Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, March 13

Author Lerangis visits Daniels Middle

Young adult novelist Peter Lerangis visited sixth-graders at Daniels Middle School on Feb. 12 as a stop on his tour to promote recently released “Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises.”

He shared with students how he came up with ideas for his books, for example, an abandoned New York City subway station set the scene for his book “Last Stop.” He asked himself “What if the doors open at this ghost station? What if….”

Lerangis, a Harvard grad with a degree in biochemistry, pulled from his background of being a former Broadway musical theater actor to present an animated PowerPoint titled The Incredible True Life Story of a Writer. He showed a brief history of comical baby photos and answered the popular question: “How did you become a writer?” He showed first draft pages of a manuscript, explained editor’s marks and shared this pearl of wisdom, “Be friends with everybody.” Among his classmates at Harvard were Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Lerangis is the author of three books in the popular “39 Clues” series.

St. Timothy’s students take writing honors

Caroline Konrad and Grace Patton of Raleigh, both sixth-graders at St. Timothy School, were recently recognized at the regional awards ceremony for the Young Authors writing competition.

The topic for this year’s Young Authors competition, which is sponsored by the International Reading Association, was Play That Game.

Grace’s essay was one of 12 entries from Wake County to also be selected as a state winner. State winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Barton College honors artists

Local Gold Key winners in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards were honored at a ceremony last month at Barton College, the national awards program’s sponsor for the Eastern/Central N.C. region.

The Barton College Award went to Aliza Weintraub, a senior at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh. The N.C. Art Education Association Award was given to Christina Gibbons, a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. Blair Torres, also a Cardinal Gibbons senior, earned the N.C. Student Excellence Award. She was also one of five nominees for the American Vision Award (Best of Show).

The Emerging Vision Award went to Ally Majestic, an eighth-grader at Cardinal Gibbons, and Blick Art Materials donated a $200 merchandise voucher to her teacher, Michael Burroughs, as part of the award.

The honorees’ artwork was displayed at Barton College, in Wilson, for most of February. The regional winners’ work next will be judged in New York for the national level of the competition.

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.

Parent Academy class on college planning

A Parent Academy workshop on life in the digital world is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. This free workshop will go over college admission, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and when to start the planning process.

Future workshop topics will include 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.

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.

Scholarship for students with disabilities

Students can apply for Mayor’s Committee scholarships through May 31. The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to students with disabilities.

Applicants must be residents of Raleigh and must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate post-secondary school, college, trade school or other institution of higher learning. The recipients will be chosen based on academic performance, financial need, character, school and community activities, honors or awards, and the ability to express themselves in an essay.

To download an application, visit www.raleighnc.gov and search “mayor’s committee.” For more information, contact Cathey Ector at 919-996-6100 or cathey.ector@raleighnc.gov.