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School Notes, Oct. 7

Athens Drive marching band

Athens Drive High School’s marching band was named grand champion at the Dixie Classic competition on Sept. 22 at George Washington High School in Danville, Va.

The band also earned best overall pit crew, first place in class 4A and first place in the categories of marching and maneuvering, best music and best general effect.

The band’s show, “Let There Be Peace.” features Russian orchestral classics by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, as well as the beloved hymn “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Students spend a week helping out in N.C. Senate

Kevin Alexis Alfaro, Meghan MacFarlane Crider, Bellamy Abbott Harden, Erin Ashley Jones and Alyssa Wynne Moser, all 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.

Kevin, a student at Apex High School and the son of Francisco and Sara Hernandez, was sponsored by Sen. Bob Atwater.

Meghan, a student at Raleigh Charter High School and the daughter of Joseph Crider and Amy Johnson Linas, was sponsored by Sen. Linda Garrou.

Bellamy, a student at St. David’s School in Raleigh and the daughter of Holmes and Sarah Harden, was sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman.

Erin, a student at Sanderson High School in Raleigh and the daughter of Sonya McKaig, and Alyssa, a student at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh and the daughter of Don and Lisa Moser, were sponsored by Sen. Neal Hunt.

Spooky fall plant sale

Wakefield High School will hold a Spooky Fall Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct.18, through Saturday, Oct. 20, at the school’s greenhouse. The sale will include pansies, snapdragons, fall vegetables, containers, mums, perennials, spooky plants and house plants. Proceeds will benefit the school’s agricultural education program. Wakefield FFA alumni members receive 10 percent off of their receipt. For more information, email jriedel@wcpss.net.

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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