Week of festivities at Indy ends with crowning of king and quee

Senior Sidney Quach was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at Independence High School. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

Senior Sidney Quach was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at Independence High School. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

Students at Independence High School participated in homecoming week from October 14-18. Festivities wrapped up at school on Friday afternoon with an indoor parade and cheering for a Friday night victory against Garinger.

The band marched through the halls led by the varsity cheerleaders on Friday afternoon before school let out.

Games and activities such as Corn Hole began at 5:30 pm inside the stadium and a DJ entertained until the start of the game.

At half time the homecoming court was presented at mid-field and senior Sidney Quach was name the 2013 Homecoming Queen.

Independence beat Garinger 69-0.

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Science Rocks! Independence students teach Bain science class about rocks

By Leah Schmalz

What are rocks? Fourth grade students at Bain Elementary learned the answer to that question last Thursday morning, thanks to a group of students from Independence High School. They spent an hour at the elementary school giving science presentations on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

The IHS students split up into small groups. Each group gave a presentation in a different fourth grade class. They passed out guided notes and presented a slideshow that covered how rocks are weathered, the three types of rocks and how they are formed, and the uses of rocks in everyday life.

In Pam Spilde’s class, IHS freshman Josh Blue passed around samples of coal, gneiss, and mica. He explained that if the stu- dents were able to press the coal hard enough between their hands, they could turn it into a diamond. “Don’t try it, though,” he said.

“What are some of the uses of rocks?” asked fresh- man Ashley Gildersleeve. The students quickly rattled off gravel roads, arrowheads, countertops, and houses. One student jokingly added “throwing” to the list. Continue reading

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National Merit Scholarship names local commended students

scholarshipIndependence High School principal Amy Dellinger announced today that Hunter Brakovec, Thomas Guist, Joseph Joyce, and Anna McElrath have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the programs, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Continue reading
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FSI office,Carolina Panthers announce Teacher of the Week

FSIIndependence High School marketing teacher and head baseball coach, Daniel Cooke, received the Teacher of the Week award from FSI Office Supplies and Carolina Panthers.
“We run scrolling announcements during games, and someone submitted Mr. Cooke’s name,” says Jerry Taylor, School Supply Specialist with FSI Office, who partners with the Carolina Panthers for the recognition program.
Winners are chosen based on their commitment in the classroom as well as their willingness to go out of their way to help others.
Cooke received a storage box full of supplies for the classroom, including a carton of paper, and 2 tickets to the December 15 game at Bank of America Stadium against the NY Jets.
At the December 15 game, the Teacher of the Year will be announced and will receive a Grand Prize package of additional supplies for their classroom.
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Independence not able to stop high-scoring Hawks

This past Thursday, it was the old guard versus the new guard. Independence has established itself as a perennial power and West Meck was hoping to show that last year’s playoff run was not a fluke. Both teams entered the game undefeated. The game did not disappoint the fans who came out to see two great teams play each other.West Meck was first to score just minutes into the game, taking a seven to zero lead. On the ensuing kick after the PAT, Independence answered right back when special teams stud Deion Washington ran back the kick 97 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots tried to go for the two point conversion but it was no good. West Meck seven, Indy six. During the next possession for the West Meck Hawks, star running back Shaun Wilson coughed the ball up and Independence’s Tim Marshall recovered the ball on the West Meck 46 yard line. Not too long after that, Patriot QB Kelvin Hopkins avoids a rush, heaves the ball 45 yards to Workpeh Kofa, who marches in for the score. The score at the end of the first quarter: Indy 13 West Meck 7.
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CMS bond requests funds for programs, schools in Mint Hill area

A portion of the $290 million Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is requesting through a bond referendum will directly assist Mint Hill area schools.
If approved, approximately $39.02 million will be directed for a new K-8 Magnet school and updating Career and Technical Education programs.
$30.38 million would fund the construction of a new K-8 partial magnet school, expanding capacity for the Spanish language immersion magnet program in CMS. It would provide much-needed relief for Albemarle Road Elementary and middle schools and other nearby elementary schools while expanding capacity at Collinswood Language Academy.╩
K-8 schools can provide consistency and stability for students as they move from kindergarten to a new elementary school and then to a new middle school. This project provides a cost-effective solution to building separate elementary and middle schools. It costs about $48 million to build a new school.
$8.64 million would be used as the first part of a Career and Technical Education expansion. In Phase I, access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students would be expanded by creating technical institutes at Garinger, North Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg and Independence high schools. These institutes would provide the full slate of CTE course offerings, including automotive, carpentry, culinary, cosmetology and horticulture classes. Each school will leverage local businesses and industry to emphasize real-world, program-specific experiences for students.
For more information, or to see the progress of the 2007 Bonds, visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us
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