First-graders plant pizza garden

HUNTERSVILLE – Mary Raymond’s first-grade class at Blythe Elementary School has been selected as participants in the Field to Fork program.

Program sponsors Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Fuel Pizza and LandSculptors will help the class plant a “pizza garden” and offer nutrition classes to promote healthy eating.

In June, the students will harvest the vegetables and visit Fuel Pizza where they will make healthy vegetarian pizzas with their produce.

Fuel Pizza and Blythe's assistant principal, Leora Itzhaki, hosted a pizza party for Raymond’s class to announce and celebrate the news.


Southlake Christian helps Shining Hope Farms

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy recently raised $15,000 through donations and bake sales for Shining Hope Farms of Mount Holly.

Southlake Christian donates $15,000 to Shining Hope Farms
Director of Spiritual Life, Clay Thompson and Student Missions Fellowship President, Ansley Rikard present the Mrs. and Mr. Kirkpatrick, the owners of Shining Hope Farms, with a check during an all-school assembly at Southlake Christian Academy. (Courtesy of Southlake Christian Academy)

Shining Hope Farms serves mentally and physically disabled adults and children through hippotherapy, which uses the movements of horseback riding to improve physical and mental functions.

“Shining Hope Farms means that people with cognitive and physical disabilities have an awesome place to go to,” said SouthLake’s Spiritual Life Director Clay Thompson. “They go to get unique and effective therapy wrapped in the love of Jesus.”

As part of the fundraiser, students organized a booth at Christmas in Davidson to sell baked goods, put together bake sales on campus, and brought in individual donations.

Thompson and Student Missions Fellowship President Ansley Rikard presented the founders of Shining Hope Farms with a check for $15,000 on Jan. 9 during a school assembly.

Bailey Middle celebrates international diversity

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School is hosting International Night for students and their families to share the many cultures represented at their school.

The families will take a trip around the world to Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Scotland, Sweden, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Activities include country displays, arts and crafts, music, international food, entertainment by students and passports for youth to get stamped as they visit different countries.

International Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Bailey Middle, 11900 Bailey Road.

Angels of ’97 hosts fundraising events

HUNTERSVILLE – Angels of ’97 will host a 5K run/walk, spaghetti dinner, cornhole tournament, as well as live and silent auctions to raise money to support scholarships for local high school seniors.

The 5K will begin the fundraiser at 9 a.m. It costs $25 before race-day or $35 on the day of the race.

The spaghetti dinner and auction will follow the race and begin at 11 a.m. The dinner costs $5 for all you can eat. The cornhole tournament will begin at 2 p.m. and costs $40 per team.

Events will be held March 15 at North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road.

Proceeds will provide scholarships to assist with higher education to high school seniors at Hopewell, North Meck and Hough and honor the lives of the students who graduated in spirit only.

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Student wins spelling bee - Osahon Tokunboh
Osahon Tokunboh, Cabarrus County Independent Schools Spelling Bee Winner 

Huntersville student wins spelling bee

CONCORD – Cannon School eighth-grader Osahon Tokunboh, of Huntersville, recently won the Cabarrus County Independent Schools Spelling Bee.

The competition lasted 95 minutes and required Osahon to spell words like “lingua franca,” “zinnia,” “hoi polloi” and “pangolin.”

“Osahon is an outstanding student and a great representative for Cannon School,” said Catherine Jones, middle school English department chair. “I was so impressed with his poise, articulation and calm demeanor in both the district and school bees. He truly goes beyond any activity he embarks upon.”

Osahon will compete in a regional spelling bee Feb. 24 in Charlotte.


Debaters place in tournament 

HUNTERSVILLE – Twelve members of the North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech team recently attended the Charlotte Latin tournament.

Sophomore Meg Houck placed fifth in dramatic interpretation and junior James Harberberger who made the final round of congressional debate and placed ninth overall.


Clemson students earn perfect GPAs

CLEMSON, S.C. – Six Lake Norman-area students were named to the president’s list for earning perfect grade point averages of 4.0 at Clemson University for the fall semester.

They were as follows:

• Jordan Devore, a secondary education major from Cornelius.

• Sydney Edwards and Katherine Vendley, nursing majors from Davidson.

• Alison Vest, an elementary education major from Davidson.

• Kelli King, an industrial engineering major from Huntersville.

• Merritt Williams, a parks, recreation and tourism management major from Huntersville.


Student awarded college scholarship

CANTON, Mo. – Gerald Chadwick, a senior at Hopewell High School, has been accepted to Culver-Stockton College for the fall 2014 semester.

Chadwick has also been offered the Wildcat Scholarship, a four-year award.

Chadwick plans to major in communications.


Student gets into Order of Gownsmen

SEWANEE, Tenn. – Will Merrell, of Davidson, was inducted into the Order of Gownsmen in January at the University of the South.

Merrell is the son of Katherine Bray.

The Order of the Gownsmen is an academic honor society and student government body. Induction depends on year, status and grade point average.


Student plans Wofford studies

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – William O’Connell, a sophomore from Davidson, was among 93 students who participated in The Sophomore Experience in January at Wofford College.

The Sophomore Experience provides students with the information they need to develop a plan for their remaining two years at Wofford College.



College students make dean’s list

CORNELIUS – Several students earned high grade point averages to make the dean’s list at their respective universities for the fall semester.

• Tyler Brown, a freshman from Cornelius, and Samantha Sharman, a freshman from Huntersville, made GPAs of at least 3.4 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

• Benjamin Voss, of Cornelius, made a GPA of at least 3.5 at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.

• Sydney Antolini, of Huntersville, made a GPA of at least 3.5 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

• Cornelius residents Serena Daya, Lauren Hunstad and Brian Shaw and Huntersville residents Amber Burton, Katie Fabian, Caroline Gill, Madison Greer and Juan Penaranda made GPAs of at least 3.4 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.