School notes: June 12

June 11, 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

• 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

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

Substitute Teachers Association

The Substitute Teachers Association of Wake County will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Olive Garden, 7805 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. RSVP to

Morrisville student awarded retail scholarship

Shelby Richa rds of Morrisville was recently awarded the National Retail Federation’s NRF Foundation nonprofit division Ray M. Greenly scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship are chosen by faculty members at NRF Foundation university partner schools. Each recipient is nominated based on high scholastic achievements and passion for retail; each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to cover educational costs and a stipend to attend’s annual summit in September.

Richards attends East Carolina University and is majoring in fashion merchandising.

Cary student awarded Peacemaker Scholarship

The Community of Christ church in Cary awarded Kathryn “Katie” Armstrong with the $1,000 Peacemaker Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a graduating senior in Cary who demonstrates efforts for peacemaking at home, school and the community.

Armstrong is a graduate of Green Hope High School. She is a founder of the Love is Louder club at the school and was active in soccer and track and field. Armstrong was a volunteer with the Raleigh and Durham Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. She was also active in the National Charity League with her mother.

Local students awarded scholarships

The Saint Francis United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee awarded educational scholarships to 14 high school seniors on June 2.

Hannah Buckley (Holly Springs) and Baxter Wilson (Athens Drive) were awarded the Holloway Scholarship; Robert Tapp (Apex) was awarded the Gregory Allen Memorial Scholarship; and Christine Bowen (Middle Creek), Monica Brookie (Athens Drive), Lily Duchesneau (Athens Drive), Jacob Hargrove (Athens Drive), Alec Jacobsson (Athens Drive), Evan Moore (Fuquay-Varina), Charles Moss (Athens Drive), David Terrill (Athens Drive), Phillip Thomas (Cary), Grace Timothy (Athens Drive) and Jay York (Athens Drive) were awarded the Post-Secondary Educational Scholarship.

Local teachers awarded classroom grants

Wake Education Partnership awarded more than $70,000 in classroom grants for 34 Wake County Public School teachers for the coming year thanks to local business investments.

Grants are focused on the arts, dental health, early childhood literacy, math, life science, health and nutrition and autism education. Grant criteria included the sustainability of a program, contributions to professional development and improved student achievement.

Recipients and team leaders of Teacher Leadership Grants for the 2013-2014 school year in western Wake County are:

•  Elizabeth Luna, Athens Drive High School, Art

•  Janice Wilson, Briarcliff Elementary, Art

•  Julie Blas, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Exceptional Children with Autism

•  Rene’ Herrick, Fuquay-Varina Elementary, general

•  Terri Walker, Farmington Woods Elementary, general

•  Barb Fair, Kingswood Elementary, Life Science

•  Marcia Ferreira, Morrisville Elementary, Life Science

•  Carrie Jones, Middle Creek High School, Life Science

•  Michelle LeRoy, Penny Road Elementary, Life Science

Young readers win titles in Battle of the Books contests

Apex Middle School won the Wake County Battle of the Books competition in March, and then the regional contest in Rocky Mount in April, to earn an invitation to the state competition last month.

For Middle School Battle of the Books, students read from a list of more than two dozen books that included “White Fang” by Jack London, “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman and “Flush” by Carl Hiaasen.

At the tournaments, team members answer questions about the books in a quiz-bowl format to earn points.

Apex Middle School’s team members, who represent grades 6 through 8, were Anna Bohlmann, Rebecca Daniels, Cameron Jacobsen, Kay Langley, Emma Lynch, Skanda Sastry, Jillian Schaller, Jared Sloan, Ben Travis, Mary Tuman, Max Welch and Joseph Wuori.

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