Indpendence Patriots holds off Garinger Wildcats

The Independence Patriots boy’s basketball team maintained their top spot in the

Southwestern 4A Conference by holding off a strong effort by the Garinger Wildcat
 Tuesday night to earn the road win.
After leading by only two points, 19-17, at the end of the first quarter, the Patriots
opened the second quarter with a 17-0 run and clamped down defensively holding the
Wildcats to only four points in the second quarter.
Garinger outscored the Patriots 47-39 in the second half, but was unable to overcome
 Indy’s second quarter run, allowing Indy to pick up the 79-68 road victory. Continue reading
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Queen’s Grant students win national theater awards

By Michele Dotson, Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
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Students from Queen’s Grant Community School won a Freddie G Excellence in Acting group award at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival, held January 17, 18 and 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

The students also collected the Playbill VIP award.  The playbills for their next show will be printed and shipped to them free of charge by Playbill magazine.

Students Garrett Costin and Hannah Snyder were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival.  The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 4,500 festival attendees.

The Junior Theater Festival offers an opportunity for students and teachers to interact with thousands of others who share their passion for musical theater.   Continue reading

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Tiderman picks up 200th win

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.38.58 AMIndependence’s Brian Tiderman picked up his 200th and 201st career wins at the 2014 Southwestern 4A Conference Wrestling Championship at Porter Ridge High School over the weekend. Tiderman won the confer- ence championship in the 220 lb. weight class with a first period pin over Butler’s Dean Looney. He was also voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Porter Ridge was the over all champion as the Pirates posted a score of 188.5. Independence, who was the regular sea- son champions, took second place with a score of 163.5. Butler placed third with 126 points. Myers Park earned fourth with 89 points. Rocky River was fifth 59.5. East Mecklenburg, 49 and Gar- inger 43 took sixth and seventh in the tournament. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

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NC Public Charter Schools Association to host two informational charter school fairs for parents

Fairs will be held in conjunction with fourth annual National School Choice Week

North Carolina parents interested in more information about high performing public charter schools in the Tar Heel state can attend informational charter fairs in Greensboro and Charlotte, organizers announced today.

The fairs will cater specifically to parents looking for a high-performing public charter school for their child, or to educators looking for what a public charter school might be able to offer them. These fairs are being hosted in as part of National School Choice Week 2014, the largest-ever celebration of school choice in American history. Continue reading

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Indy theater department continues to rebuild

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The cast of Seussical the Musical from Independence High School.

The cast of Seussical the Musical from Independence High School.

Seussical the Musical opens January 31
The Independence High School theater program continues its rebuilding process by presenting Seussical the Musical. This fun, fast-paced musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss. According to theater teacher Paula Baldwin, it has become a favorite with schools and community theaters.
“We chose the show because it has been very popular with many of the theatre companies in the area,” says Baldwin. “It’s light and fun for all ages.”
Baldwin, who has been at Independence for three years, continues to rebuild a drama program that had all but ceased to exist.
Although there had been a string of drama teachers over the years, there had been not been a musical produced at the school for 12 years until Baldwin took the helm and breathed life back into the program. Continue reading

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