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The Jay M Robinson Middle School Choir earned a Superior rating at the Charlotte Area Regional of the William Peace University NC Show Choir Competition.
The Jay M Robinson Middle School Choir earned a Superior rating at the Charlotte Area Regional of the William Peace University NC Show Choir Competition. JAY M ROBINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Compiled by Cindy Stern

East Mecklenburg

House Page: Keiara Newsome recently served as a Page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Keiara is the daughter of Kevin Newsome and Buffy Dunnaville and was sponsored by Representative Kelly M. Alexander, Jr.

South Mecklenburg

Gymnastic competition: Anna Glenn placed second at the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup. Anna missed placing first .025 point. The NL Cup was created to provide a competitive opportunity for top U.S. Junior Olympic gymnasts. The event was held earlier in March in Arlington, Tex. Anna will graduate in 2016. Her favorite subjects are math and science.

Odyssey of the Mind award: The school’s Odyssey of the Mind team won first place at the regional competition for Problem 3, Pandora’s Box, Division III.

A team of students from both South Mecklenburg and Myers Park won second place for Problem 3, Pandora’s Box, Division III. Both teams will now advance to the state competition to be held at Appalachian State. Another South Mecklenburg team competed in Problem 4, Lose Your Marbles, Division III and won 3rd place.

Reflections winners: Helen McGinnis earned first place in Photography in the PTA Reflections State Contest. Helen’s work will advance to the national competition. Darby Adams earned second place in Dance for her choreography of a dance. The contest is a national arts recognition program.

Alumni database: The school would like to include graduates in an alumni database. Send name, address, phone, email and year graduated. The alumni group is also in need of Alumni volunteers – an attorney experienced with nonprofit set up and two volunteers to assist with software search for the SM Alumni donor base. Contact: Jane Williamson,

Jay M Robinson Middle

Choir award: The choir was designated the top middle school at the Charlotte Area Regional of the William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition held March 13. The choir earned a superior rating and performed a medley from Seussical the Musical and will advance to the State Final in May.

Myers Park

Science win: The Science Olympiad Team won third place in the North Carolina Science Olympiad Regional Tournament and will now compete at the state tournament in late April.

The following students won medals at the tournament: Wesley Hayes and Charlie Phillips, first place: Kartheek Batchu and Jack Bryant, first place; Brandon Pieroni, Sahil Patel, Saigopala Reddy, Charlie Phillips, Ariana Antezana, Apurva Chapode, Madison Fisher, Chris Ly, Kenton Crane, Madison Fisher, Kartheek Batchu and Saigo Reddy.

JROTC win: The JROTC drill team recently earned overall second place in the East Rowan Invitational Drill Meet. The team scored 4 top 3 finishings in 6 categories.

Ardrey Kell

Theatre award: The drama team recently performed “Our Place” at the Southeastern Theatre Conference High School Theatre Festival and won awards.

Will Strickland, Mary Grace McKusick and Kayla Rutledge won All-Star Cast acting awards. Theatre teacher Terry Gabbard received the Best New Play award for his original script. In addition, Gabbard has received interest in the script from multiple publishers. Twenty schools from 10 states competed at the festival in Chattanooga, Tenn, earlier in March.

Musical production: The Fine Arts Department will perform “42nd Street” March 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., and March 28 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the school auditorium. Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 with student ID at