During a time of year when many 12th-graders have “senioritis,” Richard Carden focused on leaving an enduring footprint at the school that helped shape the rest of his life.

Nineteen students from more than a dozen Mecklenburg County high schools have been named semifinalists in the annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
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Nine-year-old Jason Soderholm says day camp is “the funnest place in the world,” so he was determined to give another child the experience. A fourth-grader at Furr Elementary in Concord, he set up a lemonade stand one Saturday in April and wore a handmade T-shirt that stated his goal: “Help me send a kid to camp $1 at a time.”

A 10-student team at Hough High finished second in the state among 169 entrants in the Miles for Wellness Challenge, sponsored by the N.C. Office of State Human Resources.

Fifteen students from Providence Day School and 12 from Charlotte Latin School are among the Charlotte-area high school seniors named semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Students, parents and teachers have dreamed about an end to bullying in schools.

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