Students build and race solar cars
Sixth-graders at the Triangle Math and Science Academy in Raleigh worked in teams to build and race cars powered by solar panels as they learned about renewable energy and conservation.
Members of the race’s first-place team were Ethan Godwin, Bram Lovelace, Srisheel Gunnisetti and Alec Lee. They will represent the school in the Energy Whiz Olympics in Orlando in May. The second-place team was Ananyaa Sundar, Shalini Subramanian, Sam Sapkota and Rishika Gaddam. They will compete in an Energy Whiz Olympics event in Virginia, also in May.
The students, whose cars demonstrated what they had learned about energy conversion, are taught by Isa Pamuk.
Raleigh student wins mural contest
Sue Zhang, an Athens Drive High School student and Raleigh resident, won a mural design contest for Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 4035 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. The contest was open to students from three area high schools.
Zhang’s design will be turned into a mural for the Marketplace at Lake Boone yogurt shop.
Local students travel to leadership conference
Local students Ahamefule Ifeanyichukwu Anyanwu Jr. and Joseph Kyle Williamson were selected to attend a leadership conference in Washington, D.C., during the weekend of the presidential inauguration.
Williamson is a Millbrook High School sophomore, and Anyanwu is a Wakefield High senior.
During the five-day conference, students were to hear keynote speakers Condoleezza Rice and Gen. Wesley Clark, as well as attend the inauguration. High School Inaugural Scholars also had opportunities to interact with historians, political experts and leading decision-makers to discuss campaign strategy and presidential politics.
For more information on the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference, go to www.inauguralscholar.com/hs.
Registration open at School of Grace
Registration is open at The School of Grace, a parent participatory preschool serving children ages 6 months through 5 years. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit www.schoolofgrace.com or call 919-787-4740.
The Franciscan School open house
The Franciscan School will hold its winter open house from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at 10000 Saint Francis Drive, Raleigh. The Franciscan School offers a fully accredited educational program for students from kindergarten to eighth grade on a traditional school calendar. The school is a ministry of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi and a member of the Diocese of Raleigh. For more information or to schedule a campus tour, visit www.franciscanschool.org or call 919-847-8205.
Benson Memorial UMC Preschool open house
Benson Memorial United Methodist Church Preschool will hold an open house from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4706 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-781-3310.
Research Triangle High open house
Research Triangle High School will hold an open house for rising ninth-graders at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the school, 10 Park Drive, Durham. RTHS is a STEM and liberal arts public charter high school that draws on the experience and resources of the Research Triangle Park companies. For more information, visit www.researchtrianglehighschool.org.
High schools open to prospective students
Wake County schools are starting to have their information sessions for prospective students and their parents.
Broughton High School: Broughton will hold parent registration meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 27, at the school, 723 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Registration meetings for parents of rising ninth-graders are set for 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 28.
Leesville Road High School: Leesville Road will hold an open house for rising ninth-graders and their parents to meet teachers and talk about classes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the school, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Current students will have a chance to learn more about AP class offerings for next year.
Sanderson High School: Sanderson will hold an open house for rising ninth-graders on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the auditorium of the school, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh.
Millbrook High School: Millbrook will hold a magnet curriculum fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19, at the school, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Families and students will have a chance to speak with Millbrook staff, including administrators, teachers and magnet coordinators, and learn about subject-specific courses and pathways.
Wakefield High School: Wakefield will hold an open house and curriculum fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the school, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. Both campuses will be open. Rising ninth-grade parents and students should report to Wakefield Ninth Grade Center, 931 Durham Road, Wake Forest, for a presentation first. All other students and parents should report to main campus.
Asbury Preschool registration
Asbury Preschool will hold its general public preschool registration on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the school, 6612 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Asbury Preschool is a half-day, NAEYC accredited and 5 star-licensed program and a ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church. For more information, visit asburyraleigh.org/preschool or call 919-846-4773 for a tour.
Home school conference
Heart for Home School Ministries will hold its annual winter conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at Church of the Holy Cross, 2301 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The event will include workshops for students and well-known speakers along the theme of Back to Basics. For more information or to register, go to www.heartforhomeschool.org, call 919-872-2782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifelong Learning programs
The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For more information, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.
Millbrook High School
Personal Computer and Windows Introduction – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27, $85.
Desktop Publishing with Word – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7-28, $85.
Sanderson High School
Easy and Elegant Fish and Seafood – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, $45.
The Basics of eBay and Online Selling – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, $50.
Preparation Course for CFC Certification – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 13-27. $125.
Confucius Says – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, $45.
You Had Me at Chocolate – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, $45.
Guitar Made Fun and Easy – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, Feb. 4-28, $65.
Next Level Guitar – 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, Feb. 4-28, $65.
Youth Legislative Assembly
The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the N.C. Department of Administration will accept applications through Monday, Feb. 18, for the 43rd annual Youth Legislative Assembly scheduled from Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17, in Raleigh.
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
YLA is an opportunity for North Carolina high school students to write, debate and vote on bills and share their views with legislators and other state government officials. Following procedures used by members of the N.C. General Assembly, participants will work in one of 10 committees before gathering for general sessions.
The cost is $135 per student staying four to a room or $175 per student staying two to a room. The fee covers the hotel for two nights, five meals, a T-shirt and conference materials. Fees must be included with the application and will increase after Feb. 18. Written notice of acceptance or denial of registration will be provided by March 1.
Scholarships for children of veterans
The N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs offers college scholarships to children of N.C. war veterans. The application deadline is March 1. Interested students should contact their local Veterans Service Office by visiting www.doa.nc.gov/vets/locations.
Brains and Bodies Award
Advocates for Health in Action is seeking applicants to apply 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.
Wake Electric accepting scholarship applications
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.
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.