Notable accomplishments for Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, and Orange and Chatham counties.
▪ Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts student Andrew Bonomolo was awarded first place in his category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions in Chicago. Two other CHSMA students, Olivia Coen and Lili Whittier, were national semifinalists.
▪ Chatham Central FFA placed second in the Nursery Landscape Careet Development event at the North Carolina State FFA convention.
▪ Gayle Claris was named the vice president/sales manager of the Chapel Hill office of Fonville Morisey Realty.
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▪ Carrboro author Wim Coleman’s full-length play “The Shackles of Liberty” won the Southern Playwrights Competition and will be produced at Jacksonville State University.
▪ Recipients of scholarships from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. are: Amber Cotton-Geer, Diamond McPhatter, Kristian Richardson, Jocelyn Rives, Aliyah Smith, Candyce Smith, Victoria Smith and Jada Young.
▪ Chapel Hill High School students Sydney Dye and Caroline Murphy won first place for their documentary “Introducing Americans to America” at National History Day at the University of Maryland.
▪ Baylee Fox, with the Jordan Matthews FFA, won fourth place in the creed event at the FFA State Convention in Raleigh.
▪ John French, resident services coordinator for the Town of Chapel Hill, recently was presented with the W. Calvin Horton Service Award, one of the town’s highest honors for an employee.
▪ Emma Catherine Harrison of Chapel Hill recently was selected by the Network of enlighted Women to attend the Young Women’s Leadership Retreat in Virginia.
▪ Arushi Mahajan of Chapel Hill has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for organizing forums to bring senior citizens and children together in the community. The award is the highest achievement for a scout.
▪ Adam Melton was appointed director of healthcare services/administrator of The Arbor at Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro.
▪ Katherine Miller, a graduate of Chatham Central High School, was named secretary of the North Carolina FFA. Sarah Thomas, a graduate of Jordan Matthews High School, was named vice president of the state FFA.
▪ Financial advisor Keith Minton of Chapel Hill received the Edward Jones Eagle Award.
▪ Jamie L. Molina of Chapel Hill was selected for a year-long Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She will provide oral health care training and care plans for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities and their caregivers.
▪ The Orange County Health Department received the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics from the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, which identifies the department as one of the best in the state for family support.
▪ The Orange Water and Sewer Authority was awarded Stewardship Forest designation for the Cane Creek Reservoir mitigation property near Buckhorn by the North Carolina Forest Service.
▪ Northwood High School teacher Jane Pendergrast received the North Carolina Business, Finance and Information Technology Teacher of the Year award.
▪ Lizzie Phillips of Bonlee won fourth place in Cross-Stitch at the National Junior Beta Convention in New Orleans.
▪ Dr. Scott Sikes of Chapel Hill received the Young Optometrist of the Year award at the recent congress of the North Carolina Optometric Society in Myrtle Beach, SC. He also was elected a trustee for the North Carolina Optometric Society.
▪ Cedar Ridge High School student Ryan Wallace was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship and is spending seven weeks in Morocco learning Arabic.
▪ Carrboro Fire Chief Susanna Williams recently was appointed to the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Human Relations Committee.
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