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Compiled by Cindy Stern
Victory Christian Center School
National summit: Sophomore Taniya Stanton spoke at the national summit of the Foundation for Excellence in Education held Oct. 23 in Denver, Colo. Stanton had been selected by the Parents for Education Freedom to represent the state of North Carolina at the event. Stanton is a member of the varsity track team and plans to pursue a college major in sports medicine.
Charlotte Christian School
Coach award: Jason Estep has received a Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week honor. Estep is in his ninth year as the school’s head football coach. The Panthers will donate $1,000 to Charlotte Christian to support the school’s athletic department and will honor each of this season’s 10 High School Coach of the Week recipients during the Dec. 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
STEMfest: The school will host its first STEMfest from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 before the Lego Robotics Competition. Companies interested in sponsoring a hands-on activity, table display about industry careers or an industry exhibition may call Mike Realon at 980-343-3800, ext. 4006163.
South Mecklenburg High
Principal award: Maureen Furr has been selected the 2015 Principal of the Year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Furr has served as a principal at South Charlotte Middle and Jay M. Robinson Middle and moved to South Mecklenburg High in 2006. She will advance to the Regional Principal of the Year contest.
Band award: The school’s marching band earned multiple awards at the Wildcat Invitational held Oct. 10 at North Gaston High. The Sabre Regiment won first and second place awards in individual captions including music, general effect, color guard and percussion, and won second place overall.
Providence Day School
MUN awards: Providence Day students won awards at Charlotte’s Model United Nations conference held Oct. 11-12 at the school. Megan O’Gorman and Caroline Beason won excellent delegate awards and Delaney Caldwell and Ronak Bhagia won best delegate awards. Greta Brechnitz served as the conference’s secretary general.
Throughout the event, student delegates from five independent schools representing different countries debated and proposed solutions for major world issues. Kristin Glaeser and Jesse Downs are the PDS MUN club advisers.
Teacher honor: Providence Day School teacher Sarah Russell has been asked to conduct three music clinics this year. She will conduct the Cleveland County All-County High School Honors Orchestra, the Buncombe County All-County Middle School Orchestra and the Durham Public Schools Honors Strings Festival’s Middle School Orchestra. Russell was invited to be guest conductor by teachers in those areas of the state. She teaches strings and AP music theory.
East Mecklenburg High
Academy of Engineering events: The Academy of Engineering will hold an open house for parents and students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the auditorium. Information sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Jan. 8 and Feb. 18 in room 718. For information, email Penny Ratchford at email@example.com.
Carmel Christian School
Student award: Emma Beightol won an honorable mention and $250 in the film category in the 2015 Ocean Awareness Student Contest. Participants in the high school contest were asked to submit an entry based on a relevant ocean environmental topic.
Band honors: Five Carmel Christian students were selected to participate in the NC Association of Independent Schools Honor Band at High Point University: Will Holding – alto saxophone, Grant Gallimore – percussion, Will Lynch – trumpet, Sam Chapman – tenor saxophone and Jessica Simmons – French horn. At the event the students presented a concert along with participants from 25 schools.
Charlotte Catholic High
Olympic qualifier: Julia Menkhaus will compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials next June for a spot on the U.S. Olympic swim team. The Charlotte Catholic sophomore qualified in August at the junior nationals time trial based on her time in the long course 100 backstroke. Menkhaus is a member of the school swim team and plans to enter a D-1 college swimming program.
Food drive: The Charlotte Catholic High School community recently collected one ton of supplies for flood victims in South Carolina coastal areas. Students, staff and volunteers filled a truck with food, household and cleaning products on Oct. 16. Randy Belk and Jim Oddo drove the truck to the Catholic Charities Pee Dee distribution center in Conway, S.C.
Keystone Montessori School
Open house: The event will be held 9 a.m. Nov. 2. Parents will be able to observe Montessori classrooms and meet the teaching staff. For information, call 704-523-4338.
Hunger drive: Through Nov. 12, many schools are collecting canned goods for the Student Hunger Drive. The drive benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. For information, visit www.studenthungerdrive.org/carolinas/.
York Comprehensive High
Band award: The York Cougar Band placed first and won the Grand Champion award in the Pride of Pendleton Competition held Oct. 16 in Pendleton, S.C. In the preliminary competition the band won the high music award and first place in class.
Westminster Catawba Christian School
Theater production: The school’s Fine Arts Department will present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” at 7 p.m. Nov. 6-7 in the upper school gymnasium. Tickets are $5 for adult advance seats and $4 for student and grandparent advance seats. There is an additional $2 charge for tickets sold at the door. Tickets are on sale at www.showtix4u.com or www.wccs.org. For additional details, call Polly Baker at 803-366-4119.
Band award: The school’s Purple Regiment received the Grand Champion award at the Blue Devil Marching Band Classic held recently in Mooresville. In addition, the band won a first place finish in class 6A and won awards for the highest scores in percussion, color guard, music performance, visual performance and overall effect.
Band and choral performance: Fifteen Clover High School band and chorus members performed with the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus on Oct. 21 at the Clover School District Auditorium. Band members are: Madeline Bailes (clarinet), Donavon Frazier (French horn), Matthew Javon (alto saxophone), Irene Poulton (bass clarinet), Nadina Slusser (percussion), Jackson Stanton (trumpet) and Carl Long (tuba). Chorus members included Danielle Bonner, Phillip Dean, Tristan Dover, Miriam Fear, Kathryn Graebner, Tyler Nguyen, Hannah Parker and Michael Rudd.
Teacher grant: Blair Austin has received a $1,500 grant to enhance the Sardis Elementary media center. Austin was awarded the LIFT Higher grant by the Union County Education Foundation. She will use the funds to provide maker spaces, which are areas for students to apply the scientific process to invent and build.
Teacher award: Sarah Rynne has won the 2015 Teacher of Excellence award from the Union County Public School’s Exceptional Children’s Department. Rynne is an exceptional children’s teacher and works with students with disabilities. She will represent the county at the Exceptional Children’s 65th division state conference in Greensboro in November.