Grand Oak holds food drive

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary students collected 1,392 non-perishable items Nov. 8 that will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Being able to visibly show students the impact they can have on those around them is powerful and will help them better contribute to the community as a whole,” Principal Raymond Giovanelli said.

The lesson of giving and compassion was clear to kindergartner Jake Miranda.

“I brought a can of soup because I know it will stop someone from being hungry and keep them warm on the inside,” Jake said.

The event, dubbed Food Flood Friday, was part of a district-wide drive that began in October.


Hough student organizes race to benefit homeless children

CORNELIUS – Registration is open for a 5K run organized by Hough High senior Emily Reader to benefit A Child’s Place.

The nonprofit provides educational and emotional support services and medical referrals to help keep homeless children in the classroom, according to its website.

“I was shocked to learn how many children in the Charlotte area don’t have a home to call their own or a warm bed to sleep in at night,” said Reader of her motivation for planning the race. “Their lives make me realize how much I take for granted. I wanted to find a way to help.”

The eRace the Impact 5K run/walk/stroll starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road. Registration costs $30 and includes a T-shirt. A one-mile fun run will follow the 5K.

To register, visit .


State Charter school thespians earn honors at conference

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter’s theater department took home honors and one student earned a scholarship at the 2013 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival on Nov. 1 and 2 at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Students, led by their teacher Cody Willets, presented “Cagebirds” and “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” which both received excellent ratings. 

Ashley Wheatley, assistant director of both shows, received a scholarship and award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production.

Additional honors included:

• Excellence in Physicality: Chris Vaden and Jarom Cobb for “Cagebirds;”

• Excellence in Student Design and Production: Chris Bailey, Alex Larsson, Logan Benson and Miranda Poindexter for both shows; and

• Excellence in Acting: Ben Worsham in “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.”


High school students compete for Carrousel Scholarship

CHARLOTTE – Olivia Jackson-Jordan, of Hopewell High, and Elissa Hayes, of Hough High, will represent their schools in the Carrousel Scholarship Program.

The program awards scholarships based on applications, personal essays and interviews.

Winners will be invited to appear in the 2013 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28 in uptown Charlotte.  


Davidson grad to receive state award

RALEIGH – The Historical Society of North Carolina will recognize Davidson College graduate Wes Reynolds with the Hugh T. Lefler Award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association on Nov. 22.

The award recognizes the best paper on state history by an undergraduate.

Reynolds’s entry is called “Mental Deficients’ to Family Planning Clinics: The Human Betterment League’s Representations of Eugenic Initiatives in North Carolina, 1947-1972.”