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Compiled by Cindy Stern


Bailey Middle: David Kaufman-Bell has won the Bailey Spelling Bee.

• The girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams won first place at the district event in mid-November. Both teams won the competition by more than 20 points.

• The robotics team recently received the Innovation Award at the First LEGO League qualifier. The Broncobots earned the prize for its idea for students working in a honeycomb-shaped classroom with touchscreen learning on the walls being able to immediately display their best work.

Team members were Paige Siggins, Alexis McNeillis, Landon Edge, Ethan Cox, Ben Brammer, Reilly McDowell, Ayush Bodhale, Brooke Watson and Lee Wandel.

Mallard Creek High: The band will perform a winter concert 7 p.m. Dec.  15 in the school auditorium. The band has placed first this year in the Mustang Classic Marching Competition and second and third in events in the Porter Ridge High School Cove Classic.

In April, the band also will participate in Festival Disney, a music festival for talented band students. To contribute to festival travel expenses for students in need, donations may be made at or to MCHS Band Boosters, P.O. Box 481028, Charlotte, NC 28269.

Grand Oak Elementary: Megan Buchsbaum is the winner of the spelling bee. Grant Johnson placed second.

Davidson Day: Third-graders collected 3,211 items of canned goods in its November Holiday Food Drive. The donations will benefit the “Loaves and Fishes” pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. In addition to organizing the drive, the students sorted the items and worked with teachers and parents to load and deliver the food to the Pantry.

Torrence Creek Elementary: Stephanie Reid has been awarded a Bright Ideas education grant. Reid received a check for $186 for her grant “To Act of Not to Act, That is the Social Studies Question.”

EnergyUnited awarded 27 teachers in November approximately $40,000 in grants to fund innovative classroom learning projects.

SouthLake Christian Academy: The school won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II football state championship Nov. 21. The Eagles beat Davidson Day 21-14 in overtime. Last year SouthLake won the Division III title.


Northwest Cabarrus High: The school’s advanced theater classes competed at the N.C. Theatre Conference Regional One-Act Festival and won multiple awards.

“Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins” and “Kiss a Squid” received Superior Ratings and “Kiss a Squid” won an Excellence in Ensemble Acting. Destiny Castro, Austin Gange and Ashley Wineberger won an Honorable Mention in Acting; Courtney Wethington won a Technical Award in Sound and Stage Management and Andy Rassler won a Directing Award.

Northwest Cabarrus High: Austin Gange earned an Honorable Mention Award for Acting at the N.C. Theatre Conference State Festival in November.

Hickory Ridge High: Victoria Rivera will perform in the U.S. Army bowl at the Alamo Dome on Jan. 3.

Victoria was selected as a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band from thousands of applicants nationwide and will receive an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio.

Carolina International School: The school has been selected by the Mu chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars at UNC Charlotte as this year’s honorary member of its society.

The school received the distinction for its contributions to the international experience for students in elementary through high school grades. Phi Beta Delta is an International Honor Society organized to recognize the international education achievements of university faculty, staff and students.

Cabarrus County Schools: The system has received an Honorable Mention award for its INSPIRE: K-12 STEM Pipeline.

The distinction was awarded by the N.C. School Boards Association for excellence in educational programs.

Rocky River Elementary and W.M. Irvin Elementar y: The schools received Champions Grants from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.

Rocky River received $49,840 to fund a school robotics program. W.M. Irvin received $40,316 to fund a school track with workout stations.


Saluda Trail Middle: The school has been designated as an exemplar school by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

The honor is awarded as part of a program to showcase outstanding 21st-century learning practices, which are improving student learning nationwide. Saluda Trail was one of 15 schools selected based on educational excellence and innovative learning implementation.

Fort Mill High: Alex Dudek (trumpet), Grayson Davis (oboe), David Hahn (clarinet), Adam Patyk (baritone saxophone), Lukas Ferrell (alto saxophone) will perform at Carnegie Hall in February in the Honors Performance Series. At the Series, talented high school musicians nationwide will rehearse and perform with renowned conductors.

Clover: The Clover High School Band will present a Winter Concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 18. The Clover Middle School Band will present a Winter Concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.


Union Academy: The Lower Campus boys’ Xcel 2 Fitness Team had the best overall time at the Challenge Obstacle Course Event on Nov. 22.

Competing against 18 schools, Union Academy finished Round 1 in 6 minutes, 50 seconds, and round two in 5:17.

Forest Hills High: Jennifer Whitley has been named the 2014 Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year.

Whitley is a Civics and World History teacher at Forest Hills High. As the Regional Teacher of the Year, she will serve as ambassador for the Southwest Region and network with other regional Teachers of the Year throughout North Carolina.

Central Academy of Technology and Arts: Freshmen student council members participated in a clean up of Bearskin Creek in downtown Monroe on Nov. 15.

After collecting trash from the stream, the students performed tests to determine water quality and will record the data on the World Water Monitoring site. Student council members are required to complete one service project annually.

Sun Valley High: The FFA Chapter won the N.C. FFA Dairy Evaluation Event in November in Rowan County.

Team members were Hannah Covington, Savannah Hipp, Jessica Thomas and Sierra Simmerman. The team used its animal-science and herd-management skills to evaluate dairy cattle and defend their conclusions to a judge. The team now is eligible to compete in the National FFA event. Their FFA adviser is agriculture teacher Dale Cochran.

• The FFA Junior Chapter placed third in the N.C. FFA Junior Dairy Evaluation Event.

Team members were Noah Adamczyk, Manny Alvarez, Allison Neely, and Grace Anna Perkins, advised by agriculture teacher Dale Cochran. The top three teams will be recognized at the N.C. FFA State Convention in Raleigh next year.

Piedmont Middle: Harper McCraw is the Spelling Bee champion.

Maddie Adkins is the runner-up. Harper will advance to the county level bee Jan. 28.