CMS students named Nation Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had 38 of its students, representing nine high schools, named as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship.

Of those, five area students were included:

• North Meck High: Hannah Bensky, Jack Bradford, Christopher Pirrung

• Cato Middle College: Casey McGuirt

• Mallard Creek; Kevin Rabel

These students, along with about 16,000 others from across the country, became semifinalists by being among the highest-scoring students in N.C. on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors.

They are vying for about 8,000 National Merit Scholarship worth a total value of $35 million. Finalists will be announced in February and winners later in the spring.

Last year, CMS had 10 National Merit Scholarship winners.

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Fundraising campaign continues at Grand Oak Elementary

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary School’s direct giving fundraising campaign will run through Sept. 30.

Proceeds will help establish a Literacy Resource Area at the school. The LRA will be a resource for teachers to help students read at their specific reading level. The room will act as a library where teachers will be able to pull books as they assess where children should be reading. The books will also be used for guided, small reading groups.

With a successful fundraiser, the books could be ordered and the LRA could be running in October, according to the school’s PTA website.

The fundraiser is called Invest in the Nest, and checks can be made to Grand Oak Elementary PTA. The campaign, which began Sept. 5 will conclude on Sept. 30. Donations are tax deductible.

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Grand Oak Elementary dates to remember

HUNTERSVILLE – CMS’ new elementary school, Grand Oak Elementary, will host a dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. The public is invited to attend.

The general PTA meeting and Curriculum Night for third through fifth grades will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26.