Students begin Governor’s School

RALEIGH – Lake Norman-area students were among 650 rising high school juniors and seniors engaged in a one-of-a-kind educational journey June 15-July 23 at the North Carolina Governor's School. 

Community School of Davidson sent three students. Kinzie Burke and Dorothy Carter will study art. Rebekah Conner will explore natural science

SouthLake Christian Academy sent two students. Alison Geis will explore natural science. Victoria Young will study English.

The residential program provides intellectually gifted students the opportunity to explore new ideas and concepts in chosen disciplines as well as take integrative courses focusing on links between theory and practice. 


Hollis wins McDonald’s scholarship

CHARLOTTE – Alison Hollis, of Huntersville, was among 48 Charlotte-area students awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina and McDonald’s owner/operators for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.  

Hollis won based on leadership skills, academics, community involvement, financial need and an essay describing how she intends to make a difference in society. 

“Each year, I am impressed by the applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to furthering their education,” McDonald’s Owner/Operator Jeff Stanton said. 


Mielcarek to study sustainability 

WINSTON-SALEM – Alexandra Mielcarek, of Davidson, was accepted to attend LENS@Wake Forest, a pre-college sustainability program at Wake Forest University.

Students live on campus for three weeks, study sustainability and apply the knowledge to the community by partnering with organizations throughout Winston-Salem.


College students make dean’s lists

DAVIDSON – College students from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville made the dean’s list for earning high grade point averages for the spring semester.

• Alexandra and Matthew Baruch, of Cornelius, and Bradley and Rebeca Sandhaus, of Huntersville, at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.

• Alexander Scearce and Andrea Baker, of Huntersville, and Kevin Hart, of Cornelius, at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

• Ryan McDaniel, of Cornelius, at the Virginia Military Institute.

• Patrick Panuski, of Davidson, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga.

• Cadet Taylor Jurney, of Cornelius, at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.


College students earn academic honors

DAVIDSON – Several college students from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville made academic honors.

• Tyler Brown, of Cornelius; Kathryn Driest, of Davidson; Katherine Rush, of Cornelius; and Samantha Sharman, of Huntersville; made the dean’s list for the winter term at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. They earned grade-point averages of at least 3.4.

• Regis Bryer and Andrew Stubbs, of Huntersville, and Julia Gibbons, of Davidson, made the spring honor roll at Brevard College. They earned grade point averages of 3.0 to 3.49.

• Stacia Fritz, of Cornelius, made the president’s list at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., for earning a 4.0 grade point average.

• Morgan Grubbs, of Huntersville, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Spanish studies with a minor in gender studies at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. Grubbs was also named to the “A” dean’s list for the spring semester for earning a 4.0 grade point average.


Residents graduate from Mercer

MACON, Ga. – Three students from Cornelius and Huntersville were among more than 1,900 students to gradate last month from Mercer University.

• Kevin Canevari, of Cornelius, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.

• Carly Iannarino, of Huntersville, earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Liberal Arts.

• Ryan Kirkconnell, of Cornelius, earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the Townsend School of Music.


15 make Clemson’s dean’s list

CLEMSON, S.C. – Fifteen students from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Clemson University.

Students achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99.

• Cornelius – Michael Haffner (industrial engineering), Eric Holberton (biological sciences), Justin Jones (pre-business), Megan Matthews (graphic communications) and Matthew Pennella (computer science).

• Davidson – Annese Hunter (undeclared).

• Huntersville – Erica Daudelin (history), Peyton Draheim (animal and veterinary science), Kyle Kerby (general engineering), Blake McCall (pre-business), Allison Miller (marketing), Olivia Palmquist (chemistry), Taylor Swing (civil engineering), Hope Williams (communication studies) and Merritt Williams (parks, recreation and tourism management).


Mayes interns at art museum 

WINSTON-SALEM – Kimberly Mayes, a student at Davidson College, will intern this summer at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Mayes earned the internship through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s 2014 Non-Profit Internship Program, which connects college students with paid summer internships with nonprofits.

Students are selected through a competitive application process.