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Athletes from Cannon School took part recently in military-style strength and conditioning training at a Special Forces facility at Fort Bragg.
Athletes from Cannon School took part recently in military-style strength and conditioning training at a Special Forces facility at Fort Bragg. CANNON SCHOOL

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Cabarrus County Schools

Summer schedule: Cabarrus County Schools is operating on a 10-hour workday schedule again this summer. Through Aug. 7, all district offices and schools are open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The exception is the week of June 29-July 3 when schools and offices will be closed on July 3 and open for eight hours each day the rest of the week. Schools will be open for new student enrollment a minimum of six hours per day. Parents can also schedule appointments for new student enrollment at other times. For a list of specific enrollment times for each school, visit

W.M. Irvin Elementary

Hometown Hero: Teacher Denise Johnson was named the Hometown Hero for May for Cabarrus County Schools. Bob Dill, marketing director for Monnett & Associates, presented Johnson with her award on June 9 and brought Domino’s Pizza for her class. Hometown Hero is a teacher recognition program sponsored by Charles G. Monnett III & Associates to help teachers buy classroom supplies. Each month, the law firm honors the top vote-getter at schools throughout the Charlotte-metro region with a $250 Visa gift card to buy supplies for the classroom. The winning teacher’s class also receives a pizza party. To nominate a teacher, visit and select the “Vote” button.

Cox Mill High

Volunteer award: John Euge, an 11th-grader at Cox Mill High, recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and was presented with a signed letter from President Barack Obama. He was also awarded the Governor’s Student Excellence Award from North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. The President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. It was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Obama. Cox Mill nominated Euge for national honors this spring in recognition of his five years of volunteer service as a Fire Explorer and his work last year as an Odell volunteer firefighter.

Jay M. Robinson

Baseball draft: Brody Koerner, a 2012 Jay M. Robinson High graduate and Clemson University pitcher, was drafted in the 17th round, No. 513 overall, by the New York Yankees on June 10. Koerner was named a two-time all-state and two-time region pitcher of the year during his three years at Jay M. Robinson. He now heads to the Yankees’ training facility in Tampa, Fla.

Cannon School

Athletic exchange: The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning facility hosted a strength and conditioning exchange with students and coaches from Cannon School on June 18. The students and coaches were led through physical training events similar to those performed by special operations soldiers on a daily basis at Fort Bragg, N.C. The THOR3 program focuses on training special operations soldiers on human performance relevant to their missions. Students and coaches participated in two separate events during the exchange. Green Berets from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School led the group through an event similar to what is experienced by soldiers in the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Conference awards: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from the 61st annual Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference with numerous state-level awards. Competitions at the conference included human resource management, accounting and economics, as well as team events in business ethics, desktop publishing, parliamentary procedure and other business-related topics.

The students also attended leadership seminars at the conference and received individual certificates for leadership development. Students competed among many two-year community colleges as well as UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Pfeiffer, University of Mount Olive, Barton College, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Campbell University and Lenoir-Rhyne University among others.

Award-winners included: Pam Grubb, first place in Accounting Principles; Katelyn Collier, first place in Accounting for Professionals, fourth place in Management Concepts; David Lore, first place in Computer Concepts, second place in Microeconomics; Tricia Douglas, first place in Entrepreneur Concepts, third place in Retail Management; Letitia Dennis-Boger, first place in Management Concepts, second place in Organizational Behavior; Angela Lore, first place in Financial Concepts, second place in Computer Applications; Anthony Rossi, second place in Future Business Executive; Jennifer Suhocky, fourth place in Business Communications, fourth place in Personal Finance; Brandon Brock, seventh place in Accounting Principles.

This was the eighth consecutive year that Rowan-Cabarrus students received high honors at the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference. First, second and some third place winners automatically qualified to compete in the 2015 PBL National Conference in Chicago this summer.