Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Feb. 17

Students give back on day off

Carew Bridges, Matt Wacenske and Michael Shulby, seniors at Cardinal Gibbons High School, and Raven McNulty, a student at The Chef’s Academy, spent a recent day off from school volunteering with Project Sunshine at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Project Sunshine is a nonprofit that provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges. Michael Shulby is President of the Triangle Chapter of Project Sunshine.

The group helped the children assemble mailboxes to hold the many Valentine’s Day cards they would soon receive from family, friends, nurses and doctors.

“It’s a great feeling to have helped these children and their families feel better, if only for a short time. We had fun together,” Shulby said.

“If I can make their day brighter, my day will be brighter,” said Wacenske.

Louisburg College student honored

Guadalupe Fabiola Duran Maya was recently inducted into Louisburg’s College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. Guadalupe is the daughter of Jose Maya, and is a graduate of Athens Drive High School.

Parent Academy class on English courses

A Parent Academy workshop on English Language Arts Common Core for K-12 students is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

Future workshop topics will include keeping children safe at school, life in the digital world, transitioning to the next grade level, planning for college, preparing for end-of-grade testing, dealing with bullying and support for teen literacy.

Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Thales Academy tour in Raleigh

Thales Academy will offer a tour of its Raleigh K-5 school from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8151 Town Drive, Raleigh. For more information, go to www.thalesacademy.org.

High schools open to prospective students

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

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.

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.

Comedy Night for marching band

The 3rd annual Comedy Night to benefit Wake Forest-Rolesville High School’s marching band is set for 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Tuxedo Junction. The bands’ needs are greater this year because of the dropping of Rolesville from the school’s name. The event will include comics Tom Keller and Andy Forrester, music from the band, hors douevres, a cash bar, auctions and a raffle. Tickets are $25. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, call 919-562-2246 or email comedynighttickets@gmail.com.

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.