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The Jay M. Robinson High School VEX Robotics Team won the state robotics championship for the second consecutive year.
The Jay M. Robinson High School VEX Robotics Team won the state robotics championship for the second consecutive year. CABARRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS

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Compiled by Cindy Stern


Hough High: The choir placed first in the West Regional William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition in the high school division. The choir earned an “excellent” rating for their performance and will now advance to the State Final.

Bailey Middle: The seventh- and eight-grade band earned a superior rating for the third consecutive year at the South Central District Music Performance Adjudication at Wingate University on March 11.

Band members include Anne Alexander, Alexander Arias, Kylie Blackwell, Zack Borkowski, Parker Brown, Brooke Cardwell, Martina D’Ovidio, Sabrina Dyer, Kate Fread, Drew Garrison, Alana Guerry, Alex Haas, Caitlyn Haponik, Nikolaus Heiser, Jake Highter, Morgan Hoehaver, Austin Laminack, Mason Lennon, Zach Mandel, Reece McCloskey, Jennifer McHenry, Connor Merson, Kate Modrow, Leila Nicodeme, Allyson Oates, Ty Reppe, Aydin Roberts, Alex Simma, Mallory Vance, Jalen Williams, Raine Woolever, Abby Woolley, Christopher Wunder and Ben Ziegler.

Blythe Elementary: The school has been designated an International Baccalaureate World school. Blythe is one of 13 schools in North Carolina to offer the IB program to elementary students.

The process of the IB World designation took longer than three years and involved teacher training, curriculum design and vetting and IB interviews with teachers, students, parents and support staff. The IB frameworks for instruction are used in addition to the Primary Years Programme, which focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer.

SouthLake Christian Academy: Emily Metzger has been awarded the Southwest Airlines Adopt a Pilot Tie Design Contest.

The airline’s Baltimore based pilots will wear Emily’s tie design as part of their uniform for one year. Emily was one of 5,100 students nationwide who entered the design contest.

Garinger High: Garinger students and staff recently participated in a school blood drive and collected 67 units of blood.

Lake Norman Charter School: Nikhita Vemulapalli recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Nikhita is the daughter of Srinivasa Vemulapalli and Padmaja Vemulapalli of Concord. She was sponsored by Representative Larry G. Pittman.


Harrisburg Elementary: Three students participated in the Western Braille Challenge held March 10 at Camp Dogwood in Catawba County.

Noah Davis, Central Cabarrus; Hope Bovard, JN Fries; and Jacob Chamness, Harrisburg Elementary, competed in categories including proofreading, reading charts and graphs, spelling and reading comprehension. The students will receive scores with national comparison to other Braille readers.

Harris Road Middle: The choir placed first in the West Regional William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition in the middle school division. The choir earned a “good” rating, performing a “We Got the Beat” medley. They now advance to the State Final.

Hickory Ridge Middle: Students placed second at the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament on March 7. The team will now compete at the State Final to be held March 28 in Durham.

Beverly Hills Elementary: The school was recently awarded a $1,000 grant to expand the Jogging and Walking Stars walk-at-school program.

Teacher Amber DiGiore wrote the grant proposal. The program promotes healthy lifestyles and requires grades 1-5 to walk at least a quarter mile before recess each day. The grant was awarded by Cabarrus Health Alliance as part of the Active Routes to School Initiative.

Jay M. Robinson High: The VEX Robotics Team won the state robotics championship for the second consecutive year.

The school hosted the 2015 N.C. VEX Robotics State Championship March 7 for the 35 participating programs across the state. The schools competed for five slots to advance to the VEX World Championship in April. The program promotes critical thinking, problem solving and team work skills.

Cabarrus County Schools: Superintendent Barry Shepherd has announced his retirement to the Board of Education. Shepherd has served as Superintendent since 2008. His retirement is effective April 1.


York Comprehensive High: The junior varsity and varsity Winter Guards had recent wins. The JV team earned first place in their division and the Varsity team earned second place at the March 7 competition at Blue Ridge High School.

Rock Hill High: The Business Professional Association Team placed first recently in state competition at the BPA State Leadership Conference. Team members also earned eight individual awards. Business Education teacher Lisa Tompkins is the team adviser.

Clover High: The Future Farmers of America team has earned recent awards.

▪ The Dairy Evaluation team of Sierra Mazurkiewicz, Maddy Hansen, Hannah Rhyne and Erin Ramsdale won a State Championship for the second consecutive year.

The team judged four classes of heifers and cows and presented their reasoning to event judges, in addition to completing a written test. They will compete in the National FFA Convention this fall.

▪ Tripp Bolin won the State Championship in the Dairy Handlers event. In showing a dairy cow, Tripp had to properly place the feet and legs and control the animal. He will also compete at Nationals.

▪ The Tool ID team of Lee Barnett, Hunter Robinson, Joey McGill and Bryson Gilbert placed fourth in a competition. Joey McGill earned first place in the High Individual event. The Milk Quality and Products team of Ashlyn McCoy, Camryn McCoy, Emma Hansen and Tiffany English placed ninth out of 20 teams in their first event. The agricultural team and FFA sponsor is Kelsey Anderson.

▪ History teacher Jimmy Roach spent a week in Honduras on service related missions. As sponsor and on behalf of the Clover High School Interact Club, Roach delivered school supplies to impoverished rural schools. Roach is also a local Rotary Club member and was involved in the proposal and construction of clean water projects during his visit.

▪ On March 4 the Academic Quiz Team finished second in regular season competition.

At the Olde English Consortium Academic Challenge Regional Tournament on March 9, the team finished second. The team is coached by faculty members Leann Mellon and Ramie Macioce.


Union County Early College: The choir placed second at the West Regional William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition in the high school division. The choir will now compete at the state finals.

Weddington High: Chorus students Libby Gutt and Keegan Wells participated in the National Honors Chorus Feb. 19-23. They performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of Eph Ehly. The students were among 500 selected earlier through audition from 10,000 applicants from the U.S. and other countries.

Piedmont High: Brett Underwood is the North Carolina 3A State Wrestling Champion.

Brett won the title at the Feb. 27-28 tournament in Greensboro. Thomas Fitz finished third at the championship. In addition, Austin Purser and Tyler Scott qualified for the tournament. Jamie Belk is the wrestling coach.

Souper Bowl of Caring: The school community raised $25,253 for the Souper Bowl of Caring.

Proceeds will benefit the Union County Community Shelter. According to Community Support Manager Jenn Alexander contributions to date from all sources are $40,000. Weddington High was the top giver at $3,491. Last year, Union County Public Schools accounted for approximately $5,000 out of a total of $17,000 raised.

Porter Ridge Middle: The school celebrated Black History Month in February and its 10th year as part of Union County Public Schools. In celebrating Black History, the school highlighted multicultural aspects in presentations of cheerleading routines, songs, choral performances and the performance of the Negro National Anthem by the school’s sign language class. The Oneaka Dance Company from Charlotte also performed traditional African dancing.

Art on display: Currently, the student artwork from each district school is on display in Central Services as part of the 2015 Superintendent’s Student Art Showcase. Superintendent Mary Ellis established the event to meet and recognize the work of young artists. Two pieces of artwork from each school were selected for the exhibition by the art teachers.