School Notes: Oct. 9.

October 7, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit

Athens Drive High School

• Educating the Fearful Flyer: Why Aren’t We Falling?: 6:30-9: p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, $59.

• Basics of Cooking I: 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 14-Nov. 4, $100.

• College is Possible/La universidad es posible: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, free.

• Zumba Basic Fitness: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 15-Dec. 3, $65.

• Cooking in Spanish: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, $100.

• Hoy dia: Spanish for Real Life Part 2: 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 12, $105.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Hidden Habits of Empowered Employees: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Oct. 30, $107.

• Fitness at Any Age: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 18, $65.

• How to Self-Publish a Book Successfully: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, $100.

• Guitar Master Class for All Skill Levels: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 15-Nov. 5, $85.

• College is Possible/La universidad es posible: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, free.

• Communidades: Más allá del aula Part 2: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 5, $97.

Walk to School Day at St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School of Apex participated in its third annual Walk to School Day on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Walk to School Day is part of the school’s efforts to promote students’ health. The school participates in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart every January and earned the Advocates for Health in Action’s Brains and Bodies Award in 2011.

Local students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Local high school seniors have been chosen as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program for their scores on the 2012 PSAT. They can go on to compete for National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $35 million.

Here are the semifinalists, listed by school:

• Apex High School: Rachel Mumford, Yu-Ming Shi, Kerri Stanton and Leah Weaver.

• Middle Creek High School: Laura Stedbeck.

• Cary Academy: Emma Astrike-Davis, Keegan Hines, Hannah Hubbard, Shantal Jayawickreme, Elliot Kuan, Kyle Lerch, Elizabeth Lewis, Savannah Lynn, Austin Mangelsdorf, Nisha Modi, Brittany Schulz, Samuel Title, Theodore Waechter and Alexis Williams.

• Cary High School: Laura Roberson.

• Green Hope High School: Alexander Bartell, Samuel Chao, Inan Husain, Nadia Johnson, Michelle Lam, Boning Lu, Thrisha Oruganti, Michael Schmithorst, Noam Sheetrit, Anna Sun and Sonya Zhang.

• Panther Creek High School: Henrik Lindvall, Nishad Waghmare and Shannon Zhan.

• Holly Springs High School: Kathleen Chenevert and Jacob Inkrote.

• Athens Drive High School: Jonathan Otten.

Cary student’s water project wins state award

Christie Jiang of Cary, a student at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, was named a state winner of the 2013 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. Her project, titled “Chitosan-modified Cellulose as Adsorbent to Collect and Reuse Nitrate from Groundwater,” went on to the national competition in Oregon in June. The international competition solicits water-related science projects to promote research and awareness of global water challenges.

Assistance League rewards local students

The Assistance League of the Triangle Area awarded scholarships to local high school students this year, including Aryn Kontos of Holly Springs High School. The scholarships, which are to be put toward college education at North Carolina schools, are open to students in Wake, Durham or Orange counties and are awarded based on financial need, scholastic aptitude, an essay and a balance of academic and extracurricular activities.

Davis Drive Middle School wins music contest

The Intermediate Orchestra program, directed by Johanna Rogers, of Davis Drive Middle School in Cary was one of five winners of the Win Music for Your School contest sponsored by Carl Fischer Music, Yamaha, D’Addario and VH1 Save the Music. The Intermediate Orchestra program won six sets of music from Carl Fischer Music and $500 worth of strings from D’Addario Strings.

Green Hope High School PTSA seeks treasurer

The PTSA of Green Hope High School is looking for someone to hold the position of treasurer. If you are interested, contact Diana Bader, the nominating committee’s chair, at

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Cary High School

Cary High School students will perform Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, to Saturday, Oct. 12, in the school’s auditorium at 638 Walnut St., Cary. Tickets cost $5 for students and $8 for adults, at the door or with reservations. To reserve tickets, call 919-462-6816.

Spirit Sprint at Northwoods Elementary School

Northwoods Elementary School will host its seventh annual Spirit Sprint fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 8850 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. During the school day, the entire school, organized by grade level, will run, hop, skip, jump or walk to raise donations from sponsors.

College Disability Services Workshop

N.C. State University and Wake Technical Community College staff will discuss disability services with students and parents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Davis Drive Middle School auditorium, 2101 Davis Drive, Cary. Register at

Middle Creek High School PTSA annual craft fair

Middle Creek High School’s PTSA annual holiday craft and vendor fair, Winter Wonders, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the commons at the high school, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex.

Wrestling club for future Panther Creek students

Panther Creek High School athletics and CREW Wrestling will offer a wrestling program for students in third through eighth grade who plan to attend Panther Creek High School. The wrestling club will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the CREW facility, 1823 NW Maynard Road, Cary. Registration costs $50. For details, go to

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