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The Charlotte Latin School speech and debate team earned second overall at the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament. Seven members qualified to compete in the NSDA National Tournament.
The Charlotte Latin School speech and debate team earned second overall at the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament. Seven members qualified to compete in the NSDA National Tournament. CHARLOTTE LATIN SCHOOL

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Sharon Elementary and Pinewood Elementary

Custodian finalists: Barbara Watson (PES) and Bobby Miller (SES) have been named finalists in a nationwide Janitor of the Year Cintas Corporation sponsored contest.

Watson and Miller are two of 10 finalists competing for a $2,500 cash prize and $2,500 in Cintas products/services for their schools. Watson has been with CMS since 2009. Miller joined CMS in 2001 and is Head Custodian at SES. The public may vote online to select the winner of the Cintas Janitor of the Year award through May 1, 2015 at

Charlotte Latin

State awards: The forensics team recently received awards in the Tarheel Forensic League State Championship Tournament.

The team of Andrew Calton and Mac Craig won the state championship in Novice Public Forum debate. Riley Davis and Michele Tian reached the top 16 in the elimination round competition of the debate.

In the Lincoln-Douglas debate, Raymon Wang advanced to the top 16. James McLelland reached the final round of Novice Congressional debate, in addition to being recognized as best presiding officer.

Two Duo Interpretation teams placed in the final round of speech competition, with Anthony Bilas and David Herrmann placing fourth and Caleb Jordan and Parker Julian placing sixth. David Herrmann also placed sixth in Dramatic Interpretation. The team was led by Director of Theater Arts Matt Cosper and Upper School physics teacher Alex Frohlich.

District awards: At the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament, the speech and debate team earned second place overall.

Seven members qualified to compete in the NSDA National Tournament: Anthony Bilas and David Herrmann, Duo Interpretation; Dillon Lee and Matthew McCall, Policy Debate; James McLelland and Raymon Wang, Policy Debate; and Nick Verderame, Congressional Debate (Senate).

The team was coached by Director of Forensics Jonathan Peele and Upper School physics teacher and forensics assistant coach Alex Frohlich.

Art/Writing awards: Upper School students received nine national medals in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

They are:

▪ Gold Medal: Jack Wrigley, humor, “2014”; Jack Wrigley, poetry, “Huygens.”

▪ Silver Medal: Olivia Barron, photography, “Elephant”; Paige Davis, personal essay, “Maybe Not Just a Goat”; Olivia Fox, fashion design, “Little Tin Dress”; Anna McAlister, printmaking, “Soar”; Anna McAlister, art portfolio, “Tattoo Series”; Lauren McDowell, photography, “Globe” and Lauren McDowell, photography, “Quiet.”

The students are invited to attend the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. The awards were announced on March 16 by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers which administers the competition.

South Mecklenburg

Percussion award: The percussion group won first place in their class at the Ardrey Kell Carolina Winter Ensemble Association competition in March. The members include: Johann Atilano, Louis Bouchard, Harrison Cameron, Joseph Cameron, John Clare, Luke Davis, Samantha Dukes, Rebecca Eshleman, Gia Figallo, CeCe Garner, Ken Gerrish, Sandy Ghannam, Zachary Groce, Hank Hester, Miles Johnson, Jake Kendall, Nathaniel King, Paul Lowder, Bryce Mauldin, Adrian Meyer, Glenn Navarro, Zack Nelli, Alex Olinger, Max Pitney, Matias Sanchez, Brandon Sanders, Cody Smith, Kristen St. John, Eric Vega-Diaz, Meghan Webster, Lauren White and Rob Young.

HOSA project: On March 8, HOSA students piloted lesson plans they had developed to a special needs class at Alexander Graham Middle School.

HOSA students Hope Strickland, Tiffany Lineberger and Emilee Vue earlier this year created the lesson plan for oral health in partnership with the American Tooth Fairy Foundation. The South Meck students worked with dentists and organizations with knowledge of special needs children to determine the appropriate content. The lesson plans will be distributed nationally this year.

Science awards: The following students placed in events at the UNC-Charlotte Science Olympiad Regional Competition: Erin Patterson, second place, air trajectory; Tristan Williams, second place, air trajectory; Nina Grant, sixth place, astronomy; Kali Pietras, sixth place, astronomy; Nick Lowell, seventh place, Green Generation and first place, Crave the wave; Rick Kim, seventh place, Green Generation and first place, Crave the wave; Maegan Addison, third place, write it, do it; and Nishi Patel, third place, write it, do it. In addition, Carrie Sanford, John Cordova, Sarah Barnett and Cristen Barnes competed at the event.

Myers Park

Debate awards: The Speech and Debate Team finished sixth overall, sixth in debate and seventh in Speech in the Tarheel Forensic League State Speech and Debate Championship.

In addition, the following students placed: Mitchell Koch (State Champion, Original Oratory); Hasmik Telfeyan and Mia Aassar (Semifinalists, Varsity Public Forum Debate), Roy Kasher and Rohith Murali (Quarterfinalists, Varsity Public Forum Debate), Maggie McCarthy and Everette Oxrider (Quaterfinalists, Novice Public Forum Debate), Matthew Griffin (third place, Novice Congressional Debate), Sid Bhaskara (sixth place, Varsity Congressional Debate), Sebastian Roberts (fifth place, Humorous Interpretation), Bo Carlson (finalist, Varsity Congressional Debate), Zoe Zink (semifinalist, Original Oratory), Shom Tiwari (quaterfinalist, Impromptu Speaking) and Rachel Ionatti (sixth Place, Radio Speaking).

Bob Wieckowski is the team coach and was elected to an additional term to the Tarheel Forensic League State Executive Committee.

Ardrey Kell

Expo event: The school will host a College, Career and Wellness Expo on April 23, 5:30-8 p.m.

The event is free and open to any high school student, parents and adults. College related topics and trade and professional career information will be discussed. Health and wellness representatives also will attend. The school is at 10220 Ardrey Kell Road. Email: for wellness questions for career/college questions. 980-343-0860.

Anami Montessori

Open house: The school will hold open house events April 14 and April 28 at 9:30 a.m. RSVP at 704-56-0042.