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Charlotte Country Day
New Head of Upper School: Matt Less has been named Charlotte Country Day's next head of upper school beginning July 1. Less' background includes significant and varied independent school experience. He is in his 20th year of teaching, coaching and administrating independent schools. Currently serving as dean of faculty at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill., Less received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Columbia University and a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire.
New website: Charlotte Catholic High School's new website is www.charlottecatholic.org.
Students win Fire & Life Safety Bowl competition: A team of CDS fourth- and fifth-graders won first place in the Fire & Life Safety Bowl competition. The five students, Michael Bose, Ben Johnson, James Kepper, William Kepper and Connor Westover, each received a first place trophy and a medal. Additionally, they were awarded a check for $500, which they have decided to donate to the school.
Latin competition: In preparation for the Junior Classical League competition, middle school Latin students participated in the Certamen regional team quiz competition. The team of Jack Cogdill, Brister Jones, Nick Ashley, Hunter Stilwell and John Warren won second place, and the team of Alanna Kitchen, Elizabeth Cooper, Roni Langley, Caroline Fletcher and Savannah Kennedy took third.
Theater festival: At the North Carolina Theatre Conference Middle School Festival, Meg Osowski won Excellence in Acting, Naomi James and Hannah Church were honored for Excellence in Set Design for Egyptian statues, and Nate Saunders was honored for Excellence in Sound Design. The middle school students are under the direction of theater director Charlene Thomas.
Science Olympiad team: The Upper School Science Olympiad team took third place during the regional N.C. Science Olympiad competition at UNC Charlotte on March 12, earning an invitation to the state competition at N.C. State on April 30. The following students won their events: Jason Yang in Optics and Mousetrap Vehicle, Jack Munley in Optics, Erin Amato and Priya Misir in Experimental Design and Meredith Tate and Chris Munley in Astronomy.
Sixth-grade chorus: The sixth-grade chorus earned a Superior rating at the N.C. Music Educators Association's Music Performance Adjudication Festival. The chorus participated in the festival held at Wingate University on March22.
Cum Laude Society: Twenty-six students were inducted into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony March 7. The Cum Laude Society is a national organization that honors scholastic achievement at secondary institutions. The newly-inducted members of the Cum Laude Society are: Juniors John Cambern, Amy Coppala, Sarah Everhart, Nelson Hall, Tate Krasner, Neha Kukreja, Katie Metzger, Chris Munley, Jack Munley, Josh Ohaus, Hayley Snyder and Emily Stewart; and seniors Alexandra Blum, Evan Fischer, Kerris Gordon, Jordan Gray, Max Lawrence, Kevin Lee, Dylan Penner, Eric Slep, Steven Starr, Jackson Toth, Catherine Watts, Coco Wilder, Henry Wilson and Jason Yang.
Golf outing: This year's Athletic Booster Club Annual Spring Golf Outing will be held at The Golf Club at Ballantyne April 11. The cost is $100; this price includes entry into all events, 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, dinner and various awards. Mailing an entry to Scott Herbert at 3606 Manor House Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270. Registration forms are available at the following link: phsathletics.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/file/view/2011+Golf+Outing+Registration+Form.doc. Make checks payable to the Providence Athletic Booster Club.
East Mecklenburg High
Volunteers needed: Community and parent volunteers are needed for East Meck's Graduation Project Review Boards from 2-5 p.m. April 6. A brief training session will be given at 2 p.m. in our Media Center prior to your serving on the Review Boards. To volunteer, contact Deb Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 980-343-6430, ext. 245.
South Mecklenburg High
"Once Upon A Mattress": The Fine Arts department will perform the musical "Once Upon A Mattress" 7 p.m. April 7-9 and 3 p.m. April 10. Tickets: $10 adults and students, $5 for children 10 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning 30 minutes before the show. Visit www.southmeckmusicals.org.
Performing arts honors: Twelve students from Charlotte-area high schools went on the Broadway Experience trip March 25-27 through a Blumenthal Performing Arts program. The selected students include Jessica Clark from East Mecklenburg High School. Of these 12 students, the Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship Committee will award two students a $10,000 college scholarship each, both funded by the Doctor Foundation.
Charlotte Christian Scout earns Eagle rank: Zachary Daughtry, a member of Boy Scout Troop 11 since 2003 and a senior at Charlotte Christian School, has achieved Eagle rank. His Eagle project was the beautification of an area around a flagpole at Lansdowne School for the Sardis Dixie Youth Baseball Association. The flagpole honors longtime league president and coach Ken Palmer, who died of cancer in 2009. Daughtry constructed three benches and landscaped the area. He also constructed two sets of equipment storage cubbies.