Featured Stories

  • Where Are They Now: CATA grad Darius Williams brings love of musical theater to HSA at Monroe Middle

    Six years ago, Darius Williams found his love and passion for performing arts as a high school student at the Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA). That passion only grew during his time at Western Carolina University and in subsequent years of teaching performing arts throughout the state.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • #UCPSGrads: Sayo Oni prepares for a career on the big stage

    On May 19, CATA senior Sayo Oni was named Best Actor at the Blumey Awards, the prestigious music and theatre arts competition for high school performing arts students.. Building on the lessons learned and experience gained while at CATA, he's planning to attend the highly competitive and prestigious music theatre program at Elon University this fall. After that, Sayo is setting his sights on Broadway.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA Clubs Raise Funds for Cancer Research

    The Hands Helping Others and Beta Clubs participated in the “Relay for Life” last week for the CATA Lifesavers. The “Relay for Life” is an event that collects money for cancer research through fundraising.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA Presents A Raisin in the Sun

    This year at Central Academy of Technology & Arts, students from the theatre department will come together to perform A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The production will feature CATA’s first ever theatrical partnership with a local Union County elementary as the character of Travis in A Raisin in the Sun will be played by Malik Logan, a 5th grader from nearby Benton Heights.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA Presents Rock of Ages, the Musical

    This year at Central Academy of Technology & Arts, students from all over the school will come together to perform Rock of Ages, a musical set in the 1980s that has all the best 80s music you know and love. Songs from the musical include “We Built this City,” “I Wanna Rock,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Civil rights legend Minnijean Brown-Trickey shares Little Rock Nine experiences with CATA students

    n the fall of 1957, the world watched as Minnijean Brown-Trickey walked past armed guards and an angry mob into the formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School. At the time, Brown-Trickey didn’t realize that being a member of the Little Rock Nine would spark her decades-long advocacy of civil rights, which most recently brought her to CATA on Feb. 25 where she talked to students about her experiences overcoming racism.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Ode to the School Counseling Team

    The school counseling team was illuminated in an original ode by Mrs. Henry's AP Literature class during Guidance Appreciation Week. The students were tasked with creating their own poem "Ode on a Guidance Team" using John Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" as a guide. Students read their composition to the guidance members and presented them each with a copy.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Cadet Taylor Raine Presented the Top Performer Award

    Every three years, headquarters Air Force Jr ROTC (AFJROTC) visits each of the 878 AFJROTC units around the world. This past Monday, February 4, 2019, NC-931, Monroe/CATA AFJROTC, was inspected in 15 categories ranging from cadet knowledge to uniform inspection; from instructor program management to corps of cadet operations; from compliance to inventory.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA’s NHS Chapter Fills Birthday Goody Bags for Needy

    Mae Hinson, CATA’s 2018 National Honor Society (NHS) president, suggested collecting supplies and making goody bags for Bright Blessings for the NHS chapter’s required first semester project. Bright Blessings’ “birthday program brings [a] message of joy and positive recognition to homeless and impoverished children whose special day may otherwise go unnoticed.”

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Hands Helping Others Gives Back

    Last weekend on December 8, the “Hands Helping Others” club hosted their third annual Christmas Party for “A Chance to Dance” at Rolling Hills Country Club.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Canine Club Raises Funds for K-9 Vests

    In early November Canine Club organized lunch time change collections to raise money for the Union County Sheriff’s Canine Unit to help purchase protective gear.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA alum, Hamilton performer returns to his high school to prepare students for the big stage

    CATA alum Tyler McKenzie has performed in the Broadway Hamilton and Mamma Mia stage productions and the Matilda the Musical national tour as well as the current 20-city national tour of the acclaimed hit Hamilton musical. Now, nearly 10 years after graduating from CATA, Tyler has returned to his alma mater to help guide the school's next generation of aspiring artists.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Breast Cancer Fundraiser

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Hands Helping Others Club recently hosted a fundraiser during all lunch periods this month from October 9 to October 19th.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA Starts Canine Club

    On Thursday October 4th the Canine Club had two very special visitors from the Union County Sheriff’s Department as guest speakers. Deputy Summey and his patrol canine, Darko, came to the meeting to talk to students about training dogs to work with the Sheriff’s Department and how canine vests can be used to help protect the dogs.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Patch Panel Punch Down

    The Network Engineering students formed four teams to complete a network punch down lab. Each team was assigned to a patch panel and they required to punch down two ports. This would allow a PC to communicate with a device on the same port on another team’s patch panel.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Hands on Learning in Health Science I

    Ms. Gastreich's Health Science I class is learning anatomical positions. Students were given index cards and asked to label and place on their partner to identify the correct location. Students enjoy this type of collaborative learning.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • We Got This.

    During the summer, the CATAlyst yearbook staff attended 2 summer camps. The first was held at CATA and led by the previous year editors where students learned the software used to create the yearbook.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • #UCPSGrads: CATA senior revs up for a career in the racing industry

    There was a time when Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) senior Sam Jackson considered going to a traditional college or university. So he spent a few days with a friend who was enrolled at a nearby university to get a feel of what college life could be like.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • CATA Band Earns Superior at MPA

    This past month, the CATA band had the pleasure to perform for a panel of judges at a Musical Performance Adjudication, or MPA as we call it. Although the performance was only one day, the amount of preparation we put into it was much, much more. The students have been practicing the music every day since the beginning of the semester. Some days we would stay after school to practice the music just so we could hear what it sounds like as a full band.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display
  • Spotlight on a Parent Volunteer

    Mrs. Ann Helms is a parent at CATA who serves as a parent representative on our Site-based Management Team, as the treasurer for our PTSO, and as a team mom for our women’s and men’s tennis teams over the years.

    Comments (-1)
    No Headlines to display