Charlotte Catholic High School
4A state champions: Charlotte Catholic varsity men’s basketball team won the 4A North Carolina state title on March 12. The Cougars defeated Cary High School in the championship game at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Charlotte Catholic High School is the first 4A school in N.C. to win both a football and basketball championship in the same year since 1958, when Rocky Mount High School did the same.
South Charlotte Middle School
President’s Volunteer Service Award: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recently awarded South Charlotte Middle eighth-grader, Juliana Oringel the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Oringel was given the award for her volunteer work with the Jewish Community Center of Temple Israel and Bright Blessings, a nonprofit organization in Matthews that helps homeless and impoverished children in the greater Charlotte area.
Oringel volunteers at the Jewish Community Center up to four hours each week assisting the center’s kindergarten teacher and helping coordinate youth field trips. At Bright Blessings, she helps provide birthday celebrations at homeless shelters, housing facilities and domestic violence safe houses. The award was given to her on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Olympic High School
Sequoia tree planting: Students in Paul Greenleaf’s biology class at Olympic High School recently had the opportunity to plant sequoia trees, also known as redwoods on the school’s property.
Greenleaf reached out to David Milarch, a nurseryman in California to see if he would donate clones of ancient sequoias. Milarch agreed, and with the help of local organizations, Greenleaf and his students prepped the school’s soil and planted the trees. Through the process, students have learned about things like soil pH and tree cells. Once the trees are established, they are expected to grow up to 10 feet per year.
Crown Point Elementary
Soccer event: The Crown Point Elementary School PTA will host a SOAR Night soccer community event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 22 at the lower athletic field next to the school.
Two teams from the SOAR youth soccer sports program at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews will compete in a game, featuring young players from the Matthews area. At halftime of the game, students and staff from Crown Point Elementary will compete in a fun soccer event.
There is no admission charge. Crown Point Elementary is at 3335 Sam Newell Road in Matthews.
Strings Recital: 6:30 p.m. April 28 at Carmel Baptist Church, uptown auditorium.
Summer enrichment program award: Ninth-grader Kate Daugherty was accepted to the 2016 Triple Arts Musical Theatre Summer Intensive at the National Dance Institute in New York City. She was also accepted into the Western Carolina University Triple Arts Musical Theatre Program. Both programs are under the artistic direction of Broadway legends Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise.
College enrichment program awards: Recipients are – Kate Tisdale & John Thomas Bickett, Wake Forest Immersion Program; Connor Spies, Caroline Queen and Carter Brackman, Freedom School Internship in Dominican Republic; Alex Withrow and John Thomas Bickett, The Triangle Youth Leadership Conference at NC State University; Anna Merrick, SCAD Summer Seminars Savannah Workshops; William Pfeiffer, JSEP (Joint Science Education Project) trip through the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth University; and Cassandra Shaw, Christian Leadership Institute at Baylor University (summer).
College Scholarships: Abby Dixon has been accepted to the Thomas More Scholarship Program of Belmont Abbey College with a $9,000 Academic merit award.
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