Providence teacher named Teacher of Excellence
Paul Jackson, the band director from Providence High School who died in February from cancer, was recently recognized as a Harris Teeter Teachers of Excellence recipient.
The award, which is part of Harris Teeter’s commitment to recognize excellence in education, was created as part of the Together in Education, or TIE, program to celebrate teachers whose dedication and inspiring presence motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.
The 10 winners were selected from a list of nominations submitted by TIE coordinators and were each awarded $1,000 and earned an additional $1,000 for their school. Jackson’s prize money was given to the Paul Jackson Memorial Fund.
Independence student studying British culture
One local student joined 18 other students from across the United States to spend two weeks in and around London, as of Monday, June 18.
Brendon Toma, from Independence High School, was awarded a scholarship by the British American Business Council in Charlotte to attend the British Studies Program at ACS Cobham International School in the United Kingdom. The program, which is in its 16th year, is part of a greater program by ACS International Schools to allow American students to explore British culture, visiting various sites of cultural and historical interest.
Brendon wrote an essay about a British figure he admires.
The students will return home June 30.
Local student awarded CEM scholarship
Amanda Hu, a student at Providence High School, was recently announced as the CEM Corporation’s 2012 Stacey Palasek Memorial Scholarship winner.
The corporation, which specializes in scientific solutions for critical laboratory applications, established the $5,000 scholarship to assist young women from Mecklenburg and Union counties who plan to major in one of the sciences, have a good academic record, excellent character and leadership qualities.
Amanda graduated with a 5.1887 GPA and was valedictorian of her class. She was a member of the French and math honor societies and the National Honor Society, and participated in various leadership roles at Providence. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study biology.
Latin students receive high honors
Elementary students in first through fifth grades taking Latin with Sherri Madden at Master’s Academy, a Matthews classics school, had a chance to show off their Latin knowledge recently on the Exploratory Latin Exam.
The following students won honors on the exam:
Summa Cum Laude: Hanako Niimi, Susanna Schoeck and Elle Trejo
Magna Cum Laude: Alex Ratliff and Abigail Welch
Cum Laude: Burgin Bentley, Keller Bentley, Tate Clemons, Timothy Kasimir, Brice Niimi, Ellie Stevens and Anna Trejo
Students worked all year learning more than 300 Latin vocabulary words and facts about Roman culture. The fifth-graders were asked 20 additional questions and had to know information about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Presbyterian College announces Matthews honoree
Lauren Lefeber, a junior early childhood education major from Matthews, was named to the Dean’s List at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., according to a news release.
Lefeber receieved the honor for maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average for the Spring 2012 semester. Presbyterian College is a national, faith-based liberal arts institution.
For more information, visit www.presby.edu.
Back-to-School Brigade needs volunteers
Operation Homefront of North Carolina, a nonprofit that provides financial and other assistance to military families and Wounded Warriors, launched its annual Back-to-School Brigade program recently to collect school supplies for military kids and they need the community’s help.
The group needs volunteers from the community to help collect school supplies, pick up donated supplies at collection points, stuff backpacks and assist in distribution parties. Local businesses wanting to place a collection box in an office lobby or at a cash register should call 704-527-3063. Monetary donations can be made online at www.operationhomefront.net/nc/DonationForm.aspx.
Providence earns cash for their school
Providence High School recently received more than $2,500 from Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program.
The Matthews-based company created the TIE program as a promise to the community to donate money back to schools when customers purchase Harris Teeter brands and fill prescriptions at a Harris Teeter pharmacy. During the 2011-12 school year, the company paid out just more than $1.65 million to schools in the company’s marketing area and $17,838,575 since 1998.
Providence High School was one of the top-earning schools during the third payout this year, with $2,613.60. The program will begin in August and runs through May. For specifics on the TIE program, including how to get involved and how to re-link your Harris Teeter VIC card in August, visit the Link to Your School section of www.harristeeter.com.