Chapel Hill Girl Scout wins Gold Award

June 13, 2009 

Charlotte Ann Pate of Chapel Hill has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

The award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership, career planning, personal development and community service.

For her Gold Award project, Charlotte formed a theater troupe to take improvisational fairy tale theater to local after-school care programs.

Charlotte is the daughter of Marsha and Edward Andrew Pate of Chapel Hill. A graduating senior at East Chapel Hill High School, she plans to attend UNC-Asheville to major in ethics and social organization. She has been a Girl Scout since 1997 and is in Troop 243, led by Paige Barnett.

Local chorus wins big

The Triangle's Carolina Harmony Chorus, a women's a cappella barbershop harmony group, brought home first place medals in the Small Chorus category of the Sweet Adelines International Blue Ridge Region 14 Competition recently.

In addition to first place, the chorus and its director, Susie Smith, received awards in four other categories, including most improved.

"This award is particularly special to us because it's the result of months of hard work in weekly rehearsals and weekend coaching sessions," Smith said. "These dedicated women love the harmonies of barbershop music and the camaraderie that comes with singing together weekly."

Business student gets honor

David Royster, a rising senior at UNC-Wilmington, has been inducted into the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma. This is the highest academic honor that the Cameron School of Business at UNCW bestows upon its students.

He is the son of Bob and Kathryn Royster of Chapel Hill.

Royster is majoring in business development and entrepreneurship.

He graduated from Northwood High School in Pittsboro, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Marching Charger Band.

Student appointed to Coast Guard Academy

Tyler Jones Richardson of Cary has been appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Tyler, who attends Green Hope High School, will be sworn in June 29 as a member of the Class of 2013.

The Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., is an accredited college educating future Coast Guard officers.

Admission is highly competitive, and fewer than 400 appointments are offered annually from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants.

Cadets receive full tuition and a monthly stipend for a five-year service commitment to the Coast Guard upon graduation. All graduates receive a bachelor of science degree and are guaranteed a position of leadership as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tyler is the son of Allen and Sharon Richardson, and grandson of Max and Molly Avery of Raleigh and Capt. Billy E. and Lucinda Richardson from Elizabeth City.

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