School notes: June 5

June 4, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit

Athens Drive High School

• Simple Web Page Design, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 6-20, $85

• SMART Board Technology in the Classroom, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, June 6-13, $125

• Salute to Sushi, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, $45

• Ay, Enchiladas, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, $45

• Gluten-Free Baking, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, $45

• A Taste of the Yucatan, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, $45

• Cooking for the College Student, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, $45

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Creative Camera, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, June 10-July 29, $90

Green Hope High School senior and graduation activities

Green Hope High School will host a variety of activities for the class of 2013:

•  Sunday, June 9: Baccalaureate ceremony. Line-up begins at 2:30 p.m. A non-denominational ceremony will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh St., Cary. A reception will follow the ceremony.

•  Tuesday, June 11: Graduation. Seniors should check in at 7 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

Panther Creek golf tournament

The Panther Creek Athletic Booster Club will hold its fourth annual Catamount Classic Golf Outing at 1 p.m. Friday, June 14, at The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club, 840 The Preserve Trail, Chapel Hill. The first 100 players to sign up will receive lunch, dinner and a complimentary round at the Preserve or Chapel Ridge at a later date. Sponsors and volunteers also are needed. To sign up, email or visit

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Those eligible include public school K-12 teachers working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

• Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. To apply, call 919-863-6312 or visit

• Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process. For details, visit

Local sorority chapter awards scholarships

The Cary-based Sigma Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., recently awarded $13,000 in scholarship money to five high school students who live in western Wake County, as well as three college freshmen.

The following high school students received $2,000 scholarships:

•  Jillian Campbell is a senior at Enloe High School. Campbell has been accepted to Howard University, Hampton University and Drexel University. She plans to major in pharmaceutical science.

•  Camille Hobson is a senior at Middle Creek High School. Hobson has been accepted to Meredith College, Campbell University, Queen’s University, Peace College, Wingate College and Mount Olive College. She plans to major in special education.

•  Maya Worth is a senior at Green Hope High School. Worth has been accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill. She plans to pursue a career in sports medicine, physical therapy, dentistry or optometry.

•  Naomi Thomas is a senior at Cary High School. Thomas has been accepted to UNC-Greensboro. She plans to major in computer science.

•  Jayme King is a senior at Holly Springs High School. King has been accepted to N.C. Central University, East Carolina University and UNC-Greensboro. She plans to major in pre-law, marketing, business administration or public health.

The following college freshmen received $1,000 scholarships:

•  Allison Bailey, Stanford University.

•  Kelsey Winchester, UNC-Chapel Hill.

•  Tikayla Downing, UNC-Charlotte.

Cary seniors selected as EC scholars

Three students from Cary are among 19 incoming college freshmen selected for the prestigious EC Scholars program at East Carolina University in Greenville.

Trey Cook, Shivam Patel and Keerthana Velappan received the merit scholarship, which recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients earn a scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of approximately $61,000.

Cook is the son of Kenny and Sherri Cook and is a homeschool student. He hopes to one day attend veterinary school.

Patel is the son of Pravin and Monal Patel and is a senior at Green Hope High School. He intends to study biology and then pursue a medical degree at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.

Velappan is the daughter of Uma Ramanathan and Velappan Velappan and is a senior at the N.C. School of Science and Math. After earning her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend medical school to focus on pediatrics, neuroscience or audiology.

Apex Middle teacher selected for Honeywell boot camp

Honeywell has selected 70 teachers from 10 countries to attend a Green Boot Camp event, a five-day interactive workshop focused on the best practices for teaching energy, sustainability and environmental concepts.

Mark Hipps of Apex Middle School was one of the teachers selected to attend the camp.

Cary High School receives grant for ‘Breakfast Blitz’

Cary High School received a $1,000 grant from America’s Milk Processors for having a top “Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast Blitz” program. MilkPEP has directed $250,000 in grants to winning schools across the country to improve access to healthy breakfast options.

FUTP60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program. Parents and students were able to vote for their school to win a FUTP60 grant. The schools with the most votes received grants to support school breakfast programs.

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