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Compiled by Cindy Stern


West Charlotte High: Jop Enuol has won the districtwide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contest for her photograph, which addresses the importance of freedom of speech. Enuol received a $1,000 prize.

West Mecklenburg High: The Drama Guild will present “The Children of Children Keep Coming” at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at Spirit Square at 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7.

The play is written by Russell Goings, with images by Romare Bearden. Tickets are $6 for students and senior adults and $8 for adults, available on the Blumenthal website or at the door.

Rocky River High: Sung Ju Park and Jacquelyn Caldwell have been selected for the Honors Orchestra for the second time. The senior violinists will participate in a clinic at Mallard Creek High and perform there in a concert Feb. 7.

CMS: Students and parents can get help with homework and assignments through

Tutors are available 4 p.m.-midnight for academic questions in math, science, English, social studies and writing, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including AP-level and introductory-level college coursework.

Users need a library card and Internet access. Visit: and click on the blue box on the right side of the page.

• The Mecklenburg County Bar will host “Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession,” a free conference for minority undergraduate and high school students, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Registration and breakfast are 9:30-10 a.m. For details and registration, visit

and click on “Diversity Day” under the “Get Involved” tab; or contact Amina DeBurst at

or 704-375-8624. Registration deadline: Jan. 30.

Bailey Middle: Brandi Alden and Tilly Boraks will receive awards in April at the Mecklenburg County Reflections Awards Ceremony and Gallery Walk at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary.

Brandi received first place in the Dance category and third in Photography. Tilly was first in the Film category.

The PTA Reflections Arts program offers recognition for artistic works by students in preschool through grade 12.

Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology: The following Speech and Debate Team members received honors at the Laird Lewis tournament at Myers Park High in mid-January:

Finalist: Courtney Gilbert, sixth place, Expository Speaking.

Semifinalist: Lizbeth Rangel, Declamation.

Semifinalist: Spencer Heath, Impromptu Speaking.

Quarterfinalist: Kelon Williams, Oral Interpretation.

Honorable mentions: C.J. Lowe, Jasmin Lazore and Gylana Jones.

Alicia Blackmon placed third in the 2014-15 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contest. Tara Farrell and Maritza Pereza also participated in the contest.

• Lauren Cook and Jeryn Lindsay are National Center for Women in Information Technology national winners and will be recognized at award dinners in spring. Cook is one of 35 national winners. Lindsay is one of 100 national runners-up. The award recipients are selected based on aptitude and academics, leadership ability and post-secondary education plans.

• Lauren Cook also has been selected an SAS Global Student Ambassador. She is the only high school student worldwide to have been selected.

In addition, Cook, Jeremiah Kelly, Christopher Simpson and Jonathan Gomez will present their research papers at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas, Texas, in April.


Impact Through Education awards: The following students and staff received Impact Through Education Awards at the January meeting of the county Board of Education:

Royal Oaks Elementary School – Students Jaime Rosales Aveldanez and Madison Hodges; staff members Grace Ulrich and Larry Hunter.

Central Cabarrus High School – Students Dayton Heredia and Sophia McFarlane; staff members Patti Norris and Norman Coley.

The awards, sponsored by Concord Printing, recognize individuals for exemplary personal qualities.

CCS Spelling Bee: Bryce Beihle, a seventh-grader at J.N. Fries Magnet Middle, is the 2015 CCS Spelling Bee champion. Bryce will represent the district at the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 23. Joy Jackson, an eighth-grader at Harris Road Middle and a third-year spelling bee veteran, is the district runner-up.

Charles E. Boger Elementary: Lori Tarlton received the Cabarrus County Schools’ Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month award for January.

The award recognizes outstanding work in the classroom. CCS teachers are nominated by parents or students.

Carolina International School: Information sessions for interested families will be 5-6 p.m. Feb. 12 and 24. Email for reservations. Details:


Springfield Middle, Gold Hill Middle: Charlotte Pollack has won the district’s spelling bee for the second year in a row.

Charlotte, an eighth-grader at Springfield Middle, will represent the district at the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 23.

Pavana Guruprasad, an eighth-grader at Gold Hill Middle, was the district runner-up.

Clover High: The school is one of 11 South Carolina finalists for the 2015 Palmettos Finest School Awards.

The S.C. Association of School Administrators presents the awards based on innovative, effective educational programs. The top honors will be announced March 24.

Northwestern High: Band students Mark Yost, Hunter Ditsch and Jonathan Fitzgerald will perform, by invitation, a college-level solo in the 2015 S.C. Band Directors Association Master Recital on Feb. 5. Only 14 students were chosen to participate from among hundreds who submitted recordings.

York District: The YC No Wrong Door will present a parent workshop, “Helping Children Cope with SADDness (Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Destructive Behavior)” twice Feb. 12: 1-2 p.m. at Hunter Street Elementary and 6-7 p.m. at the district office.

Professionals will be available after the program to answer questions about family support, mental-health issues and substance-abuse concerns.


Piedmont High: Luke Hyatt, the school’s new football coach, was introduced to players and staff Jan. 7.

Hyatt will begin his coaching and teaching position this month. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wingate University and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. He coached and taught for 14 1/2 years at Anson High School.

Weddington Middle: Shishar Vyas will compete in the Union County Spelling Bee on Jan. 28.

Shishar is the 2014 WMS Spelling Bee winner. Runners-up were Melvin Sureshkumar and Rayanne Abdelaziz.

Porter Ridge High: The school’s Culinary Academy students are learning career skills necessary to prepare for catering, hotel management and event planning.

The academy offers three classes: Introduction to Culinary Arts, Culinary I and Culinary II. Students are able to attain a national board certification, Serve Safe, which can help them get culinary jobs. Except for $1,000 received from the state annually, the program is financed by bake sales to the school community and donations.

Parkwood Middle: Kaden Graham won the school spelling bee and will represent Parkwood Middle at the Union County Spelling Bee on Jan. 28.