School briefs, April 16

April 13, 2014 

East 1st to host civil rights exhibit

East Chapel Hill High School will host the photography exhibit, "The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany” in the school’s media center through April 30.

East is the first high school in the country to host this exhibit. It has been on display internationally at universities and museums and was recently the subject of a documentary “Breath of Freedom” on the Smithsonian Channel.

The exhibit is made up of photos, cartoons and political posters that tell the story of how American and German history became intertwined in the struggle for civil rights. The exhibit shows how African-American men and women helped rebuild German democracy even as they fought for their rights on base and at home.

The public is invited to view the exhibit throughout the month of April. A special panel discussion and reception will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the school’s media center.

The panel discussion will be led by UNC professors Priscilla Layne and Denise Hill with special guests, Emily Goode and David Caldwell.

Ephesus teacher to receive Lara Jane Parker Award

Ruth Morgan, a speech-language pathologist at Ephesus Elementary School, has won the 2014 Lara Jane Parker Award for Excellence from the New Voices Foundation.

These awards go to outstanding individuals in the public schools who directly serve or advocate for children with both physical and communication challenges.

Morgan has worked as a speech-language pathologist for CHCCS since 1992. She has special expertise in assistive technology, autism and language.

Morgan will be honored during the Lara Jane Parker Awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. She will receive a trophy along with a $500 award.

New Voices Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to help children with severe communication and physical challenges maximize their learning potential.

STEM team wins at conference

Team WaSOR from East Chapel Hill High School was one of four high school teams from North Carolina and Ohio to receive top honors at the Conrad Foundation 2014 Innovation Summit on April 6-8 in Houston.

The Summit is the final competition round for the 2013-2014 Spirit of Innovation Challenge where student teams use science, technology, engineering and math skills, to develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability.

Team members Wen Tao Zhang, Jordan Cho and Kaleb Kang earned recognition in the Energy and Environment category for their avant-garde oil-spill cleaning device. Other teams created products and services, such as a new cybersecurity program that defends against web bots and a specialized glove to reduce essential hand tremors. In all, the four winning teams earned more than $47,500 in awards.

This year, 20 finalist teams were selected from a pool of more than 385 entries from around the world to attend the event hosted at Space Center Houston.

Each winning team received an innovation grant of $10,000 to continue product development and a one-year affiliate membership to Sigma Xi.

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