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Students from the Highland School of Technology HOSA chapter participated in the sixth annual Carolinas Walk Now for Autism on Oct. 4 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Nearly 50 students walked in the event. During the school year, Highland's HOSA chapter raised more than $755 for the organization, which funds autism research and awareness. Elijah Roof, a second-grader at Chapel Grove Elementary, was named honorary HOSA member of the day. He also participated in the walk with the Highland students.

Jessica Parks, a senior at Forestview High School, was recently named a semifinalist in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Jessica placed in the top nine students in the state in the Merit Scholarship Competition. She is the daughter of Robert Parks of Gastonia.

Springfield Primary School recently announced its Teacher's Choice Awards for September. Winners were:

Kindergarten: Hayden Hilderbran, Chloe Michael, Gabby Gonzales, Tyler Floyd, Dalton Blattau, Hailey Cable, Angel Ruiz, Zack Carpenter, Justin Blackmon, Chandler Rogers, Jeremy Mellon, Caleb Foster, Layla Gardner, Adam Buchanan, Alyssah Duckworth, Adam Massey

First grade: Christian Perkins, Charidyn Wilkins, Brandon Smith, Drew Gross, Ashlyn Jurina, Tyler Pressley, Mattie Allran, Mallory Postell, Alex Faith, Noah Merritt, McKenzie Hill, Zack Lynch, Logan Kegley, Destiny Hardin, Roderia Tate, Tucker Moore, Devon Clark, Holly Burroughs

Second grade: Kaylee Ford, Nathan Summey, Shealy Blackmon, Shelby Herrin, Shelby Madison, Issac Massey, Brianna Jackson, Adam Poole, Turner Edwards, Jeremiah Hilliard, Martin Thomas, Madison Tyson, Haylee Hanson, Knautica Reyes, Hunter Robinson, Lillian Asel, James Hudspeth, Giseneslle Terro.

Joseph Trotman Leary, an eighth-grader at Stanley Middle School, recently attended the Congressional Junior Leadership Conference in Washington. He was nominated to attend the conference by his sixth-grade Language Arts teacher, Alice Ballard.

Stanley Middle School teacher Renee Withers and students Kelli Costner, Kyle Neill, Preston Richardson and Dillon Smith recently participated in an event with the Stanley Masonic Lodge to raise funds for children's charities. They helped raise more than $4,000 for local children's charities.

The North Gaston High School Marching Band recently competed at Enka's Land of the Sky Contest. The band received an Excellent rating and won first place in color guard and first place in horn line. The drum major and band earned third place awards. Tim Reed is the North Gaston band director.

Donna Hice was recently named Brookside Elementary's Staff Member of the Month. Hice is the school's behavior lab specialist and is in her third year at Brookside. She was noted for her friendly attitude and willingness to pitch in to help.

Greg Spring, a Cramerton Middle School teacher, recently traveled to Raleigh as a member of the North Carolina Computer Skills Review Committee. He is part of a team assessing the N.C. computer skills test to ensure that it measures 21 {+s}{+t} century ICT literacy and the comprehension of technology systems.

Cramerton Middle School choral and music exploration teacher Patty Fayssoux was recently selected to be an Honorary Member of the 2008-2009 National Nominating Committee for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. Fayssoux also was named to Who's Who in America for 2009, the fourth time she received the honor. In addition, she was selected for Who's Who in Education in 2007 and Who's Who in the World in 2008. Former students nominate educators for the award.

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

The standardized test will be offered Dec. 6 at Crest High and Shelby High in Shelby, Hunter Huss High in Gastonia and Kings Mountain High in Kings Mountain. Registration deadline is Nov. 5. For more information, visit

The ACT will be offered Dec. 13 at Gaston College. Registration deadline is Nov. 7. To sign up, visit

Lincoln County

Pumpkin Center Primary held its Fun Run on Oct. 10. Students, staff, PTO members and parents participated in the event and raised more than $7,000. Proceeds will pay for new mulch for the playground and technology for the classrooms.

More than $8,000 was raised for Iron Station Elementary School when the PTA held a Walk-A-Thon. The event was Oct. 3.