Cary News: Community

Notables: Dec. 23

Cary resident earns Zora Neale Hurston Award

Willa Brigham of Cary earned the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Zora Neale Hurston Award. Brigham, an inspirational speaker, storyteller, writer and performing artist, was recognized at the association’s annual festival and conference in November.

Boy Scouts earn Merit Badges

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted 888 Boy Scouts during the eighth annual November Merit Badge Clinic in the Triangle. The event’s locations included Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville.

The Boy Scouts collected close to 4,000 pounds of food for Dorcas Ministries, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Knightdale United Methodist Church and the Holly Springs Food Cupboard.

Eagle Scouts

Karsten Griffo and Ryan Tsolis of Boy Scout Troop 213 earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting.

Karsten, who is a junior at Athens Drive High School, planned and led the construction of a garden shed for St. Francis United Methodist Church. Ryan, a Green Hope High School junior, led a group building exercise bars at Green Hope.

Four members of Troop 356, chartered to Holly Springs United Methodist Church, were named Eagle Scouts.

Anthony Alachi, a graduate of Holly Springs High School who is enrolled at Campbell University, built a brick planter and reseeded grass at Holly Springs Elementary School to earn the award.

Zac Coleman built benches for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard as his Eagle Scout project. He is a senior at Holly Springs High School.

Jake Meier cleared overgrown land near the ball fields at Womble Park. He is also a senior at Holly Springs High School.

Caleb Woody, a senior at Middle Creek High School, built vegetable garden planter boxes for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard.