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Compiled by Cindy Stern
eCybermission award: Charger Nation, the seventh-grade eCybermission team, has been named a national finalist for the South East Region in the 2014-2015 eCybermission tournament.
Team members Nandita Balaji, Shreyas Bhasin, Kevin Kaspar and Zoe Sherman designed a brace for dogs with hip dysplasia. Using 3-D printed components the brace would allow dogs to be comfortable while still being mobile.
Also, at the state finals, Watts the Charger team won first place and teams Charger Airways and Charger Sense both took second place. The teams are advised by middle school science teacher Barbara Morrow.
Scholarship award: Joshua Peck has been awarded the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar Scholarship by the Colonia Dames of America in the State of North Carolina. Joshua will spend a week in Washington attending events and meeting Congressional members. He received the honor based on an essay discussing the relevance of America’s colonial ideas and values.
Jazz award: The South Meck Jazz Ensemble recently received a second consecutive Superior Rating at the recent Western Regional Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble performed with the Western Carolina University’s Electronic Soul group at the event.
Athletic award: Charlotte Catholic High School is the 4A Western Conference recipient of the 2014-2015 Commissioners’ Cup. The school was recognized for its volunteer service and financial donations to Holy Angels, Belmont. The award is sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Student award: Connor Spies has been accepted to the Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program for Medicine, a week-long program for high school students interested in pursing medicine.
Community Heroes award: Mary Catherine Avey has been named the Queen City Audio, Video, and Appliances Community Heroes Award. Mary Catherine received the award for academic achievement, position as team caption throughout 3 years in multiple varsity sports and community volunteer service.
STEM awards: The upper school’s STEM team received the Excellence in Aerospace Award, the Best of the Best Award and the Most Innovative Teacher Award at the annual WTVI STEM Awards Ceremony. The awards recognize excellence in fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in sixth- through 12th-grade students and teachers in the WTVI viewing area.
Student art exhibit: Artwork created by Charlotte Latin students Evie Brauner, Luke Coppage, Ardyn Henry, Evie McMahan and Olivia Morgan has been selected for exhibit at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center. The art was selected through the Painting4Diversity contest, in which participants created art from their personal interpretations of the meaning of diversity. The exhibition will run through April 2016.
Class of 2015: Charisse Haines and Sydney Weaver have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2015.
Charisse is a rising Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace major and has been awarded a full scholarship to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Sydney has received an academic scholarship at the University of South Carolina Honors College.
River Gate Elementary, Beverly Woods Elementary
Teacher awards: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has named its 2014-2015 Fifth Third Bank Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year. Matthew Dukes (River Gate Elementary) won Teacher of the year and Donna Casey (Beverly Woods Elementary) won Teacher Assistant of the Year.
Dukes, a second-grade teacher, began his second career in 2011 after earning an educational degree at UNC Charlotte. Casey is an eight-year veteran with CMS and teaches reading to 4th and 5th grade students.
East Mecklenburg High, Independence High, North Mecklenburg High
Scholarship awards: Three students have received Assistance League of Charlotte scholarships.
Tin Phan (East Mecklenburg) and Kelsey Gonzalez (Independence) each received $5,000 in awards. Sydney DiDonato (North Mecklenburg) received a $10,000 award.
The awards were based on volunteer service, academic performance and financial need. Assistance League of Charlotte awards the scholarships to Charlotte-Mecklenburg seniors and to previous League recipients for their continuing education.
Waddell Language Academy
Chinese writing/speech awards: Waddell Language Academy earned Excellent Organizational Winner in the Writing Contest at the sixth N.C. State Chinese Writing and Speech Contests in April.
The Waddell students competed against over 400 contestants statewide. Individually, Sean Huynh placed second in the speech contest, Elise Tucker placed third in the speech contest and won Best Talent Award. Hannah Cole McGee won the Speech Eloquence Award and Sophia Mullis won the Charisma Award and second place in the writing contest.
Olivia Freeman, Wilma Casey, Sean Huynh and Amina Shafeek-Horton each earned honorable mentions in the writing contest. The contest is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at N.C. State University.
Compiled by Cindy Stern