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South Mecklenburg High
Wrestling tournament: The school’s wrestling team won first place at the Cuthbertson Clash Dual tournament Dec. 5. The team is led by senior captains Eddie Allen, Chris Moungle and Seth Mann, as well as by seniors Rufus Simmons and Nathan Brown. Other team members include Ethan Sorell, Frankie Gonzalez, Michael Cook, Jack Dover, Carlos Medina Lesmes, Michael Gillian, Jayvin Shaw, Sam Norby, Ethan Currah, Noble Brown, Shomari White, Kaimen Beavers, Robbie Franklin, Jabriel Hogans, Davis Tingle and Kenneth DeLeon.
Myers Park High, Ardrey Kell High
Twelve finals: In the Twelve state finals, Myers Park and Ardrey Kell placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the high school division. Twelve is one of 23 competitions that will determine the winner of the NCASA Scholastic Cup and NCSSM Challenge Cup.
Randolph Middle, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, J.M. Robinson Middle
Twelve finals: At the Twelve state finals Randolph Middle earned a co-championship title with Ligon Middle of Raleigh in the middle school division. Members of the Randolph Middle team are Timmy Deng, Ishaan Maitra, Sreyas Adirajo, Anna Demelo, Anna Hallihan, Alex Read, Sushrut Jog, Bella Mason, Alex Nipp, Stefan Cox, Christine Mendoza, Sam Quarles and coach Jordan Stanton. Scholars Academy and J.M. Robinson earned second and third place, respectively.
CMPD, Mallard Creek Elementary
Reading program: Seven officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were paired with Mallard Creek third graders as part of the CMS North Star Reading Program. In addition to weekly one-hour reading mentoring sessions, the officers are taking the opportunity to get to know as many students at the school as possible.
Providence Day School
Writing awards: The school’s Middle School New Emerging Writers Society presented six recipients with awards for their short story and poem submissions. First place winners and Editor’s Choice winners are Ethan Paulk for the short story “The Wolf Within” and Petra Caldwell for the poem “The Assassin.” Second place winners are Anya Livasy for the short story “The Wind’s Claw” and Katie Beason for the poem “Nightmare.”
Classic win: The school’s eighth-grade girls and boys basketball teams won Covenant Day School’s 12th annual Coca-Cola Christmas Classic. Each team played five games during the two-day event. In the championship round, the girls defeated Holy Trinity and the boys defeated Lake Norman Charter.
Charlotte Christian School
Service project: The school community collected more than 3,400 books and toys and 650 coats along with food donations provided by area companies for two local elementary schools. The items were given to children at risk of hunger who may not have enough food in their homes during the Christmas break.
East Mecklenburg High
Tutoring sessions: Eagle Flight Saturday tutoring sessions will be offered Jan. 9, Feb. 20, March 19, April 16 and May 21.
JROTC event: The JROTC Orienteering team finished second place in a recent competition. More than 40 teams competed at the event held at McDowell Park.
Proctors needed: Many schools need proctors for semester exams in January. Contact the school or visit the school’s website to volunteer. A list of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools can be found at www.cms.k12.nc.us/.
York One Academy
Student award: Tatum Scott Lee was selected as the Optimist Club Student of the Month for December. Tatum is a seventh-grader and is the son of Sherry Hahn. The award recognizes conduct, citizenship, scholastic success and an optimistic attitude.
JROTC qualification: The school’s Air Force JROTC marksmanship team qualified for the AFJROTC national championships to be held in Anniston, Ala., Feb. 18-20. The team finished ninth out of 85 teams nationally and is one of 15 teams that qualified to compete at Anniston. Team members are Ray Beebe, Kristopher Dauble, Brianna Fish, Emily Stefurak and Meredith Sutton. Alternates are Dylan Smith and Greyson Garver. The team is advised by JROTC instructors Brian Batson and Clarence Woodham, who were earlier named national Air Force instructors of the year for 2015.
Service projects: The school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club members filled 31 boxes with gifts for needy children through Operation Christmas Child. The club also donated $50 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, having raised the money through the sale of paper rings. The CHS Interact Club recently hosted a Christmas party, including gifts, for 200 members of the First Thursday Club at the Charlotte Avenue YMCA in Rock Hill. The First Thursday Club is an organization of adults with mental disabilities.
International study: The school participated in a study investigating international mindedness sponsored by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Earlier in December, Michael Donnelly from the University of Bath, UK, visited the school. Donnelly, a member of the research team, gathered information that will be featured in international publications and global academic conferences. Rosewood is one of only 11 schools selected worldwide for the study.
Fort Mill High
Band award: The Fort Mill band won first place in the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day parade. Drum majors Gabbie Hoang, Eric Johnson, David Hahn and Roxy Fourie accepted the first-place trophy and a check from Novant Health representatives Dec. 8. The school competed with seven high school bands in the parade competition.
Hour of Coding: Three UCPS middle schools and about 20 elementary schools participated in the Hour of Coding, which began Dec. 7 and reached millions of students worldwide. The event allows students the opportunity to learn computer-programming basics in an engaging way. During the event, students received computer coding information and instructions on how to use blocks of code that move animated characters in a type of video game.
Hemby Bridge Elementary
Hometown Hero: Valerie Dybel was selected the December Hometown Hero for Union County. Dybel is a kindergarten teacher and received a $250 gift card for classroom supplies and a pizza party for her class. The award is sponsored by Charles G. Monnett & Associates law firm. Nominations are ongoing throughout the school year. Winners are chosen through an online voting contest held on the firm’s website.
Service project: Approximately 140 Cuthbertson Middle students, members of the Cavalier Connection Kids, have organized holiday donations to area kindergarten students. With the help of the school community, the sixth-graders provided jackets for kindergarten students at Wingate Elementary. Seventh- and eighth-graders provided shoes for kindergarten students at Marshville Elementary.
Art awards: Three Piedmont Middle students have been selected as school winners of the Lion’s Club International Peace Poster Contest 2015. Whitley Long received first place, Caroline Ogden received second place and Jaelyn Sabatino received third place from the Unionville Chapter of Lion’s Club International. The contest offers those age 13 and 14 the opportunity to design their artistic vision for peace.