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7th-grader joins Duke TIP

Akshar Yeccherla, a seventh-grader at Mills Park Middle School in Cary, was invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s prestigious Seventh Grade Talent Search. He will be recognized on May 22 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies students across the country who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities.

Akshar received a 1440/1600 SAT Score in the Duke TIP exam. He also took second place in Wake County Spelling Bee in March.

Participants also receive support services and gain access to research and other information about using their academic abilities more effectively.

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Raleigh teen has found his place on stage

For his first lead role with Raleigh Little Theatre, Michael McKenna played James in “James and the Giant Peach.” He read the book when he was younger and he remembered liking it, but getting into character as James is a different level of engagement. He had to find out who the character is, what he’s like. James is adventurous, McKenna found, and is good at working out plans and solutions when the bugs that are James’ fellow passengers on the oversized peach need help.

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2 Scouts achieve Eagle rank

Two members of Scout Troop 100 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Scouting. Both boys started in Webelos at the church in 2007 and served in various roles in their troop.

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Chapel Hill fifth-grader wins essay contest

Ayla Richards, who attends Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill, was this year’s winner of the national 2017 5th Grade Essay Contest sponsored by American Mothers Inc., a national nonprofit organization. Ayla is the daughter of Seth Richards and Nurum Erdem. Her brother Taner Richards is a ninth-grader at East Chapel Hill High School.

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NCSSM wins National High School Ethics Bowl

A team from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics took first place in the 2017 National High School Ethics Bowl, held on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill April 7-9. The team members were Tyler Edwards of Apex, Elise Gilliam of Charlotte, Cordelia Gilligan of Durham, Eli Hardwig of Asheville, Willa Holt of Durham, and Stephanie Yao of Chapel Hill.

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Students serve as Senate pages

High school students serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session, performing jobs such as office duties and attending daily Senate sessions and committee meetings. Area students who have recently served as pages in the Senate include:

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Girl Scouts name top cookie sellers

Three Girl Scouts were named local top sellers for the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program. They are Kaileigh Ault of Cary (3,028 boxes) for the Wake County area, Hayden Brown of Raleigh (2,400 boxes) for the Raleigh area and Mary Taylor of Garner (879 boxes) for the Southeast Raleigh area.

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2 Scouts earn Eagle

Two area Boy Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in boy scouting. Here’s what they did for their projects.

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Teen in national poetry competition

Iman Dancy, a student from Enloe High School, is one of 53 state champions who will take the stage at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on April 25 for the Poetry Out Loud national championship. The top nine finalists will advance to the finals competition on April 26. Both days will be webcast live at arts.gov.

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Area schools take honors in culinary competition

Several area high schools competed in the 2017 North Carolina ProStart Invitational Presented by Golden Corral, a culinary arts and restaurant management competition managed by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) at The Chef’s Academy in Morrisville. Eighty top culinary ProStart students, made up of 22 teams from across the state, demonstrated their mastery of skills in the fast-paced competition.

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Ignite Excellence Scholarship goes to Clayton student

Mike McCray, an 18-year-old student at Clayton High School, has been awarded a four-year comprehensive scholarship to attend Gardner-Webb University. He was presented with the Ignite Excellence Comprehensive Scholarship award, valued at approximately $165,000 over the course of four years, during a surprise ceremony at the school on March 2.

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Scouts earn Eagle

Two Boy Scouts recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in scouting. Here’s what they did for their projects.

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Students serve as Senate pages

High school students serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session, performing jobs such as office duties and attending daily Senate sessions and committee meetings. Area students who have recently served as pages in the Senate include:

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