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Early College High recent graduate Brice Bowrey was selected as a 2015 East Carolina University Scholar Award recipient.
Early College High recent graduate Brice Bowrey was selected as a 2015 East Carolina University Scholar Award recipient. CABARRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS

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Compiled by Cindy Stern


Harding University: Ana Guerrero has received a Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded by UNC-Chapel Hill and covers a full four-year term including tuition, books, room and board and a laptop.

Guerrero is the only CMS student to receive the award this year. She was president of her senior class and the National Honor Society. Guerrero plans to study sports medicine.

Garinger High: Fifteen students received $2,500 scholarships from the Garinger Education Foundation in honor of Garinger students who died in the Vietnam War.

The scholarships are renewable each year for four years, contingent on grades and foundation funding. The recipients of the Memorial Scholarship Awards are Georgina Dejarna Smith, Kossi Christian Tukportie, Tanajah Nakia Williams, Brianna Dawnice Geddis, Keith Carlyle Sizer, Honora Awamie Ankong, Tangela Marlynna Gallman, Adbeel Martinez, Chioma Opara, Domingo Joel Cabrera, Jennifer Nancy Araguz, Quyen Kpuih, Rosario DelCid Osorio, Luis Erasmus Palma and Jenrry Alexi Soto Valeriano.

Grand Oak Elementary: The Grand Oak Elementary Science Olympiad team recently placed 15 and won six medals in the Science Olympiad competition at UNC Charlotte. The school is in its second year of having fielding a team.

Community School of Davidson: Theodore Chaffman recently served as a page for the N.C. House of Representatives. Chaffman was sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore and is the son of Daniel and Jennifer Chaffman.

Pine Lake Preparatory: Michael Swift recently served as a page for the N.C. House of Representatives. Swift is the son of Russell and Debbie Swift and was sponsored by Rep. Charles Jeter.

CMS: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will offer Summer Food Service through Aug. 7 at 52 school sites.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to children ages 1-18 in Mecklenburg County.

For sites, dates and hours call 980-343-6041 or visit:


Fort Mill High: The Fort Mill High School band has been invited to perform at the American Military Cemetery in Normandy, France, in April 2016 in honor of casualties incurred during American and Allied actions in June 1944.

In addition to Normandy, the band will visit other historical D-Day sites during the spring-break trip.

Clover High: Grayson Love has earned a perfect composite score on the ACT.

Love earned the top score of 36 on each of the four scored areas. The rising senior is active in school organizations, including membership in the CHS Choraliers and as a board member in the Interact Club.

▪ Patrick Smith and Harriett Hall are the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the class of 2015. Smith is a member of the Choraliers and the National Honor Society, recipient of the Blue Eagle Award for the varsity tennis and swim teams and a Palmetto Scholar. Hall has been named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, was the CHS tennis team captain and voted the Most Valuable Player and an All-Region player.

Oakridge Middle: The Oakridge Middle School Archery Team has advanced to the NASP World Championships.

At the national tournament in May, the team set a school record of 3,173 and finished in the top 100 in the U.S., with Alexa Roveri placing 114th nationally for eighth-grade female archers; Issac Crago 137th for seventh-grade male archers; Isabella Huston 72nd for sixth-grade female archers; and Mackenzie Dragun 110th for seventh-grade female archers.

The National Archery in the Schools Program was designed to promote wildlife conservation awareness and development of outdoor skills among students.


Mount Pleasant Elementary: Laura Bryant has been awarded a grant for a CPR training unit.

The school nurse received a training doll from the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

Jay M. Robinson High: Robinson graduate and Clemson pitcher Brody Koerner has been drafted by the New York Yankees.

Koerner was picked June 10 in the 17th round, No. 513 overall. While at Robinson, Koerner was named All-State twice and was a two-time region pitcher.

Mount Pleasant High: Jazmin Williams will have her artwork displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year as the winner in North Carolina’s 8th District Congressional Art Competition.

Concord High: Meagan Stegall and Emily Nance won second and third place, respectively, in North Carolina’s 8th District Congressional Art Competition.

Early College High: Recent graduate Brice Bowrey was selected as a 2015 East Carolina University Scholar Award recipient.

Bowrey is one of 20 scholars selected for the four-year merit Honors College scholarship, which includes a stipend for study abroad. He founded Cooperative Health and Engagement Between Seniors and Students, a local organization designed to improve the mental health of senior citizens, and plans to major in biology and become a physician.

Cabarrus County Schools: The district will provide free lunches for children age 18 or younger through Aug. 7.

No identification of reservations are required. For a list of sites and hours of operation, visit:


Piedmont High: Piedmont High art students created paintings that now decorate the Union County Animal Shelter walls.

Under the direction of art teacher Tracy Price, the artists used materials supplied by the animal shelter staff to paint animals in a pop art style using acrylic paint. The two-week process reinforced painting styles and concepts that were in the art curriculum.

Cuthbertson Middle: Four Cuthbertson Middle School students recently dedicated a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Willow Abrunza, Janelle Craig, Tucker Parrish and Kaitlyn Viar were chosen for the honor as essay-contest winners. The students took part in the wreath-laying ceremony during an educational field trip to Washington, D.C.

School Nutrition Services: Union County Public Schools will offer free lunches for students through Aug. 13 at Monroe and East Union middle schools, noon-1 p.m. Mondays-Thursday.

Meals will not be available the week of June 29-July 2. The service is for children age 0-18.

Forest Hills High: Shaniyha Rushing and Monique Tyson won first place at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State competition. They advance to the national convention next month in Washington, D.C.

Marvin Ridge High: Max Wotell was awarded the 2014-2015 Gatorade North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year by the Gatorade Co., in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports. The award recognizes high athletic, academic and character standards.