Achievers

Four members of the Weaver Academy for the Arts String Ensemble — Kathryn Evans, Carly Gates, Kate MacKenzie and Anna Sykes — will perform as a quartet at the event, Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown.

The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road; the string quartet will perform seven songs with the bands.

The event will be at 8 p.m. April 26 at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro.

For information, call 336-378-9646 or visit www.cdecgreensboro.com.

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Twenty-four Grimsley High School DECA members attended the N.C. DECA Career Development Conference on March 8-10 in Greensboro. DECA is an organization of students that helps prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of business, finance, hospitality and marketing.

More than 3,500 students competed at the event.

Grimsley won the following Chapter Awards: Club 100, Thrive Level in Membership Campaign, Achievement Level in Chapter Campaigns, Supporting Chapter Award and Most Alumni Members.

Individual Awards went to Michael Ramcharitar, top roleplay score, accounting applications; Tate Furr, top test score, business law and ethics; Reece Kennedy and Fitz Wyatt, top roleplay score, entrepreneurship; Bridget Summerlee, top test score, human resource management; Jack Henshall and Yash Patel, top test score, principles of finance; and Bryanna PauPaw, top roleplay score, quick serve restaurant management.

Finalists were Michael Ramcharitar, accounting applications; Walker Martin, advertising campaign; Reece Kennedy, entrepreneurship; Bridget Summerlee, human resource management; and Yash Patel, fourth place in principles of finance.

These students have qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference, where they will spend four days in Atlanta with more than 20,000 other DECA members from around the world. Ramcharitar and Kennedy will not be attending; Chehannah Hayden will attend in one of their places.

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Northern Guilford High School senior Lizzie Belcher was voted as Artsonia’s Art Student of the Week in early February. She received 1,408 votes.

Her school’s art department will receive a $100 gift certificate. Belcher received a $50 gift certificate for receiving the most votes in the 10th- through 12th-grade category.

For information about Artsonia, visit www.artsonia.com.

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Weaver students earned top awards at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference, with six out of seven competitors placing in the Top 10.

Results are as follows: William Welborn, cyber security, first place; Kyle Ward, computer problem solving, fourth place; Will Casey and Nicholas Wofford, cyber security, Top 10; Kobe Graham, computer problem solving, Top 10; and Robbie Hanlon, investments and securities, Top 10.

Welborn and Ward will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore in June.

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The Early College at Guilford is the high school state champion in the Quiz Bowl State Final, presented by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities. The school will be invited to the High School National Quiz Bowl Championship Tournament in May.

Western Guilford High School placed ninth, Northwest Guilford High School placed 11th and High Point Central High School came in 12th. In the middle school competition, Brown Summit Middle School placed sixth, Northwest Middle School placed seventh, and The Academy at Lincoln came in eighth.

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Five Guilford County Schools students are among eight finalists nationwide in the Thespian Filmworks program for student-arts journalists.

GCS finalists are Cameron Holder and Madeline Vachon of Grimsley High School and Grace Hazelwood, Sarah Martinez and Zachary Orellana-Kennedy of Southeast Guilford High School. Teachers are Matt Ringrose of Grimsley and Christopher Veneris of Southeast.

As finalists, the students get to attend the International Thespian Festival to collaborate in the development of an original film. The 55th event, which this year takes place June 25-30 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops; interaction with colleges, industry leaders and Broadway professionals; and opportunities to be inspired by the best high school theater in the nation.

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Four Guilford County Schools students were selected to attend and present at the 29th annual National Service-Learning Conference on March 10-13 in St. Paul, Minn.

This year’s theme was “Justice in Action.” High school students highlighted the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals through hands-on activities, and participants learned about social and emotional learning strategies that support students’ academic achievement and positive behaviors. They shared how they made a difference through service-learning initiatives such as fighting food insecurity and leading awareness campaigns about the importance of a healthy heart.

GCS student participants were: Justice Winters and Haven Brooks of UNC-Greensboro Middle College; Isaiah Kilpatrick of Weaver Academy; and Najya Washington of Early College at Bennett.

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Greensboro College student Alla Ahmed Alaghbri will present his senior history capstone paper, “The Origins and Development of ‘Kalam’ between the 8th and 12th Centuries,” at the annual Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Conference, April 13-14 at Queens University in Charlotte.

Alaghbri is presenting a paper at a regional academic conference for the second time this year. He presented “The Definition of Reason in the Asha’ri School of Islamic Theology: Implications and Applications” at the recent 18th annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium at UNCG, taking second prize.

Activities

About 200 school administrators, district leaders, parent leaders, counselors, service providers and community members from Guilford County and across North Carolina joined Guilford Parent Academy on March 23 for the “Gathering of the Village” summit.

The event began with a message from Tyrone Howard, associate dean for equity and inclusion and a professor at UCLA. A published author, Howard spoke on the impact of race and culture in schools and closing the achievement gap in America’s classrooms.

“The way you transform schools is through equity and not equality,” said Howard. “Too many children are not getting what they need. ... When families and schools work together, children succeed.”

GPA planned the summit after researching the numerous organizations that exist across the county. Close to 40 organizations in attendance had the opportunity to share their work in the community and learn about other service providers who also work with children and families.

For information about GPA, call 336-279-4924 or email parentacademy@gcsnc.com.

Announcements

Greensboro College’s department of music will present its Spring Musicians’ Honors Convocation from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building on campus.

For information, call 336-272-7102, Ext. 5281.

Also, the college’s annual Alumni Choral Concert will begin at 4 p.m. April 8 in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on campus.

For information, contact Jon Brotherton at 336-272-7102, Ext. 5351.

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Greensboro College’s Tannenbaum-Sternberger Colloquium Series will present “Modern Israel: Seeking Peace in a Country United in Division,” at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Campbell Lyceum, 109 Proctor Hall West.

The event, part of Greensboro College’s Alumni Weekend festivities, is free and open to the public.

The speaker will be Paul Freeman, a 2017 Greensboro College graduate who participated in an international seminar on Christian, Jewish and Muslim dialogue at Bar-Illan University in Israel shortly after he graduated.

For information, call 336-272-7102, Ext. 5282.

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The Western Guilford High School Jazz Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be April 28 at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro.

Shows featuring Western Guilford’s Stinger Jazz Band will be offered at 4 and 7 p.m.

An exciting surprise guest artist is expected.

Cost is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Proceeds support the school’s instrumental program.

Tickets will be available at the door.

For information, contact Kiyoshi Carter at 336-316-5800 or carterk@gcsnc.com.

Awards

The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented recently recognized two Guilford County Schools students.

Emily Phillips, a sixth-grader at Kiser Middle School, received the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement in academics, leadership or the arts in children grades third through sixth. Recently, Emily used her talents to raise more than $1,000 to benefit educational programming at Kiser.

Kayla Jackson, a fifth-grade student at Alamance Elementary School, received the Susan Keel Lamar Scholarship, which recognizes distinguished student achievement and leadership in the area of visual or performing arts. Recently, she brought the joy of music and arts to residents of a local nursing home through piano performances and hand-made cards of encouragement.

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The following local students are recipients of the 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact: High Point University sophomore Douglas McCollum, Elon University sophomore Fiona Zahm and UNC-Greensboro junior Terrell Saunders. This national award honors college student leaders for their dedicated passion to service, research and advocacy for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended for the award by their college or university president.

The students are featured on the Campus Compact national website along with other 2018 Newman Civic Fellows student leaders. They will participate in a one-year experience emphasizing a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate and regional gatherings of Newman Civic Fellows.

Honors

Phi Beta Kappa recently inducted 190 UNC-Chapel Hill students as new members.

Local students included Paul Charles Smith of Asheboro and Sabrina Cheung, Jack Henry Crouse, Natalie Michelle Johnson, Catherine Marie Machanic, Kristen Eilis McCain, Rachel Park, Jane Bradford Pearce and Mary Madison Smith, all of Greensboro.

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The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Emily Kurfees of Jamestown was initiated at Campbell University and KimberMarie Faircloth of Pleasant Garden was initiated at College of Charleston.

Scholarships

Wrangler is funding a new scholarship for students interested in pursuing college degrees related to agriculture, soil science or environmental science. High school seniors and current college students interested in applying are encouraged to attend the second annual Next Generation Land Stewardship Conference scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at , April 7, Gateway University Research Park, 2901 E. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

Applicants for the non-renewable $5,000 scholarship must be currently attending college or planning to attend college in Fall 2018. Application requirements include one letter of reference, an official transcript, a short personal statement and a short video explaining the importance of soil health. Attendees of the conference will be exempt from the video requirement.

The conference is free; lunch will be provided. Students will spend the afternoon on the N.C. A&T Farm to see soil health practices up close and will have the opportunity to fly a drone with PrecisionHawk.

To register for the conference, visit ncffa.org or send an email to soilhealth@vfc.com.

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Five Guilford County Schools students were named as new Carson Scholars for 2018, among 501 in the nation. The Carson Scholars Fund recognizes a select group of high-achieving students in grades fourth through 11th who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement (at least a 3.75 GPA) and humanitarian qualities. Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

GCS students who received the honor in 2018 are Annabelle Fisher of High Point Central High School, Landen Johnson of Dudley High School, Darien Kenner of Grimsley High School, Advika Kumar of the Early College at Guilford and Samuel Palmer of Johnson Street Global Studies.

In addition, 12 GCS students have renewed their Carson Scholar status. Renewing Carson Scholars are: Phuong Vy Bui of the Early College at Guilford, Harley Fenley of Northeast High School, Kirstyn Gibson of Jamestown Middle School, Jomiri Graves of Kernodle Middle School, Dorian Jackson of Southeast Middle School, Victoria Kitley of Southwest High School, Yazmyn Lowe of Andrews High School, Getsemani Mares Escamilla of the Middle College at Bennett, Tatyonna Martin of Falkener Elementary School, Abigail Sullivan of Brown Summit Middle School, Sydni Walker of Dudley High School and Hannah Woodbury of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.

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Five High Point University students and alumni are being considered for the following scholarships:

  • HPU student Luke Olivier and 2017 graduates Catherine Bakewell and Lilly Wingate were named semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Olivier and Wingate applied for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in Malaysia; Bakewell applied for the English teaching assistant program in Spain.
  • HPU junior Kendal Karstens, an international relations major, is a finalist in the Harry S. Truman Scholarship competition. The Truman Scholarship is a graduate fellowship for students interested in pursuing a career as a public service leader. Finalists are selected based on their leadership, service and academic accomplishments.
  • Biochemistry major Rebecca Ulrich was named an alternate in the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. This highly competitive award selects 12 applicants each year to pursue a research-based Ph.D. at Oxford or Cambridge University in the United Kingdom while conducting research at the National Institutes of Health in the United States.
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