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David Overcash, agriscience educator at South Rowan High School in China Grove, has been selected as the 2014 N.C. winner of the Agriscience Teacher of the Year award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
The NAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who bring science to life for students by emphasizing the hands-on application of science concepts in their agriculture classrooms. Award winners are also leaders in community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities.
If selected as the NAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year region five winner, Overcash will receive a $1,500 grant to purchase agriscience supplies and equipment, an expenses-paid trip to attend the 2014 NAAE convention, and recognition during a general session at the 2014 National FFA Convention.
The NAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year award program is sponsored by the PotashCorp as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Outstanding elementary school students from across the nation will take part in a unique academic development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to discovery on engineering, medicine and CSI. Held on campuses across the country, the forum inspires students in grades three through five to explore life as an engineer, doctor or detective.
Christarian “Lee” Patterson will be attending the National Youth Leadership Forum at William Peace University in Raleigh this summer.
Patterson is a rising fifth-grader at North Rowan Elementary School.
He excels in academic achievements and demonstrates good behavior. Patterson plays football, soccer, participated in the Cinderella play at the Norvell Theater and is beginning piano lessons.
He was nominated by his fourth grade-teacher, Ms. Morgan.
The Community Partners of Rowan will be hosting a back-to-school drive on Aug. 22 from noon until 4 p.m. at the First Legacy Community Credit Union, 2146 Statesville Blvd. in Salisbury.
The group is looking for contributors, donations, collection sites and sponsors.
They will be collecting all kinds of supplies including book bags, notebooks, pencils, pens, school uniforms, vouchers and other supplies to assist children to return to the classroom prepared.
They will also be offering other services including haircuts, food and drinks during the event.
For details on how you can help, contact The Community Partners of Rowan at 704-640-6263.

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