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Shakespeare festival: Senior Claire Hilton won first place Feb. 15 at the Wingate Shakespeare Festival in the high school division for her scene from "Henry VI," winning a Wingate University scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for participation in the National Shakespeare Recitation Contest in April. Junior Zachary White won second place in the high school division for his scene from "Romeo and Juliet," and junior Bethany Klinect was awarded an honorable mention. In the middle school division, Charlotte Christian eighth-grader Colter Corish won second place and eighth-grader Faith Hanegraaff received an honorable mention. These upper school students advanced to the final round: Daniel Armbrust, Claire Hilton, Bethany Klinect, Cory Wagener and Zachary White. The following middle school students also advanced to the final round: Colter Corish, Chad Damon, Faith Hanegraaff, Haley Putnam, Natalie Schramm and Payton Walker.
Scholastic art, writing awards: Eight Charlotte Latin School students received 10 awards for their work in the writing category of the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Regional Gold Key recipients' works have advanced to the national competition. National winners will be announced in April and be honored at Carnegie Hall in June. Scholastic writing winners were: Gold Key - Katie McDowell (personal essay/memoir) and Elli Morrison (personal essay/memoir); Silver Key - Caroline Beuley (personal essay/memoir, two Silver Keys), Samantha Foreman (poetry) and Connie Zhou (science fiction/fantasy); Honorable Mention - Samantha Foreman (short story), Ashley Medeiros (poetry), Jane Wester (poetry) and Sarah Whitmore (personal essay/memoir).
Student writing contest: The Charlotte Museum of History sponsored an essay contest in honor of National Women's History Month open to all Mecklenburg County high school students. Sophomore James Yardley won first place for "A Victorious Life for Change" on the impact of Oprah Winfrey. Sophomore Lauren Stilwell won second place for her entry on Frances Perkins. Sophomore Peter Saunders took third for his essay on Harriet Beecher Stowe. The other finalists were sophomores Chris Chase, Kengnjisu Fon-Ndikum and Julia Kempf.
Concerto competition: Junior Katelyn Mullins won the Senior Young Artist Grand Prize of the concerto competition sponsored by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte. Katelyn will perform the third movement of the Ginastera Harp Concerto on her harp with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on March 17 at Knight Theatre.
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East Side Stories: Drama Club presents the fourth annual play festival, East Side Stories. The production is a combination of short plays, each lasting about 10 minutes. The plays are written, directed, produced and acted by students. East Side Stories will be presented 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 in the Auditorium. Tickets: $3.
Review board volunteers needed: Community and parent volunteers are needed 2-5 p.m. April 6 for Graduation Project Review Boards. A brief training session will be given at 2 p.m. in the Media Center. Snacks will be served by the culinary classes after the boards. To volunteer, contact Deb Smith at email@example.com or call 980-343-6430, ext. 245.
Budget Q&A: Open forum budget Q&A meeting with the Mecklenburg Delegation and several CMS reps: 10 a.m.-noon March 26 at the school's auditorium. State Sen. Bob Rucho, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Representatives Ric Killian and Bill Brawley, along with CMS's District 6 school board representative Tim Morgan and other CMS dignitaries are scheduled to attend.