Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Dec. 16

Schools support PTA Council

The Wake County PTA Council has recognized six schools for support of the WCPTA Healthy Lifestyles 5k Run/Walk on Nov. 18.

The event highlighted healthy lifestyles for families. The PTAs earned recognition for the number of registered runners, walkers and volunteers participating from their schools.

Winning PTAs earned grants for healthy lifestyle projects in their schools:

Grand Prize: Oak Grove Elementary School PTA, $675

Elementary: Fuller Elementary School PTA, $600

Middle School (tie): Carnage Middle School PTA and Davis Drive Middle School PTA, $300 each

High School: SE Raleigh High School PTA, $600

Honorable Mention: Lead Mine Elementary PTA, $300

Athens Drive band teacher honored

School and Band Orchestra Magazine named Athens Drive High band director Jerry Markoch the top band leader of North Carolina in its December issue.

Markoch has taught for 27 years and been the director of bands at Athens Drive High for 19 years.

“I want to create a healthy musical environment in our band where students love to perform music and feel respected and valued by their peers,” Markoch said. “Our repertoire must be of the highest quality and the teaching must always be done in a positive manner. It is important that we spend time learning “life lessons” as well as musical ones.”

Athens Drive High junior Alex Zonderman is a member of the band.

“Band is a magnet that draws me to school each and every day,” Zonderman said. “The band is my family, and Doc inspires me. He encourages us to excel musically and to work together as a team.”

During Markoch’s tenure, the Athens Drive band program has grown to nearly 200 members and has earned significant honors, including consistent superior ratings at the N.C. Concert Band Festival and numerous grand champion and first-place awards at local and regional marching band events.

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.