Local teacher makes Teacher of the Year finalist

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School teacher Lysa Craig is one of six educators selected as finalists for the 2012-2013 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Teacher of the Year. Teachers were selected by their schools and zones to compete for the award. The CMS Teacher of the Year winner will be announced in May.

Craig is a sixth-grade language arts teacher who has been teaching for 31 years. She began her teaching career in Chester County Schools in South Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree teaching from Marshall University and a master’s degree in teaching from National University. Craig has been named teacher of the year at several CMS schools and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English.

She is competing against Kevin Eudy of Renaissance School at Olympic, Ashley Brooke Fulton of University Park Creative Arts Academy, James Ford of Garinger High, Bobby Miles of Ranson IB Middle and Doug Smith of McKee Road Elementary.

Cornelius Elementary holds mini-musical

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary School’s mini-musical “Hats” will take place at 6 p.m. May 2 in the school cafeteria. Students should meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. Boys are asked to wear brown or black shirts and pants to be animals of the jungle. Girls should wear solid color T-shirts as they will be beautiful birds.

The performance is a well-known folktale from Asia. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and video cameras. 

Davidson student wins Goldwater Scholarship

DAVIDSON – Kathryn Driest, a Washington and Lee University junior from Davidson,  has received a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The scholarship gives each student up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books and room and board. Established in 1986, the scholarship program honoring the late U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Driest is a biochemistry major with a minor in mathematics. She competes on the cross-country and track and field teams, does peer tutoring and works in the math center.

"It's a real honor for me to receive this award," said Driest, who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry and has a goal of teaching and conducting research on the university level. "I have had some great advisers and appreciate all that they did for me throughout the process."

Driest, who graduated from North Mecklenburg High School, has spent the past two summers working with Fred LaRiviere, associate professor of chemistry, on research in ribosome assembly and destruction. Her Goldwater proposal was an extension of that work on RNA degradation pathways, specifically exploring what the cell does when mutations of the ribosome occur.

She joined LaRiviere and W&L senior Jessie R. Ykimoff to present their research at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans on April 7. The title of their paper was "Microarray analysis of nonfunctional ribosomal RNA decay in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

"Katie shows tremendous promise as a research scientist. Her faculty enthusiastically praise her natural talent, drive and accomplishments," said Rahl. "Through the Goldwater nomination process, I have gotten a firsthand glimpse of the natural talent, thoughtfulness and determination that my colleagues have seen in her. Katie is an extraordinary student with a tremendous future in science."

Lake Norman Charter to hold college conference

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter School will host its first Lake Norman Charter College Conference on April 27. Breakout sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a college fair will start at 12:30 p.m.

The event is to help students and parents with the college planning process. Lake Norman Charter High School is located at 12701 Old Statesville Road. For more information, contact Lawrence Sullivan at lsullivan@lncharter.org or 704-875-3389.

Two North Mecklenburg High students selected for Governor’s School

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High School students Jack Bradford and Sarah Kerman were two of 26 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students that have been invited to participate in this summer’s North Carolina Governor’s School.

The Governor’s School began 50 years ago and is the oldest statewide residential program for academically gifted students.

Students who attend the six-week program learn about college life while taking rigorous classes. The Governor’s School is held at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh.

Cornelius Elementary looking for career day speakers

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary School will host its Career Day June 5 and needs volunteers to be guest speakers.

Speakers would volunteer their time to share their career choices with students in grades K-5. Sessions last for 30 minutes.

Speakers are recommended to talk about related school subjects, education and/or training, personal skills, a typical day, child-friendly games and hands-on activities  or visuals.

Those interested should contact school counselor Ms. Bunyan by May 10. She can be contacted by phone at 980-343-3905, fax at 980-343-3907, or email at aara1.bunyan@cms.k12.nc.us.

North Meck alum graduates medical school

HUNTERSVILLE – Jonathan D. Bouchez will graduate from Eastern Virginia Medical School on May 18. The commencement begins at 10 a.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena at 201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, Va. Bouchez will complete his surgical residency training in July at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

He is a 2004 graduate of North Mecklenburg High School and is the son of Huntersville residents Mark and Robin Bouchez.