Education shoutouts

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 11, 2013

Five rising seniors and one rising junior at Gray Stone Day School have been selected to attend Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics (SVSM) at various campuses across the state.
Jack Chen, son of Qun and Yue Chen of Richfield, will study physics at East Carolina University. Kenan Darden, son of Stuart Darden and Sabrina Shelton of Harrisburg, will study at North Carolina Central University. Ananya Suresh, daughter of Revathi Suresh and Suresh Sundaramoorthy of Albemarle, will study global climate change at Appalachian State University. Caby Styers, daughter of Phillip and Janie Styers of New London, will attend East Carolina University to study archaeology and chemistry. Jennie Wagner, daughter of Carl and Leah Wagner of New London, will study archaeology and cell biology at East Carolina University. Rising junior Logan Miller, son of Brent and Teresa Miller of Salisbury, will attend North Carolina Central University to study mathematics and statistics.
The highly selective four-week residential summer program, administered through the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, is cost-free and state-funded for academically gifted North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The curriculum is designed to give students an exciting, challenging enrichment experience in science and mathematics. In addition to the instructional activities, students conduct independent research projects that are presented orally in an open forum. Instructors work closely with students on their projects and guide them in the preparation of their reports. The residential program brings together rising juniors and seniors for four weeks of intensive study on four campuses of the University of North Carolina system.
Students from North Carolina high school and college technical education programs won awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 98 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.
Andrew Mullis, from Kannapolis, a student at South Rowan High School, was awarded the high school gold medal in masonry.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
Erin Ansbro and David Singletary, rising juniors at Gray Stone Day School, recently attended the North Carolina Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership Foundation West Seminar at Salem College in Winston-Salem as ambassadors.
Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to lead a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.
The North Carolina HOBY Leadership Seminar is a three-day leadership program for rising high school juniors. HOBY Ambassadors have an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills, learn about their personal leadership styles, and form an appreciation for community service. They attend panel sessions featuring prominent speakers from government, businesses, media and educational communities. They participate in leadership development workshops and activities. HOBY Ambassadors also participate in a community service project. As a result of their experiences, the high school Ambassadors return to their schools and communities eager to make a difference and share what they have learned.
Out of 105 youth ambassadors attending the program, Singletary was selected as the male recipient of a $3,500 scholarship to attend the HOBY World Leadership Congress in Chicago at Loyola University in July. At the WLC, Singletary will be able to meet with and learn from other HOBY ambassadors from around the country and the world, as well as leaders from business, government, science, medicine, media and other fields.
John Latimer, a rising senior at Gray Stone Day School who attended NC HOBY West as Gray Stone’s ambassador last summer, was selected to be a junior facilitator at HOBY NC West this year, where Ansbro and Singletary attended as ambassadors. His role was to lead group discussions for groups of about 10 ambassadors, and to constantly keep the enthusiasm at an all-time high. He also was in charge of a HOBY Hugs fundraiser, selling the most HOBY Hugs in the history of the N.C. organization. He helped plan skits throughout the weekend and helped run nearly all of the activities. Latimer was on the volunteerism panel to speak in front of everyone about the volunteer work he did last summer with the Rowan Youth Services Bureau.
Ansbro is the daughter of Thomas and Patti Ansbro of Salisbury. Singletary is the son of Bud and Tamara Singletary of Albemarle. Latimer is the son of Harrison and Carol Latimer of Salisbury.
Senior Scott Allerton, of Salisbury, has earned the honor of placement on the dean’s list at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) for the spring 2013 semester. To achieve this honor, a student must carry 12 or more credits that semester and have a 3.5 grade point average or above.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady has announced the names of May 2013 graduates, and of students who attained deans’ list and chancellor’s list honors at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro during the spring 2013 semester.

Kannapolis — Lindsey M. Allen, BS, cum laude; Jesse R. Andrews, BA; Addison E. Prophet, BS.
China Grove — Ann T. Favero, BS.
Salisbury — Carlos J. Bello, BS, summa cum laude; Amanda H. Guyer, BS; Noah S. Henley, BS; Katelyn D. Horning, BS, cum laude; Mariah Y. Kennedy, BS; Lonnie M. McLendon, BA; Taylor S. Richards, BA, summa cum laude; Angela M. Rockwell, BFA, summa cum laude; Pierre Z. Smith, BFA; Emily W. Wood, MSN.
Chancellor’s list

To make chancellor’s list, full-time undergraduates must have a cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.65 of a possible 4.0. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of course work. They also must have completed 30 hours of coursework.
Kannapolis — Brenna M. Barnett; Mckenzie L. Eury.
Salisbury — Robert A. Barton, Carlos J. Bello, Roy G. Dixon, Amanda M. Girelli, Thomas A. Grant, Haley A. Heater, Hope C. Loman, Andrew B. Parks, Taylor S. Richards, Angela M. Rockwell, Aldrea L. Speight, Lawrence J. Watkins.
To make dean’s List, students carrying at least six hours of course work must earn an academic grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, with no grade lower than a B-. Students are eligible after they have completed 15 hours of coursework.
Kannapolis — Lindsey M. Allen, Jesse R. Andrews, Erica R. Atkinson, Brenna M. Barnett, Mckenzie L. Eury, Chia Lao, Addison E. Prophet.
China Grove — Ann T. Favero.

Granite Quarry — Pagecarol Woods.
Salisbury — Amber N. Adams, Robert A. Barton, Carlos J. Bello, Roy G. Dixon, Amanda M. Girelli, Thomas A. Grant, Amanda H. Guyer, Haley A. Heater, Katelyn D. Horning, Alexandria B. Hudson, Hope C. Loman, Theodore F. Monnich, Andrew B. Parks, Sonny L. Phillips, Taylor S. Richards, Angela M. Rockwell, Alex S. Rollins, Pierre Z. Smith, Aldrea L. Speight, Sarah E. Starnes, Aiah T. Varh, Karina Velazquez, Lawrence J. Watkins, Kyaunna S. White.