Compiled by Gina Smith
Hip Hop 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.
Seniors Named National Merit Finalists: Cannon School seniors Cassie Calvert of Concord and Connor Lippincott of the University City area were named finalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They now compete with about 15,000 students from throughout the U.S. for scholarships totaling more than $34 million. About 8,400 students from this group will receive Merit Scholarships. Winners will be notified in March. Cannon School is the only independent school serving Cabarrus County and the Lake Norman area to enroll a National Merit Scholarship finalist this year.
Honor Roll Students: Cornelius Elementary's A Honor Roll students for the second quarter are: 3rd grade- Alexandra Whiteside, Benjamin Bonner and Abigail Misch; 4th grade - Cameron Helein, Cameron King, Zachery Regan, Alec Wells, Kasey Boyd, Mitchell Davis, Blake Peeler and Sydney Vance; 5th grade - Clover Kottyan, Riley O'Donnell, Grace Webster, Riley O'Donnell, Grace Webster, Jenna Carlet, Samantha Dietrich, Kayla Emerson, Jack Engel, Sara Fulkerson, Nereida Garza Ramos, Ciera Gillespie, Haruna Kaneko, Isabella Patteson, LiviaPopa, Madeleine Franco and Mallory Vance.
Student Wins Scholarship in Art Contest: Hopewell 12th-grader Tyler Renfroe won the $1,000 Mendez Scholarship in the New Courage Student Exhibit and Art Competition held at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. Renfroe's winning piece was an encaustic collage entitled "In the Trenches." His art teacher is Erin Carter. The New Courage contest and exhibit were the culmination of a yearlong collaborative project between Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, McColl Center for Visual Art and UNC Charlotte, which explored landmark public school desegregation cases in the U.S. The exhibit included more than 40 works by students from 12 local schools. Media included visual art, sculpture, poetry, photography, dance, theater and digital storytelling. Renfroe accepted his award at the exhibit opening and awards ceremony on Dec. 10.
Book Fair: 7:15 a.m.-3:15 a.m. Feb. 23-29 at the school located at 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. The theme is "Book Fair Luau- It's a Reading Celebration!" and the sale is open to the public.
Long Creek Elementary
Caring Coins: Pupils raised more than $800 to support the American Red Cross through the school's annual Caring Coins project. Students in grades prekindergarten through 5th grade brought coins from home to contribute and as a reward were able to participate in a "Personality Day" with no school uniforms. This is the second year the school has sponsored the project. Last year's Caring Coins raised $500.
North Mecklenburg High
Debate and Speech Team: North Mecklenburg High School's Debate and Speech Team finished sixth overall in a tournament held recently at South Side High School in Greenville, S.C. The team competed against 26 schools and almost 600 competitors from North and South Carolina. Colleen Watson, junior, placed first in Impromptu Speaking and seventh in Original Oratory. James Williams, junior, took fourth place in both Humorous and Oral Interpretation. Elizabeth Kingaby, freshman, took fourth in Declamation and eighth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Brooke Carter and Lauren Calucag, both seniors, placed sixth in Extemporaneous Duet Acting. Calucag also placed eighth in Oral Interpretation. James Haberberger, freshman, placed third in Novice Student Congress. The team will compete at a tournament Feb. 25 in at Chase High School in Forest City before attempting to qualify for the national championships during two qualifying tournaments in March.
St. Mark Catholic School
Black History Month Exhibit: St. Mark Catholic School in Huntersville is honoring Black History Month this month with school-wide awareness project that features the achievements of more than 100 influential African Americans. Each teacher in the school chose a famous black American to feature on their classroom door or entry way. Teachers, students and parents worked to create displays that include posters, collages, murals and paper quilts. Each display includes at least five facts about the featured person. This week (Feb. 21-24), students are participating in a scavenger hunt in the school's hallways to find facts contained in the displays. Teachers Deborah Ludde and Linda Dunn created the project.