Student art show up in Birkdale

The Great Frame Up of Birkdale Village invited Hopewell High School art students to participate in its creative self-expression program.

This exhibit will showcase the extraordinary artistic works of Hopewell's finest art students. A finalist will be selected and submitted to the National Contest for the Creative Self-Expression Program.

Finalists are eligible to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Local prizes will be awarded to People's Choice winners in five media categories. All participants receive a letter of recognition and certificate from the foundation spokesperson, actor Jane Seymour.

Students' artwork will be on display at the Great Frame Up through April 23. Winners will be selected by an impartial jury to determine which piece will advance to the national contest and to select local winners in each medium.

For more information about The Great Frame Up call 704-892-2112.

Viking pride

In December 2010 Matt Hayes became the new principal of North Mecklenburg High School. He soon challenged students and staff to redefine what it means to be a North Mecklenburg Viking and to show Viking pride.

On April 9, North Mecklenburg High held Viking Pride Day. Students, staff, alumni and community members rallied together and took on a cleanup and beautification project. All volunteers helped with raking, planting and cleaning.

Joining the efforts were former North Mecklenburg High School basketball star Jamie Skeen. Skeen now plays for Virginia Commonwealth University and helped lead his team to the NCAA Final Four.

"I am trying to give back what North Meck gave me," Skeen said. "I want to set a good example so the kids will come back and do the same thing."

North Meck PTSA president Tricia Myers said, "This is a really positive thing. It means a lot to North Mecklenburg that we are all here together working really hard and are really excited about it. We have already made a lot of progress."

Charter school book fair

Lake Norman Charter School is sponsoring a book fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Birkdale April 30-May 6. A percentage of all the store's sales designated as support for the school during those dates will benefit the school.

LNC students will showcase their talents during the weekend of April 30 and May 1 at the Birkdale store.

LNC congratulates seventh-grader Ben Decker, who qualified for Grand Recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification program.

The 10 seventh graders who qualified for State Recognition in the TIP are Neil Baugh, Emily Esterline, Andrea Gartner, Callan Ghareeb, Olivia Hicks, Chioma Onukogu, Scott Pledger, Kevyn Robinson, Will Whiteside and Tyler Wikoff.

For more information about Lake Norman Charter visit