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Two Myrtle Grove Middle School students are the winners of this year’s Black History Month Quiz Bowl at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Seventh graders Amaya Shaw and Marquitta Brunson won two out of three rounds against Virgo Prepatory Academy and UNCW Black History Quiz Bowl Team.

“We are extremely proud of our students for winning the Black History Month Quiz Bowl and for their commitment to academic excellence,” Myrtle Grove Principal Sam Highsmith said.

Kindergarten registration underway
New Hanover County Schools holds kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 academic year through March 7.

To be enrolled, children must be five years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2014. Parents or guardians must provide the following to the elementary school upon registration:

  • Child’s original birth certificate (not a copy) 
  • Certificate of immunization
  • Social Security card (optional)
  • Proof of New Hanover County residency (current lease agreement, deed, property tax statement homeowners/rental insurance policy)
  • Photo identification (valid driver’s license, ID card or passport)

For more information, call the elementary school your child will attend or the student support services department at (910) 251-2929.

Hoggard student named scholars program candidate
Hoggard High School senior Sarah Spaulding is one of more than 3,000 candidates for the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.

Inclusion in the 50-year-old national program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academics and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT assessment is also considered.

The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion and participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators and community leaders.

New Hanover County students win top spots at math competition
Middle school students beat out their competitors from 20 schools across the region in the recent MATHCOUNTS competition. Noble Middle’s team–Melanie Su, Ben Davis, Natalie Kelmer and Jason Blaisdell–took first place. Holly Shelter’s team–Gautam Vemury, Ben Latter, David Shin and Kendall Scott–placed second. And Myrtle Grove’s team–David Oh, Joshua Webster, Kevin Schichlein and Eddie Lee–came in third.

Noble and Holly Shelter will now go on to represent the district at the state level of the competition, to be held at the N.C. School of Science and Math on March 14.

Additionally, the following students placed in the top 10 overall: Melanie Su, second place; Gautam Vemury, third place; Ben Davis, fifth place; Daniel Oh, seventh place; Ben Latter, eighth place; and Daniel Cheng (Roland-Grise), ninth place.

School improvement team meetings scheduled
The district has released a schedule of school Improvement Team (SIT) meetings for the remainder of the 2013-14 year.

SITs provide a system for identifying individual school needs and establishing a common approach to meeting those needs. SIT meetings are open to the public. A schedule can be viewed here.

Board of Education meetings announced
The school board’s policy committee meets at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at Board of Education Center, located at 1805 S. 15th St. Following that meeting, the full board meets at 5:30 p.m.

The board has set a retreat for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in Room 301 of the Administration Building, located at 6410 Carolina Beach Road.

Center for Inquiry students embark on service projects
Cape Fear Center for Inquiry celebrates Share Month through March with a variety of student service projects in partnership with local businesses. The first project gets underway on Tuesday, March 4, when eighth-grade students will work with Lowe’s Home Improvement in Monkey Junction to help prepare Airlie Gardens’ butterfly gardens for new larva hosts.

Each grade level will complete its own service project, and several school-wide projects will be completed, including making cards for New Hanover Regional Medical Center patients, as well as veterans. The school is also sponsoring the 2014 Coastal N.C. Run/Walk for Autism on March 29.