Class notes

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

YES Abroad scholars head overseas for a year

CARRBOR -- Carrboro High School’s Elspeth McWilliam-Grench and Katie Caruso have been awarded two of the 65 scholarships to study abroad through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program by the U.S. Department of State.

McWilliam-Grench and Caruso will take part in a full immersion experience as they live with host families in India while attending an Indian high school for a year.

Caruso and McWilliam-Grench  will promote mutual understanding of cultures by building lasting relationships with their host families and friends and through community engagement via volunteer service and leadership training.

The Kennedy-Lugar YES program was authorized by the U.S. Congress after Sept. 11, 2011, to increase dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and countries with large Muslim populations. Initially the program brought international students into the U.S. to live and study. In 2007, the program expanded for Americans to travel to various countries, including Morocco, Bosnia, Thailand, Ghana, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey.

The YES Abroad program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Weiss named Band Director of the Year

DURHAM -- Andrew Weiss, band director at C.E. Jordan High School, has been voted the 2012-13 Band Director of the Year by the Central District Bandmasters Association.

Weiss is being recognized for outstanding accomplishments in the field of instrumental music education in addition to exceptional service to the profession and the district.

Jordan’s wind ensemble and symphonic band have consistently received superior ratings at the Central District contests and have received top honors and first place finishes at state competitions and festivals including the UNC Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

“I firmly believe that you must challenge and employ your students,” said Weiss. “The students are the reason for the success at Jordan High School and my students will always receive a solid musical education, first and foremost. It’s about educating these students, about teamwork, dedication, hard work and passion.”

Free college planning session

DURHAM -- Students and parents are invited to a free college planning event at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Comfort Suites RDU, 5219 Page Road in Durham.

The session is meant to help high school students and their parents get a head start on the college admissions planning process, including the differences between the SAT and ACT, how to figure out which test a student should take and best practices for preparing for them.

Sessions will cover how to increase the chances of getting financial aid, how to use test scores to qualify for scholarships and what factors, academic and non-academic, go into applying for college.

There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program. Seating is limited.

For more information, email or or call (919) 824-3912.