Feb. 04, 2013 @ 03:20 PM

Chapel Hill senior wins American Legion district oratorical contest
Alexander Werden secured a spot in the American Legion’s Division III High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest by winning a gold medal at the district level on Jan. 19.
The next phase of the contest takes place Feb. 9 at American Legion Post 116, 6400 Johnson Pond Rd., in Fuquay-Varina at 10 a.m. If he wins on Saturday in Fuquay-Varina, he would go on to compete in Raleigh for a chance to represent the state in Indianapolis, Ind., for the finals.
Werden, a Chapel Hill High School senior who represents Chapel Hill American Legion Post 6, won a gold medal for his speech about the U.S. Constitution. The silver medal went to Stefanee Powell, a Riverside High School senior who represents Durham’s Post 7.
Preschool open house on Sunday
DURHAM – St. Stephen’s Episcopal preschool has scheduled an open house for Sunday, Feb. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. Families can learn about the half-day preschool during the session at 82 Kimberly Dr., off Hope Valley Road. For information, call 919-489-6789.
Hillside High presents ‘Martin Said So’ for Black History Month
DURHAM – Hillside High School’s drama department in February presents “Martin Said So,” produced and directed by Wendell Tabb in celebration of Black History Month. The play follows four generations of an American family of African descent through the civil rights movements of the 1950s and ’60s.
Special group tickets (10 or more) are $5. Single tickets for students, senior citizens and children are $7. Tickets for adults are $10.
Educational matinees are scheduled for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. and noon. Weekend performances are planned for Feb. 8 at 7:15 p.m., Feb. 9 at 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 3:15 p.m.
For reservations, contact Priscilla Ross at, Wendell Tabb at or order tickets online at
Holocaust essay contest entries due in February
DURHAM – The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is sponsoring a Holocaust essay contest that’s intended to make high school students, regardless of heritage, think about those events and what implications they have for the world today and in their own lives.
The contest is made possible by the Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham-Chapel Hill.
Students can research an individual from the Holocaust, examine a specific location, explore a specific event or compare an event during the Holocaust to a current event.
First and second prizes will be awarded, with $250 and $125 respectively. Essays should be no longer than 1,200 words. Entries must be sent no later than Feb. 15, 2013. Email entries to or mail to Holocaust Essay Contest c/o Sam Norton, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.
For information, call 919-354-4953 or email
New learning challenge launched for Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh
The new Belk Service Learning Challenge, a collaboration of Belk, Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education, encourages middle students to improve communities by taking on service-learning projects.
The challenge is open to all middle school students within 50 miles of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Students work in teams of two to four with a teacher/mentor and identify a community issue, research, create an action plan, implement the plan and reflect on their service by submitting an electronic portfolio that tells their story.
Entries are due by March 14, 2013. Grand prize for the top team is a $1,000 scholarship per student team member and a $250 teacher award. Second place gets $500 scholarships and a $100 teacher award.
For information, visit

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