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School Notes, Nov. 25

Thales goes to Junior Classical League forum

Eighteen Thales Academy students participated in the N.C. Junior Classical League Fall Forum at UNC-Greensboro on Nov. 17. In addition to the academic enrichment they experienced – observing Greek tragic performance and gladiatorial demonstrations, experiencing a mock archaeological dig and making mosaics, to name a few – Thales junior high and high school students represented their school in an exemplary fashion.

Thales Academy students presented a comedic puppet show about the emperor Caligula. “Caligula’s Average Day” was written by Evan Gales and performed by Andrew Caywood, Evan Gales and Chris Newton.

Thales students tied for first in the Spirit Competition with their togas and clown noses to fit the theme “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Fall Forum” and cheers about Latin and in Latin.

The novice- and intermediate-level Certamen teams won two out of two rounds of the quiz bowl-style competition with classics-themed questions.

Although the Thales Academy Junior High novice team was unintentionally slated to play against high school novice teams, the team still won both rounds of competition. Playing on the novice team were junior high students Orlando Antonio, Andrew Caywood, Alexander Oddo and Nicholas Oddo.

Playing on the intermediate-level Certamen team were Michael Bono, Evan Gales, Rebecca Taylor and Liliane Watkins.

The National Merit Scholarship program has named its semifinalists for the 2013 competition.

The high school seniors were chosen as semifinalists on the basis of their scores on the 2011 PSAT. They can go on to compete for National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $32 million next spring.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by officials from his or her high school, earn SAT scores that are on par with his or her PSAT performance and submit an application that includes an essay and list of leadership and community activities.

National Merit semifinalists named

The National Merit Scholarship program has named its semifinalists for the 2013 competition.

The high school seniors were chosen as semifinalists on the basis of their scores on the 2011 PSAT. They can go on to compete for National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $32 million next spring.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by officials from his or her high school, earn SAT scores that are on par with his or her PSAT performance and submit an application that includes an essay and list of leadership and community activities.

Here are the National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Wake County:

ATHENS DRIVE HIGH SCHOOL: Maryam Ahmed, Rita M. Meganck, John A. Nance

BROUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL: Fiona W. Dunn, Alexander R. Hudson

ENLOE HIGH SCHOOL: Gautam Adusumilli, Helena M. Arose, Hudson R. Ayers, Brian H. Darst, Deepthi Gowrishankar, Akil A. Guruparan, Vivek S. Hebbar, Shoutao Luo, Graeme P. Peterson, Aribah M. Shah, Aishwarya Sriraman, River Wu, Vanessa Wu, Minami Yoshizawa

CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL: Richard B. Rosso

LEESVILLE ROAD HIGH SCHOOL: Dowon Cha

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Timothy J. Hayes

RALEIGH CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL: Stephanie M. Austin, Rachel L. Hammond, Richard X. He, Daniel P. Huddleston, Aruna S. Iyer, Ryan E. Kilgore, Tony W. Li, Christine K. Nam, Pranavi Sanka, Danielle M. Siegert, Shobana S. Subramanian, Jonathan T. Tseng, Benjamin T. Whitfield

THE RAVENSCROFT SCHOOL: Kyla A. Babson, Christopher Brajer, Ryan T. Carr, Alexander Cooley, Caroline C. Mangum, Claudia N. Meyer, Elisabeth J. Schricker, Maxwell M. Sminkey, Catherine J. Sweeney

SANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL: Rachel H. Coffman, Jessica L. Loverde, Anna Pittenger, Jaraad Y. Samad

WAKEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL: Haley E. Sheehan

HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL: Ethan P. Wenker

WAKE FOREST-ROLESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: Alex S. Moss, Hannah R. Moyles

Athens Drive musicians honored

Matthew Baker (freshman, tuba), Rachel Knierim (senior, french horn), Maddie Ligon (junior, french horn) and Matt Wakeford (freshman, trumpet) have earned positions with the 2012-2013 Triangle Brass Band’s Youth Bands. Matthew, Rachel and Matt will be performing with the Triangle Youth Brass Band. Maddie will be performing as part of the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble.

The Triangle Youth Brass Band’s mission is to provide an opportunity for the area’s finest high school brass and percussion players to supplement their wind band experience by performing in a British-style brass band. Their first concert is Friday, Dec. 14, at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Other concerts are set for Saturday, Feb. 16; Sunday, March 24; and Saturday, May 25.

In addition, Corinne Crowley (senior, bassoon) and Rachel Knierim (senior, French horn) have earned positions in the N.C. Symphony Youth Sinfonietta chamber orchestra. The N.C. Symphony Youth Sinfonietta is an exclusive chamber group of talented young musicians from across the state, selected by audition. Concerts are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Cary Cultural Arts Center and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Peace University in Raleigh.

Thales Academy to hold K-5 tour

Thales Academy will hold a tour for prospective students and families from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at its Raleigh K-5 school at 8151 Town Drive. For more information about Thales and its Triangle campuses, go to www.ThalesAcademy.org.

Holly Days at Sanderson High

Sanderson High School will hold its annual Holly Days at Sanderson from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the school, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh. More than 150 vendors will fill the lower level of the school, offering jewelry, food, holiday décor items and more. The Sanderson High vocal ensembles will perform on Saturday. The weekend also features silent auction baskets, a raffle and a bake sale. Admission is $2 per person, with proceeds benefiting the food bank.

Lifelong Learning classes

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

Gluten Free Baking - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, $45

Guitar Made Fun and Easy - 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 3-10, $45

Next Level Guitar - 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 3-10, $45

Guitar Made Fun and Easy - 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Dec. 4-11, $45

Next Level Guitar - 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 4-11, $65

Guitar Made Fun and Easy - 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 6-13, $45

Next Level Guitar - 8 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6-12, $45

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. 14, 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. 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.

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