Lawmaker calls for delay in CMS student assignment
CHARLOTTE – N.C. Rep. Scott Stone calls on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to postpone finalizing the new student assignment plan until after the new superintendent has had an opportunity to provide input.
“It is bad practice for CMS to develop a student assignment plan, which could impact students and families for a decade, without the input of the person who will be tasked with implementing the plan,” Stone said.
Stone has concerns the student assignment and capital plans have a political agenda and do not place enough importance on improving the educational experience for every student and family.
Stone said ensuring families can attend schools closest to their neighborhoods should be the top goal as opposed to ensuring diversity and breaking up poverty within schools.
“Superintendent Ann Clark appears to be engaged in legacy building, with a particular focus on social engineering within our schools,” Stone said. “She is pushing a controversial political agenda that has been met with considerable resistance from parents. Given the magnitude and potential impact of these new policies, it is unacceptable for these plans to be finalized under the leadership of someone who will not be held accountable for the results.”
Ardrey Kell teacher receives nod for club advisor role
CHARLOTTE – Superintendent Ann Clark gave a shout-out to Jason Sheffield, of Ardrey Kell High School, in the May 15 edition of her “A Note From Ann” newsletter.
Clark touted how Sheffield received High School Chapter Advisory of the Year honors from the N.C. Technology Student Association.
Brightwood College holding career fair, mock interviews
CHARLOTTE – Brightwood College will host a Career Fair, featuring career development opportunities, campus tours, mock interviews, resume reviews, a financial literacy workshop and free health checks.
“Hosting a Career Fair presents such a valuable opportunity for students, local employers and community members alike,” Campus President Tenika Glenn said. “Especially in today’s job market, networking is becoming increasingly valuable, and we are eager to help facilitate these professional connections.”
The career fair takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Brightwood College, 6070 E. Independence Blvd. Register in advance by calling 704-567-3700.
Visit www.brightwood.edu/charlotte-nc for details.
Charlotte Catholic senior wins Robertson Scholarship
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic High School senior Jake Sheridan is among 36 students placed in the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Sheridan won a four-year scholarship that gives him access to the academic and extracurricular offerings at both colleges.
Sheridan participates in the CCHS Honor Council, Debate and Speech Team and Mecklenburg County Teen Court.
Schools produce National Merit Scholarship winners
EVANSTON, Ill. – Several students with ties to south Charlotte won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships.
They were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
They had the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college.
Winners are as follows (with probable career fields in parenthesis):
- Ardrey Kell High – Elizabeth Dorans (nursing), Samhitha Sunkara (international development) and Michael Xing (computer science).
- Charlotte Country Day School – Sebastian Oberkfell (economics).
- Charlotte Latin School – Robert Fuller (neurobiology) and Sophia Madjarova (biomedicine).
- N.C. School of Science & Mathematics – Claire Liu (economics).
- Providence Day School – Blaire Barton, Dylan Riddell (economics), Manley Roberts (computer science) and Tate Rosenblatt.
- Providence High – Mark Schachner (mathematics), Jordan Schuler (law).
Wingate University Ballantyne hosts free community event
CHARLOTTE – Wingate University Ballantyne will host an activity-filled open house.
Attendees will learn about conference and classroom rental space, five adult degree programs and continuing education programs specific to companies’ needs.
The open house takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 at its campus, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, suite 150.
GWU student presents on video games
BOILING SPRINGS – Brittney Jones, a senior psychology major at the Gardner-Webb University Honors Program, attended the Southern Regional Honors Council in Asheville.
More than 400 participants presented posters or speeches.
Jones, of Charlotte, presented “Positive Effects of Video Game Play on Depression.”
Congressional Art Competition features familiar names
WASHINGTON – Several area students fared well in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.
Emily Decker, a senior at Weddington High School, won with her graphite drawing, “Realization.”
Maya Cauthen, of Charlotte Christian School, was first runner-up for her scratch art, “Family Ties.”
Caroline White, of Charlotte Christian, was second runner-up for her watercolor, “Into the Woods.”
Other finalists were Hanxi Chang from Charlotte Christian, Brooke Drury from Providence High School and Lauren Forget from Charlotte Christian.
Professional artists, community input and Congressman Robert Pittenger’s staff judged the entries.
“The talent of each artist amazes me, and I have personally enjoyed viewing all of the incredible entries,” Pittenger said.