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Media Advisory

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Sept. 3, 2004 -- No. 414

‘Carolina Connects’ brings Chancellor Moeser
to English honors class at Hickory High School

Tuesday (Sept. 7), 1:30 p.m.
Hickory High School

1234 Third St. N.E., Hickory

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Tuesday (Sept. 7) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to Hickory High School, where he will visit 32 juniors in teacher Rachel Moyer’s Honors English 3 class.

Hosts for the visit will include Dr. Duane Kirkman, superintendent of Hickory Public Schools, school principal Dr. Kim Mattox and Mercia Heavner, chair of the school guidance department.

Moeser’s trip to Hickory is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched last spring. Through the initiative, Moeser is visiting each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina’s people and their communities.

Moeser has visited several schools as part of the initiative, speaking especially with high school juniors and seniors about aspiring to attend and paying for college. He wants to be sure that North Carolina students know about a new program at UNC-Chapel Hill called the Carolina Covenant. The program, now in its first year, aims to provide a debt-free education to academically qualified low-income students. Background is available at

Six Carolina Covenant freshmen this year are from Catawba County: two each from Bunker Hill, Hickory and Newton Conover high schools.

In other academic scholarship programs, four Catawba County freshmen received awards from the university this year – one each from Hickory, Fred T. Foard and Newton Conover high schools and one to a student from Hickory who graduated from the N.C. School of the Arts. The scholarships range in value from $2,500 to $7,500 per year, renewable annually through senior year.

Note to media representatives: Those covering the visit may park in the south lot in front or the school. Enter the front door and go through double doors on the left to the school office. Assistant Principal Peggy Mainess will assist you. She can be reached at 1-828-322-5861 Ext. 1103.

Carolina Connects background:

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UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Lisa Katz, director of News Services, (919) 962-2093 or (cell) (919) 638-0474