Matthews student awarded Kohl’s community service scholarship
A Matthews student was one of 200 volunteers chosen from more than 35,000 nominees nationwide to receive money from the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.
Alyssa Verruto, 11, was nominated for the award for making a positive impact in her local community. The program is part of Kohl’s Cares, the department store’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of kids.
Winners receive $1,000 scholarships and are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome. She also qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July.
Alyssa was nominated for her Kids Helping Kids Campaign, where she raised more than $11,000 to buy toys, sporting equipment, books and crafts for children at Thompson Child & Family Focus each Christmas. As a thank you to her donors, Alyssa also assembles and displays luminaries around her neighborhood on Christmas Eve.
For more information on the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, visit www.kohlskids.com.
Local students named National Merit Scholars
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced 1,800 additional winners of the college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships, including two students from Matthews schools.
Colleges and universities finance the scholarships and select winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program to attend their institution. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. About 2,500 other college-sponsored award winners were announced in May.
The following Matthews students were part of the final group of winners:
• Eunice G. Lee, Providence High School
• Peter J. Saunders, Covenant Day School
CPCC to launch cosmetology program
Central Piedmont Community College will offer a new two-year, five semester associate-degree program in cosmetology starting this August.
The program will teach students how to cut and color hair, perform facials, manicures and pedicures and will prepare students to take the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensing Exam. The program will use the Pivot Point curriculum, which offers scientific and artistic principles in hair designing and will focus on hands-on training.
Students in the program also will be required to take a small business management course to help prepare graduates who want to one day own their own salons.
CPCC is currently accepting applications for the program, which will open with a maximum of 40 students at CPCC’s City View Cosmetology Center, 1609 Alleghany St., in Charlotte. For more information on the program, call Catherine Cunningham at 704-330-3220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthews student graduates from Riverside Military Academy
Nicolas S. Gasparro, a Matthews resident, recently graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga.
Gasparro attended the academy as a boarding cadet and served Foxtrot Company as a platoon leader. His duties included commanding his platoon during all formations, ensuring platoon preparedness for assigned missions, provided training for the platoon and supervised disciplinary action of platoon members. Gasparro also was a member of the academy’s lacrosse and varsity football teams.
Gasparro will attend The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is the son of Stephen and Diana Gasparro of Matthews.