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Notable News 3-25-13

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that North Lincoln High School student Sirkka Alexandra Hunt of Iron Station has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

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

Currently, there are more than 530,000 Society members in over 160 countries.

More than a dozen student leaders were recognized with special honors during the 43rd annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA), held March 15-17 in Raleigh. Over 200 students from across the state participated in this event, presented by the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the N.C. Department of Administration.

Katelyn King of Mt. Holly, who attends Lincoln Charter School, served as a member of the Children and Family Committee and was a recipient of the “Jimmy Gibbs Award,” named for a 1980 YLA tri-speaker. The award is given each year to the delegate from each committee who contributed the most to the discussion by asking questions, rewriting bills, showing creativity and inspiring others.

Alexis Clark of Denver, who also attends Lincoln Charter and served on the Judiciary Committee, received the same award.

Kara Dellinger of Lincolnton has been named to Lenior-Rhyne University’s President’s List for the 2012 fall semester. A sophomore, Dellinger has earned this honor by achieving a semester grade point average of 3.9 or better on a 4.0 scale. Qualifying undergraduate students must have also carried at least 12 hours of letter-graded courses.

Department of North Carolina, Veterans of Foreign Wars, recently recognized Frances Massey, an eighth-grader at East Lincoln Middle School and the daughter of Scott and Mary Ann Massey. Frances participated in the annual VFW Patriot Pen essay competition and was selected as number two in the state at the annual awards banquet in Greensboro on Saturday, Feb. 2. Frances represented VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton.

Prior to the banquet, the VFW Post 1706 scholarship committee and other comrades presented her with a medal, Certificate of Merit and a $35 Wal-Mart gift card on behalf of the Commander, VFW Post 1706, Garry Pratt.

This VFW-sponsored youth-essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy and compete for thousands of dollars at the national level. This year’s essay theme was, “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” “Frances wrote an essay of just less than 400 words that was very creative, and it clearly demonstrated her knowledge of the theme,” said Commander Pratt.

Bobby Costea, a Level 9 gymnast, recently won the state gymnastics championship for the 13- to 14-year-old age division.

He has qualified for regional championships (coming up in April) and national championships in Portland, Ore., (coming up at the end of April).

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