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Asheville-area students, teachers earn honors



9/24/2012 - Asheville-area students, teachers earn honors
by Asheville Citizen Times

Teitelbaum to appear on Jeopardy Monday

 SYLVA - Dr. Deb Teitelbaum, a North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching fellow, will compete on the TV game show "Jeopardy."

 The former public school teacher will appear as a contestant on "Jeopardy" during the program's broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Monday on WLOS-TV.

Teiltelbaum took personal leave from her faculty position at NCCAT to travel to California in July to compete on the game show.

Based in Cullowhee, the NCCAT educates teachers and provides them with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. Visit or call 293-5202.

Waller earns scholarships

ASHEVILLE - Lawrence Waller, a graduate of the Asheville School, is a recipient of the 2012 National Merit Scholarship.

Waller is now attending Vanderbilt University, where was awarded the Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years, plus a stipend for study abroad or research.

Waller is the son of Dorothy Waller, of Asheville, and Lawrence Waller, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Samsel Architects partners with Evergreen, A-B Tech

ASHEVILLE - Charles Krekelberg, of Samsel Architects, recently collaborated with students from Evergreen Community Charter School and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to design and build an outdoor classroom on the school's campus.

Sixth graders from Evergreen were taught how to use computer software to create three-dimensional designs for the outdoor space. The designs were then put into the hands of A-B Tech students, who developed a single hybrid design that reflected the most educationally engaging features from the original designs.

Features of the space include a hempcrete storage shed, expansive gardens and a covered classroom with a cob oven.

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Hunter Auto Group awards scholarships

HENDERSONVILLE - Four high school graduates from the Henderson County Public School district were recently awarded $2,000 each in scholarships sponsored by the Hunter Automotive Group. They are:

o Samit Biren Patel of North Henderson High School. Patel will attend Duke University.

o Ashley Alexandra Heywood of West Henderson High School. She will attend Duke University.

o William Scott Ashcraft of Hendersonville High School. He will attend University of North Dakota.

o Mariah Danielle James of East Henderson High School. She will attend Western Carolina University.

Christ School students recognized as AP Scholars

ARDEN - The Advanced Placement Program of the College Board offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP level courses and exams.

Christ School award winners include:

o AP Scholars (score of 3 or better on three or more exams): Nick England, Cooper Henkel, Josh Horwitz, Sam James, Forest Koenigsberg, Frank Lucius, Andy McMillan, Thomas Pritchard, Andres Ripoll Sanchez, Grayson Secor, Tyler Smith, Turner Strayhorn and Jonathan Yung.

o AP Scholars with Honor (average score of at least 3.25 on all exams, scores of 3 or higher on four or more): Spenser Dalton, Blaise Dunsmith, Robbie Mangone and Jim Mouer.

o AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of at least 3.5, scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams): Chambers Loomis and Jesse Richardson-Bull.

Music educators create giant staff

WEAVERVILLE - What can you do with 15 feet of oilcloth, construction paper and black duct tape? Build the world's largest musical staff, of course.

Kathy Bonyun, Buncombe County Schools literacy coach, and Jeannie Graeme, chorus teacher at North Buncombe High, designed an interactive, musical staff floor mat, complete with 4-foot-tall treble and bass clef, to give music students an "off the paper" learning experience.

Borrowing from an earlier project that consisted of creating a large "graph mat" that students could stand on and "become" the point or line in math class, the educators carried the idea over into the arts curriculum.

"Students can either stand on the staff and 'be' the notes themselves or place large notes on the mat based on Ms. Graeme's instructions," said Bonyun, instructional curriculum coach. "It is intended to be a sense-oriented experience for students that goes beyond the usual eight-and-a-half by eleven piece of white paper with black writing.

"It also gives students a visual-spatial perspective on something that has always been stuck on the page. Rather than tiny notes fixed on paper, students can actually pick up life-size notes and measures and walk them to another place."

The grand music staff has also encouraged peer-to-peer teaching opportunities. Students in Graeme's chamber choir came up with activities and games that she could use with less experienced learners in other classes.

According to Principal Jack Evans, "Kathy Bonyun is awesome. This is just the type of thing she works with our teachers to do. This is a way to get students physically active in chorus to improve learning."

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