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North Meck High

Principal Receives Award: North Mecklenburg High Principal Matthew Hayes was presented the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's annual meeting Jan. 19 in Cornelius. Hayes was nominated by Charlotte- Mecklenburg Board of Education member Rhonda Lennon, who represents the northern part of Mecklenburg County. Hayes was also recommended by Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain. Hayes started in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a teacher in the Afterschool Enrichment Program and taught sixth grade at Carmel Middle from 1996-2002. He also coached football and baseball at Carmel before becoming an assistant principal at Quail Hollow Middle from 2002-2006 and principal of the School of International Studies and Global Economic at Olympic High from 2006-2010. He was named principal of North Mecklenburg High in 2010.

Bradley Middle

Hip Hop Fundraiser: Bradley Middle School is hosting a Hip-Hop-A-Thon fundraiser 1-4 p.m. Feb. 25 at KadiFit, 19725 Oak St., Unit 6, Cornelius. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Habitat for Humanity Middle School Build. The event will feature a disc jockey, hip-hop lessons, dancing, refreshments, and art show and more. Cost is $5 per person.

Davidson Elementary

Performance by Chinese Acrobats: In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Davidson Elementary hosted a performance by a group of Chinese acrobats on Jan. 17 for students, staff and parents in the school's gymnasium. The performance included balancing, juggling, dance, comedy and magic, and began with a tribute to 2012: The Year of the Dragon. The Chinese New Year was Jan. 23.

Huntersville Elementary

Last Day for Box Tops: Feb. 10 is the last day to turn in box tops for Huntersville Elementary School's Box Tops for Education fundraising drive. Box tops should be sent in with students or brought to the school. Each box top brought in earns 10 cents for the school. For details and a list of participating brands, visit www.boxtops4education.com.

Higher ed

Duke University Dean's List: Sonya Kothadia of Cornelius was named to the fall 2011 dean's list at Duke University. Kothadia graduated from North Mecklenburg High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and is majoring in biology with plans to enter the medical field. In 2010, Kothadia traveled to Naama, Uganda on a research grant to study the relationship between maternal and child health. To make the Arts and Sciences dean's list, students must rank in the top third of their college.

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