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Compiled by Cindy Stern
Internship: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Academic Internship Program is accepting applications for spring 2015. Internships currently being offered by CMS are in engineering, health science, and hospitality and tourism. Application deadline is Dec. 19. Visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Pages/default.aspx, then type in “academic internships” for more information.
Scholarship award: Payton Walker has been selected as a semifinalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill. Walker now advances to regional interviews in January.
Spelling Bee: Hannah Brandon won the school spelling bee. She competed against 32 students in grades 3 though 8 on Dec. 5 and will now advance to the Mecklenburg County Independent School Spelling Bee. Sammy Henderson was the first runner-up.
Charlotte Catholic High
Scholarship award: Marissa Lopez has earned a four-year renewable scholarship worth up to $140,000. The scholarship was awarded by TimkenSteel, a company based in Ohio. Lopez was among 8 seniors receiving the award and the only student from North Carolina. TimkenSteel awards the scholarships to children of employees through a competitive application process.
Eagle Scout: Tim Curry received the Eagle Scout award. For his Eagle project, Curry led the construction of collection bins at St. Matthew Catholic Church, where he is a member of Troop 15.
Robotics award: A team of middle school students were awarded first place for Gracious Professionalism at the N.C. FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament in November.
For the Robot Game event, students program robots to score points on a playing surface. For the Project event, teams create innovative solutions to a challenge that is related to the yearly theme. The students programmed a Lego robot to interact with obstacles constructed with Legos, under the guidance of computer science teacher Daniel Pavitt. For the Project, the team had made a Raspberry Pi Laptop, a credit card-sized single board computer. The team received their trophy for their teamwork ability and other core values.
Alumni news: A flight suit patch designed by U.S. Navy Midshipman Hayes Friddle, of Charlotte Latin, was aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft on the Dec. 5 launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Friddle is a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy and is the project leader of the Academy’s rocket-building team for the NASA Student Launch and Centennial Challenge competition, which will provide cost-effective research and development for the Mars Sample. The patch was donated for the launch by former NASA astronaut Ken Reightler.
Charlotte Country Day
Girl Up club: Ishana Nigam is working to grow the school’s Girl Up club. Nigam was named a Girl Up Teen Adviser by the United Nations. The program gives American girls the opportunity to develop their leadership potential and helps girls in developing countries improve their education. The chapter now has 20 members and is currently raising money to provide bicycles for school transportation for girls in Africa and Central America. Nigam is also a member of Model United Nations, the school speech and debate team, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, and the National Honor Society.
Victory Christian Center
Student volunteers: The middle and high school students recently volunteered at the Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center. The team of 35 students inspected, packed and loaded gift boxes for five hours at the facility which is operated by Samaritan’s Purse.
Queens University of Charlotte
Christmas Clinic: Coach Bart Lundy and his team will host the annual Men’s Basketball Christmas Clinic, Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m. Boys ages 5-14 may register at http://bit.ly/1GqppoM. The cost is $50.