Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Oct. 3

Semifinalists for national awards

Eleven Wake public school students are semifinalists for 2013 National Achievement Scholarships. In our area, winners are:

Enloe: Malaika Dahn, Claudia C. Lemon, Kagwe A. Muchane and Kai A. Purnell

Leesville Road: Duane E. Barksdale

Millbrook: Brian J. Brooks

Wakefield: Chloe M. McIntosh and Brittany Poole

The National Achievement Scholarship Program awards scholarships to scholastically talented black American youth annually.

More than 160,000 students entered the competition by requesting consideration when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each region.

The Wake students are among 1,600 semifinalists and will compete for about 800 National Merit Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million. To advance, the students must submit a detailed application in which they provide information about their academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and educational goals. They also must be recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.

Area musicians join Philharmonic

Four students in Athens Drive High School’s band program have earned positions with the Triangle Youth Philharmonic for the 2012-13 season.

The students are freshman Matthew Baker on tuba, senior Corinne Crowley on bassoon, junior Leah Jamison on oboe and senior Rachel Knierim on French horn.

The Triangle Youth Philharmonic is the most advanced ensemble sponsored by the Philharmonic Association. They will perform concerts on Nov. 18, Dec. 12 and April 28 at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh.

5 serve as pages in the N.C. House

Sallie Allen, Erin Brooks, Betsy Creech, Jackson Kaplan and Edward Landi, all of Raleigh, recently served as pages for a week in the N.C. House.

Pages deliver bills and other documents for lawmakers, and help with clerical work and errands around the legislature.

Sallie, Edward and Betsy attend Broughton High School.

Sallie, the daughter of George and Carol Allen, was sponsored by Rep. Winkie Wilkins.

Edward, the son of Tony and Katie Landi, was sponsored by Rep. Diane Parfitt.

Betsy, the daughter of Gray and Betsy Reade Creech, was sponsored by Rep. Joe Hackney.

Jackson and Erin are students at Millbrook High School.

Jackson, the son of Harry and Dona Kaplan, was sponsored by House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Erin, the daughter of Todd and Maureen Brooks, was sponsored by Rep. Efton Sager.

Students serve as N.C. Senate pages

Paden Reynolds Earnhardt, Ashley Lynette Hodges, Cameron Alexa Ruffin and Rollins Fortune Wallace of Raleigh recently served as pages in the N.C. Senate.

Pages serve for one week, attending Senate sessions and committee meetings and assisting staff members with clerical duties.

Paden, a student at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh and the daughter of James and Rena H. Earnhardt, was sponsored by Sen. Clark Jenkins.

Ashley, a student at Garner High School and the daughter of Eddie Hodges and Angela Sintef, was sponsored by Sen. Richard Stevens.

Cameron, a student at Millbrook High School in Raleigh and the daughter of Yvette Ruffin, was sponsored by Sen. Dan Blue.

Rollins, a student at Broughton High School in Raleigh and the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Wallace, was sponsored by Sen. Fletcher Hartsell.

Marching band event at Wakefield

The Wakefield High School Band Boosters will hold the 10th annual Heart of Carolina Marching Band Invitational at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the school, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature performances by high school bands from throughout North Carolina. Performances begin at 5.

Food concession items will be available throughout the event.

Cost is $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children 10 and younger.

For more information, visit www.wakefieldhsband.org.

Workshops on choosing a college

Wake County Public Libraries is offering workshops on how to choose the right college.

Discussions will help students and parents find a “good fit” school that matches the student’s academic, social and financial situation. Tips are offered on making the most of a campus visit and on being an informed college shopper.

The sessions are free, but registration is required by calling the local library.

The following sessions are scheduled in the area:

Cameron Village Library – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. To register, call 919-856-6710.

Richard B. Harrison Library – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. To register, call 919-856-5720.

Athens Drive Library – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh. To register, call 919-233-4000.

School system offers parent workshops

Wake County is offering the following parent workshops:

• 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.

Cape Fear River Watch scholarship contest

Cape Fear River Watch is offering a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.

The contest, meant to promote interest in environmental conservation, was created to engage students pursing college majors in environmental sciences, biology and wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as to give financial aid for tuition.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 toward education expenses at an accredited North Carolina university. The contest opens Oct. 1, and essays must be submitted by Jan. 15.

For more information, visit www.capefearriverwatch.org, call 910- 762-5606 or email Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez at kaylynn@cfrw.us.

SAT help at Athens Drive library

SAT 10-Question Challenge & Strategies is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Athens Drive Community Library, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh. Participants will complete sample test questions and experience test timing and pacing. Students will also learn score-raising strategies and how to be ready for the SAT. For more information, call 919-233-4000.

SAT and ACT practice test

Students can prepare for college exams by practicing on a real ACT/SAT combination test starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Richard B. Harrison Community Library, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Just like the real thing, this event is timed for 3 hours and 45 minutes. For more information, call 919-856-5720.

SAT help at Cameron Village library

SAT 10-Question Challenge & Strategies is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Participants will complete sample test questions and experience test timing and pacing. Students will also learn score-raising strategies and how to be ready for the SAT. For more information, call 919-856-6710.

SAT help at North Regional library

SAT 10-Question Challenge & Strategies is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Participants will complete sample test questions and experience test timing and pacing. Students will also learn score raising strategies and how to be ready for the SAT. For more information, call 919-870-4000.

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