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Learn about politics: EnergyUnited is now accepting applications for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. Two rising high school seniors will visit Congress, learn more about the political process and develop leadership skills during the free trip to Washington, D.C., for the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour. The program runs June 16-22. Nearly 1,500 high school students from across the country attend, meeting their legislators, attending briefings and visiting historic sites. Applications may be downloaded from www.energyunited.com/youth_tour.asp. Application deadline is Feb. 6. Details: 800-522-3793 or visit www.energyunited.com.
Beverly Woods Elementary
Science fair: All science fair projects are due in classrooms by Jan. 24. Oral presentations and project judging will take place 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25. All parents are invited to attend the Science Fair Parent Night 6 p.m. Jan. 26. The awards ceremony will take place that night at 6:45 p.m.
Open house: Charlotte Christian School will host a free admissions open house 7 p.m. Jan. 26 on the school's campus in the dining hall, 7301 Sardis Road. The event is open to families and prospective students interested in learning more about grades junior kindergarten through grade 12. To register, call 704-366-5657 or visit www.charlottechristian.com.
Charlotte Country Day
Tuition raffle tickets: Raffle tickets for free 2012 Charlotte Country Day School tuition are on sale now through Feb. 8. The winner will either receive a $15,000 tuition credit for the 2012-13 school year or $15,000 in cash. Each ticket is $50, or buy three for $100. The drawing will take place Feb. 11. Email Sinclair Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
WordMasters: Covenant Day School's WordMasters Challenge team recently tied for third place nationally in the 12th-grade category in the WordMasters Challenge out of 548 participating schools. The team of 12th-graders was made up of Brent McKnight, Katelyn Mullins, Lane Baker, Graham Collins, Brianna Norris, Nancy Pendleton, Madison Underwood, Nathan Joffe, Anna Melton, Addison Threatt and Emma Biggerstaff. McKnight and Mullins both earned near-perfect scores in the meet, placing among the 36 highest-scoring 12th-graders in the entire country.
Spirit week: Spirit Week for upper school students will be held Jan. 17-20. Covenant Day is looking for lower and middle school parents to come and judge some of the events as a way of seeing activities in store for their own children. There will be decorative banner competitions and step dancing competitions. For information or to sign up, contact Tabby Langley at email@example.com.
New leader: Covenant Day School announced the appointment of Mark Davis as the next Head of School, effective July 1. Davis has 34 years of experience, including his current post as Head of School at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Mass., where he has served for six years. Davis received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern College and completed his master's degree in education at the University of South Florida.
Debate winner: In the recent Laird Lewis Invitational debate tournament held at Myers Park High, Jacob Greenblatt from Providence High School placed first in the category of Novice Congressional Debate.
Summer programs: There is now a list of dozens of summer programs in a link on the Providence High School homepage at schools.cms.k12.nc.us/providenceHS. This list includes summer scholarship programs and others. Many deadlines are upcoming, so check out the list soon.
Food drive winner: Sharon Elementary won the Loaves & Fishes food drive contest sponsored by Valeriano Orthodontics, earning their school a new smart board by collecting 5,301 food items.
South Charlotte Middle
Art teacher wins residency: South Charlotte Middle School art teacher, David Theissen, applied last spring for the CMS art teacher residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art. His portfolio and proposal recently earned him the competitive spot. The residency will allow Theissen to focus on his personal work and experience the life of an artist from Jan. 9 until after spring break.