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Education briefs

Cavaliers Care event provides toys and food for those in need

North Rowan High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, along with the Student Government Association, will be hosting the Cavaliers Care event on Dec. 20.

All families in the North Rowan district are welcome to attend Cavaliers Care, and each family in attendance will receive a free lunch along with a box of groceries. Parents will also be able to select one free gift for each child who attends.

The event will be held at North Rowan High School from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. while supplies last.

Cavaliers Care is sponsored by volunteers and supporters of Hearts with Hands.

Cavaliers Care is still looking for donations of hot dogs and hot dog buns, as well as volunteers.

If you are interested in donating to Hearts with Hands, you may visit their website at heartswithhands.org or call 1-800-726-9185. Volunteers should arrive by 10 a.m.


Bounce City announces 2015 school fundraising nights

Bounce City will be supporting local schools during January and February.

The 8,000-square-foot facility, opened in September 2014 by Guanah and Jehan Davis, is an indoor inflatable amusement park with bouncers, slides, obstacle course, giddy up rides, toddler play area and more.

Each elementary school will hold a fundraiser on a Tuesday or Thursday during the months of January and February.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout January and February, $2 from each regularly priced admission will be donated back to a specific school’s Parent-Teacher Association.

The three schools with the most participants will earn free admission passes for students who achieve perfect attendance or honor roll.

No coupon or flier is needed, just show up on the night scheduled.

Bounce City is located at 120 N. Church St. in downtown Salisbury.


KCS participates in national computer programming event

Kannapolis City Schools took part in the “Hour of Code” event to teach students about coding and computer science.

Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative designed to help prepare the next generation of computer programmers.

According to www.code.org, there will be 1 million more jobs available in the computer science field by the year 2020 than there will be graduates qualified to fill them.

“We want to give our students every opportunity to be exposed to this rapidly growing area and build an interest,” said Susan Monteith, A.L. Brown’s media coordinator. “We think this is a great way to help our students and give them real time practice in the area of coding.”

The Hour of Code event exposes students to basic computer programming and helps them learn to generate actual computer code.

Both A.L. Brown High School and Kannapolis Intermediate School took part in the event. Students can receive a certificate of completion when they finish the lesson.


A.L. Brown Media Center receives $42,000 Hinson Grant

A.L. Brown High School received a $42,000 grant from the Foy T. and Gertrude M. Hinson Memorial Trust.

The Hinson grant will make it possible to expand the media center’s print collection, as well as help meet the growing demand for electronic books.

The grant will provide books, encyclopedias, laptops, DVDs, electronic books and other items to the school’s media center.

“Eighty-five percent of A.L. Brown students own smart phones,” says A.L. Brown Media Coordinator Susan Monteith.

“Phones are another way they can access books, and we want to maximize the availability of reading to a 21st century student,” she said. “The small number of e-books we currently have are checked out all the time.”

The grant will allow the school to significantly expand its e-book collection and meet the needs of its students.

According to Katie Bogle, A.L. Brown media coordinator, the new materials provided by the grant have been ordered and should be available to students starting in January.


Daughters of the American Revolution announces good citizens 

The John Knox Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the 2014-2015 Good Citizen Awards to Jacob O’Neal, Laura Crawley and Baylie Hain.

A senior at Jesse C. Carson High School, O’Neal plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care or environmental studies. After college, he plans to study to become a paramedic.

He is actively involved in theater at Carson High School and in the community, as well as student council and his youth group. He was Carson’s 2014 homecoming king.

O’Neal is the son of Virginia Cruse and Jesse O’Neal.

Crawley is a senior at South Rowan High School and is first in her class of 243 students. She has received academic letters all four years of high school.

The daughter of Teresa and Jim Crawley, she plans to obtain a degree in psychology and clinical counseling, specializing in the counsel of adolescents and teenagers.

Crawley has been a member of Relay for Life Team, the Junior Civitan Club, various choirs, the National Honor Society and was a junior marshall.

Hain, the daughter of Jeff and Kelly Hain, is a senior at West Rowan High School.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Junior Civitan Club, and has served as editor of her school’s yearbook both her junior and senior years.

As a cancer survivor, she loves working with and raising money for Relay for Life. She has her own business to help with different fundraisers.

Hain wants to teach dance to special  needs children after graduating from either Catawba College or the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She plans to major in business administration and management and will pursue a minor in special education.

The DAR Good Citizens will be honored at the John Knox Chapters luncheon meeting at Trinity Oaks on Jan. 10.


Local student semifinalist for Morehead-Cain scholarship

Gabriel Steinman, a Salisbury High School senior, has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship provided by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Steinman is the son of Tim and Jenny Steinman. His intended major is biology and environmental science.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study. In addition, it features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences. Over four summers, scholars will have the opportunity to complete an outdoor leadership course, carry out public service in the United States or abroad, conduct research at sites across the world and gain experience in private enterprise.

In early January, semifinalists will interview in their region with members of the Morehead-Cain selection committee, and in mid-January, finalists are notified and invited to final selection weekend at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recipients of the Morehead-Cain are selected and notified by March 6.


North senior awarded scholarship

Megan Braun, a senior at North Rowan High School, has been awarded the Megan Meier Memorial Scholarship.

This award is based on demonstrated leadership within the school and community in efforts to create an environment that lessons all forms of bullying. The award is given in honor of the late Megan Taylor Meier who took her own life after being cyberbullied in 2006.

Braun is the daughter of David and Laura Braun. She will major in journalism or communications in the fall and hopes to become a broadcast news reporter.


Pfeiffer University and Gray Stone Day School to offer dual-enrollment to students

Pfeiffer University and Gray Stone Day School have begun a dual-enrollment program, launching in January 2015, which allows eligible high school seniors from Gray Stone to take college-level courses at Pfeiffer.

Under this arrangement, students will earn transferable college credit when they pass their courses.

Gray Stone, a public charter school that focuses on honors and advanced placement options for students, is located in Misenheimer adjacent to Pfeiffer’s undergraduate campus.

Recently named by Newsweek as North Carolina’s top-ranking school among America’s Top High Schools, Gray Stone is known for its high-performing student population, who overwhelmingly demonstrate a high level of college readiness.

“Many motivated students are eager to begin taking college-level courses while still in high school,” said David Boisvert, Pfeiffer’s vice president for enrollment. “The profile of the typical Gray Stone student and the school’s proximity to Pfeiffer, along with the availability of challenging, high-quality courses, are indicators of a successful partnership. We’re thrilled to have these students in our midst.”

Among the courses available for dual-enrollers are Chinese language and culture, public speaking, introduction to college writing, microeconomics, college algebra, introduction to criminal justice and others. Courses are available online as well as a seated format. The cost per course for Gray Stone students is $100.


Goldman Scholarship Recipients

The Goldman Scholarship was presented to two 2014 graduates of the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

This four-year scholarship is administered through the sponsorship of the Salisbury branch of the American Association of University Women in memory of Helen Sokol Goldman and Julius L. Goldman.

The recipients are Linn Thuy Le and Haley Christine Shore.

Le, a graduate of West Rowan High School, is the daughter of Trang and Dvoc Le. She is attending UNC-Chapel Hill.

Shore, a graduate of South Rowan High School, is the daughter of Julie Talbert and Mark Shore. She is attending N.C. State University.

The Goldman Scholarship fund awards educational scholarships to female students through a competitive process that considers academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, financial need, references and the applicant’s statement of her personal aspirations and educational goals.



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