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Innovative Educator

Innovators: Matthew Kelly, who teaches at The Academy for International Studies at Independence High School, is one of 72 school leaders selected by Microsoft to attend the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum, presented by Microsoft Partners in Learning on July 28-29. The presentation is the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wa. The forum spotlights educators who inspire their students by using technology in the classroom. Kelly had his students explore digital storytelling as a medium for self expression using Microsoft Photo Story 3 and Microsoft Movie Maker. The assignment required students to speak, listen, read and write in the target language and introduced concepts of media literacy. Kelly and the other educators will present their projects to a panel of judges and then 10 projects will be selected to represent the United States at the global forum this fall.


Information technology: The Charlotte Women in Information Science and Engineering (WISE) recently awarded South Mecklenburg High School graduating senior Kristen L. Cotner with the 2011 Kasie Capling Memorial Scholarship. WISE established the scholarship in memory of Kasie Capling, Charlotte WISE Steering Committee Member, who unexpectedly passed away in August 2005. The scholarship continues Capling's legacy of fostering careers in information technology and engineering. Kristen will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, where she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship from WISE to assist with her studies.

Urban Environment

Staples challenge: Northridge Middle School was selected as one of five regional winners in the Staples Urban Environment Challenge, which recognizes youth who help address environmental issues related to climate change in urban communities. Students created the Go Green group, which was designed to help the school, students and faculty become more eco-friendly. They learned about waste management best practices and then worked together to clean and repair the school grounds. Northridge Middle School will receive a customized $1,000 "Classroom of the Future" kit that includes video cameras, LCD projectors and computer software. The technology will help students continue to implement environmental service learning programs that help address environment issues impacting their community.

Charlotte Christian

New director: Theresa Kasay became Charlotte Christian School's new director of academics on July 1. Kasay is responsible for curriculum development and implementation for junior kindergarten through 12th grade. She earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and two master's degrees from UNC Charlotte. Most recently, she has served as the assistant principal of instruction at Bethel Elementary School in Cabarrus County.

Merit finalist: Charlotte Christian senior Andrew Jacob Younts has been selected as a winner of the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the second winner named from Charlotte Christian, joining Catherine Jarrett who was named a National Merit Scholarship winner earlier this year.


Blood donors: Students who give blood in one of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas' four area donor centers - Charlotte, Gastonia, Monroe and Concord (opening July 5) - this month will have the opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship. Student names will be entered into a raffle once for every successful donation they bring to a CBCC donor center. Any recruited donors must come into a CBCC donor center in July in order for it to count toward their total. Students are encouraged to recruit friends, relatives, neighbors . Details: 704-972-4709;