■ Hunter Huss High School student Jonathan Hannah captured a second-place finish at the state wrestling championship and qualified for the national tournament. Norquan Otis finished in fifth place at the state event.
■ South Point High School theater arts students presented Seussical for the school’s spring production. The play is the school’s entry in the Blumey Awards program, which recognizes high school students in the Charlotte region for outstanding achievement in theater arts.
■ Pinewood Elementary hosted a program featuring children’s author David Sargent. The event included Sargent’s dogs, which are characters in his books. He discussed the importance of writing and encouraged the children to use their imagination.
■ Tryon Elementary partnered with Concord United Methodist Church in Bessemer City to provide Girl Scout cookies for the Charlotte Air National Guard unit serving in the Middle East. Student Catelyn Spencer and school secretary Cynthia Lynn organized the effort.
■ The East Gaston High School JROTC program was honored as a Program of Distinction by the U.S. Marine Corps. Only the top 20 percent of JROTC programs in the region receive this recognition.
■ The following York Chester Middle School students received awards at the Gaston County art show: Faith Bradshaw, David Murphy, Ty’Quasha Jordan, Lillian Young, Mercedes Davis, Shaneice Mills, Jose Perez, Hannah Dickerson, Mark Choice and Keyasia Dawkins.
■ The Bessemer City Primary March Good Citizens were Kiya Glenn, Kylie Reynolds, Isaiah Eskridge, Deonna Simmons, Trinity Brown, Michelle Howell, Michael Barnett, Liliana Hoyle, Kyia Cruz, Jennifer Burgess, James Dugan, Cody Whitaker, Haley Haas, Kaytlynne Whitley, Michael Coley and Valarie Willis. The Principal’s Pride award winners were Valeria Rico-Salazar, Carson Owensby, Malik Horton, Breanna Jolly, Kaleb Wooten, Angel Kobs, Ebanee Brown, Ashley Wilkes, Carolyne Hunter, Mackenzie Fields, Jaelyn Gamble, Vincent Driscoll, Natalee Gentry, Taleyah Love, Xiang Zhang and Jadon Norman.
■ The following Highland School of Technology students earned prestigious college scholarships: Dashiell Chrisner, Jalyn McNeal, Luke Watts, Tamirah McGill, Kendra Shuford, Kendall Medford, Daniela Lopez, Rachel Terrio, Jasmine Scheitler, Jacob Gardner, Sam Amarasinghe, Deanna Canipe, Addison Collins, Abigail Hardee, Kameron Harper, Josh Neely, Chann Little, Aaron Marlowe and Rachel Terrio.
■ Highland students Rob Decker, Rollin Jenkins, Matthew Noles and Savannah Lutz captured the top prize in the N.C. Engineering Design competition. The students worked with professional engineers from Livingston and Haven of Charlotte to learn how to build an actual model using industry standard components. They will advance to the national competition this summer.
■ Chavis Middle School student Alexis Grimes won the school’s spelling bee. Chase Abernathy finished second and Ruby Sigmon took third place.
Compiled by the Gaston County Schools Communications Department
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