Achievers

Wrangler Jeans selected the designs of the following students to be painted on concrete jean sculptures which will be displayed in downtown Greensboro: Jordan Clodfelter and Phoenix Brown, New Garden Friends School; and Hallie Steadman, Sierra Tolley, Addie Magyar and Catherine Gray, Northwest Guilford High School.

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Rider Evans of Stokesdale, a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, competed against more than 2,000 students and recent graduates to become a footwear designer at the Adidas Design Academy in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

He will spend two years perfecting the art of shoe design while learning best practices from senior designers in studios around the world.

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A team based at Greensboro College has won a global competition in the 2016 NASA International Space Apps Challenge on April 22-24.

The team’s project, FractalNet, used a Nintendo Power Glove, Arduino microcontroller boards and a radio transmitter to create a data glove to be worn by astronauts. The glove, electronically connected to a network of wireless transmitters, will provide communications in an underground environment, such as in caves or lava tubes, on the Moon or Mars.

FractalNet won Best Mission Concept, awarded to the project deemed to have the most plausible solution conception and design. It was selected from almost 1,300 projects worldwide.

Members of the winning team have been invited to watch a NASA launch in Florida in September.

Team members included: Tony Vaughn, Andrew Denio, Joe Greene, Deidre Sommerlad-Rogers and Lisha Sterling.

This was the second consecutive year Greensboro College has been a Space Apps Challenge host site.

Activities

Bonnie Ertel, daughter of Ross and Carole Ertel of Greensboro, is enrolled in SEA Semester: Pacific Reef Expedition, a study abroad program through Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass., while away from studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ertel is one of 17 undergraduates from diverse U.S. institutions who will spend four weeks studying the effects of environmental change on remote Pacific coral reefs — all from the platform of a tall sailing ship.

SEA Semester: Pacific Reef Expedition coincides with what is predicted to be one of the strongest El Niños on record, providing a rare opportunity for students to study and contribute data to a growing body of knowledge about the susceptibility of remote coral reefs to climate change.

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Greensboro resident Alison Castillo, a master’s student in the Global Field Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to Borneo in June 2016. Castillo will study Borneo’s primate denizens, including the orangutan, and develop new ways to engage communities worldwide in primate conservation.

Castillo is a zoo and aquarium science lab instructor at Davidson County Community College.

More information about Castillo’s 2016 course can be found at http://www.earthexpeditions.org. Click on Borneo.

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The following students recently served the North Carolina Senate as pages: David Alexander Garrett, son of James and Shelley Garrett of Greensboro and a student at Early College at Guilford; and Brantley Gage Butler, son of James and Amanda Butler of Madison and a student at Rockingham County High School.

Announcements

Adobe Systems is partnering with N.C. A&T, to provide technical writing concentration majors with access to the Adobe Technical Communication Suite starting summer 2016.

Adobe’s donation of 35 licenses of Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2015 release) will allow students to combine the practical hands-on experience that many employers desire with their understanding of traditional technical communication concepts.

Students will be able to apply their knowledge of genres, audience analysis, project planning, content management and production and delivery to projects that they create using the five best in class tools produced by Adobe.

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N.C. A&T is offering Aggies at the Goal Line, a degree completion program designed to help former “Aggies” who did not complete their bachelor’s degrees to return to the university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To qualify for Aggies at the Goal Line, the individual must:

  • Have stopped out of school for at least three years
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of stop out
  • Have earned 90 or more credits

Aggies at the Goal Line offers fully online programs to fit busy schedules, help with the readmission application process (application fee waived) and financial aid assistance, affordable tuition and fees and more.

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The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival is accepting entries through July 15 for the 2016 Student Essay Contest. Entries may be submitted by middle and high school students enrolled in the Alamance, Forsyth or Guilford County school systems.

In a 150- to 250-word written essay, entrants should explain what music in general, and jazz specifically, means in their lives; which instrument they would like to win, and how a new instrument would help them achieve their goals.

All entries are to be scanned and emailed in PDF format to coltranejazzfest@gmail.com.

Scholarships

Dudley High School, Class of 1963, awarded graduates Tyshenna Phillips and Tahqui Taylor $1,000 each in scholarships.

Phillips will pursue a degree in pre-med or chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill. Taylor will study animal science at N.C. A&T.

Fay Henry, the class president, presented the scholarships.

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