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Mecklenburg County

Sterling Elementary: As a community service project, students from Sterling Elementary donated care-package items, including letters, for U.S. troops. Organizers delivered the items to Soldiers' Angels, a nonprofit group founded to assist veterans, wounded and deployed military personnel and their families. Donated items included personal-care products, playing cards and candy.

Druid Hills Academy: The south Charlotte chapter of Altrusa International Inc. hosted a Back to School Bash last month to benefit Druid Hills. School supplies giveaways, entertainment and information booths were part of the event. Altrusa is a nonprofit organization primarily focused on the promotion of literacy.

National Achievement program: Thirteen CMS seniors were named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship program. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants based on scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 160,000 students nationwide competed. Finalist levels are determined by academic performance, essays, principal recommendations and SAT scores. Final awards of $2.4 million will be based on accomplishments and potential college success.

North Mecklenburg: The North Mecklenburg High Debate and Speech Team finished second against 23 N.C. competing schools in the Pinecrest Open tournament. The team had top-10 placements, with five in Speech Competition and four in Debate Events.