Education: Catawba hosts math contests

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On March 26, Catawba College was a qualifying site for the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics state contests in algebra I and geometry.
Catawba’s mathematics department hosted the contest, which drew students from Salisbury, Charlotte and the surrounding areas. There were a total of 75 students and 17 supervisors.
The local schools represented were North Rowan High, Southeast Middle, Corriher-Lipe Middle, Sacred Heart Catholic and Graystone Day schools. Local students who qualified to move on to the regional runoffs were, in algebra I, Jacob Fink and Janssen White, Southeast Middle School; and in geometry, Drew Welker, Gillian Gulledge and James Parkhill, all of Graystone Day School.
Catawba College also awarded six $1,000 scholarships to the top three performing students in algebra I and geometry. Local students receiving scholarships included Janssen White, Jacob Fink, Gillian Gulledge and Drew Welker.
For more information about the contest, contact the Catawba College mathematics department at 704-637-4223 or e-mail Dr. Sharon Sullivan at
Bostian Good Citizens
The staff of Bostian Elementary has recognized the following students for standing out as exemplary citizens for this month. These students have all gone above and beyond what is expected of them at school.
Kindergarten ó Landon Beaver, Gracie Huneycutt, Anna Rymer, Dakota Alexander, Sydney Hardman, Jadyn Kirkpatrick, Brianna DeGraw.
First grade ó Aaron Vanderburg, Jadon Vernon, Robert Barringer, Abraham Hernandez, Kendall Wilson, Savannah Pless, Trevor Cross.
Second grade ó Chance Walton, Olivia Weatherby, Ruby Jones, Damian Sechler, Autumn Tobin, Abby Asbury, John Duff Burris.
Third grade ó Ally Black, Bailey Shue, Michelle Henning, Austin Campbell, Nana Gurganious, Austin Hardin.
Fourth grade ó Kayla Dunaway, Zack Moore, Christina Cook, Josh Jones, Edson Fernandez.
Fifth grade ó Colton Harrington, Taylor Miller, Micah Helms, Kodie Miller, Summer Tucker, Dalton Lamb.
Woodleaf Good Citizens
The following students were recently selected as Woodleaf March Good Citizens:
Kindergarten ó Haley Correll, Aden Greer, Mark Mowery, Eric Garduno, Jenna Jones, Bradlee Bean, Stephen Leichman and Megyn Spicer.
First grade ó Ethan Casto, Ashley Perrell, Blake White, Sollei Basinger, Logan Peoples, Daja Snipes, Maria Serrano-Gainey, Stephanie Garduno and Madison Turner.
Second grade ó Chris Camacho, Raven Gentry, Bailey Benge, Alicen Church, Allie Mendenhall, Connor McNeely and Sebastian Pabon.
Third grade ó Timber Hedrick, Zeke Smith, Branson Barber, Emma Morris, Nick Newton and Dillon Simpso
Fourth grade ó Faith Morris, Bailey Vancura, Jessica Eagle, Alejandra Hernandez, Allie Fink and Rivers Sides.
Fifth grade ó Brittany Brigman, Marissa Henderson, Bryan Ketchie, Madi Gibbons, Alyssa Peoples, Robbie Monroe, Taylor Quinn and Austin Taylor.
Pre-K ó Jillian Brown, T.J. Michel and Nathan People.
Salisbury Academy honor roll
The all-A honor roll for Salisbury Academy, third quarter:
Fifth grade ó Neel Chauhan, Ann Fisher Lindsay, Sam McNeely, Grace Steinman, Matt Washko, Laura Weber, Grace Yatawara.
Sixth grade ó Coleman Bergsma, Lake Billings, Ann Rollins Johnson, Michael Ogden, Jinesh Patel, Watson Pitner, Isabella Rusher, Gabe Steinman, Elle Wimmer.
Seventh grade ó Eleanor Alcorn, Alexandra Drye, John Latimer, Taylor Rodenhuis, Philip Simons, Olivia Smith, Samantha Washko, Maria Weber.
Eighth grade ó Trey Bergsma, Allie Billings, Sally Fowler, Benton Kribbs, Paul McNeely, Brock Overcash, Tyler Petty, Alex Wimmer, Nathan Wyatt.
‘Biotechnology for the Non-Scientist’
The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer the free seminar, “Biotechnology for the Non-Scientist,” April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.
The free seminar focuses on how biotechnology is relevant to Cabarrus and Rowan counties, provides an introduction to the science behind the biotech industry and describes many biotech-related products, businesses and jobs.
Marcy Corjay, Ph.D., head of RCCC’s associate degree program in biotechnology, and K. Paul Knott, curriculum coordinator of the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, will conduct the seminar.
To reserve a seat for the “Biotechnology for the Non-Scientist” seminar, call 704-216-3512 or visit the Small Business Center Web site at
Later this summer, RCCC will offer a short series of classes called “Biotech 101,” also designed for the general public. In August, with the start of the fall semester, the college will open two new associate degree programs in biotechnology and agricultural biotechnology.
The AAS program in biotechnology will prepare students for jobs in a biotechnology laboratory or advance to a four-year college or university. Graduates can pursue employment as lab technicians, research assistants and quality-control associates. This associate degree will enable graduates to work with different types of employers, including small testing labs, large manufacturers, government laboratories and research universities.
The AAS program in agricultural biotechnology will help students meet the demand for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological, chemical and agricultural technology or move on to a four-year institution. This program will prepare graduates to work as research assistants to biologists and chemists, laboratory and instrumentation technicians, and quality control/quality assurance technicians. Graduates will pursue positions with various industry, university and government employers, including jobs in research and development, manufacturing, sales, customer service, and the production of bioengineered crops.
For more information about the biotechnology programs, call 704-216-7214 or see www.rowancabarrus. edu/biotechnology/.
Conversational Spanish classes
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer conversational Spanish classes beginning in April.
The classes will meet one evening a week for 2 1/2 hours. There is a registration fee of $55, plus a textbook costing approximately $30. Advanced registration is required. The schedule is as follows:
– Conversational Spanish I ń 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, April 16 through July 2, at RCCC’s South Campus;
– Conversational Spanish I ń 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 21 through July 7, at RCCC’s North Campus.
RCCC also is offering an activity director course for persons wanting to pursue a career as a state-approved activity director for nursing homes.
The course will cover state and federal regulations, how to plan and implement activities, and other duties involved in such positions. The 60-hour, state-approved course meets all North Carolina qualification requirements.
The activity director class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursdays, June 1 through Aug. 13, at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury. The course fee is $60, plus a supplies fee of $22. Advanced registration is required.
For more information or to register for the conversational Spanish or activity director courses, contact the continuing education department at 704-216-3512 or by e-mail at
WSSU dean’s list
The following students were named to Winston-Salem State University fall 2008 dean’s list:
Cleveland: Donovan Gray, Tyesha Brookes, Cynthia Ochs.
Cooleemee: Brenda Bledsoe, Zenaida Reavis.
Salisbury: Ryan Folks, Samuel Delaney, Jaleesa Wilks, William Goodlett, Olivia Miller, Nikeya Cherry, Katrenna Bentley, Harriet Lyerly, Jonathan Luckadoo, Deborah Clayton, Justine Lewis.
Spencer: Dao Vang.
Va. Tech dean’s list
The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.
Mooresville: Lisa M. Spenello, Matthew J. Werder, Michael G. Werder.
Salisbury: David A. Shirley.