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Career Fair: Cornelius Elementary will host a Career Fair 9-11:30 a.m. May 4 at the school. Parents and members of the community are needed to talk about their careers with students. For details, contact Aara Bunyan at 980-343-3905 or Aara1.Bunyan@cms.k12.nc.us.
Odyssey of the Mind winners: Cornelius Elementary has two Odyssey of the Mind teams advancing to the state finals after the Central Region Tournament held March 5 at Wingate University. One team received second place in its division for the problem “Something’s Fishy,” and another team received first place in its division for members’ performance on the problem “Fins, Fur, Feathers and Friends.”
Both teams will go onto the state competition in their division at Wingate University on April 2. From there, the top two teams for each problem and division will advance to the World Finals May 25-28 at Iowa State University. To compete in Odyssey of the Mind, students must follow the requirements of a problem, build a set, create costumes and write and perform a skit with no outside assistance. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members use creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics. They present their solutions at local-, state- and international-level competitions. Thousands of teams from the U.S. and about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Grand Oak Elementary
Reflections winners: Grand Oak Elementary had two state winners in the 2016 PTA Reflections contest. In the photography category for kindergarten through second grade, Caleb Cooper won first place. In the literature category for kindergarten through second grade, Quinn Nova Clark won third place. PTA Reflections is a national arts recognition program. First-place winners will move on to the national competition. National winners are announced on May 1. For the full list of state winners, visit http://ncpta.org/index.php/programs/reflections-arts-program/reflections-state-winners-20152016/.
Student performances: Drama students will perform two 45-minute plays at the N.C. Theatre Conference Middle School Play Festival on March 19 at the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square in Charlotte. The students will perform William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 9:35 a.m. and the dark-themed tragedy Antigone Now at 6:15 p.m. Admission to both performances is free. The students will also perform the plays at 7 p.m. April 7 at the school. Tickets to the school performance are $2 for students, $4 for adults with proceeds helping pay next year’s festival fee and NCTC membership dues.
North Mecklenburg High
Graduation project judges: Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for senior graduation projects. Judging opportunities are available for one or more sessions April 12-15. Training and snacks will be provided. For details or to sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aabaa23a31-north1.
Rugby champions: The North Mecklenburg High School Rugby Club’s varsity boys team won the 2016 Carolina Ruggerfest Coastal Division championship in early March. The tournament included 68 teams from across the U.S.
Mooresville Graded School District
Parent Night: A Parent Night for the families of rising Mooresville Middle School seventh-graders will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 5 in the gymnasium.
New head football coach: Marty Paxton was recently named the new varsity football coach at Mooresville High School. Paxton replaces retiring coach Hal Capps. Paxton is a native of Concord and a 1999 graduate of Appalachian State University. He was the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Mooresville High School from 2003 through 2007. Most recently, he was the head football coach at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg. from 2007 through 2015, where he built a new football program and went on to a 56-53 record. During his tenure at Hickory Ridge, he took his team to the state 3AA playoffs for seven consecutive years and won two conference championships.
Community Town Hall meeting: Iredell-Statesville Schools will host a Community Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 23 in the auditorium at Lake Norman High School, 186 Dooley Road, Mooresville. The featured speaker will be Fred Brason II, president and CEO of Project Lazarus, discussing the use of prescription pills, heroine, LSD and opioid drugs in Iredell County. The event is free and open to the public.
Concessions donations: The Beta Club seeks donations of food and drink items to sell as concessions at the three final home soccer games on April 11, 18 and 28. Cash donations will also be accepted. Items to be donated include paper plates, napkins, pizza, snacks and bottled and canned drinks. A portion of proceeds from sales will support the club’s participation in the 2017 N.C. Junior Beta Club Convention, and the remaining proceeds will be donated to the Pinky Swear Foundation to help pay expenses for families of children fighting cancer. For details and to sign up to donate, visit www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/184. For more on the Pinky Swear Foundation, visit www.pinkyswear.org/about/foundation.
Spring Book Fair: The Spring Book Fair continues through March 24 in the library. Hours are 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. March 23 and 7:45 a.m.-noon March 24. All proceeds from the fair will benefit the Lakeshore Middle School library.
South Iredell High
Football camp: The 12th annual Junior Viking Football camp will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon June 27-28 at South Iredell High. The camp is designed to teach fundamentals of the game to rising kindergarteners through rising eighth-graders. Registration is open through the first day of camp, but early sign-ups are recommended. Cost is $30 for preregistration, $35 the first day of camp. A T-shirt and refreshments are included. For details and to register, visit www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/3079.
Softball camp: The South Iredell High School Softball Camp will be offered 9 a.m.-noon July 11–13. The camp is open to rising fourth- through eighth-graders. Cost is $50 for preregistration through July 1, $65 after July 1. Sports drinks, water and snacks will be for sale during the camp. Campers will receive T-shirts on the last day of camp. For details and to sign up, visit www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/3079.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Spelling bee winners: Two SouthLake Christian Academy students finished in the top five of the 2016 Association of Christian Schools International Spelling Bee for grades five through eight, held March 4 at Millers Creek Christian School in Millers Creek. Sixth-grader Logan Bunce placed third, while fifth-grader Brendan Clark came in fifth.