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Marching Huskies hosting spin clinic April 18

School Briefs — Week of March 19, 2015 Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Heritage Elementary •The next PTS meeting is tonight (Thursday). •The next Happy Day is March 27. •The Spring HEStival is April 17. Wakefield Elementary School •March 24 is Spirit Night at...
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Youngsville principal named

YOUNGSVILLE —  At a special-called board meeting in February, Marylin Newkirk was named as the new principal for Youngsville Elementary. Newkirk is set to begin her duties April 1. A North Carolina native, Newkirk calls Fayetteville home. However, she has worked as an assistant...
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Barbecue helps boys & girls

LOUISBURG — If you like barbecue and supporting kids programs, then head to Johnny’s BBQ in Louisburg March 30 from 4-7 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club Franklin Unit will host a BBQ sale where you can buy a plate of barbecue, potato salad, cole slaw and hush puppies for eight...
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Franklin schools extend days by 10 minutes due to snow days

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County School Board approved a plan to make up the Feb. 27 inclement weather day by extending each school day by 10 minutes March 16 through June 5. “Winter weather has taken a toll on our school calendar, however, the safety of all students and staff is...
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Good Friday restored, spring break halved

CARY — After publicly exploring the option of using the April 3 Good Friday holiday and two additional Saturdays as make-up days for the Feb. 25-27 snow days and receiving a negative backlash, the school board vetoed its earlier pronouncement that spring break was safe, and took...

VGCC Paralegal program receives State Bar recognition

Information session is March 26 in Louisburg. LOUISBURG — The two-year Vance-Granville Community College program held on the Franklin County Campus in Louisburg has been designated as a qualified paralegal studies program by the N.C. State Bar. The State Bar’s Board of Paralegal...
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Local athlete to play for U15 National Soccer Team

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Wakefield Middle Schooler Tori Hansen will have the opportunity to compete with the best players in the nation in hopes of someday qualifying for the Under-17 World Cup team at Carson, California next week. While there, the eighth grader will play...
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Students to pay comedic tribute to SNL Saturday

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High School theater students will pay tribute to 40 years of Saturday Night Live (SNL) Saturday at 7 p.m. in a showcase of student talent interspersed with classic comedy sketches from the iconic television show. Teachers, parents and students will...
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Wake students lose Good Friday for school makeup day

The Wake County Public School System will use the following schedule to make up the academic time lost Feb. 17-20: •Traditional-calendar: One make-up day will be taken by extending the early release days scheduled for March 6 and April 17 to full school days. •Year-round, tracks...
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Heritage Elementary HEStival is April 17

School briefs - March 5, 2015 Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary •Remember to send in your Box Tops, Campbell and Tyson labels. Just have your child bring them to their classroom. This is a great way for our PTA to earn money to help...

Go shopping at annual JROTC bazaar Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The JROTC Battalion Bazaar is Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Support Wake Forest High School JRTOC cadets by shopping with local artisans, crafter and vendor for spring and Easter items, plus gifts for graduation and mother’s day.
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Franklin County teacher played for millions, won thousands

FRANKLINTON — Not many individuals pursue the teaching profession to get rich. Andrew Spatz is no different — but he may beat the odds. Spatz is a chemistry teacher at Franklinton High School and was recently a contestant on ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire. His spot aired...
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Franklin County lists initial makeup days

LOUISBURG — Makeup days for the winter weather closings have been announced by Franklin County Schools. The following days will be utilized as student make-up days. The teacher workday and early release days will become full instructional days. Additions or changes to the...

Four locals named teacher of year semi-finalists

WAKE FOREST — Four local teachers have been named as semi-finalists for the 2015-16 Wake County Schools teacher of the year: •Jean Hockenyos, Wakefield Elementary School, •Shannon Lowry, Rolesville Middle School, •Clinton McCaskill, Heritage High School, and •Laura Stiles,...

Applications for Wake Electric scholarship available

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Electric Scholarships program is now accepting applications for the following 2015 scholarships: Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship — Wake Electric awards one Fred M. Alford Memorial scholarship of $2,000. This scholarship is in memory of former Wake...

Don’t miss upcoming performances at Wake Forest High

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High School’s  Advanced Theater students, known as Troupers, will showcase their solution performances for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competition in their annual OM Spectaculathon Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.  Admission is free....
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Heritage art students create silk banners

WAKE FOREST — The Heritage High School PTSA has officially unveiled five beautiful silk banners made by Heritage High School art students. The banners are located in the school lobby. Art students participated in an artist-in-residency program with award-winning artist Leni...
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Heritage High student accepted to West Point

WAKE FOREST — U.S. Congressman George Holding announced that a Heritage student has been accepted to West Point. “It’s an honor to announce that Blake Robert Walters, of Wake Forest, has been offered an appointment to the United States Military Academy,” Holding said in a...

Heritage Elementary hold winter program

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Elementary held its winter program Jan. 22. The performance included the Track 1 and 2 fifth graders playing hand chimes on both treble clef and bass clef. The third grade show, entitled Sno Biz, and three fifth-graders, who represented Heritage in the N.C....

Youngsville Elementary principal named

LOUISBURG — A specially called Franklin County Board of Education meeting was held Monday and Marylin Newkirk was named Principal of Youngsville Elementary School. Newkirk comes to FCS with experience as an assistant principal and director of curriculum and instruction in Durham...
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Grant funds robotic equipment for mechatronics training

CREEDMOOR — The Mechatronics lab on Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus continues to gain state-of-the-art equipment, purchased with grant funds. The newest addition is the MAS-200 Modular Assembly System produced by SMC International Training, a company based in...

Kudos – Feb. 26, 2015

Academics honored •Sage Anderson of Wake Forest and Bonnie Smith and Therius Styles, both of Raleigh, were named to the fall dean’s list for academic achievement at Coastal Carolina University. •Joseph Baglio and Megan Foster, both of Wake Forest and both majoring in business...