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Compiled by Cindy Stern
Alexander Graham Middle
Award redesignation: The school has been awarded a School to Watch designation for the ninth consecutive year by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The honor is a result of the school’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in middle grades. AGM is one of a few middle schools across the U.S. to hold the designation for three or more years.
Drama awards: The ACT 2 middle school competition drama team won seven group and individual awards at the 2015 N.C. Theater Conference Middle School Play Festival held March 21 at the McGlohon Theatre in Charlotte.
The entire drama team earned a Superior Rating for their production of “The Fabulous Fable Factory” and won the top award for Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting, awarded to one school at each competition. Additional group and individual honors were awarded to:
▪ Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Excellence in Female Acting;
▪ Tyler Kellogg, Excellence in Male Acting;
▪ Alyssa Verruto, Excellence in Student Design & Production;
▪ Conrad Bear, Excellence in Directing and the Entire CCS Cast - Excellence in Set & Costume Design.
Conrad Bear, middle school music and theater teacher, is the ACT 2 drama team director.
Quiz Bowl: Providence High School won a third place medal at the State Quiz Bowl Tournament, high school division, held March 28. Ardrey Kell placed eighth. In the middle school division, J.M. Robinson Middle School placed seventh, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy placed eighth. All of the attending teams had previously qualified at the regional tournaments on March 7. The Quiz Bowl is sponsored by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities to promote innovation, participation and excellence.
Open house: The Sabre Showcase will be 6-8 p.m. April 23 for all rising freshmen and students new to the school. The event is drop-in. Parents and students will be able to tour the campus, meet teachers and student reps and learn about extra-curricular activities. Parking in main lots near front office or bus lot for overflow parking.
Math awards: The Math 3 team placed fourth and the Math Team 2 placed ninth at the Level 2 and 3 N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics State High School Mathematics Contest at Lenoir-Rhyne University in March.
The contest is designed to foster competition between regional schools and showcase mathematical talents of local students. The participating students were Emoni Harley, Sydney Hines, Louis Bouchard, Stephen Perle, Seth Williams, Ethan Desilva, Benjamin Stoller, Rachel Martin, Caroline Nichols, Julia Ferrante, Sydney Chapman, Hannah Tuckman, Laura Houpt, and Sinclair Larson.
Spelling bee: Eva Varga placed eighth at the Association of Christian Schools International Regional Spelling Bee held in Atlanta.
Eva competed against 89 spellers from five states.
Hunger program: K-8 students recently participated with Stop Hunger Now to package 25,000 meals. Stop Hunger Now provides meal-packing support to organizations as part of its global food distribution program for people in need.
N.C. Senate Page: The N.C. General Assembly is accepting applications for the 2015 Senate Page Program, an opportunity for students to participate in the state legislative process. For information, contact the N.C. Senate Page Office at 919-733-5702 or visit the North Carolina Senate Page Program website.
MUN honors: Chotoo Amin and Ashu Ebsa earned Honorable Mention awards at the Global Classrooms UNA-USA International Middle School Model United Nations Conference held March 26-28 in New York City.
Chotoo and Ashu, among eight members of the team attending the event, received the awards for their work on sustainable energy with the U.N. Development Program. The team represented the country of Singapore at the conference, at which 1,600 middle school students took part in a simulation of the United Nations.
Other team members participating and their respective issues were Justine Cronk and Molly Young (Internet freedom of speech), Brigette Nauck and Gabriella Carlino (childhood immunizations) and Nikhil Mandal and Deven Sawyer (mobile technology for health.)