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Seniors earn National Merit Scholarships

Five local seniors have won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships: Jessica Castro-Rappl of Athens Drive High; James Yang, Nathaniel Holtzman and Ivan Kuznetsov of Enloe Magnet High; and Larry Han of Leesville Road High.

Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2011, some 16,000 semifinalists were designated in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To advance to finalist standing, each semifinalist completed an application, writing an essay and sharing their extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions. They had to earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance and to receive a high school official’s recommendation. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2012 competition, about 8,300 finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships.

Students win statewide arts honors

The PTA recognized the statewide winners of the Reflections program on Saturday at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown. The PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students in preschool through grade 12. The theme this year was “Diversity Means...”

The following area students won:

Matilda Spoor, Underwood Elementary, Raleigh: first place in kindergarten-second grade division for dance

Ariana Lipton, Swift Creek Elementary, Raleigh: first place in third-fifth grade division for film

Adityasai Pakki, Martin Middle, Raleigh: second place in middle division for film

Suzanna Murawski, Joyner Elementary, Raleigh: third place in third-fifth grade division for literature

Max Alexander, Washington Elementary, Raleigh: second place in kindergarten-second grade division for music

Cameron Cokas, Wakefield Middle, Raleigh: second place in middle division for music

For more information, go to www.ncpta.org/pta/reflections_home.html.

Science Olympiad Tournament

Three Wake schools earned overall trophies in the Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament at Smith Elementary on April 21. The program, which consists of 18 various events, allows students to explore many scientific concepts.

Varsity division:

1st Place: Hunter GT Magnet Elementary

3rd Place: Underwood GT Magnet Elementary

4th Place: Leesville Road Elementary

Junior Varsity Division:

1st Place: Underwood JV Team 2

Spring Fling carnival at Fred Olds

Fred Olds Elementary Parent Teacher Association will hold its annual Spring Fling carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11. The carnival will feature games and activities for all ages including a bouncy castle, a dunking booth, a real fire truck, a sports area, an arts and crafts area, a bake sale, food and a silent auction. The silent auction will include a one-day Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World for four people, tickets to Carowinds, and an overnight stay at the Umstead Hotel. with breakfast at Herons Restaurant, activities in New York City, an American Girl doll, Lily Pulitzer/Palm Avenue accessories, Lego baskets and original art by local artists. Proceeds from the event provide support for programs funded by the Parent Teacher Association at the school. For more information, call Holly Mitchko at 404-895-1043.