Hunger Walk benefits Common Heart
INDIAN TRAIL – The inaugural Common Heart Hunger Walk raised about $12,000 on March 4 at Crooked Creek Park.
That amount is enough to help provide a week’s worth of groceries for 600 area families.
Donations are being accepted online through March 15.
Visit www.CommonHeartHungerWalk.org for details.
UCPS announces 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists
MONROE – Union County Public Schools revealed 10 finalists for Teacher of the Year.
The award recognizes a teacher that establishes an environment conducive to academic excellence and inspires children to learn. The winner will be announced April 19.
Superintendent Andrew Houlihan and his cabinet visited each of the finalists March 5 at their schools. They were picked from a pool of 53 top teachers across the district.
• Benton Heights Elementary – Jennifer West
• Monroe Middle – Donnika Kibler
• Parkwood High – Cheryl Brightsen
• Piedmont High – Tiphany Speck
• Rock Rest Elementary – Julia Shea
• Sun Valley Middle – Debra Dixon
• South Providence – Heather Diaz
• Weddington High – Benjamin Lukey
• Western Union Elementary – Ashley Erb
• Wingate Elementary – Janna Tolleson
Group helps grieving pet owners to cope
WAXHAW – Passionate Paws and Faithful Companion have organized a free support group for grieving pet parents.
The group meets on the third Thursday of every month, beginning March 15, at the Waxhaw Entrepreneur’s co-working space, 216 W. North Main St.
Visit www.petgriefgroup.com for details.
Former Marvin Ridge player among Sun Belt leaders
BOONE – Appalachian State freshman centerfielder Alex Leshock (Marvin Ridge) is ranked 12th in hitting in the Sun Belt Conference with a .346 batting average.
As of March 6, Leshock has four two-hit games, including three times in the last four games.
Leshock has drawn seven starts in the Mountaineers’ first 10 games and he has two doubles, one triple and two RBIs so far this season.
Freshmen pitchers Jason Cornatzer (Marvin Ridge) and Cam Roberts (Cuthbertson) and senior outfielder Drake Zupcic are also on the App State roster. Cornatzer has appeared in two games while Zupcic has played in four games.
Appalachian State was scheduled to play South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte on March 6.