Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Logan Sutton, a student of Sue Scarborough at Enloe High School, is one of 10 finalists at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.
The competition was held in April at Lincoln Center in New York City for 59 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Logan had won the ESU Research Triangle Branch regional competition.
As the winner of a local competition, Logan was awarded the trip to New York City for the final stage of the competition. ESU National Headquarters provided finalists with three days of activities, including a performance of the new Broadway production of "Waiting for Godot," an acting workshop at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and tours of New York.
Morehead City Scout receives Eagle
Jackson Riley of Morehead City has received the Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouting.
His Eagle project was a meditation walk in front of Morehead City First Presbyterian Church, using concrete steps with personal decorations made by last summer's Vacation Bible School children.
Jackson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Duke Riley of Morehead City and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. David Edward Riley Jr., formerly of Rocky Mount. Jackson is a junior at West Carteret High School where he received the Good Patriot Award, honor roll awards, and has lettered in football, track and tennis.
Student from Raleigh wins fellowship
Middlebury College senior Walter "Tripp" Burwell of Raleigh has been selected from a national pool of nominees to receive the Compton Mentor Fellowship.
The Compton Foundation created the Mentor Fellowship Program to support the creativity and commitment of graduating seniors as they move beyond academics and into the world. The fellowship lasts for one year, with a stipend of $35,000, beginning and ending at the annual mid-June gathering of fellows held in the San Francisco area.
Tripp Burwell, who has a joint major in environmental studies and biology, will be living in Alaska's northernmost settlement of Barrow, where he will work on climate change issues that impact the native Inupiat Eskimos. Specifically, Burwell wants to investigate the ways in which science and traditional ecological knowledge can converge to benefit local communities.
Middlebury College is in Middlebury, Vt.
Students honored for math skills
Daniel Vitek of Raleigh, a senior at Enloe High School, has been offered a full-tuition scholarship to Duke University for being the highest scoring senior at the 31st annual State Mathematics Competition.
The N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics have announced additional winners from the Triangle. They won various dollar amounts, plaques and certificates.
They are: Calvin Deng of Cary, an eighth-grader at Ligon Middle School; Tian-Yi Jiang of Raleigh, a junior at NCSSM; Allen Yang of Cary, a freshman at Cary Academy; Zijing Gao of Chapel Hill, an eighth-grader at Smith Middle School; Andrew Hertzberg of Chapel Hill, a senior at Chapel Hill High School; Gray Symon of Carrboro, a sophomore at Chapel Hill High School; Jessie Duan of Cary, a sophomore at Green Hope High School; and Royce Feng of Cary, a senior at NCSSM.
Eighth Eagle Scout for one family
Eric Alexander Barefoot, a member of Boy Scout Troop 722 at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, has earned the Eagle Scout award.
Eric is the eighth in his family to become an Eagle Scout.
For his Eagle project, Eric led a team of Scouts and volunteers in cleaning and landscaping the grounds of Sunnyside Ministries.
Eric, a freshman at R.J. Reynolds High School, is the son of Wendy Miller and Jim Barefoot and is the grandson of Naomi and A.C. Barefoot Jr. and June Miller of Raleigh.
Recycling programs honored
Wake and Orange counties were recently honored for their recycling efforts by the American Forest & Paper Association.
Wake received the 2009 School Recycling Award. The annual award recognizes a successful and innovative program to promote and encourage paper recycling in schools, businesses and communities.
Wake's "Feed the Bin" program serves more than 135,000 students in 152 schools. The program provides recycling bins for classrooms and offices and emphasizes student participation and education.
Orange received the 2009 Community Recycling Award. This award recognizes outstanding community, business, school and college-university paper recycling programs.
In 2008, the 128,000 residents of Orange County recovered about 8,750 tons of paper for recycling.