High school students premier film

HUNTERSVILLE – The St. Mark Home School Ministry high school film class will premier “The Book and its Cover” on April 6.

The show will start at 5:45 p.m. at the St. Mark Catholic Church Parish Hall.

The film was created over eight months by Betsy Hoyt’s 2012-2013 Introduction to Film class. The students worked as a group to divide into departments of lighting, sound, casting, art, location, costume and more to accomplish the tasks of directing and producing a short student film.

This film, written and directed by senior Emily Pressley, depicts a young teenage girl and an elderly gentleman whom she is paired with when she volunteers to participate in a visitor program. With its focus on the characters’ relationship, “The Book and Its Cover” encourages viewers not to make immediate judgments on others, as people are often misled by first impressions.

“The film is about finding friendship in unlikely places,” says Pressley. “The title says it all. We should never judge a book by its cover, yet we unintentionally do.”

This is the first year the St. Mark Home School Ministry has offered a film study. Hoyt, a native of California, has more than 15 years of experience working in the film industry. 

Davidson Elementary celebrates UN World Water Day

DAVIDSON – Amiad Water Systems teamed with Davidson Elementary School to celebrated the United Nations World Water Day on March 22.

The initiative was set up by the UN to bring attention to the importance of the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year has been identified as the international Year of Water Cooperation, and the theme of this global initiative is water cooperation.

As part of World Water Day activities, Amiad told children how they operate in several countries and orchestrated informative games to teach them about the world’s need for water and water management.

“We’re fortunate that our children can just turn on the faucet to access clean water,” Davidson Elementary Principal Dana Jarrett said in a news release. “For many people around the world, this simple action – which we so often take for granted – isn’t possible. We understand the importance of teaching our children about the significance of water and are delighted to be participating in this year’s World Water Day celebrations.”

Local student receives scholarship

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville resident Lauren Ducey has been granted the Trustees' Scholarship to study Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University. Ducey is currently a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School.

The Trustees' Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded on a competitive basis. To be awarded this $12,000 scholarship, the recipient must have a minimum of 1050 SAT, or 23 ACT, and a minimum 3.2 grade point average.

Alvernia is a fast-growing Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and commitment to community service. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university supports a rigorous and caring learning community to more than 3,000 students. For more information visit alvernia.edu.

Grand Oak Elementary receives colors, mascot

HUNTERSVILLE – Blue and green are the chosen colors for Grand Oak Elementary. The school mascot will be the Grand Oak Owls.

The colors and mascots were chosen through a ballot vote involving more than 400 parents. The school is CMS’ newest and is located at 15410 Stumptown Road. It was built to relieved the overcrowding at Torrence Creek Elementary School and will open in August.

Davidson Elementary art teacher leaves legacy through Artfest

DAVIDSON – Davidson Elementary will hold its annual Artfest on April 11.

Friends and family members will walk through the colorful hallways decorated with artwork created by 770 students.

Thanks to art teacher, Lynn Andrus, this event has become a time-honored tradition for the past 17 years. But it will be the last one for Andrus as she will retire at the end of the school year.

Andrus, who has made pottery since she was in junior high, started teaching in 1968. She taught in several schools before Davidson Elementary and knew teaching elementary art was her calling.

 “I just love teaching the little kids,” she said.

She taught at the old Davidson Elementary location and designed the art room for the current school building.

Davidson first grade teacher Emily Dibble was a student of Andrus’ in the mid 1990s.

“She was exactly the same as she is now – in love with art and teaching,” Dibble said. “Ms. Andrus is a great teacher who dedicated her life to helping students express themselves through art.”

The Davidson Elementary Artfest started as an annual art contest sponsored by the PTA. The first few were held in the Main Street Bookstore in Davidson. The event grew as the school grew.

“It’s a celebration of children’s art,” Andrus said of the event. “Every child is included because every child can create art.”

Each year the event has become more diverse and now includes music, poetry and performance art. Awards are given for flatwork, photography and 3D categories. For the first time, Davidson Elementary will be a part of The Town of Davidson's 2013 Art Crawl, which will take place April 12.

In retirement, Andrus will continue her business, “The A Ladies of Andrus Stoneware,” with her daughter, Caron Andrus. Their pottery is sold in their studio as well as local stores. The duo can often be found selling and instructing at local art events and shows. For more information, visit andrusstoneware.com.