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Compiled by Cindy Stern

South Mecklenburg High

Swimming award: The South Mecklenburg High boys swim team won the 4A State Championship. Kellen Stillman, Graham Weaver, Nathan Murray, Luke Johnson, Christopher Pfuhl and Jacob Rauch finished first place in events. Weaver also set a school record in the 50 freestyle. The girls swim team tied with Myers Park 143-143. Sinclair Larson won the 200 individual medley and 500 yard freestyle and Caroline Greiner won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Standout freshman Reagan Johnson won the 100-yard breaststroke.

Soccer award: The school won the North Carolina 4A Soccer Championship on Nov. 20 in Raleigh.

Myers Park High, JM Robinson Middle, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, Ardrey Kell High

Twelve competitions: The sixth annual Twelve regional competitions were held Nov. 21. Teams were tested on their knowledge of the core curriculum. In the west regional, Myers Park High earned first place in the high school division. Randolph Middle earned first place, Metrolina Regional won second place and JM Robinson Middle won third place in the middle school division. These schools, in addition to Ardrey Kell High, qualified for the Dec. 12 state final.

Hopewell High

Athletic honors: The following students are MECKA 4A All Conference. Cross country athletes are Emma Smith, Caroline Rinehardt, Riley Axe and Tasha Regan, who is also Runner of the Year. Volleyball athletes are Sydney Stilwell and Bayleigh Mann. Women’s tennis athletes are Megan Sandry, Savanah Lamm and Alondra Ramirez. Michael Nuguse participated in men’s soccer and Renee Rapp participated in women’s golf.

Student signings: Four Hopewell students recently signed to play college sports. Meghan Whitecavage signed to play softball at UNC-Wilmington. Luke Orr signed to play baseball at Virginia Military Institute. Nick Cicci signed to play baseball at USC-Lancaster. Leon Davidson signed to play baseball at NC A&T State University.

Garinger High

Food drive: The school will hold a canned food drive through Dec. 11. Donation bins are located in the cafeteria, media center, atrium and room 314.

Providence Day School

NHS induction: Ninety-one PDS students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society. There are a total of 182 students in the school chapter. Selection for the NHS is based on scholarship, leadership, service and character.

WorldQuest results: The school team of faculty and staff earned first place in the 2015 WorldQuest Competition. A PDS student team tied for third in the Academic WorldQuest Competition. The student team members were Zoe Abrahm, Grant Buchmiller, Grace Clements, David Conlin, Ryan Corrigan, Malkam Hawkins, Alex Smith and Gracie Whelan. The faculty team members were history teacher and WorldQuest coach Jennifer Bratyanski; history department chairman Ted Dickson; history teachers Roy Garrison, Sarah Paine and Wes Schirra; global education director Loren Fauchier; global education assistant director Katie Kirkland and math teacher Liz Wahls.

Covenant Day School

Containit service project: As part of Covenant Day School’s Restoration and Sustainability program, students are transforming a shipping container into dormitory space for teens at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The container will provide temporary housing for displaced children and teens with thoughts of suicide. The Containit team visited the reservation earlier in the year to find ways to make an impact in the lives of the residents, a high percentage of who live below poverty levels. This past summer the team of eight students and two faculty advisers began work on the container, which is tentatively set to ship this month.

Queens University of Charlotte

Film award: Holly Lane has received the 2015 Best Student Film award from the 100 Words Film Festival for her visual poem, “To Dream.” The Festival requires filmmakers to tell stories using exactly 100 words in their film. Lane is a communications major and creative writing minor.

Service award: Sally Van Cleve has been named a recipient of the Community Impact Award by the North Carolina Campus Compact. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and service and honors one student leader at each member school. Van Cleve operates a jewelry business she created, WATERring the World, from her dorm room. She purchases goods from a manufacturer in the Dominican Republic and contributes the proceeds to clean water initiatives on the island.

Central Piedmont Community College

Excellence award: The CPCC Small Business Center received a 2015 Center of Excellence Award-Innovative Programs from the N.C. Small Business Center Network. The award recognizes the use of technology to enhance training assistance to local entrepreneurs.

New program: CPCC will offer a truck driver certificate program in January. The new program has received $180,000 through a grant from JPMorgan Chase. The 16-week program is designed to prepare individuals for positions as local or long-distance drivers of commercial motor vehicles, tractor-trailers, dump trucks and tankers and will be based at the college’s Merancas Campus in Huntersville.

Johnson & Wales University

Toy drive: The school’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity will hold its fourth-annual, 24-hour Toy Drive Dec. 18 beginning at 2 p.m. Students will be accepting toys and monetary donations at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets in Charlotte. Donations will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. Events will include caroling, snacks, pictures with Santa and music.

Clover High

Teacher award: Coach Robbie Wiggins received the SC Driver Education Teacher of the Year award. Wiggins has taught for 41 years and began teaching driver education in 1987. The award is sponsored by the SC Driver and Safety Education Association and recognizes an individual with distinguished service in driver and traffic safety education.

Jefferson Elementary

Optimist award: Anastasia McAteer was selected as the Optimist Club Student of the Month for November. McAteer is a fourth grade student and is the daughter of Jessica Blackwell and Marcus McAteer. The award is based on conduct, citizenship, scholastic success and optimistic attitude.

Winthrop University

Professor recognition: Laura Ullrich, associate professor of economics, was honored for her dedication to students and her field at an event sponsored by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The recognition was part of the teachers of the year awards for educators at public, private and higher education institutes. Ullrich has also received the College of Business Administration’s top award, the Wachovia/Wells Fargo Teaching Award and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Kosovo in 2014.

Parkwood High

Theater production: The school will present “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” Dec. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students with ID, senior citizens and military with I.D.

Piedmont High

WorldQuest competition: The school’s Global Trivia team competed against more than 29 area high schools Nov. 18 in the Academic WorldQuest Competition. Team advisers were Brian Pitoniak and Marianna Oprea. Team members were Alexis Kieffer, Rachel High, Mariska Thayagan, Alayna Marshall, Brenna Marshall, Chase Bollenbecker, Shelton Hebert, Erica Mercado and Marques Stanfield.

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