Class Notes

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

Blank honor student at Phillips Exeter 
CHAPEL HILL – Eleventh-grader Samuel A. Blank earned honors for the spring 2013 semester at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Blank is the son of Daniel Blank of Chapel Hill.
Phillips Exeter Academy is a co-educational residential school in New Hampshire that serves students in ninth through 12th grades.

Tiger Tales win junior historian literary contest

DURHAM - The Tiger Tales Club from Orange Charter School won first place in the elementary division of the 2013 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Annual Convention.
Fourth-graders Kathryn Dukelow and Christina McKiernan’s submission “Wild and Official: The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks” won the Tiger Tales first place in the N.C. Literary and Historical Association’s THJHA Literary Contest. “Wild and Official” provided information on the history of the horses of Shackleford Banks, including how the Colonial Spanish mustang became the official horse of North Carolina, the national law passed to save the horses, as well as their history, diet and habitat.
The Orange Charter Tiger Tales Club is advised by Lisa Dukelow.
The award was given at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh during the THJHA convention in April. The convention included learning experiences aimed at helping young people appreciate and understand North Carolina history. The projects submitted to the contests were to encourage students to research the historical significance of people, places and events in their own communities.

Granville Summer Institute for Educators, Aug. 13 and 14
CREEDMOOR - Granville County Schools is holding its first Summer Institute for Educators on Aug. 13 and 14 at South Granville High School in Creedmoor.
The institute allows participants to choose the sessions they want to attend. The sessions are divided into strands including instructional technology in the classroom, management in one-to-one environments, teaching and learning online and using technology resources in support of instruction.
There are more than 50 sessions to choose from, with sessions lasting 50 or 110 minutes. A catered lunch will be provided both days on-site and is included in the registration. Richard Byrne will be the keynote speaker, discussing “Ten Common Challenges Facing Educators and Tools to Address Them.” Byrne is known for his blog “Free Technology for Teachers” and his monthly column for “School Library Journal”.
For information or to register, visit

Wiener on Honor Roll at Mercersburg Academy
DURHAM – Eleventh grader Grace Caroline Wiener was named a distinguished scholar during the spring semester at Mercersburg Academy for having all grades at 90 or above.
Mercersburg Academy is a co-educational, independent college preparatory boarding and day school in south-central Pennsylvania. The academy serves students in grades nine though twelve and a postgraduate year.

Creative Freedom Awards teacher inspiration and resource fair
DURHAM – The Creative Freedom Awards will host its first Teacher Inspiration and Resources Fair from 2-76 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Walltown Park Recreation Center in Durham.
Registration is now open to the free, idea-sharing and networking event. The first 200 registered elementary school teachers will be eligible for free gifts that include resources and gifts provided by the Teaching Channel, Edutopia, Pinterest, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, UNC-TV and more.
Opening remarks at the fair will be given by Laura Candler of Laura Candler’s Teaching Resources.
Creative Freedom Awards is a teacher-led organization that celebrates and shares the creative work of elementary teachers in the Triangle. The organization gives awards to elementary teachers for their inspiring work and the opportunity to share an instructional idea they’re passionate about.
Visit for more information on the Creative Freedom Awards or to register for the Teacher Inspiration and Resources Fair.

Distinguished Young Women of NC accepting scholarship applications
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina At-Large program.
The scholarship program’s At-Large program allows applicants who live in any city or county to participate without having an existing local program. Interested applicants compete for a local title then move on to compete for cash scholarships at the state level.
Participants are judged in several categories including scholastics, talent, self-expression, fitness and interview. The application deadline is July 30. Applicants must be high school seniors who will graduate in 2014.
The first program will take place on Sept. 14 in Fuquay-Varina. The state competition will take place in Greensboro. Interested applicants can go to and select “participate” to fill out the online application.
The Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina program has been in place for 54 years. The national Distinguished Young Women program was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Mobile, Ala. For more than 50 years, the program has awarded cash scholarships totaling almost $90 million to girls across the country. Former participants include Diane Sawyer, Deborah Norville and Debra Messing.

Disney Dreamers Academy taking 2014 applications
High school students ages 13 through 19 can now apply to attend the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort.
From March 6-9 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 100 students from across the country will take part in the innovative outside-the-classroom educational and mentoring program with the mission of inspiring and fueling the dreams of teens, helping them to discover a world of possibilities and prepare them for the future.
Participants and a parent or guardian will receive an all expense paid trip for the Disney Dreamers Academy. During the academy, students will participated in hands-on, full immersion workshops that are related to various career paths including animation and zoology and learn skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies.
The deadline to apply is October 31. Winners will be announced in early 2014. Students can apply at

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