Adam Caratenuto has been making some beautiful music of late.
The Gilbert High School senior recently performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage with some of the nation’s most talented high school students after being named to the 2014 National Association for Music Education All-National Mixed Choir Honor Ensemble.
The ensembles includes a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble. Caratenuto was one of four South Carolina students named to the 350-member chorus.
The students were selected from roughly 2.5 million nationwide from local, district and state music festivals. To be eligible, students had to qualify for their state-level honor ensemble programs and compete for a spot in one of the national honor ensembles.
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Power to the People award
Donna Teuber, Richland 2’s team leader for technology integration, recently received the Power to the People award from the Digital Innovation in Learning Award program.
The honor recognizes efforts to empower teachers, students and other administrators to take on leadership roles and participate in change management.
Teuber won the award for her work with the district’s R2 Innovates innovation incubator. The incubator, created in 2013, encourages staff members to develop innovative practices that support the district’s priorities of learning, character, community and joy.
“R2 Innovates has created leaders from all segments of our organization and is building our capacity to prototype and scale initiatives that will have a lasting impact on learning, character, community and joy,” Teuber said. “My greatest joy has come from working with these teams and seeing their joy with each new discovery and possibility.”
Teuber and 16 other winners nationwide will be honored at a gala Nov. 21 in Silicon Valley, Ca.
A case study in healing
University of South Carolina senior David Wolfer has received the Rotary Global Grant to study at Makerere University in Uganda.
Wolfer, a member of the South Carolina Honors College, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing and will focus on the policy and management of HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases.
After a family trip to Uganda and Tanzania in 2010, Wolfer developed a passion for disease prevention and treatment that has continued through his involvement with Carolina’s Student Nurse Association and GlobeMed. He returned to Uganda this past summer for a six-week study abroad experience where he worked at Mulago Hospital in the infectious disease, medical emergency and pediatrics units.
Wolfer is a Palmetto Fellow and a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, Passport Travel Grant, Walker Institute International Experience Award, South Carolina Nurse Foundation Nursing Care Scholarship, and J. Randall Guy Healthcare Scholarship. He is a member of the International Nursing Honors Society Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Xi chapter.