Achievers

Tiana Triplin of Greensboro, a Fayetteville State University student, received certification as a Preconception Peer Educator during a training sponsored by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch and the N.C. Office of Minority Health.

Preconception health aims to educate individuals on how behaviors, lifestyles and medical conditions may influence healthy lives and the health of babies.

Participants attended two days of sessions designed to educate them about important preconception health and wellness issues, build skills to assist in sharing their knowledge and teach strategies to develop effective programs.

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Five finalists from High Point University’s Belk Center for Entrepreneurship had seven minutes to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges during the 2019 Business Plan Competition on April 17.

Supported by BB&T, the event was held in HPU’s Callicutt Auditorium in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. The finalists competed for $25,000 in start-up funds.

The finalists presented their businesses to a panel of judges, who scored the competitors based on a list of criteria. Funds were then divided amongst the finalists based on where they placed in the competition. Caitie Gehlhausen was selected as the first-place winner, receiving $10,000 for her company, Socket Lock-It, a unique product with an adhesive cardholder for the back of a user’s cellphone with a receptacle that can easily exchange in and out of the user’s phone grips.

Dylan Silber and Anthony Capece were awarded second place for Ace Footwear, receiving $7,000 for their business.

Mackenzie Bonvallet won third place for his company, Ohana Lock, and received $4,000.

Other winners, earning $2,000 apiece, included Ivana Korankyi for her business, Leopard Electric; and Michael Mayolo for his business, Face2Face.

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More than 190 High Point University students from nearly 30 different academic pathways took part in the seventh annual HPU Research and Creativity Symposium on April 16, hosted by HPU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works.

HPURCS is an opportunity for students to showcase their work on campus for students, faculty, staff and the public to witness the students’ professional development and gain a glimpse of tomorrow’s future leaders, artists, scientists, teachers and scholars.

Two research awards were given to students during the symposium. HPU student Emily Burke, an English literature major, won best digital oral presentation for “The Child’s Empire: Themes of Imperialism in Pre- and Post-World War British Children’s Literature.” Burke’s research looked at how children’s literature serves to prepare children to fit into whatever role society has set out for them.

HPU student Mikaela Seemann, a chemistry major, won best digital poster presentation for “Identification of small molecules with antibiotic activity in M. smegmatis.” Seemann’s research involved investigating techniques to overcome antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Activities

About 80 pre-K and kindergartners at Shadybrook Elementary School recently took their classroom outside to learn about planting trees from High Point University’s campus enhancement team.

HPU landscape manager Matt Mahoney as well as Michael Beauregard and Patrick Gale of HPU’s campus enhancement team, joined children at Shadybrook to plant a purple leaf flowering plum tree in front of the school. Mahoney also discussed the importance of trees in honor of North Carolina Arbor Day.

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The Greensboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity held its 2019 College Signing Day event on April 14 at Dudley High School’s media center.

The event acknowledges the graduating seniors, who are members of their local Kappa League program, for graduating from high school and for announcing their college selection as part of the next phase of their education journey.

Kappa League is a program for the educational, occupational and social guidance of male students in sixth through 12th grades. Kappa League Signing Day is a national event, which gives the students’ parents, friends, relatives, mentors and their community of support a chance to applaud them in a formal and public way.

At this year’s event, 10 young men from Guilford County Schools announced their college selection choice: Nicholas Brown, U.S. Navy; Ronald Gilliard, UNC-Chapel Hill; Isaac Hairston, Noah Lea, Chris Slade and Joshua White, N.C. A&T; Aaron Lindsay, Howard University; Adonous McCrea, Morehouse College; Chris Stanley, UNC-Charlotte; and Langston Thacker, East Carolina University. As part of the ceremony, each young man signs a document that outlines his commitment to strive for academic and personal excellence in pursuit of his college education.

Awards

Julian Kenner of Greensboro received the Sandral Hullet Award from The University of Alabama’s Black Faculty and Staff Association in March. The association’s Academic Premier Awards honor UA students on Black Scholars Day.

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Caroline Holt Yarbrough, a student at Davidson College, was awarded the Rebecca A. Stimson Award, given to the senior woman student-athlete in recognition of outstanding dedication and contribution to intercollegiate athletics.

Yarbrough was a highly decorated member of the women’s cross country and track and field teams, earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors all four years of her cross-country career and another 10 times on the track.

The Greensboro native won three conference titles on the track and scored 107 points during league championship meets, a feat less than 10 student-athletes have achieved in the Atlantic 10 all-time. The 2015 A-10 XC Rookie of the Year, Yarbrough also excelled in the classroom, landing on six A-10 All-Academic teams, and was selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic and USTFCCCA All-District teams.

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High Point University honored outstanding student achievements in the classroom, on campus and in the community during the annual Honors Day ceremony April 16. Among these awards, five students received University Awards for their research, community service, leadership and positive impact.

Recipients included:

  • Thomas Boudreaux, a senior from Burke, Va., received the University Award for Achievement.
  • Niamh Tattersall, a senior from York, England, received the University Award for Citizenship.
  • Michael Welter, a senior from Toledo, Ohio, received the University Award for Achievement.
  • Michael Dreher, a senior from Lake George, N.Y., received the University Award for Service.
  • Lyndsey Clos, a senior from Williston, Vt., received the University Award for Leadership.

Announcements

Greensboro College has unveiled a new athletics logo as part of its on-campus celebration of the college’s annual Give4GC 24-hour day of giving.

The new logo and spirit marks replace logos that had been used for more than 20 years.

“We are still One Pride, our logo will still depict a lion and lioness, and our main color will still be green — in fact, that green color will be standardized,” Director of Athletics Bryan Galuski said. “But the new logo is more modern looking. It presents Leo and Leona as equals, in the spirit of this college’s long tradition of equal opportunity.”

A Florida-based firm, Lure Design, assisted with the logo and spirit mark design.

Give4GC, the college’s third annual 24-hour giving challenge, continues through midnight. Information and a link for online giving can be found at greensboro.edu/givetogc/give4gc.

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The Greensboro College community will hold its 17th annual Spring Stream Walk from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 29, to clean the banks of the creek along the campus’s eastern edge and assess the health of the stream.

Greensboro College “adopted” College Branch, as the stream is known, in 2003 in cooperation with the city of Greensboro’s Water Resources Department.

For information, call 336-272-7102, Ext. 5353.

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The Eastern Randolph High School Future Farmers of America alumni, in cooperation with Jay Hinson and his Lucky J Rodeo Company and Arena, will hold the 16th annual Jeff Hinson Memorial N.C. High School Rodeo at 7 p.m. May 3-4 at the Lucky J Arena, 129 Shady Grove Church Road in Staley. Food sales start at 5:30 p.m.

The N.C. High School Rodeo Association will govern the event.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 5 years and younger may get in free. Tickets can be purchased at Eastern Randolph High School and the Wayne Thomas Dealership in Asheboro.

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High Point University’s School of Art and Design will host its second annual Portfolio Exhibit and Review from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2 at the HPU Community Center.

At this event, meet HPU’s 2019 graphic design graduates and view their portfolios of work they have created during the academic year. There also will be exhibits from HPU’s graduating interior design, visual merchandising design and art students, including 76 posters and 15 pieces of ceramic art.

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Empowered Girls of N.C., a local nonprofit for girls, will hold its annual summer camp from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, June 17-Aug. 9 at 1004 N. English St. in Greensboro.

Registration is $25 for nonmembers and $20 for members. The cost is reduced by $5 for each additional girl.

Weekly fees are $85 for the first girl, $70 for the second girl and $65 for each additional girl.

For information, email info@empoweredgirlsnc.org or visit www.empoweredgirlsnc.org.

Honors

The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

  • East Carolina University: Jacob Breece, Heather Dotson, Christine Evangelista and Nicole Powers
  • Queens University of Charlotte: Kayler DeBrew
  • University of Lynchburg: Ellen Druebbisch
  • UNC-Charlotte: Matthew Basel, Yvonna Hines and Laura Leipold
  • UNCG: Catherine Akens, Maria Albarrak, Omar Ali, Sandy Andrews, Larry Barnes, Tracy Bartlett, Courtenay Burton, Christian Cagle, Ramsey Cardwell, David Chen, Tiffany Clark, Jordyn Cole, Amy Crews, Michelle Danner-Groves, Aileen Dawkins, Anamarie Diaz, Crystal Dixon, Ignacio Gallardo, Steven Garfunkel, Sarah Gaskins, Fiona Grant, Drew Greenstein, Meghan Harduk, Nick Helms, Heather Holian, Seonglim Hong, Israa Isawi, Avin Jayawickrema, Kaitlyn Jessee, Robert Johnson, Courtney Jones, Manead Khin, Dannielle Kowacich, Alexis Lewars, Tingting Li, Sherine Obare, Wendlassida Ouedraogo, Abigail Panz, Anna Poteat, Christopher Pritchard, Penelope Pynes, Kim Radcliffe, Jennifer Reich, Darkson Magrinelli Rocha, Rachel Rutz, Sara Rydman, Heidi Scheer, Terri Shelton, Maxwell Sherman, Latoya Sides, Jurne Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, Sarena Taylor, Jessica Twitchell, Victor Vigoya, Sarah White and Jonathan Zarecki

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.

Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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Jordan Shea Welborn has been inducted into Greensboro College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the interdisciplinary national honor society.

Welborn is a junior English education major from Climax.

Alpha Chi, founded in 1922, is open to seniors who rank in the top 10% of their class and juniors who rank in the top 5% of their class.

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The following students were inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s chapter of the National Honor Society on April 23: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Jay Faires, Dean Herring, Dory Keever, Aidan Khan, Mollie McWhorter, Tess Mickey, Kay Millikan, Meg Neal, Mikey Schwartz, Cook Smith, Jackson Todd, Josiah Tomes, Safa Tonuzi and Maggie Wheatley.

The society, established in 1921, recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Scholarships

Ahmad Joyner, son of Jeffrey Joyner and Marvina Hamilton, and Kennedy Reid, daughter of Wesley and Lorrie Reid, received the Cheatham-White Scholarship to attend N.C. A&T.

They are among 25 recipients who boast an average cumulative GPA of 4.34, a score of 1,349 on the SAT and an ACT score of 29. On average, these scholars rank in the top 15% of their graduating high school classes.

The scholarship is a fully funded four-year award that covers the costs of tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop computer, supplies, and travel and personal expenses.

The scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.

Joyner is a senior at Southwest Guilford High School. Reid is a senior at Grimsley High School.

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N.C. A&T has announced its newest cohort of Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars which includes Jailyn Neville and William Teasley.

This year’s Dowdy Scholars boast an average cumulative GPA of 4.24, a score of 1,346 on the SAT and a 28 on the ACT.

Scholars receive tuition and related fees, as well as housing for up to four years.

Neville, daughter of Demone and Jennifer Neville, is a senior at the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T. Teasley, son of Edward Teasley and Stephanie Luster-Teasley, is a senior at Southeast Guilford High School.

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