Archive for May, 2011


Garner Magnet High Journalists Report on Scotty’s Visit

The Renrag is the online student newspaper at Garner Magnet High. In the May 26 edition, the students report on senior’s plans for the future, provide a few photos from the school prom and report on Scotty McCreery’s visit back to his school en route to winning American Idol. The visit is captured in a page 10 article, Scotty Comes Home and Puts Garner on the Map. Scotty posed for photos with Principal Drew Cook and the school  chorus led by teacher Meredith Covington Clayton. You can read the Renrag online here.

Holly Springs High Girls Play for NCHSAA State Softball Championships

Holly Springs High will meet Clayton High at 5 p.m., Friday, June 3 on Field 1 at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh in game one of the NCHSAA state fast-pitch softball championship.

The opening rounds pair Eastern representatives against Eastern representatives and West against West in a double-elimination format championship on Friday and Saturday.

Here is the full schedule:

Holly Springs (22-1) vs. Clayton (16-9), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field 1)

Alexander Central (28-1) vs. North Davidson (27-1), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field 2)

Winners’ bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 1)

Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 2)

Losers’ bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 1)

Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 1); if needed, a second game will follow at 4 pm 

This will mark the 18th annual fast pitch championships and the 38th year for NCHSAA softball. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the host city sponsors.

Holly Springs High Boys Play for NCHSAA State Baseball Championships

Holly Springs High will meet TC Roberson High at 8 p.m., Friday, June 3 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon in game one of the NCHSAA state baseball championship.

Holly Springs High and TC Roberson High will play a best two-of-three series. They are the Eastern and Western champions from a field of 64 schools that initially qualified for playoffs.

Here is the full schedule:

Game 1: Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m.;

Game 2: Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm;

Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 1-A)

This will be the 95th annual NCHSAA Baseball Championships. Tickets are eight dollars per game at the gate. Tickets may be purchased in advance on line for seven dollars. Parking at Five County Stadium will be three dollars per car.

The tournament is sponsored by Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Leesville Road Wins NCHSAA State 4-A Women’s Soccer Championship

Leesville Road High shut out Ardrey Kell High 3-0 on Friday night in the NC High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s soccer championship game at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Senior midfielder Rachel Hunter was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship. She scored the first goal for Leesville Road in the 20th minute, just prior to a lightning delay, and Leesville Road made that hold up for a 1-0 halftime advantage.  

Caroline Gentry tallied in the 47th minute to put Leesville Road ahead 2-0, and then midfielder Kellie Baker put the game on ice just over five minutes later with a goal for the 3-0 final.

The game started late due to inclement weather and then the 2-A championship played prior to it going to penalty kicks, so along with a 45-minute lightning delay in the first half  the game did not end until right at midnight.

This year’s championship marked the third time in the last four years that these two teams have met for the 4-A title. Leesville Road beat Ardrey Kell in each previous meeting, taking a 3-0 decision in the 2008 championship and 1-0 in 2009.

Leesville Road finished with a record of 24-1-1. WCPSS Senior Administrator for Athletics Bobby Guthrie offered his congratulations to Coach Paul Dinkenor and the Leesville Road Womens’ Soccer team for winning the state championship and for their record of success.

Panther Creek High Student Aces ACT

Panther Creek High School junior Sai Kiran Cheemalapati earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college admissions and placement exam.  On average, less than one tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score.  Based on ACT data for the Class of 2010, nearly 1.6 million graduates took the ACT and only 588 students earned a score of 36.

Thanks to Principal Rodney Nelson for sharing this story.

Davis Drive Middle Students Earn Honors at STEP Competition

The Davis Drive Middle School Science Club won first place in the Best Design and Construction and second place overall in the statewide Sustainable Transportation and Education Program (STEP) competition held at the NC State University Friday Institute. The winning team members were Vishy Luhadia, Gabrielle Costello, and Harrison Miller. The team designed and built an electric car and solar battery charging station along with writing a technical report. Their car had to carry a total payload of 750 grams as well as meet size requirements.

Garner Magnet High’s Scotty McCreery wins American Idol

Scotty McCreery, one of Garner Magnet High School’s honor roll students, won the title American Idol in a live broadcast of the Fox television show last night, highlighting a season of excitement for the school and its community.

While McCreery was at the television show’s live finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, he had more than 8,200 fans cheering for him at the RBC Center in Raleigh. The celebration at the RBC Center followed weeks of viewing parties the Garner community held in the auditorium of Garner Magnet High.

Garner Magnet High school counselor Jeanette Boone describes McCreery as a humble student, who is down to earth, genuine, and a role model for many students.

“He has captured the hearts of fellow peers, staff, and young people throughout the US and internationally,” said Boone. “He is a teen spokesperson for the country music genre and will allow many teenagers to listen to another kind of music. We are so proud of our Scotty.” 

As part of the finale show, the two final contestants brought representatives from their schools to be recognized. McCreery brought Garner Magnet High Chorus teacher Meredith Covington Clayton. She was called on stage where McCreery presented her keys to a new car as part of a promotion by Ford, one of the show’s sponsors.  Ford will provide McCreery a car, too. 

McCreery will be busy with the honors that follow winning the music competition. He will be part of the “American Idols Live!” concert tour scheduled to be at the RBC Center in Raleigh on July 27.

Thanks to Garner Magnet High school counselor Jeanette Boone for sharing this story with GotNews.

You can read more about McCreery in these news articles: 

Farmington Woods Named Top Elementary Magnet School

The Magnet Schools of America awarded Farmington Woods International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Magnet Elementary the Elementary School of Excellence Award, the honor given to the top magnet elementary school in the nation.

The award carries with it a $2,500 cash prize for the school. Farmington Woods was selected among 227 other magnet schools from around the country.

Engraved on the award is “Magnet Schools of America DKH Consulting Services, Inc. Elementary Magnet School of Excellence Award for Commitment to Diversity, High Academic Standards and Curriculum Innovation.”

Winston Pierce is principal of Farmington Woods IB PYP Magnet Elementary.

Click to listen to Farmington Woods Named Top Elementary Magnet School

This is a 12.5-minute mp3 file. 

Principal Winston Pierce holds the award Farmington Woods earned from the Magnet Schools of America.

Millbrook High Students Write Their Last Bridges Newsletter

Students in Lindy Poling’s Lessons of Vietnam Class have written their last articles for the class newsletter that’s earned praise from veterans organizations and history teachers for years. On the front page, student Lauren Brand offers a tribute to Poling and her work of the last 15 years during which she helped high school students learn the lessons of the Vietnam conflict. The teacher recruited a team of military leaders, journalists and even a school custodian pairing them with students for in-depth study and bringing many into the classroom as speakers. Brand noted a former student said, “Ms. Poling possesses the uncanny ability to inspire even the least motivated students with an energy that changes lives!” This final edition of Bridges remembers some of the most notable classroom visitors such as Admiral Elmo Zumwalt and his family, as well as Vice Admiral Emmet Tidd and his wife Muggs. A student also remembers the 2011 class visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.

You can take note of students’ memories of Lindy Poling’s work as she retires from the classroom in the 2011 Special Edition of Bridges online here.

Holly Springs High Students Compete Nationally

Six Holly Springs High students will participate in the national Health Occupations Students of America competition in Anaheim, California on June 22 – 25. The teens will be putting their skills and knowledge up against the talents of students from across the nation, vying for national championships in medical fields such as medical terminology, pharmacology, EMT, and a Kaiser Permanente Health Care Exam.

Holly Springs High Club Advisor Ron Davis, along with student Ben Kelly, will be leaving early for an extended excursion, as Ben assumes his role as a local representative to the national organization. In order to qualify for national competition, the Holly Springs students competed at the regional level in November and at the state level in April.

You can read more here.