Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, March 17

Presidential Scholar candidates named

Several local students have been named candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

They were among 3,000 seniors nationwide chosen for the program, which will select 500 semifinalists in April. One male and one female student from each state will be named finalists, receiving the Presidential Scholars Medallion and an invitation to Washington, D.C., in June for a ceremony and activities with elected officials. Students are selected on the basis of academic and artistic achievements, leadership, character and involvement in community and school activities.

Here are the candidates from our area, listed by hometown:

Raleigh: William H. Ge, Jason Y. Liang and Emmalee M. Todd of N.C. School of Science and Mathematics; Alexander R. Hudson, Broughton High School; Rita Meganck, Athens Drive High School; Shobana S. Subramanian, Raleigh Charter High School; Akil Guruparan, Enloe High School.

Wake Forest: Hannah Moyles, Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Ravenscroft students take engineering honors

Students from Ravenscroft School took first place and two honorable mentions in an engineering competition sponsored by Vernier.

Top honors went to Mollie Ducoste and Rashaad Ratliff, who created a virtual trombone using software and motion detectors. Honorable mentions were awarded to Andrew Wiehe and Chase Duncan for their maze-solving light sensor and Carr Walker and Thomas Sigmon for their virtual cornhole game. Student used Vernier products and software to create their projects.

First-place student winners will receive a cash award, Ravenscroft will receive Vernier products, and the students’ teacher, Mr. Nelson Nunalee, will be invited to attend an engineering education conference.

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. Almost 200 colleges will attend. The event will also include several workshops that touch on topics such as financial aid and planning for college. 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. The 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.

Parent Academy class on preparing for EOGs

A Parent Academy workshop on preparation for end-of-grade testing is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with strategies they can use to help their children feel at ease when taking the EOGs.

Future workshop topics will include 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.

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.

Parent Academy class on literacy support

A Parent Academy workshop on at-home literacy support is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will discuss the sophisticated reading comprehension skills needed at middle and high school levels.

Future workshop topics will include dealing with bullying, the special education process and supporting academic growth during the summer break. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

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.

Parent Academy class on bullying

A Parent Academy workshop on how to identify bullying and protect your child against it is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with information related to the definition of bullying, warning signs of bullying and strategies for bullying prevention. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Parent Academy class on special education

A Parent Academy workshop on special education is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will address the evaluation process and how teachers monitor progress on a child’s goals. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Teen Poetry Contest through libraries

Wake libraries’ annual Teen Poetry Contest will run through April 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit as many as three original poems. A winner will be chosen in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade, and 11th-12th grade. Winners will be announced in early May, when they will be honored with a reception and a trophy. For online submissions and entry guidelines, go to www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids. For more information, contact Judy Packer 919-387-4311.

Parent Academy class on summer academic growth

A Parent Academy workshop on supporting academic growth during the summer break is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with educational ideas and information about summer camps. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

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.

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