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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • JROTC Cadets Visit Ohio

    December 9-11, 2021, marked a return to outstanding field trips for Piedmont JROTC, with a trip by 30 cadets to Dayton & Cincinatti, Ohio. It was their first out-of-state field trip since 2019. Prior to COVID, the unit had went on trips to Norfolk VA, Boston, MA, New York City, and many other such places. In Dayton, the cadets got to explore the National USAF Museum, the largest and oldest aviation museum in the world and went to a Cincinatti Cyclones hockey game, a first for many of the students. Cadets camped at Camp Kern YMCA, where they had a bonfire with smores and participated in other camping fun activities. Storms hit the final night of the trip, leaving the camp a soggy mess, but overall, it was an amazing time for both students and chaperones!

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  • World Quest Team Competes in Virtual Trivia Contest

    The Piedmont World Trivia Team competed virtually on December 2nd at the World Quest Competition. Our five team members included Haley Johnson, Marissa Williams, Ferananda Nunez, Aiden Pitoniak, and Kelly Rae Pitoniak. The entire team had fun studying and competing against area high schools, as well as area corporate teams this year on trivia topics that included World Flags, Post-Pandemic Economy, Olympics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Current Events. The team has been invited to a celebration banquet in the spring, as well as planning to compete again in the spring in the Academic World Quest Competition in March. Congratulations to all the members of the trivia team.

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  • Financial Freedom Club Holds Inaugural Meeting

    As many students are aware, high school students are rarely offered financial advice, neither in classes nor outside of school. To fill this void, two Piedmont students, juniors Ashu Lala and Garrett Tomberlin, created the Financial Freedom Club. Lala and Tomberlin wish to “educate students on financial literacy” with their combined knowledge of financial systems. They will teach students the importance of investing and savings starting out as early as high school. They both plan to expand their club and assist students in laying out their financial paths, so they can create and generate wealth as they have. They will be meeting every other Friday after school in Room E3, as well as streaming their meetings on Microsoft Teams. See Social Studies teacher Brian Pitoniak for more information.

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  • Landri Bigham Receives John H. Crowder Service Award

    The Board of Education continues to honor students who are making a difference in their school and community with the John H. Crowder Service Award. At the Nov. 4 meeting, a Piedmont High School senior, who is a shining example of dedicated leadership and volunteerism was honored. Landri Bigham is an excellent student and a wonderful role model for others. She is ranked at the top of her class at Piedmont High School. Landri is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Beta Club, in which membership is determined by GPA and commitment to community service. Through these two clubs, she has been able to give her time to an organization called Heart for Monroe and Common Heart Food Pantry. At Heart for Monroe, a nonprofit organization that exists to address homelessness and build relationships in our community Landri helps with the closet ministry. She spends her time there sorting clothes, assisting shoppers, and managing the check-out area. Landri is also an integral part of the Piedmont High School family through her involvement in activities on campus and through sports. These activities showcase her true zeal for wanting to help those around her. She is also a part of student government, where members are always trying to engage the student body and make decisions that affect all students. Last year when students were struggling with online learning, Landri stepped up and did peer-to-peer tutoring. She would spend her mornings before school, meeting with students to help them with their schoolwork.

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  • Unionville Lions Club Inducts New Leos

    Welcome our new class of Piedmont High School Leo Club members! The Lions Club of Unionville celebrated our new 45 Leos during their regular business meeting on Monday, October 25th in the Piedmont High School Cafeteria. The Unionville Lions Club provided a pizza supper for students and parents to celebrate with the President of the Unionville Lions Club Lion David Yarborough and District Committee Chairman for Leo’s Lion Mark Gaylord. Piedmont High School and our Unionville community are proud of our Leos' commitment to our community. We all look forward to seeing our neighbors at our community events.

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  • Jessie Bowers Receives Patriot Award

    On Saturday, November 6, the City of Monroe awarded Cadet Jessie Bowers the Union County Patriot Award. The Patriot Award recognizes one outstanding JROTC cadet from each of the high school programs in Union County. The recipient is selected for demonstrating a high degree of patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship, and general excellence. Cadet Bowers has been an instrumental part of the JROTC program this year as she attended the Blue Ridge Leadership Camp this summer as a Cadre serving in the position of Flight Chief. In addition, she served within the Piedmont unit this semester as a Squadron Commander and recently designed their first ever unit patch. Congratulations Jessie!

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