On Tuesday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 15th Union County’s Career and Technical Education hosted a Career Connections day for all 8th grade students in the county. This is an annual event that is presented every year. These students had the opportunity to tour many different program areas and academies that are offered across the county at all of our high schools. Our own Parkwood students and teachers, as well as many from other high schools spent time with our 8th graders explaining and demonstrating all the diverse programs and academies that we have to offer in UCPS.
Parkwood's own art teacher, Scott Meier was recently selected to show a painting in the 2017 NC Artists Exhibition in Raleigh. Six hundred seven works were submitted and only seventy-two works were selected to be shown. Mr. Meier's painting "Big Jesus" was selected. The paintings were for sale, and Mr. Meier's painting sold within the first fifteen minutes.
The Intro to Culinary Arts and Hospitality class and Foods I classes brought home three culinary awards from the annual UCPS Holiday Bakeshop Competition.
Thirteen club members of Parkwood High School’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) hosted a two day mini-camp at the Boys' & Girls' Club at Monroe Middle School .
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, seven cadets from Parkwood High School's AFJROTC corps served as flag bearers in a Veteran's Day ceremony.
One Parkwood High School's most devoted teachers, Marion Millican, was recently voted Teacher of the Year.
This summer, sixteen students, staff and parents from the Parkwood High community traveled to Europe to experience the Italian peninsula firsthand.
Ten cadets from the Parkwood High School AFJROTC Corps attended a week-long Cadet Leadership School at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC in June.
Luke Earp and another Parkwood junior, Maggie Peacock attended a workshop on the Butterfly Project at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte.
The town of Waxhaw held the Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope Spring Festival the weekend of May 21 – 22, 2016 and for the first time, Parkwood High School Theatre students performed at the arts festival.
Ten students from Carolyn Hoobler’s Foods classes participated in the Anything Dessert contest at the Beach, Blues and BBQ Festival in downtown Monroe. One of Parkwood’s teams came away with the People’s Choice Award for their Frosted Pineapple Cupcakes.
At the end of March, Parkwood seniors Jordain Muller and Charlie Wheater submitted an editorial to The New York Times along with the rest of their classmates in Chris Giudice’s English class. Imagine their delight when they discovered their work placed among the finalists.
Congratulations to the FFA members who participated in the 2016 Regional Rally!
Parkwood junior Jacob Thomas has won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the 9th N.C. Congressional District.
On April 16, 2016 Parkwood High School's New Century Scholars were recognized at a ceremony at South Piedmont Community College. Parkwood has seven New Century Scholar seniors this year.
The students at Parkwood High School take Earth Day seriously. In fact, for some, Earth Day is every day, not just one day in April. Whether it be recycling, encouraging others not to litter or designing solar panels, our students are working for change.
AFJROTC is an acronym for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Parkwood High School has an outstanding AFJROTC program, and its two leaders were recently honored for their work. At the Mid-Winter Conference, the American Legion selected Lt Col Eric Kelly as Officer of the Year and SMSgt William Reid as NCO of the Year for North Carolina.
Known as the “Voice of Parkwood High School”, junior Matt Alexander was elected president of the North Carolina Beta Club at the state convention in Greensboro this February.
Parkwood senior Katherine “Katie” Bassler was recently named the John Crowder Service Award winner for the Parkwood cluster of schools for the month of February.
On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, zombies invaded Parkwood High School! Well, they were professional actors dressed as zombies, here at the bequest of drama teacher Patrick Antonucci and art teacher Abby Damico.
On January 27, 2016, recruiters from the U.S. Army brought a Distracted Driver Activity Trailer to Parkwood High School and parked it in the bus lot. Classes visited the trailer throughout the day, participating in programs and activities designed to educate them about the dangers and consequences of driving without paying attention.
Each year, thousands of children deal with life-threatening illnesses and the stressors that accompany them. Students in Morgon Outing's Apparel and Development class decided to help these children by sewing handmade pillow cases to support Ryan’s Case for Smiles, an organization that comforts young patients and their families by distributing whimsical pillowcases in hospitals worldwide.
For the second month in a row, a Parkwood student has been named the Bank of North Carolina UCPS Athlete of the Month. The December recipient is senior tennis player Meredith Little.
Matyas Jurena is from the Czech Republic. Last year, he attended Parkwood High School as an exchange student. In December, Jurena traveled back to the U.S. to visit his host family in Waxhaw. While he was in town, he got in touch with Neal Nelson, one of his favorite former teachers.
Timothy Leckrone, a junior at Parkwood High School, was named Bank of North Carolina UCPS Athlete of the Month. On November 24, 2015, Bank of North Carolina city executive Jim Brewer and branch manager Sharon Little came to present the award.
Gabby Hubert, a senior at Parkwood High School, was recently named Union County Christmas Parade Princess. Along with the honor of leading the parade later this month in downtown Monroe, she will receive a $4,000 scholarship. Hubert was selected from twelve finalists from high schools throughout Union County.
Students in arts electives and several other classes were in for a special treat when Appalachian State University’s male a cappella group, "Higher Ground", came to perform on the afternoon of October 15, 2015.
While serving as Master of Ceremonies at the Homecoming Pep Rally, science teacher Trent Morgan was honored with a surprise announcement.
Parkwood High School students and staff traveled to Costa Rica in July of 2015 for a global adventure.
On September 15, 2015 all the students who particpated in the summer reading program were invited to a celebration in the Media Center.
When Patrick Antonucci, Theatre Arts teacher, wanted to bring in an actor to speak to his Drama I students, he didn't need to look any farther than his family tree.