Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2011

North Hills seniors named king and queen
North Hills Christian School seniors Laura Butner and Trent Gobble were named homecoming queen and king last month. During the homecoming celebration, other class representatives were presented as follows: freshmen Anna Chamberlain and Harper Miller, sophomores Mary Scott Norris and Justin Wright, and juniors McKamie Harrison and Taylor Kriminger.
Carson High’s Deal earns national award
Savannah Deal of Landis, a student at J.C. Carson High School, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.
The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.
Membership entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, online forums, personalized recognition items and publicity honors.
Savannah is the daughter of Alan and Melanie Deal of Landis.
Four faculty earn degrees
Four Cabarrus College of Health Sciences faculty and staff recently earned graduate degrees.
• Lindsay Belden, MSN, RN, associate degree nursing faculty since 2008, received her master of science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her academic program had an emphasis on advanced practitioner of nursing training, focusing on advanced adult and primary care nurse practitioner training. Belden, a registered nurse for more than 12 years, is an instructor for mental health nursing.
• Mark Ellison, Ed.D., director of admissions, earned his doctorate in adult education from North Carolina State University. Ellison’s dissertation research focused on the restorative benefits of hiking in wilderness solitude and the relationship to job satisfaction. He is also developing a course based on his dissertation that explores the connection between nature, the environment and human health. Ellison has been director of admissions since 2003.
• Shuna Harper, MSN, RN, associate degree nursing faculty since 2009, graduated from Strayer University with a master of science in nursing, with a focus on health-care service administration and education. Harper has been a registered nurse for 19 years. She is an instructor for mental health nursing, as well as family health nursing.
• Valerie Rakes, MSN, RN, associate degree nursing faculty, received her master of science in nursing from East Carolina University. The program focused on nursing leadership in health-care education. Rakes is an instructor for mental health nursing and family health nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 22 years and has taught at Cabarrus College for more than two years.
Boston graduate
Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,550 students in January 2011. Among the graduates was Ashley M. Deaton of Salisbury, who received a doctor of occupational therapy in occupational therapy.
Duke dean’s list
Abigail Leigh Bucher of Salisbury was named to the fall dean’s list with distinction at Duke University.
She is majoring in environmental science/policy.
To make the Arts & Sciences dean’s list, students must rank in the top third of their college; for dean’s list with distinction, the top tenth of their college.
Bus driversof the month
Rowan-Salisbury Schools Director of Transportation Judy Burris has recognized the following employees for exemplary service as bus drivers for March.
A bus driver must adhere to all the duties and responsibilities set forth by the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Transportation Department and is nominated by his or her bus coordinator for this honor each month.
North area: Mary Ellis, North Rowan High School, North Rowan Middle School (bus 185).
East area: Clara Gaston, Erwin Middle School, East Rowan High School (bus 20).
West area: Kevin Philemon, West Rowan High School, West Rowan Middle School (bus 326).
South area: Richard Cress, Corriher-Lipe Middle School, South Rowan High School (bus 118).
Salisbury area: Jerry Blackwell, Overton Elementary School, Knox Middle School, Henderson Alternative School (bus 170).
Special needs: James Canupp (bus 87).
Substitute driver: Priscilla Meredith.
Davie yearbook wins medal
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City recently awarded Davie County High School’s yearbook, the 2010 Clarion, a gold medal for excellence in yearbook journalism for the third consecutive year.
This national award is given to yearbooks based on creativity, originality and adherence to contemporary yearbook and journalism standards.
“Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognizes yearbooks from all over the country and I am extremely proud of the editors for their dedication and work in achieving this kind of national recognition. This award reflects the quality and value of free expression,” said English teacher Lynn Wisecarver, adviser of the 2010 Clarion.
Ashlyn Brunstetter and Lisa Foster were the publication’s editors and Caroline Altieri was the assistant editor. They led a staff of five students who were new to journalism.
“Since we basically had a brand new staff, I never thought we could receive a national award. I was thrilled to learn that we had though,” said Foster.
The editors began work on the book in the summer of 2009 by attending a yearbook camp and holding weekly planning sessions. They were responsible for assigning stories to staff members, editing, making photography assignments, designing layouts, selling advertising space, writing copy, production scheduling, and meeting deadlines.
Wisecarver advised the Clarion for 11 years and won numerous state and national awards. The last three yearbooks received gold medal recognition. Brianna Brown, English teacher, is adviser for the 2011 Clarion.
The 2011 Clarion may be purchased from Brown at Davie County High School in room C-4 or online at The cost of the book is $80 and there are a limited number of copies.
Millbridge Good Citizens
Millbridge Elementary School Good Citizens for March.
Kindergarten: Jesse Rinehardt, Avery Lowe, Ava Huffman, Gavin Mincey, Maddie Hampton, Joshua Miller, Trevor Rodger, Madison Thomas.
First grade: Caitlyn Pillsbury, Chloe Covington, Emily Bosch, Jack Reed, Seth Burgess, Noah Steedley, Charli Gilbert, David Westenberg, Julia Watson, Mason Dodrill.
Second grade: Luke Wilson, Sydney Hardin, Skylar Mills, Austin Layton, Andrew Lanning, Kaydee Lefler, Tahmere Harris, Addison Morris.
Third grade: Cody Guiton, Jagger Kirk, Alyssa Jones, Imer Andaya, Corey Snodgrass, Alan Gray, Payton Sloop,Chloe Winecoff.
Fourth grade: Lauren Shell, Elijah Hamilton, Kodie Conner, Kelsey Micire, Riley Hunter, Miranda Broome.
Fifth grade: Destiny Henderson, Justin Keen, Jenna Strickland, McKenna Caudill, Brianna Haynes, Jeremy Hilton, Abby Johnson, Madyson Jenkins.
South FFA places first
Seven South Rowan FFA members recently traveled to the campus of North Carolina State University to participate in the N.C. FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event.
The junior agriculture sales team, consisting of Malana Litaker, Nicole Mauldin and Joey Ashley, placed first in the state.
Litaker was the high scoring individual in the entire contest.
The senior agriculture sales team included MacKenzie Catanese, Haley Shore, Kendall Lewis and Kari Joyce. The senior team placed eighth in the state event.
Agriculture teacher Laura Hoffner coaches both teams. Kannapolis City Schools has formed a partnership with Hilbish Ford to help honor outstanding teachers.
Kannapolis schools, dealership to honor teachers
Each month, Kannapolis City Schools will select a teacher to be honored, and Hilbish Ford will provide the winner $250.
Teachers must be nominated by parents or students in order to be considered for the award. Parents and students who wish to nominate a teacher may complete the online nomination form on the Kannapolis City Schools website.
It is located under the link called “Hilbish Ford Teacher Recognition Program.” Parents and students also may request a paper nomination form from their child’s school if they do not have Internet access.
Each month’s winner will be honored during the Board of Education’s regular meeting. The first winner will be chosen in late March and will be honored at the Kannapolis City Board of Education’s April 11 meeting.
“We have wonderful teachers in Kannapolis City Schools, and I’m delighted that we can honor them in this way,” KCS Superintendent Dr. Pam Cain said. “Hilbish Ford is an outstanding community partner, and I’m extremely grateful for their generosity and support of Kannapolis City Schools.”
All KCS teachers are eligible to be nominated for the award. Nominations are now being accepted.