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Heritage fourth grader wins spelling bee

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Elementary School held their annual spelling bee Jan. 13, with fourth grader Brandon Major out-spelling all the others and winning with the word, ventriloquy. Prior to the great spell-off, each classroom held a spelling bee to be able to advance one speller...
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Gymnastics: a growing sport in high schools

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris WAKEFIELD — The gymnastics scene in local high schools has evolved over the last few years. More gymnasts are seeing that the competition in high school can be fun despite the long practices and performances the sport entails. The gymnastic programs at...
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Wakefield volleyball player Benda signs with Marquette

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris Correspondent WAKEFIELD — Gabby Benda will leave Wakefield High School as one of the top volleyball players in school history. And the Wolverine standout setter made her college commitment official, signing a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball...
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Lady Cougar Delane Smith signs with Catawba College

By David Allen Staff Writer WAKE FOREST — Wanting to both pursue a degree in medical technology and continue playing softball, Wake Forest Cougar’s starting second baseman, Delane Smith, will attend Catawba College, fall 2014. Located in Salisbury, Catawba is a Division II-South...

Golden LEAF scholarships available

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Golden LEAF Foundation is offering scholarships to Franklin County students who plan on attending participating North Carolina public, private or community colleges, then returning to the rural, economically distressed county. Scholarship applicants must be...

Smart Start to host county Pre-K application session

WAKE FOREST — Smart Start at the Northern Regional Center hosts a Wake County Pre-K application session for for the 2014-15 school year Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 350 E. Holding Ave., Room 163. Eligible children will be four years old by Aug. 31, 2014.  Applicants must bring a...

School Briefs – Jan. 16, 2014

Let us know what’s happening in your school at schools@wakeweekly.com . -Elementary Schools- Heritage Elementary •Jan. 16 — PTA Meeting, 7 p.m. in the media center. Childcare provided. •Jan. 17 — early release, 12:20 p.m. • Jan. 20 — MLK Day, no school. • Jan. 23 — Welcome back,...

Rolesville High student named athlete of month

ROLESVILLE — Jared Hendren, a sophomore at Rolesville High School, was recognized Jan. 3 as the  Radio 96.1/Penn Station East Coast Subs Athlete of the Month. The program honors high school students who are not only outstanding performers in their chosen sports, but also excel in...
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Heritage High presents Aladdin Jr

Heritage High School theater (above) presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and Feb. 6-8. Showtimes are 7 p.m. with a special matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. Set in the city of Agrabah as seen through the eyes of the beggar boy, Aladdin, the production is...
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JOOI spreads joy this season

WAKEFIELD — The newly founded Junior Octa-gon Optimist International, or JOOI, club at Wakefield High serves area youth by spreading optimism through community service. Founded in October by Gillian Shulman, the President, the JOOI Club has already made a difference in our...
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4-H members place in national Avian competition

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Four Franklin County 4-H members competed in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Avian Bowl held in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 20-21.   The competition, including team members Taylor Farley, Joey Moore, Kenny Richardson and Joseph Adams, was held in...
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King celebration Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The 20th annual Wake Forest Dr. Martin Luther King celebration will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 2237 Friendship Chapel Road. The featured speaker, the Rev. Dr. Tom Jackson, pastor emeritus at Wake Forest Baptist Church, helped...

School Briefs – Jan. 9, 2014

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. -Charter Schools- Wake Forest Charter Academy  •Parents invited to learn more about the new charter school opening this fall. The meetings will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m....
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New charter school planned

Project planned for Gateway Commons site. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A new charter school is planning to open in fall, 2014. But first its site plan needs approval by town commissioners. A master site plan for Wake Forest Charter Academy will be reviewed as part of a joint...
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School board proposes committee for cooperation

by Burwell Stark CARY — Tuesday evening, the Wake County Board of Education held its last public meeting for the calendar year with Christine Kushner presiding. Kushner was elected school board chairman over the previous chair, Keith Sutton, at the Dec. 3 meeting by a vote of 7...

Officials mum about student injury

ROLESVILLE — A Rolesville High School student reportedly made an attempt on her own life in a third floor bathroom shortly before noon Thursday, Dec. 5. Although both Wake County Schools officials and Rolesville police are currently refusing to release much information about the...
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Apply now for internships

NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Dec. 16 to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2014. All internships will begin on May 27 and conclude on...

Library News 12-12

Happenings in local libraries   See Spot Read event Children are invited to practice their reading skills with the certified therapy dogs from the local organization See Spot Read. Open to grades K and up. No registration is required. The event is Friday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m....
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School Briefs 12-12

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233.   -Elementary Schools-   Jones Dairy Elementary •Two 5th grade students placed in the top 10 in Wake County’s Living Soil poster art contest, sponsored by Wake Soil & Water Conservation...
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Cougar baseball player Fausto Turro signs letter of intent

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris   WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High School senior Fausto Turro has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Mars Hill University. Turro has played all three years at Wake Forest, including two years on the junior varsity team and was a...
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Wakefield’s Jordan Glass to play volleyball at George Mason

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris   WAKEFIELD — Wakefield High School senior Jordan Glass has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball and education career at a four-year institution. Glass, a six-foot outside and middle hitter, is headed to George Mason...
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Audit shows discrepancies with virtual school

Routine examination finds accountability deficiencies in the $19.7 million enterprise RALEIGH — The state auditor’s office recently completed an audit at the Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Virtual Public School and the results disclosed concerning deficiencies...

School Briefs for 12-5

  Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233.   Welcome reception There will be a reception to welcome incoming new superintendent of Franklin County Schools Dec. 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Louisburg College Auditorium.   -Elementary...
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Wake Board seeks schools agreement

by Burwell Stark RALEIGH — Joe Bryan, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, began the Nov. 18 public meeting with the first state of the county address from the new Wake County Justice Center. Bryan said that the board and county employees continue to make Wake Coun...