The Jazz Band from Bailey Middle School in Cornelius earned a “superior” rating at the N.C. Western Regional Jazz Music Performance Adjudication last week in Hickory. Band members are Molly Reid, Tyler Rae Durkee, Sean Merrigan, Marshall Graham, Jake Highter, Kasey Boyd, Harry Black, Jacob Sellers, Alex Haas, Joselyn Cordova-Flores, Ty Reppe, Sam Healey, Drew Gibbs, Haley Martin, Nikolaus Heiser, Kate Modrow, Kyle Scavo, Cameron Helein, Jordyn Folk, Austin Laminack, and Jillian Farmer. The band is directed by Ruth Petersen and student teacher Caleigh Davis.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 07:26

Nature emphasized at Pioneer Springs

CHARLOTTE, N.C -- At many schools, spring and the approaching last days of classes translate into more organized activities outside, but at Pioneer Springs Community School near Huntersville — which emphasizes a connection with nature through the school year — the seasonal salute took on added significance.

At Pioneer Springs, in the Croft community at 9132 Bob Beatty Road, nature was a part of each class program.

First grade students studied the various habitats found around the school then choose a woodland creature from one of those habitats. Their study was celebrated with a Woodland Creatures Wax Museum. Second graders presented a celebration of learning about the forest, that included an original song written about the forest layers then demonstrating yoga moves to the song “Standing like a Tree.” And third grade classes had outdoor sessions with lessons and activities integrating wonders found in nature’s plants and animials and projects that included creation of a compost bin and garden.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- A detailed look at a difficult part of the past, which has evolved into an annual public exhibit prepared by students at Community School of Davidson (CSD), returns later this month as CSD sixth graders present the 2016 version of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The museum exhibit, accompanied by student performances, will be open to the public on Thursday, May 26, with visitors welcome between noon and 3 p.m.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 07:24

Grand Oak teachers earn honors

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Two members of the faculty at Grand Oak Elementary School in Huntersville have recently received professional recognition.

Fifth grade teacher Kelly Lippard was selected as a member of the Teaching Fellows Institute Class of 2016 and computer teacher Trish Cloud was included in the national list of “Ones To Watch” among Minecraft educators.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- An accomplished adventurer and author will be the featured speaker at next week’s commencement program honoring Davidson Day School’s 2016 graduating class.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, an athlete, author and the individual recognized by National Geographic as “Adventurer of the Year” will deliver the keynote address at DDS’s commencement on Friday, May 20.

The graduation ceremony at the Duke Family Performance Hall on the campus of Davidson College will begin at 10 a.m.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Senior class academic leaders and speakers for 2016 commencement have been recognized at SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville.

Daniel Osei Ntim has earned valedictorian honors in the SLCA Class of 2016. Ntim will attend Duke University this fall and is a recipient of the university’s Reginaldo Howard Scholarship. Also known as “The Reggies,” the scholarship is awarded to students who embody the qualities of Reginaldo Howard, Duke’s first African American student government president. Ntim is a resident of Cornelius.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A local student has been selected to receive a Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship from Energy United to attend a summer basketball camp at one North Carolina’s premier universities.

Luke Law, a fifth grader at Huntersville Elementary School and the son of Jerel Law of Huntersville, is among the students picked for the scholarship program. Law will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 07:12

Hough’s DECA team hauls home hardware

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Hough High School’s DECA program is continuing a tradition of excellence, with student members piling up state honors and qualifying for international competition.

At the state DECA event, Hough’s 130-member squad came home with 35 trophies, 50 finalist medals, 65 event medals and three recognition test plaques, with 50 representatives advancing to the International DECA Career Development Conference. At the state event, more than 90 percent of Hough’s participants earned proficiency rankings in their events and Hough earned a Chapter of Distinction award.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 07:11

Bailey Middle hosts anniversary festival

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A celebration of Bailey Middle School’s 10th anniversary will be held Friday, May 13, at the school’s athletics field off Bailey Road in Cornelius.

Bailey Middle students will begin the festivities at 4:30 p.m. and the public is invited to join the festival and picnic from 6:30 to 8:30.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Three high school seniors from the Lake Norman area have emerged from intense evaluation in a pool of high-achieving international candidates to earn prestigious scholarships to attend North Carolina State University starting in the fall.

Aldo De Leon Resendiz has been selected to receive a Goodnight Scholars Program scholarship to attend NCSU; and Jason Robert Coggins and Eric Scott Warren are among the elite seniors picked to attend NCSU as Park Scholars.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Two teams representing Cornelius Elementary School have just over a month to hone their presentations and sharpen their wits to prepare for participation in the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Ames, Iowa. The teams — competing in the “Something Fishy” and “Fins, Furs, Feathers & Friends” categories — qualified for the OM World Finals with runner-up performances at the North Carolina finals held the first weekend in April.

The top two teams in each OM category earn a spot in the World Finals, where teams from 40 other states and 26 countries will gather for a three-day exhibition of creative problem-solving skills and the chance to claim top global honors during competition held May 26-29 at Iowa State University.

To help finance the trip for students, advisors and some parent chaperones, the school will put together some fundraising activities in the coming weeks, but for now CES students and faculty are busy celebrating their qualifying squads.

The “Fins, Furs, Feathers & Friends” team placed first in regional competition before claiming second place in the state event. Members include Stephanie Colella, Sydney Baker, Claire Roberts, Claire Alexander, Kate Baker, Mitchell King and Alex Cutcliff. Coaches are Joan Baker, Robin King and Theresa Colell. The “Something Fishy” squad includes Hayden Garvey-Knapp, Corban Hollen, Luke Hyatt, Savannah Hyatt Charlie Horstman, Julian Vittenson and Lawson Bishop and is coached by Jo Wise, Chris Hollen and Brant Hull.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Students have to build the set, costumes and prepare a skit illustrating their solution with no outside assistance as part of their presentation.