School celebrates first graduates

DAVIDSON – Community School of Davidson will recognize 111 students in its first graduating class at 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Belk Theater.

Thirteen years ago, Joy Warner and a teacher designed their perfect school on the back of a dinner napkin. That napkin was the blueprint for Community School of Davidson, which enrolls more than 1,294 students. Administrators will give their annual address to parents at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 2 at its ArtSpace, 404 Armour St.

They’ll talk about the past year’s highlights, including next steps for graduates, academic achievements and sports championships.


Lake Norman Christian holds graduation

DAVIDSON – Lake Norman Christian School recently held a graduation ceremony at Northstone Country Club for nine eighth-graders and its first graduating senior, Lydia Vanhoy.

Eighth-grade graduates were Savannah Beckham, Ethan Carper, Ryleigh Gazzaway, Eleni Jarosh, Christian Penland, Rebecca Rea, Elizabeth Redmond, Jacob Smith and James Tellefsen.

Pastor Chris Anderson, of Christ Community Church of Mooresville, was the commencement speaker. 

The Moms in Prayer presented a Bible to establish the annual tradition. The senior class presented a treasure chest made for graduation ceremonies by science teacher Caleb Wyatt.

Eighth-grade graduates presented a bench for guests who enter the school lobby.  


Three graduates receive merit awards from colleges

EVANSTON, Ill. – Three students from Lake Norman-area schools won National Merit Scholarships financed by universities.

Lake Norman Charter students Michael Clark and Morgan Sammler received scholarships from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Morgan is interested in medicine. Michael is interested in law.

Community School of Davidson student Aurora Taylor received her award from University of Chicago. She has an interest in computer science.

Universities selected scholarship winners among finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

Awards range between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years.


Bradford earns Duke scholarships

HUNTERSVILLE – Jack Bradford, a senior at North Mecklenburg High School, will receive the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Scholarship at Duke University.

The award covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for eight semesters at Duke. The scholarship also includes service and leadership development activities and two summer programs, one in the Carolinas and one abroad during the undergraduate years at Duke.

The award is given to students from the two states that have demonstrated high academic achievement, a commitment to community service and potential for leadership.


Construction underway for preschool

HUNTERSVILLE – The Goddard School is under construction at 9534 Kincey Ave.

The 8,200-square-foot building will accommodate about 136 children, 6 weeks to 6 years old. The school is projected to open this winter and offer flexible schedules for children 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Goddard School encourages children to develop at their own pace. The school’s fun learning approach is based on research that states children experience the deepest learning while having fun.

The school will hire an education director and qualified teachers in the coming months.

Details: or 704-489-3893.


Band students earn superior ratings

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle band students performed for adjudicators May 10 at the South Central District's Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication.

Students earning excellent ratings were Nia Bell, Kayla Dacus, Haiven Dillow, Sabrina Dyer, Jack Fread, Jacob Gulan, Caitlyn Haponik, Veronika Hartong, Skylar Marts and Emily Modrow.

Students earning superior ratings were Anne Alexander, Nia Bell, Brooke Cardwell, Jillian Farmer, Emily Fanjoy, Jordyn Folk, Kate Fread, Alana Guerry, Alex Haas, Caitlyn Haponik, Veronika Hartong, Cameron Helein, Mai Johnson, Meghana Kankipati, Austin Laminack, Mason Lennon, Hailey Matthews, Connor Merson, Emily Modrow, Kate Modrow, Allyson Oates, Molly Reid, Mallory Vance and Eleanor Xiao.


Huntersville Elementary raises money to grant wish

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville Elementary raised more than $2,600 toward making a child’s wish come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The school has raised more than $10,000 over the past four years for the nonprofit. The foundation is important to the school considering current and former students have cancer, officials said.

The school thanked families and Southern Gourmet Foods for their support of the fundraiser.


Superintendent visits 3 schools

Superintendent Heath Morrison visited a handful of schools May 28, including Hough High, J.V. Washam Elementary and Cornelius Elementary.

“It was inspiring to see how much great work is being done at these schools and the collaboration and positive energy in every classroom,” Morrison wrote in his weekly newsletter.

Lemonade stand aids in technology

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary raised $272 in lemonade stand proceeds for E2D, a program that supports getting technology and Internet access to families in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson.

Grand Oak teachers Brinn and Gheraibeh, as well as students, supported the two stands.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to participate in service learning for their community,” Principal Raymond Giovanelli said.


Grand Oak competes in Science Olympiad

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary’s Science Olympiad team competed May 17 against 58 teams in the Mecklenburg County Division A tournament.

Jillian Grenn and Isabel Williams placed sixth in the Backyard Biologist event. Martin Silia and Chris Skelly finished fifth in The Heat is On event.


Hough student wins literature award

CORNELIUS – Hough High School student Kayleigh Conroy received a National Award of Merit through the North Carolina PTA for her literature submission, “Breathe, Run, See.”

Her submission was among thousands.