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Arlington National Cemetery wreath dedication photo

Arlington National Cemetery wreath dedication

On March 4, 2015, Marvin Ridge Middle School had the honor of dedicating a wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  This honor was awarded to four deserving students who were required to get one teacher recommendation and write an essay describing why they wanted to participate in the ceremony. 

Over fifteen entries were submitted.  Winning entries mentioned reasons such as having family buried at Arlington, a family that has a long record of military service protecting our nation, and even an immigrant refugee story of how the sacrifices by our military have given their family the opportunity to live the “American Dream.”  The winners of the competition were Anna Jacobsen, Anna Osborne, Ashley Cruz, and Max Watson.

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Discover China Day gets thumbs up from UCPS students photo

Discover China Day gets thumbs up from UCPS students

When offered hot tea in China, there is a right way and a wrong way to serve and drink the tea. About 180 Union County Public Schools middle and high school students had the opportunity to learn the proper etiquette of this long-standing Chinese tradition, as well as other things about China’s culture and its people during Discover China Day. This annual event, which featured presenters from the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, is an effort to increase awareness of China through exposure to its culture, language, history and people. Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University professor Weihong Yan, the institute’s director, said this year’s event, held at Marvin Ridge High School, marks the sixth year it has been presented to UCPS students. At left, Landi Radiner, a 12-year-old Parkwood Middle School seventh grader, cuts paper into shapes.

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