Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, May 1

St. Timothy’s student wins essay contest

Caroline Vanyo, a seventh-grader at St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh, won first place in the American History Essay Contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Vanyo and her essay on Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence took first on the state and divisional levels. She will go on to compete at the national level.

National Achievement scholarships awarded

Four Wake public schools students earned 2013 National Achievement scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Brian J. Brooks of Millbrook Magnet High received a National Achievement scholarship, a $2,000 annual award renewable as he meets requirements during his undergraduate years. Brooks was among 800 black American high school seniors to earn achievement scholarships.

One-time National Achievement $2,500 scholarships were awarded to Kai A. Purnell of Enloe Magnet High, Duane E. Barksdale of Leesville Road High and Chloe M. McIntosh of Wakefield High.

The three students were among 700 recipients of the $2,500 Scholarships. The program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 to honor scholastically talented black American youth.

Moss wins National Merit scholarship

Alex Moss of Wake Forest-Rolesville High won a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

She was one of about 1,000 students to win corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Moss received a National Merit Walgreen Company Scholarship.

Ravenscroft students in district band

Several students from The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh were chosen to participate in this year’s Central District All-District Band clinics and concerts.

Participating in the Middle School Concert Band was Robbie Deckelbaum on tuba and Zachary Murphy on French horn. Andrew Williams was chosen as first alternate for timpani. All are in eighth grade.

Junior Jessica Kittelberger was chosen for the grades 9-12 Symphonic Band on timpani and was named first alternate for snare drum. It was her fifth consecutive year being chosen for the All-District clinic. Sophomore Kyle Pelton was named first alternate on trombone in the Symphonic Band.

Sophomore Stephanie Wiehe on trumpet and freshman Cory Carr on oboe were chosen for the grades 9-10 Wind Ensemble. Cory placed second chair for oboe.

Carnival at Millbrook Elementary

A spring carnival is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Millbrook Elementary Magnet School, 150 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The event will feature food, games, prizes, raffles and a rock wall. The cost is $10. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-264-6469.

Wake Forest Elementary events

The following events will be held at Wake Forest Elementary, 136 W. Sycamore Ave., Wake Forest:

Spring fling and food truck rodeo: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3. The event will also feature raffles, a dunk tank, cake walk, inflatables and a silent auction.

Spring concert: The choir will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the auditorium.

Meet in the Street: The choir will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, on the family stage at South Taylor and Brooks streets.

For more information, visit www.wfepta.org.

Raleigh Thales to hold K-5 tour

Thales Academy will hold a tour for grades K-5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at 8151 Town Drive, Raleigh. For more information, go to www.thalesacademy.org.

Trinity Academy to hold K-12 tour

Trinity Academy of Raleigh will hold a tour for grades K-12 at 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, at 10224 Baileywick Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.trinityacademy.com.

Teen to Adulthood to discuss education options

The Arc of Wake County will hold a Teen to Adulthood session on Post-secondary Education Options at Wake Tech from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Millbrook Exchange Community Center, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The group is for parents who want to learn about transition services and issues for teens and young adults with disabilities. For more information, call 919-832-8660.

Leadership forum for young men, mentors

The Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy will hold a forum titled Building Future Leaders from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh. The forum is for young men attending high school in Wake County and their fathers or male role models. The forum will focus on local, state and national issues facing young men and leadership skill development. Guest speakers include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Director of Transportation Anthony Tata and State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson. Registration is required by Saturday, May 11, at www.tinyurl.com/csn3stk. For more information, contact Amy Policastro Schroeder at 919-431-2261 or aschroeder@wcpss.net.

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.

Millbrook High School

Citizenship Preparation, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, May 21-July 30, free

Introduction to Korean, 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 20-July 22, $150

Korean Conversation, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $150

French Beginning Part 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

French Beginning Part 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $90

Sanderson High School

Cooking With Summer’s Bounty, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 20-July 15, $100

Easy & Elegant Chicken Dinners, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, $45

Dinner and a Movie, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 21-July 9, $100

Cook’s Tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 18, $100

Ballroom Dance Certification Rhythm Prep I, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, May 20-July 29, $600

Yoga & Flexibility, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $50

Zumba with Candis, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $40

Strength Training Basics – Fit to Be 50+, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 29-June 24, $65

French Beginning Part 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $90

Voice: A Community Singing Class, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $90

Special Event Planning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 2, $90

Introduction to Professional Acting and Auditioning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 30-July 25, $90

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.