Green Idea Factory awards scholarships to three students

DAVIDSON – The Project for Innovation, Energy & Sustainability awarded $7,000 in scholarships at its Green Idea Factory Competition on April 5 as part of the 2014 North Carolina Science Festival. 

Students from Lake Norman-area high schools presented energy efficiency and other green project ideas.  Scholarships were given to the following students:

• First place – Austin Bruckner, a senior from the Community School of Davidson, created a prototype solar soil warming system to advance seedlings for commercial and personal garden use, as well as developing countries.

• Second place – Zachary Kennedy, a junior from Hough High, presented a process for collection and reduction of plastic grocery bags.

• Third place – Hartley LeRoy, a junior from Hough High, presented concepts for gear and pillar energy for water, wind and other energy applications.


Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members

BATON ROUGE, La. – The following students were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

• Donna Hendrickson of Cornelius, UNC Charlotte;

• Matthew Pless of Davidson, N.C. State University;

• Dulce Mange and Dennis Wiese of Davidson, UNC Charlotte;

• Evan Arthur of Huntersville, East Carolina University; and

• Carla Valor, Dadre Garris, Jessica Breneman and Nicole Davis of Huntersville, UNC Charlotte.

Membership is by invitation and requires nomination by a chapter. 


Grand Oak holds chat, PTA meeting

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary will hold a pair of events to bring parents up to speed on school happenings. 

Principal Raymond Giovanelli will talk with parents during a coffee chat at 8:15 a.m. May 7 in the Tree House. Families of students arriving in 2014-15 are welcome to attend.

Grand Oak will hold its final PTA meeting of the year at 6 p.m. in the gym, followed by a performance by the ShowStoppers.

The school is located at 15410 Stumptown Road.

Details: 980-343-2063.


Teacher earns Penland School of Crafts scholarship

DAVIDSON – Woodlawn School faculty member Jackie Royce recently received a work-study scholarship to attend Penland School of Crafts for a summer workshop.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Penland is an international center for craft education that offers workshops, artists’ residencies, community collaboration programs and a gallery.

Royce, an art teacher for Woodlawn since 2008, was admitted into the Found & Fabricated class at Penland.

The class will deconstruct, reconfigure and seek new contexts for found and appropriated materials in jewelry. Students will use traditional techniques with unusual materials.


Class focuses on making difference

CORNELIUS – In addition to creative arts classes, Cindy Cooper of Grow Your Mind is introducing her students to the world of charity.

In a service-based class, dubbed Show Some Heart, students are filling the needs of others. They may make sandwiches for a soup kitchen, dog biscuits for a shelter or thank you cards for the military.

Eight-week classes cost $88. Tuition from the class is put toward the purchase of the supplies students use to create projects to make someone's day a little brighter.



11 Broncos make choral festival

CORNELIUS – Eleven Bailey Middle School students were accepted into the 2014 NC Middle School All-state Choral Festival.         

• Sixth grade – Haiven Dillow, Julia Leeman, Sophia Leeman and Kate Schwab.  

• Seventh grade – Liliana Bragg, Johanna Evans, Ella Griffin, Kylie Johnson.

• Eighth grade – Danielle Beard, Shea Palmer and David Price.


Community School of Davidson performs ‘Legally Blonde’

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson’s High School Theatre Department is hosting its first spring musical, “Legally Blonde.”

Melissa Ohlman-Roberge is directing and designing the production. Mooresville High senior Sierra Key is choreographing the show.

Admission costs $7 online or $10 at the door. The musical is appropriate for fifth-graders and older.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. May 8, 8 p.m. May 9, 2 and 8 p.m. May 10 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 11 at the CSD’s ArtSpace, 404 Armour St.



Students help Special Olympian

CONCORD – Cannon School’s middle school students and staff partnered with the Charlotte Checkers to help Cabarrus County’s Darius Robinson attend the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

Cannon sold tickets for the April 10 hockey game to raise money. Cannon was presented with a check for $3,455, enough to fully fund Robinson’s trip to the national games. He will compete in cycling.