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In the Palisades Episcopal School Boat Regatta, Alex Owings won most creative design.
In the Palisades Episcopal School Boat Regatta, Alex Owings won most creative design.

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Compiled by Cindy Stern

Palisades Episcopal School

Talent identification: At the school, 41 out of 64 fourth- through eighth-graders have qualified for the 2015-2016 Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). To qualify for the program, students must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a national standardized test. As part of the TIP, students have the opportunity to participate in specialized courses and seminars, academic competitions and the Duke TIP Summer Studies Program.

Boat regatta: In the PES Boat Regatta, Andrew DeWeese and Sam Gilbert won fastest boat; Alex Owings won most creative design and Brandon Hock, Nathan Hughes and Eliod Sium won best theme. The eighth-graders built the boats out of corrugated board and duct tape as part of their study of buoyancy, density, floatation and Archimedes’ Principle. During the regatta the students paddled their boats between docks on Lake Wylie.

Providence High

Marching band competition: The school will host the 2015 Providence Cup Marching Band Competition Oct. 24. Eighteen North and South Carolina bands will compete in events beginning at about 2:30 p.m. Contact Sarah Hill at for information about business sponsorship opportunities. Admission cost details and a final performance schedule will be posted at

South Mecklenburg High

Exelente awards: Alumni Daniela Fontecha (NCSU) and Gabriella Pedraza (UNCC) have been named Latin American Excelente Awards Students of the Year. They were honored at the 16th annual Excelente Awards gala held Sept. 26 at the Westin Charlotte. The awards program, organized by La Noticia, recognizes outstanding achievements of Latino business people and students. Fontecha and Pedraza will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for college.

Charlotte Christian School

ArtFest of Matthews: Seniors Baxter Bradbury and Allison Myers won top honors at the 30th annual ArtFest of Matthews. Bradbury won the $750 grand prize scholarship for his watercolor. Myers won the $150 photography prize. The students study visual arts with CCS director of visual arts Eva Crawford.

Art honor society: The school’s National Art Honor Society members have created a hand-painted mural on the wall of restaurant Carolinas Dish. The students donated their time and talent in exchange for a donation to The Street Child Project in Africa. Participating upper school students were: Cary Benson, Ava Bruns, Elaina Cloninger, Regan Jackson, Chloe Lee, Lauren Spangler, Phoebe Son and Ruth Wilson. The mural tells the story of the restaurant owner’s roots and pays tribute to his mother’s Southern cooking. The Street Child Project was founded in Uganda to help homeless children.

Myers Park High

Coat drive: Through October the school will hold its annual coat drive. Collection bins will be set up in the office.

Rocky River High

Principal of the year: Brandy Nelson has been named East Zone Principal of the Year. Nelson is now a candidate for CMS Principal of the Year.

Clover High

Commended students: Clara Bono, Grayson Love, Haley Park and Meredith Sutton have been named commended students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. To earn the designation, students must place among the top 5 percent of students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Student correspondents: Seniors Megan McCarter and Boston Henderson have been selected as 2015 student correspondents for the 79th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Throughout the week leading up to the game, McCarter and Henderson will report on teams’ progress, interview players, coaches and staff and write, edit and publish a daily newsletter.

South Pointe High

Marching band: Sam Charles has been selected for the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Sam will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to be held Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. He will be among the top 125 U.S. high school senior marching musicians and color guard members.

Fort Mill High

Grand championship: The Fort Mill High School band won the grand championship at the Cuthbertson Showcase of Bands held Sept. 26 in Union County. In addition, the band won best music, best visual, best general effect, best percussion and best color guard. Fort Mill had a total score of 91.8.

York High

Athletic hall of fame: The following York High School alumni are being inducted into the 2015-16 Athletic Hall of Fame: Edward “Ed” Yarborough, class of 1951, for football, basketball and baseball; Johnny “Bud” Brown, class of 1979, for football; and Taylor Barrett Cook, class of 2006, for girls’ golf.

Weddington High

Serve for the Cure: The Weddington High varsity and JV volleyball teams raised about $2,000 for breast cancer research in the Sept. 26 Serve for the Cure. The tournament featured 21 Charlotte-area schools and raised more than $15,000.

Porter Ridge Middle

New principal: Brian Patience has been named principal at Porter Ridge Middle School. Patience had served as assistant principal at the school since 2007, having also served as an administrator at Monroe and Weddington high schools.

Union Elementary

Classroom supplies: Twenty UE teachers have been awarded $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies. The awards are part of Walmart’s Teacher Rewards program. More than 5,000 U.S. Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local kindergarten to eighth grade public school and provide the reward cards. The program helps more than 90,000 U.S. teachers offset the cost of classroom expenses.


Principals of the year: Shiloh Elementary principal Scott Spencer has been chosen as the 2015-2016 UCPS Principal of the Year. Parkwood Middle assistant principal Brian Davis has been named Assistant Principal of the Year. The announcements were made Oct. 1 at the Principal of the Year Luncheon. Spencer is a 22-year educator and has served five of those years as principal at SE. Davis is beginning his 16th year in education.

Global education initiatives: The district recently recognized schools for global education initiatives. Kensington Elementary and Cuthbertson High have maintained the top-level International School status since the inception of the UCPS Global Schools Program in 2009. Schools are rated based on level of participation in globalization activities. Thirteen other schools were rated as International Schools: Hemby Bridge Elementary, Marvin Ridge High, Monroe High, New Town Elementary, Piedmont Middle, Porter Ridge Elementary, Rocky River Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Sun Valley Middle, Union County Early College, Union Elementary, Unionville Elementary and Weddington Middle. Twelve schools received the second-highest recognition as UCPS Global Partners: Antioch Elementary, Cuthbertson Middle, East Union Middle, Indian Trail Elementary, Marshville Elementary, Marvin Elementary, Piedmont High, Poplin Elementary, Porter Ridge Middle, Sun Valley High, Weddington Elementary and Weddington Middle.

Piedmont Middle

Letters of appreciation: The seventh grade class has sent handwritten letters of appreciation to every officer in the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police Department. Included in the 325 letters are anecdotes about actions of the police officers that made a difference in the community. The students’ communication skills teacher Lesa Goodman oversaw the effort.

Piedmont High

Piedmont BBQ: The Piedmont BBQ will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $8 for either a plate of BBQ (includes slaw, chips, roll and dessert) or three sandwiches. Tickets may be purchased from Piedmont students and staff or by calling the school at 704-753-2810. For complete BBQ information, visit the Piedmont BBQ page: