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Cary student awarded N.C. Vietnam Veterans scholarship

At the monthly meeting of North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. in April, the 2012-2013 NCVVI Scholarship winners were announced.

Nathan Bucci of Cary was one of the scholarship winners. Bucci is a graduating senior from Athens Drive High School.

Scholarship certificates will be awarded at the monthly POW/MIA ceremony at noon Saturday, June 2, at the Capitol grounds in Raleigh.

ECU names scholarship winners

Two local students have been named EC Scholars by East Carolina University in Greenville.

Twenty incoming freshmen were chosen for the four-year scholarship based on academic performance, community involvement and leadership skills. Each scholarship includes a stipend for study abroad and is worth around $45,000. At ECU, the scholars much maintain a 3.5 GPA and perform 24 hours of community service each semester.

The winners from southwest Wake County are:

Taylor Locklear: Taylor, from Fuquay-Varina, attends Harnett Central High School and hopes to become a veterinarian who specializes in exotic animals, especially reptiles. She hopes her study abroad will take her to the Galapagos Islands, where she could see the tortoises that Charles Darwin studied. She plays ice hockey with the North Carolina Trailblazers and plans to volunteer with nonprofit zoo Noah’s Landing this summer. Taylor is the daughter of Duane and Melanie Locklear.

Morgan “Rose” Shelor: Rose, from Cary, is a homeschool student with an interest in nursing. She volunteers at a hospital rehabilitation unit and a crisis ministry store and knits baby caps that she donates to a hospital nursery. She has participated in Duke’s Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program. She plans to study abroad in Guatemala with the hope of volunteering in a health clinic there. Rose is the daughter of Clay and Pam Shelor.

Compiled by staff writer Michelle Ferencak