Five Bailey Middle School band members were selected for the 2011 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Middle School Honors Band. Also in this column, Davidson Day students perform an open-air comedy play this week, Cannon School hosts an Arts Jam Friday, McKinney holds a Spring Fling next week and Woodlawn teams competed in their first Odyssey of the Mind competition.
BAILEY STUDENTS PLAY IN CMS HONORS BAND
Five Bailey Middle School Band members performed earlier this month at Piedmont Open IB Middle School as part of the 2011 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Middle School Honors Band.
The Honors Band recognizes the top 100 band students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
The Bailey students chosen for the band were: Katarina Schuette, flute; Marc Augenreich, bassoon; Emily Fread, clarinet; Jackson Michael, clarinet; and Kevin Thomas, percussion.
The students participated in the honors band clinic on April 8 and 9 and gave a concert at Piedmont Open IB Middle School April 9. The guest clinician was Connie Weeks, band director at Asheville Middle School.
DAVIDSON DAY ACTS OUT(SIDE)
Davidson Day students perform this week “The Love of Three Oranges,” a slapstick comedy play about a prince who goes on a quest to find three giant oranges.
The show runs Thursday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in The Grove, the wooded area behind the school’s upper playground. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Orange goodies will be sold during intermission.
The play features: Nya Autry, Kara Bringewatt, Christina Catlett, Jason Chinuntdet, Annie Echols, Mary Logan Grier, Ryan Guthrie, Teagan James, Aysia Johnson, Kevin King, Julissa Morgan, Maisie Rees, Ben Roberts, Sarah Slay, Avery Sommer, Ryan Titus and Grace Weber, with musical appearances by H Strachan and Ed Haponik.
CANNON SCHOOL HOSTS ARTS JAM FRIDAY
Cannon School hosts its annual Arts Jam Festival Friday, offering a mix of sights and sounds during musical performances and hands-on art activities.
The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 5 p.m. Friday on Cannon’s campus, 5801 Poplar Tent Road in Concord.
“Arts Jam is an unforgettable celebration of music, dance, theater and visual arts,” said Belinda Armstrong, Cannon’s fine arts department chair. “Participants of all ages can be creative and make something unique, learn a new dance, or relax to the cool sounds of jazz on the lawn. It will be a blast.”
Headliners include Omimeo Mime Theatre, Charlotte’s premier mime ensemble; award-winning jazz ensemble, Air Apparent; and the Scrap Exchange, which will return to campus to help guests of all ages turn clean, reusable industrial discards into one-of-a-kind items ranging from hats and rockets to puppets and handbags.
Jazz on the Lawn will begin at 6:45 p.m., when Cannon’s upper school jazz musicians open for Air Apparent, whose violinist and leader, Armen Boyajian, will perform with the students.
MORE FROM CANNON: CONGRESSMAN KISSELL SPEAKS TO CANNON JUNIORS
Congressman Larry Kissell recently visited with Cannon School juniors to talk about American history, government and current events.
Kissell spoke with the class about his work in Congress and the importance of continued youth involvement in public service.
“I believe that we must work to make sure that the generations that come after us have the opportunity of a better life than we did, and I know that these engaged students share that sentiment,” Kissell said. “Their commitment to service and involvement in our community is a sign of the true dedication to a quality education that is embodied here at Cannon School.”
A former high school civics teacher, Kissell answered questions from students, many of whom are taking U.S. government and civics classes.
“We so much appreciated and enjoyed Congressman Kissell’s visit with the students,” said Head of School Matt Gossage. “It’s obvious he is still a teacher at heart.”
WOODLAWN TEAMS PLACE 1ST AND 3RD IN ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Two teams of Woodlawn middle school students recently competed in the N.C. Northern Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, with one team placing first and the other third in their division.
Odyssey of the Mind is a competition that focuses on creative problem solving. Students are judged on their efforts to solve a spontaneous problem and a long-term problem, and on their problem-solving style.
Students spend several months preparing for the competition, practicing spontaneous problems and working on machines and skits to present as part of the long-term performance portion.
Woodlawn’s team for the “As Good as Gold…berg” problem placed first in a three-way tie. For the problem, students created a Rube Goldberg-style nut cracking machine that involved Indiana Jones, spinning planets and a water balloon. The team also outscored most of its competitors in its spontaneous problem, and was scheduled to continue on to the state competition. The team included: Jake Johnson, Kristin Van Epps, Erica Rose, Eliza Robinson, Sam Packard, and Nelson Malushizky.
Judges also praised Woodlawn’s “Extreme Mousemobiles” team for their “sharp” costumes and poise under pressure. The team took on an extremely difficult problem – creating mousetrap-powered cars that could perform a variety of tasks – and came in third in their division. The team included: Merritt Strodel, Elliott Anderson, Rachel Neal, Halynna Snyder, Matthew Shaw, and Cameron Latten.
This was Woodlawn’s first year fielding Odyssey of the Mind teams. Both teams were coordinated and coached by Woodlawn social studies teacher, Gabriel Cohn. Parent coaches Carson and Kendrick Anderson, Jim Strodel, Dave Malushizky, and John Packard also worked with the teams. For more information about Odyssey of the Mind, visit www.odysseyofthemind.com.
MCKINNEY ACADEMY PLANS SPRING FLING
McKinney Academy will have its Spring Fling event on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Davidson Green.
The event will include games, food and activities. There also will be a silent auction, and gift baskets for men, women and pets.