Archive for May, 2012


Green Hope Student Competes at Microsoft Office Worldwide Competition

Green Hope High student Alex Bainbridge will represent the U.S. at the World Competition for Microsoft Excel 2010 in Las Vegas on July 29 to August 1. Bainbridge is one of six U.S. students who earned the chance to compete at the 2012 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. More than 250,000 U.S. students competed to demonstrate their proficiency in using Microsoft Office desktop computing applications. Bainbridge is a finalist in Microsoft Excel 2010. The top three winners in each category will receive scholarship prizes for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

“What a great honor for Alex, Green Hope and Wake County,” said his teacher Martha Roettgen.

Countries around the world host local competitions to determine country and regional representatives based on exam scores and completion times. Participants who outperform their peers to make the final round of the competition generally have perfect or near-perfect exam scores and completion times well below the allotted examination time.

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification was created to meet the growing demand for individuals to leverage the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office Systems. Students who earn certification demonstrate proficiency using the newest versions of the desktop computing applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Current students who pass a qualifying exam and are enrolled in an approved, accredited learning institution are eligible to compete. The student must be between the ages of 13 – 22 on June 15, 2012.

Leesville High golfer Wins Rex Hospital Open Jr. Invitational Again

Leesville Road High’s Grayson Murray shot a 5-under 137 on 36 holes to win the Junior Invitational of the Rex Hospital Open, an official event on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour. Murray’s win at the Junior Invitational earned him exemption to the open. This was his second win in 3 years.

Murray will compete alongside others on the Nationwide Tour. The first round honorary tee shot is at 6:45 a.m. Tournament play begins at 6:55 a.m.

Murray was among the top 56 high school boys based on their current ranking by the Tarheel Golf Association, Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek or past performance in golf events over the last year that were invited to participate in this 6th annual event at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

“The Rex Hospital Open Junior competition brings North Carolina’s top high school young men and women to experience a great day of competition on a premiere course,” said Rex Hospital Open Tournament Director Carson Gilbert. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to allow high schoolers the platform to compete for an exemption in the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour stop at the Open this week.”

Daniels Middle School students take top honors with bus safety video

Daniels Middle School students’ video entry entitled “Making Tracks Talk Show” won third place in the “Making Tracks Video” contest sponsored by the Transportation Services of the NC Department of Public Instruction. Teacher Coral Stevens advised the team of students.

The top three winning teams will receive free entrance to the 2012 N.C. State Fair where their video entry will be featured in a display about school bus safety. Clips from all contest entries will be compiled into a 12-15 minute video about pedestrian safety to and from the bus. This video will be posted on the school bus safety website and used as an educational tool for school bus safety throughout the state.

The students will also receive a “Making Tracks” T-shirt designed especially for the contest.

Derek Graham of NC DPI Transportation Services offered the students special thanks for taking the time to create the video to help educate fellow students about proper school bus behavior and pedestrian safety to and from the bus.

Thanks to principal Elizabeth Battle for sharing this story.

Four WCPSS Teams Earn Honors at Odyssey World Finals

Teams from four WCPSS schools earned honors at the Odyssey of the Mind 2012 World Finals held May 23 in Ames, Iowa.

Teams from Morrisville Elementary, Partnership Elementary, Sycamore Creek Elementary and Carnage Magnet Middle qualified for the World Finals by working for months and being recognized as the best in the state. The competition recognizes exceptional creativity as teams find solutions to one of five problems. The WCPSS teams were among 815 teams at the world finals.

The team from Morrisville Elementary earned top honors for the WCPSS schools earning third place among Division 1 teams that tackled problem 1: Ooh-Motional Vehicle. The problem required teams to design, build and drive a vehicle that traveled a course where it encountered three different situations and displayed a different human emotion at each encounter. The challenge emphasized the technical risk-taking and creativity of the vehicle’s engineering for travel and change of emotional appearance.

The Sycamore Creek Elementary team finished 16th and the Partnership Elementary team finished 20th among Division 1 teams that worked to solve Problem 4: You Make the Call. The Carnage Magnet Middle team finished 7th among Division 2 teams that worked to solve the same problem. For problem 4, teams designed and built a structure made of only balsa wood and glue that supported as much weight as possible. The testing of the structure included mathematics in its theme.

Holly Springs High women play for NCHSAA state softball championships

The Holly Springs High women’s softball team will play Porter Ridge High of Indian Trail on June 1 and 2 for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state fast-pitch softball championship. The tournament will  be played at the Walnut Creek softball complex in Raleigh.

They will compete:

Friday, June 1: Game 1, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 2: Game 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 2: Game 3, if necessary, 2:30 p.m.

This year there is a change in the finals format, as the championships are best-of-three series between the Eastern champion and the Western champion, both of whom won best-of-three regional series. Since 1995, the top four teams in each classification have come to Walnut Creek for a double-elimination tournament.

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.

Middle Creek High men play for NCHSAA state baseball championships

 The Middle Creek High men’s baseball team will play Hough High of Cornelius on June 1 and 2 for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state baseball championship.

They will compete:

Friday, June 1: Game 1, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2: Game 2, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 2: Game 3, if necessary, 8 p.m. (5 pm if no third game in 1-A)

This year the 4-A best-of-three championship series will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Doak Field at N.C. State has hosted a couple of championship series annually for a number of years, but this year N.C. State is hosting an NCAA baseball regional and the facility is not available.

This is the 96th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state baseball championships. Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the host city sponsors.

Officer Presents NC Flag to Fuquay-Varina Middle

Chief Warrant Officer Ricky Blue will visit Fuquay-Varina Middle on June 5 to present the school the North Carolina flag that flew over Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Blue’s visit is a response to a writing assignment teacher Vicki Powell gave her 7th grade Language Arts classes. Powell asked the students to write to active service men and women to express their gratitude for the job they perform.

Powell says the flag from Blue will come with a certificate that states:   In recognition and appreciation of your support and care of the Coalition Forces Land Component Command’s Sustainment Families. Your caring attitude, actions, and exceptional support contributed immensely to the health and welfare of the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Thanks to principal Mark Holley for sharing this story with GotNews.

WCPSS Bus Drivers Earn Top Honors at Roadeo

WCPSS bus drivers Billy McKemey and Jeff Mellen showed they were among the best bus drivers in the state, finishing in the top 10 in the State Bus Roadeo Competition held on May 24th at the fairground in Raleigh. Billy McKemey placed second in the competition and Jeff Mellen placed sixth among 46 drivers. In the competition, drivers navigate a school bus through an obstacle course that tests drivers’ skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking

McKemey received a trophy, a certificate and $250. Mellen received a plaque, a certificate and $50.

Each of the 46 contestants advanced to the state finals by placing in the top 10 of a regional competition.  Most regional participants also advanced through a local ROADeo sponsored by their local school system.

The North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association, the Division of Motor Vehicles, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Transportation Services Section and Wake County Public School System’s Transportation Department sponsor the annual State School Bus ROADeo.

Thanks to WCPSS Transportation Department Safety Recruitment Coordinator Tanya Rich for sharing this story.

Lufkin Road Spells Hope for Teacher

Lufkin Road Middle School students, staff and families raised $11,503.45 for the Cary Area Relay for Life in honor of Healthful Living Teacher Marti Capaforte and all those who battle cancer. The first annual Hope Games was a huge success with more than 100 parent volunteers and many donations from area businesses. The day was filled with games, music, dancing and information from the American Cancer Society related to cancer awareness, prevention and research.  At the end of the day, students, staff and volunteers spelled out HOPE on the football field as Capaforte and her family watched from the Lufkin roof.  It was a day filled with Lufkin love and one that will be remembered by everyone involved.

Thanks to Assistant Principal Leanne Dean Walters for sharing this story.

East Cary Students Participate in Hunger Games Competition

East Cary Middle School seventh grade students were buzzing about the book and movie The Hunger Games. So language arts teachers Cassie Haran and Sahar El Shafie and physical education teacher Gayle Light decided to capitalize on the excitement. The teachers created a unit to incorporate reading, media literacy, technology and physical activities all centered on The Hunger Games novel.

To prepare for the unit, students viewed the movie trailer of The Hunger Games and discussed the summary of the book and movie. Students then looked at propaganda posters, discussing “good” advertising, and created their own district sign for the “opening ceremony” to take place in their PE classes. Students were divided into districts, just like the people in the novel were separated into twelve districts. In their groups, each district had to create two commercials to gain sponsors or votes using the advertising techniques they had learned. The commercials including a written script and do-it-yourself props were filmed with flip cameras, edited and then students voted for their favorites.

In physical education classes, students, or tributes as they are called in the novel, competed in 2-3 physical activities each day. Before each activity, the PE teacher read a passage from the novel. Then students participated in activities that reinforced the meaning of the passage. Points were awarded to the top finishers in each activity. Teams also received points for their language arts posters and commercials.

The final activity of the unit was a trivia challenge. Students were required to run as a team to various cones that were scattered on the playing field. Each cone had a trivia question from the book taped to the inside. Teams were awarded points for the place that they finished and the number of correct answers. At the end of the unit, points were totaled and the team/district with the most points won a copy of the next book in the series, Catching Fire.

 Thanks to media specialist Deanna Harris for sharing this story with GotNews.

Students created posters to support their team’s district tributes in competitions.