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RALEIGH – Twenty-five years ago this week, the Tar Heel State legalized the creation of public charter schools. School choice advocates came together in Raleigh on June 22 to celebrate the milestone and highlight the impact of charter schools on families and students during the last quarter-…

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CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston has appointed Nancy Brightwell as new chief academic officer.

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CHARLOTTE – Michelle Pierce, a middle school computer science teacher at Mallard Creek STEM Academy, has been selected among thousands of eligible teachers as a 2021 Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award recipient. Pierce will receive a prize package valued at more than $30,000, w…

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CHARLOTTE – Military Times ranked ECPI University number one in the nation in the career and technical college category of its best colleges and universities for veterans and military service members.

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RALEIGH -- Attorney General Josh Stein encouraged high school and college students in North Carolina to complete their FAFSA forms and be considered for federal student aid, including grants, scholarships and loans.

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MINT HILL – Principal Ericia Turner reflected on how the Class of 2021 endured through their high school experience, including losing classmate Modesty Shelton to a car crash as sophomores and having school interrupted by COVID-19 as juniors. 

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MATTHEWS – Salutatorian Amanda Wu thanked the staff at Butler High School during June 4 commencement exercises for working through in-person, remote and hybrid learning models during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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WAXHAW – Cuthbertson High School was able to hand out diplomas and hear a student speaker before the threat of incoming storms expedited the pomp and circumstance of the Class of 2021's June 3 commencement. 

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WAXHAW – Jackson Adams, senior class historian for Marvin Ridge High School, said it was initially challenging to write a commencement speech since it was hard to remember what a normal school year looked like. 

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MONROE – 2020 was supposed to be a big year for Sun Valley as the high school was set to unveil new instructional and athletic facilities, but the pandemic forced students to spend most of the year at home.  

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INDIAN TRAIL – Porter Ridge graduate Hannah Williams said four years of high school have helped students make friends and discover new strengths and passions. For her, she realized an interest in agricultural education and veterinary care. 

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With the ongoing pandemic, severe changes have been made in all aspects of life, especially in the field of education. However, it is important to think about a teacher’s perspective during these challenging times with emphasis on students and education. Teachers are, arguably, one of the mo…

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CHARLOTTE — It’s not easy to write a graduation speech — just ask South Mecklenburg High School grad Chloe Hess. The salutatorian turned to music for inspiration while writing her address to the Class of 2021. But as soon as “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus came on, she said the words just fell in…

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CHARLOTTE — Every time Clayton O’Dell thinks about the past four years at Myers Park High School, she pictures the quad and how it was a constant for her class through change.

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CHARLOTTE — What brings you peace and joy? What makes you excited each day? What gives your life meaning? These are the questions Providence High School Principal Tracey Harrill told the Class of 2021 to ask themselves as they set out in search of “the good life.”

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CHARLOTTE — Independence High School Principal David Legrand is tired of hearing the word “unprecedented” when talking about the past 15 months of the pandemic. Still, he said it’s the best way to describe the final leg of the Class of 2021’s high school journey.

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CHARLOTTE — As Nikhita Nanduri watched her Ardrey Kell classmates navigate a world of unknowns over the past year and a half, she said she was reminded of the school’s mascot.

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Some of you may remember from previous columns I've written that my mother passed away a couple days before my high school graduation. I relive a lot of those moments every time I hear pomp and circumstance.

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CHARLOTTE – Glyn Cowlishaw is not like other heads of schools that pander to commencement crowds for cheap applause by saying the most recent crop of graduates is the best to ever walk across the stage.

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MATTHEWS – Principal Sheila Nelson assured Carmel Christian School's 78 graduates May 28 that they will one day tell their grandchildren about their senior year of high school during the COVID-19 pandemic. And while they attended classes on the private school's campus most of the time, they …

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CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools approved real estate transactions May 25 that will allow the district to secure land next to British International School for a new building that will relieve overcrowding at Ardrey Kell and South Mecklenburg high schools.

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MATTHEWS — The Goddard School named Brittany Joyner from The Goddard School of Matthews a regional winner of the 2021 Teacher of the Year Awards. Joyner joins 11 other Goddard teachers nationwide who were selected from a record-breaking number of nominations this year. In addition to being n…

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RALEIGH – This summer may not be filled with pools and part-time jobs for students across the state who’ve struggled with a year of mandated remote school. In March, the State Board of Education reported that in May 2020, after two months of remote school, test scores were at their lowest po…

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WINGATE -- Mandy Cohen might have given the most succinct three pieces of advice in the history of commencement speeches: Believe in yourself. Be uncomfortable. Listen more.

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“These pandemic days require a new vision of what we might collectively become and what you might individually become,” the Rev. Willie James Jennings told Wingate University graduates in his Baccalaureate message, part of a virtual worship service posted May 13 on the University’s Facebook …

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CHARLOTTE – Ijay Narang, of Ardrey Kell High School, was among 161 high school seniors as recognized U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education.

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Editor's note: Melissa Merrell shared these remarks with finalists for Union County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. We're sharing them with you in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week from May 3 to 7.

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INDIAN TRAIL – Union County Public Schools once recognized Hannah Park as part of a state champion soccer team. Ten years later, the district is recognizing her as its Teacher of the Year.