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Competition winner: Charlotte resident Stuart Mason was awarded an American Visions Medal for his guitar sculpture at the National Scholastics Competition.
Using 16 types of wood, the sculpture includes abalone inlaid vine shapes, a luminescent finish and recessed pickups. Out of 200,000 submissions, only the top 1,500 were recognized at the national level.
JV Washam Elementary
Artwork displayed: The artwork of four students will be displayed in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Art Exhibit in the Wells Fargo Gallery in Spirit Square through April 25.
First-graders Ethan Hixon and Byers Faunce and fifth-graders Allie Boyer and Sabrina Dyer will have their art on display.
Spring break abroad: Fifteen students recently returned from a visit to Beijing, China during their spring break. This spring semester the students are enrolled in the course, “Beijing in the Mirror of Time: Glimpses of Old China in a Modern Metropolis.”
Central Piedmont Community College
Film presented: John Mathis wrote and directed “Experiment House” through a film class.
The film was shown at CPCC film fest “Digital Film People” in April and will air on channel 17 and channel 21 June 8.
Performance: The middle school theatre will present “Music Man Jr.” 7 p.m. April 26-28.
Details: www.charlottechristian.com/showtickets or call 704-366-5657.
Open House: 9:30 a.m. May 1. For details call 704-556-0042 or visit www.anamimontessori.org.
Regional orchestras: Four middle school students auditioned and were accepted into the 2012 Junior Western Regional Orchestras.
James Atwell and Emily Hinshaw will perform in the cello and viola section for the Repertory Orchestra. Adithya Suresh will perform in the cello section in the Repertory Orchestra and Austin Fitzgerald, second violin section of the Honors Orchestra.
Fundraiser: Davidson Elementary’s Student Council recently raised more than $12,000 for Pennies for Patients, an annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society campaign.
A representative from the society said this was the largest amount ever raised in one giving cycle by a N.C. school.
Northwest School of the Arts
Performance: Teen Health Connection and Northwest School of the Arts will present “The Big Picture,” a funny and thought-provoking play that gives us a glimpse into the life of a teen, 7 p.m. April 26 at Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road.
This is a free community performance created, produced and performed by teens. To RSVP, call 704-381-8369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clover School District
Teachers of the Year: The Clover School District schools have each selected their 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year.
They are: Carrie Wise, Bethany Elementary; Libby McMahan, Bethel Elementary; Kelly Davis, Blue Eagle Academy; Nick LaFave, Clover High; Sandra Sullivan, Clover Middle; Jane Tucker, Crowders Creek Elementary; Andy Carter, Griggs Road Elementary; Stacie Hoops, Kinard Elementary; Lesli Ann Howell, Larne Elementary; and Cory Dover, Oakridge Middle School.
The teachers will be recognized at a banquet April 30. The District Teacher of the Year will be announced in August.
Fundraising effort: Clover High School economics teacher Frank Falls rode a 150cc moped to Memphis, Tn., in April to deliver a check in the amount of $45,000 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital accompanied by a group of Clover residents.
Falls began the effort, M2M, Moped to Memphis, three years ago at Clover High. As the program has grown, schools along the 600-mile route have supported the effort. Falls aims to expand the program to other Clover schools. Clover business Carolina Fun Machines donated the moped.
Central Academy of Technology and Arts and Wolfe School
Awareness event: Students Against Destructive Decisions recently organized the annual spring celebration and hid plastic eggs for Wolfe School students.
Monroe firefighters were also on hand to discuss fire safety information and allow students to sit in the fire truck.
Monroe and Sun Valley High Schools
Health Fair: School nurses from Union County Public Schools sponsored the second annual Character/Health Fair on April 5 for Monroe and Sun Valley students. Queens University nursing students taught the students health and wellness strategies by including topics about the danger of drugs and tobacco, the importance of staying in school and healthy nutrition and exercise.
East Union Middle
Fundraiser: East Union Middle raised more than $1,000 for the American Heart Association through their annual Hoops for Heart event.
The school met a fundraising goal challenge from Principal Ken Hoover and Assistant Principal Jim Eversole who, in turn, received a pie in the face.
Dancer selected: Freshman Tyler Haritan has been selected to participate in the Chautauqua Institution summer dance program.
Tyler will be trained intensively in classical and contemporary ballet from master teachers and will perform several ballets with live orchestras in the 5,000 seat amphitheater. Last December, Tyler played the role of the Nutcracker Prince in N.C. Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” in Charlotte.
Eighth District Congressional Youth Council Applications
Youth council applications: Local students interested in becoming part of Representative Larry Kissell’s Eighth District Congressional Youth Council should complete an online application. Go to www.kissell.house.gov . The council offers members the opportunity to learn more about government and the process of shaping public policy. For details , contact Allison Auman at 704-786-1612.
Harris Road and C.C.Griffin Middle Schools
Soil and Water competition: Three students won top honors at the Soil and Water Conservation District Regional Competition.’
Sixth-grader Gavin Rickard of Harris Road, won in the poster category. Sixth-grader Hannah Watson, Harris Road. Won in the Computer Designed Slide Show category. Seventh-grader Alli Love won in the Public Speaking category. The students now advance to the state competition.