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Five Guilford County Schools students received awards for their science projects at the N.C. Science and Engineering Fair at Meredith College. Ketch Young, Mary Helen Wood, Timothy Lee Woodard Jr., Nicole Shaw and Thomas Martin represented GCS after winning the district and regional science fairs. More than 300 students in grades 3-12 from throughout the state presented research projects during the March 26 event.

She has 600 hours of volunteer service and counting. Now, Lillian Zerihun can add presidential recognition to her list of accomplishments. The Early College at Guilford junior has received a gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Award.

A Guilford College student has been honored for her service to Jefferson Elementary through the Change Through Art and Theater program. The after-school program was created by Megan Snider, who will receive the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at her graduation. The CAT program serves third-, fourth- and fifth-graders and helps tackle social issues through art and theater projects.

Eight English majors at Guilford College have won Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert Awards for 2011-12. The awards, funded by Jeanne Campbell, class of 1948, and named in honor of longtime English faculty member Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert, are given to rising seniors and recent graduates to help English majors make the transition from college to the professional world.

Award winners receive financial assistance to pursue post-graduate study, internships, study or teaching opportunities abroad or other independent research or creative projects.

This year’s graduating senior winners are Christina Crocker, Ivy Lamb, Meredith Luby, Chelsea Rivas and Adam Romney.

The rising seniors being honored are Chelsea Burris, Elizabeth Farquhar and Yezmin Villarreal.

Chad Joseph Mills of Alamance Community College and Amanda Spain of GTCC received Academic Excellence Awards, along with plaques and medallions, at the 2011 Excellence Event, The Great Within the 58, held by N.C. Community Colleges on April 14 at N.C. State.

Greensboro College recognized dozens of students for academic achievement during its annual student awards convocation April 10 and named 12 members of the class of 2012 as student marshals, the top-ranking students academically in the rising senior class.

The local marshals are Stephanie Nicole Newman and Natasha Lynn Schoonover of Greensboro and Katherine Lauren Skeen of Summerfield.

Eighteen students received the Wilkinson Award for Excellence from the college’s chapter of the national academic honor society Alpha Chi. Local students were Sarah Allyson Smith and Xzavier Zhanae Dale, both of Browns Summit, and Diana Marcela Bravo and Kinsley Elaine Greer, both of Greensboro.

The Alpha Chi Award was given to Leah Katherine Tucker of High Point.

Awards for outstanding academic performance in individual departments included:

Business: Academic Achievement in Business Award to Linda Darnell Pallas of Greensboro. Pallas also is the college’s accounts-payable administrator.

Education: The Proctor Special Education Scholarship to Lindy Paige Coleman of Browns Summit.

Music: The Blanche Burrus Piano Scholarship to Emily Katherine Williams of Browns Summit.

Political science: The Horace R. Kornegay Political Science Scholarship to Nathan Frederick Perdue of Colfax.

Religion: The David Caldwell “Log College” Scholarship to Natasha Lynn Schoonover of Greensboro; the Special Award for Excellence in Religious Thought to Rebecca Elizabeth Young of Summerfield.

Sixty-seven UNC-Chapel Hill students, including Nisha Verma and Matthew Olmstead, were honored with the university’s most prestigious awards for academic achievement and leadership April 12 at the Chancellor’s Awards ceremony.

Verma, the daughter of Madan and Anita Verma of Greensboro, received the Edward Kidder Graham Award, given to the senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to the university through work as a member of a student organization.

Olmsted, son of John and Frankie Olmsted of Summerfield, received the Boka W. Hadzija Graduate Award, given to a graduate or professional student judged as outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.


Four Greensboro Day School students’ artwork was chosen as finalists in the Congressional Art Contest, sponsored annually by Congressman Brad Miller’s office. The finalists are sophomore Aleksa Kirsteins and seniors Kris Li, Lucy Smith and Parker Stewart. A reception will be May 7 for the finalists at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, where the district winners will be announced. The winning student’s entry will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Just in time to celebrate National Poetry Month in April, students from participating GCS high schools have their 2011 poet laureate. The 2011 poets laureate and their high schools are: Stephanie Ratliff, Andrews; Jeliyah Callender, Dudley; Zachary Thomas, The Early College at Guilford; Soroush Shahbazi, Grimsley; Mahnaz Shujra, High Point Central; Safiatou Soumana, The Middle College at GTCC — Greensboro; Amanda Kelly, Northeast; Olivia Fields, Northern; Audra Stang, Page; Chelsea Hansen, Penn-Griffin School for the Arts; Adrienne Flippin, Southeast; Jordan Taylor, Southwest; Sabrina Byrd, Weaver Academy; and Morgan Wagstaff, Western.

For the eighth consecutive year, participating high schools held a contest open to all students. Students were invited to submit three original poems, which were judged by faculty members who narrowed the field to three poets at each school. Joellen Craft, a poet and instructor at UNCG, then selected the poet laureate for each school.

This is a collaborative project among the media specialists and teachers in the schools, the Greensboro Public Library and the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library. The winning poets will participate in various activities around the county, culminating in a poetry workshop with Gary Soto and a public reading of their poems at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greensboro Public Library in downtown Greensboro.

Students from two Guilford County schools earned invitations to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Teams from Stokesdale Elementary and Millis Road Elementary will represent Guilford County Schools in the competition May 27-30 in College Park, Md.

At the state competition last weekend, Stokesdale Elementary placed first in the “As Good as Gold … Berg” problem, and Millis Road Elementary placed second in the “Full Circle” problem, earning these schools the chance to advance to the world finals. Teams from Jesse Wharton Elementary, Pearce Elementary, Northwest Middle and Northwest High also participated in the state competition.

The Battle of the Books team from Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Greensboro won the Region 9 competition, consisting of private, parochial and independent schools, April 6 in Concord.

The day turned into a sweep for the Diocese of Charlotte Catholic schools. Our Lady of Grace won first place, Asheville Catholic won second place, and St. Pius X of Greensboro won third place. Two teams from the Raleigh-Durham area also competed — Ravenscroft and The Duke School — at the Region 9 level.

Our Lady of Grace School’s BOB team will advance to the state meet May 3 at UNCG. They will compete against the eight other regional winners in North Carolina, which includes all the public middle school district winners from the state. Lisa Saintsing and Doris Melson are coaches for the team. The students are Caleb Carmichael, Sean Farley, Emily Gentry, James Hall, Natalie Hamlet, Maddie Heyn, Lily Hiser, Natalie Kolosieke, Marie Lawson, Brendan Malone, Richard Pincus and Riley Silknitter.

St. Pius X’s team is coached by Christina Foley and Christine Conrad. The students are Caity Burnham, Jonathan Conrad, Haley LaJeunesse, Julia Miller, Cassidy Shaw and Freeman Slaughter.

Kevin de Miranda and Zachary Richey, juniors at Weaver Academy, placed second and third in the high school division national Appalachian GuitarFest and Competition in Boone. Students from Penn-Griffin School for the Arts also participated in the competition.

The Southeast High Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club competed in the state FCCLA competitive events at the Koury Convention Center on March 30.

Students showcased their leadership skills through service learning.

The winning students and their service learning projects were:

Samantha Banton and Katelyn Coble, top silver medal, “Blankets for Children With Cancer”; Taylor Cahill, top silver medal and trophy, “Plunge for Poverty”; Genesis Milton and Jeralyn Rafael, silver medal, raising money for the SPCA; Lauren Moser, top gold medal and trophy, raising awareness for hemophilia; and Ariona Sinclair, top silver medal and trophy, creating engaging lessons for children.

Taylor Cahill, Lauren Moser and Ariona Sinclair will compete at the national FCCLA competition in Anaheim, Calif. in July.

Seven Guilford County Schools students showcased their winning imaginations and achieved top honors at Piedmont Parent’s 2011 Young Authors Contest. The magazine-sponsored contest, which is open to Triad students in kindergarten through eighth grade, judges entries based on story, illustration and collaboration.

GCS student story winners include:

Grades 2-3: First place, Ella Noel King, third grade, Pearce Elementary; third place, Leah Brown, third grade, Erwin Montessori

Grades 4-5: First place, Alexandra Maycock, fifth grade, The Academy at Lincoln; third place, Camille Ford, fourth grade, Jesse Wharton Elementary.

Grades 6-8: First place, Murphy Smith, sixth grade, Southern Middle; third place, Grayson Fisher, sixth grade, Southern Middle.

Sofie Patton, third grade, Erwin Montessori, won the illustration award in her grade level.

Winners were honored April 10 at a reception at the Greensboro Children’s Museum.

The following Greensboro Day School Middle School students competed at the N.C. Junior Classical League competition at Wake Forest University. The Bengals placed third in scrapbook, second in the boys’ chariot race and third in the girls’ chariot race.

Individual results:

Jeremy Akin: fourth in impromptu art, fourth in boys’ 100 meter and fifth in colored pencil drawing

Peter Bearse: third in boys’ costume

Caitlin Dibble and Anisha Sharma (photographer Kellar Poteat): third in movie (“Juno and the Hydra”)

Lucy Dunham: first in poetry

John Karcher and Shepard Griswold: fourth in couples’ costume

John Karcher: second in softball throw

Charles Mayer: fourth in modern myth

Carter North: first in boys’ softball, fifth in slide show

Kellar Poteat: second in website

Shreya Shah: second in dramatic interpretation, first in pencil drawing, second in poetry

Evan Tanner: third in essay

Tyler Williams: fifth in essay and fifth in grammar testing.

The NCJCL is a chapter of the National Junior Classical League, which encourages an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

Several Greensboro Day School students excelled on the National Latin Exam in March. There are four levels of recognition on the exam: Cum Laude , Magna Cum Laude , Maxima Cum Laude — the Silver Medal Award and the Summa Cum Laude Award (Gold Medal) .

Those students who were recognized include:

Seventh grade: Caitlin Dibble, Ryan Ray, Evan Tanner and Shreya Shah, ribbons and certificates of merit; Anisha Sharma, certificate of merit

Latin I: Lucy Dunham, Gabrielle Merritt and Tyler Williams, silver Maxima Cum Laude; Sam Kolls, Delaney Dalldorf and Nich Duehring, Magna Cum Laude; Caroline Cox, Jonathan Hirsch, Charles Mayer and Christopher Diggs, Cum Laude

Latin II: Chris Drusdow, gold Summa Cum Laude; Marissa Reid, silver Maxima Cum Laude; Shivani Shah, Rachel Schomp and Lauren Beane, Cum Laude

Latin III: Jack Taylor, Cum Laude

Latin IV Poetry (AP): Hayden Nault, Stephanie Hemphill and Diana Nguyen, Cum Laude.

The exam assesses a student’s general knowledge of vocabulary, English derivatives, grammar, culture, Roman history and the ability to read passages at sight.


After eight years, the Northeast Guilford High School NJROTC won the Guilford County JROTC Challenge Cup. The cadets earned the trophy by placing first in the overall competition at Southeast Field Meet on March 26. Northeast placed first in four events including the 8x100 Relay, Dizzy Izzy, Dodge Ball and Soccer Relay.

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, with the Student Government Association at High Point University, recently scored a “hole-in-one” by raising $4,000 for the Jimmy V. Foundation, a charitable organization that funds cancer research, at the fraternity’s sixth annual “Garnet and Gold” golf tournament.

The event, attended by friends, families, alumni, sponsors and members of the HPU community, was held at Holly Ridge Golf Course. Each member of the fraternity was required to raise at least $185 in donations.

Thanks to a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant and a Guilford County Schools SPICE Grant, Pearce Elementary’s PTA hosted “Go Green and Wellness Day” on April 9. During the day, the school installed new, eco-friendly Trex benches and trash receptacles around the school and planted flowers and evergreen shrubs. Community members are encouraged to bring recycling — plastic, paper and electronics — for the school’s recycling drive and canned food for the United Way of Greater High Point.

At lunchtime, puppeteers from the Elkland Art Center put on a puppet show about the proper ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and Yvonne Foust, a recycling education specialist with the city of Greensboro, answered questions about recycling.

The associates of the Home Depot store on Wendover Avenue in Greensboro visited Bluford STEM Academy on April 11 to help the school build a new pond. Home Depot provided the materials, tools and plants and helped students install the pond, which will support hands-on learning in the school’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math magnet program. Once it is completed, the pond will help students study the natural environments and habitats of plants and pond life.

Representatives from Aycock Middle were chosen to share their experiences at a regional Dual Language/Immersion Program Showcase on March 30, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center.

Spanish immersion staff, language arts teachers, parents and students spoke about the Aycock model and will be featured in a video that will be used for professional development and webinars across the state and nation. Principal Valerie Akins participated in a panel discussion on best practices in immersion education.

Students at Dudley High marched April 8 to the site of a future bus shelter near their campus in celebration of their efforts to add more shelters near the school.

The service-learning club has been working with UNCG students to raise awareness about the lack of bus shelters for individuals who use public transportation. Through the fundraising efforts and advocacy of students across the city, a bus shelter will be installed near the intersection of Pear and English streets, within the Dudley attendance zone.

The project is part of an ongoing partnership with UNCG, the News & Record and Guilford Education Alliance to support civic involvement at Dudley.

Northern Guilford High School junior Sarah Lathanna Gittermann participated April 4-8 in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. She worked in the state Department of Commerce.

Ten piano students from St. Mary’s Music Academy performed in the N.C. Music Teachers’ Piano Contest-Festival. Each student played three selections for a judge and received a rating. The following students received honor ratings: Kira Arrington, Cecilia Bradley, Sean Curran, Cecilia Gulley, Sarah Harney, Cate Park, Katie Quinn, Joely Summey, Lindsey Tripp and Richard Xiao. Three students continued to compete at the state level: Sean Curran, Cecilia Gulley and Lindsey Tripp. Superior ratings were awarded to Cecilia Gulley and Lindsey Tripp, and they were invited to perform for the N.C. Music Teachers’ State Convention in October at Salem College in Winston-Salem. Their piano instructors are Yong Im Federle, Mun Soo Kim and Margaret McDonald.

On April 7, 43 Greensboro Day School Middle School students participated in AnyDay, a program newly developed for middle school students by the National Conference for Community and Justice. Held at Temple Emanuel, the day was filled with activities and breakout discussions on topics such as prejudice, stereotypes, bullying, inclusion and exclusion, assumptions, being an ally as opposed to a bystander when someone is being treated poorly and the benefit of being sensitive to people’s differences in background, experience and perspective.

The AnyDay program’s relevancy was heightened by the fact that small-group discussion was facilitated by seven GDS Upper School students (Anna Dorsett, Katie Rowlett, David Burick, Evelyn Milford, Kim Hundgen, Cameron Lemley and Lucy Smith) who attended this past summer’s NCCJ’s AnyTown experience.

Students at High Point University recently raised nearly $35,000 when they joined to fight back against cancer in the Relay for Life on April 9.

This year’s event marked the second annual Relay for Life event at HPU. Both years, the event was organized by Natalie Mazzei and Emily Garrish, who are now sophomores at HPU.


Twenty-seven GCS students were selected to attend the 2011 Governor’s School of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for academically gifted students. The following students are members of this year’s Governor’s School class: Andrews High, Carlos Carbajal; Dudley High, Melvin Gass; The Early College at Guilford, Courtney Edwards, Timothy Chang, Mitchel Cole, Frederick Ferguson, Yiing-Shiuan Huang, Akshay Iyer, Christian Loftin, Elizabeth Marshall, Sarthak Patnaik, Aardra Rajendran, Zachary Thomas; Grimsley High, Chaarushi Ahuja, Steven Buccini, Carly Schnitzler, Susanna Trotter; Northern High, Tiffany Song; Page High, McKayla Phillips; Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, Ashlyn Rhodes, Brittany Stone; Southern High, Amy Cutchin, Nathaniel Parks;

Southwest High, Carley Hott, Caroline Webster; and Weaver Academy, Claire Pegram, Jennifer Russell.

Located on the campuses of Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh, Governor’s School integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses. Students will attend classes and lectures where they will learn from their peers through discussions of the latest and most innovative topics and ideas.

The program offers 11 academic disciplines in art, dance, foreign language, math, music and science. The six-week program begins June 12 and runs until July 23.

Smith High School junior Barry Andre’ Harris will participate in the 2011 U.S. Navy Academy Summer Seminar program.

Phillips Exeter Academy, Honors, Greensboro: Nicole Schoen; Highest Honors, Greensboro, Mary H. Holderness.

Three graduating Guilford College seniors majoring in French have won fellowships to teach next year in French elementary and high schools: Meaghan Dill, assigned to a school in Grenoble; Becca Nicholson, assigned to a school in Toulouse; and Natalie Spitzer, assigned to schools in Nancy and Metz, the capital of Lorraine. All three participated in Guilford’s affiliated study abroad program in Rennes during their junior years.

Since 2007, 12 French students from Guilford have won teaching fellowships in France.

The following East Carolina University students were among the 27 students that were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma: Amber Allen of Burlington and Jarrod Jones and Michael Benton, both of Greensboro.


Morgan Loman, a senior at Ragsdale High School, has been awarded a four-year, full-tuition U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship to attend N.C. State. He is the son of Cindy and Dan Loman of Greensboro. After graduation, he will be commissioned as an ensign in the Navy and committed to five years of active-duty service.

Caldwell Academy senior Marie Suzanne Gentry, the daughter of Laura and Monroe Gentry of Greensboro, has been awarded an Academic Fellow Scholarship to attend Gardner-Webb University. The Academic Fellows scholarship awards a student full tuition for up to eight semesters.

Westchester Country Day School senior Jay Kennedy has been selected as a recipient of the Herman W. Bernard Trinity Scholarship from Duke University, valued at more than $200,000.

Awarded to a student in the High Point area who has demonstrated outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments, the Trinity Scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, books, fees and miscellaneous expenses and provides a stipend for a summer experience. It is renewable for four years as long as the student maintains the requirements of the scholarship.

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