Teen wins national volunteer honor

RALEIGH – The Prudential Spirit of Community selected Madison Drouin, 13, of Davidson, as one of North Carolina’s Top Youth Volunteers.

The nationwide program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Madison, an eighth-grade at Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy in Mooresville, has raised money and awareness for Father’s House International Ghana. The organization provides shelter and education to former child slaves.

Madison helped plan a fundraiser and donated proceeds from a book she wrote about silk moths to aid Father’s House.

Madison wants to raise awareness that child slavery still exists. She has also volunteered at school and community events to share her book and educate others.


Group recognizes Blythe, J.M. Alexander

CHARLOTTE – J.M. Alexander Middle and Blythe Elementary were among 15 magnet programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recognized by the Magnet Schools of America.

Seven schools received the association’s highest designation as a School of Excellence, including Blythe. Schools receiving this designation get a $2,500 prize.

Eight others, including J.M. Alexander and the Northwest School of the Arts received the second-highest designation as a School of Distinction.

More than 300 schools applied for the awards, which are given annually.

Hough names Baker its top teacher

CORNELIUS – Brad Baker, 10th-grade civics and economics teacher, was recently chosen as Hough High School’s Teacher of the Year.

Colleagues describe Baker as a leader in education who is dynamic in the classroom. He works to create hands-on, engaging activities.

Baker lives in Huntersville with his wife, Wendy, and their 7-year-old twins, Abby and Bennett.


Green Ball benefits environment

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College Environmental Action Coalition is holding its annual Green Ball contra dance to raise money for the Davidson Lands Conservancy.

The event, which includes live music and a silent auction, will be held 7:30-11 p.m. March 14 in the Chambers Building, 220 D Road.

Admission costs $12 at the door or $10 prior to the event at Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Drive.

Details: Aly Dove, aldove@davidson.edu or 980-333-3608.