Class Notes

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Hillside students to benefit from hiring initiative

DURHAM -- Students enrolled in Hillside High School’s Business and Finance Academy may be ahead in the job market following an agreement between the National Academy Foundation and 10 of America’s top corporations.

Through the new initiative, NAFTrack Certified Hiring, the companies — AT&T, Cisco, EMC, HP, JPMorgan Chase, Juniper Networks, KPMG LLP, RBC Capital Markets US, Verizon, and Xerox — have promised to give special consideration to job applicants who, as high school graduates, earned a National Academy Foundation credential.

The Hillside High School Business and Finance Academy, a NAF affiliate, provides a concentrated study of the financial services industry. Specialized courses in finance, on-the-job summer internships and numerous enrichment activities facilitate the transition from high school to advanced training programs and eventually to careers in banking and finance or related fields.

The academy recently partnered with Woodforest National Bank to open the state’s first in-school bank training center in January 2014.

Other local key partners include KPMG and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Riverside student honored

Daryl A. Nickerson Jr., a rising senior at Riverside High School, has been selected to join the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

Membership in NSHSS entitles students to enjoy a variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items and publicity honors.

Jordan student earns scholarship

Jordan High School’s Alana N. Harris earned a National Merit scholarship to the University of Oklahoma.

Harris plans to study marketing at the school.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution.

College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship

Bilingual environmental lessons

On Thursdays during July and August, Triangle Land Conservancy is offering weekly bilingual outdoor environmental education lessons for kids ages 5 to 10 and their parents.

Each lesson will consist of fun and engaging games and lessons for kids to learn about conservation, nature, animals, such as decomposers.

At Horton Grove Nature Preserve the lessons will be on sustainability.

All programs begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.:

July 24 – Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama.

July 31 – Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama.

Aug. 7 – Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve, Raleigh.

Aug. 14 – Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve, Raleigh.

The program is managed by Diego J. Cancel, a rising senior at N.C. State University who is pursuing a degree in environmental technologies.

To sign up please email Diego at and cc

Teachers to serve on panel

Gov. Pat McCrory and the state Department of Public Instruction have announced the teachers from across the state who have been selected to participate in the Governor’s Teacher Network.

Eight teachers from Orange County Schools have been selected to serve for one year in the Governor’s Teacher Network.

They are: Marcus Alford, Amanda Boleratz, Nina Daye, Pamela Fitzpatrick, Kelly Lazarus, Kim McColman, Melinda Fornes and Danielle Payton.

In all, nearly 450 teachers throughout the state were selected to serve in the Governor’s Teacher Network.

The Governor’s Teacher Network teachers will develop projects, lesson plans, and spread the understanding of new resources for all teachers in the state.

They will receive special training and will be supported through NC DPI for work on their projects. Additionally, the teachers will be paid $10,000 for their work, which will take place from the summer of 2014 through spring 2015.

Partners send Eastway students to Washington

Private citizens and local business partners were instrumental in helping to send 12 Eastway Elementary School fifth-graders on a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., via Amtrak to tour historic sites.

The students were members of Eastway’s Y.E.S. (Young Eagles Soar) Club, which rewards fifth-grade students who have demonstrated good behavior, academic excellence and leadership skills.

They met weekly with club adviser and assistant principal Wallace Sellars to discuss and undertake service projects to improve the school and served as Eastway’s ambassadors.

Businesses that helped support the students’ trip included the Doubletree Hotel, Wal-Mart, Mark Jacobson Toyota, Case 21 and Gephart Marketing.


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