Durham News: Community

Notables, March 9

• Barton College has released its list of students who made the President’s List or Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester. To earn the Presdient’s List, students must have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Dean’s List students required a 3.3 or better. Listed below are Durham residents who were named to the list.

Named to the President’s List was Allison Dumas Dellinger.

Named to the Dean’s List were Kathryn Margaret Lecky, Matthew Walter Tilley, and Kerry David Walker.


Alexander Isley,

a graphic designer/educator, has been named a 2014 recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the professional association for design. Isley attended Durham Academy, and the University of N. C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a recipient of the Terry Sanford Scholarship. He received a degree in Environmental Design from the N.C. State University College of Design. He is also a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He is the son of Jane and Max Isley, of Durham.


Jasmine Everett

was recently selected to serve in the first nationwide class of 75 ambassadors for The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Girl Scout Silver awards

Several Girl Scouts have earned their Silver award from Girl Scouts – N.C. Coastal Pines. The Silver award is the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting, and symbolizes the Cadette’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community.


Hannah Guerrier

designed a program to help children practice water safety and learn to swim. Working with her swimming coaches, Guerrier helped teach African-American children ages 9 to 12 how to be safe when in a pool or near water. She chose this project after discovering that African American children ages 5 to 14 have a fatal accidental drowning rate almost three times that of white children in the same age range. Guerrier is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Guerrier. She has been a Girl Scout since 2006 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop #1675 led by Catrina Mitchell and Vega Swanson.


Savannah Lindblad

built flower boxes for the Durham VA Medical Hospital. To complete the project, Lindblad planted pansies, mums and dusty miller plants in the boxes. She said her motivation for the project was showing veterans that they are remembered and loved. Lindblad has been a Girl Scout since 2007 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop #1152 led by LauraLee Moran, Robin Lindblad and Christine Danko. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lindblad and is in the 9th grade.


Aysia’ Swepson

hosted theme parties for children at Genesis Home, a transitional housing program. In interactive sessions, participants learned about self-esteem and communication skills. To gain insight on how to work with children, Swepson volunteered with the Weaver Street Preschool. She designed events such as a birthday party and pajama party for the children at Genesis Home that would be fun as well as instructional. Swepson is the daughter of Véga Swepson. She has been a Girl Scout since 2005 and completed her project while a member of Girl Scout Troop #1675 led by Catrina Mitchell and Katrina Poole.


Helen Bowen

organized a literacy fair for the Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids. She collected and sorted books, then helped distribute 30 bookshelves and 1,065 books. Bowen has been a Girl Scout since 2006 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop #1152 led by Lauralee Moran. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Toby Bowen and is in the 9th grade. In addition to Girl Scouting, Bowen participates in Awana and youth group.

• Destiny Akinnagbe, Jemma Barton-Lippin, Elizabeth Beyer, Lindy Charles, Eleanor Dilworth, Brianna Garrett, Darby Heflin, Darith Klibanow, Amanda Lee, Alex Lockhart, Aria Oliver, Isabelle Salazar, and Lydia Solie collected supplies from local businesses to build benches placed throughout the Durham community. After building the benches, the girls decorated them with original wood-burning designs. One of the benches was placed near E.K. Powe Elementary School. The girls noticed that there were areas in the community that did not have a place for pedestrians to sit and enjoy the area’s surroundings, and designed their project to address that need.

The girls are in 8th and 9th grades and are members of Girl Scout Troop #1916 led by Beth Solie and Karin Oliver.