Students can show green ideas

DAVIDSON – The Project for Innovation, Energy & Sustainability (PiES) presents The Green Idea Factory Competition at noon April 5 at PiES Incubator Kaleidoscope Conference Center.

The Green Idea Factory Competition gives students from Lake Norman-area high schools the opportunity to display their green ideas and innovations to compete for scholarships.

Nearly $20,000 has been awarded over three years.

The Green Idea Factory Competition is part of 2014 North Carolina Science Festival, a two-week series of events statewide showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 



Students excel in Science Olympiad

HUNTERSVILLE – J.M. Alexander Middle School qualified for the state Science Olympiad tournament for the 14th consecutive year after recently placing third in a regional tourney.

That span dates back three years as J.M. Alexander and 11 years as Davidson IB School.

The varsity team received medals for 21 out of 23 events, including two gold, three silver and a bronze.

The team includes Nadia Bey, Leslie Bosse, Ava Burgess, Nick Chen, Jacob Crawford, CJ Cuica,Preston Daniels, George Dimitrov, Jackson Newton, Daniel O'Brien, Christine Park, Aneesha Raj, Caleb Shuda, Sam Thornton, Luis Villalobos and Kelly Williams.

The junior varsity team placed fifth overall, earning 11 medals, including three gold and three bronze.

The junior varsity team includes Andrew Barton, Kunal Chakraborty, Kat Daniels, Lamis Hammouda, Nathan Kendrick, Amith Koneru, Dakota Langley, Jenna Lubahn, Aisha Mahmood, Sara O'Brien, Akash Patel, Jonah Shuda, Mona Su, Jordan Truong, Anthony Venant, Yesi Villalobos, Caelen Walsh and Alex Williams.


Lake Norman Charter helps charity

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter School families recently raised $828 to donate to Pasta for Pennies, an effort that helps kids fighting blood cancer.

Students received a pasta party luncheon for their hard work at the Northlake Olive Garden.


Debate team competes, students qualify for nationals tournament

HUNTERSVILLE – Fifteen members of the North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team attended the 2014 Carolina West District competition March 21-22 at Asheville High School.

• Camara Hill and Antonio Rivera took first place in duo interpretation and are national qualifiers.

• June Yom finished second place in dramatic interpretation and is a national qualifier.

• Jack Watson took fifth in original oratory and junior James Haberberger took fifth in student congress, making both of them third alternates.

• Rivera and Vala Rizvanolli made the semifinals in dramatic interpretation and Madison Carr made the semifinals in domestic extemporaneous speaking.

• Kailyn Price placed sixth in student congress II.

• The duo of Aneesha Raj and Halynna Snyder finished in the top 10.

National qualifiers will compete in the 2014 NFL National Championships in June in Kansas City, Kan.


Principals talk about feeder pattern

HUNTERSVILLE – Barnette Elementary's Principal Dianna Newman will host Bradley Middle School Principal Steve Esposito and Hopewell High School Principal Dino Gisiano at a principal chat.

They will talk about how they are working to strengthen the school feeder pattern

The chat takes place 6-7 p.m. April 7 at Barnette Elementary School. 


Student appointed to academy

WASHINGTON – Norman Chapman, a senior at Cato Middle College High School, recently received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy by Congressman Robert Pittenger.

Chapman is a member of the National Honor Society and a Sunday school teacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He is the son of Derrick and Sharon Chapman of Huntersville.


High GPA earn college honors

HUNTERSVILLE – Four students from the Lake Norman region earned college honors for maintaining high grade point averages.

• Christian Seitz, of Huntersville, made the dean’s list at Elon University and joined its chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for freshmen. The dean’s list requires a 3.5 GPA, while Phi Eta Sigma requires 3.8 to 4.0.

• Abigail Nails, of Huntersville, maintained a perfect grade point average of at least 4.0 and Brandi Stamey, of Cornelius, earned a GPA of at least 3.30 to make the dean’s list at William Peace University in Raleigh.

• Madeline Adolf, a senior from Huntersville, made the high honor roll for the winter term at The Loomis Chaffee School.


Charter school holding art fundraiser

CHARLOTTE – Pioneer Springs Community School is soliciting donations of artwork through April 30 to be auctioned off at an upcoming festival that celebrates the arts.  

“ArtSpring!” takes place 2-6 p.m. May 17 at Pioneer Springs Community School, 9200 Bob Beatty Road.

To make a donation of art or become an event sponsor contact Anne Fell at or 857-225-2146.  

Beginning July 2014, Pioneer Springs Community School will be a charter school serving grades K-3 and adding a grade each year.