This year, Hillsborough teens will get to reap the drawing power of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system's college fair.
More than 100 colleges and universities will send representatives to the fair, to be held this year at UNC-Chapel Hill's Dean Smith Center. Typically, far fewer reps show up to the Hillsborough-based Orange County Schools system fair.
So the two school districts decided to put all those information booths under one big roof so that Orange County students -- regardless of where they live -- could check out a wide selection of colleges.
The fair will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
Five Durham Public Schools employees got a surprise visit this month from the boss, Superintendent Ann Denlinger, who bore flowers and a free meal ticket.
The "Staff Appreciation Awards" -- meant for employees who show perseverance and responsibility -- come with a floral bouquet and a $40 gift certificate to Elmo's Diner. Winners include:
SUSAN RAPER, a second-grade Oak Grove Elementary School teacher. Raper has worked with the Durham Public Schools since 1979.
CRYSTAL PAIZ, secretary at Creekside Elementary School. Paiz has worked with the school system as a Creekside office support person since 2004.
MICHAEL MAXSON, industrial technology teacher at Lowe's Grove Middle School.
BRIAN MCDONALD, a teacher at Jordan High School since 2001. He teaches social studies and honors U.S. history.
WANDA CARDEN, human resources analyst at the central office since 1996.
The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a rigorous school that recruits teenagers statewide to live on its campus, is now taking applications online.
Hard copies of the application won't be available until October, but students can submit now at www.ncssm.edu/apply.
Staff writer Patrick Winn can be reached at 932-8742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.