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Compiled by Cindy Stern
Polo Ridge Elementary, Ballantyne Elementary, Barnette Elementary
Fire department contest: Polo Ridge has won first place in the Charlotte Fire Department’s 25th annual bulletin board contest. In the contest, third-graders were asked to create a bulletin board based on this year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme, Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Their winning board featured a bed surrounded by smaller sleeping scenes with fire safety messages. Ballantyne Elementary and Barnette Elementary received second and third place, respectively.
Providence Day School
Commended students: Nine Providence Day School’s class of 2016 members have been named commended students in the 61st National Merit Scholarship Program. Zoe Abrahm, Maya Barr, Sarah Kathryn Clark, Sara Cotsakis, Adaora Ekwonu, Ryan Sicard, Kyle Steigerwalt, Martin Winton and Michael Witte are considered in the 96th percentile (about 5,000 highest scorers) of about 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last spring.
Charlotte Christian School
Scholarship recipients: Charlotte Christian School seniors Grace Ketron and Andrew Siverling have been named the 2015 recipients of the Hendrick Memorial Scholarships. The full tuition scholarships are awarded each year to two seniors in memory of Jennifer and Kimberly Hendrick.
Operation Sandwich: The school community contributed 270 sandwiches to the Urban Ministry Center (UMC) on Oct. 10. The families and parent volunteers contributed the ingredients, assisted students with preparation and transported the goods to UMC, where they were served the next day to people in need. Keystone has partnered with UMC to provide sandwiches on a monthly basis throughout the school year and, in addition, participates in ongoing efforts to support Sedgefield Elementary School students, families, faculty and staff.
New books: Sterling Elementary has received 150 new books from Subaru of South Charlotte. School staff had previously selected books from a list provided by Subaru. As cars were sold, sales personnel completed and placed a book tag inside each book.
Charlotte Country Day
NM recognitions: Hayes Bortz and Cabir Kansupada have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. David Conaway, Nancy Garrett, Katherine Logan, Katherine Owensby, Trent Steelman and Christien Williams earned Commended Scholar honors. The honors are based on high PSAT scores. Bortz and Kansupada now have the opportunity to compete for NM scholarships.
South Mecklenburg High
Online contest: The public may vote to determine the High School Football Extra Big 22 Player of the Year, sponsored by Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits. South Meck student Zack Gilbert is the only finalist representing CMS. The winner will receive a $10,000 donation for his school. Vote at: http://wsoctv.upickem.net/engine/Votes.aspx?PageType=VOTING&contestid=188245 through 10 a.m. Nov. 2.
Community principals: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has named the following as Learning Community Principals of the Year: Marc Angerer, Leah Davis, Tonya Faison, Mauren Furr, Jan McIver, Brandy Nelson, Beth Thompson, Kimberly Vaught and Kevin Woods.
PTA competition: Entries for the PTA’s Reflections Program are being accepted. The 2015-2016 theme is Let Your Imagination Fly. Entries from all grades and abilities are welcome. Check with your school for entry deadlines. For an entry form and more information, visit: www.meckptareflections.weebly.com.
Multi-generational park: Southminster and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation have opened a multi-generational park at the Marion Diehl Recreation Center at 2219 Tyvola Road. The park is open to the entire community and includes equipment specifically designed to encourage activities for all generations.
Veterans event: The Clover High School Air Force Junior ROTC and Interact Club will honor community veterans at a breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m. Nov. 10. S.C. Representative Mick Mulvaney will be the guest speaker. Veterans planning to attend should email Major Brian Batson at Brian.Batson@clover.k12.sc.us or contact him by phone at 803-810-8200.
Rock Hill district
Flood donations: Several schools are serving as collection sites for donations to aid in the Hurricane Joaquin recovery effort. For a list of needed items and district sites, visit http://bit.ly/1JQlzWP.
Rock Hill high schools
Healthy food contest: Through October, all Rock Hill high schools are participating in the 2015 Healthy High School Challenge, a national event coordinated by Sodexo Food Services. Schools earn points when students make healthy food choices. The school with the most points will win a prize of $5,000 to be used at the school’s discretion.
Central Academy of Arts and Technology
Teacher award: Larry Robinson has been selected as the NC Theatre Arts Educators Teacher of the Year. Robinson has held UCPS teaching positions since the mid-1980s and has received multiple awards for directing, technical theater, playwriting and his students’ acting achievements. He received the NC School of the Arts Outstanding Theatre Teacher award in 2003 and his play, “Illuminations,” was named winner of the NC New Play Project by the Greensboro Playwright’s Forum in 2011. Robinson serves on the board for the Union County Playmakers.
Forest Hills High
Student award: Seth Whitley has received the September 2015 John H. Crowder Community Service Award. The award recognizes student contributions to schools and communities. Whitley is president of the Forest Hills High National Honor Society, Robotics Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and represents the school on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. He has served on mission trips around the world, most recently with a low-income project in Tennessee.
Marvin Ridge High
Program information: The school will host an Academic Options program at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Families will receive information about opportunities including Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Program, the school’s Career and Technical Education Program internships, the College and Career Promise Program and Union County Virtual and NC Virtual online courses.
Monroe High, Central Academy of Arts and Technology
AFJROTC awards: Students from the Monroe/CATA AFJROTC recently competed in the Annual Union County JROTC games and won second place in the 6x100 ammo can relay, second place in the mile relay, second place in the women’s team flexed arm hand, second place in first year cadets unarmed elements, third place in team push-ups and third place in unarmed regulation squad element.
Band awards: At the Chase High School Tournament of Bands, the Parkwood High Marching Band received an A Superior Rating, first place for band-class AAA, first place for drum major, first place for music, second place for color guard and second place for drumline.
Teacher award: Trent Morgan is the Parkwood High School Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. Morgan has been teaching for more than five years. He teaches earth science courses and, in addition, a new clean energy technology course for the Career and Technical Education department.
Teacher award: Stacy Vickers has been named Piedmont High School’s Teacher of the Year. Vickers is a 17-year veteran English teacher and is a coordinator for the Beginning Teacher Program and a mentor teacher. She is also a National Board Certified teacher and holds a masters degree in education leadership from Arizona State University.