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Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Honors List: Part-time student who earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher: Villard P. Smith of Concord.

Deans List: Full-time student who earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher: Kevin C. Link of Harrisburg.

President's List: Full-time student who earned a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher: Gary D. Martin of Concord.

Fulbright Scholarship

Concord native selected: Concord native Alyssa D'Addezio received a place at a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Newcastle University. The Fulbright is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship offering programs of study or research in any field at any accredited university in the U.S. or United Kingdom. D'Addezio will experience the U.K. on a five-week summer program. She is a graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High and is a Park Scholar studying human biology and English at N.C. State University.

Jewelry Contest

Student winners: Gracie Brown, a fourth-grader at Carl A. Furr Elementary, and Michelle Mills, a sophomore at Concord High, won Ellis Jewelers' jewelry design contest for students. Store owner Ellis Levinson presented both winners with the jewelry crafted from their designs. Gracie's original design is a gold owl with emerald eyes. Mills original design is a gold, emerald and diamond ring. Nearly 40 Cabarrus County Schools students entered the contest.

W.R. Odell Elementary

Math Awards: Wanda Barber's second-grade class was named N.C. Second Grade team of the Year for Math24. This is the second year Barber's class placed first in the state. The class also placed sixth in the nation among all second-grade teams.

Cabarrus County Schools

Whole Foods grant: Four Cabarrus County Schools will replace their old salad bars with new ones through Whole Foods Market, which awarded a $12,500 grant: Beverly Hills, R. Brown McAllister and Wolf Meadow elementary schools and Central Cabarrus High. The school system offers fresh salad bars daily for all students. The grant is part of Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, a grassroots effort to support and promote salad bars in schools. The goal of the initiative is to fund and award 6,000 salad bars to schools across the nation over the next three years.

Theater camp: The third annual Cabarrus County Theatre Camp will be July 18-21 and 25-28 at Jay M. Robinson High, 300 Pitts School Road, Concord. The camp is for rising high school students. Cost is $200 per camper. Registration is due by June 10. For details call 704-788-4111 ext. 529. For an application form visit

C.C. Griffin Middle

Benefit concert: Band and chorus students will present "Songs for a School," a benefit concert to help build a school in Africa. 7 p.m. June 2. Music will include international pieces representative of Africa and other nations. Free; donations accepted at the door.

Concord High

Scholastic Art Awards: Concord High students received 12 Scholastic Art Awards and 33 in the Mid-Carolina Scholastic Art competition. Gold Key award winners' work went to New York for the national competition. The following students received awards: Kayli Rideout, Tara Trahey, Allison Martin, Caitlin Scimeca, Caswell Turner, Molly Rowland, Ben Osborne, Robyn Christiansen, Ethan Bean, Dalton Cowan, Mitchell Harris and Ping Su Yates.

Cabarrus County Boys & Girls Club Art Competition: Winners are Tara Trahey, best in show; Kayli Rideout, first place, multi-colored drawing; Allison Martin, second place, multi-colored drawing; Molly Rowland, third place, multicolored drawing; Caitlin Scimeca, fourth place, multicolored drawing; Shelby Stocton, first place, acrylic painting; Ashley Buige, first place, monochromatic drawing; Megan Yawn, second place, monochromatic drawing; Kevyn Cress, second place, multi-colored drawing; Pin Su Yates, first place, watercolor; and Sarah Crowley, second place, watercolor.

Congressional Art Competition Winners: Each U.S. congressional district takes its top art piece to Washington, D.C., for exhibit. Kayli Rideout won first place for her drawing, which will be placed on the exhibit. Ping Su Yates won second place for colored pencil, Gloria Zavaleta won third place for oil pastels and Caitlin Scimeca won honorable mention for colored pencil.

Governor's Art Award: Tara Trahey won the Governor's Art Award, on exhibit at the Governor's mansion. The governor picks three pieces from students across the state.

National Art Awards: Kayli Rideout won a Gold and Silver Key in the National Art Awards. She will receive her Gold Key award medal at Carnegie Hall. Her self-portrait is on exhibit in the World Financial Center in New York and will travel the nation for two years with the Alliance of Arts and Writing. Caitlin Scimeca won a national Silver Key Award and also will receive her medal at Carnegie Hall.

Hickory Ridge High

Scholarship totals: The senior class at Hickory Ridge was awarded more than $3.5million in scholarships.