2 win National Merit Scholarships

Congratulations to two Huntersville graduating seniors who earned National Merit Scholarships.

Emily Andreoli and Madeline Hurley are among 8,300 high school seniors nationwide this year who received the scholarships for college undergraduate study.

Andreoli, a graduate of Hopewell High in Huntersville, received a National Merit Scholarship from the University of South Carolina, where she plans to study sports and entertainment marketing.

Hurley, a graduate of Cannon School in Concord, received a National Merit Scholarship from UNC Chapel Hill. She will receive $1,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

About 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools entered the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship competition for nearly $35 million in awards. Students who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test could qualify if their test scores met screening requirements.

Last fall, about 16,000 semifinalists were selected. To become a finalist, a candidate had to submit a scholarship application that demonstrated an outstanding academic record and endorsements and recommendations by school officials. The candidate also had to earn SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance.

Candidates also wrote essays and provided information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.

Discovery Place Kids camps

Discovery Place Kids has entertaining and creative summer camps for children ages 2 and older.

Here a just a few of the offerings for 4-year-olds. All these camps will run 9 a.m.-noon.

"Fun with Food: I CAN Be Healthy" - Monday through Friday this week. Learn how to make fun healthy snacks with the food you love. Create food art that will look so good you may not want to eat it.

"Cars, Planes, Boats and Trains: I CAN Move" - July 18-22. Discover a different way to get moving each day. Explore movement on land, by water and in the air.

"Extreme Construction: I CAN Build" - July 25-29. If you can imagine it we can help you build it. Kids will build tall and small with lots of fun and unusual supplies in this mixed-media art class. We'll create both two- and three-dimensional masterpieces.

"Exploring My Neighborhood: I CAN Work" - Aug. 1-5. Who are the people in your neighborhood? Meet a police officer and see a real police car. Visit the local fire station to learn about street and fire safety.

"Junior Gardeners: Learning Garden" - Aug. 8-12. Enjoy our outdoor Learning Garden and discover what it means to have a green thumb. Discover how plants grow, why they are important and how to take care of them.

For more information about summer camps at Discovery Place Kids, visit