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Calvary Church

Open registration: The Calvary Child Development Center, which offers weekday preschool programs and daycare for children 6 months through 5 years of age, opened its 2012-2013 registration Feb. 1. Go online to register. For a tour, call 704-341-5447.

Sports registration: Spring registration is now open for Calvary Church's CHAMP Sports recreational soccer (ages 3-14), flag football (ages 6-11), T-ball (ages 5-6), coach-pitch baseball (ages 7-8) and karate (ages 5-adult) leagues. CHAMP is one of the largest sports outreach groups in the Charlotte area. For more information or to register, visit

Carmel Christian

Honors band: Tenth-grade student Margaret Lynch recently auditioned for the South Central All-District Band. After competing against 76 other flute players, she was chosen as first chair. She will participate with other top band students in a two-day clinic at Lenoir-Rhyne University and perform in a concert at the end of the clinic.

Geography competition: In the recent fifth- through eighth- grade geography competition at Carmel Christian, eighth-grader Hunter Dixon came in first place, and seventh-grader Garrett Fogg came in second place.

Spelling Bee winners: During the Carmel Christian spelling bee, second-grader Eva Vega won for grades one through four. Fifth-grader Abigayle Hannon won for grades five through eight.

Charlotte Catholic

Crystal Ball Gala: The 2012 Crystal Ball Gala will be held March 3 at the Ballantyne Hotel to raise funds for Charlotte Catholic High School. The event will include dinner, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions. An online auction will be open beginning in February. The cost of the event is $125 per person. Raffle tickets are also available online. Visit and follow the link to the event website to make purchases. You can also sign up to sponsor or to donate auction items.

Charlotte Christian

Miss Mecklenburg: Charlotte Christian freshman Payton Walker was named the 2012 Miss Mecklenburg Outstanding Teen Jan. 21. The program is part of the Miss America scholarship pageant. Payton will spend the next year participating in community service and will represent Mecklenburg County in the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant to be held in Raleigh in June.

Charlotte Latin

School play: Charlotte Latin Middle School will perform "Willy Wonka Jr." 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Thies Auditorium on campus.

Division III Athletes: Stephanie Coma will run track for Rhodes College, Ryan Fine will play soccer for Denison University, Harris Oates will play lacrosse at Birmingham-Southern College and Matt Tome will play basketball at Sewanee.

Financial Aid: Aplications are due Feb. 15.

Covenant Day

Musical: The high school will perform "Singing in the Rain" 7 p.m. Feb. 9-11, and 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets are $8 and on sale now in the high school office.

Grandparents Day: CDS Lower School students will honor grandparents Feb. 17. The school is in need of parent volunteers to help with the brunch reception. Volunteers may sign up at

Box Tops contest: The Lower School will hold a box-tops contest through March 2. The grade that collects the most box tops will win extra recess time with an ice cream snack.

Mercy Oratory contest winner: Covenant Day School senior Travis Hutchinson won the H. Brent McKnight Justice and Mercy Oratory Contest. Travis received a $1,000 award. The contest was created to honor the life and of the Honorable Brent McKnight, a federal judge serving in North Carolina, whose life was cut short by cancer.

Providence Day School

Soccer Hall of Fame: Coach Bill Finneyfrock, head coach of the Providence Day School soccer boys varsity team, was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in Greensboro on Jan. 21. During the past 21 years, Finneyfrock has won four state championships and numerous conference titles. His soccer program at PDS has produced two All-Americans and two North Carolina Player of the Year awards.

Football signings: Two Providence Day seniors recently signed contracts to play college football. Nick Velardo singed with the University of Richmond and Sam Frye signed with The Citadel.

Morehead finalists: Providence Day seniors Matthew De May and Neha Kukreja are finalists in UNC-Chapel Hill's Morehead-Cain scholarship competition. Matthew and Nejha will travel to Chapel Hill with the other 125 finalists Feb. 25-28.

Honors band: Eighth-grader Olivia Weidner was selected for the middle school All-District Concert Band while 10th-grader Alex Sherman was selected for the high school All-District Jazz Band and scored high enough to audition for All-State Jazz Band. Olivia will be one of 12 trumpet players chosen to perform with the band at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory Jan. 27-28. Alex was the top piano player chosen to perform with the band at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Feb. 17-18.

Community House Middle

Honors Band: Community House Middle School students recently auditioned for and were selected for the South Central All-District Band. They auditioned with more than 500 students for a spot in the 100-iece band. The eight students selected were: Saheli Parekh, Micahel Galloway, Kevin Carney, Ben Knoble, Jin-Woo Lee, Neil Patel, Thomas Hotard and Shane Carson.

South Mecklenburg High

Honors orchestra: Amelia Cacchione, Justin Cheesman, Thomas Friend and Roque Winchester made the Western Region Honors Orchestra. They will perform March 2-4 at ASU in Boone.