May. 13, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

Carolina Friends student wins national essay contest
DURHAM – Jake Taylor, a Chapel Hill resident and middle school student at Carolina Friends School, won a national Listen to a Life essay contest, offered by the Legacy Project.
Taylor, 13, wrote about his grandfather, Jack, whose love of movies in small-town Indiana allowed him to fly a fighter plan or solve a murder mystery through his imagination.
He won a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer, a keepsake timepiece and a framed award certificate.
Willow Oak Montessori on target for August opening
PITTSBORO – Since April, Willow Oak Montessori, a new Chatham County charter school, has started construction and upfit of its initial nine-room facility in the Bold Building at Governors Village.
Remodeling of the first-floor space is proceeding as planned for the school’s scheduled opening in August.
The school also held its first admissions lottery, filling spots in first through third grades. Willow Oak received 150 applications for 90 seats.
The school’s board of directors hired Christine Lowry as the new assistant head of school.
DPS offers Common Exam information sessions
DURHAM – Parents of children in grades six to 12 are invited to learn about the impact of new statewide Common Exams at sessions during the next two weeks.
The first session, today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be held at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St. The next session will be at the same time on May 21 at Brogden Middle School, 1001 Leon St.
The Common Exams are new assessments that will result in early dismissal days for middle and high schools so that teachers can score the exams.
Two Chapel Hill students named Morehead-Cain Scholars
CHAPEL HILL – Norman Trevor Archer and Christopher Chen Reeder, both students at Chapel Hill High School, are among the nine Triangle area students who have been named Morehead-Cain Scholars for the Class of 2017.
Archer is a state-champion Ultimate Frisbee player and co-president of the school’s a capella group, the Beau Brummels.
Reeder is president of the Key Club, co-editor of the school newspaper and a volunteer at the Museum of Life and Science.
The merit scholarship program honors students who will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Besides covering all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC, Morehead-Cain also offers summer enrichment experiences.
Student art on display at Northgate Mall
DURHAM – Artwork by Durham Public Schools elementary students is on display at Northgate Mall until May 20.
The exhibits are on view Monday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Showcased schools include Bethesda, Burton, Club Boulevard, Creekside, E.K. Powe, Easley, Eastway, Fayetteville Street, Forest View, George Watts Montessori, Glenn, Hillandale, Holt, Hope Valley, Lakewood, Little River, Mangum, Merrick-Moore, Morehead Montessori, Oak Grove, Parkwood, Pearsontown, R.N. Harris, Sandy Ridge, Southwest, Spring Valley, W.G. Pearson and Y.E. Smith.
East Chapel Hill student named 2013 Presidential Scholar
CHAPEL HILL – Jacob A. Reed, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, was one of two students in North Carolina and 141 throughout the United States selected as a 2013 Presidential Scholar.
The program recognizes scholars each year based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and commitment to high ideals.
Carrboro Elementary gets new assistant principal
CARRBORO – Jonathan Woody, who has been a teacher and principal intern at Carrboro Elementary School, has now been hired as assistant principal.
Woody, who has worked in both Wake County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Montreat College, a master’s in liberal studies from Duke University and a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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