University City

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Cabarrus County

Cabarrus County Schools: Elementary and middle school students participated in a district science fair, where they were questioned by science teachers and administrators about their research and knowledge of the scientific method.

Students recently competed in the 2012 Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation District annual contest. The competitions included poster, essay public speaking and computer generated slide show contests. The winners will advance to regional contests in March.

J.N.Fries Magnet School: The school, in collaboration with the Cabarrus County 4-H Foundation, won a $25,000 grant to provide the students with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. The grant is from the GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope Program.

Cannon School: Seniors Cassie Calvert and Connor Lippincott were named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Long School: Twenty-five pre-K students and their families attended Math Night at Food Lion. Hosted by the school, the students participated in games designed to increase math skills.

Weddington Hills: Allyson Halbach has received the Busy Issy Award from the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The award is based on physical education and academic performance and leadership characteristics.

Carl A. Furr Elementary: Fifth grader Bryson Foster was named the 2012 Muscular Dystrophy Association's National Goodwill Ambassador.

Association officials cited his excellent public speaking skills and positive attitude. Bryson is an honor-roll student and hosts his own weekly sports talk program at Furr. Bryson and his parents will represent families affected by neuromuscular disease and speak at special events throughout the U.S. during the next year.

Carolina International School: Carolina International School's International Festival will be at 10 a.m. April 28, featuring parades, performances, food and international guests.

Charlotte Mecklenburg

Northside Christian Academy: NCA announced a new technology initiative. The project will be implemented the beginning of the 2012-13 school year and will provide all ninth-graders with iPads and offer iPad labs for student use in all grades.