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  • Homecoming 2021

    Piedmont held their Homecoming 2021 festivities on Friday, April 9th in Panther Stadium against Sun Valley. A big shout-out to the Panther football team for the victory over Sun Valley as Coach Mauro introduced the inaugural victory bell. Mauro wanted our football team to start the tradition of ringing the "Victory Bell" after a win, therefore, a bell was purchased and Senior Ty Nicholas painted it. A special thank you to Payton Baucom and Baucom Welding, Fab & Steel for spearheading and building the movable stand so the bell can be easily transported. Coach Mauro stated, "I am so happy for our Seniors that they got the opportunity to ring it on Friday night for Homecoming." As part of the festivities, the Homecoming court was introduced during half-time. Congratulations to Senior Emma Tomberlin, who was crowned Homecoming Queen, and Senior Laikyn Tyson, who was runner-up. In addition, Tripp Collins was crowned Homecoming King. Piedmont would like to thank all the Panther fans who came out to support Homecoming and our football team in their final game of the season.

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  • Students Spread The Kindness Rock Project

    Mrs. Annette Harris' earth & environmental science classes, Transition to Adulthood (TTA), Occupational Course of Study (OCS), Student Government, and FFA have teamed up to spread the Kindness Rocks Project around the Piedmont campus and community. Students in honors earth/environmental science began by partnering with TTA students from Mrs. Blumer and Mrs. Cox's classes to paint kindness rocks. Then, students planted them in the Anna York Memorial Garden in front of the band room. The purpose of the rocks is to provide a pick-me-up to students and staff at any time they have a need. Therefore, if anyone needs a pick-me-up, just take a rock. but bring a rock back when you can to share some kindness yourself. As a continuation of the project, FFA painted rocks during National FFA Week. Student Government then spread the project in downtown Monroe. Likewise, OCS students, under the leadership of Ms. Sizemore and Ms. Starnes, painted rocks, and they were placed in Unionville. Many thanks to Ms. Tripp and Ms. Handsel for assisting Mrs. Harris' students as they made friends with the TTA students. For more information about the Kindness Rock Project, visit the following website: https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/

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  • Student Government Receives Awards at NCASC State Convention

    At the first Virtual North Carolina Association of Student Councils State (NCASC) Convention held at Piedmont on March 12-13, several Student Government members received honors and awards. State elections were held, and sophomore Reagan McManus was elected as 2021-2022 Communications Officer. Among awards received, Luke Noonan earned the Dale Hawley Leadership Award for outstanding contributions made to NCASC, and Annette Harris received the Cardinal Service Award for 10+ years of service to the organization. Piedmont's Student Government was further awarded the Louise G. Hunter Honor Council for the 10th concurrent year. Finally, 16 Piedmont Seniors were inducted into the NCASC Hall of Fame for their service to Student Government.

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  • Piedmont Hosts Virtual Student Government State Convention

    On March 12-13, 2021, Piedmont High School hosted the first Virtual North Carolina Association of Student Councils State (NCASC)Convention. The event was the two-year culmination of Luke Noonan and Piedmont High School service as the president of NCASC. Noonan and PHS Student Government organized the two-day event with 47 middle and high schools representing 300 students from across North Carolina in attendance. Keynote speakers included Mr. Union County, Michael Wayne O’Neill; Mike Smith, a Nebraska native who has created the non-profit organization Skate for Change; and Sarah Nilles, executive director of Work2BWell in Oregon. Skillshops for participants included student council presidents from across the United States who shared much about student advocacy, equity, leading through trying times, and financial literacy, which was presented by our own Truist banker and UCPS Board of Education member, Todd Price. Student Government seniors served as Zoom room hosts and facilitated the skillshop technical aspects. PHS alum Evan Martino also served as a student adviser.

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  • Hudson Shank Selected as Morehead-Cain Scholar

    Congratulations to Hudson Shank, who was selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar! Fewer than 4 percent of the Morehead candidates this year will become members of the Class of 2025, which places Hudson among a strong and select group. The purpose of the Morehead-Cain Foundation is to identify and invest in promising leaders, challenging them to have a profound impact on the people and pursuits that define their lives. According to the Foundation, "We are confident that Hudson will leave an enduring legacy at Carolina and beyond; we are thrilled to offer him this unique opportunity."

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  • SOAR Club Helps Local Elementary Students

    SOAR stands for Students Overcoming Academic Roadblocks and is a new student-initiated club at Piedmont this year! Ally Nielsen, 11th grader, generated this idea in order to help elementary students in our community overcome academic roadblocks given the challenges related to the pandemic our world is experiencing. This year, many elementary students are missing out on the opportunity to work with high school students. Through the SOAR club, an elementary school class has the opportunity to meet virtually with high school students each week. Activities have included getting-to-know-you activities, read-alouds, and other virtual activities.

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  • Course Registration for 2021-2022 in Progress

    Students in grades 9-11 are in the process of registering for classes for the 2021-2022 school year. The Counseling Office has prepared helpful resources to guide students and parents in selecting courses, which can be found under Quick Links. Teachers have recommended core classes for next year in Social Studies, Math, English, and Science, therefore, students must login to PowerSchool to select seven electives that will be used to determine first-choice and alternates later in the registration process. Directions for accessing the registration portal of PowerSchool are located on the registration website under Quick Links. Beginning March 1st, school counselors will meet either in-person or virtually with all students to prioritize electives and finalize their course requests. Students can choose to finalize their requests either by email, meeting face-to-face on their in-person day, or virtually. Students should check their email with links to these methods, but they only need to choose one method to communicate with a counselor to complete the registration process.

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  • Summer Coble is UC Virtual Student of the Six Weeks

    Union County Virtual is proud to announce that one of their #VirtuallyAwesome Students for the first six weeks grading period is Piedmont's Summer Coble! Summer is a 10th grader at Piedmont High School, who was nominated by her UCVirtual Business Law teacher, Ms. Kelley Gates. Ms. Gates had this to say about Summer, “Summer is an absolutely amazing student. As a 10th grader, Summer was my only student to earn 100% during the first grading period in Business Law. She never had a late or missing assignment and her work was far superior to most of her peers. I have only had a handful of students maintain a grade of 100% in Business Law over the past 4 years, and they have been seniors. As a sophomore, I'm blown away by her maturity and ability to grasp intellectual legal concepts. She is deserving of this award!” Summer was excited to hear she was receiving this honor and wanted everyone to know that, “The class is very enjoyable, interesting, and full of information that is useful in the real world. Ms. Gates is outstanding and the feedback she provides is extremely helpful in the understanding of the class.”

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  • Walker Uses Bright Ideas Grant to Study DNA

    Each year, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives sponsor a grant program titled “Bright Ideas”. Teachers from all over North Carolina can compete in the grant application process to fund various projects in their classroom. This year, Piedmont’s own Beth Walker was awarded a grant in the amount $1975 for her project titled, “Exploring the Language of Life”. With the funds from the award, Mrs. Walker was able to purchase five BlueGel electrophoresis chambers and eight micropipettes, allowing students to load and visualize DNA, creating a DNA fingerprint for analysis. Last week, students in her AP Biology class visualized DNA fingerprints, where they determined the inheritance of a genetically transmitted disease, sickle-cell anemia, in a family. Students were able to use high-tech equipment and replicate the same work performed in labs across the country.

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  • Honoring Counselors During National School Counseling Week

    National School Counseling Week is February 1-5 so let's get to know our awesome counselors who serve Piedmont's students and staff. Joanna Ellis is the 11th-grade counselor, who joined the Piedmont counseling staff in 2012. She enjoys helping students achieve their goals, graduate from high school, and figure out where or if they want to go to college. Stacey Butera is the 10th-grade counselor, and her favorite part of serving as a school counselor is getting to know students and helping them on their journey as they figure out what their goals are for their future. Erica Henderson is the 9th-grade counselor, and has worked as a school psychologist and now a school counselor within Union County Public Schools for more than 15 years. Her favorite part of school counseling is working directly with students to support them in overcoming challenges and reaching their goals. Sarah Mitchell is the 12th-grade counselor and became a school counselor because she was inspired by her high school counselor. Mitchell's favorite part about school counseling is being able to work one-on-one with students regarding their academic and career paths, as well as assist with their emotional needs. Alice Collins serves in the administrative support capacity for our school counseling program. The best part of her role in the school counseling program is the teamwork that occurs daily to make sure all students have the best environment in which to grow and learn so that they can be successful in life.

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  • Leo Club Serving Community During Holidays

    The Piedmont Leo Club was busy serving in the local community during the holiday season. Members rallied within the community beginning with a joint effort with the Unionville Lions Club at their annual Turkey Shoot. Piedmont's Leo Club members helped set up the venue and maintained fresh targets throughout the annual event that raised funds to benefit the Unionville community. With the funds raised from the Turkey Shoot, the Leos assisted the Unionville Lions Club with adopting Christmas angels at New Salem Elementary School by participating in a Christmas shopping spree to provide a special Christmas morning for all. The Piedmont Leos also independently provided a special Christmas for our own high school Piedmont families.

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  • Students on Crayon Mission for Local Elementary Class

    Students in Mrs. Sizemore's class have been working hard on a crayon upcycling project that will spread holiday cheer to a local elementary class. The project involved the students working collaboratively to gather old crayons from Piedmont classrooms and then upcycle them to design fun holiday designs. The holiday crayons will now be shared with the Exceptional Children's Program at Unionville Elementary. Piedmont is super proud of the collaboration and teamwork that this project fostered as the holiday crayons will be a festive and fun addition to the Unionville EC program.

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  • Class of 2021 Update

    UCPS has released the graduation date and time for the Class of 2021! Seniors will graduate on Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 am in the Piedmont High Stadium. Jostens has released cap and gown ordering information so parents and seniors should watch the Piedmont Senior video for instructions on how to order graduation items. Seniors can also order Class of 2021 gear and personalized graduation items. Orders will be submitted online, and the deadline to order is Friday, December 18. UCPS is still making decisions regarding graduation, so additional information will be released soon. In addition to ordering graduation items, seniors can submit a baby picture to the Yearbook by Friday, December 4. Parents who would like to purchase a Senior Recognition Ad for their graduate can also submit their order by Friday, December 4. Complete submission and ordering details are available on the Yearbook website.

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  • Congressman Dan Bishop Speaks to Civics Students

    Congressman Dan Bishop spoke to Civics students at Piedmont and shared his experiences in politics and offered advice for students on how to better understand current political events in our country. Bishop noted that students are living in unprecedented times and are having to react to ever-changing circumstances mostly caused by Covid. He further stressed the importance of reading, seeking different viewpoints on issues, and volunteering to learn more about the election process and how the government works. Students participated in a Q & A session after the presentation where they sought his feedback on issues such as the economy, the election, Covid recovery, and the differences between the major political parties.

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  • Leo Club Honors Local Veterans

    The Piedmont Leo Club assisted the Unionville Lions Club on Veterans Day by addressing cards and personally delivering gift boxes and gift certificates to local area veterans. This service activity allowed members to thank local veterans for their service to our country and honor their sacrifices for our continued freedom. The Leo Club is focused on service, and their next activity will be helping with the Unionville Lions Club Annual Turkey Shoot on Thanksgiving Day.

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  • Amanda Starnes is Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to science teacher Amanda Starnes, who has been selected as Piedmont's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Starnes was voted by the staff as a finalist and then was selected based on a classroom observation and an interview by a selection committee. Starnes has been teaching at Piedmont High School for 11 years after graduating from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in Biology Secondary Education. In addition, Starnes is National Board Certified and is presently working on a Master's Degree in Science Education. Mrs. Starnes is married with two sons and enjoys camping at the beach and reading in her free time.

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  • AFJROTC raises money for Operation Decisive Victory

    Cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC raised over $4100 for Operation Decisive Victory, a local veteran's organization, by marching 14 miles as part of the AFJROTC Bataan Memorial March. The memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their very lives. This was the first year NC-955 participated in the fundraiser as cadets marched over the course of two days to earn the AFJRTOC Bataan Ribbon. The AFJROTC is under the leadership of Major Chadrick Richardson and MSgt Catrina Colvin.

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  • Shivalee Patel wins National Youth Leadership Council Competition

    Congratulations to Shivalee Patel for winning the National Youth Leadership Council Competition sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation. One high school student per state is selected each year to serve on the Council as a representative of their state's electric co-ops. She is the first delegate from Union Power to win the competition and will receive a $2000 scholarship.

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  • Science teacher Hannah Griffin featured in Appalachian Today

    Science teacher Hannah Griffin was recently featured by Appalachian State in an article entitled "App State Alumna Teaches Next Generation of Students How to Learn Through Inquiry". In the article, she explains how she makes Earth and Environmental Science a hands-on experience for her students using methods and techniques she learned in her studies at App State.

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  • 'Start With Hello Week' fosters culture of inclusion

    Students at Piedmont participated in "Start With Hello Week," which is part of the Sandy Hook Promise designed to create a culture of inclusion that values each individual at Piedmont. Student Government drew positive messages on the sidewalks around campus as a powerful action to encourage students to reach out to others who may feel left out or lonely. In addition, school counselors sponsored "conversation starters" in the cafeteria daily.

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