Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Nov. 4

Enloe Envirothon team ranks third internationally

Enloe High School’s Envirothon team won third place at the 2012 Envirothon – the environmental education event’s international-level competition.

After becoming state champions earlier this year, the Enloe team earned the second-highest oral presentation score and tied for the top score in the wildlife contest at the international competition, held at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

Each of the five team members – team captain Rachel Smoak, Vineet Gopinathan, Stephanie Huang, Prakhar Naithani and Rebecca Wall – won $3,000 in scholarships, an engraved plaque and products from sponsor Canon for their school and local sponsor, the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District.

At the Envirothon, the teams participate in training sessions and then are tested in areas such as soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife,and current environmental issues. Part of the competition is a 20-minute oral presentation addressing the event’s annual theme. This year, the theme was low-impact development.

Student picked for SAVE board

Michelle Collie, a freshman at South Granville High School, is one of six students selected to serve during this school year on the national youth advisory board of SAVE – Students Against Violence Everywhere.

Over the summer she attended a National Youth Leadership Institute, where she learned how to be a presenter and spokesperson for the group, which aims to combat violence through crime prevention, conflict management and service projects. At the institute, she was elected by her peers to serve as the board’s historian.

After participating with SAVE at her middle school, East Wake Academy, Michelle planned to start a chapter at South Granville High. The Youth Advisory Board meetings will shape action plans for SAVE chapters nationwide.

Athens Drive Band wins top award

For the third time this year, the Athens Drive High Marching Band earned the “Grand Champion Award” for highest score of the day in competition. Performing at the 24th Eastern N.C. Band Festival held on Oct. 20 at Roanoke Rapids High School, the band received first place for General Effect and Marching. Drum Major Darby Teander earned the highest drum major score of the day.

Triangle Dance Marathon for hospitals

The Triangle Dance Marathon for middle school students is set for noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at PNC Arena.

The Wake Forest Rolesville Middle School Social Organization and Service Club organized the benefit for North Carolina Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital. Other sponsors are the Wake Forest Rotary Foundation, PNC Arena, YMCA of the Triangle and Wake County schools.

Students can register at www.TriangleDanceMarathon.com and create a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends.

All participants must raise at least $20 for admission. Participants who raise $35 will receive two meals, two snacks and three beverages during the event. Students who raise $75 will also receive memorabilia. Students who raise $100 will be eligible to win additional prizes such as gift cards from Target, iTunes and PNC Arena. All admissions include a T-shirt.

Entertainment will include a laser light and sound display, local youth bands and comedians from ComedyWorx. The event will also feature a photo booth, bungee run, basketball hoop and other games for participants to enjoy during the marathon.

Local anti-bullying group organizer, Brenda Jackson, will be on hand to encourage students to sign an anti-bullying pledge.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Dancing will begin at 1 p.m. and the event will end at 7 p.m. PNC Arena and Raleigh Police Department will be on hand for safety and security. Designated chaperones will be on the dance floor. Parents who would like to observe the event will be permitted to do so in a designated area.

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.

Wakefield’s Mistletoe Market fundraiser

Wakefield High School PTSA will hold its annual fundraiser, Mistletoe Market, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the school, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.

Vendors offering holiday decorations, jewelry and candles will be available. Proceeds will benefit the school’s PTSA and other school clubs such as Band Boosters, Wolverine Club, FFA and FCCLA.

Mistletoe Market is also partnering with Students Against Hunger, a program sponsored by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Shoppers can receive $1 off the $5 admission by donating a canned food item. Children 12 and younger are free.

A list of suggested food items for the food drive may be found at www.wakefieldhsconnect.org. The event will also include a basket raffle. For more information, email mistletoemarket@wcpss.net.

Red Cross scholarships open

The American Red Cross is accepting applications for the 2013 High School Heroes philanthropic leadership and scholarship program. From January through March, students compete for scholarships by raising money and awareness for the Red Cross Triangle Chapter.

The top three fundraisers earn scholarships of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Four other fundraisers earn $500 scholarships. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 12. Scholarships are made possible by The Grainger Foundation with additional program support by Wells Fargo.

Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 7, and can be picked up from high school guidance counselors or downloaded online at www.TriangleRedCross.org. Completed applications should be returned to local Red Cross coordinator Mira Batchelor at mira.batchelor@redcross.org or 919-277-2802.

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.