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School Notes: April 22

Teacher of the Year finalists

Several local teachers are finalists for Wake County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year award. They are Susan Holland of Reedy Creek Middle School, Ruth McCoy of Fuquay-Varina High School, Karla Nantz of Cary High School, Matthew Scialdone of Middle Creek High School and Alison VanKerckhove of Willow Springs Elementary. The winner will be named May 14.

Cary student earns scholarship

Michelle McGoogan of Cary, a graduate of William G. Enloe High School, earned the North Carolina Textiles Foundation Centennial Scholarship to study textiles at N.C. State University.

Holly Springs students sing

Maggie Lewis and Sarah Rasey of Holly Springs High School performed in the 9-10 All Carolina Select Choir.

Colla Voce, Holly Springs High School’s Honors Chorus, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March.

Fuquay-Varina student earns scholarship

Trey Russell of Fuquay-Varina earned the John and Charles Wesley Heritage Scholarship at North Carolina Wesleyan College and entrance to the school’s Honors College this fall. Russell, a senior at Wake Christian Academy, is the son of Jay and Dawn Russell of Fuquay-Varina.

Local students honored at Youth Legislative Assembly

At the Youth Legislative Assembly, Jonathan Avery of Durham, a senior at Cary Academy, earned the Outstanding Committee Chairman Award. Avery and Martin Kendrick of Sanford, a senior at Cary Academy, earned Outstanding Service Awards. Tafui Leggard of Cary, a student at the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, earned an Outstanding Delegate Award.

Panther Creek students compete

Panther Creek High School Indoor Percussion won the group’s second consecutive gold medal at the Atlantic Indoor Association Championships in March.

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

▪ Encouragement, Empowerment and Excellence in Every Classroom!: $7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 21-23, $125.

▪ Beginner Rhythm Ballroom Dance: 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 28-May 7, $80.

Reedy Creek Middle School

▪ Floral Design Specialties: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 15-May 6, $85.

Green Tie Gala

The Cary High School Performing Arts Department’s eighth annual Green Tie Gala will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the school auditorium, 638 Walnut St. Culinary students will serve hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-7 p.m. There will also be a silent auction.

Admission costs $2 for the 3 p.m. performance and $5 for the 7 p.m. performance. For details, go to

Spring Chorus Concert

The Holly Springs High School Choral Department’s Spring Chorus Concert will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the school auditorium at 5329 Cass Holt Road. Admission is $2.

Green Hope scholarship

The Green Hope High School Fine Arts Boosters organization will accept applications for three $1,000 scholarships through Friday, May 1. For details, go to

Scholarships are available to seniors who have a grade point average of at least 3.0; have been accepted to a vocational school, community college, college or university; and who have been active in the Boosters’ chorus, dance, drama, technical theater, guitar, orchestra or visual arts programs.

International Festival

Kingswood Elementary School’s International Festival will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at 200 E. Johnson St., Cary. There will be a Color Run from 7:30-8 p.m. to raise money for the school’s outdoor learning center and other programs. For details, call 919-460-3481 or email PTA president Rachel Reichert at

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy of Apex will host a tour of the elementary school program from 8-9 a.m. and the junior high and high school program from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For information about the school, go to


Cary High School students will present “IMProv” shows monthly through May. Shows start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 638 Walnut St., Cary. A show will be on Friday, May 15. Admission costs $2. For details, go to

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