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Durham student named state middle schooler of the year

Posted May 12, 2014

— Miranda Straubel, a student at Lucas Middle School, was named the Middle School Student of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities.

“We’re excited and proud of Miranda,” said Durham Public Schools Interim Superintendent Hugh Osteen in a statement. “This award reflects well on her work ethic and the support she’s received from her teachers and school community.”

Straubel competed in four different scholastic competitions at her school; winning the school spelling bee, serving on the school quiz bowl and MATHCOUNTS teams, and competing in The Quill writing competition.

Straubel, along with teammates Hanna Fogel and Mary Margaret Johnson, led Lucas to a statewide victory in the writing competition. Straubel was also recognized for argumentative writing.

“Miranda is a remarkable young lady with tremendous potential,” Lucas principal Tom Seckler said in a statement. “It is great to see all of her hard work rewarded and the Lucas community is very proud of her.”

NCASA is a non-profit association of schools that promotes academic excellence by supporting major scholastic competitions across North Carolina.

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  • jmc3 May 13, 2014

    Great job Miranda! You are a credit to your family, your school, and your community. Keep up the good work and continued success.