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Compiled by Gina Smith

Mooresville Graded School District

Above and Beyond: The Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education awarded bus driver and Central Office custodian Angel Tomlin the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award at the Sept. 9 board meeting for her constant willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in her work. Todd Black, director of operations, nominated Tomlin for the honor. Tomlin volunteered to work during the summer cleaning and finishing gym floors and has filled in for sick custodians. Previously a substitute bus driver, Tomlin now has a full-time bus route.

Lake Norman Elementary

Curriculum Nights: Curriculum Nights continue this month to explain academic expectations for the school year. Remaining events are scheduled as follows: fifth grade, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 24; fourth grade, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 29; second grade, 5-6 p.m. Sept. 30; third grade, 6-7 p.m. Sept. 30

Lakeshore Elementary

New Spirit Rock: Lakeshore Elementary now has a Spirit Rock at the entrance to the school. Parents and family members may rent space on the rock on a per-day basis to paint birthday greetings and messages of congratulations and good wishes. Cost is $10 per day for either the road-facing side or the school-facing side. There is a processing fee of $1.49 per day. Rental of consecutive days is not permitted. All money raised from the use of the Spirit Rock will support the Lakeshore Elementary Student Council. Details and reservations: www.myspiritrock.com/LakeshoreElementary.

Automotive Technology Center

School of the Year: WIX Filters, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Tomorrow’s Tech recently announced that the Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center in Troutman is among 20 schools chosen from 150 entries in the United States as finalists in their 2014 Technical Schools of the Year competition. The top 20 schools were asked to submit a video highlighting their tech programs. Judges will review the video entries and select four finalists, and a winner will be announced Nov. 3.

Lake Norman High

National Merit Scholarship semifinalist: The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently named Christopher LaMack of Lake Norman High as one of 16,000 U.S. high school students to become semifinalists in its annual scholarship program for 2015. The group will move on to compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. To become finalists, the semifinalists and their schools must submit applications detailing the student’s academic record, school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. Scholarship winners will be announced in spring and summer months.

Colleges

Academic scholarships: Autobell Car Wash Inc., based in Charlotte, recently awarded 132 employees in four states its 2014 academic scholarships toward the college or university of their choice. Local recipients are Jonathan DiBernard, Mooresville, Mitchell Community College; David Alexander Henry, Mooresville, Catawba College; William Humphrey, Mooresville, Appalachian State University.

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