February 14, 2014 

•  Alex Arshavsky, a senior at East Chapel Hill High, has been recognized for several outstanding academic achievements. As a 2014 winner of the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center’s N.C. International Science Challenge, Arshavsky will share his original research on corneal transplantation in Beijing. He is a finalist for the Intel Science Talent Search with the same research, and will compete in Washington, D.C. in March to undergo final judging, with a chance for a $100,000 grand prize. Arshavsky was also a 2014 recipient of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, as one of the top 20 males in the state by SAT and ACT score.

•  Meghana Holegadde, of Chapel Hill, was recently warded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, by the Girl Scouts of N.C. Coastal Pines division. For her Gold Award project, Holegadde constructed bat houses for Prairie Ridge Ecostation, a research center for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. The houses will provide shelter for migrating bats and will assist researchers in their studies. Holegadde is the daughter of Gowthami Manjunatha and Manji Holegadde, and attends East Chapel Hill High. She is a member of Troop 243, led by Paige Barnett and Linda Roberts.

•  Meredith Quinn Allen, of Chapel Hill, was named to the Arts & Sciences dean’s list at Duke University for the Fall 2013 semester. To be placed in the dean’s list, students must rank in the top third of their college. Allen is a Chapel Hill High alumnus, and plans to graduate Duke University in May 2014.

• Cellist and East Chapel High senior Jonah Krolik was the second place winner of the 2013 Hilton Head Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, held Feb. 1 at St. Luke’s Church. The competition is for gifted musicians in grades 12 or below. Krolik received a $500 honorarium and was granted a recital weekend on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

•  Caitlin Marsh, of Chapel Hill, was recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the Fall 2013 semester. To achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 grade point average during the semester.

• JS Waters School’s Savannah Dowdy won first place in Recycled Art at the State Junior Beta Convention in Greensboro. With her win at the state convention, she qualifies to compete at the National Beta Convention in Richmond, Va. this summer.

•  Bryce Johnson recently received his Eagle Scout designation. Johnson, 17, is a junior at East Chapel Hill High, and is a member of Troop 820 of the Shakori District of the Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America, led by Ed Bedford, Scoutmaster. Johnson’s Eagle Scout project was building a horse paddock at N.C. State University’s Equine Educational Unit. He is the son of Illey and Gwen Johnson.

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