Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Feb. 10

Student ‘HeARTwork’ picked for exhibit

Artwork by six students from Sycamore Creek Elementary in Raleigh was selected by the American Heart Association for a traveling exhibit called “HeARTwork.”

The artists, who created works showing what being heart-healthy means to them, are first-grader Enoch Joo, second-grader Sidney Miller, third-grader Amanda Ray, fourth-grader Oliver Campbell and fifth-graders Hannah Holec and Kristin Greene.

The exhibit has been traveling around the Triangle to raise awareness of heart health issues, and the art will be auctioned off Feb. 23 at the American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Ball to raise money for the organization.

Schools’ literary publications honored

The N.C. Literary and Historical Association honored Enloe High School’s literary magazine with a student publication award at its annual meeting.

“Stone Soup” won the first-place prize from the group, which also presents the annual N.C. Book Awards.

The magazine at the Raleigh school publishes student-submitted prose, poetry, photography and other other artwork in one edition each spring.

Leading the “Stone Soup” staff that produced the edition honored by the association were chief editor Ruby Au, poetry editors Tirza Thebert and Savannah Fitzpatrick, prose editors Mary McLean and Nora Gardner, art editors Veronica Nawojczyk and Tia Campbell and publicity editors Raygene Parks and Simone Branon.

In the middle school division, the student publication award winners were Raleigh’s Martin Middle School’s “Illusions” in first place and, in second place, “Cougar Voice” from Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School.

High schools open to prospective students

Wake County schools are starting to have their information sessions for prospective students and their parents.

Sanderson High School: Sanderson will hold an open house for rising ninth-graders on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the auditorium of the school, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh.

Millbrook High School: Millbrook will hold a magnet curriculum fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19, at the school, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Families and students will have a chance to speak with Millbrook staff, including administrators, teachers and magnet coordinators, and learn about subject-specific courses and pathways.

Wakefield High School: Wakefield will hold an open house and curriculum fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the school, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. Both campuses will be open. Rising ninth-grade parents and students should report to Wakefield Ninth Grade Center, 931 Durham Road, Wake Forest, for a presentation first. All other students and parents should report to main campus.

Broughton High School: Broughton will hold a parent registration meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the school, 723 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. A registration meeting for parents of rising ninth-graders is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Youth Legislative Assembly

The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the N.C. Department of Administration will accept applications through Monday, Feb. 18, for the 43rd annual Youth Legislative Assembly scheduled from Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17, in Raleigh.

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

YLA is an opportunity for North Carolina high school students to write, debate and vote on bills and share their views with legislators and other state government officials. Following procedures used by members of the N.C. General Assembly, participants will work in one of 10 committees before gathering for general sessions.

The cost is $135 per student staying four to a room or $175 per student staying two to a room. The fee covers the hotel for two nights, five meals, a T-shirt and conference materials. Fees must be included with the application and will increase after Feb. 18. Written notice of acceptance or denial of registration will be provided by March 1.

For a registration form, visit www.doa.state.nc.us and search Youth Legislative Assembly. For more information, contact Cynthia Giles at 919-807-4400 or cynthia.giles@doa.nc.gov.

Registration open at School of Grace

Registration is open at The School of Grace, a parent participatory preschool serving children ages 6 months through 5 years. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit www.schoolofgrace.com or call 919-787-4740.

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.

Brains and Bodies Award

Advocates for Health in Action is seeking applicants for its Brains and Bodies Award, which recognizes individual Wake schools working to improve the health of students and staff. AHA will give awards in three areas: policy/systems, employee wellness and student wellness.

To apply, visit www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 11.

2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour

Wake Electric is seeking high school juniors to apply for a $1,000 college scholarship for college, plus a free trip to Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 14-21.

Students who win the two North Carolina spots will join 1,500 students from across the country to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the U.S. government. Students also visit historic sites and meet with congressional leaders. Winners will create podcasts and digital photo projects while learning about renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change legislation that face their communities and nation.

Applicants do not have to live in households served by Wake Electric to win, but they must live in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance or Wake counties. To download an application, visit Wake Electric’s website at www.wemc.com/youthtours.aspx. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. For more information, visit www.youthtour.coop.

Wake Electric accepting scholarship applications

Students can apply for Wake Electric scholarships through March 29.

The Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship, for $2,000, will be awarded to the top candidate selected by an independent judging panel. Applicants must be high school graduating seniors who are children of or under legal guardianship of a Wake Electric member or live in a home served by Wake Electric. They must then pursue a four-year undergraduate baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution in North Carolina.

Wake Electric will also award 16 scholarships of $1,250 each, the Touchstone Energy Scholarships. These scholarships are not limited to recent high school graduates, and may be used at one of the state’s community colleges, vocational or technical schools, as well as at a four-year college.

Applications are available at www.wemc.com/scholarships.aspx and must be received in the office by 5 p.m. March 29. For more information, contact communications@wemc.com or 919-863-6312.

Short fiction scholarship contest

The Wade Edwards Short Fiction scholarship contest is open to high school juniors through May 1.

The annual competition, administered and supported by the N.C. English Teachers Association and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, is sponsored by the Wade Edwards Foundation.

The three scholarships, along with a gift to the first-place winner’s English department, total $10,000. For the first time this year, each of the eight NCETA regions will select a winner to receive a $500 scholarship. The first five entries from each region will also receive a $50 gift card. Students from all schools – public, private, charter and home schools – are encouraged to submit their writing.

For more information and an entry form, go to www.wade.org.