Education Notes: June 29

Mint Hill Kiwanis awards scholarship

Cathleen Tam (left) recently won the scholarship for Independence High School Key Club members from the Mint Hill Kiwanis Club. Also pictured, Independence Key Club advisor, Tamara Babulski. Photo courtesy of Mint Hill Kiwanis Club

Cathleen Tam, a 2012 graduate from Independence High School, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Mint Hill Kiwanis Club.

The scholarship is only available for Key Club students at Independence and requires applicants to write essays on their experiences with Key Club.

Cathleen participated in Key Club for four years, where she worked her way up to officer positions, such as president her senior year. She will attend Central Piedmont Community College this fall and hopes to transfer to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

“The Key Club has given me an international view about what people are trying to accomplish for the better and being a member of the Independence Key Club has been a privilege,” Cathleen said in a news release. “I will always treasure it … the club has molded me into a better person.”

Local students make N.C. State Dean’s List

Several Matthews and Mint Hill college students recently earned Dean’s List honors at North Carolina State University.

To make the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.25 or higher if they are carrying 15 or more hours of coursework or a 3.5 GPA for those carrying 12 to 14 hours. The following students made N.C. State Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester:

MATTHEWS – Benjamin Tyler Anthony (perfect 4.0 average), Brett Chandler Austin, Robert Campbell Beatty, Graham Hugh Biggs, Michael James Boehm, Melissa Ann Botiglione, Meredith Malherbe Brooks, David W. Brower, Laura Caroline Craig, Anastasia Nicole Dewolfe (perfect 4.0 average), Thomas Alexander Dewolfe, Margaret Mae Dickerson, Kathleen Mary Giedraitis, William Matthew Gilmore, Brittany Courtney Harris, Sally Eloise Highsmith, Christopher Brandon Jackson, Gabrielle M Jenkins, Andrew M. Johnson, Aryn Elizabeth Leach, Nicholas Lepore (perfect 4.0 average), Christina Alice Grace McChesney, Melissa M. McLeod, Jordan David Mitchell, Joseph Anthony Moo-Young (perfect 4.0 average), Phillip S. Moore, Mason Thomas Mullmann (perfect 4.0 average), Sonum Atul Nerurkar, Kim B. Nguyen, Courtney Anne Nicholson, Bryan Olshan Perlmutter, Christopher Jonathan Rohrbach, Lindsey B. Rosenbaum, Cory James Slep, Christina Frances Stathopoulos, Mark David Meola Stein, Kendra Cristan Stowe, Britt Taylor, Christian Robert Tilley (perfect 4.0 average), Akshitha Vijayakumar, Kendell Jane Washofsky (perfect 4.0 average), Michael D. Webster and Michael Zubel

MINT HILL – Kyle Christopher Blessman, Katherine Lindsey Busker, Preston Truett Grigg, Julie Thien Thanh Le, Kristen N. Measimer, Magdlena Pari Rabiipour, Tamryn P. Stark and Abigail Elizabeth Van Horn

Local students honored for academics at UNC-Greensboro

Several local students recently attainted Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List honors at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for the 2012 spring semester.

In order to make the Chancellor’s List, full-time undergraduate students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.65. To attain Dean’s List, students carrying at least six hours of course work must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher, with no grade lower than a B-.

The following Matthews and Mint Hill students made the Chancellor’s List:
Matthews: Eunice Bent, William Ivey, Hannah Nystrom, Arielle Ross, Joselyn Taylor and Jameson Wright

Mint Hill: Larrell McAllister

The following Matthews and Mint Hill students made the Dean’s List:
Matthews: Ydiop Bdap, Eunice Bent, Maggie Cooper, Alex Craig, Gianina Garcia, Courtney Guthrie, Laura Haggard, Kelly Harris, Daina Huntley, William Ivey, Analisa Laws, Andrew Markle, Hannah Nystrom, Arielle Ross, Joselyn Taylor, Jonathan Wilson, Jameson Wright and Diana Yodzis

Mint Hill: Jacelle Cannon-Harper, Larrell McAllister and David McRae

Calling all kindergarteners!

Parents with rising kindergarteners who want their kids to participate in stories and activities that build pre-reading skills and help prepare children for success in school have a chance to do so at the Matthews and Mint Hill libraries.

Students who want to participate in the Get Set 4 Kindergarten program must be entering kindergarten this fall.

Register online at for the following Matthews dates:
July 7 at 3 p.m.
July 21 at 3 p.m.
Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.

Register online at for the following Mint Hill dates:
July 13 at 2 p.m.
July 27 at 2 p.m.
Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.

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