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Independence High, Olympic

Teen Volunteers: Eshaan Zaveri and Hawani Adugna are the 2014-2015 Teen Volunteers of the Year for the Assistance League of Charlotte Mecklenburg County Teen Court. Eshaan is an Olympic High graduating senior and student at Cato Middle College and Hawani is an Independence High graduating senior.

Collectively the two students have donated approximately 335 hours to the Mecklenburg County Teen Court, serving as attorneys for the prosecution as well as defense. The Teen Court is a legal teens-helping-teens alternative justice program designed to provide juveniles with no prior convictions a positive peer influence and a second chance when they admit their guilt, agree to be tried by a jury of their peers and take responsibility for their actions.

Greyfriars Classical Academy High

Providence High: Megan Snyder and Trey Bradshaw are the fourth annual Mock Trial Competition winners in the Assistance League of Charlotte Mecklenburg Teen Court Program.

Megan, a junior at Greyfriars, won both the defense attorney and interview skills categories. She joined the Teen Court program in the ninth grade. Trey won the prosecuting attorney category. He is a Providence High senior and jointed Teen Court in the seventh grade. During the mock trial, held in late April, the 14 participating Teen Court attorneys demonstrated skills developed in the program and were judged by practicing Charlotte attorneys.

The Teen Court operates throughout the year and is confidential and closed to the public. The program, designed to provide a positive peer influence, is a legal alternative justice system for juveniles with no prior convictions.

Charlotte Latin

Graduation ceremony: The following graduating seniors received awards at the recent commencement ceremony:

▪ Valedictorian: Ken Koch.

▪ Faculty Appreciation Award: Jay Kane.

▪ Headmaster’s Award: Timothy Vorhoff.

▪ Leadership and Service Award: Sebastian Nabatoff.

▪ Senior English Award: Jack Wrigley.

▪ Senior Foreign Language Award: Amaka Okonneh.

▪ Senior History Award: Nick Verderame.

▪ Senior Mathematics Award: Ken Koch.

▪ Senior Science Award: Ken Koch.

▪ Student Achievement Award: Matthew Sparks.

▪ Wickham Award: Nova Quaoser.

One hundred twenty-eight Charlotte Latin seniors received diplomas. Members of the Class of 2015 reported receiving merit scholarships totaling over $7.5 million.

Providence Day

Teacher awards: Four Providence Day teachers have recently received annual awards.

Mary Jo Adams received the Blackwell Award for teaching merit in the humanities. The 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year awards were presented to the following teachers: Upper School, Jennifer Bratyanski; Middle School, Carol Lawrence; and Lower School, Kristie Olgesby.

The Teacher of the Year awards are sponsored by the Parents’ Association, and are presented to those who best inspire in students a passion for both classroom and extracurricular learning.

Graduation class: At its 41st commencement, Providence Day graduated 145 seniors. The Class of 2015 earned scholarships totaling approximately $8.6 million. The valedictorian is Eddie Cochell Jr; the salutatorian is Meara Waxman.

Myers Park High

Odyssey of the Mind finals: Two Myers Park High Odyssey of the Mind teams each placed 13th in their respective problems at the recent world finals held in Michigan. Over 800 teams worldwide competed at the event. The teams are coached by Pete O’Brien (Myers Park) and Mia O’Brien (Carmel Middle).

Queens University

Commencement awards: The following individuals received awards at the May 8-9 commencement ceremony:

▪ Valedictorians, Kristin Diemer and Farina Rafiq.

▪ Hayworth Student Highest GPA, Laura Mellon.

▪ Hunter Hamilton Love of Teaching Award, Diane Mowrey.

▪ Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, Margie and Alpo Crane, Taylor Pinckney.

▪ Honorary Doctorates, Marshall Curry and Eleanor Randolph.

Queens graduated a total of 611 students at the ceremony.

Central Piedmont Community College

Alumni news: Crystal Carson now serves as the assistant to the White House director of communications. Carson received her associate degree at Central Piedmont.

Johnson and Wales University

Student award: Kimberly Fenoy will complete a six-month program with Boka Restaurant Group in Chicago. The JWU culinary student won the grant from the James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership mentorship program.

Trinity Episcopal

Summer workshop: The school’s third annual Summer Workshop for Balanced Literacy is open for registration. K-8 literacy teachers, principals, coaches and facilitators are invited to learn about the structure of a balanced literacy program. The workshop will be held June 22-26, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the school. The cost is $495.