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Counselor of the year: Catawba County Schools named De Batchelor secondary school counselor of the year Sept. 27.
Winning drill team: The school's JROTC drill team took six first-place awards and 18 awards overall in the Raider Drill Meet at South Rowan High School in China Grove Oct. 1. The Trojan Battalion took first place overall among 10 competing teams, four more firsts in Army regulation drill and first overall in exhibition drill.
Winning band: The school's band, Pride In Motion, was named grand champion at the Providence Cup of Champions competition at Charlotte's Providence High School recently. Besides beating out 19 other bands for the award, Pride In Motion also took first place in its division and firsts in color guard, percussion, music, visual and best pit crew.
Drill team winners: The school's JROTC drill team opened its competition season by taking fourth place overall in a nine-school event at Asheville High School. The first-year drill team and the varsity color guard also won first place trophies.
South Iredell High
College planning: 6:30- 8 p.m. Oct. 17, library. Presentation on college planning for juniors, seniors and their parents, by a representative of the College Foundation of North Carolina.
PTSO fall fund drive: Oct. 17-21. Details: 704-664-4430.
Art To Remember: The school is participating in a program that will reproduce students' artwork on gifts and keepsakes for purchase. Order packets will go home with students Oct. 21. Orders and payment are due by Oct. 28. Information: www5.mgsd.k12.nc.us/staffsites/jenniferlindsey/jenniferlindsey/Art_to_Remember.html.
Mount Mourne Middle
Sweatpants sale: Physical education department is selling sweatpants to raise money for PE equipment. The all-black sweats will have "Mt. Mourne School" in gold on the left thigh. $20 per pair. Place orders online during October at osp.osmsinc.com/ISS/BVModules/CategoryTemplates/Detailed%20List%20with%20Properties/Category.aspx?categoryid=AJ032.
Yearbook orders: Order before Dec. 21 and pay $25; price increases after that date. Order form available online at iss.schoolwires.com/cms/lib4/NC01000579/Centricity/Domain/679/Yearbook%202011-%202012.pdf.
Admission open house: 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 1 p.m. Nov. 5, for junior K through 12th grade. Campus tours and information on the school's admission process. Information: 704-721-7167.
Homecoming weekend: Oct. 21-22. Pep rally and bonfire the evening of Oct. 21. On Oct. 22, the inaugural Homecoming 5K, a carnival, a parade and crowning of the homecoming court will take place before the football game against the Carolina Pride. Information: www.cannonschool.org/homecoming.
Book discussion: 12 p.m. Oct. 15, Barnes & Noble, 8725 Townley Road, Birkdalem, in Huntersville. Mike Cerkovnik, head of the school's educational innovation and research programs, to discuss "Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn - And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less." Free.Information: 704-237-5259.
Pine Lake Preparatory
Winning band: The Marching Pride, the school's band, took six first-place awards at the Carolina Cavalcade Festival of Bands Sept. 24 at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord. Besides taking first place overall in its class, the Marching Pride won in musical effect, general effect, color guard, drum major and percussion. The band, directed by band director Danny Lloyd and assistant director Dan Taylor, will perform Oct. 15 at the Blue Devil Classic at Mooresville High.