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Essay contest: The annual National High School Essay Contest, sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., is accepting manuscript submissions. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Nov. 1. Details on rules and rating criteria available in Student Services.
School of Math and Science: The N.C. School of Math and Science is accepting applications from sophomore candidates through Jan. 15. Details: www.ncssm.edu or visit Student Services.
Yearbooks: Hough Yearbooks can be purchased online for $70 for a limited time. Details: www. jostensyearbooks.com or 866-282-1516.
North Mecklenburg High
Barbecue sale: Oct. 21. Save the date for the 33rd Annual North Mecklenburg High School BBQ, a major fundraiser for the school.
Admissions open house: 1 p.m. Nov. 5 for junior K through 12th grade. Campus tours and information. 704-721-7167.
Homecoming weekend: Oct. 21-22. Pep rally and bonfire on evening of Oct. 21. The next day, inaugural Homecoming 5K (open to school families, alumni friends), carnival, parade, crowning of homecoming court before football game against the Carolina Pride. www.cannonschool.org/homecoming.
Shelter gifts: Avery Watkins, a Cannon School student who resides in Huntersville, recently donated all of her birthday gifts to the Cornelius Animal Shelter. Instead of asking for presents for herself, the third-grader received pet food, treats and essential items needed by the shelter to care for animals.
She was allowed to play with the shelter's animals for as long as she wanted.
Grace Covenant Academy
Open House: 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 for pre-K through fifth-grade, 17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius. Pre-register at www.gracecovenantacademy.org or by calling the school office at 704-892-5601.