Forty-four students from Guilford County Schools were selected to attend the 2019 Governor’s School of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for academically gifted students.

Located on the campuses of High Point University and Meredith College, the school integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses. Students will attend classes and lectures where they will learn from their peers through discussions of the latest and most innovative topics and ideas. The curriculum does not include credits, tests or grades.

The program offers art, choral music, dance, English, foreign language, instrumental music, mathematics, natural science, social science and theater. It begins June 16 and runs until July 24.

Selected students from GCS are:

  • Choral Music: Abigail Birch, Penn-Griffin School for the Arts; Margaret Lucas, Northwest High; Clara Lampkin and Quinn Risen, Grimsley High; Margaret Yarborough, Southwest High
  • Dance: Kathryn Silknitter, Grimsley High; Caitlin Black, Southwest High
  • English: Noah Houser, Grimsley High; Matheus Barbee and Isaac Franks, High Point Central High
  • French: Dalal Ahmidouch, The Early College at Guilford
  • Instrumental Music: Micaiah Coley, Dudley High; Nicholas Sojka, High Point Central High; Mary Yin, Northwest High; Anya Lawe, The Early College at Guilford
  • Mathematics: Christa Simaan, Northwest High; Emma Harriman, Southwest High; John Romero, The Academy at Smith; Sydney Berry, James Cha and Janavi Mehta, The Early College at Guilford; Muskan Aslam and Dae Hyun Kang, The STEM Early College at N.C. A&T
  • Natural Science: Christy Ma, Northwest High; Evelyn Hochstein, Page High; Isabella Black, Southwest High; Jessica Cook, Southwest High; Mansi Gupta, Robert Kobrin, Advika Kumar and Kiran Soma, all of The Early College at Guilford; Sydney Barron, The Middle College at GTCC-Greensboro
  • Social Science: Ethan Marsh and Jaden Parker, Grimsley High; Rabia Kang, The Early College at Guilford
  • Spanish: Susan Miller, Grimsley High
  • Theater: Naomi Johnson, Northern High; Madeline Barrett and Lea Chicosky, Penn-Griffin School for the Arts
  • Visual Arts: Hope Rackers and Grace Schneider, Northern High; Zharia Adams, Emily Hogg and Mason Strange, all of Weaver Academy


A local robotics team of students from several local high schools has advanced to compete the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s International ROV Competition. Remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, are robots used to complete tasks in underwater environments. The SEAL Robotics team kids will compete against more than 50 teams from around the world, using an ROV that they designed and built during the past 10 months.

The International Robotics Competition will be June 20-22 in Kingsport, Tenn. The SEAL Robotics Team will compete against the worldwide top teams from MATE’s network of regional competitions. SEAL Robotics Team won the recent Appalachian Highlands Regional ROV competition.

Teams compete based on their design and implementation, as well as their technical documentation and the timed performance of their ROV executing a set of predefined challenging underwater tasks. MATE’s ROV competitions encourage students to learn and apply physics, electronics, engineering and math skills to complete challenges that simulate real-world tasks. To learn entrepreneurial skills, student teams form “companies” that produce the ROV products designed to complete a specific set of tasks.

This year, the competition requires ROVs to support simulated underwater repairs, monitoring and restoring fish habitats and recovering heavy underwater artifacts such as historic cannons.

The nonprofit SEAL Robotics Team typically meets at the Greensboro Forge makerspace. Team members are Oliver Voorhees, Ben Liebkemann, Nathan Ruppel, Jonathan Bacon, Owen Voorhees, Marissa Maynard, Michael Scutari, Li Yan Snyder, Quinn Welch, Clay Austin, Phillip Szypulski and Logan Smith.

The team is supported by several local sponsors, including Greensboro Radiology, Zibster, Brown Investment Properties, Beta Fueling Systems and Lake Jeanette Swim and Tennis Club.

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The Middle College at UNCG held the annual “Pathways” exhibitions on May 6 and May 8.

The student presentations are the capstone project for Pathways, a program offered for middle college students through the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

Middle college students take a series of HHS classes, one each year for their four years of high school, that are designed to teach students strategies for success in college, career and life. As part of their coursework during their last three years of Pathways, students also engage in job shadowing and internship experiences (primarily related to health, medicine and youth development), in order to learn more about specific careers that interest them and to develop professionalism and “soft skills” that will benefit them in any career field.

During their final exhibitions, Pathways students present their college, career and life goals and relate these to things they have learned through their Pathways classwork and job shadowing/internship experiences.

Ninety-one students presented, which represents the sophomore and senior students from the middle college. (Freshmen and juniors participate in Pathways during the fall semester and hold their exhibitions in December.)


The following High Point University organizations held fundraising events and hosted programs to benefit the local community:

  • Members of HPU’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority spent six weeks teaching third grade students from Northwood Elementary and Allen Jay Elementary schools swim lessons through the High Point Swim Club’s Swim4Fun/Swim4Life program. High Point Swim Club is a nonprofit specializing in competitive and instructional swimming.
  • The Superhero Dash, co-hosted by HPU’s Kappa Delta sorority, raises awareness and support for Family Service of the Piedmont’s programs and services for child victims of abuse, including domestic violence shelters, children’s advocacy centers, individual and family counseling and in-home therapy. This year, Kappa Delta raised $17,955.
  • HPU’s Phi Mu Gamma Zeta sorority hosted its first Dance Marathon Kickoff event that supported Duke Children’s Hospital. The group raised more than $14,400 for Children’s Miracle Network.
  • HPU’s Student Government Association and volunteers from various clubs across campus came together to pack 100 Easter baskets for local children. The baskets were presented to the YWCA of High Point and other community partners.
  • The women’s lacrosse team hosted the seventh annual Mason Run 5K and raised more than $4,600 for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a nonprofit that pairs pediatric brain tumor patients with sport teams for support through their battle with cancer.


Beginning in August, the American Hebrew Academy will officially become a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The program, established in 1968, was created to provide high school students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding. It was designed by teachers at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland. There are 3,293 schools offering the IB Diploma in 153 countries worldwide.

Also, the academy and Guilford College have collaborated to share resources for the mutual benefit of students at both institutions. Beginning in August 2019, access to college courses available to academy students will be expanded, allowing for a greater number of dual credits to be earned toward academy graduation as well as college credits transferable to most universities in the United States. For highly motivated students, at least one full year of college credits could be earned while still in high school.


The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is offering a Sheriff’s Youth Academy to the younger citizens of Guilford County who are interested in learning more about law enforcement operations within the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other public safety and military careers. Classes will be offered June 17-26 at the GCSO District 2 Office, 5440 Millstream Road in McLeansville.

There is no cost.

The academy is open to all current law enforcement Explorers, as well as students from local middle and high schools between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age. Students may be accepted upon referral from a School Resource Officer or by parents/legal guardians.

The academy will begin with an orientation meeting from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. June 14 at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building in the Lower Classroom, 400 W. Washington St. in Greensboro.

The application deadline is June 10.

Transportation to and from the academy sites will be the responsibility of the participants’ parents or guardians.

For information, call 336-641-3378 or email


The B Natural Academy of Music and the Arts will hold its annual Spring Recital at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1810 Phillips Ave. in Greensboro.

Admission is free.

A reception will be held immediately after the recital.

For information, call 336-274-0703 or email

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