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Salisbury High School to present “The Bully Plays”

Salisbury High School is partnering with the Salisbury Police Department’s community relations division to produce “The Bully Plays” – a series of short plays and monologues that were commissioned in response to the growing epidemic of bullying. The plays are touching, imaginative, powerful, uplifting and funny.

“The Bully Plays” were written by Jose Casas, Eric Coble, Lisa Dillman, Brian Guehring, Dwayne Hartford, Trish Lindberg, Ernie Nolan and Werner Trieshmann.

The following students have been cast: Ian Gunn, Taylor Eades, Quson Brown, Alex Summers, Sarah Jove, Calissa Andersen, Nick Veros, Zyaria Smyre, Sarriea Davis, Mary Hoffman, Cameron Boen, Omarii Sanders, Demetrius Cuthbertson, Sam Wilson, Maggie Fitzgerald, Yolanda Finger, Blake Ingram

Performances are November 20, 21 and 22 in Salisbury High School’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

Call 704-636-1221 extension 126 for more information.

Rockwell Christian School Fall Festival a success

The aroma of barbeque filled the air throughout Rockwell as roughly 2,000 people feasted on chicken and pork at Rockwell Christian School’s annual Fall Festival this year.

In addition to the meals, the event provided an opportunity for a fun-filled and family oriented evening full of games, prizes and shopping at the Harvest Café, Country Store and silent auction.

The theme for the night was “Sharing God’s Goodness” based upon Psalm 34:8, which states, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. showed their pride as graduates of historically black colleges and universities by wearing school colors and other paraphernalia to their recent chapter meeting.  A total of eight schools were represented, including Livingstone College, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. Central University, Winston-Salem State University, Shaw University, Johnson C. Smith University, Alcorn State University and Benedict College. Livingstone College has the largest number of graduates in the Delta Xi Omega chapter.

National President Dorothy Buchannan Wilson has launched a campaign, Think HBCU, to recognize historically black colleges and universities for their contribution to the sorority and society.

An additional goal is to bring awareness to the quality and caliber of education offered at these schools. Through education, engagement and advocacy, historically black colleges and universities will be showcased as critical venues for moving students to and through institutes of higher learning.

North Carolina has eleven historically black colleges or universities including the oldest in the South, Raleigh’s Shaw University, which was founded in 1865.

To assist high school graduates receive levels of higher education, the local chapter annually awards educational grants to students in the Rowan-Salisbury School System, as well as Davie County.

West Rowan marching band honors

West Rowan High School’s Marching Falcons brought home a number of awards from the band competition at Porter Ridge High School, where they competed against 21 other bands from North and South Carolina.

The Marching Falcons were named grand champion over one-, two- and three-A bands for the first time since 2010.

The band also won first place in class 3A with a rating of “superior” – one of only two bands in the first half of the contest to do so, and brought home first place for drum major, music, effect and percussion, as well as second place for marching.

Cassidy Nooner recieved the third highest drum major score of the day, the band’s effect score was the sixth highest of all bands, and the music score was rated the fifth highest of the day.

Daniel Trivette is the band’s director and Ashton Bishop is the color guard caption head.

Salisbury High National Honor Society inductees

Salisbury High School’s Elizabeth McLaughlin Chapter of the National Honor Society, established in 1926, thrives to this day and welcomed 63 new members Oct. 30.

Members of the National Honors Society must maintain a 3.6 grade point average, demonstrate character and leadership in the school and community and take part in service opportunities.

The new members inducted into National Honor Society are Angelina Azieva, Alexandra Warren, Calissa Andersen, Jonathan Barbee, Robbie Bergstone, Fred Box, Marshall Brady, Sara Brincefield, Aysia Brockington, Walker Brown, Hunter Carlton, Neel Chauhan, David Derrick, Jenifer Diaz, Makayla Dillon, Heather Duncan, Eric Ellis, Miyahka Farris, Caroline Forbis, Reilly Gokey, Eric Gibson, Landon Goodman, Ian Gunn, Delphia Henderson, Shelby Holden, Kayla Honeycutt, Lily Jackson, Isaac Jeans, Allie Knorr, Ryan Lasker, Alexis Lawing, Benny Le, Robert Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Joshua Lynch, Sam McNeely , Rebecca Malloy, Jane Miller, Deonna Morris, Diana Nieto, Caroline Parrott, Kaya Peele, Bryan Fragoso Perez, Miles Robinson, Ronnie Rollings, Kathryn Rusher, Eric Shyu, Lainy Slate, Harrison Smith, Amelia Steinman, Grace Steinman, Will Steinman, Morgan Lee Stiller, Spencer Storey, Ben Sunding, Matt Washko, Mimi Webb, Tarik Woods, Matt Woolly, Danaley Woazeah, Alex Yang, John Yang, Grace Yatawara

North Hills National Honor Society inductees

The David B. Davis chapter of the National Honor Society at North Hills Christian School inducted nine new members. They are Brianna Caraccio, Savannah Alligood, Sarah Lynn Carlton, Brittney Hogan, Avery McGrail, Jordan Plummer, Mariah Murdock and Olivia Houghton.

Membership in the David B. Davis Chapter of the National Honor Society is earned by the effective demonstration of the four qualities held in high esteem of the society – scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Local students participate in undergraduate research symposium

Gaige VandeZande of Salisbury recently presented research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. VandeZande is a graduate of East Rowan High School, and is pursing a bachelor of science in biology at Lebanon Valley College.

West Rowan homecoming king and queen

Cassidy Nooner and Mackie Gallagher were named West Rowan High School’s 2014 Homecoming Queen and King on Oct. 10. Nooner is the daughter of Tim and Cindy Nooner, and Gallagher is the son of Ronnie and Joan Gallagher.

Mount Ulla hosts veterans breakfast

Mount Ulla Elementary School hosted a Veterans Day breakfast and performance Monday for men and women who have served in our nation’s military. Students led the presentation of the flag, pledge of allegiance and performed patriotic songs.

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