School Notes, April 28

April 27, 2013 

Wakefield FFA students fight hunger

The FFA at Wakefield High School in Raleigh was invited to participate in Invest 2 Fight Hunger, a program led by the national Future Farmers of America organization to put students’ leadership skills toward taking action against hunger.

The students researched hunger issues in North Carolina and have given presentations on their findings in the community.

The students also volunteered at the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s farm and donated produce they grew themselves to the nonprofit.

The FFA students who participated in Invest 2 Fight Hunger were seniors Hansell Aguilera-Ramirez, Matthew Alberding, Glorie Batuakuile, Hunter Best, Chip Hieronymi, Hayley Huff, Ashton James, Ryan Lang, Nicole Ortega, Tommy Petrucelli, Corbin Smith, Brian Stankevich, Nathan Veit and Bailey Weaver; juniors Colton Carter, Rachel Cooper, Betty Davis, Rachel George, Jordan Lee and Hayden Schug; and sophomore Alisia Harper.

Presidential Scholar semifinalists

Several students from the area have been named semifinalists in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The semifinalists from our area were Jonathan M. Cookmeyer of Apex and Jonathan T. Tseng of Cary, both of whom attend Raleigh Charter High School; and Hannah R. Moyles of Wake Forest, who attends Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

They were among 500 high school seniors nationwide chosen for the honor. Ultimately, one male and one female student from each state will be named finalists, receiving the Presidential Scholars Medallion and an invitation to Washington, D.C., in June for a ceremony in their honor and activities with elected officials. Students are selected on the basis of academic and artistic achievements, leadership, character and involvement in community and school activities.

Students earn honors at state math contest

Several local students finished in the Top 20 in the 35th annual high school State Mathematics Competition held at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.The students are:

Evan Liang, a sophomore at Enloe Magnet High, finished in eighth place. He earned a $300 gift certificate for Art of Problem Solving and a book.

Justin Luo, a junior at Enloe, finished in 10th . He also earned a $300 gift certificate for Art of Problem Solving and a book.

Jenny Wang, a sophomore at Enloe, finished 11th. She earned a book.

Franklin Chen, a sophomore at Enloe, finished 13th. He also earned a book.

Other winners were Yujian Tang, a sophomore at Enloe, 17th; Angela Deng, an eighth-grader at Carnage Magnet Middle, 18th; Nikhil Reddy, an eighth-grader at Carnage, 19th.

The top 20 winners are invited to join the N.C. American Regions Mathematics League Team. Top honors at the state math competition include a full-tuition scholarship to Duke University, as well as scholarships, books, software and other prizes.

Two Wake public schools finished in the top five teams. Enloe finished second. Carnage finished fifth.

Math test takers tops in U.S.

Six Raleigh Charter High School students scored in the top 5 percent of test takers in the American Math Competition 12 test.

Sanjay Kannan, Tony Li, Elish Mahajan, Gautam Nagarj, Jonathan Tseng and Andrew Zhou earned scores that earned them invitations to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, an honor extended to only a few hundred students nationwide each year.

The six top scorers on the AIME are invited to represent the United States at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Early College student chosen for program

Wake N.C. State STEM Early College High student Mathew Fiely has been selected to participate in the Young Scholars Program this summer at N.C. State University.

Fiely is a 10th-grader with an interest in pursuing aerospace engineering in college. He applied for the Young Scholars Program to determine more specifically what university research engineers do, learn about accessing N.C. State programs in the future and see firsthand how university research is conducted.

The five-week Young Scholars Program is designed to enhance the students’ understanding of the future of the current research in science, engineering and medicine related to personal health sensors and nanotechnology.

Local wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Athens Drive High School wind ensemble has been chosen to perform in the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall in March 2014. The 60-member concert ensemble will perform a 30-minute concert for a panel of internationally known wind band conductors and composers. The ensemble was chosen based on recommendations and performances at the N.C. Music Educators Conference and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival.

Parent Academy class on summer academic growth

A Parent Academy workshop on supporting academic growth during the summer break is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with educational ideas and information about summer camps. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

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.

Carnival at Millbrook Elementary

A spring carnival is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Millbrook Elementary Magnet School, 150 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The event will feature food, games, prizes, raffles and a rock wall. The cost is $10. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-264-6469.

Wake Forest Elementary events

The following events will be held at Wake Forest Elementary, 136 W. Sycamore Ave., Wake Forest:

Spring fling and food truck rodeo: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3. The event will also feature raffles, a dunk tank, cake walk, inflatables and a silent auction.

Spring concert: The choir will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the auditorium.

Meet in the Street: The choir will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, on the family stage at South Taylor and Brooks streets.

For more information, visit www.wfepta.org.

Raleigh Thales to hold K-5 tour

Thales Academy will hold a tour for grades K-5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at 8151 Town Drive, Raleigh. For more information, go to www.thalesacademy.org.

Trinity Academy to hold K-12 tour

Trinity Academy of Raleigh will hold a tour for grades K-12 at 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, at 10224 Baileywick Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.trinityacademy.com.

Teen to Adulthood to discuss education options

The Arc of Wake County will hold a Teen to Adulthood session on Post-secondary Education Options at Wake Tech from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Millbrook Exchange Community Center, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The group is for parents who want to learn about transition services and issues for teens and young adults with disabilities. For more information, call 919-832-8660.

Lifelong Learning

The Wake school system will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Millbrook High School

Citizenship Preparation, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, May 21-July 30, free

Introduction to Korean, 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 20-July 22, $150

Korean Conversation, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $150

French Beginning Part 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

French Beginning Part 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $90

Sanderson High School

Cooking With Summer’s Bounty, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 20-July 15, $100

Easy & Elegant Chicken Dinners, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, $45

Dinner and a Movie, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 21-July 9, $100

Cook’s Tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 18, $100

Ballroom Dance Certification Rhythm Prep I, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, May 20-July 29, $600

Yoga & Flexibility, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $50

Zumba with Candis, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $40

Strength Training Basics – Fit to Be 50+, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 29-June 24, $65

French Beginning Part 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $90

Voice: A Community Singing Class, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $90

Special Event Planning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 2, $90

Introduction to Professional Acting and Auditioning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 30-July 25, $90

Scholarship for students with disabilities

Students can apply for Mayor’s Committee scholarships through May 31. The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to students with disabilities.

Applicants must be residents of Raleigh and must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate post-secondary school, college, trade school or other institution of higher learning. The recipients will be chosen based on academic performance, financial need, character, school and community activities, honors or awards, and the ability to express themselves in an essay.

To download an application, visit www.raleighnc.gov and search “mayor’s committee.” For more information, contact Cathey Ector at 919-996-6100 or cathey.ector@raleighnc.gov.

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