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Principal of the year: The 2012 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools is Hilda Batts, principal of A.T. Allen Elementary School.

The program is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo. After the local award recipients compete at the state level, one principal will be named 2012 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

Cox Mill High School: This school is one of 32 schools recognized individually for high graduation rates by State Superintendent June Atkinson. The 2011 class had a 97.6 graduation rate.

Hickory Ridge High School: On Nov. 2, the Hickory Ridge High School Band will collect toys in support of the annual 82nd Airborne Operation Toy Drop.

The Toy Drop is a philanthropic project of Army, Air Force and civilian service groups, which collaborate to distribute toys for families in need. The band will deliver the collected toys to the 82nd Airborne Operation at Fort Bragg. The students also will witness the nontactical airborne operation. More than 1,200 U.S. paratroopers will jump under the supervision of foreign military jumpmasters, earning the coveted "jump wings" of the respective nations.

Toy collection will continue until the band's fall concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Toys and cash donations may also be left at the front office. Details: Chris White, band director,


Charlotte Christian: The National Council of Teachers in English has selected Charlotte Christian senior Evan Marcey as one of eight N.C. winners of the 2011 Achievement Award in Writing.

The council bases the selection on outstanding performance in writing by high school juniors who have been nominated by their teachers. The number of state winners is determined by doubling the number of the state's representatives in Congress.

Grace Covenant Academy: On Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m., Grace Covenant Academy will host an open house for prospective families for Pre K-5th grade. Details for registration at or 704-892-5601.

Blood drive scholarships: Two Cabarrus students are among five area high school and college students who won scholarships for organizing community blood drives from June to September.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas awarded the $1,000 scholarships to Tori Brigman of Harrisburg and Rebecca Hartsell of Midland.

The other three are Leeanne Stoltzfus of Mooresville, Katie Fabian of Huntersville and Daniel Mullis of Oakboro.

Requirements for the award included planning a community blood drive, selecting the location, recruiting donors and collecting a minimum of 25 units of blood.

Albemarle Road Elementary: Fourth grade teacher, Direka Burnell, from Albemarle Road Elementary received the October Terrific Teacher Tuesday contest award.

Radio station V101.9 FM and other local businesses sponsor the contest, which recognizes teachers who exceed expectations in the classroom. Prizes for this month's winner and her classroom were donated by Papa John's, Outback Steakhouse, Cookies by Design and State Farm. The online contest is held monthly with the winner determined by most votes received.

At the end of the school year, monthly winners will compete for the grand prize. Visit the V101.9 FM website to vote.