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Cabarrus County Schools

College Fair: The 2010 Cabarrus County Schools College Fair will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Boys and Girls Club, 247 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Representatives and admissions personnel from public and private colleges will share information about opportunities.

Cannon School

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Two Cannon School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program: Madeline Hurley of Huntersville and Eleanor Munger of Davidson The students are among 16,000 seniors nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, to be awarded next spring.

Open House: Families seeking to explore educational opportunities in grades junior kindergarten-12 can attend open house events in Taylor Hall:

10 a.m. Oct. 1 - Junior Kindergarten-Grade 4.

7 p.m. Oct. 14 - Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12.

1 p.m. Nov. 6 - Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12.

Visiting families can tour the campus, speak one-on-one with parents and students about the school's academic, arts and athletics offerings and learn more about the admission process.

Central Cabarrus High

Volleyball standout: Graduate Jessica Chason has been named co-captain at Delaware for 2010 and will serve as the starting setter for the third straight year.

Hickory Ridge High

Open House: For students and their parents 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Bring student schedules and meet teachers.

Jay M. Robinson High

Theater production: Show dates for The Jay M. Robinson Theatre Department fall play "Life on the Mississippi" by Mark Twain, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, are 7 p.m. Oct. 14-16. Tickets for the play are $5 at the door.

Fieldhouse: A Capital Campaign Committee has been formed to raise money for an athletic field house. Special events, a donor recognition wall, in-kind contributions, and a brick campaign are a few of the strategies to be used to raise $300,000. Details: Andy Jones, 704.785.2155 or 980.721.1296, or visit the

Mount Pleasant High

Open House: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 6.

Northwest Cabarrus High

PSAT test time: The PSAT, which can help with college scholarships, will be administered at Northwest on Oct. 13. Sign-up is available in the student services office and is open to all juniors. The test is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition for juniors. Sign-up will be open for sophomores for any available spots beginning today, and any remaining spots after Oct. 6 will be open to freshman. The test is free to Cabarrus County students.

Cabarrus Health Alliance

Tournament Benefits Nurse Program: The Cabarrus County Medical Society Alliance will hold its 6th annual golf tournament to benefit the Cabarrus Health Alliance Public School Nurse Program on Monday, October 11, 2010, at the Cabarrus Country Club. Details, registration: Lynn Takla 704-785-8303 or Carolyn Farris 704-786-4970.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

BioNetwork Grant: The college has received a $95,000 grant from the N.C. Community College BioNetwork to purchase advanced biotechnology laboratory equipment and develop instructional modules to teach students how to use the equipment. RCCC will use the grant to get a flow cytometer. Researchers use flow cytometers to study microscopic particles, such as cells and chromosomes, by suspending them in a stream of fluid and passing them by an electronic detection apparatus. Flow cytometry is routinely used in the diagnosis of multiple health problems, including blood disorders. RCCC's partners at the N.C. Research Campus have indicated RCCC graduates with flow cytometry experience will be of interest to potential employers. RCCC will locate the flow cytometer in its new classroom and laboratory building, at the research center in Kannapolis. The facility serves as the home of RCCC's associate degree program in biotechnology and will be the base of planned programs in health information technology and agricultural biotechnology.

North Carolina Symphony

Taking applications: The symphony is taking applications to audition for the 2010-2011 Young All-Stars Orchestras. The exclusive chamber orchestras for advanced high school musicians are led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn in partnership with the Triangle's Philharmonic Association.

Accepted students will participate in a week of intensive rehearsals with Maestro Llewellyn and intimate sectional rehearsals with North Carolina Symphony musicians before a final public performance.

N.C. high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to participate in the auditions at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh's Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions for the winter orchestra will be held Oct. 9. Auditions for the spring orchestra will be held Feb. 8 and Feb. 12. If accepted, a participation fee of $50 is required for each orchestra; scholarships may be available.

The audition application, full schedule and a detailed description of requirements can be found at Questions about the Young All-Stars Orchestra can be directed to North Carolina Symphony Education Manager Jessica Nalbone at 919-789-5461 or For more information on the North Carolina Symphony, visit