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Cary student earns SECU scholarship

The SECU Foundation, funded by members of the State Employees’ Credit Union, has presented a $10,000 scholarship to Tiffany Nicole Tutwiler of Cary.

Based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as GPA.

Tutwiler is a senior at Green Hope High School and the daughter of Tony and Suzanne Tutwiler. She plans to study nursing at UNC-Wilmington.

Apex nurse named national award winner

Joanna Burgess, RN, CWOCN of Apex was honored as the 2012 Great Comebacks National Award recipient at a ceremony held at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 44th annual conference held in Charlotte.

The Great Comebacks Program, now in its 27th year, annually honors outstanding individuals who inspire others to live life to the fullest after ostomy surgery.

Burgess was diagnosed with a rare type of bladder cancer at three years old. Urostomy surgery and radiation therapy saved her life, but led to a lifetime of complications. Thirty years after her urostomy surgery, she also chose to have a colostomy to end years of recurring pain due to radiation-induced colitis.

Based on her personal experiences, Burgess developed a special interest in supporting patients with an ostomy and, in 2008, became a wound, ostomy and continence nurse. Burgess is currently working to establish an outpatient ostomy clinic at her hospital.

Cary Teen Council member receives inaugural Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel scholarship

Redmond Self, a member of the Cary Teen Council, has been declared the inaugural recipient of the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel’s History Scholarship. The $750 award was presented by President Ed Yerha at the Friends’ monthly board meeting on June 6.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a high school senior who exhibits an aptitude and passion for the study of history that could result in a career as a history teacher, museum educator, historian or historic preservationist. The award includes a permanent plaque with the recipient’s name to be displayed at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center.

Self was nominated for the award by his history teacher, Betsy Newmark.

Self is a senior at Raleigh Charter High School and the son of Mark Self and Lisa Ives. He plans to attend Villanova University and double major in history and religious studies.

N.C. Turnpike Authority to hold Triangle Expressway Trot II in July

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Turnpike Authority will hold the Triangle Expressway Trot II on Saturday, July 21. The 5K run is a family- friendly event and all money raised will benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The Triangle Expressway Trot II will take place on an unopened section of the Triangle Expressway near Green Level West Road in Cary. Registration for the event is $25 through Wednesday, June 20, and $35 from Thursday, June 21 through the day of the race.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority is holding the event to celebrate the upcoming opening of phase two of the Triangle Expressway. The second phase of the Triangle Expressway from N.C. 55 to U.S. 64 is scheduled to open August 1 and the third phase from Apex to Holly Springs will follow in January.

For information on the race, call 919-707-2660 or visit

Compiled by staff writer Michelle Ferencak