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Rotary Leadership Camp The Upper School Faculty Scholarship Nomination Committee at Greensboro Day School has nominated five students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp at Guilford July 29- Aug. 4. Students nominated include Anne Harkavy, Jon Olin, Mark Pohlman, Wendy Sarratt and Angelia Sherrod.

The purpose of the Youth Leadership Camp is to train juniors and seniors in high school to be effective, responsible leaders in their high school and community. The program consists of an intensive study of leadership concepts, skills, models, styles and methods. Combined with this study will be a self-assessment of career potentials and goals. Another unique feature will include participation in a ropes course modeled after an Outward Bound design.Aycock students excel Aycock Middle School students took honors at the recent Greensboro Public Schools Science Fair and the District Choral Festival in Winston-Salem.

Brian Anderson and Virginia Yu of Aycock won first place in the citywide science competition, Anderson in the Exceptional Children category and Yu in the physical science division. Both students then participated in the March 30 Regional Science Fair.

Aycock's School Chorus was rated superior in performance and sight reading at the District Choral Festival. Six Aycock students were selected for the N.C. Junior High All-State Chorus concert and workshop May 11-12. They are Becky Burns, Chrissy Oliver, Julia Farmer, Glenn Vainwright, John Murchison and Kyle Trivett.

Attended conference Dr. Judith M. Connors, curriculum specialist for communication arts, grades K-8, for the Greensboro public schools, attended the recent 22nd Conference of the N.C. International Reading Association in Benton, where her Reading Discovery Program was presented.

Connors, two Reading Discovery teachers and four classroom teachers made the presentation to the assembly. They were Roberta Pearson, Claudia Siegel and Laura Gage of Foust Elementary and Jennifer Mazaroff, Jane Connelly and Coral Brewer of Peck.

Foust and Peck are where the new ``reading rescue' pilot program for youngsters with reading difficulties is winning praise for its results. The program is meant to assure that no student is sent on to upper primary grades without reading skills adequate for the level of studies to be undertaken.

Letter-writing contest Spencer Henderson, an eighth-grade student at Aycock Middle School, has won first place for North Carolina in the nationwide ``Speak for Yourself' letter-writing contest for his letter to Congressman Howard Coble on governmental and legislative issues affecting young people. Henderson's letter referred to the need for research into solutions for the school desegregation problem.

He was one of 50 students to win the honor in competition against 9,000 other letter writers from schools throughout the nation. He will represent North Carolina at the Respecteen National Youth Forum in Washington April 21-26.

Henderson is the son of Scott Henderson and Cindy Beach, 2911 New Garden Road. His social studies teacher at Aycock is Jean Botzis.

``Speak for Yourself' is an educational program for social studies, history and government students in grades 7-8. It is meant to help foster communication about youth issues within students' families, help students understand the law-making process and encourage participation and input into the political process. The program is one aspect of a project called ``RespecTeen: Helping Parents and Teens Respect Each Other and Themselves.'

Letters were judged by a panel of educators who chose winners based on quality and clarity of thought, argument, supporting data, expression, sincerity and originality.

Sessions on N.C. Short sessions on North Carolina will be held at Peeler Open School, 2200 Randall St., April 23-27. Each student will attend one hour-long session each day.

During the sessions, students are afforded the opportunity to learn various things about North Carolina ranging from the state flower to the Wright Brothers to race car driver Richard Petty. Students also may learn how to square dance and help make a Peeler Bean Tree.

Peeler has had a school-wide focus on North Carolina since August.

UNCC scholarship The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has named the winners of its most prestigious scholarships - those awarded on a merit basis.

Johns Thekkekandam Cherian of 3816 Repon St. is a recipient of the Colvard Scholarship, named in honor of Chancellor Emeritus and Mrs. D.W. Colvard. The scholarships are valued at $3,000 a year and are renewable for four years.

Born in Alleppey, India, Cherian ranks third in his high school class of 315 and has been a member of the student council and the Greensboro Youth Council.

Student honored Sean Edward Farrar of Eastern Guilford High School has been honored by the U.S. Achievement Academy as a United States National Award Winner in mathematics and English.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Farrar.

The academy recognizes less than 10 percent of all American high school students.

Madrazo elected Gerry M. Madrazo Jr. has been elected director of District IV of the National Science Teachers Association. Madrazo is director of instruction and science curriculum specialist for the Guilford County schools.

Madrazo will serve on the NSTA board of directors.

The election results were announced April 5 at the NSTA national convention in Atlanta.

NSTA is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to improving science at all levels - preschool through college. The association's current membership is nearly 50,000.

Spanish honor society Greensboro Day School inducted 15 students into the school's Don Quixote chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society at an induction ceremony March 27. To qualify for nomination to the group, a Spanish student must have maintained an honor average in Spanish courses for at least three semesters and must be enrolled in Spanish at the time of initiation.

Students inducted were Kathryn Anderson, Wells Brabham, Chris Delporte, Ginger Fay, Sallie Lacy, Alex Morcos, Rebecca Nadel, Matt Pohlman, Carolyn Rendall, Erica Rice, Kelly Rivenbark, Amy Saperstein, Torri Still, Alice Tenille and Jeff Yurcisin.

A national educational society in the study of high school Spanish, the National Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Science Award given Senior Christian John Streck Jr. was selected by Greensboro Day School's Science Faculty to receive the eighth annual Ciba-Geigy High School Science Award for the school. The award consists of a certificate of merit, a one-year subscription to Scientific American, a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and the chance to participate as a summer intern in Ciba-Geigy's research laboratories. The awards will be presented at a reception at Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro Tuesday, May 8. The awards were created to honor graduating high school seniors who have shown great interest and promise in science and to encourage them to pursue careers in science or science technology.

As a part of the Science Award Program, Ciba-Geigy offers Streck the opportunity to become a summer intern at its Dyestuffs & Chemicals Division's research laboratories in Greensboro.

Reading program Students at Lindley Elementary School read 5,359 books in seven weeks during the Partners in Excellence Reading Program, co-sponsored by World Book Encyclopedia. The students earned for the school nine sets of World Book Encyclopedia, seven sets of Childcraft, seven student dictionaries, three sets of science encyclopedias and two atlases.

Bowling for MDA Five Distributive Education Clubs of America in Guilford County joined to Bowl Against Dystrophy March 29. Northeast Guilford, Southeast Guilford, Southern Guilford, Southwest Guilford and Ragsdale high schools collected $1,169.40 in donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event was sponsored by Brunswick Friendly Lanes.

Southeast received a plaque for raising the largest amount of money, $901.

The funds raised by the Guilford County DECAS benefit MDA's programs of patient service and research.

The Guilford County DECA groups will be recognized for their efforts on the 1990 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, broadcast locally on WFMY-TV.

Spelling Bee winners Winners in the recent Chapter I Greensboro Public Schools Spelling Bee at Jackson Middle School were Shavonne Dowd of Frazier, who received first place in the fifth-grade match; Kellie Bailess of Aycock, winner of the sixth-grade match; seventh grader Kendral Bowes of Jackson Middle School; and Julia Farmer, an eighth-grade student at Aycock School.

Bowes was overall winner of the championship match, which qualified her to represent the school system in the Regional Spelling Bee in Winston-Salem.

Artwork featured Poster artwork by second grader Laura Schabinger and third grader Joey Cannon of Jones Magnet School of Cultural Arts and Foreign Language recently was selected to be included in the ``Symbol of the Future' exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, June 4-Aug. 31.

Schabinger, whose artwork represents the state's honeybee, will represent Guilford County at a June 4 opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at at the museum, 102 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

The reception will honor all the student artists from the state's 100 counties whose artistic representations of state symbols were chosen for the exhibit. The posters also will be unveiled for the first time at the reception.

Both local students will receive recognition and a certificate during the reception. Cannon's artwork illustrates the state's seashell symbol.

Named Assistant principal

At the March 21 meeting of the Guilford County Board of Education, Judith D. Henline was appointed assistant principal at Jamestown Middle School.

Henline began her career as an educator at Brightwood Elementary School, where she taught at the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade levels for 17 years. She has involved herself in many educational activities outside the classroom and served as a representative on the Senate Bill 2 Steering Committee.

Henline received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has held certification as a principal since 1987.

Barrel Painting Day Dow Corning hosted a Barrel Painting Day April 7 in conjunction with the School / Business Partnership efforts and the celebration of Earth Day. The barrels were donated to Guilford County ``Celebration of the Earth,' to be held April 28 at Bur-Mill Park.

The barrels will be used for the collection of recycleable waste materials on Earth Day. Once the event is completed, the barrels will be made available to schools in the Guilford County and Greensboro systems. The barrels were painted in a variety of colors to match the school colors of most schools. The barrels will be utilized to stimulate recycling interest at schools.

Volunteer manpower for the Barrel Painting Day was provided by Dow Corning and the Guilford County and Greensboro schools. Dow Corning provided materials and refreshments.

PTA donates money Member PTAs of the Guilford County PTA Council donated $1,113.58 to the Charleston County School District in South Carolina following the devastation of Hurricane Hugo.

These monies, distributed to rural schools on James Island and Johns Island, were designated for the purchase of personal and educational materials that were lost and could not be replaced due to other financial hardships.

The idea for the project originated at Oak Ridge Elementary School, where PTA president Gisela Hood and members wanted to do something for hurricane victims. Hood and her group issued a challenge to other PTAs to match Oak Ridge's contribution.

After contacting Gary Awkerman, area superintendent for Districts 3 and 9 of the Charleston County School District, it was determined that these two rural islands suffered tremendous loss and were in greatest need.

GDS science winners Greensboro Day School sixth-grader Brad McCormick won third place in the Public Schools Region 5 Middle School Science Fair at Elon College March 30. His project, ``The Effect of Wing Design on Lift,' dealt with physical science. McCormick advanced to the fair after winning first place in Division II in the Non-Public Schools Region 5 Middle School Science Fair, where sixth-grader Josh Verch received third place for his earth science project, ``Keeping Warm: Solar Energy.' Also competing in the Non-Public Schools regional competition was seventh-grader Lise Conner, whose life science project was ``Do Eyes Help You Keep Your Balance?' All three students had won top prizes in their categories at the GDS Middle School Science Fair in March.

Runners-up in the GDS Science Fair were:

Physical Science - Kerstin Blomquist, Zanne Hassenfelt, Erin Lutz, Chris Patseavouras and Mary Watson Ray.

Life Science - Rich Calhoun, Alice Palmer, Gregory Pleasants and Wes Stamey.

Earth Science - Ralph Brabham, Marie Carpenter, Ashley Finn and Trista Hudzik.

Students receiving Artistic Merit Awards in the GDS fair included Rich Calhoun, Marie Carpenter, Clay Craven, Brad McCormick, Anna McNairy, Kate Middleton, Alice Palmer, Whitney Pickens and Gregory Pleasants.

Science Teachers' Awards went to Adam Brown, Lara Hensley, Gary ``Scooter' Holbrook, Laura Jones, Ben Link, Kelly Lowry, Anna McNairy, Kelly O'Briant, Anna Revington and Joshua Verch.

Science Department co-chairman Valerie Grider coordinated the event. Assisting were parent Robyn Eiler, who organized the judges and volunteers, and Science Department co-chairman William O'Connor and Lower School math resource teacher Nancy Teague, who organized the displays and certificates with student David Teague.

Teaching Fellows named Area high school seniors are among 400 recipients of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarships.

Each will receive an annual $5,000 scholarship loan during their college careers, making the total value of the stipend $20,000. The loan will be forgiven in exchange for teaching at least four years in a North Carolina public school.

Local students receiving Teaching Fellows are:

Kelley Jo Henne, Jamestown, Ragsdale High School

Amy Lynette Wagner, 3918 Frazier Road, Ragsdale High School

Shavonne Marie Harris, 5005 Watlington Road, Northeast Guilford High School

Tina Nicole Hicks, Summerfield, Northwest Guilford High School

Jennifer Ann Pegram, Oak Ridge, Northwest Guilford High School

Melanie Christine Blievernicht, 2918 Horsepen Creek Road, Western Guilford High School

Nicole M. Vincent, 3703-41 Cotswold Terrace, Western Guilford High School

Lakisha Raynetta Farrow, 7B Lake Spring Court, Dudley High School

Seymour Hardy Floyd, 2320 Killarny Drive, Dudley High School

Bianca Camille Williams, 4015 Saltee Road, Dudley High School

Eileen Jean Cirincione, 3007 Henderson Road, Grimsley High School

Marlo Rae Hamilton, 203 N. Chapman St., Grimsley High School

Ellyn Hamilton Cifford, 1106 Sunset Drive, Page High School

Johns Thekkekandam Cherian, 3816 Repon St., Smith High School

The Teaching Fellows Program was approved in 1985 by the N.C. General Assembly upon recommendation by the Public School Forum of North Carolina, in response to a decline in the quantity and quality of people entering the teaching field.

Some 1,750 high school seniors competed for the 400 scholarships this year. This new class will join nearly 1,200 Teaching Fellows already enrolled in the 13 public and private universities as part of the program.

Jaycees scholarships Ten local high school students have been awarded $1,000 academic scholarships by the Greensboro Jaycees.

Recipients are Marlo Rae Hamilton of Grimsley High School; Kimberly N. Roberson of Dudley High School; Shirley Morton, Huong My Phung, Kristian Pulliam, Chi Dong Tran and Johns Cherian of Smith High School; Ae Kyung Chang and Nicole Sams of Ragsdale High School; and James Robinson III of Southern Guilford High School.

The Greensboro Jaycee Scholarship Program is a new project for this year, made possible due to the success of the 1989 K mart Greater Greensboro Open. Applications were judged on the basis of financial need, academic success and extracurricular activities. The scholarships are for use during the 1990 academic year. Over 60 applications were received.

Geography Bee Caryn LaTia Richardson, a seventh-grade student at Northeast Guilford Middle School, participated at the state level in the National Geography Bee. The state competition, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, was held March 30 in Chapel Hill.

Richardson won at the regional level by competing against area school finalists on a written exam.

Receives appointment Eric Hunter Stubbs has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy for the class entering July 1990. He was nominated by N.C. Sen. Jesse Helms.

Stubbs, a senior at Western Guilford High School, is the son of Carol I. Vance of 2100 Creekwood Dr. and Gary Lee Stubbs of Gray, Maine.

Art award winners The Guilford County school system had 31 winners in this year's Scholastic Art Awards. Award winners were chosen from entries submitted by teachers in the 27 North Carolina counties and four Virginia counties which comprise the Central Piedmont Region.

Gold Key artists were honored at a reception and awards ceremony in the Cone Ballroom of Elliott Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Honorees were Elizabeth Caponi and Marc Tout, Western Guilford High School; and Mary Churchill, Ragsdale High School.

Certificates of Merit, sent to the principals at the winning schools, will be presented in the school's awards program. Certificate winners are Wesley Blackburn, Stephen Farmer, Angela Freeman, Natashia Nelson, Northwest Guilford High School; Raelynn Hopson, Southeast Guilford High School; Darren Ingold, Danny Oakley, Southern Guilford High School; Elizabeth Caponi, LaSheon Graves, Anna Rumsey, Jennifer Stafford, Western Guilford High School; Brian Cummings, Heather Feher, Douglas Jones, Jeff Jones, Hollie Lambeth, Jason Pierce, Janna

Rider, Walter Showalter, Brad Stephens, Jonathon Williford, Southwest Guilford Lassiter, Paul McIntyre, Eric Turner, McLeansville Middle School; and Christina Peterson, Tonya Worley, Northeast Guilford High School.

Academy of Science On April 7, 12 Western Guilford students and one Guilford Middle student attended the 17th annual meeting of District IV of the North Carolina Student Academy of Science. The students' science projects were entered into competition with those of students from six schools.

The results of the competition are:

First place - Benjamin Seo in Junior Biological Science; Eric Arnold, Senior Technology and Engineering; Karen Caskie, Junior Physical Science.

Second place - Morgan Berglund, Senior Physical Science; Mark Southerland, Junior Behavioral Science; Adrian Strand, Junior Physical Science.

Third place - Charles Forbes, Senior Environmental Science.

Honorable mention - David Lee, Senior Biological Science; Amanda Bray and Jae Shim, Junior Earth and Space Science; Sarah Stubblefield, Michael Scott and Jennifer Stafford, Junior Physical Science.

Eric Arnold, Karen Caskie, Morgan Berglund, Mark Southerland and Benjamin Seo will represent District IV at the state NCSAS meeting Friday and Saturday at Elon College.

Morgan Berglund was elected president-elect of District IV NCASA and Benjamin Seo was elected secretary.

Adviser is Olivia Hurd, science teacher at Western Guilford.

Earth Day Oak Ridge Elementary School PTA has made plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day.

In order to raise environmental consciousness, children will work all week on essays, posters and songs with the Earth Day theme. Gary Lowell, executive producer of WFMY, will speak to the fourth and fifth graders on the environment. David Henderson, Guilford County forester, will bring 300 loblolly seeds for the students to plant.

To end the week, the Oak Ridge PTA is sponsoring its first ``Clean Sweep Trashathon,' Saturday, during which newspapers will be bundled and delivered for recycling.

Spelling Bee winners The Triad Association of Non-Public School Administrators, a consortium of area private school directors, sponsored Elizabeth Phillips, a student at St. Pius X School, in the Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee April 8. She is the daughter of Richard G. and Elise Phillips.

Phillips claimed the championship during a multi-school spelling bee at Greensboro Montessori School March 29. Finalists were Matthew Austin, New Garden Friends; Van Fletcher, Westchester Academy; Milton Pittman, Greensboro Montessori School; Marley Thrasher, Covenant Christian; Rory Richmond, Our Lady of Grace; and Geoffrey Card, Ballinger Academy.

Joyner students honored Several Joyner Elementary School students recently won various school, city and district honors in various areas.

Of 20 entries which progressed to the city-wide Reflections contest, six Joyner students reached district competition. These students, whose entries reflected the theme ``Where Does the Sky End?' were Jessica Belton, Emily Edmunds, Shannon Gilmore, Drew Jones, Nicholas Tallman and Adrian Workman.

Students submitted 173 entries in Joyner's annual Science Fair. Two student projects chosen to proceed to the city-wide competition were by Emily Edmunds (K-3) and Shannon Gilmore (4-5).

The N.C. Safety Association sponsored a poster contest as part of Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week. Joyner had six poster entries to reach district competition. Winning posters were by Chris Collins, Mavis Devorce, Christina Orsa, Tasha Crews, Mike Overby and Jennifer Maltais. Entries receiving district awards were by Christina Orsa and Jennifer Maltais.

Artwork by John Kirkpatrick was selected to represent Joyner in the Superintendent's Choice Art Show.

Achievement Academy Elizabeth Fitch Overman, who attends Page High School, has been selected as a United States Achievement Academy Award winner in the area of student council. She was nominated for the national award by Page Student Council adviser Johnson Harriss.

Overman is the daughter of Leah Fitch Overman and Don Overman.

Geography Bee David Riesser, an eighth-grade student at St. Pius X School, competed in the National Geography Bee in Raleigh March 30. To qualify, he won the school Geography Bee and scored among the top 100 students in a written test sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Salem Academy honors Two seniors from Greensboro have been named to the third quarter honor roll at Salem Academy. They are Amy Forrester Heath, daughter of Victoria Heath of 4212 Henderson Road, and Julia Ridley Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Smith of 8 Leawood Court.

Salem Academy is a four-year college preparatory boarding school for girls located adjacent to historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem.

Cheerleading champs The N.C. High School Cheerleading Championships were held March 31 at Mooresville Junior High School in Mooresvile. Two Greensboro cheerleaders were selected as 1990 All-State Cheerleaders.

Brooke Kammeyer of Grimsley High School will cheer on the west All-State squad at the East / West All Star Basketball game in Greensboro in July. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kammeyer.

Lisa Johnson of Dudley High School will cheer on the east All-State squad. She is the daughter of Walter and Yvonne Johnson.

UDC contests Helen Windsor Booth, president of the Guilford Chapter 301 United Daughters of the Confederacy, has announced the chapter winners in the UDC Student Historical Essay and Art Contest for 1989-90.

Senior High School Essay - first place, Natalie S. Marbert, grade 9, Northwest High School, ``Sherman's March Through North Carolina.'

Middle School Essay - first place, Misty Hedrick, grade 8, Allen Jay Middle School, ``The Battle of Bentonville;' honorable mention, Shawna Duncan, grade 8, Allen Jay Middle School, ``The Yankees Take Hatteras and the Outer Banks.'

Senior High School Art - drawing of the Confederate Seal, first place, Danny Oakley, grade 12, Southern Guilford Middle School; first runner-up, Dawn Fisher, grade 12, Southern Guilford High School; first honorable mention, Chris Ferguson, grade 12, Eastern Guilford High School; honorable mention, Robert Frazier, grade 12, Southern Guilford High School; honorable mention for an 11th grade entry, Jerry Sanders, grade 11, Southern Guilford High School.

Middle School Art - drawing of ``Uniform of a Confederate Calvary Officer,' first place, Michael Roy Burke, grade 7, Guilford Middle School; honorable mention, Shawna Duncan, grade 8, Allen Jay Middle School.

Elementary School Art - drawing of a Civil War cannon, first place, Olivia L. Marbert, grade 4, Summerfield Elementary School.

Named to honor society The ELA Honor Society of Stuart Hall in Staunton, Va., recently inducted Kristen Anne Coates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Coates of Greensboro. She was honored by the school for her exemplary leadership, responsibility and character.

The ELA Honor Society was organized during the 1880-81 session of Virginia Female Institute, now Stuart Hall. Induction into the society is one of the highest honors which a Stuart Hall student can achieve.

Science / Math Olympics On Wednesday, May 16, the Middle School Science / Math Olympics will be held at N.C. A&T State University. The Olympics will feature 22 competitive events designed to test a student's knowledge of life sciences, earth sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Competitions will include the Chemical Element Quiz, Bridge Building, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Egg Drop, Logic Test and Computer Programming. The highlight is the Science Bowl, in which two four-student teams compete to answer questions about the natural sciences.

Fifteen public and private middle schools in Greensboro, Guilford County and High Point compete for the championship each year. Each school may have as many as 40 student participants.

Directors of the Olympics are Debbie Partrick and Linda Hutchinson. The event is sponsored by the Greensboro Public Schools Science Academy and the A&T School of Engineering.

Fun Day scheduled Irving Park School's annual Fun Day is set for Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ``rain or shine,' on the grounds at 1310 Sunset Dr.

The PTA-sponsored fund-raising event will feature new attractions like the Cork Gun Shoot and the Bottle Ring game. There also will be a M.A.S.H. tent, Jupiter Jump, Soccer Kick featuring a celebrity goalie, Plinko, Glitz Booth, Pan for Gold, horseback riding and Shoot the Hoop.

Pizza, hot dogs and baked goods will be sold. A plant booth for gardeners and a yard sale also will be featured.

For a $1 donation, visitors can receive a chance on a grand prize of $500, a mahogany table from Benbow Reproductions, a gold pin, golf bag or other prizes, including dinners and weekend accommodations.

Proceeds from Fun Day will go to PTA projects. For more information, call Carol Clemmons at 275-1801.

Host families sought

The Youth Exchange Service (YES) is seeking host families for international high school students participating in the 1990-91 exchange.

Students, who range in age from 15 to 18, are carefully screened for the program.They bring their own spending money and are fully covered by insurance.

For information on becoming a host family, call YES at 1-800-848-2121.

Prom Promise High school students from 72 schools in the Triad have a chance to win a concert from Expose, a top 40 pop group, by pledging not to use alcohol or drugs during this year's prom season and by developing a school program to ensure the prom season is a safe and happy experience.

The program, called Prom Promise, is being sponsored by Nationwide Insurance Co. and the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program.

The students, in public and private schools, are bing asked to sign the prom promise and submit a plan explaining what actions their school will take to back it up. They also can submit a taped song, rap or cheer with an anti-drugs and anti-alcohol theme.

Schools will be awarded points for their students' efforts. Winning schools will be chosen based on the percentage of students participating; the quality of their plan; the creativity of their song, rap or cheer; and the school's highway safety record on prom night.

The concert will be June 2 in War Memorial Auditorium.

For more information, call 1-800-776-6937.

N.C. Heritage Day On Friday, April 27, students, teachers and parents at Oak Ridge Elementary School will step back into history as N.C. Heritage Week is celebrated in the school's gymnasium. After entering a time machine, travelers will journey through the state's historic events.

First, a stop at a native American tee-pee will acquaint visitors with the history of North Carolina tribes. Next, parents will recount the settlement of early towns including Old Salem, demonstrate making candles and bread and explain the importance of agriculture to the state's early economy.

Travelers then will play colonial games, take a glimpse of African-American culture and visit with an American Revolution enactment enthusiast. Children also will be able to ride on an early train.

A time of progress, 1835 to 1860, will be highlighted next on the trip. Students will note the beginning of public education by experiencing a stop at a one-room schoolhouse.

The trip continues with emphasis on the Civil War, the building of the Hatteras lighthouse and the Wright Brothers' airplane flight. A journey into the present and future will complete the day's festivities.

Writing Festival The Guilford County School System Writing Festival display will be May 2-7 in Carolina Circle Mall. Dr. E. Wayne Trogdon, superintendent, will present awards during a ceremony at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, in the mall.

All county schools, grades 1 through 12 will participate. The Southeast High School Show Choir will perform.

Media Day Stokesdale Elementary School has invited special guests to share their favorite stories with students during School Library Media Day Wednesday, April 25. The day's theme is ``Watch the Stars Come Out: Celebrity Read.'

Among those participating will be Jesse Joyce, former principal and Stokesdale's first and newly-elected mayor; Randy Southard, Stokesdale fire chief; Annie Mae Lemons, the school's first librarian; Powell Shelton Sr., a member of the Stokesdale Town Council; A.D. Blackburn, insurance salesman; and Mike Waggoner, school principal.

Young Writers conference The School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Region 5 of the State Department of Public Instruction hosted the first Piedmont Young Writers Conference April 7. The conference honored selected students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 21 school districts in the region, with 497 students participating.

Students honored have written original books or have produced original illustrations of a classmate's book or a library book. They were chosen by their teachers to represent the school they attend.

Six students from the Guilford County school system participated. They were Brad Lupton, Shelly Harris and Nicole Philbrick, Guilford Middle; Kate Gorbe, Southwest Elementary; and Robyn Douglas and Tiffany Leonhart, Alamance Elementary.

A requirement for participation was a published book written by the student or an illustration based on a book. Local authors and storytellers conducted mini-sessions for students.

A illustration by Valerie Price of the Greensboro city schools was one of three selected to become part of a permanent children's collection to hang in the Curry Education Building at UNCG.

Illustrations and books, written and bound by the young writers, are on display at the Region 5 office, 1215 Westover Terrace.

The goal of the conference was to encourage students to become more literate as they form a connection between reading and writing.

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