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Compiled by Gina Smith

Run TOOvercome: Lake Norman area schools will host the seventh annual Run TOO (Together Overcoming Obstacles) Overcome 10K, 5K and kids fun run/walk 4 p.m. May 9 in downtown Davidson. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and money to support school-based special needs programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ North Learning Community. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the local participating schools’ Exceptional Children departments. For details or to register, visit

Free sports screenings: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student-athletes in grades 10-12 can register to receive free sports screenings during the Heart of a Champion Day event on May 30 at the Airport Training Center, Building K, 5039 Airport Center Parkway, Charlotte. This year’s location is a change from previous years. Registration will continue through midnight May 22 or until enrollment reaches 2,000 students. Students will receive a free general sports screening, musculoskeletal check and a vision examination. The screenings also include an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions that could potentially cause sudden death during athletic competition. Neither heart test is part of a routine athletic screening. Transportation will be provided for students by their individual schools. In 2014, of the more than 1,600 students were screened, a total of 118 students had conditions that required follow-up, including 65 general medical issues, 39 orthopedic issues and 14 heart issues. The event was staffed by more than 300 volunteer doctors, clinicians, nurses and other community members. To register, visit

Cam Newton School Pride Day: On April 24, more than 800 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools middle school students celebrated the third annual Cam Newton School Pride Day at Memorial Stadium. School teams rotated through 10 athletic and academic stations including relays, obstacle courses, quizzes and tug of war. Ridge Road Middle School was the first-prize winner while Northridge Middle and J.M. Alexander Middle won second and third place, respectively. Fifteen students and three administrators were chosen to attend from each middle school. To qualify to participate, students wrote essays about school pride and why they should be chosen to take part in the event. They also had to meet report card, attendance and behavior requirements. Price Waterhouse Cooper provided 75 volunteers to help manage the event. Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, joined students in the challenges throughout the day.

Bailey Middle

Personal Finance Challenge: A team of students won first place in the N.C. Council on Economic Education 2015 Personal Finance Challenge on April 7. Another team from Bailey took third place in the competition. Members of the first-place team included: Alexander Mangiapane, Jessica Figard, Ashley Drew and Genevieve Paul. Students on the third-place team were: Juan Loreto, Rees Payne, Cole Reed and Sebastian Alberdi. The Personal Finance Challenge is a state and national competition for middle and high school students designed as an opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge of personal finance by competing with other students across the state in an online multiple-choice examination. Middle school students compete statewide and high school students compete for a chance to advance to the nationals. All competition winners are invited to attend an awards banquets in the spring.

Hough High

Cell phone tower meeting: A meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. May 18 in the Bailey Middle School Media Center to allow the public to review a proposal from The Berkley Group to lease a parcel of land on Hough High School property for the purpose of erecting a cell tower. A general meeting of the PTSA will follow the review 6:30 p.m. For details about the proposal, contact The Berkley Group at 704-907-7104.

North Mecklenburg High

Fall sports meeting: Current North Mecklenburg High School students and rising ninth-graders interested in participating in a fall sport must attend a meeting at 6 p.m. May 12 in the school auditorium. Fall sports include cheerleading, football, men’s soccer, cross country and women’s tennis. Topics to be covered at the meeting include summer workouts, tryouts and eligibility.

Cannon School

Music book: Music teacher Aimee Pfitzner will soon publish her first book, “Hands to Hands – Hand Clapping Songs and Games from Around the World.” The book is marketed to music teachers and includes hand clapping games with rhythmic songs and chants. Pfitzner lives in Concord and has taught music at Cannon School for 17 years. She holds a master’s degree in music education from UNC Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maine, Orono. In addition, she has been a teacher of Orff-Schulwerk music education for 21 years, receiving her master-level Orff certification from the University of Memphis.

SouthLake Christian Academy

Legacy Benefit Gala: SouthLake Christian Academy will host a black tie event called the Legacy Benefit Gala 7-9:30 p.m. May 7 at the Mint Museum, 550 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. The gala will feature SouthLake Christian Academy student art exhibits and musical performances by the SouthLake Christian orchestra, concert band and choir. Cartoonist Marcus Hamilton and former NBA basketball player and N.C. State University star Rodney Monroe will speak at the event. Hamilton was the creator of the Dennis the Menace comic strip. There will also be food tasting. For details, contact Chris Hunt at 704-578-1198.

Blumey Awards nominations: The SouthLake Christian Academy Fine Arts Department’s high school production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” received three nominations for the 2015 Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater, or “Blumey,” awards. SouthLake Christian’s production earned nominations in the categories of Best Choreography Execution and Best Ensemble/Chorus. SouthLake Christian Academy student Haley Conway earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress with her portrayal of the character Ado Annie. In addition, two SouthLake Christian students earned an opportunity to audition in front of the Blumey Awards committee in hopes of securing nominations in their respective categories: Kyle Hammill as Best Actor for his character Curly and Mary Beth Rhyne in the Best Actress category as Laurey. The Blumey Awards will be presented during a gala awards ceremony on May 17 at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte.

Lincoln County Schools

Heart of a Champion Day: High school student-athletes at high schools in Lincoln County, including East Lincoln High School and Lincoln Charter School, can receive free sports physicals on May 16 at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln Medical Plaza, 441 McAllister Road, Lincolnton, as part of the Lincoln County Heart of a Champion program. Registration is open through May 8. Students will receive a free general sports screening, musculoskeletal check and a vision examination. The screenings also include an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions that could potentially cause sudden death during athletic competition. Neither heart test is part of a routine athletic screening. To register, visit

East Lincoln High

PTSO meeting: 6-7 p.m. May 11, DJ’s Coffee House, 145 Cross Center Road, Denver.

Colleges and universities

UNC-Chapel Hill honors: Jennifer Surane and Priyanka Mehta were among 71 UNC-Chapel Hill students honored by the university on April 22 with awards for academic achievement and leadership. Surane, the daughter of James and Robin Surane of Cornelius, received the Ernest H. Abernethy Prize in Student Publication Work, presented annually to the undergraduate judged by a committee to have done the most distinctive work during the current year in the field of student publications. Mehta, the daughter of Sudhir and S.D. Mehta of Huntersville, received the Greek Alliance Council Award presented to undergraduates who have made the most significant contributions in the areas of leadership, scholarship, service to their individual chapters, and Greek and university communities.