School news

Regional Science Fair: The following five Cabarrus County students won awards at the Region 6A Science Fair held Feb. 11 in Salisbury:

Courtney Gaspar, A.T. Allen Elementary School, Gold Medal winner, Project of Distinction.

Asa Meentemeyer, J. N. Fries Magnet School, Gold Medal, Project of Distinction.

Jaret Ludvik, Hickory Ridge Middle School, Gold Medal.

Yash Verma, Hickory Ridge Middle School, Gold Medal.

Miriel Guzman, Pitts School Road Elementary School, N.C. Biotechnology Center Award.

Gaspar and Meentemeyer will compete in the N.C. Science and Engineering Fair, in Raleigh in March.

J.N.Fries Magnet School: J.N.Fries Magnet won the Charlotte region 2011 NFL Play 60 Challenge. Competing with seven area schools, JNF took first place by logging over 2 million minutes of daily physical activity over four weeks. The fitness competition is sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and the American Heart Association. The school received a wellness grant and a visit by Sir Purr, the Top Cats and former Panther All-Pro Defensive End Mike Rucker.

Impact awards: The Cabarrus County Board of Education presented Impact Through Education Awards to the following students and staff at the February Business Meeting:

Cox Mill Elementary: Students, Grace Keating and Misrak Murphy; Staff, Doris Bridgers and Elana Moore.

Jay M. Robinson High: Students, Lydia Sorrell and Vishal Ruparelia; staff, Darren Hartsell and Lee Richardson.

Criteria for the awards include hard work, initiative and respect for others.

Mount Pleasant High: Senior and senior airman in the Air Force JROTC Cadet Christopher Allman was awarded the Gold Medal of Valor.

The award is given for acts requiring personal risk to save the life of another and is the highest medal awarded to JROTC cadets.

A.T. Allen Elementary: Teacher Patricia Chapin received the February Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month. The monthly award recognizes teachers nominated for outstanding work in the classroom.