Shaping the future of early childhood education

By Carol Taber, special to The Wake Weekly WAKE FOREST — Cynthia Sovich, a 28-year teacher of family and consumer sciences at Wake Forest High School, is quite possibly one of the most quietly influential people in the area of early childhood education in the state of North...

Seniors make lots of music together

by Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — More than 9,000 hours. That’s how much time a group of seniors at Wake Forest High School has devoted to the Cougars marching band. Five of them — Tanner Compton, Matthew Stevens, Katie Chang, Erin Stewart and Carly Gordon — started playing with...

Wreck victim was a Wake Forest High grad

Raleigh police arrest illegal alien with previous DWI conviction. By David Leone RALEIGH — A Wake Forest teen was one of two women killed when the 1998 Honda they were riding in was struck by another vehicle, which then sped away. The driver of the Chevy Avalanche has since been...

Marching Cougars celebrate winning season

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest High School Marching Cougars finished their competition season Saturday in Havelock, where they won awards for percussion, music performance, drum major, visual performance, general effect and overall. It was the final competitive performance for the...

Marching Red Rams end season with success

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton High’s Marching Red Rams brought home quite a few trophies after Saturday’s Cary Band Day competition, including firsts in color guard and drum major, and seconds in music, general effect and overall Class AAA. The Rams also won the Perkinson award, an...

Sound of Music comes to Franklinton

FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton Area Community Theater (FACT) presents The Sound of Music Nov. 14 and 15 at Franklinton High School. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The nonprofit theater group’s production includes more than 40 children. Admission is $5 per person....

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Academy to hold art expo Rising Star Christian Academy has scheduled a free community art expo tonight (Thursday), 3-7 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, face painting, student artwork for...

Secret workshop for kids Nov. 15

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is hosting a class especially for Santa’s little helpers Saturday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa’s Secret Workshop for Kids will offer children ages 5-8 the chance to craft a handmade surprise for mom, dad or another special...

Harkins completes training

WAKE FOREST — U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Payton A. Harkins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies,...

Bright Ideas grants awarded

YOUNGSVILLE — Wake Electric has awarded select teachers in Granville, Franklin, Johnston and Wake Counties a grand total of $53,557.59 in Bright Ideas education grants to fund innovative classroom learning projects. Area winners include David Sander from Wake Forest High, Lori...

Student and mom stitch up fundraising quilt

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Farm Bureau agent Steve Arrington is pictured with the handmade quilt he won with his bid of $175 at Monday night’s Snow Scholarship auction hosted by Wake County Farm Bureau. Also pictured is Maren Jensen, a freshman at Wake Forest High and member of...

Donate to Shop with a Cop

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department’s 16th annual Shop with a Cop holiday shopping spree is scheduled Dec. 18. On that day about 30 children will be paired with their police officer “partners.” The kids and their partners will then be transported by bus to Walmart,...

Louisburg College awarded grant

LOUISBURG — The Cannon Foundation has awarded Louisburg College a grant of $50,000 to help support renovations to the music wing of the Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex. The Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex is named in memory of a former trustee of the College and lifelong Louisburg...

High school marching bands drum up wins

WAKE FOREST — Several high school bands have marched their way to win numerous awards in recent competitions taking place across the area. The Franklinton High Red Rams marching band, led by Derek Southerland, took first place Oct. 25 in the AAA class competition at Greene...

Cooking with Grace

HMS student needs votes for national contest. By David Leone Associate Editor WAKE FOREST — Grace Boudah, a multitalented sixth-grader at Heritage Middle, could win her school a lot of money if she wins an online cooking contest requiring community voting. The youth has a video...

YMCA steps up its annual fundraising campaign

Every donated dollar helps Wake Forest area youths, adults By David Leone Associate Editor Heather Holding plays the percentages. Along with her husband, James, the stalwart Wake Forest community volunteer has thrown herself into the YMCA’s We Build People annual campaign,...

Miracle League fall festival Saturday

LOUISBURG — The Miracle League of Franklin County will host their annual Fall Festival for children and adults with special needs, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Louisburg High School. Donations of cupcakes and cakes are being sought for the festival, as well as goody-bag...

Art exhibit to benefit Langston

ROLESVILLE — RED Gallery, 101 N. Main St., will honor a Rolesville High School student with an exhibit of his favorite art style. Isaiah Langston, a football player and artist who died last month, loved cartoon art and superheroes. An opening celebration will be held at the...

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Wake Forest High School •WFHS baseball team is hosting a 100-inning marathon game beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Anyone may play in the game. See Coach Kevin Lynch in the media center. Rolesville High...

All Saints students spell for the win

WAKE FOREST — Alden Warner, right, a sixth grader from All Saints Academy in Wake Forest, correctly spelled “Yankee” to become this year’s Arch Spelling Bee overall winner Saturday. Alden is now eligible to compete in the Wake County Spelling Bee. Also pictured is Jayla Durham,...

Parents: Student assignment splits neighborhood

Residents question school leaders over draft plan by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A change to the draft 2015-16 student assignment plan that was designed to keep neighborhood children together may now divide them. That was the complaint by some Bishop’s Grant subdivision parents to...

Principals of the Year

ROLESVILLE — The Wake County Public School System has named Rolesville Middle School Principal Dhedra Lassiter the 2014 Wake County Principal of the Year. Deputy Superintendent for School Performance Cathy Moore presented the award to Lassiter during a ceremony at Marbles Kids...

A star on and off the field

by David Allen WAKE FOREST — Oftentimes in life you get to run into truly remarkable people. Among the talent pool that is Wake Forest High School, there is an individual who stands out. Senior Bryce Love is a top-ranked running back at 5 feet, 9-inches, 180 pounds, a track and...