- ABC of NC, the area’s provider of specialized autism services, has received a $100,000 award from the John William Pope Foundation. The grant supports the establishment of the Joy W. Pope Life Skills Center, located in the newly established SECU Autism Clinic at ABC of NC. The center is located in Winston-Salem. The Life Skills Center is designed to address a long list of life skills issues associated with autism spectrum disorder.
- The following teachers and staff members in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System have been awarded grants from the Winston-Salem Foundation:
- Alexis Callender, East Forsyth High, received $2,400 for a cultural tour on the history of South Africa and Apartheid
- Allison George, Glenn High School, received $897 to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s National Conference
- Amy Harlee, Reynolds High School, received $1,911 for Harvard’s Project Zero online course and trip to Washington, D.C.
- Chantae Reynolds, Middle Fork Elementary School, received $1,815 to attend the WIDA Annual Conference
- Cheryl Whitaker, The Special Children’s School, received $2,500 to attend the Council for Exceptional Children Convention
- Clayton Richter, Parkland IB Magnet School, received $1,927 to attend the National Athletic Director Conference
- Cristofer Wiley, Reynolds High School, $1,911 for Harvard’s Project Zero online course and trip to Washington, D.C.
- Crystal Joyce, Old Richmond Elementary School, $513 to attend a workshop on how library Media Specialists can support literacy
- Curtis Monroe, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, received $625 for the Explore Learning program and support.
- Daya Patton, Paisley IB Middle School, received $2,500 to attend an International Baccalaureate Social and Emotional Learning workshop
- Fakhria Luna, Reynolds High School, received $1,911 for Harvard’s Project Zero online course and trip to Washington, DC
- Frankie Santoro, Clemmons Middle School, received $1,700 to attend the National Convention for the Teachers of English
- Iris De la Rosa, Easton Elementary School, $2,163 to attend the Annual Bilingual Symposium for Speech-Language Pathologists
- Iris Mudd, Meadowlark Middle School, received $625 for the Explore Learning program and support
- Jenna Garrity, WS/FCS Instructional Services, received $387 for an online trauma and crisis management specialist training
- Jennifer Clayton, Cash Elementary School, received $1,675 for Orton Gillingham training
- Jennifer Estes, Moore Elementary School, received $1,815 to attend the WIDA Annual Conference
- Jessica McMahan, Kimmel Farm Elementary School, received $387 for an online trauma and crisis management specialist training
- Joshua Bragg, Career Center High School, received $1,739 to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s National Conference
- Joy Hamm, Walkertown High School, received $2,500 for a Spanish language and culture immersion experience in Honduras
- Karen Morris, Reynolds High School, received $1,911 for Harvard’s Project Zero online course and trip to Washington, DC
- Kenny Melder, Meadowlark Middle School, $625 for the Explore Learning program and support
- Khara Howe, Lewisville Elementary School, received $475 to attend the Orff-Schulwerk Level III workshop
- Kimberly Hall, Diggs-Latham Elementary School, received $200 to attend the North Carolina School Nurse annual conference
- Krista Mathis, Meadowlark Middle School, received $625 for the Explore Learning program and support
- Laura Miller, Sedge Garden Elementary School, received $2,000 to attend the Get Your Teach On conference
- Lauren Abernethy, Old Town Elementary School, received $1,815 to attend the WIDA Annual Conference
- Lourdes Pagan, Kennedy High School, received $2,500 for a cultural immersion experience in Peru
- Maria Watkins, Paisley IB Middle School, received $2,500 to attend an International Baccalaureate Social and Emotional Learning workshop
- Pamela Kirkland, Reynolds High School, received $1,911 for Harvard’s Project Zero online course and trip to Washington, DC
- Rachael Smith, Reynolds High School, received $1,911 for Harvard’s Project Zero online course and trip to Washington, DC
- Ruth Wilcox, Parkland IB Magnet School, received $2,500 for a cultural immersion experience in Peru
- Stephanie McCarney, Smith Farm Elementary School, received $2,450 to attend a summer institute at Columbia University on reading and writing
- Sylvan Taylor, Downtown School, received $2,200 to attend the summer institute on enrichment-based differentiated teaching at the University of Connecticut
IN THE ARTS
- The Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. held its annual Talent Hunt program in Dillard Auditorium at the Anderson Center at Winston-Salem State University. Four high school students in the Forsyth County area took part. Only semi-classical and classical music is permitted. The music had to be performed by instrument or vocalizing. Isaac Cooper, a senior at Reynolds High School was fourth runner up. Micah Eustache, a sophomore at Paisley IB Magnet School, was third runner up. Richard Patterson, Jr., a freshmen at Reynolds High School, was second runner up. Isaac Present, a senior at UNC School of the Arts, was the first place winner. Present will play the double bass and represent Psi Phi chapter in the Omega Psi Phi 6th District Council Meeting competition in March in Cary. Brother Emory Jones was recognized and presented with a plaque for his contribution to the community, Psi Phi Chapter and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and his commitment to the Talent Hunt program.
- The Community Care Center celebrated 18 years of “Paying it Forward” with their annual fundraiser dinner and program at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center on Nov. 18. The master of ceremonies was Wanda Starke, a reporter and news anchor at WXII. Nicole Lamoureux, the president and CEO of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics was the keynote speaker. Two patients told their stories of desperation and how the people at Community Care Center cared and provided the help they needed.
IN THE MILITARY
- Colonel John Krizan of Winston-Salem retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with full honors in Quantico, Virginia at the National Marine Corps Museum in January, following 32 years of service. Krizan, served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marine Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-nine Palms, California, Camp Pendleton, California and Quantico, Va., as an armor officer and platoon commander during Operation Desert Storm and a combat engineer and civil affairs officer during multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. The Retirement Ceremony’s Presiding Officer, Major General Paul Brier, presented Col. Krizan with the Legion of Merit for his 32 years of faithful and honorable Service.
- Luke Vincent Lacivita, a member of Boy Scout Troop 68 in Greensboro, has earned his Eagle Scout award. For his project Luke built two raised bed gardens at the Marylene F. Griffin Community Park and Recreation in Greensboro. One of the beds was wheelchair accessible. He is the son of Stephen and Tracy Lacivita of Greensboro.
- Reed Angelo Ballus, a member of Boy Scout Troop 719 at Sharon United Methodist Church, has earned his Eagle Scout award. For his Eagle Service Project, he designed and built a garden out of recycled wooden pallets for Senior Services with the help of other Scouts, friends and family. He is a sophomore at Reagan High School and is the son of Tom and Paige Ballus of Lewisville.
- Alex Brooker, a member of Boy Scout Troop 715 at New Philadelphia Moravian Church, has earned his Eagle Scout award. For his project Alex built 30 collapsible dividers that serve as visual barriers for use in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School classrooms that serve students on the autism spectrum disorder. Special recognition during the ceremony was given to Charlie Clark, Jerry Taylor, George Burns, Christine Pomper, Judy and Alex Pozniak, fellow scouts, past and current Scout leaders and donors to the project. Alex is the son of Tim and Jeanne Brooker.
IN OTHER AREAS
- Riley Karsen Green is the state winner of the N.C. Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens essay contest. She is also the recipient of the Gertrude Carraway scholarship. Riley will be recognized at a luncheon at the annual DAR state conference in Raleigh in April. Her essay was on “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” Her focus in the essay is the challenge of removing discrimination and bigotry as our nation moves forward. The Joseph Kerner DAR chapter sponsored her. Riley is a senior at The North Carolina Leadership Academy and is the daughter of Scott and Paige Green of High Point.
- The Coterie Club celebrated its 69th anniversary by hosting its annual Winter Ball at the Benton Convention Center on Feb. 2. The club is one of Winston-Salem’s oldest women’s organizations. It raises money for Brenner Children’s Hospital and the Battered Women’s Shelters in Winston-Salem and Kernersville. The word “coterie” means “a circle of friends.”