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Compiled by Cindy Stern


North Mecklenburg: Thirty-two members of the debate and speech team attended the 28th annual Bob Jones Academy tournament to compete against 38 schools from four states.

The following students earned recognition at the event: Kasy Heath, fourth in Expository Speaking; Raniah Jeanlys, fourth in Student Congress; Jack Watson, fifth in Original Oratory; Tresstin White, sixth in Novice Reading; the Public Forum debate team of Chandnee Puri and Brittany Sings, sixth; and June Yom, 10th in Dramatic Interpretation.

Huntingtowne Farms Elementary: The school has won a $5,000 Hometown Huddle grant from the Carolina Panthers and United Way. The school will use the money to build a quarter-mile outdoor fitness trail with activity stations and physical activity options.

Torrence Creek Elementary: The school has a new service club: SWAG was organized to support refugee students. Club members recently held a book drive to provide support for the transition to a new language.

Grand Oak Elementary: The leadership team will sponsor an Internet and Technology Safety event 6-7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the gym. A Huntersville police detective will talk to parents about safety, and school educators will have a “Genius Bar” open to demonstrate how students are using Chromebooks and iPads.

Hopewell High: The school will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19. Tickets are $5; age 10 or younger are free.

Woodberry Forest School: Hardin Lucas is serving as a member of the Prefect Board, which administers the student-run honor system. Hardin also serves as a student mentor and assists with dormitory supervision. He is the son of Charles C. Lucas III and Mimi D. Lucas of Charlotte.

Providence High: The theater department will present the Neil Simon comedy “Fools” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-15 and 3 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door.


Porter Ridge High: Hannah Ryder has organized a relief collection of rice, diapers and toys to support homeless, severely disabled children and adults in Kingston, Jamaica.

The senior’s effort was through classes and the International Voyagers Club. Hannah has done volunteer work with the homeless since she was 10 and spent time this summer assisting in Missionaries of the Poor shelters in Jamaica.

Wingate Elementary, Forest Hills High: Choral students from the two schools join other performers at the 2014 AMG Heritage Awards to be held Nov. 15 at the Union County Ag. Convention Center at 3230 Presson Road in Monroe. Details and tickets: or 704-282-1164.

Rocky River Elementary: The school has earned state recognition as a 2014-15 Title 1 Reward School and was designated a high-performance school. The school was selected based on assessment data from the prior three years.

Sun Valley High: The NJROTC has been invited to represent North Carolina in the Pearl Harbor Memorial parade in December and is the only unit from the state that will attend. The school has organized fundraisers to help students with trip expenses.

Minigrants: The Union County Education Foundation recently awarded more than $20,000 in mini-grants to 44 Union County Public Schools teachers. Grant amounts ranged from $191 to $500 for projects including a mobile reptile zoo, digital microscope and substance-abuse prevention resource library.


York High: The York Cougars Band recently placed sixth at the S.C. State Marching Band Championships. The band moved up this year to the 4A classification.

Nation Ford High: The Future Farmers of America chapter at the school has been named top 10 FFA Chapter in the U.S.

Representing the state were Everett Newlon and Sidney Snowberger with their Angus Beef research project, and Courtney Petitgout in the national job interview competition.

Fort Mill High: The school band won the S.C. 4A Marching Band Championship, scoring a 95.175. This is the school’s sixth state championship in Class 4A.


Leadership changes: Superintendent Barry Shepherd announced the following leadership changes: Kecia Coln has been promoted to director of human resources and Leah Zufall has been promoted to exceptional children’s instructional coordinator.

Learning center: Cabarrus County Schools has opened the Lockhart Early Learning Center.

The center expands the early childhood programs offered in the district and is a full-day program, held at All Saints Episcopal Church through a lease agreement.

Rocky River Elementary: The school has received a Hometown Huddle grant of $5,000 from the Carolina Panthers, United Way Central Carolinas and the NFL.

The grant supports health and wellness programs and will be used to purchase equipment for the school’s physical education and Fit Lab programs. Teachers Amanda Davis and Patricia Fiorelli wrote the winning grant.

Jay M. Robinson High: Retired Lt. Col. Scott Rose, U.S. Air Force JROTC instructor, is the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for October.

Impact award: The board of education recognized Impact Award honorees at the Oct. 13 business meeting:


Pitts School Road Elementary School:

students Karla Velasquez-Contreras and Kadin Rice; staff David Barnaba and Cynthia Barbee.


Cabarrus Opportunity School:

students Kyle Ludvick and Courtney McClendon; staff Karen Farthing and Susan Perry.