Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, May 5

Five seniors to attend Boys State

Wake Forest American Legion Post 187 will sponsor five rising seniors to the American Legion Tar Heel Boys State session June 16-22 at Catawba College in Salisbury. The seniors are Allen Tirado, Franklin Academy; Jyota Sasnishi, Wake Forest-Rolesville High; Douglas Pluta, Enloe High; Drake Kuntzleman, Wake Forest-Rolesville High; and Jonathan Coby, Heritage High.

Boys State is a weeklong program designed to educate the delegates in the structure of North Carolina government and its political processes. The objective is reached through classroom lecture, role-playing and a visit to the General Assembly.

Alex Moss wins National Merit scholarship

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

He 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.

Students earn honors in speech contest

Students from Lakewood Montessori Middle School recently earned honors at a speech contest on the topic A Person who has Overcome.

Cordelia Gilligan took first place, Sarah Staehle took second and Jackie Keul took third. Each winner will receive a trophy, and their names will be engraved on the school’s speech contest plaque. Gold award pins were also given to the nine ranking finalists: Katie Baxter, Javier Aguilar, Julio Almos, Leo Rangel-Jimenez, Eric Wennerstrom and Katja Weber.

The speech contest was sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization.

Ravenscroft teacher wins engineering contest

Nelson Nunalee, who teaches at Ravenscroft School, was named one of the winners of the 2013 Vernier Engineering Contest.

The contest rewards creative teaching that uses Vernier sensors and National Instruments LabVIEW software.

Nunalee and a group of Ravenscroft engineering students used the software and sensors and applied mathematical functions, critical thinking and problem-solving to create a working demonstration of a virtual trombone.

For more information about the 2013 Engineer Contest, visit www.vernier.com/grants/labview/2013-winners.

Rotary scholarships

Miaya Alston, a student at Millbrook High School, and Daniel Willey, a student at Sanderson High School, have received the Alex Wilson Award from the Rotary Club of North Raleigh.

The scholarship is in memory of Alex Wilson, who helped form North Raleigh Rotary. The award winners typically are involved in volunteer activities in their communities and are recommended by their schools’ guidance counselors.

Raleigh Thales 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 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.

Summer camp open house

An open house for an academic summer camp will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Institute of Math and Computer Science of N.C., 10224 Baileywick Road, Raleigh. The day camp is for students entering grades 3-8 and will feature electronics, virtual robotics and logic puzzles. For more information, call 919-786-0246.

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.

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Eligible teachers include public school K-12 working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

• Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. To apply, visit call 919-863-6312 or visit



• Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process. For details, visit