Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Feb. 24

Students win aviation art contest

Two students from Pleasant Union Elementary School in Raleigh earned honors in the junior category of the 2013 N.C. Aviation Art Contest held by the NCDOT.

Lilly Aleman, 8, finished second with an image of a flying hot air balloon. C.J. Weaver, 9, placed third with an image of a flying car.

Their paintings are among seven that will represent the state in a national contest.

GRACE spellers headed to regional

Four students from GRACE Christian School took top honors at the ACSI District 3 Spelling Bee on Feb. 8, held at the Raleigh school.

Morgan Duer, eighth grade; Sami Lane, seventh grade; Ryan Kelley, seventh grade; and Timothy Edwards, sixth grade, will go to the regional competition in Atlanta.

The top four winners in that bee will be eligible to compete in the ACSI National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

Academy students earn writing honors

Four Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy students are winners in the 2013 Young Authors’ Project of the N.C. Reading Association.

Audrey Payne, Jada Smith, Isabella Baker and Anna Wolff will be published in the 2013 Young Authors anthology, “Play that Game!” The students will be honored along with their families at the State Young Authors Celebration on March 9 at the Civic Center in Raleigh.

Teacher Karyn Gloden serves as a NCRA state officer. She invited her first semester students to submit articles for the competition. Judges selected winners from thousands of entries across North Carolina for the publication.

Parent Academy class on transitioning

A Parent Academy workshop on Transitioning: From Elementary to Middle to High is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

Future workshop topics will include keeping children safe at school, life in the digital world, 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.

High schools choral concert

An annual high school choral concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh. The choirs of Athens Drive, Millbrook, Sanderson and Southeast Raleigh Magnet high schools will perform. The N.C. State University Chorale will present the finale. The program is free and open to the public.

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 third 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 d’oeuvres, 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.

Gifts of Gold Arts Celebration

More than 100 Wake County students will be represented in the 20th annual Gifts of Gold arts celebration as part of the Pieces of Gold performing arts extravaganza. The artwork will be on display March 12-13 in the lobby of Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. An awards ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Memorial Auditorium.

Local winning artists, their teachers and schools are:

Third Place Elementary School: Tanvi Komaragiri, Sonya Drum, Washington Elementary

First Place Middle School: Lauren Matsumura, Elizabeth Rawls, Carnage Middle

Third Place Middle School: Kayla Davis, Ann Foster, Dillard Drive Middle

First Place High School: Kevin Lee, Farrall Hilton, Athens Drive High

Second Place High School: Brennan Lewis, Susan Euler, Enloe High

Second Place 3-D Art: Nhyla Bryant, Terry McManus, Harris Creek Year Round Elementary

Third Place 3-D Art: Anna Edstrom, Ray Puckett, Enloe High.

Images of the winning artwork and a complete list of student participants are available at www.raleighnc.gov/arts/content/CityMgrArts/Articles/GiftsOfGold.html.

The 2013 Gifts of Gold presentation is a collaboration of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Wake County Public School System and the Wake Education Partnership. For more information contact Belva Parker, program director for the arts commission, at 919-996-4683 or belva.parker@raleighnc.gov.

College fair

The National College Fair of Greater Raleigh is set for 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. The free event will give students a chance to meet with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions. Register before the fair to save time that day at www.gotomyncf.com.

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.