South Charlotte

Ardrey Kell jazz band performs June 3 at Countdown to Summer

Staff report

Three Charlotte Christian School student-athletes signed national letters of intent at the NCAA signing day ceremony held May 17. From left, Connor Armistead, golf, UNC Charlotte; Jaiden Mason Volleyball – Willamette University; Rob Peterson, basketball, Hargrave Military Academy; and Nick Suarez, baseball, Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Three Charlotte Christian School student-athletes signed national letters of intent at the NCAA signing day ceremony held May 17. From left, Connor Armistead, golf, UNC Charlotte; Jaiden Mason Volleyball – Willamette University; Rob Peterson, basketball, Hargrave Military Academy; and Nick Suarez, baseball, Lenoir-Rhyne University. Charlotte Christian School


Living Saviour Lutheran Church invites everyone to second annual party celebrating summer on June 3. Stop by for free hot dogs, hamburgers and snow cones and listen to the Ardrey Kell High School Jazz Band serenade summer on the outdoor patio.

The award-winning band, directed by Ardrey Kell Music Director Patrick Butler, will provide one of the highlights of Countdown to Summer 2, a party the church started in 2016 for the residents in its neighborhood and for anyone else who wants to celebrate the last week of classes for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The fun lasts 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 6817 Carmel Road, just north of Johnston Road. In addition to the young Ardrey Kell musicians, church members and neighbors will hear from a quartet of local band directors and music teachers, led by Barb Tobin, retired music director at South Mecklenburg High School.

There will be a bounce house, games, crafts and other activities. Outside the church, young and older can try their hand at Air Zoom archery, target shooting with water guns, ring toss and ladder golf. You can also enjoy a snow cone, while you watch a local Sheltie named Alexander perform tricks and see tour a Charlotte-Mecklenburg fire engine and police car.

Inside, get your face painted and your hair colored and then take a picture at the photo booth. Find information at Living Saviour’s Facebook page or the church website, Or call the church 704-542-3626.


STEM competition: Three Charlotte Prep seventh-graders worked for five months to educate their peers on the dangers of skin cancer and along the way advanced to the national competition for eCYBERMISSION, an initiative of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Sophia Vona, Sylvia Vitner and Tanvi Prakash each won a $5,000 savings bond in addition to earning their spot in the national finals, to be held June 25-30 in Leesburg, Va.

The U.S. Army’s eCYBERMISSION is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative that challenges students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. The three Charlotte Prep students earned top honors in state and regional competitions for their work gathering, analyzing and submitting data on damage to the skin caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

“For months, these girls met in my room during breaks, recess and after-school hours,” said middle school science teacher Kathy Zuck. “They created a black-light box that allowed participants to see the skin damage that has already occurred, which prompted other Charlotte Prep students to start wearing more sunscreen.”

While at the national finals, Sophia, Sylvia and Tanvi will participate in STEM challenge workshops led by scientists and engineers, attend a National Inventors Hall of Fame workshop, tour the U.S. Capitol and meet with congressional representatives. Their week-long visit will culminate at the eCYBERMISSION National Judging Day Awards Luncheon, where they will learn if they are the national winners.

2017 graduation: Parents and teachers will honor the class of 2017 at a graduation ceremony on June 7. Michelle Charles, an alumna of the school’s class of 2013 who will herself graduate from Charlotte Latin School on May 26, will give the commencement address.


NCAA signing day: Three senior student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play at the collegiate level, making a total of 15 seniors who have signed NCAA letters of intent, and one additional senior committed to play post-graduate athletics.

Connor Armistead signed to play golf at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Jaiden Mason signed to play volleyball at Willamette University, and Nick Suarez signed to play baseball at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Senior Rob Peterson also committed to play post-graduate basketball at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.


SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL: With its strong finish at the NCASA High School Quiz Bowl State Championship, the quiz bowl team proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage

On May 26, the team participated in National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship Tournament, a national competition testing their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the social sciences, current events, and more areas of study:

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students.

Providence Senior High School will send two teams to the 2017 HSNCT. The A team will be captained by Matt Janson, who will be joined by Joey Chong, Mark Schachner, and Noah Tobias. The B team will be captained by Zachary Osmond, who will be joined by Vittal Bhat, Bansi Chhatrala, and Anthony Hui. The teams will be coached by Chip Schachner.

Providence Day

Closing ceremony: Upper School students and faculty were recognized with a variety of awards and honors during the Upper School closing ceremony in the Mosack Athletic Center on campus May 22.

Glyn Cowlishaw, Head of School; Eric Hedinger, Upper School Head; and other administrators, faculty and special guests presented the awards to the recipients:

Harvard Prize Book Award: 11th-grader Jake Comisar

Yale Book Award: 11th-grader Malkam Hawkins

University of Virginia Jefferson Book Award: 11th-grader Caroline Beason

Richard I. Edmundson Student Government Leadership Award: 11th-grader Grant Abrams and Jake Comisar

Providence Day Citizenship Award: 12th-grader Victoria Xu

Gail Elaine King Sophomore Writing Award: 10th-grader Joe Kerrigan

Whitten W. Scholtz IV Technology Award: 12th-grader Matthew Kahl

English Award: 12th-grader Autumn Mitchell

Performing Arts Award: 12th-grader Makayla Hancock

Frances Bailey Barclay Drama Award: 12th-grader Evan Krell

Scott Harrington Mathematics Award: 12th-grader Manley Roberts

Science Award: 12th-grader Haley Ritchie

Visual Arts Award: 12th-graders Caroline Bruns and Victoria Xu

Physical Education and Wellness Award: 12th-grader Zach Iverson and Maddie McCorkle

History Award: 12th-graders Tate Roseblatt, James Seddon and Taylor Steiner

Global Studies Award: 12th-grader David Conlin, Maya Elliott and Adonna Eziri

Kristen Duren Award in World Language: 12th-grader Taylor Gerlach

Freshman Award: 9th-grader Kaila Dawkins

Sophomore Award: 10th-grader Molly Young

Baird Award: 12th-grader Grant Buchmiller

Innovative Team Award: Grant Abrams

Charlotte Chinese Academy Award: Grant Abrams

Upper School Teacher of the Year: Math teacher Courtney Inscoe

Blackwell Award for Science and Math: Science teacher Russell White