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Why are those Providence Day students traveling?

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Providence Day School

Global Education Experience: Students took a 21-day trip to Southeast Asia, visiting Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, which has long been closed off to the rest of the world.

The four Upper School students and three chaperons are taking part in the June 3-24 Journey Through Southeast Asia”trip, sponsored by the school’s Global Education office. It is one of five summer trips to overseas countries.

The Southeast Asia trip will provide students opportunities to learn more about the cultures, peoples, religions and histories of the three countries.

Some highlights of the trip include visits to Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar; the Shwedagon Pagoa, a 325-foot tall gilded stupa in Yangon, Myanmar; Inle Lake, a freshwater lake that is Myanmar’s first designated place of World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the Cambodian Killing Fields, where more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rogue regime in the 1970s; Erawan National Park in Thailand, and the Hellfire Pass in Thailand, a railway built with forced labor during World War II.

Photos and reflections are currently being shared via Twitter with the hashtag #PDSSEAsia and on the trip blog at

Ardrey Kell High

Duke University Scholar Program: Gabriel Goldhagen, a senior at Ardrey Kell High School, was chosen as one of the eight students awarded the Duke University Scholar Program scholarship, endowed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gabriel is the only student from North Carolina chosen to receive this scholarship. Five of the eight are from the U.S., three are international students.

Gabriel is the son of Kirsten and David Goldhagen. He plans a concentration of study at Duke with a double major in biomedical engineering and public policy, and a minor in astro physics.

The academic merit scholarship covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for eight semesters at Duke. The full value of each scholarship is estimated to be more than $260,000 over four years.

Charlotte Country Day School

Euro Challenge Team: Students from Country Day demonstrated their financial literacy and global awareness at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as they competed in the semi-final round of this year’s Euro Challenge competition. Country Day was one of only 25 high schools from across the country to compete in the semi-finals.

The Euro Challenge introduces students to the European Union and the global economy. Teams create presentations that explore real world economic problems and allow students the opportunity to step into the shoes of international policy makers by crafting recommendations and solutions.

“It was very impressive to watch today’s competition to see how engaged and literate on economic and financial matters these students are as they confidently presented truly creative solutions for some of our most urgent economic challenges,” said Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States as he attended the award ceremony. “The Euro Challenge has been a fantastic learning experience for thousands of American students as they go beyond the headlines of economic news to fully understand key economic concepts and the complex realities faced by policymakers. It also helps them to have a better understanding of how deeply Europe and America are connected.”

National Merit scholarships

10 area students win: Five students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools class of 2017 and five others in private schools or home-schooled have won National Merit scholarships in the third round of announcements. The scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 annually and are awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Winners are chosen from more than 15,000 finalists nationwide.

The winners are those with the strongest accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous post-secondary study. Funding for the scholarships comes from either the National Merit Scholarship Corp. or its corporate foundation partners. Students may use the awards at any regionally accredited American college or university.

The competition began in October 2015, when more than 1.6 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In the fall of 2016, the highest-scoring participants in each state were chosen as semifinalists and continued in the competition. Another round of winners will be announced in July; in all, about 7,500 students will earn more than $32 million in college scholarships in 2017.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Ardrey Kell and Providence High had two winners each in the third round and Independence had one.

The Ardrey Kell winners were Alexandra Ifkovitz and Daniel Petronis. Alexandra plans to attend Michigan State and study aerospace engineering. Daniel will attend Northwestern University and plans to study economics.

The Providence High winners were Bryson Getz and Alyssa Gutierrez. Bryson plans to study business at the University of South Carolina. Alyssa will attend the University of Alabama, where she plans to study microbiology and immunology.

Timothy O’Brien-Pifer of Mint Hill was the winner from Independence High. He will attend the University of Central Florida and has not decided on a course of study.

Providence Day winners are Matthew T. Bowling of Charlotte 28270 and Caroline G. Kurani of Charlotte 28210. Bowling plans to study broadcast journalism at University of Oklahoma. Kurani will attend Vanderbilt University to study psychology.

Winner Mary K. Yukich of Davidson was home-schooled and plans to study education at Harding University.

South Iredell High School winners are Cristina E. Bonnin of Mooresville 28117 and Kate L. Huffman of Statesville. Bonnin will study biochemistry at Furman University. Huffman plans to study physics at University of Alabama.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. previously announced winners April 19 and May 10. The final announcement of winners will be made July 17.

Providence Day School

Upper School students and faculty honored: 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