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Torrence Creek Elementary pupils celebrated 100 days of school with creative projects.
Torrence Creek Elementary pupils celebrated 100 days of school with creative projects. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMY DAWSON

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Barnette Elementary

New principal: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recently appointed Leyanne “Missy” Gabriel as the new principal at Barnette. Gabriel is an assistant principal at Bradley Middle School where she has workedsince 1998. At Bradley, she also held the positions of academic facilitator, math facilitator and teacher.

Gabriel was a middle school teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 1988-1998. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University.

Cornelius Elementary

Career Fair: Cornelius parents are needed to talk to students about their professions during the school’s Career Fair on April 29. For details or to participate, contact school counselor Aara Bunyan at 980-343-3905 or Aara1.Bunyan@cms.k12.nc.us.

J.V. Washam Elementary

Dance donations: The Father/Daughter Dance committee is seeking donations of certain items for the April 18 event. Parent volunteers are also needed who have decorating ideas and talent with building and painting. Items needed include: paint, beach balls, goggles, masks, snorkels, 11-inch-by-13-inch wood picture frames without glass, kiddie pools, hula hoops, beach hats, sunglasses, beach décor, paper lanterns, palm trees and a canoe or kayak, which will be returned. To help out, contact Aissa Vesely at aissa.vesely@gmail.com.

Torrence Creek Elementary

100 Days of School: On Feb. 4, Torrence Creek Elementary students celebrated 100 days of school with creative projects, 100-item snacks, a parade and readings of books such as “The Night Before the Hundredth Day.” Students in some classrooms brought in 100 canned goods per class, collecting more than 500 cans, which were donated to the Angels and Sparrows soup kitchen in Huntersville. Pictured from left are members of Amy Dawson’s kindergarten class, Luke Bissinger, Kaleiya Jones, Raegan Blickley, Liam McDonald, Raena Vogeli, Max Museler, Austin Nguyen and Hailey Blank.

Blanket and towel drive: Torrence Creek Elementary’s SWAG Club is kicking off its winter session with a blanket, towel and sheet drive to benefit local animal shelters. Donated items will be used for animals to sleep on to keep them off the shelters’ cement floors. Items may be in any condition, but must be recently washed and may not contain quilting or stuffing, which can be chewed up and swallowed. Bring donations to the school.

J.M. Alexander Middle

Merit Award: Alexander Middle was named a School of Excellence in the 2015 Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards Competition. The school has advanced from last year’s designation, which was School of Distinction.

Hough High

Parent registration sessions: Student Services is conducting parent registration sessions to help parents understand the registration process and have the chance to ask questions. Parents of underclassmen may attend one of the following sessions: 1 p.m. March 12 or 9 a.m. March 13, both in the Media Center. Parents of rising ninth graders may attend one of the following session: 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. March 11 in the Media Center or 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the cafeteria. The March 12 session for rising freshmen may be attended by both students and parents and includes a tour of the school. Rising ninth-grade parents must register for their sessions at http://houghregistration2015.weebly.com/.

Spring musical: The Hough Theatre program will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. March 19-21 and 3 p.m. March 21 in the school auditorium at 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Advance general admission tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults. A limited number of reserved seats are available in advance for each show at $15 each. General admission tickets will be sold at the door, if available, for $12 each. For details and advance tickets, visit houghtheatre.org.

North Mecklenburg High

DECA awards: Several students from the North Mecklenburg High School DECA chapter recently participated in the N.C. DECA Career Development Conference in Greensboro on Feb. 27-March 1​. The chapter was the only Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools chapter to be awarded the competition’s Thrive Level Membership Campaign Award. The group also received the N.C. DECA Chapter of Distinction award and the N.C. DECA Foundation Support Chapter Award. In addition, chapter member Keon Regisford received a $1,000 scholarship to UNC Greensboro renewable for four years, and the group qualified to attend the 2015 DECA International Career Development Conference to be held April 25-28 in Orlando, Florida. Members are working to raise about $950 to help them pay for expenses associated with the Florida event. For details on making a donation, contact Elizabeth Lentz at Elizabeth.boggs@cms.k12.nc.us or call the school at 980-343-3840.

Individual and team award winners included:

First place, Financial Literacy Promotion Project – Chelsea Finney, Diamond Nance, Kelja Stevenson.

First place, Virtual Business Challenge Hotel – Sam Duis.

Second place, Public Relations Project – Alexis Jackson, Taylor Pellerin, Keon Regisford.

Second place, Accounting Applications – Madelyn Mahl.

Second place, Entrepreneurship Growing Your Business – Houston Beasley, Sam Duis, Dean Rabb.

Third place, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – Kennedy Parkins.

Fourth place, Principles of Marketing – William Haywood.

Fifth place, Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan – Kaela Carter and Keyondra Fox.

Fifth place, Learn and Earn Project – Rachel Brodof, Tommy Dail, Sarah Gardner.

Fifth place, Creative Marketing – Tynia Allison, M’Kailah Samuel, Cam’Ron Sorey.

Fifth place, Principles of Business Management and Administration – Justice Finch.

Top 10 finalists include:

Apparel and Accessories Marketing – Simone Lindsey.

Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan – Davis Comer.

Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – Danyale Calhoun.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making – Meg Houck and Colin Shields.

Travel and Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making – Aldo De Leon and Jorge Penaranda, Jon Pugliese and Mark Spytkowski.

Top test score medalists include:

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making – Meg Houck.

Principles of Business Management and Administration – Justice Finch.

Principles of Marketing – William Haywood.

Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making – Sam Duis, Sullivan Molinek.

Hotel and Lodging Management – Joelle Banks.

Accounting Applications – Madelyn Mahl.

Apparel and Accessories Marketing – Simone Lindsey.

Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – Joelle Banks, Sullivan Molinek.

Top role-play medalists include:

Principles of Business Management and Administration – Justice Finch.

Principles of Marketing – Ola Badawey, William Haywood, Sidharth Kulgod, Sara Scoggins.

Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making – Rachel Brodof, Tommy Dail.

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