South Charlotte students graduate leadership program
Thirty high school students, including south Charlotte students, built civic knowledge and leadership skills through Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg, a nonprofit GenerationNation.
In Youth Lead, ninth- and 10th-grade students work together over four month to learn how the city works, explore key issues, build professional and civic leadership interests, skills and networks and engage in hands-on experiences with civic, business and government leaders.
Participants also presented team projects focused on ideas for solving community challenges, such as school equity, school assignment, homelessness and environmental sustainability, among others.
The following south Charlotte students participated in the program: Providence Day School’s Rhea Bhagia, Carolina Ortiz and Malkam Hawkins; South Mecklenburg High School’s Christina Bukowski; Providence High School’s Joseph Chong and Cori Ferguson; Myers Park High School’s Georgia Muller and Jack Osment; East Mecklenburg High School’s Jenny Nguyen; and Ardrey Kell High Schools Caleb Ross.
Each Mecklenburg County high school can nominate student leaders for the program. The next application cycle will take place in Fall 2016. Visit www.GenerationNation.org or contact info@GenerationNation.org or 704-343-6999 for more information.
Charlotte Latin team named state winners
Charlotte Latin School sixth- and seventh-grade teams, Verde Hawks and Thermal Hawks, were named the winners in the 14th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
Seventh-grade team Hawk Cig-Arresters were named second place and the Thermal Hawks also were southeast regional finalists. Both first place teams received $1,000 per students in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.
“The U.S. Army is very proud of the students that have accepted the challenge to this STEM competition in efforts to improve their communities,” Louie R. Lopez, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager, said in a news release.
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition that challenges students in sixth through ninth grades to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.
Charlotte Latin’s team worked with middle school science teacher Barbara Morrow.
In the next round, virtual judges will evaluate the top three scores from each region in each grade level and sixty regional finalists teams will compete to advance as one of 20 national finalists and compete at the national event June 20 to 24 in Washington, D.C.
South Charlotte teams to compete in World finals this week
South Charlotte Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools will compete this week in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
Odyssey of the Mind is an academic competition that tests students’ ability to think creatively and use scientific, mathematical and problem solving skills.
More than 830 teams from around the world will compete in the 37th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University.
The following area teams will compete: two teams from Community House Middle School; Ardrey Kell High School; Myers Park High School; South Mecklenburg High School; and Providence High School.
Country Day faculty member receives grant
Charlotte Country Day School eighth-grade social studies teacher Samuel Martin received a grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop, Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
The workshops provide educators a chance to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture.
Participants engage in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.
Martin will look learn about the importance of the Adirondacks and gain connection to his teaching through the workshop, according to a news release.
Students earn scholarships for blood drives
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) will give high school and college students a chance to earn scholarships during its eighth annual Students Saving Summer Scholarship Program.
Students can earn the scholarships through organizing and hosting a successful blood drive with CBCC between June 1 and Sept. 30. The students with the top five producing blood drives will each receive a $1,000 to go toward secondary education.
CBCC has awarded about 400 scholarships since 2009.
“Students, who make up more than twenty percent of our donor base, play a vital role in helping save local lives,” Martin Grable, president and CEO of CBCC, said in a news release. “Since our blood supply tends to drop in the summer with families on vacation and school blood drives on hiatus, ‘Students Saving Summer’ is as critical to our summer blood supply, as education is to these students’ futures. Our scholarship program is a way we can give back to our students for the amazing effort they make in helping patients in our area hospitals.”
Eligible students must host the blood drive, choose a location, recruit donors and collect a minimum of 25 units of blood. Each student will be paired with a CBCC representative, who will assist with planning the drive.
Contact Kim Jones at 704-972-4727 or KLJones@cbcc.us for more information.