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Student page: Jake Marchant of Cornelius, a rising senior at Cannon School, is serving as a page to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, D- Iowa. Marchant began about a month ago. Marchant plans to enter the Naval Academy and he participates in sports at Cannon and is a member of the Charlotte Boxing Academy. Marchant is the son of Patti Wheeler and Jack Marchant; and the grandson of Humpy Wheeler.
Students recognized: A group of seventh-grade students who recently completed the entrance exam as part of Duke University's Talent Identification Program qualified for participation in the State Recognition Ceremony. These students earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests. Reid Herrera, of Harrisburg, will attend the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University on May 23. The following students qualified for state recognition: Austin Coale of Concord, Justin Fromke of Concord, Angeli Gupta of University City, Reid Herrera of Harrisburg, Dylan Housman of Concord, Isabella Jacoby of Huntersville, Davis Nelson of Salisbury, Sam Oddo of Huntersville, Padgett Powe of Huntersville, Abigail Sparrow of Davidson and Christina Stylianou of Concord.
St. Mark Catholic School
Class chicks: Laura Mulkeen's first-grade class learned about the lifecycle of a chick after incubating chicken eggs in their class room. The eggs came from the Bradford Farm Store in Concord after the class read Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Suess. Students wrote about the chicks during class and also learned about the Miracle of Easter. Students named each of the hatched chicks and they will return to the Bradford Farm Store where they will grow into adult chickens.
North Mecklenburg High
Debate team: The North Meck Debate & Speech Team attended the TFL Debate & Speech State Championship against 26 schools. Seven members of the team attended and competed in two events each. Freshman Brittany Roweel broke to semi-finals in Dramatic Interpretation and Oral Interpretation. Junior Lauren Calucag and senior Brittany Wallace broke to finals in Duo Interpretation and placed fifth overall, Wallace also broke to semi-finals in Humorous Interpretation. Sophomore James Williams came in fourth overall for Dramatic Interpretation; Williams and junior Brooke Carter placed sixth overall in Duo Interpretation, Carter also placed fifth in Dramatic Interpretation. Senior Raul Gonzalez made it to semi-finals in Impromptu Speaking and to the final round in Original Oratory, placing third overall. Sophomore Colleen Watson made it to quarterfinals in Impromptu Speaking and placed fourth in Original Oratory. Head Coach Christopher M. Rocca was honored for the second time in three years with the Mildred Hussey Award as North Carolina Debate & Speech Coach of the Year.
East Lincoln High School
Cheval Winter Guard: The East Lincoln Cheval Winter Guard competed in the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. In the preliminary run against 100 guards, the guard advanced to semi finals with 45 other groups and then on to the finals round among 15 guards. The guard entered ranked 13, but their performance bumped them to ninth in the finals. A four-placement jump is almost unheard of in a World Championships Finals round, according to the school's website. This is the first time an East Lincoln Winter Guard has advanced to Finals and a Top 10 Placement at WGI. The school is now the No. 9 Scholastic A Winter Guard in the world. Auditions for the Fall will begin after Spring Break.
Scholarship winner: Hunter Thomas received the North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union People Helping People Scholarship worth $10,000. Thomas will attend N.C. State University in the fall. He is the son of Bobby Thomas. The scholarship recognizes leadership, integrity and community involvement.
Grace Covenant Academy
Support Grace Covenant: April 26 is Grace Covenant Academy night at Zoe's Kitchen at Birkdale. View students art exhibit, also 10 percent of evening sales at Zoe's will be donated to the school.
Unicycle Club: the Cornelius Elementary Unicycle Club will perform at the Ada Jenkins BBQ at 1 p.m. April 30. Details: www.adajenkins.org/fire.
Lincoln County Schools
Superintendent: Dr. Sherry Hoyle was named superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.