Education shoutouts

  • Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic School students recognized by Duke University’s talent programs.
Sacred Heart Catholic School students recognized by Duke University’s talent programs.

SECU scholarships

SALISBURY — Two Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students have been honored with the State Employees’ Credit Union “People Helping People” scholarship. The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation provides two $5,000 scholarships to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges.

Recipients for both scholarship programs are selected by the individual college’s scholarship committees. Selections are based on a student’s embodiment of the credit union “People Helping People” philosophy demonstrated through leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement, along with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.


“Congratulations to both Daniel and Jason. We are confident that this scholarship will help them continue to achieve and demonstrate the remarkable qualities that earned them this award,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life for the college.

Daniel Groppi of Rowan County is pursuing an associate in science degree. He is passionate about serving his community and helping others.

Jason Long of Cabarrus County is pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice. He has plans to transfer to a four-year school and get his master’s degree. “I have been blessed to be able to help many people and to be a good role model to a lot of young people, including children,” said Long.

Recipients can use the scholarship funds for tuition, books, fees, course supplies and transportation.

“Thank you to the State Employees’ Credit Union for their commitment to Rowan-Cabarrus and our students,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “The price of education continues to climb across the country. This makes private funding for both scholarships and operational support that much more important. Rowan-Cabarrus must continue to expand the work of its Foundation to meet these growing needs as well.”

Sacred Heart achievements

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s William Clark qualified for the Championship History Bee and is advancing to the National Championship to be held on June 1 in Atlanta, GA, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

After qualifying for the Intramural Bee and the Online Exam, Joseph Chaney, Adam Habeeb, Charles Langlais and Clark all traveled to Charlotte on Feb. 13 to participate in the Southeast Regional finals.

In 2012, the National Championships were televised by The History Channel and the winner received a $50,000 scholarship.

Several SHCS students qualified for the Duke TIP Talent Identification Program: In seventh grade, Elly Burks, Rachel Harrison, Miriam Roy, Ben Roy, Michael Childress, Adanya Johnson and Gemma Brown qualified. Two fourth-graders, Taylor Meyers and Josh Klein, qualified for the highly selective fourth-sixth grade Talent Search sponsored by the Duke University Talent ID program.

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, more than 2 million students have participated. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh-graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh- graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. Above-level testing at least two years above a student’s current grade placement offers gifted students and their families a far better understanding of how the student compares to his or her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. In addition, experts at Duke TIP have developed and compiled information to inspire academically talented young people to learn through exciting educational opportunities.

Knollwood Knights

The following students were recognized for the character trait of determination. They will be presented with a certificate and attend the quarterly Character Social. The names of the student that received the Knollwood Knights of Character Award:

Kindergarten —Tiana Steadman, Jeffrey Moreno-Avila, Paola Quintero, Yolanda Landeros, Bella Houston, Axel Mejia-Bonilla, Christopher Castillo.

First grade — Mia Parra, Isaac Llanez, Ivey Wilson, Wendy Martinez-Reyes, Jose Escobar-Melara.

Second grade — Peyton Hale, Cristal Figueroa, Christopher Bragg, Sherlyn Chanez, Denise Cruz, Joselyn Campechano-Lopez.

Third grade — Erik Morales-Hernandez, Jennifer Carbajal, Admir Podzic, Brandon Paredes.

Fourth grade — Ethan Lingle, Caitlin Junda, Courtney Lineberger, Sequoia Joe, Alicia Thompson, Maritza Lopez-Gonzalez.

Fifth grade — Denira Sulejmanovic, Raquel Castro, Krystal Ortiz-Rodriguez, Erik Mendez-Mora.

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