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Hickory Ridge High School

Grant awarded: Fashion merchandising and apparel teacher Amy Sedberry received the Bright Ideas grant from Union Power Cooperative. Bright Ideas awards grants to support innovative, creative teaching initiatives that cannot be covered by traditional school funding. Sedberry said she plans to use the $1,850 to purchase an embroidery machine, software and supplies.

Powderpuff fundraiser: Hickory Ridge held their third annual powderpuff football game Nov. 10 and raised $1,000 for the Vickie Honeycutt Foundation for breast cancer.

Mount Pleasant High School

Student field trip:Mount Pleasant High School civics students and Habitat Cabarrus staff members traveled to Raleigh to meet with legislators in conjunction with the Habitat for Humanity Service-Learning Partnership Grant, made possible by State Farm. Habitat Cabarrus received grant funding in 2009 from State Farm and Habitat International for a partnership with Mount Pleasant High School teacher Julie Love's civics classes. Students learned how they could participate in making positive change in their own communities through advocacy. For more information, contact the affiliate's Executive Director, Dean Johnson.

Football Highlight DVD: The JV Football Highlight DVD with one hour of highlight footage from the season, including the team's banquet, is on sale for $10. The JV Football SPC Conference T-shirt is also available for $10. All orders can be sent to DVDs of coaches films also available for $2 per copy.

Cox Mill High School

Principal of the YearCabarrus County Schools selected Todd Smith as 2010 Principal of the Year. He helped lead the school to become a "School of Excellence" in it's first year.

Central Cabarrus High

Future Farmers of America: Four students attended the N.C. poultry judging event in Raleigh evaluating production, processing and merchandising phases of the poultry industry, as well as evaluating live birds. The team placed 18th overall out of 80 teams, and all team members placed in the top 100 out of 300 students competing. Central members were Elizabeth Porter, Shakira Wright, Allie Ramierez, and Madison Mullis.

Cannon School

Scholars named: Students at Cannon School earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their achievement on AP exams taken in May 2010. Senior Nora Munger qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning at least a 3.5 on all AP exams, and scores of three or higher on five or more exams. Nine students qualified for AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning at least a 3.25 average score on all AP exams taken. They are: Mackenzie Dickerman, Julie Harriss, Tabby Horney, Josh Lamb, Graham Lombardi, T.J. Parsons, Stephanie Schauder, Eden Sipperly, Raffi Yessayan. Seventeen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of three or higher. They are: Alaina Altamura, Crystal Bennett, Carolina Cato, Cameron Cook, Byron Dollar, Shelby Dyl, Madeline Hurley, Nila Kannan, Dylan Mason, Laura Oddo, Andrew Powell, Rahul Ramkumar, Alex Rennie, Courtney Reynolds, Morgan Sexton, Gavin West and Carrie White.

Art Exhibit: The STAR Gallery at the Mint Museum on Randolph Road in Charlotte will host the Cannon School Invitational Student Art Exhibit. Visual art from Lower School, Middle School and Upper School students will be featured. The exhibit is open to the public.

Cabarrus College Surgical Technology

Leadership roles: A faculty member and two students from the surgical technology program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences have been elected to serve in leadership capacities with the N.C. Association of Surgical Technologists. Kristi Pair, of Kannapolis, a faculty member for the surgical technology program, was elected to the board of directors. Surgical technology associate degree students Kayla Patterson, of Mount Pleasant, and Chad Moore of Charlotte, were elected to serve as delegates. The Association for Surgical Technologists was founded in 1969 to bring together surgical technologists and other healthcare professionals and organizations to promote quality patient care.

Concord High School

Band concert: Concord will host their band concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the auditorium.

Jay M. Robinson High

Volunteers needed: Jay M. Robinson needs volunteers to proctor during exams Jan. 11-14 and Jan. 18-19. Interested volunteer form off the school's website at

Asian Heritage Dinner: The Fifth Annual Asian Heritage Dinner will be held Dec. 17 from 4-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Cost: $6. Multicultural Club members eat free. Proceeds go to the Multicultural Club Scholarship Fund.