Cary News

School Notes: Nov. 12.

The Panther Creek High School Marching Band won first place overall at Cary High School’s Cary Band Day.
The Panther Creek High School Marching Band won first place overall at Cary High School’s Cary Band Day. COURTESY OF ERIN SIMANSKIS

Cary Band Day results

The Panther Creek High School Marching Band won first place overall in the three large classes of bands at Cary High School’s Cary Band Day. The band also earned Brass Line of the Day, Drum Line of the Day and Best Pit Crew.

Fuquay-Varina High School won first place among the three smaller classes of bands. For a full list of winners, go to

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or

Athens Drive High School

• Basics of Cooking I: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 17-Dec. 8, $115.

• Word for Windows Intro: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 16, $85.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Knife Skills I: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, $40.

• Salute to Sushi: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, $40.

Reedy Creek teacher earns award

Dan Lockwood, a teacher at Reedy Creek Middle School, won the Ann Watkins Middle School Award for Distinguished Service.

Green Hope student artwork earns award

Artwork by Green Hope High School students Averie Bunce, Katie Dorn, Bria Goeller, Jared Kengla, Kylee Larsen and Izza Qureshy won seventh place in the N.C. State Fair.


Green Hope High School will present Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” adapted for the stage, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 15, in the school auditorium, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Tickets are available at the door for $8 for adults and $5 for children and students (including college students) with identification.


Cary High School students will present “IMProv” shows monthly from November through May. Shows start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 638 Walnut St., Cary. Shows will be on Friday, Nov. 14; Friday, Dec. 12; Friday, Dec. 23; Friday, Feb. 13; Thursday, March 19; Friday, April 17; and Friday, May 15. Admission costs $2. For details, go to

Winter Wonders

The Middle Creek High School PTSA will host the third annual Winter Wonders holiday craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex.

Thales Academy

Thales Academy of Apex will host a tour of the junior high and high school programs from 8-9 a.m. and the elementary school from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For details, go to

Photo essay competition

The Cary Photographic Artists will sponsor a photo essay competition for Wake County students in ninth through 12th grade. Cash prizes range from $50 to $150, and the competition will end with an exhibit. For details, go to To enter, choose one of four themes: “America to Me,” “Home Town Pride,” “Student Life” or “Our Natural World.” Send four images for your theme and a paragraph relating your photography to the theme to by Jan. 15.

Voice of Democracy Program

VFW’s Voice of Democracy Program, an audio-essay competition for scholarships, will accept submissions from students in grades nine through 12. The theme is “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.” For details, email