Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, March 10

Poetry Out Loud names county winner

Emily DeMaioNewton of Raleigh was named the 2013 Wake County Poetry Out Loud champion.

Emily, a junior at Wakefield High School, recited “More Lies” by Karin Gotsball and “The Affliction of Richard” by Robert Bridges at the district competition in January. She will compete in the state Poetry Out Loud competition in Greensboro later this month.

Poetry Out Loud, a national contest supported by the N.C. Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, advocates learning about poetry and encourages public speaking skills.

Emily is the daughter of Dan and Sandy DeMaioNewton.

American Public University System event

The American Public University System will hold a community event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, at The Oxford, 319-105 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. This event is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the university’s programs. Admission is free, but registration is required at degrees.apu.apus.edu/2013-03-11-Raleigh-RSVP.html.

Lifelong Learning

The Wake school system will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Leesville High School

Spanish Conversation With PowerPoints, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13-April 24, $73

Sanderson High School

Taco Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, $45

Fun With Oil Painting, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 12-April 30, $125

Action Drawing, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13-May 1, $90

Home Energy – Where the Dollars Go, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 25-April 1, $110

Mama Mia!, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, $45

Brains and Bodies Award deadline

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.

Parent Academy class on the digital world

A Parent Academy workshop on life in the digital world is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Wake schools policy and federal legislation mandate many Internet safety procedures for the school system. Do you have strategies for protecting your child at home and in the community? Leading your child to become a discriminating user of the Internet will enhance your child’s performance as a researcher and learner.

Future workshop topics will include planning for college, preparing for end-of-grade testing, dealing with bullying, the special education process and support for teen literacy. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

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.

Free workshop on student physical activity

Advocates for Health in Action will hold a free workshop for parents, teachers and administrators from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Family Life Center of Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh.

The workshop, Get Moving: Physical Activity Rocks!, will focus on ways to incorporate structured activity into the K-12 school day beyond P.E. class.

Registration is required at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.

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 offering scholarships

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.

Sanderson student technology showcase

Sanderson High School will hold its third annual student technology showcase from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Sanderson High School library, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh.

Students will present technology-based projects such as Prezi, Photo Story, BuildaBook, Turning Point, Edmodo and Wordle.

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.