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Six UCPS students shine during summer months

These students were recognized for their achievements this summer. Pictured, top row, from left are Jerod Fisher, a senior at Cuthbertson High School; Meghan Gadsden, a seventh grader at Marvin Ridge Middle School; and Aspen Holeman, a senior at Piedmont High School; (second row), Gabby Hubert, a senior at Parkwood High School; Alex Kroll, a senior at Weddington High School; and Scott Stegall, a senior at Piedmont High School.

For many students, summer months are a time for fun and relaxation. For others, it’s a chance to shine.

The following six Union County Public Schools students were recognized for various achievements.

Jerod Fisher, a 17-year-old senior at Cuthbertson High School, was invited to participate in the “Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders” conference June 28 through June 30. He was asked to participate because of his high grades in science and community involvement. Jerod had the opportunity to listen to and interact with world-renowned scientists, inventors and even some Nobel Prize winners.

Meghan Gadsden, 12, a seventh grader at Marvin Ridge Middle School, competed in the North Carolina's Outstanding Little Miss Pageant on Aug. 22 and was crowned North Carolina's Outstanding Majestic Miss 2015. She also won first place in her division for talent, interview, and fitness. In addition, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Community Service.

Aspen Holeman, 16, a senior at Piedmont High School, won the championship competition of the United States Pony Club held in Lexington, Va. this past July. Aspen is a member of the Rocky River Pony Club in Monroe and competed in Show Jumping as a member of a Carolina Regional Team. She was able to compete in this championship competition because she attained top scores at the Regional Rallies. These competitions include disciplines in dressage, mounted games, western, polo-crosse and show jumping.

Gabby Hubert, a senior at Parkwood High School, won the Charlotte Pride’s Champions of Pride Young Catalyst Award on Aug. 16. The award is given to up-and-coming leaders of the LGBT activism movement. It is awarded to those who are thought to be making a difference in Charlotte and surrounding communities. Gabby is the youngest person ever to have received this award.

Alex Kroll, 17, a senior at Weddington High School, took first place for his poem The Dying Raven on Aug. 23 during the Summer Youth Poetry Contest, which is sponsored by the Union County Writers' Club. The event is a county-wide student poetry contest that encourages the art and skill of writing in Union County.

Scott Stegall, 17, a senior at Piedmont High School, was invited to participate in the West Point Summer Leadership Experience (SLE). This highly competitive event is open to high school juniors. There are normally 6,000 applicants and 1,000 attendees. The program gives high school students a week to experience life as a cadet in order to help them in their college-selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics. Scott attended SLE from May 30 to June 5.

Written by: Deb Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 01, 2015 by Deb Bledsoe

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