Second-graders study immigration

HUNTERSVILLE – Second-graders at Blythe Elementary School recently participated in an Ellis Island simulation.

The students have spent their time discovering just how unique America is and how it came to be that way.

They also studied how different people around the world have affected America.

Using timelines, family trees and stories of immigrants past and present, students discovered how the United States has changed over the years.

Students were encouraged to dress in the attire of their native country as they pretended to be immigrants arriving in Ellis Island years ago.


Cannon School senior raises $11,000 for MusicalMinds 

CONCORD – Rachel Dyl, of Davidson, hosted a sold-out fundraiser Feb. 28 at River Run Country Club to benefit MusicalMinds, a nonprofit that provides music instruction to youth. 

An Evening with the Beatles raised more than $11,000.

Dyl  planned an evening of musical performances kicked off by three MusicalMinds violinists from Blythe Elementary School, Ulices Garcia, Madelyn Mundy and Nadia Glenn.

Dyl also performed. Dyl began playing the piano at age 6 and the violin at age 8.

“I was inspired to support MusicalMinds because music is an important part of my life, and I want to make sure other kids have an opportunity to make it part of theirs,” said Dyl, a Cannon School senior.


Lake Norman Christian hires guidance counselor

DAVIDSON – Lake Norman Christian School hired Meredith McDaniel to serve as its first guidance counselor.

McDaniel, of Davidson, will provide college, career and life guidance to students and counseling to students and staff. 

She is a licensed professional counselor associate and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and American Counseling Association. 

She is married to Ben McDaniel, of Greater Lake Norman Young Life, a Christian ministry for high school youth. Both go to Lake Forest Church in Davidson. 

The addition of a guidance counselor is part of new vision and strategic plan developed under the direction of the school board chairman Kenneth Jones and Head of School Wes Johnston.

The school plans to host its first high school graduation May 22.


Christian school students compete in science fair in Raleigh

DAVIDSON – Students from Lake Norman Christian School competed in a regional science fair hosted by the Association of Christian Schools International in Raleigh.

The three ranking levels at the regional meet were superior with scores between 80-100 percent, excellent between 60-80 percent and good for recognition of effort.  

Superior awards went to Elizabeth Redmond, Abi Boomgarden, Nick Patterson and Devin Williams. Honored with an Excellent rating were Ethan Carper, Ben Hoag, Emily Dorsey, Stacy Plumb, Daniel Crane and Nicolas Redmond.


Catholic school raises money for juvenile diabetes

HUNTERSVILLE – St Mark Catholic School kicked off its annual fundraising campaign March 10 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The school has a long tradition of supporting organizations that help raise awareness about diabetes and provide programs for individuals living with the disease. 

In 2013, St. Mark raised more than $60,000 for JDRF, earning the title of top fundraising school in the nation.

Highlights of this year’s two-week campaign include penny wars and raffles.

The event culminates with a school-wide walk-a-thon on the outdoor track on March 21.


EnergyExplorium hosts homeschool events

HUNTERSVILLE – The EnergyExplorium is offering two days of tailored programs for the homeschool community designed especially for the N.C. Science Festival March 28-April 13.

Free programs are as follows:

• March 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Students will participate in hands-on science activities and explore the use of chemistry and physics. Open to upper elementary/middle school students.

• April 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - “Problem Solving: A Key to Engineering” will allow high school students to work together on various activities, including building wind turbines and simple DC circuits.

Register in advance.

Details: or 980-875-5600.


Students perform ‘Wizard of Oz’

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy students will perform “The Wizard of Oz” as the school’s 12th annual high school production.

Tickets are available for four shows, which will be held at 7 pm. March 27-28 as well as at 1 and 7 p.m. March 29 at the school, 13820 Hager’s Ferry Road.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students.



Hopewell PTSA event blends pigskin with pig picking

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High PTSA invites the community to its annual Powder Puff Pigskin Pickin.’ 

Games begin at 11 a.m. April 5 when the freshmen girls play the sophomore girls. The second game will feature junior and senior girls. 

Tickets are $5 at the gate.

The PTSA will sell barbeque sandwiches and barbeque by the pound.


Lecture focuses on performance-based scholarships

DAVIDSON – Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, will present a free economics lecture at Davidson College.

The free talk starts at 8 p.m. March 31 in the Sloan Music Center, 323 Concord Road.

Details: 704-894-3130.