Area students named National Merit semifinalists
Updated Wednesday at 4:52 p.m.
With Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials targeting Davidson IB Middle School for possible closing next year, students and parents are planning a rally after school this Friday to support keeping the magnet school open. Also in this column, news about Hough High’s first homecoming, including a “powder puff” football game Wednesday night, and fall open houses at both Woodlawn and Cannon schools.
RALLY FOR DAVIDSON IB
Davidson IB Middle School on South Street is on a list of 14 schools that could be closed as part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg school board’s “comprehensive review” of local schools. Some school officials say they want the program moved to Alexander Middle School in Huntersville. The changes come in part as the district looks for ways to save money during one of the worst budget cycles the district has experienced in recent memory.
Some parents, students and residents don’t like the idea, and they’re organizing a public rally on Friday, after the 3 p.m. closing bell, to show their support for the school. The peaceful rally will be on the Davidson Village Green, at Main Street and Concord Road.
“Our wonderful school has been in the news quite a bit lately and we want to make sure parents and students are informed and have the chance to be involved in the future of DIB,” Ruth Pilsbury, president of the Davidson IB Parent Teacher Student Association, said in an e-mail sent out about the rally.
“The time is NOW to get our voices heard. Our district’s School Board rep has officially stated that she would like to see our school closed and the IB program moved to J.M. Alexander Middle School.”
The rally will be held on the green after school Friday, which is spirit day at the school so students will be wearing school colors. Organizers are inviting students, parents, alums and community members.
Davidson IB students are being encouraged to make posters at home and come up with catchy slogans in support of saving Davidson IB, according to the e-mail.
The e-mail sent out this week also encourages students and parents to write to Superintendent Peter Gorman, school board members, Gov. Beverly Perdue and other local and state leaders to express their concerns.
AREA STUDENTS ARE NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
North Mecklenburg High School students Rudy Molinek, Christopher Norton and Cameron Langford and Cannon School seniors Nora Munger of Davidson and Madeline Hurley of Huntersville have been named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students are among 16,000 high school seniors nationwide who now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, to be awarded next spring.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. More than 1.5 million high school juniors in over 22,000 high schools nationally entered the 2011 program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
HOUGH HIGH HOMECOMING AND POWDER PUFF GAME
Hough High’s first ever homecoming football game will be Friday at 7 p.m. against Vance High School, at the school stadium on Bailey Road. The school is starting the celebration early, with a “powder puff” football game Wednesday at 7 p.m. that organizers hope to make tradition.
The school reports that 75 female students have signed up to play in the 1st Annual Powder Puff Football Game. The freshmen and sophomore girls will take the field against juniors at 7 p.m. tonight.
About 30 male students from the Huskies football and soccer teams, have volunteered to serve as cheerleaders for the game. Admission is free.
McKINNEY STUDENTS PLANT A GARDEN
Students at McKinney Academy on Armour Street planted a garden last Thursday that will be used for school science lessons.
Students helped decide what to plant and will maintain the garden.
The garden was made possible by a donation from the Brawley Garden Center in Mooresville.
Cannon School will open its doors to host fall open house events for families seeking to explore educational opportunities in junior kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Families are invited to attend at a date and time that fits within their busy schedules. The open house events will be held at the Concord school in Taylor Hall on: at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, for junior kindergarten through fourth grade students; 7 p.m. Oct. 14 for junior kindergarten through 12th grade students; at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 for junior kindergarten through 12th grade students.
Visiting families will have an opportunity to tour the campus, speak one-on-one with parents and students about the school’s academic, arts and athletics offerings, including a new varsity football program, and learn more about the admission process.
“Our open houses are a great way to see first-hand what makes Cannon School such an ideal learning environment,” Director of Admission Bill Diskin said in a statement. “Meeting with members of our school community, touring our campus, and learning about our approach to academics, the arts, athletics and character education, it becomes obvious that this is a place that cares deeply about children.”
Cannon School is an independent junior kindergarten through grade 12 college preparatory institution. It is the Charlotte area’s fourth-largest independent school and attracts students from Concord, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, the University City area, Kannapolis, and Salisbury.
WOODLAWN OPEN HOUSE
Woodlawn School will host an admissions open house at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, for prospective students.
Woodlawn is an independent, nonprofit school founded in 2002 and just north of Davidson. The school currently is accepting students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Woodlawn is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school is located on a 61-acre campus in south Iredell County about a mile north of Davidson College.
The campus includes a historic Woodlawn plantation house, which was built in 1836 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about the school or for directions to the schools, visit www. Woodlawnschool.org.
CORRECTION: This article was updated Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at 4:58 p.m. to add several names to the list of area students who are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.