School notes: April 24

April 23, 2013 

Cary High School to hold ‘Celebrate Autism Day’

Cary High School will hold a Celebrate Autism Day on Wednesday, April 24, to raise money for the Autism Society of N.C. A walk to benefit the Autism Society of N.C. will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at the high school track. Participants will get pledges and money will be donated.

Panther Creek High spring musical

The Panther Creek High School theatre arts department will presents its spring musical, Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 25, 26 and 27, at the school auditorium, 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary. Tickets, which are $10, can be purchased at the door or online at Student Rush tickets will be available for $6 on the night of the April 25 show. For more information, email

Athens Drive band fundraiser

The Athens Drive High School Band Booster Club will host 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, potatoes, slaw, hushpuppies and sweet tea. Homemade desserts can be purchased for $1.

Free delivery is available for local businesses with an order of six or more plates. To order, contact Laura Ashford at

Middle Creek Stampede Club 5K

The Middle Creek High School Stampede Club will hold its second annual Stampede 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, beginning in the Mustang Stadium, 123 Middle Creek Ave., Apex. Winners will receive trophies, medals and gift certificates to the Fleet Feet store. The Mustang Mile fun run will follow the race. Proceeds will benefit the student-athletes at Middle Creek High School. To register, visit

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

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

Wake Tech Culinary Arts Showcase

Wake Technical 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 5. For information, visit

Green Hope student recognized in national top artists and writers

Amanda Buaron, a student at Green Hope High School, has earned national recognition in the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards.

Buaron has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted and only the top 1 percent were recognized at the national level.

Buaron will attend a ceremony on May 31 at Carnegie Hall. Her artwork will go on a two-year tour representing Green Hope High School nationally.

Green Hope student receives AIA scholarship

Matt Sokol, a student at Green Hope High School, has received the Atlantic Indoor Association scholarship at the Atlantic Indoor Association Championships held April 6-7 in Raleigh.

The Green Hope High School Band winter groups placed at the AIA Championships:

• Middle School Winter Guard: Fourth place, Scholastic Junior class

• Junior Varsity Winter Guard: Second place, Scholastic Regional A1 class

• Varsity Winter Guard, Fifth place, Scholastic A1 class

• Indoor Percussion: Sixth place, Scholastic Open class.

Athens Drive student wins patriotic art contest

Katie Herring of Athens Drive High School recently won the annual Cary VFW Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest. She was also selected as the District winner and will be competing at the state level.

The contest gives high school students an opportunity to express patriotism with their artistic and creative talents, while competing for scholarships with other students nationwide. The Cary VFW Post received a total of nine entries from Apex, Cary, Green Hope and Athens Drive high schools.

Apex and Cary schools ‘Brains and Bodies’ winners

Advocates for Health in Action recently announced the 2013 Brains and Bodies Award recipients for Wake County elementary schools. Four of the nine schools awarded are in western Wake County.

Davis Drive Elementary and Highcroft Drive Elementary in Cary, and Laurel Park Elementary in Apex won the Silver Award designation. Farmington Woods Elementary in Cary won a Bronze Award.

Each of the award winners earned a “Healthy Students Grow Here” banner to hang at their school and a framed certificate.

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