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  •  Andrew Bessinger

    Fire Academy 2022 Graduate Hired by Monroe Fire Department

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  •  World Quest Competition

    Panther Global Trivia Team Competes in Academic WorldQuest 2022

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  •  Piedmont Leo New member induction ceremony

    Piedmont Leo New Member Induction Ceremony

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  •  Piedmont Warrior Challenge

    Piedmont Warrior Challenge

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  • AFJROTC Head to Paris Island

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  • JROTC Recognized With Distinguished Unit Award

    Piedmont High School AFJROTC was recognized on May 24 as a Distinguished Unit Award winner for the 2021-22 school year by HQ AFJROTC. This is the 16th time the program has been recognized with this award in the 27 years since it began here in 1995.

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  •  Ifly ROTC

    ROTC Participates in iFly Indoor Skydiving

    HQ AFJROTC recently offered grant money for JROTC units to take a STEM field trip, and Piedmont JROTC dove in, literally.  They organized a field trip to iFly, the indoor skydiving facility in Concord.  At iFly, cadets got a STEM lesson in which they learned to calculate their own anticipated terminal velocity, the maximum speed obtainable by an object as it falls through the air, and then got to fly in the wind tunnel and compare their results.  Most cadets reached terminal velocity and "floated" in the wind tunnel with the wind about 120 mph.  Carter Oglesby said he was surprised by all the math behind the experience and once in the wind tunnel, he had trouble keeping his mouth shut because he was yelling with joy.  

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  •  Hunter Safety Team

    Hunter Safety Team Competes in State Youth Hunter Education Tournament

    The 44th Annual State Youth Hunter Education Tournament was held on Saturday, April 30 in Elbe, North Carolina. Congratulations to our Hunter Safety Team, who placed 3rd in the Hunter Skills competition and received the Sportsmanship Award. Josh Goodman placed 3rd individually in the Hunter Skills competition and was 1st place Overall Individual. Congratulations also to Sallie Parker, who placed 1st in the Hunter Skills event.

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  •  Abigail Gracen

    Abigail Gracen Receives Scholarship to Attend Marine Ecology Camp

    Piedmont 9th grader, Abigail Gracen, has been awarded a full scholarship to attend a Marine Lab STEM Camp in Key Largo, Florida this summer. The week-long camp focuses on marine ecology, which involves the study of living things in the ocean and how they interact with the environment. High school students snorkel coral reef sites, a mangrove forest, and through seagrass. The scholarship was awarded based on high academic achievement and teacher recommendations and is sponsored by the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. We are so proud of you, Abigail! 

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  •  ROTC Panthers Game

    JROTC Presents Colors at Charlotte Club Football Game

    For the first time since 2016, JROTC cadets from Piedmont High School returned to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, April 10 to present the colors.  There have been many changes since 2016.  In 2016, they presented at a Panthers football game, and this past Sunday, they presented at a Charlotte Football Club game and had an 8th grader on the team.  In addition, gone away are the "Chrome Dome" helmets, instead replaced by the same Wheel Caps worn by active-duty Air Force Color Guard teams.  One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the professionalism and attention to detail exhibited by the cadets.  Cadets that performed were Michael Austin, Caleb Moss, Aiden Pilotto, Karolyne Gordon, Madison Cruz, and Barbra Funderburk.  

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  •  Deployed Soldiers

    BETA Club and TTA Send Care Packages to Deployed Soldiers

    Members of our BETA Club participated in a service project in March where they collected snacks, health items, and toiletries to send to soldiers who were recently deployed to Germany.  In addition, TTA students have been collecting food and supplies, in addition to participating in shopping learning experiences where they select and purchase items to be included in the boxes. The care packages have been delivered, and students received pictures from the recipients who are deployed.  Piedmont appreciates all those who serve in our military and hopes that the care packages were able to spread joy to the soldiers serving in Germany.

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  •  Football Fundraiser

    Football Fundraiser Now in Progress

    Coach Aaron Braswell has announced that the spring fundraiser for the Piedmont Football Program is now in progress.  Supporters can go to the donation page at https://www.myteamworks.org/PiedmontABC-PHSfootball to financially contribute to the football program.  The goal for the fundraiser is $25,000, which will be used to purchase new Columbia blue uniforms, an inflatable tunnel, updated shoulder pads, and more.  Players will receive rewards as an incentive to raise money, so ask your favorite football player for their personal donation link so they can earn prizes!  

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  •  Vincent Pope

    Vincent Pope Awarded DAR Good Citizen Scholarship

    The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced six winners of their Good Citizen Award at a ceremony on March 9th. Students selected for the award exhibit dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. This year, Piedmont High School Senior, Vincent Pope, was selected out of those six students to receive the DAR Good Citizen Scholarship of 2022. Congratulations Vincent!

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  •  Ellise Ukraine

    Dr. Ellis shares insights on the Ukraine-Russia conflict with Social Studies students

    Piedmont High School hosted Dr. Ellis, a political science professor from Wingate University, as a guest speaker about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Dr. Ellis explained that before the Soviet Union fell, Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union. “The 80s were a big push to cause the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991”, Dr. Ellis noted. “The biggest revolution for a lot of people is the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union.”  Ellis helped Social Studies students understand the background of the current conflict taking place in this region. 

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  •  Noah

    Noah Cauble Wins State Wrestling Title

    Noah Cauble accomplished a childhood dream on Saturday, February 19 at the Greensboro Coliseum as he captured the North Carolina 4A Division State Wrestling Title at 106 pounds.  Noah did this in convincing fashion as he shut out his opponent 5-0.  Noah made a run of four consecutive victories during the tournament to complete the task of becoming a State Champion.  The victory on Saturday night was also special in that it was Noah's 100th career victory.  Noah became the 12th wrestling state champion in school history and the first to accomplish this feat in the 106-pound weight class.  Noah will now go to Virginia Beach next month to compete in the Virginia Beach Nationals in the Junior Division. Congratulations Noah!

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  •  West Point

    Evan Sawyer Receives Appointment to West Point

    Congratulations to Evan Sawyer, who has received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Evan's appointment comes after a challenging application process that involves submitting an academic and leadership portfolio, interviewing with a Field Force representative, and completing a rigorous physical fitness assessment.  Candidates who apply to a military academy must receive a nomination from a Congressional representative, and Evan received his nomination from Representative Dan Bishop, who represents the 9th District in North Carolina.  Evan's accomplishments at Piedmont include serving as Student Government President and Senior Class President, being a member of the National Honor Society, and playing football for four years.  In addition, Evan gives back by helping coach the middle school basketball team.  Evan plans to continue his athletic career by joining the sprint football team at West Point.  Evan will report on June 27 for BEAST, which is the West Point term used for summer basic training.  He will join two former Piedmont alumni, Luke Noonan and Katie Verrill, who are currently at West Point. 

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  •  Hayley C.

    Hayley Christenberry Nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

    Hayley Christenberry has been selected by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to move forward in the next round of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. She is one of two Union County Public Schools students who are being recognized at the state level for outstanding academic achievement. Hayley will compete in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) category. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and since that time, the program has honored over 8,000 outstanding high school seniors. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. “I feel very honored to have earned such a prestigious award from Union County and from the state of North Carolina", Hayley said. “I am beyond excited to continue this journey and see how much further I can go with this award.”  Hayley aspires to be a veterinarian, and she is moving closer to her dream job each day as she successfully moves through the animal science pathway.  In addition to being a leader in FFA, participating in community service projects, and working as an intern at a local animal hospital, Hayley has earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification.

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  •  Vaccine

    Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Juniors

    In 2015, the State of North Carolina added Meningococcal vaccine to the school required immunizations.  The first dose of Meningococcal vaccine, MCV, was given to this year’s Juniors prior to the start of 7th grade as a school required vaccine.  The second dose of this vaccine is required prior to the start of the Senior year, the 2022-23 school year. If your child does not currently have evidence of the MCV vaccine, please contact your child’s health care provider to obtain it.  Following administration of the vaccine, please submit a copy of the record to Nurse Lisa Young through the Front Office. This documentation must be on file at Piedmont High prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year to meet this school enrollment requirement. Individuals born before 1/1/2003 are exempt from this requirement.

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  •  Lukac Influencer

    Lukac Recognized as UCPS Influencer

    The UCPS Influencers Program allows people the opportunity to recognize staff members who have had a positive influence on them or who go above and beyond each and every day. This month, Monica Frank honored Band teacher Jody Lukac with a nomination to celebrate the positive impact that he makes on the lives of our students and community at Piedmont. Frank wrote, "This young man still to this day inspires me by the way he teaches and treats his band kids. He is always so positive and upbeat. This young man taught my daughter in band years ago, and I mean years ago and back then, he was so upbeat and loved his students. I would do anything for the man, even sell doughnuts and fall in a hole at the football game again. He is family, and we hurt when he lost Cheryl. He has overcome so much in his young life." Mr. Lukac is a true inspiration to others, so congratulations Mr. Lukac on being nominated for the January 2022 UCPS Influencers Award!

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  •  Personal Finance

    Civics & Economics Students Learn About Financial Literacy

    Piedmont Civics and Economics students were fortunate to have a hands-on presentation and discussion from Theresa Donaldson from Pinnacle Financial Partners. The topics discussed included all things Personal Financial Literacy, from banking options, checking and savings, vehicles, credit options, investment options, and essential budgeting. Students discussed what they have learned in class, as well as having the opportunity to ask individual and hypothetical economic questions from a banking professional that help them plan their own personal budget. The content of the presentation will help students complete their semester individual Personal Financial Literacy project.

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