Teachers accepted to CTI program

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Teachers Institute has accepted 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers into its training seminars for 2014.

• Bailey Middle – Stephanie Coggins, Alexandra Edwards, Jennifer Ladanyi, Tara Lee and Kory Trosclair.

• Davidson Elementary – Mary Tew.

• Francis Bradley Middle – Laura Champury and Melanie Mowry.

• Grand Oak Elementary – Alicia Waters.

• Hopewell High – Deborah Ferris.

• Hough High – Morgan Andrews, Stephanie Misko, Michelle Shellenberger, Jacquelyn Smith, Michelle Tufano and Alan Vitale.

• North Mecklenburg High – Gloria Brinkman and Maebeth Hill.

• Torrence Creek Elementary – Elizabeth Smiley.

The program is a collaboration among CMS, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte.


Homeschool student wins merit award

EVANSTON, Ill. – Jessica Allen, a homeschool student in Huntersville, won a National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program honors scholastically talented black American youth.

Some 800 National Achievement Scholarships worth more than $2 million have been offered this year.


College student interns with nonprofit

HUNTERSVILLE – Hadley Finley, a rising senior at Davidson College, has joined Hinds’ Feet Farm, a nonprofit that helps people with brain injuries, as an intern.

Finley will run Spanish language and biology groups.


Students graduate from Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – Five students from Cornelius and Huntersville graduated from Clemson University on May 9.

• Aaron Baker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.

• Hope Williams graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

• Jordan DeVore graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/English.

• Joseph Hewitt Jr., graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.

• Eric Taylor Holberton graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.


Huntersville students get degrees

HUNTERSVILLE – Several students from Huntersville graduated from colleges across the country.

• Michael Lee and David Williams graduated May 11 from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

• Khris Florez received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in human services May 3 from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C.

• John Carter Jr. received a master’s degree in pastoral studies May 10 from the College of Social Sciences of Loyola University New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

Cameron Whicker graduated with a master’s degree in education May 3 from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.


3 compete in national debate tourney

HUNTERSVILLE – Three members of the North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team attended the 2014 NCFL Grand National tournament May 24-25 in Chicago, Ill.

Sophomore Kennedy Parkins who made the octofinal round in Declamation. Junior Nick Macri and sophomore Erik Thorsheim competed in the public forum debate.


Tecza becomes a principal

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools appointed Jaime Tecza on May 27 as principal at University Park Creative Arts Elementary.

Tecza was the dean of students at Davidson IB Middle from 2009 to 2010. He was also a principal intern at Bradley Middle from 2008 to 2009 and a teacher at Blythe Elementary from 2000 to 2007.


Company honors Blythe teacher

HUNTERSVILLE – Piedmont Natural Gas recognized seven teachers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including Michelle Revak at Blythe Elementary, for outstanding teaching in science, technology, engineering and math.

She will be honored at a Charlotte Knights game and get a $300 Visa gift card.


Swanner elected as SGA secretary

GREENVILLE – Katie Swanner, a rising junior at East Carolina University, was recently sworn in as the Student Government Association secretary for 2014-15.

Swanner, of Huntersville, has been active in her sorority, Delta Zeta, for the past two years, holding positions such as treasurer and risk management chair. She is pursuing a finance degree.

Darryl and Tricia Swanner are her parents. 


Gaston College recognizes graduate

DALLAS – Warren Parker, of Huntersville, was among the big winners at Gaston College’s annual awards banquet on May 6 at the Gastonia Conference Center.

Parker was named an Outstanding Graduate at Gaston College for his studies in information systems security. He was among the 785 students graduating last  month from Gaston College.


Penaranda selected as Kemper Scholar

WINSTON-SALEM – Juan Penaranda, a Huntersville resident attending Wake Forest University, has been selected for the Kemper Scholars Program.

The Kemper Scholars Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business.