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Student awarded: Central Academy of Technology and Arts medical science senior Tony Burrus has been selected for the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University - East Carolina University (NCAT-ECU) Early Assurance Scholars Program. Only eight scholars are selected into this program each year.

The program was developed to "increase the number of under-represented minorities pursuing careers in medicine and to ensure a pool of talented, highly competitive scholars who desire to practice medicine in North Carolina."


Guest pianist

Recital: Irish pianist John O'Conor, who will be in residence at Winthrop University June 26-30 to teach his second annual master piano class, will give a public recital 7:30 p.m. June 26 in Barnes Recital Hall. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, faculty and staff and $5 for students.

Summer Academy

Vanderbilt University: Jamie Kaplan of Charlotte has been accepted to attend the 2011 Vanderbilt Summer Academy.

Jamie graduated from Charlotte Secondary School this spring and will attend Charlotte Latin School in the fall.


Cash prizes: The following Charlotte-area schools are vying for a chance to win a share of the $100,000 in cash prizes through Big Lots' "Lots2Give" contest.

The schools are: Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, Devonshire Elementary School, Royal Oaks Elementary School, Windsor Park Elementary School and Wolf Meadow Elementary School.

The public can vote for their favorite videos at One $20,000 grand prize, four $5,000 first prizes and 30 $2,000 second prizes will be awarded. Voting ends on July 4 and winners will be announced on Aug. 13.