Davidson Day team to excavate castle

DAVIDSON – Seventeen Davidson Day School students and faculty will take part in an archaeological study of the 12th century medieval castle of Zorita de los Cannes, near Madrid, Spain.

The new archaeological project at Zorita de los Cannes focuses on a medieval castle occupied by Christians, Jews and Muslims over the course of its occupation.

Davidson Day School’s American Foreign Academic Research team will be the first to excavate the site. They will excavate a cemetery, which is presumed to hold the tombs of the medieval city's royalty and knights.

The team will partner with sister project Archaeospain and faculty from the Universidad de Valladolid.

The students will live for two weeks in the medieval walled city of Zorita in the Spanish countryside while working on the project. 


Student wins Peace Poster Contest

CONCORD – Cannon School seventh-grader Muskan Uppal was recently honored at the Lion’s Club District Mid-Winter Convention’s Governor Banquet for her entry to the club’s Peace Poster Contest.

Muskan depicted an image for the Lion’s Club Peace Poster contest, themed “Our World, Our Future.” She won first place at the local and district levels. 

Muskan is the daughter of Puneet and Abhilasha Uppal of Cornelius.

“Muskan worked so diligently on her design,” visual art teacher Emily Thompson said. “It is very obvious that she has a love for art, and I enjoyed watching her idea grow and develop over the course of the competition.”


Run Too Overcome raises money for special needs classes

DAVIDSON – Run Too Overcome will host its fifth annual 10K, 5K and children’s fun run to provide awareness for those who support the special needs community.

The Run Too Overcome unites the community to raise money to provide special needs teachers with the equipment and supplies for differentiated instruction.

The 10K begins at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:10 a.m. and the fun run at 9:45 a.m. March 1 at the Davidson Town Green on Main Street.

Details: www.run2overcome.com or Bear Robinson, 704-301-5932.


Motivational speaker discusses bullying

CORNELIUS – Teen motivational speaker Mike Hall will discuss life, bullying and how to be a hero at an upcoming Bailey Middle School assembly.

The father of two has a passion to see all young people live a life with meaning. He has been a high school lacrosse coach, teen mentor and director of a YMCA teen center.

His book, “Jigsaw,” helps guide teens to understand their past, present and future selves.

He will speak to the students, parents and faculty 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the school gym.


North Meck High students place at debate tournament

HUNTERSVILLE – Nine members of the North Mecklenburg Debate team competed against more than 600 students at the Southside High School tournament in Greenville, S.C.

The team did not place, but some individual members did very well.

Sophomore Erik Thorsheim and Nick Macri won in Varsity Public Forum; sophomore Kennedy Parkins won in Oratorical Declamation; sophomore Jack Watson placed seventh in Oral Interpretation; and junior Sebastian Sierra placed ninth in the Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate.


Mikell earns First Tee Scholar title

CHARLOTTE – Brandon Mikell, from The First Tee Charlotte, has earned the national designation of The First Tee Scholar Class of 2014.

Mikell, a senior at Lake Norman Charter School, has been active at The First Tee of Charlotte since 2005.

“The First Tee Scholars Program is proof that The First Tee is more than just learning the game of golf,” said Ike Grainger, executive director of The First Tee of Charlotte. “Brandon exemplifies the educational and long-term values that the program can have on the youth in our community.”  

Mikell is also involved with The Civil Air Patrol and The Boy Scouts of America.


J.V Washam Elementary holds open house for parents

CORNELIUS – J.V. Washam Elementary School will host an open house for prospective parents of kindergartners or students not enrolled who are interested in learning more about the public school.

The open house will be held 10-11 a.m. Feb. 24 and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the media center, 9611 Westmoreland Road.

Details: 980-343-1071.


Carolina STEM receives state approval

CHARLOTTE – Carolina STEM Academy, a tuition-free public charter school, received final approval from the N.C. State Board of Education to open in fall 2014.

The school has a contract pending on a permanent facility in the University area.

“This is an exciting time for all of us,” said Julian Macri, founder, Carolina STEM Academy. “We are all, whether board members, prospective students and their families or community partners, a part of something special. We’re trying to break the mold for high school education and align it more with 21st century learning.”

The school seeks to provide a STEM-focused education using a relevant, flexible student-focused approach that allows students to research, investigate, explore, create and apply learning to the real world.

Details: www.carolinastem.org.