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National recognition: Meredith Steele performed with the National Association for Music Education All National Honors Orchestra in Nashville Oct. 28. She joined 670 musicians and singers from 49 states and territories who performed in orchestra, concert band, mixed chorus and jazz ensembles. Steele, a cellist and senior, joined the Hough High School Orchestra in her sophomore year. She is also a member of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, principal cellist for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools All County Orchestra last February and principal clarinetist with the Hough wind ensemble. Steele plans to pursue a degree in music performance.
Charlotte Christian School
Math award: Charlotte Christian middle school math students recently finished in sixth place in the country in the online World Education Games. The team also placed 37th in the world. The eighth-graders competed with more than 6 million students globally in the live competitions throughout the day.
South Mecklenburg High
Scholarship awards: Cameron Glenn is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship to Gardner-Webb University and a Scott-Ellis Scholarship to Campbell University. Robert Young is the recipient of a Georgetown College grant.
Myers Park High
Band award: The school’s Marching Mustang band won Grand Champion of classes 1A-3A and first in class 3A at the Providence Cup Marching Band Competition. In addition, Charles Blount won Best Band Director.
Athletic honors: Megan Sandry qualified for regionals in women’s tennis. Justin Morrell has been nominated for the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s High School Student-Athlete of the Year award.
Providence Day School
Guest speaker: The public is invited to hear a presentation from Christo Brand, a South African former prison guard at Robben Island responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela. Band and Mandela became friends. The event will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the school’s McMahon Fine Arts Center Theater. Providence Day is partnering with World Affairs Council of Charlotte to host the presentation.
Drama award: The school’s Drama Club won first place in the Old Town Zombie Fun Run 5K in Rock Hill Oct. 24 for its zombie scene on the race course. The team won a $100 prize. The Drama Club adviser is Rob Addison.
Math award: Vincent Conti, Miciah Singleton and Zoie Strauss have been recognized for their math expertise by the World Education Games Organization. The three were among Clover High math students who participated in the games in celebration of World Math Day.
Band award: The schools’ band earned a first place in class 5A at the Providence Cup Competition, earning first place ribbons for music, visual, overall effect, color guard and percussion. Earlier in October the band placed third at the Blythewood Tournament of Bands.
Clover High, Crowders Creek Elementary
Free Little Libraries: Clover High students using a grant received by a Crowders Creek teacher have constructed three Free Little Libraries. CCE teacher Rebecca Crute had won a $1,000 Clover LEAF award and used it to get construction materials for the libraries. The CH Honors Construction 3 class built the mailboxes, sized extra large at Crute’s request, and the CH cross-country team painted them in school colors. They will be will house free books that the community can borrow to read. The community can leave books inside the boxes for others to read as well. The mailbox libraries will be at McGills store in the Bethany area, in the Clover Community Park and in the new Centre Park.
Harold C. Johnson Elementary
Optimist award: Alex Amezcua Aguilar has been selected as the Optimist Club Student of the Month for October. Aguilar was nominated by his fourth grade teachers for his academic effort, enthusiasm about learning and positive engagement in the community. He is the son of Rafael Amezcua and Carman Aguilar. The York Area Optimist Club presented the award Oct. 28.
Forest Hills High
Teaching award: Lauren Baucom has been selected as a 2015 NC State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Baucom has taught at the school for the past three years and is now one of three North Carolina secondary school math teachers eligible to receive the PAEMST award. The awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House. A national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators will recommend up to 108 teachers to receive the PAEMST award.
Band award: The school’s Jacket Regiment earned trophies at two competitions Oct. 24. At the Porter Ridge Pirate Cove Classic, FHH earned first place in percussion, third place in music, second place in color guard, drum major, general effect and marching and first place overall in class 2A. At the Providence Cup, the band received first place in music, marching, general effect, color guard and percussion and first place overall in class 1A.
Central Academy of Technology and Arts
Creek cleanup: The school’s Student Council members recently hauled five tires, two shopping carts and 10 bags of trash and debris from Bearskin Creek in downtown Monroe. The items were cleaned from the creek and from the banks and surrounding grounds. This marks the second year Student Council members have worked with the city of Monroe water engineers in the cleanup.
Athlete award: Keith Duncan has been named the Bank of North Carolina athlete of the month for October. Duncan holds a 4.08 GPA, is a member of the USA Development Team and was named the Kicker of the Year at the fourth annual Greater Charlotte Football Awards. On Oct. 9, he broke the NCHSAA record for the most career field goals. He has committed to playing football at Furman University where he plans to study criminal justice. In recognition of Duncan, Bank of North Carolina presented Weddington with a $250 check for its athletic department.
Hometown hero: Terri Brown was named the October Hometown Hero for Union County Public Schools. Brown teaches second grade and has been an educator for 25 years. She received a $250 gift card for classroom supplies and a pizza party for her class. The award is sponsored by Charles G. Monett III and Associates. Winners are selected based on vote totals through an online contest held on the law firm’s website.
Band award: The Monroe High Marching Redhawks finished fifth place at the Pirate Cove Classic. Patrick Bryan is the band director.
Math award: Santiago Chavez has won the Monroe High School Math Fair. Events of the fair included tangrams, games of chance and geometric shapes.
Scholarship awards: Thee class of 2016 has received $2.9 million in college scholarships. The following seniors have received scholarships: Loran Canupp, Griffin Drye, Bailey Dye, Anna Hottle, Cheyenne Huntley, Jack Kiker, Beth Knight, Drew Little, Alexia Makowski, Susan Marcum, Connor McDonough, Jacob Mims, Emily Misenheimer, Serena Mitchell, Takara Morrison, Amber Murphy, Colton Perkins, Jessica Price, Austin Purser, Olivia Ridenhour, Kaitlyn Scott, Mac Simmons, Gabrielle Slabaugh, Scott Stegall, Danielle Stone, Raven Sullivan, Spencer Thomas, Micheala Wilson and Hunter Zado.
Porter Ridge High
Teacher of the year: Amanda McDevitt has been named Porter Ridge’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. McDevitt teaches English and has spent the past decade of her teaching career at Porter Ridge.
Sun Valley High
Band award: The school’s Spartan Sound marching band received a Superior Rating at the Pirate Clove Classic. The band also received second place overall in class 4A, second place awards in marching, general effect, color guard, percussion and drum major and third place in music.