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Five students at Forestview High School were recently named commended students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are:

Adesewa Adelekun, daughter of Patricia and T.A. Adelekun of Gastonia; Amelia Bolick, daughter of Sheila and Dean Bolick of Gastonia; Kelly McHugh, daughter of Linda Fesmire and John McHugh of Gastonia; John Watts, son of Kenna and John Watts of Gastonia; and Stanley Wong, son of Amy Oikuen Chan of Gastonia

About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2009 competition for National Merit Scholarships, commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered by taking the PSAT.

Stanley Middle School teacher Renee Withers and students Kelli Costner, Kyle Neill, Preston Richardson and Dillon Smith recently participated in the annual Poker Ride sponsored by the Stanley Masonic Lodge.

The Stanley Middle group helped raise more than $4,000 for local children's charities.

Mount Holly Middle School recently announced its students of the month for September.

Honorees were Grant Brooks, Zachary Mauney, Lukas Kwiatkowski, Kellyn Reese, Matthew Taylor, Kiersten Washle, Skylar McLean, Chazz Surratt, Tiffany Chapman, Jay Patel, Damian Haney and Emily Phillips.

Page Elementary School recently recognized its students of the month for August/September. They were honored for showing respect, the character education trait of the month.

Winners were:


Will Durham, son of Daniel and Jessica Durham; Autumn Dodgen, daughter of Stephanie Woods and Zane Dodgen; Madi Hancock, daughter of Hanna MacArthur and Scott Hancock; John Zander, son of Tonya and Scott Zander; Jilliana Bonner, daughter of William and Tara Bonner; David Foard, son of Melanie and A.J. Foard; Davin Gunter, son of Tony and Sarah Gunter.

First grade:

Seth Rethford, son of Kristin Blackstock and Paul Rethford; Carter Ratchford, son of Tanya Webb; Christopher Williams, son of Mary Williams; Jamani Leeper, son of Marcus and Taya Leeper; Mary Walker, daughter of Deborah and Adrian Walker; Holland Leonhardt, daughter of Andy and Michelle Leonhardt; Grayson Dunbar, son of Jackie and Russ Dunbar; Julius Austin, son of Demetria and Jerome Austin.

Kristen Layne, a senior at Highland School of Technology, has been named a National Merit semifinalist.

Dalton Moore and Kara Simpson of Hunter Huss High School have been nominated to compete in the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Dalton and Kara also are the school winners for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, which recognizes the top male and female athletes who also excel in the classroom and serve as role models in their community.

Dalton is the son of Cal and Jeane Moore.

Kara is the daughter of Cynthia Simpson.

Matthew Murrow and Kara Simpson will represent Hunter Huss High School in the Park Scholarship Program at N.C. State University.

Matthew is the son of Lydia Murrow. Kara is the daughter of Cynthia Simpson.

Hunter Huss High School recently inducted 17 students into the National Technical Honor Society.

Selection is based on academic excellence in core and career technical classes, as well as good school attendance.

Inductees are Ashley Bridges, Paul Brooks, Cassie Brown, Asha Coleman, Mark Curry, Abbie Gibson, Courtney Mattice, Ebony McClain, Brittany McCorkle, Justin Messick, Tyler Radford, Darron Ratchford, David Rollick, Summer Seigler, Kara Simpson, Jessica Spencer and Paige Thompson.

Lincoln County

Two Lincoln County students have been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Cory Gudger, a senior at East Lincoln High, and Austin Reep, a senior at North Lincoln High, were selected for the band, which showcases the talents of the nation's top 97 high school senior marching musicians.

Cory, who plays mellophone, has marched for five years and has served as a section leader and brass captain.

Austin plays baritone and euphonium and is in his second year as brass captain of the 130-member Band of Knights. He has played with the marching band at North Lincoln for five years, including as an outstanding eighth-grade middle school student. Austin also is the principle euphonium player in the Wind Ensemble and has been a member of the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble and many other regional honor band organizations.

Both students were nominated by their music teachers and submitted an application and audition materials for review by the National Association for Music Education committee.

Cory and Austin will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

North Lincoln High School recently crowned Annalise Farris as its 2008 Homecoming Queen. Jonathan Little was named the school's 2008 Homecoming King.

Ricardo Juanico and James Smith were named Asbury School students of the month for September.

Both students were recognized by their teachers for exemplary conduct and grades. Asbury School staff members Kim Duncan and Lisa Jones accompanied the students to lunch, sponsored by Fatz Café.