Arts school dominates Blumey Awards

CHARLOTTE – The Northwest School of the Arts dominated the Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards on May 18 at the Belk Theater.

The school won nine of 12 categories, including best musical, direction, ensemble/chorus and choreography.

Individual honors went to Mekhai Lee (actor), Abby Corrigan (actress), Phillip Johnson (supporting actor), Keston Steele (supporting actress) and Hank Santos (featured performer)

Corrigan and Lee will compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards next month in New York City. Lee also won a $10,000 scholarship.

Southlake Christian Academy was among the 39 schools to compete. 

Lake teachers are finalists for awards

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools named its 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year at a ceremony held May 22 at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology.

Lecia Shockley, of Selwyn Elementary, won Teacher of the Year. Sean Baker, of Hough High, was among the finalists.

Cindy Corwin, of J.H. Gunn Elementary, won Teacher Assistant of the Year. Christina Saladino, of Grand Oak Elementary, and James Wideman, of Cornelius Elementary, were finalists.


J.M Alexander parents support teachers

HUNTERSVILLE – Parents rallied for teachers May 21 at J.M. Alexander Middle School.

“We wanted the community to know that JMA families not only support our teachers, but all N.C. teachers,” PTSA President Christy Cowan said. “These people are in a battle right now, and we want them to know that JMA families are standing strong with them.”

The PTSA has treated school employees to breakfast and lunch for Staff Appreciation Week, set aside funding for Field Day, volunteered as proctors for end-of-grade tests, helped students attend overnight field trips and granted teachers’ classroom needs through a grant program.


Long Creek observes culture

HUNTERSVILLE – Students and staff at Long Creek Elementary embraced multiculturalism by hosting International Week.

Each classroom chose a country to research and study for the event.  They spent a few weeks in class and at home learning about their countries. 

Students displayed their information on bulletin boards and presented facts on the morning news.

The event ended with the World Showcase, in which students "traveled" to the different countries by exploring the display boards set up in the multipurpose room.  After learning about each country, they had their passport stamped. Students could dress up in cultural clothing.  


Blythe students explore outer space

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Michelle Revak took 46 members of the Blythe Elementary Engineering Club to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. 

The science lab teacher wanted students immersed in science.

Students experienced astronaut simulators, visited museums, attended workshops, and explored real fighter jets, rockets and the space shuttle Endeavor. Students spent the night in dorms made to look like a space shuttle.


Cannon valedictorian is from Davidson

CONCORD – Jake Flynn, of Davidson, delivered the valedictorian address during the May 23 commencement ceremony at Cannon School.

Jake, the son of Kristin and Brian Flynn, was among 76 seniors to graduate from the private school.

NASCAR driver and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton delivered the commencement address. Burton is a Cannon School parent.


Cannon students excel at Envirothon

CONCORD – Two Cannon School students from the Lake Norman region recently won state-level awards at the N.C. State Envirothon Competition in Burlington. 

Fifth-grader Chloe Winchester, of Davidson, won the Envirothon poster contest. Jackie and Russell Winchester are her parents.

Fifth-grader Joey Carol, of Cornelius, won the T-shirt design competition. Andrea and Mark Carol are his parents.

Chloe and Joey were joined by Megan Hnilica, Hannah Shiffert and Grace Winchester to place 21st among 49 middle school teams.

The Upper School team of Soumya Avva, Callie Hnilica, Lindsey Turbyfill, Camille Harley and Mimi Wahid placed seventh out of 43 teams.


Cannon freshman organizes supply drive

CONCORD – Cannon School freshman Soumya Avva, of Huntersville, was recently recognized by the Classroom Central Board of Directors during a ceremony at Bank of America Stadium.

Soumya organized a drive for school supplies at Cannon. With the help of the community, she was able to deliver more than 3,000 supplies to help needy children within a six-county area. 

Kalpana Vemulapalli and Ramesh Avva are her parents.


New charter school seeks teachers

CORNELIUS – Thunderbird Preparatory Academy Principal Patty Moreira said finding teachers willing to embrace the new charter school’s “Leader in Me” program is a priority.

 “It’s not just about academics,” Moreira said. “It’s about helping students become confident, successful individuals focusing on their strengths. Learning life skills and not just book knowledge.’’

The school will weave “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” and Gallup Organization’s “Strengthsfinder” program into the teaching of its “Core Knowledge” curriculum.

The school will serve 488 students in kindergarten through fourth grade in August.