Gaston & Catawba

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Laura Page, a student at Highland School of Technology, recently received the Outstanding Youth Award from the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services.

Page was nominated by the With Friends teen shelter, where she volunteers.

Nominations for the award came from 80 organizations in the Carolinas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Page was the sole winner.

George Zhao, a junior at Forestview High School, recently scored a perfect 800 on the mathematics section of the SAT.

Zhao is the son of Xiaoyun Lai and Defang Zhao of Gastonia.

W.C.Friday Middle School held a PTO Clean-Up Day on Aug. 16.

Parents, teachers and administrators volunteered to work in flower beds and around campus to help spruce up the school.

A.J. Mennear, a senior at Forestview High School, was selected as the 2008 Special Olympic Athlete of the Year for Gaston County.

He is the son of Linda and Allen Mennear of Gastonia.

Joseph Hall, a senior at North Gaston High School, was recently selected to participate in the Apprenticeship 2000 program hosted by Blum Inc. and sponsored by Pfaff Molds.

Six companies and 16 high school students from the region will participate in the Career & Tech Education program.

Joseph will conduct his on-the-job training at Pfaff Molds, a Charlotte company that offers services such as product development, mold design, CNC programming and milling, laser welding, mold assembly and mold testing.

Cherie Berry, N.C. Commissioner of Labor, was the guest speaker at a reception honoring the apprentices.

Tindol Ford and the Ford Motor Co. are sponsoring Forestview High School in a Cruise for Your School fundraiser.

Ford will donate $20 to the school for each test drive on Friday. The school can earn up to $6,000.

Each driver must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license.

Gaston County Schools has the following open houses scheduled:


Carr Elementary: 7 p.m.

Lowell Elementary: Pizza dinner at 5:30 p.m.; open house at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 29:

Cherryville Elementary: 5:30-7 p.m.

Sept. 30:

Belmont Middle: 7 p.m.

Registration deadlines are approaching for students interested in taking the SAT this fall.

The standardized test will be offered Nov. 1 at Crest High School in Shelby, Kings Mountain High in Kings Mountain, North Lincoln High in Lincolnton and West Charlotte High. Registration deadline is Friday.

The final date the test will be offered this semester is Dec. 6 at Crest, Hunter Huss, Kings Mountain and Shelby. Registration deadline is Nov. 5.

The ACT will be offered Dec. 13 at Gaston College. Registration deadline is Nov. 7.

To sign up, visit

Cherryville High School will hold homecoming on Oct. 3 at the school.

The Homecoming Parade will be at 4 p.m., followed by a football game versus Highland School of Technology at 7:30 p.m.

Iron Station Elementary School recently received the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award. The national honor given by the US Department of Education recognizes schools that are academically superior or that have made dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.

Selection is based on excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parental involvement.

The school will be honored Oct. 20-21 in Washington, D.C., and will receive a plaque and a Blue Ribbon flag.

Leigh Pressley