Umstead pastry chef wins culinary grant
Katrin Sydnor is one of eight recipients from across the country of the James Beard Foundation 2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant. Sydnor is a pastry chef at Herons restaurant at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. She will complete a six-month mentorship program overseen by Chef Anthony Lamas of Seviche in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the only North Carolina recipient. The program is for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs to build in-depth skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management.
Cary resident is finalist for science-fiction writing award
Gray Rinehart of Cary was named as a finalist for a Hugo Award, which are given for excellence in science-fiction and fantasy writing by members of the World Science Fiction Convention. Rinehart is a finalist in the Best Novelette category for “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium,” which appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show online magazine in May 2014. Rinehart is a contributing editor for SF&F publisher Baen Books of Wake Forest, a speechwriter and former Air Force lieutenant colonel.
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Holly Springs resident earns Eagle Scout
Patrick Koenig of Holly Springs earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. Koenig designed and supervised construction of a viewing platform at Horses for Hope. Koenig is a member of Boy Scout Troop 444 of Fuquay-Varina.
Cary student wins writing award
Andrew D. Bennett of Cary won the Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing (prose) for 2015-16. Bennett, a junior at Appalachian State University, is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Bennett entered two short stories for the competition – “Snow Falls” and “Marlo, the Magnificent.” His first place award is $3,420.
Panther Creek graduate completes basic training
Army Pvt. Robert D. Berry graduated from basic combat training. Berry is a graduate of Panther Creek High School and the son of Steve Berry of Morrisville.
Girl Scouts serve as pages
Savannah Durham of Fuquay-Varina and Katherine King of Morrisville served as Governor’s Pages during Girl Scout Week in March. Durham, the daughter of Brian and Melissa Durham, is a sophomore at Fuquay-Varina High School. King, the daughter of William and Jennifer King of Morrisville, is a senior at Cary Academy.
Local student earns Eagle Scout
Christian Schakel earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his project, he led scouts refurbishing the daycare playground at a church. He is a student at Fuquay-Varina High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 320.
Girl Scout serves as Senate Page, earns award
Eryn M. Olmo of Holly Springs served as a Senate Page during Girl Scout Week, March 9 through 13. During the legislative session, Olmo was given the Girl Scout Lifesaving Medal of Honor for saving a woman from choking in a restaurant. Olmo, a student at Holly Springs High School, is the daughter of John and Robyn Olmo.
Cary resident competes in bike race
Michael Vandenheuvel of Cary won fourth place in the expert division of the 2015 US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships in Wrightsville Beach in March.
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