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Piedmont Middle won the 2015 Science Olympiad State Championship.
Piedmont Middle won the 2015 Science Olympiad State Championship. CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS


Piedmont Middle: The school won the 2015 Science Olympiad State Championship.

The team took 15 first place finishes, four seconds and one third out of 23 events and has won the CPCC Invitational, Georgia Invitational and Solon, Ohio Invitational.

Eric Fatzinger is the team coordinator.

Huntersville Elementary: The school recently opened a new multiuse community nature trail on campus. Teachers Mike Salvatore and Crissy Payne initiated the project several years ago. After planning, with input from the community and receiving the necessary authorizations, school and local volunteers worked after hours and on weekends to build and cut the trail.

N.C. Junior Classical League State Convention: At April’s N.C. Junior Clasical League State Convention, the following schools and individuals earned awards:

▪ Large High School: Charlotte Latin, first; Providence High, third.

▪ Medium High School: Covenant Day, second.

▪ Small High School: Master’s Academy, first; Queen’s Grant High, third.

▪ Middle School: Master’s Academy, third; Charlotte Christian, fourth; Covenant Day, fifth.

The overall winner was Master’s Academy Middle School.

On an individual level:

▪ Adithya Suresh (Charlotte Latin) won a Calliope Award.

▪ Master’s Academy students Abby Levinson and Susanna Schoeck won Apollo Awards.

▪ Trey Donatahan (Charlotte Christian) won a Mercury Award.

The Middle School Certamen Champions first place award went to the Master’s Academy team of Caris Gross, Aislinn Niimi, Susanna Schoeck and Elle Trejo.

Washington and Lee University: Kelsey Jervis of Charlotte has been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. The honor is awarded to students in the top 20 percent of the class at the end of their first term.

Long Creek Elementary: Students and staff hosted an International Week in late April. After opening ceremonies with a West African drumming performance, classrooms presented information, by country, on interactive bulletin and display boards and on the morning school news during the week. The event culminated weeks of research about the different countries.


Special honor: Lori Cauthen and Katie Davis have been selected as UC Educational Office Professionals of the Year. Cauthen, director of Programs for Exceptions Children, was named the UC EOP Administrator of the Year, and Davis, a UCPS legal administrative assistant, was named UC Educational Office Professional of the Year.

Union County Early College: Students placed eighth at the William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition High School Division held May 9. The competition is sponsored by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities.

▪ The UCEC graduating class of 2015 is the largest in the school’s history.

Students attend the school for five years and of the 71 graduating seniors, 49 received an associate’s degree, 57 will continue their education at a four-year college, three will serve in the armed forces and four will enter the workforce. The class of 2015 has been offered more than $2 million in scholarships. The school’s academic program is intense, with students taking three or four honors courses per semester and almost no electives offered.

East Elementary: The school’s Relay For Life fundraiser has raised $3,500. The yearlong initiative included multiple fundraising events and a mini relay race. Proceeds will benefit cancer research.

Monroe High: Coach Johnny Sowell has been awarded the Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make A Difference Award for Region 6 by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

Sowell is head football coach, head boys’ basketball coach and head boys’ track and field coach at the school. He was selected for the Homer Thompson award for his exemplification of sportsmanship and citizenship.


Harris Road Middle: The school earned first place overall at the William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition Middle School Division held May 9. The school also won Best Choreography, Best Group Vocal and Best New Choir. Anna Ross won Best Female Solo. The competition is sponsored by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities.

JN Fries Magnet Middle, Hickory Ridge Middle At the Art Showcase State Finals Middle School Division, JN Fries placed third and Hickory Ridge placed fifth. Gabriel Horn of Hickory Ridge won individually in the Computer Generated category. The competition was held May 9 and was sponsored by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities.

JN Fries Magnet Middle: The school placed fifth at the State Middle School Forensics Tournament. The event was the first statewide middle school forensics tournament and was held May 2. More than 100 students competed for individual and team awards in speech and debate categories. The N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities sponsored the tournament.

Cannon School: Junior students recently presented biology research projects to a panel of scientists. The projects were the product of conducting research and experiments during the fourth quarter. Project topics included “Detecting Objects in Water through Triangulation” and “Mucus to My Ears.”

Concord High: Carla Black has been named 2015 NCHSAA Bob Deaton Principal of the Year.

Black has degrees from Winston Salem State University and UNC Charlotte. She is the previous recipient of the Cabarrus County Educator of the Decade award and of the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award for Region 6 and is serving a four-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

Northwest Cabarrus High: Kelly Bumgardner has been named the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools.

Bumgardner teaches English Language Arts and serves as the academically and intellectually gifted chairwoman and as the seventh grade cheerleading coach.

Concord High: Brittany Haigler’s article, “The N.C. High School Fire Academy Concept Through The Eyes of a Recruit,” has been published in the Carolina Fire Rescue Journal.

Haigler also serves as the assistant chief of administration at the academy and has been asked to be a regular contributor to the state publication which is delivered to each fire station, EMS station and rescue squad in North and South Carolina.


York Comprehensive High: Michael Gossett has been appointed head varsity boys’ basketball coach for the 2015-2016 school year. Gossett has been employed with the Rock Hill School District and has more than 20 years of experience as both an assistant and head boys’ basketball coach.

Clover High: Air Force Junior ROTC instructors have recently received national recognition by the Air Force and will receive the gold instructor badge for their achievements.

Major Brian Batson has been selected as the 2015 AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Batson is the top selection out of 1,964 instructors nationwide. SMSgt. Clarence Woodham has been named an Outstanding Instructor for 2015. In addition, the CHS AFJROTC unit has been named a Distinguished Unit for nine consecutive years.

Saluda Trail Middle: Sydney Westphal, whose science project measures the amount of copper in water, has qualified for the National Science Fair. Sydney, a seventh-grader, is the first Saluda Trail student who has qualified for the competition.

Rock Hill School District: Jill Pappas has been approved as the new Executive Director of Elementary Education. Pappas has most recently served as the principal at Independence Elementary. She moved from Colorado in 2012 where she was principal of Red Hill Elementary.

Compiled by Cindy Stern