Palisades Episcopal School student earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

March 24, 2013 

Emma Myrick, 13, of Charlotte was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award in a surprise ceremony Thursday at Palisades Episcopal School.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, is awarded by President Obama through The Prudential Spirit of America Community Awards program. Emma participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of PES, where she is an eighth-grade student.

Emma earned her award not only by volunteering at PES, but also through volunteer work at local churches. She has served as the school’s safety patrol captain for two years, making sure younger students arrive safely to their classrooms each morning. At her church, Emma has volunteered for three years in the nursery. She also volunteers during vacation Bible school each summer.

“Emma is a perfect example of what we want our students to become during their time at PES,” said Head of School Kerin Hughes. “Our curriculum includes a strong focus on the importance of serving others and giving back to our community, and it’s wonderful to see that focus shaping our students into loving, selfless individuals.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes youth across America for outstanding community service activities.

More than 370,000 youth have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

“The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and DEO of Prudential Financial. “In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

Crowders Creek students present ‘Annie Kids’

Crowders Creek Elementary School’s fourth- and fifth-grade Honors Chorus presents “Annie Kids” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Clover School District Auditorium.

Fifty-five students will take the stage joined by more than 70 second- and third-grade students who will participate as orphans.

Angie Sulls is the director, along with help from Regina Inman, choreographer; Rob Addison, drama; and Carla Mitchell, 2/3 grade chorus director.

Honors Chorus students also will perform selected scenes of “Annie Kids” at Broadway Junior in downtown Charlotte on April 10.

Show tickets cost $3 at the door.

OMS recognizes Rachel’s Challenger teams

Oakridge Middle School every month recognizes two students from each Rachel’s Challenger teams who consistently demonstrate character and who strive each day to follow Rachel’s five challenges: eliminate prejudice, dare to dream, choose your influences, use kind words, and start a chain reaction of kindness.

The following students are being recognized for the month of February.

6th grade: Chris Whitesides, Taylor Blake, Marissa Cross, Justin Wolf, Jacob Arguedas and Jessica Chen.

• 7th grade: Madison Sippel, Hunter Walden, Meagan McLoughlin, Tristan Dover, Jeminii Isaac and Georgia Welborn.

• 8th grade: McKenzie Johnson, AJ Pennington, Savannah Kidd, Abhi Patel, Kaitlyn Price, Sydney Hartman and Makenna Courtwright.

Olympic High students heading to championship

Members of the Olympic High School Winterguard and Indoor Percussion groups have been learning, practicing and perfecting their routines since December.

Hours of rehearsal will culminate at the Carolina Indoor Performance Association Championships held April 6-7 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

Since 2007, Olympic High School has been the only Charlotte-Mecklenburg school to field successful Winterguard and Indoor Percussion programs.

Under the direction of James Smallwood, director of bands, these programs have regularly placed at regional and national competitions.

In 2013, Olympic Indoor Percussion was a regional finalist at the WGI World Championships that were held in Richmond, Va.

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