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Charlotte Christian

Shakespeare Competition: Charlotte Christian senior Claire Hilton was awarded second prize in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition held May 2 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hilton competed with 56 winners of ESU Branch competitions held nationwide after winning first place in the high school division at the Wingate University Shakespeare Festival on Feb. 15. Her award includes a scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center's Theatre Camp in Staunton, Va. Hilton plans to study theater after graduation and has been accepted to the department of performing arts at Emerson College in Boston.

Scholarship: Senior John Humphries, Charlotte Christian valedictorian for the class of 2011, has been awarded the Trustee Scholarship at the University of Southern California, the highest academic full scholarship awarded to freshmen at USC. The scholarship includes full tuition for approximately 100 students who receive the award each year. John is the son of D. Scott Humphries Jr. and Robyn Stacy-Humphries, M.D. He is a Summa Cum Laude honor roll student and has earned highest honors in AP calculus, chemistry, language and composition, and Spanish. He is a member of the National Honor Society and served as class president as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Scholarship: Charlotte Christian senior A.J. Calhoun has been awarded the Herman Warden Lay Scholarship, the highest academic full scholarship awarded to freshmen at Furman University. The scholarship recognizes high school seniors who have displayed exceptional academic and personal achievement. First awarded in 1984, the scholarship is named for Herman Warden Lay, the Furman alumnus known for developing Lay's Potato Chips. The son of Andy and JoAnn Calhoun, A.J. is a Magna Cum Laude honor roll student and National Honor Society member at Charlotte Christian where he served in student government for the past four years and was awarded the Principal's Leadership Award as a senior. In spring 2009, he earned his Eagle Scout designation for creating "The Unbounded Determination," a documentary chronicling the stories of war veterans.

Ardrey Kell High

Kenan Fellow: Pamela Weghorst, an earth science and AP environmental science teacher at Ardrey Kell High School, has been selected as a Class of 2012 Kenan Fellow by the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at N.C. State University. In June, she will engage in a fellowship supported by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to develop innovative curricula for use in North Carolina classrooms. Weghorst holds a master's degree in geology from Kent State University and was the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship from 2005 to 2008, which supported her through her graduate research and provided funding for curriculum development for K-12 classrooms.

Charlotte Latin

Latin Leaders: Freshmen Emily Ho and Mary Page Welch achieved perfect scores on the 2011 National Latin Exam. They are among only 568 students to attain this distinction out of the more than 137,000 in 15 countries who took the examination. In addition, junior Roman Berens scored in the top 10 in the 2010-11 CAMWS Latin Translation Contest, sponsored by The Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Seniors John Bowman and Baynes Welch received Book Awards for placing in the top 30 in this competition and junior Win Holt received a Letter of Commendation.

Math Team: Sophomore Connie Zhou has been selected for the North Carolina math team and will represent the state at the annual American Regions Mathematics League national competition in June. This is the second time she will represent Charlotte Latin at the competition. Considered the "World Series of mathematics," the contest consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question, an individual round, two relay rounds and a super relay.

Covenant Day

Outstanding teacher: Science teacher Russ Eppley has received the Hull and Coleman Outstanding Teacher Award, which takes into account student recommendations. Hull and Coleman provides a gift card to Eppley and a donation to the Covenant Day School.

Patriotic Art: Jordan Dunn, a senior, has won the N.C. state competition for the 2010-11 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Jordan's piece, which depicted a moment of reunion between his father and military-serving brother, was one of 41 winners out of more than 10,000 entrants to be forwarded for national adjudication. Covenant Day School student Emily Horacek earned a $500 scholarship by submitting her idea for the 2012 National Christian College Fairs postcards. Her design in part will be featured in the 2012 NCCF postcard.

Shiloh Elementary

Green Team: About 35 students in the after-school Green Team hosted a Recycled Invention Convention. The contest tasked students with creating something useable from recycled materials. Three winners were chosen from each of the three categories (K-first; second-third; and fourth-fifth grades). Some popular entries included a chair and chandelier made out of plastic bottles, a birdhouse made out of a milk jug and a game made from bottle caps.

Weddington High

Excelsior: The following students have received Excelsior Awards, which recognize students who have exhibited excellent work ethic and leadership: Mikayla Bellardini, Melissa Valdman, Chelsea Fogarty, Caira Samuels, Katie Pagano, Maggie Kerfonta, Sarah Cardaci, Erik Lebron, Auburn Mercer, Alex Tidwell, Brad Burnam, Matt Smith, Erin Burnette, Adam Brown, Vincent DeBetta, Daniel Bayha, Michael Escoto, Jeremy Christner, Drew Goins and Savannah Ruff.

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