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Education: Gabriel Jung-bok Whaley receives appointment to U.S. Military Academy

Gabriel Jung-bok Whaley has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy for the class entering in July.
Whaley was nominated by Sen. Elizabeth Dole. A student at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, he is the son of Scott and Lana Whaley of Midland and grandson of the late Walter and Margaret Whaley of Salisbury.
Campbell scholarship
Ashley Ennis Adams, a transfer student from Rowan-Cabarrus Community Collegem has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend Campbell University in Buies Creek.
She is the daughter of Donald L. Ennis.
South FFA places
South Rowan High School’s Future Farmers of America land judging team placed 13th overall in a recent career development event in North Wilkesboro.
Team members are Carrie Hoffner, Amanda Stamey, Gary Weaver and Cody Bates.
TOYchallenge finals
Six students from North Hills Christian School have advanced to the May 17 Sally Ride Science TOYchallenge 2008 nationals at the U.S. Pattent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va.
The six, known as The Eagles, are Abbey Cody, Taylor Foster, Autumn Hatley, Michael Jones, George Mobley and Chase Taylor. They are coached by Brenda Foster.
The challenge competition gives students the opportunity to develop their engineering and design skills by creating their dream toy. Written descriptions and visual presentations of the original toy or game concept were submitted in the preliminary round in themed categories including Games for the Family, Get Out and Play and Toys That Teach.
The 100 preliminary round finalists invited to the national event were selected from hundreds of teams across the country.
The TOYchallenge is designed to engage middle school-age students, especially girls, in science and engineering and to inspire them to pursue careers in those fields.
North Hills will hold a fundraising car wash May 10 at the Car Spa, 220 Faith Road.
Band first in class
The Salisbury High School Band recently received a Superior rating and captured first place in its class at a National Heritage Music Festival in Washington, D.C.
The band, directed by Steve Sigmon, competed against high school bands from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Missouri.
Students also toured major monuments in Washington, Arlington National Cemetery, The Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space, Mount Vernon and the renovated historic Union Station.
The Hornet Band also participated in the N.C. State Concert Band Festival earlier and received an Excellent rating, the highest of any participating Rowan County high school bands.

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