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Todd Hartsell, Central Cabarrus High School masonry teacher, has been appointed Masonry Expert for the U.S. WorldSkills Team by the National SkillsUSA Headquarters.
Todd Hartsell, Central Cabarrus High School masonry teacher, has been appointed Masonry Expert for the U.S. WorldSkills Team by the National SkillsUSA Headquarters. CENTRAL CABARRUS HIGH SCHOOL

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Governor Morehead School for the Blind: Essence Garlington, Cassidy Hooper and Michelle Miller, Charlotte residents, represented their school at the Eastern Athletic Association of the Blind Cheerleading Tournament on January 31. The Tournament mirrored regular middle and high school athletic events with respect to rules, events and recognitions. The GMS team earned third place and Essence Garlington placed fourth in outstanding cheer. The Governor Morehead School is a PreK-Grade 12 residential school in Raleigh.

Rocky River High: Five students signed to play college football on National Signing Day: Jaire Alexander, University of Louisville; Elijah Jett, University of Charleston; Tyrian Joye, St. Augustine; Naill Ramadan, North Carolina Central and Darin Washington, Fayetteville State. The football coach is Jason Fowler.

Torrence Creek Elementary: Kindergartners celebrated One Hundred Days of Learning Feb. 4. In addition to creating projects with 100 items, the students in Karin Anderson’s, Elizabeth Brown’s, Wanda Butler’s and Amy Dawson’s classes collected over 100 canned goods per class in an effort to visualize the number100. Over 500 cans were donated to the local soup kitchen, Angels and Sparrows.

Torrence Creek Elementary, Grand Oak Elementary: Registration for the third annualUnity 5k and Fun Run on March 28 is now open. All proceeds will be given to the exceptional children’s department to use for educational supplies. Registration and details: http://www.queencitytiming.com/search/event.aspx?id=30973

Grand Oak Elementary: Ben Lewis, third grade, has been elected GOE Teacher of the Year. Mari Kirchner was elected GOE Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Huntersville Elementary: Aeris Drost’s logo has won the Run Too Overcome Logo Contest for the school and is now in the finalist round. Run Too Overcome was formed to increase awareness of the needs of exceptional children. Through fundraising activities, the group provides special needs teachers with instructional equipment and supplies.

Lake Norman Christian School: The middle school boys basketball team posted a record of 10-0 in the Western Piedmont Athletic Association regular season. Brad Herbert is the team coach. The school has five basketball teams ranging from grades 3-12.

Cabarrus

Presidential Scholar candidates: Area residents have been selected as candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.

The are: Kormal Charania, Micah Halter, and Seth Teague, students at The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics and Adam Ritchie, student at Hickory Ridge High. The Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership traits and community and school involvement. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. www.ed.gov/psp.

Communities In Schools: Communities In Schools of Cabarrus County has achieved National Accreditation through demonstrating compliance with all CIS Total Quality System standards. CIS developed the TQS to establish guidelines for uniform quality in all CIS affiliates. The standards define expectations for nonprofit business practices. CIS-Cabarrus County is one of the first to receive the accreditation among the nearly 200 local affiliates that comprise its network.

Covenant Classical: Ian Prince has been awarded the Valedictorian Scholarship for Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. The four-year, full-ride scholarship, awarded to 10 applicants yearly, is valued at over $85,000. Ian is the valedictorian and has participated in cross-country, basketball, flag football and golf at the school.

Central Cabarrus High: Todd Hartsell, Masonry teacher, has been appointed Masonry Expert for the U.S. WorldSkills Team by the National SkillsUSA Headquarters.

Hartsell will train the SkillsUSA Masonry Representative for the weeklong 2015 WorldSkills competition in August in Brazil. The vocational and skills event is held every two years. The competitors are under 23 years of age, trained and advised by the selected trade specific expert and will be required to execute specific tasks. The event also provides industry, government and education leaders from the participating countries the opportunity to exchange information and best practices in their respective fields.

JM Robinson High: The school will host the N.C. VEX Robotics State Championship March 7.

High school and middle school robotics teams from North Carolina will compete for the state title and for one of five qualification spots for the VEX World Championships in April. The competition tests critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills.

Hickory Ridge Middle: Elizabeth Snyder has been named the new principal. Her appointment was approved at the Feb. 9 Board of Education meeting. Snyder is currently an elementary school principal with Thomasville City Schools and holds degrees from UNC-Charlotte and Gardner-Webb. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at UNC-Charlotte.

York

Rawlinson Road, Saluda Trail, Dutchman Creek Middle Schools: The following middle school students were winners in this year’s Martin Luther King Essay Contest: Elizabeth Watts, Dutchman Creek; Kayleigh Beeks, Rawlinson Road and Hannah Berberich, Saluda Trail.

Northwestern High: Brogan Gaskill, a junior, is one of nine finalists in Comporium’s “This School’s Got Talent” statewide search contest. The winner will perform at the televised S.C. Teacher of the Year Celebration April 22.

All Districts: Forty-one teacher $250 grants and $500 collaborative grants were awarded to district teachers from Family Trust Credit Union.

The recipients are:

▪ York District: Stormy Clark, Robin Clinton, Jackie Danko, Tanya Duncan, Jessica Elliott, Donna Fields, Terry B. Foster, Lyndsey Goolsby, Sue Hilton, Rebekah Hullender, Felicia Mackins, Margaret McFadden, Tierney Norris, Lesley Reel, Tracy Warren, Andrew Dean, Joey Moore, Anne Royal Witte, Laura Wright and Ashley Yon.

▪ Fort Mill District: Dorothy Myers, Erin Owens and Stacey Rothaupt.

▪ Rock Hill District: Martha Compton; Kizzie Kirkpatrick; James Matthews; Alexis Moore and Choelia Smith Ray ($500); Kelli Passmore and Emily Estridge ($500) and Martha Compton, Tanya Tucker, and Chana Sanders ($500).

▪ Clover District: Natalie Adams; Alisha Bowen; Ashley Brown; Rebecca Crute; Monica Roveri and Tammi Carter ($500); Kay Wessinger and Joni Lavesque ($500); Erica R. Shannon and Kay Wessinger.

Clover High: Five athletes have committed to play college athletics. The following students signed a letter of intent on National Signing Day Feb. 4: Stanley Durkin, baseball, Florence-Darlington Technical College; James “Mitch” Griffith, lacrosse, Wesley College; Rivington Lambert, lacrosse, Lynchburg College; Robert Schreiner, soccer, Francis Marion College; and Anna-Victoria Thiessen, lacrosse, North Greenville University.

▪ Caitlin Howard and Stephanie Schenck, Spanish teachers, won an award for Top 10 Presenters at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Conference Feb. 7. The two teachers were recognized for their workshop about efficient technology lessons.

Union

Presidential Scholar candidates: Area residents have been selected as candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.

They are: Clarissa Holley, Weddington High; Timothy Meade, Weddington High; and Natalie Huggman, Marvin Ridge High. The scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership traits and community and school involvement. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. www.ed.gov/psp

Rock Rest Elementary: The school has received the 2015 N.C. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Lighthouse School Award. The school was chosen statewide for innovative programs and practices that achieve results and will receive $1,000 and three teacher memberships to the NCASCD.

Union County Public Schools: The communications office won five awards from the N.C. School of Public Relations Association Jan. 30.

Union County was recognized for Excellence in Writing for the article, “Dream of New Library Becomes a Reality,” and for Excellence in Photography for four photographs, “First Day of School Jitters,” “Goofing for the Camera,” “I see you! Put that back!” and “Proud Graduate of the Class of 2014.”

Entries were judged by the Georgia School Public Relations Association and Georgia newspaper journalists. The UCPS Communications Office includes Tahira Stalberte, Deb Coates Bledsoe, Arthur Rogers and Jon Van de Reit.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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