Substitute Teachers Association
The Substitute Teachers Association of Wake County will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athens Drive Band Booster Club barbecue fundraiser
The Athens Drive High School Band Booster Club will hold a barbecue fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Swift Creek Community Center, 6221 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh. Cost is $8 and includes barbecue pork and fried chicken, new potatoes, slaw, hushpuppies and sweet tea. Homemade desserts can be purchased for $1.
Free delivery is available for local businesses with an order of 6 or more plates. To order, contact Laura Ashford at BBQ@athensdriveband.com.
Middle Creek High Stampede 5K
The Middle Creek High School Stampede Club will hold their second annual Stampede 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, beginning in the Mustang Stadium, 123 Middle Creek Ave., Apex. The course is USAT&F certified and chip timing will be provided. Trophy and Fleet Feet gift certificates will be awarded to the winners. The Mustang Mile fun run will follow the race. Proceeds will benefit the student-athletes at Middle Creek High School. To register, visit www.stampedeclub.org/stampederun.
Middle Creek Elementary spring carnival
Middle Creek Elementary School will hold its spring carnival from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the school. There will be limo rides, a giant hamster ball, photo booth, cake walk, food, carnival games, sports challenges and a prize room. Admission is free; activity cards are $6. Proceeds will benefit the Middle Creek Elementary School PTA. For details, visit sites.google.com/site/mcesspringcarnival.
Teen Poetry Contest
Wake County Public Libraries will host the annual Teen Poetry Contest through Tuesday, April 30. Teens in grades six through 12 are invited to submit up to three original poems for the contest. A winner will be announced in early May in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade and 11th-12th grade. Winners will be honored with a reception and a trophy and will be invited to read their winning poems. For online submissions and entry guidelines, visit www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids.
Wake Tech Culinary Arts Showcase
Wake Tech Community College will hold its 2013 Culinary Arts Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The Golden Moments event will display the talents of students, local chefs and industry professionals from across the southeast. Watch live contests and demonstrations and sample delicious specialties from a variety of local restaurants and vendors.
Tickets are $8 until Sunday, April 28; $10 at the door; $5 for students; free for children under five years old. For information, visit culinaryartsshowcase.waketech.edu.
Cary-based robotics team wins the FIRST Robotics Engineering Inspiration Award
Cary-based high school robotics team, Team PyroTech, won the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition Engineering Inspiration Award at the North Carolina FIRST Robotics Regional in Raleigh. The team will compete in the World Championships taking place in St. Louis in April.
Considered to be the second most coveted award granted by FIRST, the Engineering Inspiration Award sponsored by NASA celebrates a teams outstanding success in furthering appreciation for engineering, both internally and within their community. During the past year, individual team members of Team PyroTech have spent over 1,500 hours doing robot demonstrations and volunteering within the community at libraries, museums and the town of Carys Space Camp to further interest in engineering and technology.
PTA districts recognize top artists
District winners of the PTAs Reflections contest were announced this month.
The artwork from these students will next compete at the state level of competition, with results expected to be announced next month.
Here are local winners by category for North Carolinas District 3, which covers much of the Triangle.
• Dance: Katie Plitt, Green Hope High, Cary.
• Film: Gavin Ng, Alston Ridge Elementary, Cary.
• Literature: Patrick Hannon, Highcroft Drive Elementary, Cary; Sara Darwin, Holly Ridge Middle, Holly Springs.
• Music: Chris Sefton, Panther Creek High, Cary; Brennan Stride, Mills Park Middle, Cary.
• Photography: Selena Jallad, Middle Creek High, Apex; Brooke Sigmon, Salem Elementary, Apex.
• Visual Arts: India Crews, Panther Creek High, Cary; Avanti Panajkar, Farmington Woods Elementary, Cary; Menaka Kumar, Davis Drive Middle, Cary.
Thales Academy team advances to N.C. Junior Classical League state convention
The Certamen team from Thales Academy Junior High in Apex competed in a regional qualifications tournament at Lakewood Montessori Middle School in Durham, in order to qualify for the semifinal rounds at the N.C. Junior Classical League state convention. Certamen, which means contest in Latin, is a quiz-bowl-style game in which questions are based on material from Latin and ancient Roman and Greek mythology, history and customs.
Thales Academy in Apex sent two teams to the regional competition, both at the middle school level, one of which advanced. The team that advanced will compete in semifinal and final rounds against schools from across the state on April 26-27 at the 62nd N.C. Junior Classical League state convention at Wake Forest University.