Hough High student wins music scholarship competition

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High School senior Tre’ McKinney took a step toward his goal of being a professional musician when he earned top honors at a statewide music scholarship competition April 12.

The competition was sponsored by the North Carolina Jazz Project. As one of the two state finalists, McKinney, a drummer, competed in the concert as part of the All-State Jazz Band weekend at North Carolina Central University.

The young drummer chose two jazz compositions, “Skydive” by Freddie Hubbard and “Swingin' at the Haven” by Ellis Marsalis, to perform along with distinguished jazz educators Jim Ketch, Jason Foureman of UNC-Chapel Hill, Ron Rudkin of UNC School of the Arts, and Keith Waters of University of Colorado-Boulder.  

The Jazz Foundation selection committee was impressed with McKinney’s musicianship, listening skills and choice of repertory. For his efforts, McKinney will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship that he plans to use to pursue a music performance degree at the Miles Davis Jazz Studies program at UNC Greensboro.

For more information about McKinney, visit www.tremckinney.com.

Hopewell High Artists win awards at The Great Frame Up

HUNTERSVILLE – Six Hopewell High School students were presented with awards at The Great Frame Up in Birkdale Village on April 19.

The show was presented by business owners Rich and Sandi Sampson and featured the best 43 works of arts by Hopewell High students.

This art exhibition is part of the National Creative Self-Expression Show contest, sponsored by The Great Frame Up. Art Department Chairperson Erin Carter led the development of the show at the school.

The event took place from 5:30-6:30 and was attended by the student artists, their families and teachers. Mayor Jill Swain was also in attendance.

“Displaying the students' art allows the community to see what these talented students have accomplished,” said Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain.  “The Creative Self-Expression Show’s gives students an outlet to create in whatever medium inspires them and to have their work reviewed by professionals.”

Three judges selected the best work in each of the five categories, and store visitors voted for the People’s Choice Award. Awards were given to:

• Digital: Jessica Krom – The Park

• Drawing: Jessica Traugott – Unexpected

• Mixed Media: Dakota Adkins – Old Oak

• Painting: Rachael Carter – Beyond a Single Dot

• Sculpture: KC Roberge – Flute Vase

• People’s Choice: Rebecca Nguyen – Branching out

Selected Best of Show, Jessica Traugott’s “Unexpected” moves on to the national level to compete for one of two $2,000 scholarships sponsored by The Great Frame Up.

All 43 works submitted are posted at www.huntersville.thegreatframeup.com.

For more information about the National Creative Self Expression program, visit www.creativeselfexpressionshow.com.

Community School of Davidson to host Spartan 5K Road Race

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson will host its sixth annual Spartan 5K Road Race on May 4.

This race is being held as part of the Davidson Town Day Celebration, and all proceeds go to the school’s Athletic Boosters Club, which pays for all of the school’s athletics.  This race also marks the culmination of the school’s sixth-grade physical education program. Most of the sixth-grade class will run in the race.

The race will begin and end at the Village Green in Downtown Davidson and will start at 8:30 a.m.  The race is open to the public. Visit www.csd5k.wordpress.com to register. Race-day registration will also be available. Registration costs $30 for adults and $25 for students. Timing chips will be provided by Davidson Timing, LLC.

Local teacher receives National Coaching Award

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg Debate and Speech Team Head Coach Christopher Rocca has been named The National Forensic League’s newest diamond coach. Rocca received a second diamond award after earning 3,453 points on April 10.

A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The league provides diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-tenth the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the league. After a minimum of five years as a league member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; he or she receives a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

On June 20, Rocca will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches and parents from across the nation.

The National Forensic League is the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate. For more information, visit www.nationalforensicleague.org.

Vote for local student’s work in national writing contest

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary School student Sydney Vance’s writing has been selected out of 500 pieces across the nation to be eligible to win $5,000 for her classroom. She can win with the public’s vote.

Voters must be at least 13 years old to set up a log in. It is free and takes about two minutes. The deadline to vote is May 3. See all of the finalists and cast your vote at http://ReadingLabs.shycast.com.

St. Mark Catholic School plans for upcoming events

HUNTERSVILLE – St. Mark Catholic School’s Scholastic Book Fair will be held from May 1-10 and is open to the public after the 9 a.m. Mass on May 5.

On May 3, students will participate in the Living Rosary.

Students will be dismissed at noon May 6.

Parents with questions should call the school at 704-766-5000 or visit www.stmarkcatholicschool.net.