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  • Air Force JRTOC Exceeds Standards for Pass in Review

    The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of Piedmont High School earned an overall Unit Evaluation score of “Exceeds Standards", the highest rating attainable, during their evaluation on 7 Nov 2018. Cadets briefed the Air Force evaluator, conducted a Pass in Review and drill routine, and completed an extensive assessment checklist.

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  • Teacher Cadets participate in Future Teacher Day at UNCC

    On Thursday, November 8th, the Teacher Cadet Club had the opportunity to participate in the Future Teacher Day on UNCC’s campus. By attending this enriching day, they were able to hear from a UNCC alumni who was a Teacher of the Year featured on The Ellen Show, hear from current students, including Piedmont alumni, and attend breakout sessions.

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  • Art students visit the pottery paradise of Seagrove

    Pottery students traveled to Seagrove, NC on Thursday, November 1st where their trip to the potters' paradise began with a visit to the studio, showroom and museum of Ben Owen III. The journey continued with a tour at the NC Pottery Center and numerous other potters throughout the day, drawing inspiration from their different styles and techniques.

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  • ROTC cadets travel to historic Boston

    Air Force Junior ROTC students recently traveled to Boston for a historic adventure. As part of the experience, students selected, planned, and served as tour guides for the trip. As part of their assignment, students were able to gain knowledge of many historical sites around Boston including the Lexington and Concord battlefields, Plymouth Rock, Salem, Paul Revere's Battle Road, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Freedom Trail, USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), Charlestown Navy Yard, Bunker Hill, and the gravesites of Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Crispus Attucks.

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  • English students put Frankenstein on trial

    Students in Nicole Shroyer's English IV class recently put Frankenstein on trial as part of their study of Mary Shelley's famous novel. During the trial, students assumed various courtroom roles and argued positions with supporting textual and physical evidence from their reading. In the end, both juries found Victor Frankenstein not guilty of accessory to murder!

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  • Sydney Price is 2018 Miss Piedmont

    The Piedmont Athletic Booster Club recently hosted the 2018 Miss Piedmont Pageant at Wingate University. Congratulations to Sydney Price, who was crowned Miss Piedmont! Congratulations also to the following winners: Miss Freshman-Riley York; Miss Sophomore-Reagan Griffin; Miss Junior-Alyssa Thomas; Miss Senior-Danielle Tucker; and Miss Congeniality-Olivia Hawkins.

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  • Captain Werder receives LIFT Grant for ROTC program

    Congratulations to Captain Louis Werder for receiving a LIFT (Leadership and Innovation Funding for Teachers) Grant from the Union County Education Foundation. The $500 grant will be used by the ROTC program to build model aircraft in the Aerospace Science classes. After completion of the models, students will be tasked with presenting on the purpose, history, and global use of the aircraft before placing models on display in the ROTC classroom.

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  • Shakespearean fights come to life

    Reading Shakespeare in class can come across as boring to most students, but on Saturday night, October 13th, select Piedmont High School students visited downtown Charlotte to see [They Fight], a rollicking selection of fight scenes from eight different Shakespeare plays at the Duke Energy Theater. The students engaged with the actors as they sat on the front row, almost in the middle of the action. As the play switched back and forth from comedy to drama, they saw how the audience would interact with the actors, just as they would have in Shakespeare’s time.

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  • ROTC participates in leadership camp

    Students from the Piedmont High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit successfully completed the Piedmont Challenge Summer Leadership Camp in Lenoir, NC. The camp included five days of leadership exercises, drill, archery, orienteering, water safety, and athletics. The students hosted the event attended by eight other schools from North Carolina and Virginia. ROTC students coordinated the schedule of activities, developed a chain of command, selected their leaders from attending schools, split the cadets into flights, and then conducted the camp.

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  • Football team is recipient of Carolina Panthers Meal Grant

    The Carolina Panthers and Gatorade teamed up to sponsor the Carolina Panthers High School Meal Grant program that provided eight (8) $1000 meal grants to local high schools. After being chosen as a recipient, our Panther football team enjoyed a meal from Salsaritas and a motivational presentation from former Carolina Panther Michael Scurlock Jr.

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  • Health Occupations Club collects supplies for hurricane recovery

    With thousands of people still impacted by Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, the Health Occupations Club answered the need for supplies. For the past two weeks, members have collected toiletries, baby products, and medical supplies that will now be sent to the Wilmington area.

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  • Piedmont inducts former coaches and athletes into Hall of Fame

    Piedmont was honored to induct the late Coach Bob Sellers, Coach Rusty Jester, and athletes Rob Arnold and Jade Montgomery into the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 21. The inductees participated in a "Meet and Greet"prior to the game in the Panther Stadium and then were officially inducted during a ceremony at half-time.

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  • Pilar Jimenez brings culture from Spain to the World Languages Department

    Piedmont is pleased to welcome Pilar Jimenez to the World Languages Department as a Spanish teacher. Ms. Jimenez is from Spain and is a member of the Participate Program that allows educators from other countries to teach in the United States to achieve personal and professional growth while gaining international experience. Ms. Jimenez will be in the Participate Program for five years and is already adjusting to life in the Piedmont community.

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  • Taylor Merrell beautifies school for Eagle Scout project

    Piedmont High School would like to thank Taylor Merrell, who completed several school beautification projects as part of Merrell's Eagle Scout endeavor. With the assistance of the Piedmont cross country team, the area around the courtyard was repined, bushes and trees were trimmed, and natural areas were weeded. In addition, the wood on the benches was replaced and painted to give an uplift to student seating around the courtyard.

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  • Ethan Whitley is Angler of the Year

    Congratulations to Ethan Whitley, who was awarded Angler of the Year honors as a member of the Piedmont Fishing Club. Each month, club members participate in a fishing tournament where they weigh their five largest bass fish and earn points for each ounce. Whitley competed in all tournaments and received Angler of the Year honors with 473 points.

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  • Piedmont is rated an "A" school for third consecutive year

    The State Board of Education released its annual School Performance Grades at their meeting on September 5th, and Piedmont High School received an "A" grade for the third consecutive year! Dr. Tyson announced the honor at a faculty meeting where he noted the many positive gains Piedmont students made in their academic progress last year.

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  • Students receive new Chromebooks

    All Piedmont students received a new Chromebook this year as part of the UCPS 1:1 laptop program. Students have been busy setting up their new Chromebook and learning to use the tech tools of Canvas, PowerSchool, and Google Apps.

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  • Board of Elections helps conduct Student Government election

    The Union County Board of Elections gave freshmen students the opportunity to experience what the actual voting process looks like in Union County using real ballots and voting machines. Student Government leaders learned of this voting experience while at their summer leadership camp and collaborated with the Union County Board of Elections to make it happen.

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  • Yearbooks the lowest price of the year!

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of the current Yearbook special purchase price of $70. This low price will end on Friday, September 7th so go to www.jostens.com/ and order today! It is also time for seniors to be ordering their Senior Recognition Page.

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  • Laura Gardner Selected as the NCATA Regional Teacher of the Year

    On June 24, 2018, Laura Gardner, from Piedmont High School was selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year for the Southwest Region of NC. The North Carolina Agriculture Teachers Association’s (NCATA) mission is, “…dedicated to the enhancement and support of the state and local Agriculture Education Programs and NCATA members.” Each year, members of the NCATA throughout its 8 regions select regional teachers of the year based on their achievement and dedication to the Agriculture Education profession.

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  • Summer Construction Update

    There has been a lot of action around the Piedmont campus this summer, including repaving of student parking lots! In addition, all demolition in six G-building classrooms and the auditorium has been completed and new construction is on schedule. Piedmont is also looking forward to the auditorium upgrade that includes new seating, flooring, curtains, and upgrades to sound and lighting!

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  • Congratulations to our retirees!

    Congratulations to art teacher Tracy Price and world language teacher Sherry Edwards who will be retiring this year. Price retires with 30 years of service and Edwards retires with 33 years of service, both spending their entire teaching career at Piedmont. We wish you both a very happy retirement!

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  • Kodikara Participates in UNC Eshelman Institute Summer Research Program

    Piedmont High rising senior Seth Kodikara will be participating in The Young Innovators Program, an eight-week paid summer internship offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. The program offers high school students the opportunity to participate in an immersive experience designed to engage students in cutting-edge and innovative research in STEM as it relates to the pharmaceutical sciences. Across North Carolina, less than 25 students were selected for the program.

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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2018

    The Class of 2018 participated in their graduation ceremony on Monday, June 11 at the Cabarrus Arena. Dwan Edwards, former NFL defensive tackle encouraged the graduates before approximately 350 seniors received their diplomas. This year's graduates earned over $25 million in scholarship offers. Good luck to everyone as you enter the next season of life!

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  • Chefs from Black Finn visit Foods II class

    Mrs. Clemmer's Foods II class recently received the privilege of having two professional chefs from Black Finn in Charlotte visit their class to instruct them on how to prepare an upscale meal similar to what is served at their restaurant. Matthew Pickard, Executive Chef, Chad Smith, Chef Manager, and Sara Spitler with their Sales and Marketing team shared their skills with students as they prepared chipotle pork loin, sweet potato hash, a tom-cuc salad, and strawberry shortcake topped with homemade whipped cream.

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  • Pulsera bracelet fundraiser breaks school record

    The International Club hosted a pulsera sale again this year to raise money for the Pulsera Project in Nicaragua. Pulsera means "bracelet" in Spanish, and students purchased a unique pulsera for $5 to support this endeavor. The second year of the fundraiser set a school record by raising $1815 for the Pulsera Project, of which 100% of the money raised goes straight to the project.

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  • Art class completes Lanterns Around the World project

    Mrs. Medford's art students were afforded the opportunity to complete the Lanterns Around The World project after receiving a grant from the Union County Education Foundation. The viewer will learn of the artist’s country or subject of choice, in addition to the historical use of the lantern. The lanterns are currently on display at Unionville Elementary and will return to Piedmont High for the Student Artist Showcase that is opened to the public on May 24th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

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  • Art Students Recognized at New Health & Human Services Department

    On May 7, students in Tracy Price’s advanced art classes were recognized during an art dedication ceremony at the new Health and Human Services Department in Monroe. When she was approached about the project, she stated that, "I was very honored because I knew that the Health and Human Services Department knew that Piedmont High School’s art program was very capable and talented."

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  • Marketing Students Use Skills to Collect Pillows

    For the past three years, students in the Sports Marketing program have collected pillows to support the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. As part of the community service outreach, students utilize their marketing skills learned throughout the semester to encourage donations for the project. This year, students collected 86 pillows that will be provided to those men who have none.

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  • OCS Students Design Buttons to Foster School Spirit

    Students in the OCS class have been busy designing and assembling buttons this semester to sell to students at Piedmont to foster school spirit. The goal of this fundraising endeavor was to not only improve school spirit, but to create buttons that complimented the many passions that Piedmont students puruse. Students personally designed the images for the buttons and then assembled each one that is being sold for $2. Proceeds from the button sale will support field trips, new equipment, and educational experiences for the OCS class.

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  • Students of the Month Selected

    Teacher nominations are in and congratulations to Hailey Underwood, who was selected as the Student of the Month and to Chris Hernandez, who is our Student on a Roll!

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  • TTA Attends Special Prom

    Wolfe School recently sponsored the annual Special Prom at First Presbyterian Church in Monroe. Piedmont's TTA students enjoyed a fun time of dancing, eating, and visiting with friends from across Union County Schools. Piedmont TTA would like to give a special thank you to the Unionville Lions Club, who donated their corsages and bounonnieres for this special event.

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  • Students Present at Union County Transition Fair

    Students in the Transition to Adulthood and Occupational Course of Study programs recently participated in the Union County Transition Fair, where they made presentations about their job responsibilities from their work site. Students in the TTA program work at Chick-Fil-A and the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail.

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  • NAHS Dedicates Ornaments During the Giving Tree Ceremony

    The National Art Honor Society participated in their annual Giving Tree Ceremony on April 24 where members make an ornament in memory or in honor of a loved one. Each year, members share their dedication and then hang the ornaments on the "giving tree' located in the courtyard outside the art rooms. The ceremony is inspired by the children's book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, which was read by Keanni Long-Wright before the ceremony began.

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  • Kelli Fagala Receives Governors Award for Volunteer Service from the United Way

    Congratulations to Kelli Fagala, who received the Governors Award for Volunteer Service. Fagala was recognized by the local chapter of the United Way at a banquet held at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus in Charlotte. Fagala started the Sole2Sole community nonprofit, whereby she actively seeks donations of shoes and socks, as well as financial contributions. She devotes 20-30 hours each month to this program with her ultimate goal being to reach all 100 counties in North Carolina in the next 10 years.

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  • Alex Smith Receives Scholarship to Attend Duke University

    Congratulations to senior Alex Smith, who has been accepted to Duke University where she received the prestigious David M. Rubenstein Scholarship. This scholarship will cover the full cost of a Duke education, as well as provide mentorship and funding for summer professional opportunities. The scholarship was awarded for both academics and her commitment to social engagement and service. Alex plans to study Policy Journalism and Law at Duke.

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  • Piedmont FFA Wins State Horse Evaluation Event

    Congratulations to the Piedmont FFA Horse Evaluation team, who received the highest score in the state at the State FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event on April 14 in Martin County, North Carolina.  Team Members included Jessica Smith, Zoey Thomas, Reva Dandrow, and Reagan Ponder.  As the winner of the event, they will be recognized during the 90th North Carolina State FFA Convention held in Raleigh on June 19-21.  

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  • Theater Department to Present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Join the Piedmont High Theatre Department for the production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, a children’s play by Richard R. George, adapted from the fantasy by Ronald Dahl. Show times will be May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, and 11th at 6 pm, and tickets may be purchased at the door for only $5. Come early so you can meet the Buckets, the Beauregardes, the Gloops, the Salts, the Teavees, and Wonka himself!

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  • Pride of Piedmont Performs at Disney World

    The Pride of Piedmont Marching Band spent three days at the "Happiest Place on Earth" during Spring break as they were selected to march in one of the Disney parades. Over 90 students marched through the Magic Kingdom, entertaining adults and children from all over the world. The band and chaperones then were able to enjoy three days experiencing the many cultural activities, live shows, and thrill rides.

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  • Sports Marketing Class Uses Grocery Bags to Make Soccer Balls

    You may know that children in many Third World countries do not have access to education and clean water, but did you know they don’t even have soccer balls so they can enjoy a favorite sport? To accommodate for this, children in these impoverished countries make their own soccer balls from trash, twine, and coconut palms leaves. To help students in Melissa Nicholas' Sports Marketing class understand this lifestyle, they used grocery sacks and jute to make their own soccer balls and then tested them for bounce, distance, and strength. For more information on the worldwide soccer ball charity initiative, visit www.charityball.org.

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  • Annette Harris Receives Student Government Adviser of the Year Award

    Congratulations to Annette Harris, who was awarded the Kate Parks Kitchin Advisor of the Year Award at the North Carolina Asoociation of Student Councils State Convention at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, NC. The award is given annually to a Student Government advisor who is nominated by the student leaders in respective high schools. A committee oversees the nominations and selects a winner based on activities, years of service, and contributions to NCASC. Harris has been the Piedmont Student Government advisor for 9 years and has taken Student Government members to multiple conferences, as well as leading Piedmont in hosting a district NCASC Conference in 2013.

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  • Lafata Wins Special Olympics T-Shirt Design Contest

    Congratulations to Tyler Lafata, whose drawing was selected as the winner in the Union County Special Olympics T-shirt design contest. Students in Transition to Adulthood (TTA) classes from across the district were asked to submit drawings for the T-shirt design contest. Tyler's design was the winner and now appears on all the athlete T-shirts for this week's Union County Special Olympics being held at Forest Hills High School. In addition, Noelle Kersey, a student in Ms. Polk's TTA class, was named Honorable Mention in the contest.

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  • World Affairs Council Welcomes Students

    Seven students from Piedmont High School were able to attend a program hosted by the World Affairs Council in Charlotte on March 15. The keynote speaker was Nancy Lindborg, the President of the United States Institute of Peace. Lindborg shared the outreach of the USIP and their mission for peace. Students and other attendees were then encouraged to ask questions and learn more about the institute and their work.

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  • Celebrating Diversity

    Piedmont High School's Multicultural Awareness Club recently spent the day collaborating with other UCPS high school students on ways to celebrate diversity. The 2018 UCPS High School School Diversity Day was held at the Ag Center in Wingate where students had the opportunity to attend workshops about promoting multicultural awareness and discovering the beauty, strength, and uniqueness that is found in each student. Students also discussed how they can come together to defeat stereotypes at their respective schools.

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  • Photojournalist Shares Life Experiences Thru the Eyes of a Camera Lens

    Mrs. Nicholas' Marketing class and Mrs. Medford’s Photography class recently welcomed photojournalist, Neale Bayly, father of senior Patrick Bayly, to Piedmont High. Mr. Bayly is sponsored by numerous companies, like BMW motorcycles, who have published his stories of traveling the world. The beauty of his work is that he has seen the world up close from the seat of a motorcycle. The stories Mr. Bayly writes are of roads less traveled, wildlife in their natural habitats, countryside untouched by construction, and waterways that reach the far ends of the earth. He also shared journeys with his son by his side and through the eyes of both he and Patrick. Our students were fascinated to learn that some of the most popular published photographs were shot by Patrick from the back of a motorcycle while in motion.

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  • FFA Wins North Carolina Farm Business Management Career Development Event

    Congratulations to the Piedmont FFA team comprised of Karson LIttle, Zoey Thomas, Matthew Clyncke, and Reagan Ponder who won the North Carolina FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event on March 7th. This event challenges the ability of students to analyze actual farm data to select the proper direction for their operation and enables team members to apply the skills they have learned in challenging real-life situations. As the highest scoring team, they are now eligible to compete in the National FFA event at the National FFA Convention in October. This event is one of 43 different career development events offered to North Carolina FFA members on the state level.

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  • Students of the Month Selected

    Congratulations to Zach Savery, who has been selected as our Student of the Month, and to Sydney Jones, who is our Student on a Roll!

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  • College & Career Readiness Week Kicks Off

    March 5th kicks off College and Career Readiness Week as teachers proudly sported their college attire to encourage students to ask questions about college. In addition, there are displays throughout campus that publicize the various career options available at Piedmont, including career academies in Public Safety, Auto Repair, and Culinary Arts. Students in grades 9-11 received registration materials on March 5 that contain information on the many college and career course options that are available to students in 2018-2019. The complete registration website is available under Quick Links.

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  • Tiphany Speck is a Top 10 Finalist for UCPS Teacher of the Year

    Dr. Houlihan visited Ms. Tiphany Speck on March 5 as she has been named a top 10 finalist for the UCPS Teacher of the Year! Ms. Speck is a Social Studies teacher at Piedmont and will now advance to the final round of the competition. Congratulations Ms. Speck!

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  • NAHS Has a Heart for Levine Children's Hospital

    Piedmont Alumni Josh and Nikki Baucom, along with the National Art Honor Society, collected donations for Levine Children’s Hospital for Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week in honor of Hunter Baucom and Evan Drake. Levine Children's Hospital does a fantastic job of making a family’s hospital experience the absolute best it can be, and many people know someone who has been blessed by their services. Art students brought in items that will be given to children and families in the hospital.

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  • Maggie Thomas Selected for Union Power Cooperative Youth Tour

    Congratulations to Maggie Thomas, who was one of three Union County students selected to participate in the Union Power Cooperative Youth Tour this summer. Maggie will join over 17,000 other delegates from across the country on June 5-9 in Washington, D.C. During the Youth Tour, students will learn how electric coops were organized and how they bring power to the nation. In addition, she will have the opportunity to meet with North Carolina legislators and tour the many monuments and sights of Washington, D.C.

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  • Medford & Price Win Bright Ideas Grant

    Congratulations to art teachers Tiffany Medford and Tracy Price who received a $2000 Bright Ideas Grant from Union Power Cooperative. Their project is entitled Glass Transformation, and advanced art and pottery students will use the funding to make North Carolina inspired glass-fused bowls and clay works.

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  • Fincher and Medford Receive LIFT Grants

    Congratulations Tiffany Medford and Julia Fincher for receiving LIFT Grants from the Union County Education Foundation. Members of the UCEd Foundation, along with Dr. Houlihan, members of the UCPS cabinet staff, and UCPS Board of Education Chair Melissa Merrell, were at Piedmont to present Fincher with a $1500 grant for a Greenhouse Project that she will use with her class to supplement her instruction on nutrition. Likewise, Medford will use her $750 grant for a Lantern Project.

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