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Charlotte Mecklenburg

Good Works Youth Awards: Six Mecklenburg students were winners of the '11 GoodWorks Youth Awards.

The annual awards recognize outstanding work of youths in 3 categories.

The winners are:

Diversity: Jason Reid, Ardrey Kell High School,

Education: Ben Cournoyer, Mallard Creek High School; Michelle Fogarty, Providence High School.

Environment: Myles Grier, Cannon School.

McAlpine Elementary: On December 2, at the school's first Vocabulary Parade, 500 students got "word wise."

Students chose a vocabulary word and created a poster or costume to represent the word.

North Mecklenburg High: The North Meck Junior Varsity Debate and Speech Team placed third overall in the first annual Cardinal Classic Novice/JV Debate and Speech Tournament, Dec. 3 at Phillip O. Berry High School.

Individual winners in Speech events were: Bryana Andrade Williams, first, Oral Interpretation; Beth Kingaby, first, Declamation; Alex Pope, second, Original Oratory.

For Debate events, the team of Irfan Mekic and Abhi Kulgod took first place in Novice Public Forum debate; James Haberberger, sixth in Student Congress.

Myers Park High: The school's literary magazine, The Pegasus, an annual publication of student writing and artwork won first place in the N.C. Literary and Historical Association Student Publication Awards.

Independence High: As part of her graduation community service project, Manna Yosief, is collecting 1,000 books and $500 to start a community library in Swaziland. The library will be part of the African Library Project, which helps Americans start libraries with African partners, books are collected in the U.S. and shipped to communities requesting them.

Donations of paperback books in English for grades 4-8 or checks, payable to the African Library Project, can be dropped off at the school library, 1967 Patriot Drive, Charlotte 28227.

Mock Trial State Tournament: Ridge Road Middle School and Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy were among 14 teams competing in the Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial state tournament Dec. 9 at locations around the state.

Named in honor of Justice James Iredell of Edenton, one of the original justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, the tournament of mock trials helps middle school students develop abilities such as critical thinking, problem-solving and public speaking and is sponsored by the N.C. Bar Association Foundation.

Davidson Day: Jing He, the school's Mandarin teacher will travel to Beijing during December for professional development at the Confucius Institute.

He, a native Chinese, has 15 years' teaching experience, and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Tianjin Normal University, Tainjin, China.

Charlotte Christian: Ryan Gilmartin, eighth grade football player, was selected to play in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on Jan. 8.

Charlotte Latin: Engineering teacher Tom Dubick is the local winner in Time Warner Cable's National Super Connector Search.

The $5,000 prize will be used to expand Fly to Learn, a program using computers and flight simulation software to promote science education. Dubick will be featured in a public service announcement to increase awareness about science education.

Providence Day: PDS's Academic WorldQuest team of seniors, placed second out of 24 teams. The faculty team placed tenth in a field of 230 teams. The sophomore team finished 15th out of 30 teams.

Cannon School: Open house, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. in Taylor Hall. Details:

Students donated more than 800 new gifts for underprivileged children during the school's annual Project Wrap-In.

The students presented the wrapped gifts to representatives of 5 nonprofits for distribution to local children. Student coordinators were Emily Anderson, Tyler Carsen, Tory Foster, Bruna Liborio, Lucie Randall, Tias Sen, and Vanessa Vaccaro, assisted by Haley Todd, learning coordinator.