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North Mecklenburg High

Competition: Members of the North Meck Debate and Speech team attended the Northwest Guilford tournament Dec. 11 in Greensboro.

Fourteen students competed with 500 others from 38 schools. Three team members participated in the CFL Charlotte Students Congress National Championship Qualifying sessions. Junior Catherine Bizub placed fourth in CFL Congress and will attend the CFL Grand National Tournament in Washington, D.C.

Junior Trikeria Johnson placed third in original oratory. Senior Raul Gonzalez took fourth place in the same event and placed ninth in impromptu speaking. Junior Kevin Cutrara took third in novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Junior Conner Taylor placed fourth in Varsity Student Congress.

The team of senior Brittany Wallace and junior Lauren Calucag placed fifth in due interpretation; Calucag also took eighth in oral interpretation. The team is coached by Christopher M. Rocca.

Hough High

National PTA contest: Four Hough High students and their creative works will represent the school at the county's National PTA Reflections Contest. This year's theme was "Together We Can ..." Cassidy Mills received a Gold award in photography and a Silver award in literature. Sylvie Stanback received the Gold award in literature. Chandler Darden received a Gold award in visual arts. Allie Gelbron received a Gold award in visual arts. Like students throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system, Hough High students were invited to create and submit works in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. Cornelius photographer Deborah Young and Davidson author of young adult novels Garret Freymann-Weyr provided their time and expertise in judging the entries.

East Lincoln High

Quiz Bowl: The Quiz Bowl Team competed Dec. 8 in the Knowledge Master Open. The team got 149 of 200 questions correct for a total of 1,028 points. The team placed 16th in the state and beat more than 200 teams nationwide.

Scholarship nominee: Brian Hilgert has been nominated for the East Lincoln Good Citizen Scholarship contest through the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Faculty suggested candidates and the top three nominees were placed on a ballot for a senior class vote. After Hilgert was selected, he completed both an application and essay. His nomination and application materials will be entered in regional, state and national competitions.

Davidson Day

Spanish students help: Students from middle and upper school sent more than 80 Christmas cards and presents to an orphanage in Peru. Isabel Davis and Devin Gracely teach the classes at Davidson Day. The project was the idea of student Adam Cosgrove.

Grace Covenant Academy

Registration: Jan. 4 for the 2011-12 school year.

Celebration: Grace Covenant will celebrate its 10th year of education, relationships and excellence. Prospective families for pre-K through fifth grade are invited to open house from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. RSVP online at

St. Mark Catholic

Feast day: Students at St. Mark Catholic School in Huntersville celebrated Feast Day of St. Nicholas during a special assembly. St. Nicholas is widely credited for starting the tradition of gift-giving at Christmas. Students wore only one shoe, while the other was left outside the classrooms and filled with treats and prayer cards - a nod to the tradition that began with St. Nicholas.

Carols in the Courtyard: Students attended St. Mark's annual Carols in the Courtyard on Dec. 3. Students performed songs, portrayed the Three Kings and performed dance numbers during the school's production of "The Christmas Chronicles."

Lincoln County Schools

Winter schedule: Students will return from winter break Jan. 3.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Winter schedule: Students will return from winter break Jan. 3.