Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Oct. 21

Progress gives merit awards

Local students have been awarded Progress Energy Carolinas Merit Award scholarships.

The scholarships, available to children of Progress employees, are worth $1,500 per year and are awarded based on academic achievements, leadership, potential to succeed, work experience and school and community activities.

Scholarships went to the following students, recent graduates of the schools listed:

Christopher Donaldson, Cornerstone Academy, the son of Bob and Sherry Donaldson.

John “Michael” Gray, Wakefield High School in Raleigh, the son of John and Penny Gray.

Sharidan Hill, Wake Christian Academy, the daughter of Tim and Sharon Hill.

Matthew Wyckoff, The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, the son of Brad and Sandy Wyckoff.

Students invited to honor society

Several area students were invited to become members of the National Society of High School Scholars, which recognizes students who have shown outstanding academic achievement.

Among the recent invitees are:

Yousef Abdel-Rahman of Raleigh, a sophomore at Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest. Yousef is the son of Nabil Abdel-Rahman and Elham Idris.

Erica L. Buck from Raleigh, a junior at Leesville Road High School. Erica is the daughter of Gerald and Jennifer Buck.

Habiba D. Fofana of Raleigh, a sophomore at Heritage High School.

Twenty Ravenscroft students honored

Twenty Ravenscroft seniors have been recognized in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Kyla Babson, Chris Brajer, Ryan Carr, Alex Cooley, Calley Mangum, Claudia Meyer, Elisabeth Schricker, Max Sminkey and Kate Sweeney were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.

About 16,000 semifinalists were named across the country and will continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring.

Seniors Aysia Demby and Mollie Ducoste were named semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes scholastically talented black American seniors. About 1,600 semifinalists will compete for 800 scholarship awards worth $2.5 million.

The National Merit Scholarship program also announced the names of 34,000 students across the country who achieved commended status. The following Ravenscroft students were named: Will Barefoot, Emily Bedsole, Aysia Demby, Mollie Ducoste, Averi Gaines, Logan Greer, Kelsey Hill, Allison McAdams, Lauren Norris, Alicia Richards and Mariel Ziperski.

Although these students will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Franciscan School open house

The Franciscan School will hold its fall open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the school, 10000 St. Francis Drive, Raleigh. Families will have a chance to tour the school, meet faculty, staff, parents and students, and explore the curriculum and activities available to students.

The Franciscan School offers a fully accredited educational program for students in kindergarten to eighth grade on a traditional school calendar. The Franciscan School, as a member of the Diocese of Raleigh, provides an education within a Catholic environment. For more information, go to franciscanschool.org contact Debbie Braga at 919-847-8205 ext. 255 or debbie.braga@stfrancisraleigh.org.

School system offers parent workshops

Wake County is offering the following parent workshops:

• College is Possible, Tuesday, Oct. 23.

• 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.

SAT and ACT practice tests

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.

Free workshop on grant writing

Parents, teachers and school staff are invited to join Advocates for Health in Action for its next Brains and Bodies Workshop: Show Me the Money – Grant Writing for Schools from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 29, at the Middle Creek Community Center, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex.

The even will include the grant-writing process and key pointers, presented by Gina Della Porta, grants specialist from WakeMed Foundation; what a funder looks for in an application, presented by Jennifer MacDougall from Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation; and guidelines and the processes for teachers and staff applying for grants, presented by Angie Wright, grants administrator from Wake schools.

Admission is free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.AdvocatesForHealthInAction.org.

Fall Fest Step Show

Carnage Middle School presents its annual Fall Fest Step Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Carnage Middle School Gym, 1425 Carnage Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature elementary, middle, high school and community step teams from Raleigh, Fayetteville, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner and Rocky Mount. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $6 with proceeds benefiting the Pre-College/MSEN Program at Carnage Middle School. For more information, call 919-616-8694.

Lifelong Learning classes at schools

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For more information, contact 919-431-7593 or www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Sanderson High School

Basic Conversational Spanish II – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 29-Dec. 10, $100.

Next Level Guitar – 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 30-Nov. 27, or Wednesdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 5, $65.

Starting an eBay Business – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, $40.

Guitar Made Fun and Easy – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 1-29, $65.

Next Level Guitar – 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 1-29, $65.

Painting Landscapes and Flowers in Oils – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 11, $89.

Guitar Made Fun and Easy – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 5, $65.

Millbrook High School

PowerPoint Introduction – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 19-Dec. 10, $85.

Digital Photos and Your Computer – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13, $85.

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.

Cape Fear River Watch 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 opened 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.

Scholarships for children of veterans

The N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs offers college scholarships to children of N.C. war veterans. The application deadline is March 1. Interested students should contact their local Veterans Service Office by visiting www.doa.nc.gov/vets/locations.