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Nine North Rowan High School band students were selected along with students from across seven Southeastern states to participate in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Carolina Honor Band.
North Rowan participants will be Jessica White, clarinet; Katie Thompson, Miller Sokolowski and Patrick Bost, trumpet; Patrick Barnes and Andy Hallet, percussion; Kaneisha Thompson, flute; Ashley Murray, trombone; and Maurice Harrison, bass clarinet.
They will be hosted by the UNCG Music Department faculty on campus Feb. 14-16. The clinic will conclude with a free public concert in Aycock Auditorium at 2 p.m. Feb. 16.
Knox science fair
Knox Middle School recently selected winners at each grade level in its annual science fair. They are: 
Sixth grade: John Haile Young, first place; Emalee Young, second place; Allison Murphy and Kathleen Mowery, third place. 
Seventh grade: Katie Cater, first place; Traci Leak, second place; Christian Cabrera and Alexis Trujillo, third place. 
Eighth grade: Nicole Chamberlain, first place; Kaylon Morgan, second place; Riccy Ardon and Ana Vences, third place.
UNCW academic lists
Eleven area students have been named to the fall semester chancellor’s list at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
They are Steven Bevels and Kelly Mastro, Salisbury; Levi Webb, Woodleaf; Andrew Darcy, Mocksville; Brandilynn Bilohlavek, Jessica Buchanan and Kristin Butler, Mooresville; Sarah Blankenship, Andrea Clodfelter and Robert Holton, Lexington; and Sarah Schooley, Albemarle.
Those named to the dean’s list are:
Kannapolis: Carmen Blackmon, Sarah Hagens, Catherine Long, Alisha Payne and Lindsay Scott.
Lexington: Shaun Brinkle, Jenna Bronson, June Bunce, Anna Gilleland, Holli Hughes, Kacie Nifong, Kaeli Sink, Brandi Tinsbloom and Jon Tucker.
Mocksville: Lucas Boger, Brennan Carter and Andrew Darcy.
Mooresville: Alyssa Abbott, Rebecca Barker, Heather Bickett, Emily Brown, Lauren Brown, Joshua Dalessandro, Caroline Darling, Stephanie Dickey, Ashley Enroth, Amanda Krise, Jacklyn Lyons, Kristin Lyons, Alexandra Manno, Jillian Martin, Laura McMillan, Ashlyn Morris, Kristina Morrison, Brittany Nelson, Laura Olsen, David Padykula, Callie Peterson, Morgan Phillips, Robin Rhyne, Erin Riley, Shelly Shackleton, Janet Skillman and Nicholas Wilken.
Salisbury: Anna Antosek, Emily Bartsch, Spencer Bloodworth, Leah Cox, Jeffrey Dockins, Christina Dunkin, Zachary Dye, Megan Meek, Ashley Myers, Grant Ruhlman, Jamie Sifford, Kathryn Vanderslice and Amanda Wells.
China Grove: Candace Carter.
Rockwell: Kelly Ridenhour.
Richfield: Robert Bowen and Emily Ross.
Albemarle: Staci Comer, Lauren Harrington, Emma McManus, Ahmed Metwally, Jordan Morgan and Kathryn Rudisill.
Wingate honor lists
Two Rowan County students have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Wingate University in Wingate for earning a 3.8 or better grade-point average on at least 12 quality point academic hours with no grade below a C.
They are Robert Alexander of Rockwell and David Morgan of Salisbury.
Nine were named to the dean’s list for earning a 3.3 or better grade-point average on at lease 12 quality point academic hours with no grade below a C.
They are Emily Burns, Brittany Honeycutt, James Lowe, Salisbury; Meghan Galloway, Mary-Anne Jones and Brian McHouell, China Grove; Brian Ingold, Rockwell; Leah Powell and Brian Tansey, Woodleaf.
Bitzer writes chapter
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, an assistant professor of political science and dean of admissions at Catawba College, has written a chapter of a soon-to-be-published book edited by Joseph J. Foy, “Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture.”
Bitzer’s chapter, “Political Culture and Public Opinion: The American Dream on Springfield’s Evergreen Terrace,” uses the Simpsons to explain public opinion, political culture and the American Dream.
A frequent commentator on Southern politics and campaigns and elections, Bitzer joined Catawba College in 2002. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Erskine College, a master of arts degree in history from Clemson University and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, where he was selected as one of five “Excellence in Teaching” award winners for 2002.

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