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The following students Guilford County Schools students placed in the Region V Science Fair on Feb. 23 at SciWorks Science Center in Winston-Salem:

Elementary School (3-5 grades):

Achievement Award: Ketch Young; and Honorable Mention: Dylan Xayavong, both Nathanael Greene

Middle School: First place, Earth/Environmental, Thomas Martin, Northern Middle; second, Biology A, Max Beesley, Mendenhall; second place, Physical Science, Mary Helen Wood, Kiser; third, Technology/Engineering, Eppie Miller and Caleb Gosset, Southern Middle.

Thomas Martin’s project “Ice and Rings” also received the Vulcan Materials Best Earth/Environmental Project award and the Northwest Area Health Education Centers Best All-Around Project award in the middle school division. He received a plaque, cash awards and an invitation to the SciWorks Gala in June.

High School

First place, Biology B, Timothy Woodard Jr., Dudley; second, Technology/Engineering, Nicole Shaw, The Academy at Smith. Timothy’s project “Manipulating the Helical Structure of a DNA Tile Weave on the Anticoagulant Potential” also received the Northwest Area Health Education Centers Best All-Around Project award in high school. He received a plaque, cash awards and an invitation to the SciWorks Gala in June.

Nicole’s “Weeping Well” also received the American Water Works Award for Best Water or Waste Water Project.

Middle schoolers Thomas Martin, Max Beesley and Mary Helen Wood, along with high schoolers Timothy Woodard Jr. and Nicole Shaw, will move on to the N.C. Science and Engineering Fair on March 26 in Raleigh.

To see a full list of winners and honorable mentions, visit

Allen Middle School students took first, second and third place at the N.C. A&T State University art contest designed to answer, “What Does Feb. 1 Mean to You?” Students from Karen Torrence’s art class created posters to represent the civil rights movement.

Eighth-grader Jada Dalton created “Stool: A Difference,” first place. Juniper Nie, a seventh-grade student, won second place with “Seeing Hope;” and sixth-grader Nakia Scott took third with “Through the Storm.”

These students were invited to A&T for the 51st Feb. 1 Celebration.

Laura Peterson, a graduate of Our Lady of Grace School, won a third place award in music, division II from the Catholic Daughters of America National Education competition. Peterson placed first in the music competition on both the regional and state level, then advanced to compete on a national level, where she won third place.

Oak Ridge Military Academy’s Cadet Sgt. Dominic Chiellini has been selected as the 2010-11 Cadet of the Second Quarter and Cadet of the First Semester. He competed against other highly qualified students and won based on his leadership and academic accomplishments. He is the son of Stephen and Carole Chiellini.

Penn-Griffin High School senior Ryan Le has been accepted to the U.S. Coast Guard, The Citadel and United States Naval Academy. Le plans on attending the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall with full tuition, room and board, medical and dental benefits worth $350,000 over the next four years. At the end of his appointment, he will be commissioned as a ensign in the Navy.

Adeline Heeb, a senior at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Heeb worked with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

The 2011 North Carolina Junior Miss Scholarship Program was held Feb. 18-19 with 23 young women from across the state, including local residents Katherine Archer, Emily Bowden, Ene Ekoja and Capra Harris, competing for $25,000 in cash scholarships.

Archer, the Guilford County Junior Miss, was named the Preliminary Talent Winner. She performed “Csardas” by Vittorio Monti on the violin. Archer won a cash scholarship to the school of choice from N.C. Junior Miss and will return next year to perform in the 2012 N.C. Distinguished Young Women Program.

Northwest Middle School recently hosted 253 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from across Guilford County at the 15th annual Middle School Math Day.

The competition attracted students representing 14 public and private schools in Guilford County: Academy at Lincoln, Aycock Middle, Brown Summit Middle, Caldwell Academy, Canterbury School, High Point Christian Academy, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Jamestown Middle, Kernodle Middle, Kiser Middle, Northern Middle, Northwest Middle, Our Lady of Grace and Southwest Middle.

The event challenges students’ math knowledge, accuracy and speed with a 40-question written test and a problem-solving speed round.

Top team honors went to the following:

Sixth grade: First place, The Academy at Lincoln; second place, Brown Summit; third, Northern; seventh grade: First, Lincoln; second, Kernodle; third, Northwest.

Grade 8: First place, The Academy at Lincoln; second place, Northwest Middle; third place, Kernodle Middle.

Ciphering team results and individual results are on the Northwest Middle website. Information: 605-3333.

Oak Hill Elementary second-grader Jaheim Neal received a special award from the High Point Fire Station. Three local firefighters praised Jaheim for his quick thinking when he saw a fire in his neighborhood and alerted the neighbor. Thanks to Jaheim, the fire was put out safely before causing harm.

The Greensboro Youth Council Artistry Awards contest was held Feb. 26. Winners in the vocal category were Kobe Acquaah and Adesua Edal, first place; second, Christa Duncan; and third, Caroline Patterson.

Joliana Elias won first place in dance; with Tanisha Murray and Eunika Willis winning second.

In the instrumental section, first was Xavier Graves; second, James Evans; third, Ileanake and Sydney Gibnardt.

In the creative writing category for ages 13-15, first place was Andrew Salmon; second, Eunika Willis.

In the print art category for ages 13-15, Madi Caviness won first place; Haley George, second; and Rachel Hayes, third.

In the visual art category for ages 13-15, Astrid La Cruz won first; Sarah Chong, second; Caroline Cox, third.

In the creative writing category for ages 16-18, first was Odua Acquaah; Rohan Vechlekar, second place; Elizabeth Rable, third.

In the print art category for ages 16-18, Hannah Chong won first place; Helen Jackson-Adams, second; Tyler Bailey, third place.

In the visual art category for ages 16-18, Alyson Record won first place; Brook Kossover, second; and Kelsey Hamilton, third.

Rotary District 7690 held its annual Rotary Against Drugs High School Speech Contest on Feb. 26 at GTCC. Local winners are: Kevin Littlejohn, first place, Dudley High, sponsored by the Rotary of East Greensboro; Essence Lytch, second, Western Guilford High, sponsored by Guilford Rotary; and Reba Everhart, fifth, Wesleyan Academy, sponsored by High Point Rotary.

Students presented speeches aimed at convincing their fellow students to avoid drugs and alcohol abuse. They advanced to the district competition by competing at their high school.

Fourteen students participated in the district competition, and the top three finalists advance to the Multi-District Competition March 20 in Chapel Hill.

Meredith Austin McCanless of Summerfield was recently initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at N.C. State. The 2008 Northwest Guilford High graduate is the daughter of Dan and Karen McCanless.


Greensboro Day School’s Upper School students organized a blood drive March 2 on campus. Ninety-one people donated, 26 were first-time donors and 104 productive units were collected

The school’s original goal was 80 productive units, but it was increased by 10 percent to 88 pints as a part of the Recovery 2011 program. The students will be recognized in a national newspaper.

Students in the choral department at High Point University will perform at Carnegie Hall March 28. In preparation, they will share a sneak peak of their performance at 6:30 p.m. on March 23 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Carnegie Hall concert will feature more than 120 students.

Archer Elementary held a schoolwide Dr. Seuss Literacy Night on March 1. Students and staff were encouraged to dress like their favorite Dr. Seuss character. The event was designed to alert parents to a variety of resources that can help them support their children in reading. Board games that develop literacy skills were played in various classrooms and a Scholastic Book Fair was held in the media center.

Off’n Running and its owner, John Dewey, donated running shoes to 10 students in Hunter Elementary’s running club. Dewey visited the school March 3 to donate the shoes, demonstrate proper running techniques and lead the students during a run at City Lake Park.

Hunter Elementary held its 15th Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast on March 4. Special guests included The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam I Am, Fox in Socks and many other Dr. Seuss characters. After breakfast, students and parents were invited to read in the Truffula Forest (auditorium), and guests from the community visited classrooms to read Dr. Seuss classics. The skit, “Green Eggs and Ham,” was performed by the Hunter staff.

Khadijah Toure, a senior at Northeast High, was the student guest speaker at the “Colors of Innovation” exhibit and seminar hosted Feb. 17 by N.C. A&T. Students from A&T and area high schools gathered for the program, which featured university faculty and historic African American inventors, including Sandra K. Johnson of IBM, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in the United States.

Jones Elementary celebrated Black History Month with two student-focused programs Feb. 24 that included community members. Among the invited guests were District Court Judge Angela Foster; former Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson; radio personalities from 102 JAMZ; N.C. A&T cheerleaders; the Grimsley step team; the Dudley High School drumline; and a representative from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

Students competed in trivia contests about black history facts and raised nearly $700 in a Change for Change campaign to donate to the museum.

Erwin Montessori’s fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms are using student laptops, wireless Internet access, an online classroom and a variety of other resources that are channeled into the classroom and students’ homes via the Internet. Even though the school was originally constructed in 1911 and has little built-in technology, Erwin has found a way to make technology available to students through community support.

With the help of Nexus Technology, a nonprofit, the school received laptops, wireless Internet technology and other resources worth about $5,000.

In addition to honing students’ digital competencies, the new equipment is bringing the world and its people into the classroom in real time.

Students from 11 high schools in the Guilford County Schools district competed at the N.C. FIRST Tech Challenge Aggieland Championship at N.C. A&T. The team from Southeast High took second place and a top award for team spirit. Southeast was one of three teams in the Finalist Alliance.

The Southeast team, Art’s Legacy, was ranked second after a full day of competition.

Other winners at the recent event were The Early College at Guilford’s Wannabe Strange team, fourth; and Northern High’s Irrational Doorkeepers, eighth. Team Prion from Grimsley High earned the first-place Connect award, given to the team that has been most skillful at outreach and community relations.

FIRST Tech Challenge gives high school students a chance to design, build and program robots to compete against other robots in an alliance format against other teams.

Other rankings at the championship were:

Southwest’s Super Effective team, 11th place; Weaver Academy’s Ninja Pirates, 13th; Smith’s Golden Eagles, 14th; Western’s Fighting Hornets, 15th; Middle College at A&T’s Aggies,16th; Academy at Smith’s LOCS, 21st; Grimsley’s Team Prion, 24th; Eastern’s Sub Zero Robotics, 28th.

Members of the Interact Club at the Early College at Guilford held its third annual talent show, “ECG’s Got Talent” on Feb. 18 at Dana Auditorium at Guilford College, benefiting Pwoje Espwa (Creole for “Project Hope”), an orphanage and K-12 school in southern Haiti. The event is produced by the high school club as its primary international service project.

First place awards went to the group of David Choi, Rishab Revankar and Whitney Zhou; second, Timothy Chang, David Choi, Chloe Lindeman and Erica Perine; third, Morgan Cheek, Seth Troxler and Christopher Woods.

Judges were Candice Burrows, faculty member at the Music Academy of North Carolina, and John Hatch and Parke Puterbaugh, faculty members at Guilford College.

A special guest at the show was Susan Midgett of Greensboro. Midgett raised $140,000 to build a medical clinic at Pwoje Espwa by garnering pledges for her swim across San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island in 2009. The clinic is now underway, but money is still needed for equipment and supplies. An anonymous donor has offered to match funds raised for this second phase up to $50,000, and the talent show’s $1,500 proceeds will be used as seed money toward that match challenge, doubling the contribution.

The Bennett College Choir recently welcomed the accompaniment of Dudley High School’s Yvonne Johnson Singers. Named for the first African American mayor of Greensboro, The Yvonne Johnson Singers recently celebrated their one-year anniversary as a female choral group. At Bennett, they participated in their first mentorship meeting with Bennett’s choir.

B’nai Shalom’s middle school held its second annual Family Science Night on Feb. 17.

The program included The Schiele Museum of Natural History’s Starlab: The Portable Planetarium, live animals from Bur-Mil Park’s Wildlife Education Center, sixth-grade space exploration inquiry projects, seventh-grade science fair projects and eighth-grade hands-on experiments.

This year also featured science fair projects from lower school students.

Two Greensboro College professors and six students took a service trip to Iqmiquilpan, Mexico, in partnership with a nonprofit organization founded by a Greensboro College alumnus.

Professors Cheryl Brown and Lisa Gunther-Lavergne accompanied Melissa Fiori, Milton Jordan, Rachel Lasky, Devon Morrison, Ashley Pohl and Tiffany Rahenkamp to work with Vidas de Esperanza (Lives of Hope), a nonprofit that works to improve health and educational opportunities for poor children in rural Mexico.

To celebrate Catholic Schools week, Our Lady of Grace School students raised $762 to donate to Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that funds surgeries to correct cleft palates across the world.

After learning about a local teacher in need, students in Vandalia Elementary’s Cougar Care Club decided they wanted to help. Dudley High School teacher Freda Moseley is in need of surgery and is attempting to raise $500,000 to cover her medical costs.

The Cougar Care Club of Vandalia Elementary chose to sell candy grams for Valentine’s Day to help raise money for her surgery. Club members delivered 644 candy grams and raised $322 for Moseley.

For more information about how to can help Moseley, contact Dudley teacher Binta Hill at


The Explore Your Future program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf offers deaf and hard-of-hearing college-bound high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to experience life on a college campus, explore their interests and sample various careers.

Students can apply online at Information: (585) 475-6700 or The application deadline is April 30.


The Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, established by local orthodontist Dr. Mark Reynolds, has announced its first three recipients of orthodontic scholarships to local students.

Ivana Rendon, a student at Penn-Griffin Middle School; Troy Caldwell, a student at High Point Central and Terrel Cole, a student at Smith High School were awarded the scholarships valued between $5,500 and $8,500. The students will receive free braces and dental care. The recipients are the first of 12 students who will be chosen during 2011.

For more information, call Dr. Mark Reynolds at 274-7649 or visit www. reynoldsorthodontics. comsmileforalifetime.asp

Taylor Nicole Neal, a senior at Northwest Guilford High and the daughter of Larry and Sherri Neal of Oak Ridge, has been awarded an Old Main Scholarship at Wofford College.

Bennett College student Nezile Mthembu recently visited Johannesburg, South Africa, to compete for the South Africa-at-Large Rhodes scholarship. Mthembu made it to the final round after she successfully competed for the scholarship in October 2010 in Durban, South Africa.

Kevin Kucharski, a senior double-majoring in finance and accounting with a minor in economics at HPU, recently received the Chartered Financial Analyst Program’s Level 1 exam scholarship.

Wesleyan Christian Academy senior Austin Jordan has been named a finalist in the 2011 competition for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Bennett College sophomore Usha Satish is one of the nine chosen to represent the Black College Fund. The fund supports the development and operations of United Methodist-related historically black colleges; Bennett is one of the 11 institutions supported. Satish is able to receive scholarships while also enhancing public speaking, presentation and networking skills.

Jermain Williams, a pre-major in special education at GTCC, has been awarded the inaugural Sandra Benz Memorial Scholarship. The second-year student received $1,700.


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