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Jeff Street, band director at Jesse C. Carson High School, is one of 222 quarterfinalists from 208 cities across 41 states for the music educator award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

The recipient and finalists will receive cash honorariums, with generous support and resources are provided by the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund and Journeys. The second annual award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards ceremony during GRAMMY Week 2015.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current kindergarten through college educators in public and private schools who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his or her remarkable impact on students’ lives.

The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.

The semifinalists will be announced in September.

South Rowan High School student Haley Shore and Jesse C. Carson High School student Olivia Horning have earned $1,500 scholarships from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders.

Both students will attend N.C. State University. Shore plans to study agricultural education and pursue a career as an agriculture teacher. Horning plans to study biological sciences and pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian.

The Grow Ag Leaders scholarship is available to students choosing from a variety of agriculturally focused fields of study. Modern agriculture is more than just farming — it includes thousands of careers in a variety of fields, including plant science, engineering, communications, finance, and more.

“Haley Shore is a remarkable student and FFA member. She has worked hard to prepare for her future career as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor,” said South Rowan FFA advisor Laura Hall. “She will be an asset to the agricultural teaching profession in the future.”

Horning’s advisor also boasted of her success. “I am extremely proud of Olivia Horning, her accomplishments, and her continued striving for excellence in the agriculture field,” said Jesse C. Carson FFA advisor Jason Dellinger. “I know that there are many doors opening for her, and cannot wait to see what her future holds.”

High school students are invited to apply for the Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students scheduled for July 8-12 on the Catawba College campus.

Students will explore the concept of environmental leadership through the perspective of their own skills and interest in everything from theater, music and writing to philosophy, history and science. They will learn how essential elements of these varied areas — creativity, expression, innovation, observation, experimentation and teamwork — are critical to their effectiveness as a leader.

Students will also acquire skills that will help them become a collaborative leader and effective communicator and return to their school and community empowered to make a positive impact.

Learn more about the summit at www.centerfortheenvironment.org .

The Last Word Bookstore Kids Summer Reading Program is open to readers up to age 12. Bring in a list of 10 books you’ve read and earn $5 in trade credit that never expires. The program started June 1 and runs through Aug. 15. For more information, email thelastwordsalisbury@gmail.com or call 704-245-6159.

South Rowan High School will hold its Baccalaureate Service Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Reformed Church, 210 N. Central Avenue in Landis. Speakers for the service will include members of the class of 2014 and the Rev. David P. Franks, pastor of First Reformed.

Music will be provided by the Varsity Singers of South Rowan High School under the direction of Jan Gore.

Seniors are asked to gather in the fellowship hall at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service. Parents and members of the community are also invited to attend.

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