Students eligible for National Merit Scholarships

EVANSTON, Ill. – Students from several Lake Norman area schools were among 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are eligible for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Semifinalists from the Lake Norman area are as follows:

• Cannon School – Anna Estep;

• Community School of Davidson – Aurora Taylor;

• Homeschool – Peter Yukich (Davidson) and Joshua Shoulders (Mooresville);

• Lake Norman Charter School – Michael Clark, Morgan Sammler and Sravya Uppalapati;

• Lincoln Charter School – Hannah Dent;

• North Mecklenburg High – Hannah Bensky, Jack Bradford, Christopher Pirrung;

• South Iredell High – Krysten Lambeth and Matthew Sanford; and

• Woodlawn School – Joseph Andry.

Students qualified by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To become finalists, semifinalists must submit detailed scholarship applications, in which they provide information about their academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.


Esposito earns principal honors

CHARLOTTE – Bradley Middle administrator Steve Esposito was recently named North Learning Community Principal of the Year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The Chicago native has lived in the Charlotte area for 19 years and started his career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a fourth-grade teacher at Elizabeth Lane Elementary School in 2002. He served as assistant principal at Lake Wylie Elementary and River Gate Elementary, before becoming principal at Highland Creek Elementary in 2010, where the increase in student test scores under his leadership earned the school recognition as a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence.

He left Highland Creek in July to become principal at Bradley Middle in Huntersville. 


Math lecture explores unknown knowledge

DAVIDSON – Davidson alumnus Lawrence Baggett will deliver a math lecture on the discovery of “something we didn’t know we didn’t know.”

Baggett will discuss how the discovery spawned and reformulated many important areas of mathematics, including analysis, probability and set theory.

“When we aren’t even aware of our ignorance about something, its discovery can have serious and unexpected consequences,” Baggett said. “Some of them can be scary, and others innovating and exciting.”

Baggett became the first blind student admitted to Davidson College. He graduated in 1960.
His most recent publication, “In the Dark on the Sunny Side–A Memoir of an Out-of-Sight,” is a memoir. Besides describing the successes and failures he experienced as a blind person, the book includes short musings about his love of math and music.

The free lecture starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in Smith Room 900 of Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Drive.

Details: 704-894-2315 or 704-894-2317.


Charter school raises money through fundraiser

DAVIDSON – Corvian Community School will raise money for students through a golf tournament.

The captain’s choice tournament will feature 18 holes, breakfast provided by Panera Bread, lunch, a putting challenge, longest drive contest and range balls.        

Corvian Community School is a public charter school in the University City area of Charlotte that serves children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Each year, a new grade will be added to complete a K-12 school. 



Cannon School offers SAT prep course

CONCORD – Cannon School is offering the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course on its campus for the third year.

The course meets on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays.

A fall course runs Oct.19- Nov. 23. The winter course runs Feb. 1- March 1.

Both courses are recommended for juniors in private, public and home schools.

The course focuses on the essential test elements and includes 18 hours of live instruction. The registration fee of $450 covers course materials, 18 hours of live instruction and sample tests.

Advance registration is required.



Pine Lake opens athletic center

MOORESVILLE – Pine Lake Preparatory celebrated the opening of the new Athletic & Community Center on Sept. 14, with a ribbon cutting and campus-wide celebration.

The ACC includes a full-sized gymnasium with bleacher seating for 850, a fitness room, multipurpose room, concessions area, locker rooms, storage and office space.

“For years, we've been practicing in the most unusual of places,” said Chad Hetherman, who serves as the school's athletics director and coaches varsity boys basketball. “We've even used textbooks in the hallways to do bear crawls and lunges – we've had to get creative. We’re especially excited to have that Pine Lake logo stamped on our home court, so we can take advantage of not only the crowd noise, but the familiarity with the hoops and the nets.”

G.L. Wilson Building Company, based in Statesville, constructed the building. Regions Bank provided the construction loan for the $2.3 million project.

“This building, this fantastic building, should forever serve as a shining example of what a determined group of people with a singular purpose can accomplish when they come together as one,” Terrill said.