• Speculative fiction authorJames Maxey
of Hillsborough has been named the region’s 2015 Piedmont Laureate. As Piedmont Laureate, Maxey will receive an honorarium and serve until Dec. 31. His duties include presenting public readings and workshops, participating in select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of speculative fiction.
• Ten fifth-graders at St. Thomas More Catholic School submitted winning essays in the 2014 Sallie Markham Michie Trust Essay Contest.Lauren Fama, Dylan Hickey
came in first place;Nate Remmy, Garett Beggs
placed second; andSamantha Carew, Emily Spang, Sebastian Hammill
came in third place. The Sallie Markham Michie Essay Contest, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Magna Carta Dames, is an annual competition in which participants compose essays on historical, governmental, or constitutional topics.
•Helen Anne Lo
of Chapel Hill andAmon Khalid Williams
of Carrboro have been awarded the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Scholarship at Duke University. The award covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for eight semesters at Duke. Lo is a graduate of East Chapel Hill High and daughter of Martha Schutz and Donald Lo. Williams is a graduate of Carrboro High and son of Kathryn H. Williams.