Department. CMS is fourth in the nation’s top 20 school districts in number of educators who achieved the certification in 2012.
• Almost 200 local students participated in the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contest with the theme of “Live it , Share it, Extend it: The Dream of a Global Community.”

First-place art winners were: Clear Creek Elementary second-grader Serenity Snead, kindergarten-to-second-grade category; Statesville Elementary fifth-grader David Hill, grade three-to-five category; Piedmont IB Middle seventh-grader Cherise Johnson, grade six-to-eight category; and Vance High School eleventh-grader Bré Anna Washington in the grade nine-to-12 category.

First-place writing winners were: Cornelius Elementary second-grader Mitchell King, kindergarten-to-second-grade category; Briarwood Elementary fifth-grader Reynaldo Gomez Jr., grade three-to-five category; Collinswood Language Academy seventh-grader Sofie Pedersen, grade six-to-eight category; and Ardrey Kell High ninth-grader Yeon Jin Kang, grade nine-to-12 category.

• The Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders’ one-week residential program for rising high school seniors, sponsored by the N.C. Farm Bureau, provides career information and gives students leadership experience and networking opportunities through touring the N.C. General Assembly and meeting government officials. Applications and details are available at

Queen’s Grant Community School: Students in Mimi Henderson’s global issues class have put into practice lessons from reading “One Hen,” a book about an African boy who used microfinance principles to borrow and start a business and then make business loans to fellow villagers.

The students made $350 from the sale of keychains they made, strengthening their economic, production and marketing skills. Proceeds will be donated to international relief agency Save The Children.

Palisades Episcopal: The varsity basketball team is 9-2 for the season after its Jan. 17 game against St. Anne Catholic, with several games to play.


Cannon School: The school will host a panel discussion with college admissions representatives Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. on campus and open to the public. The panel also will answer questions. Details:

Coltrane-Webb Elementary: The school recently hosted its Science Fair and NASA Night to celebrate STEM education. More than 200 projects submitted by kindergarten through second-grade classrooms and all third- through fifth-grade students were on display. As part of NASA design challenges, visitors also created NASA equipment, including lunar landers, balloon rockets and heaters to warm astronauts on the moon.

Cox Mill High: Jessica Enlow is the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for January. The teachers are nominated by students, staff or parents.

Cabarrus County Schools: The Board of Education awarded Impact Through Education Awards at a recent meeting. Sponsored by Concord Printing, the awards honor students and staff for initiative, work ethic and respect. The Impact Award honorees are:

W.M. Irvin Elementary: Students Sarah Kate Jewell and Ezeji Nwanaji-Enwerem; staffers Crystal Turney and Rose Cummings.

Concord Middle: Students Ty-Shon Alexander and Samantha Manis; staffers Kelly Vanhoy and Gloria Wassel.

• The SAT originally scheduled for Jan. 26 has been rescheduled for Feb. 16 and will be administered at Central Cabarrus High and Hickory Ridge High.


Castle Heights Middle: Students are working to create a museum to display items representative of Rock Hill mill village history. To contribute items or personal stories, email Milan Klipa at or Debbie Demarest at

Larne Elementary: Fourth- and fifth-graders recently worked with guest poet Chuck Sullivan. The students used metaphors and similes to create poetry that focused on originality through descriptions. The opportunity was provided by the school’s Title I funds.

Clover High: Students in CHS Dance 1 classes recently presented the Winter Dance Concert at the District Auditorium, directed by instructor Regina Inman. The 84 students also worked with professional dancer Jaxson Alvarez to choreograph a hip-hop interpretation.


East Elementary: After watching news reports about the victims of Hurricane Sandy, second-graders organized a project to collect donations. Using the school news broadcast, the students asked for entire-school participation to make Flood Bags filled with toiletry items. Seventy bags were assembled at school and shipped to New Jersey, with fifth-graders winning the party for the most donations.

Cuthbertson High: Students in Nathan Hahn and Paul Edwards’ World History and World History Honors classes researched history and designed costumes to create a “Living Wax Museum.” Dressed as historical figures, the students recited monologues from the perspective of the character as classmates passed their location.

Marvin Ridge High: The following 20 band students have been selected through audition for the South Central All-District Band:

Alana Martin, flute; Martina Wood, flute; Jacqueline Verrico, flute; Michael Fourre, bassoon; Jordan Laird, clarinet; Mariel Emery, clarinet; Melissa Fu, clarinet; Bradley Urso, bass clarinet; Delaney Dewey, bass clarinet; Aaron Hougui; bass clarinet; Rhiannon Dewey, tenor sax; Rachael Whitman, baritone sax; Blake Targonski, trumpet; Nicole Lenart, trumpet; Ross Wilhite, French horn; Walter Bonar, French horn; Melisa Hagstedt, trombone; Adrienne Bonar, trombone; Alyson Graham, baritone; and Matthew Warner, tuba.

• The cast of the upcoming spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” has been selected and rehearsals have begun. The following theatre students were selected for roles and for behind-the-scenes jobs: Minstrel, John Pope; Princess No. 12/Nightingale of Smarkand/Emily (maid), Lauren Kelley; Wizard, Drayton Lewis; Lady Larken, Lex Lombardo; Queen Aggravain, Madison Davis; Prince Dauntless, Matt Roper; King Sextimus the Silent, Jeremy Appel; Jester, Ryan Wentz; Sir Harry, Calvin Shanahan; Princess Winnifred the Woebegone; Jordan Yakowenko, Prince Dancer/Sir Harold, Emil Houlind; Princess Dancer/Lady Beatrice, Kasey Stewart; Queen Dancer/Wench, Lexi Reynolds.

Knights: Sir Studley, Jay Titus; Sir Russell, Russell Lombardo; Sir Luce, Matt Fisenne; Sir Michael, Christian Hodges; Sir Humphrey, Jake Peterson.

Ladies: Lady Sarah, Jordan Hodges; Lady Rowena, Cameran Bellamy; Lady Lucille, Kathryn Lavalle; Lady Merrill, Ariana Martinez; Lady Helena, Ellen Bailey; Lady Mabelle, Morgan Morris.

Ensemble: Jordan Lewis, Delaney Dewey, Maddie Cutrone (Wench No. 1), Alicia Nam, Sofia Mouritsen (Lady No. 3), Lindsay Hutchins (Second Wench), Ava Liccione (Lady No. 2), Kieran Mouritsen and Trevor May.

Prospect Elementary: Art teacher John Morgan recently appeared on the television show “Jeopardy.” Morgan won second place, earning $2,000.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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