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Charlotte Christian

Morehead-Cain semifinalist: Charlotte Christian senior John Humphries recently was named a semifinalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill and participated in regional interviews.

Open house: Charlotte Christian School will host an admissions open house for parents and prospective students at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Flenniken Dining Hall for all grades, junior kindergarten through grade 12. Families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet the faculty. Interested families are encouraged to make a reservation by calling Janet Aldridge at 704-366-5657, ext. 6503.

Re-enrollment: Re-enrollment packets were mailed Jan. 19 to current families for the 2011-12 school year. If you have not received a packet by today, contact Susan Edwards in the admissions office at 704-366-5657, ext. 6502. Packets due by Feb. 10.

All-District Band: Five Charlotte Christian musicians have been selected by audition for the South Central All-District Band on Jan. 28-30at Hickory High School and Lenoir-Rhyne University: junior Hayley Buckner, bass clarinet; sixth-grader Andrew T. Looker Jr., trombone; sophomore Scott Ortlip, trombone; eighth-grader Alex Watkins, percussion; and eighth-grader Sydney Weaver, clarinet. Eighth-grader Sean Gallagher, tenor saxophone, and sixth-grader Abby Yoh, clarinet, are alternates.

Charlotte Country Day

Great Decisions lectures: Charlotte Country Day is hosting the annual Great Decisions Charlotte Community Lecture Series, open to CCDS parents, faculty and staff. The lectures, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, will be held weekly 7-8:30 p.m. through Feb. 15. The next topic will be Feb. 1, Global Governance, Dr. James Walsh, UNC Charlotte. The lectures will be at Cramer Lecture Hall; $10 for individual lectures. Get a registration form from Maddy Baer, 704-687-7744, or e-mail to

Providence High

Nominate a Carolinas Champion: The Carolinas Champion 2011 contest allows community members, parents, students or co-workers to nominate a teacher who has touched their lives. Visit to nominate a teacher. The contest ends Jan. 31.

Providence Day

Honors orchestra: Jason Yang was selected by audition Jan. 15, to perform in the N.C. Music Educator Association's Western Region Honors Orchestra Clinic. March 4-6, Jason will perform in the first violin section. He is the first violin student from PDS to reach such a high rank among high school musicians in the western part of North Carolina.

Alumna honored: Jocelyn Ruark '09 recently was selected a GLOBE Fellow at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. The GLOBE program brings together three of the world's best business schools to provide undergraduate students a premier business education.

East Mecklenburg High

AOE info session: Academy of Engineering Information Session 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Session for parents wanting more information about East's AOE beginning in August 2011. Contact AOE Coordinator Penny Ratchford at

Open house: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Jan. 31. This will be an evening to showcase East Meck with Freshman 101 orientation, classroom demonstrations, student clubs, organizational booths, and parent opportunities. A general welcoming session begins in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m..

Ardrey Kell

All District Honors Band: Congratulations to the following band students for being selected to represent Ardrey Kell at the 2011 North Carolina SCBDA All-District Honors Band: Anna Boyer, flute; Spencer Caldwell, trumpet; Ryan Chandler, trombone; Linda Fang, flute; Amelia Fujikawa, clarinet; Emily Hodes, clarinet; Albert Hong, clarinet; Justin Hong, clarinet; Brooke Kinsey, trumpet; Maria Lopez, trombone; Grace Oh, clarinet; Ryan O'Malley, trumpet; Ann Marie Pichirallo, clarinet; Leslie Ro, flute; Cory Smith, French horn. In addition, Casey Anderson, Emily Murchison, Taylor Radford and Max Tucker were selected as alternates. All-District Honors Band will rehearse in Hickory on Jan. 28-29 and will perform a concert at Lenoir-Rhyne University at 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

South Mecklenburg High

South Meck FAFSA night: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 27 in O Building, Room 1105 - the first floor computer lab. All seniors need to complete a FAFSA form as soon as possible - check with the college(s) you have applied to for deadlines for all required financial aid paperwork.

Covenant Day

Internet safety: Covenant Day School, in partnership with CMPD, is offering a Parent Seminar for Internet Safety 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Harbor. The goals include educating children to recognize potential Internet risks and engaging children and adults in a conversation about on- and offline risks. Call 704-847-2385.

Smithfield Elementary

Open house: 10 a.m. Jan. 27. 3200 Smithfield Church Road. Details: 980-343-6550.


Mid-Year graduation ceremonies: Approximately 401 high school seniors will graduate from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in mid-year graduation ceremonies Jan. 31 at Bojangles Coliseum, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. . Doors will open 30 minutes before each ceremony; guests will be checked with a metal detector. Parking is free; no ticket required. Call Lauren Bell, 980-343-1081; or Kasia Thompson, 980-343-1140.