Chapel Hill: Community

May 12, 2014

Notables, May 14

Brothers Garret and Geoffrey Gerdau have received Venture Scouting’s Ranger Award.
• Bynum Front Porch, a non-profit community organization, recently presented its sixth annual arts grant to Hannah Holloway, its sixth annual Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) educational grant to Autumn Smith, and the Chatham Artists Guild Grant to Shelby Kremer.
•  Li Wang, of Glenwood Elementary, was recently awarded the 2014 Global Educator Award by VIF International Education. In addition to being honored as a top international educator in the state, Wang will receive funds for global education materials for Glenwood Elementary.
•  Kathleen Mullan Harris, Ph.D., James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences for her work in educating people in understanding the impact of environment and genese in the life course of teenagers, and bringing about social change. Membership in the Academy is one of the highest honors that a U.S. scientist or engineer can receive.
• Orange County Cooperative Extension congratulates the winners of the 69th annual Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale.

The competition took place April 9-10, in Hillsborough. Orange County had 25 4-H members and 25 Future Farmers of America (FFA) members showing in this year’s competition.

Winners from Orange County include:

Grand Champion Junior Market Hog Showmanship: Gray Palmer

Grand Champion Senior Market Hog Showmanship: Trey Palmer

Reserve Champion Senior Market Hog Showmanship: Spencer Walker

Grand Champion Pen of Three Hogs: Trey Palmer

Reserve Champion Market Steer Showmanship: Chase Hawkins

Grand Champion Senior Market Steer Showmanship: Spencer Walker

Reserve Champion Senior Market Steer Showmanship: Trey Palmer

Grand Champion Market Steer: Spencer Walker

Reserve Champion Market Steer: Spencer Walker

Reserve Champion Junior Sheep Showmanship: Gray Palmer

Grand Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship: Tiffany Parker.

Class winners include: Gray Palmer, Trey Palmer, Ryan Wade, Spencer Walker, Amber Mann, Cheyenne Mann, Savannah Graham, Sawyer Winfrey, and Haven Roberts.

To learn more about the Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale and Orange County 4-H, contact Sheronda Witter at 919-245-2057 or Lauren Langley at 919-245-2058, or visit

•  Eliza Filene, a senior at Carrboro High, has been awarded the 2014 Chapel Hill/Carrboro Peacemaking Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors who live or go to school in Chapel Hill or Carrboro and who are intending to pursue a college education. Filene was selected for the scholarship because of her work as co-founder of the Carrboro High School Global Health Club, which raised $133,000 for organizations fighting for global health equity in developing countries, as well as her service with nonprofits such as the National FACE AIDS Student Steering Committee and the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at UNC-Chapel Hill.
•  Kelly Sears of Smith Middle School and Allison Stewart of Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe have been recognized by the Kenan Fellows Program at N.C. State University. The teachers will spend five weeks shadowing and learning from local experts in renewable energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and other fields.
•  Esther Cohn of Carrboro is graduating from Clark University in Worcester, Ma., with highest honors in Psychology and Philosophy. A three-time Academic All-Conference basketball player, Cohn will be continuing on at Clark in the MBA program in Management.
• Brothers Garret and Geoffrey Gerdau, both Eagle Scouts in Troop 9 and officers in Venture Crew 9, have received Venture Scouting’s Ranger Award, akin to the Eagle in terms of skill mastery. Fewer than 12 people in the Occoneechee Council have earned the award. In addition, both brothers have earned a sixth Eagle Palm for continued service to Troop 9 after becoming Eagle Scouts in 2012.
•  Ben Edwards, of Chapel Hill, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. Edwards, 16, is a junior at East Chapel Hill High, and a member of Troop 820. For his project, Edwards led the construction of a floating dock at the Carolina Living and Learning Center, a vocational and residential center for adults with autism, located in Pittsboro. He is the son of Ben and Betsy Edwards.

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