Archive for April, 2010


Sanderson Honored for Sportsmanship

Sanderson High School will be honored at the NC High School Athletic Association Annual Meeting on May 6 at the Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus.

Sanderson High is the winner of the 2010 Sportsmanship Award. The school will receive a trophy and a banner for display as well as a $1000 cash award.

The award is given as a cooperative venture among the NCHSAA, the North Carolina Coaches Association and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association.

The sportsmanship honor is designed to recognize a school that has been ejection free, has a plan to promote and implement good sportsmanship, is welcoming to visiting fans, makes appropriate accommodations for officials and their own fans demonstrate good sportsmanship.

Sanderson has long promoted sportsmanship, as the athletic department has awarded a Sportsmanship Award to one male and female student-athlete in their program who best exemplifies good sportsmanship for the last 42 years. The school advertises and posts a list of spectator “do’s and don’ts” at Sanderson athletic events, public address announcers read a sportsmanship message before contests and an appeal to good sportsmanship is found in the Sanderson souvenir program.

The school also works to create a welcoming environment for officials working the game as well as visiting teams who come there to play.

The process of selection for the award is a multi-tiered one, including nominations and feedback from schools to select finalists, and then the finalists submitted applications with specific information relative to their potential award.

Enloe Coach Honored at NCHSAA Hall of Fame Ceremonies

Enloe High School swimming coach Vickie Peoples is one of the seven sports leaders inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in the banquet and induction ceremonies held last Saturday at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill

Peoples was honored for her years of work in developing Enloe High into one of the state’s top programs in swimming and diving.

The NCHSAA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to high school athletics in North Carolina. This marks the 23rd induction class for the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, which now numbers 125. Each new inductee will be introduced by a special video presentation and will receive a commemorative NCHSAA Hall of Fame ring in honor of the induction.

GlaxoSmithKline provided an initial gift to help underwrite the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, enabling it to honor individuals who have spent a lifetime in education. It is one of the most prestigious accolades the NCHSAA offers.

Two Wake Early College Teachers Selected for Howard Hughes Teachers Workshop

Wake Early College of Health and Science teachers Tiffany LaCroix and Kevin Miller have been invited to participate in the Howard Hughes Teachers Workshop at Duke University.

The summer 2010 Workshop, “Integrating the Quantitative and Life Sciences” will be held from Sunday, June 20 through Friday, June 25 at Duke University.

During the five-day summer workshop, biology or environmental science teachers will be paired with 6 AP calculus, statistics, or honors precalculus teachers to develop curricular units emphasizing the power of mathematical modeling to address biological questions. To maximize the impact of the materials developed during the workshop, workshop participants will return to their school districts to serve as peer leaders and lead workshops on this concept.

The workshop is provided through the Undergraduate Research Support Office at Duke University.

Wake Forest-Rolesville Student Chosen for D.C. Tour

Wake Forest Rolesville High junior Clay Long has been selected by Wake Electric to attend the 2010 Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June.

Long is a member of the National Honor Society and a staff writer for Wake Forest-Rolesville High newspaper, The Forest Fire. He plays saxophone in advanced band and is Junior Class President.

Long will join nearly 1,500 students from across the U.S. for a one-week all expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital. He will also receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

As part of the NC delegation, Long will visit historic sites and spend time with congressional leaders. Students will create podcasts and digital photo projects as they learn about electric cooperatives and discuss issues in energy and climate change legislation that face their communities and the nation.

To learn more about the youth tour, visit The youth tour is funded through voluntary member and employee donations to Operation Round-Up. Wake Electric is a non-profit electric utility serving 34,000 members in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

Thanks to Principal Tina Hoots for sharing this story with GotNews.

Enloe Students Earn Honors at NC Science Olympiad

Enloe Magnet High’s Science Olympiad team placed third among more than 400 teams in the State Science Olympiad held at N.C. State University on April 24. Nearly every member of the 18-student competing team won at least one medal.

Here are some of the highlights:

Mia de los Reyes and Mark Greenfield won a gold medal in Astronomy

Angela Ning and Viju Matthew won a gold medal in Anatomy

Melissa Chan and Mia de los Reyes won a silver medal in Ecology

Ivan Kuznetsov and Calvin Deng won silver in Remote Sensing

Bronze medals were awarded to

Angela Ning and Krishan Sivaraj in Food Science

Sainath Asokan and Krishan Sivaraj in Ornithology

Jasmine Huang and Angela Ning in Flying Bird (their model flew 36 seconds!)

Enloe’s team had five Seniors, six Juniors, three Sophomores, and four Freshmen.

Students Melissa Chan, Sainath Asokan, Angela Ning, Arjun Bhattacharya, and Arnand Kornepati are the coaches of the Enloe team.

Thanks to Principal Beth Cochran and teacher Vonnie Hicks for sharing this story.

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Wendell Middle Student Earns Top-5 in National Chess Tournament

Wendell Middle School student Cheri Agner tied for 4th/5th in the 12-years old and under category, at the 2010 All-Girls National Chess Championships, held on April 16-18 at Columbus, Ohio.

On her way to claiming the fifth-place trophy in the 38-player U12 section, Agner won her games against Sydney Morris of Alabama, Ronavia McMillian of New York, Isabel Gellert from Tennessee, and Mariah MacGreen from New York, and had one game lost to Shivani Shanmugadas of New Jersey.

Agner is an active scholastic chess player in the Raleigh/Durham chess community. Prior to this tournament, she recently won 1st place at the Raleigh Russian School Scholastic Tournament, held March 20 in Raleigh. She practiced chess daily for more than one hour for a month in preparation for the tournament.

The national tournament was presented by the Kasparov Chess Foundation in association with the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and was held in conjunction with the 2010 National High School Chess Championships.

The event drew 210 scholastic girl chess players from across the country. The competition presented a $68,000 Academic Distinction scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas to the winner of the U18 section.

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Broughton Automotive Students Honored by Valvoline

Broughton High School’s Automotive Service Technology students won a national competition sponsored by Valvoline Motor Oil. Their Grand Prize was to have the students’ names written on the hood of the Number 17 Valvoline car that ran at Talledega on Sunday, April 25th. The car was driven by Matt Kenseth. Instructor Ricky Brantley says that his students are “really excited” to watch the race and see their names on the hood of the Valvoline car. Students participating are in the Automotive Service Technology classes Level I, II, and III at Broughton; the majority of the students are members of the Broughton Transportation Academy.

Thanks to Karen Padgett, coordinator of the Broughton Transportation Academy, for sharing this story with GotNews.

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Two Orchestras in Two Locations Perform Together

Ligon Magnet Middle Orchestra teacher Ruth Johnsen created a happening earlier this month for her students.

Johnsen with the help of Ligon Arts Boosters commissioned an original musical composition for two orchestras to perform together, recruited a fellow orchestra teacher at the NC School of Science and Math and performed the music earlier this month.

The orchestras performed in their own auditoriums and pumped the video and audio of the other group into their auditorium so they could perform together.

Click to listen to Two Orchestras in Two Locations Perform Together Online

This is a 13.5 minute mp3 file

WCPSS Teacher Named 2010 Driver’s Ed Teacher of the Year

WCPSS teacher William Powell was recognized as the North Carolina Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association‘s (NCDTSEA) 2010 Teacher of the Year at the annual NCDTSEA conference awards ceremony held April 17 in Charlotte.

WCPSS Senior Administrator for Athletics/Driver Education Bobby Guthrie says Powell will:

  • represent North Carolina at the 2010 ADTSEA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • be recognized as one of the 2010 ADTSEA Teacher of Excellence Award winners.
  • receive a commemorative plaque and a $250.00 check from AAA at a special ceremony.
  • be recognized at a recognition luncheon.
  • receive from ADTSEA a voucher for his conference registration
  • and receive $1,000.00 toward the expenses from NCDTSEA for attending the 2010 ADTSEA National Conference.

Powell is a teacher at North Garner Middle School.

Broughton High Teacher Is Fulbright-Hays Winner

Broughton High French teacher Richard Dubois is one of 16 teachers from across the nation chosen as a recipient of a Hays-Fulbright Summer Seminar in Senegal. Participants will spend the month of July in Africa studying Senegalese culture, including a familiarity with the country’s history, religion, politics, educational systems, and art forms such as music, dance, film and literature.

The trip is administered by the Fulbright Commission for the U.S. Department of Education.

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