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Students enter lottery for seats at Columbus Charter School

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Columbus Charter School held a lottery Wednesday to determine which children to accept in grades where the number of applications exceeded available seats. Columbus Charter School held a lottery Wednesday to determine which children to accept in grades where the number of applications exceeded available seats.
Samantha Harrison, whose daughter Rimi, won a seat in Kindergarten, said the lottery was nerve-racking. Samantha Harrison, whose daughter Rimi, won a seat in Kindergarten, said the lottery was nerve-racking.
Anthony Boatwright beamed when his daughter's name was announced during the drawing. Anthony Boatwright beamed when his daughter's name was announced during the drawing.
Columbus Charter School expects more than 900 elementary and middle school students to attend classes in the upcoming year. Columbus Charter School expects more than 900 elementary and middle school students to attend classes in the upcoming year.

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Officials at Columbus Charter School near Whiteville don't have enough seats for all the students who want to go there, so as spelled out by state law, the school held a lottery Wednesday to determine which children to accept in grades where the number of applications exceeded available seats.

It was the first time the school staged a lottery for Kindergarten, where 107 children were vying for 104 slots.

"It's definitely a little nerve-racking," said Samantha Harrison who waited with her daughter Rimi for the lottery to begin. "I've tried not to let her see it, but she's nervous about it too."

Less than 30 minutes later, Rimi beamed as school administrators called out her name to indicate she won a Kindergarten slot.

Anthony Boatwright flashed a toothy smile when his daughter made the cut.

"That's all she talks about, is getting ready to go to school," Boatwright said.

Columbus Charter School Headmaster Steve Smith said the drawing is an emotional experience for parents.

"The lottery is both a great day for parents who get selected and a sad day for those parents that get placed on the waiting list," Smith explained. "I wish that we had the ability to bring every child into the charter school that wants to get into the charter school because it is very though to pick a name out of a box to select a child."

Columbus Charter School, part of Brunswick-County-based Roger Bacon Academy, opened in 2007 with 132 students. Smith expects more than 900 elementary and middle school students to attend classes in the upcoming year.

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