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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Local student serves as Governor’s Page

Madison Jillani, a senior at Greyfriars Classical Academy, recently served as a Governor’s Page in the office of Governor Pat McCrory. She is the daughter of AJ and Lisa Jillani of Mint Hill and was recommended by Bill Dixon, former city councilman for Matthews.╩
Madison also served as a House Page in May and was sponsored by Representative William Brawley (Republican-Mecklenburg).
Pages spend a week at the Administrative Building, assisting the Governor’s staff and learning about the structure of North Carolina government.
 
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Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee displays some of the Fundred Dollar Bills his students created in class. McGee’s students are involved in a country-wide initiative to bring aware- ness to the dangers and prevalence of lead poisoning in children.

Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee has been working with his students to discover how art can be used to raise awareness about social issues. They are preparing their own representations of $100 bills in order to alert government officials to the dangers of lead poisoning.

Unseen lead contamination in both residential and working environments puts hundreds of thousands of children and adults at risk each year. The industrial use of lead has been limited since the 1970s, but residual lead dust, primarily from gasoline and paint, often remains in homes, yards, parks, and playing fields.

Additionally, experts warn that vinyl mini-blinds, hobby materials such as fishing weights or brass items, and old unsealed bathtubs can be additional sources of lead exposure.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 1.59.01 PMAlthough adults can be affected by lead poisoning, the danger to children is the greatest. Prolonged exposure to lead can af- fect brain development and cause learning dis- abilities. Other consequences include lowered IQ, behavior and attention problems, hearing damage, nervous system and kidney damage. Continue reading

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Bain Daze first steps to saving historic school

Bain Daze

Ladies of all ages participated in the Victorian hat contest. Margaret Cochran, second from right, wore the winning hat, designed by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, who was also a sponsor of the event.

The first ever Bain Daze was held at Mint Hill Park on Fairview on Saturday, September 21, and young and old came out to support fund raising efforts to save the historic school building from the wrecking ball.

The school, which dates to 1889 when it was known as Bain Academy, was the first graded school and college preparatory school in Mecklenburg County.

Around 1922 the school was turned over to Mecklenburg County and it was redesigned into a two-story brick structure with a belfry. For many years its graduates would meet at the school for reunions and gatherings.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police station open for business

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.52 PMThe Mint Hill Police station was open for business on Monday, September 23 at its new location in the former town hall building.

A few small problems were reported, but, according to Police Chief Tim Ledford, the transition has been smooth.

“We have a couple of locks not working,” says Ledford. “We had a leak in the men’s locker room that was taken care of this morning, and the phones were not working properly.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.58 PMAll minor inconveniences that haven’t dampened the excitement of the move.

The Board of Commissioners approved the renovations of the former Mint Hill Town Hall in March, 2012.

The architects worked hard to make effective use of the space in order to provide the police department with what they need to do their job effectively.

“We went from about 5,000 square feet to 7,800 square feet,” says Ledford. “In the old building, we had to put three units together to make one, and it wasn’t very effective.” Continue reading

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