Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Sept. 16

Student deemed rising star

Gretchen Struckmeyer, a senior at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, was named a winner of the Triangle Rising Star Awards.

Gretchen was chosen as a finalist from among 20 local applicants who had the chance to showcase their leading roles in their high school musicals on the stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Gretchen went on to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards this summer in New York City, where she received five days of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with theater professionals.

Camper works on science in great outdoors

Ivan Kuznetsov of Raleigh was chosen to represent North Carolina as a delegate at this summer’s National Youth Science Camp, an honors science leadership program.

The four-week program in West Virginia pairs scientific learning with outdoor recreation.

Participants heard lectures and engaged in studies with working scientists on topics such as global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy and energy sustainability.

Ivan, a recent graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh, planned to study biomedical engineering or material science.

School system offers parent workshops

Wake County is offering the following parent workshops:

• How to Understand Common Core and Essential Standards, Tuesday, Sept. 18

• Navigating the WCPSS system, Tuesday, Sept. 25

• Supporting Literacy and Math at Home for Elementary Students, Tuesday, Oct. 2

• College is Possible, Tuesday, Oct. 24

• Understanding Special Education, Tuesday, Oct. 30

• Understanding the U.S. Educational System, Tuesday, Nov. 6

All workshops run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Millbrook Magnet High, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

Child care is available for children 4-13 years old.

All sessions are free, but parents must register to attend.

To register or for more information, go to www.wcpss.net/parent-academy or call 919-431-7411.

Church offers college prep workshop

St. Paul AME Church will present its annual college prep workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Lunch will be included.

The free workshop will teach parents and students how to navigate the college application and financial aid process. Other topics will include time management, study skills, NCAA eligibility, credit card debt.

Registration is required; to register, call 919-832-2709.

Athens Drive High band to sell barbecue

Athens Drive High School marching band is holding a barbecue fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Swift Creek Community Center, Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh. Plates include barbecue pork, fried chicken, hush puppies, potatoes, slaw and sweet tea for $8. Desserts will be $1 each.

Free delivery to local businesses within 10 miles of Yates Mill Pond Road with an order of six or more plates. To order or for more information, email bbq@athensdrive.com.