• Anthony Lawrence “Tony” Martinez of Winston-Salem graduated from The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio with an MS in Welding Engineering in 2017. He also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University — 1984, an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio — 1987, and an MS in Computer Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio — 2004. Martinez is the son of Valinda B. Wolff of Bethania. He has been employed at BWX Technologies in Barberton, Ohio, since 1985.
  • The following area residents graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa:
  • Whitney Dunnigan of Boone, a B.S. in Education; John Ellis of High Point, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering; Jean-Claude Godin of Greensboro, a bachelor of arts; Carrington Haas of Boone, a bachelor of arts; Sharon Height of Greensboro, a doctor of Education; Jarett Miller of Rural Hall, a bachelor of arts; Skyler Shields of High Point, a B.S. in Commerce Business Administration; Michael Shook of Greensboro, a bachelor of science; Haley Short of Boone, a bachelor of arts; Kyndra Syms of Winston-Salem, a B.S. in Education; Tyler Thompson of Pfafftown, a B.S. in Commerce Business Administration.
  • The following students received scholarships from Mount Carmel United Methodist Church:
  • Jonathan Stallard received the Bruce Elledge Scholarship. He is the son of Vanessa (Nikki) Stallard and will be attending Davidson County Community College. Matthew Brown received the Raymond and Edith Hill Scholarship. He is the son of Michael and Elaine Harwood and attends Forsyth Tech.
  • The following students received J.T. and Maud George Scholarships from Mount Carmel:
  • Kayleigh Beeding, the daughter of John and Sarah DeNito, will be attending Davidson County Community College in the fall. Garrett Farrimond, the son of Todd and Lisa Farrimond, attends Mars Hill University. Savannah Harmon, the daughter of Lori Harmon Ross and granddaughter of Lynn and Diane Harmon, will be attending Davidson County Community College in the fall. Christian Miller, the daughter of Revs. Douglas and Mary Miller, attends Salem College. Elizabeth Muriungi attends the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing. Brandy Saltzman, married to William Saltzman and the daughter of Mike and Shannon Queen, will be attending Pfeiffer University for her master’s degree.
  • Sara Laheen of Winston-Salem graduated cum laude from Purchase College in Purchase, New York with a bachelor of fine arts in acting on May 18.
  • James Gledhill, IV of Winston-Salem attended the Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The weeklong program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. Gledhill spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station.
  • The following students graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota:
  • Christian Craver of Winston-Salem graduated with a master of science in health information management. Wilfred Summers of Clemmons graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy.
  • Caroline Whitney Lyons of Lexington was named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
  • Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Program held its 16th graduation ceremony in June. Ten students received certificates for completing the nine-week program that is a collaborative effort between SCC and Caldwell Community College. Certificates were awarded to the following graduates: David Bechard of Elkin; Donni Casanova of Roaring River; Daniel Dalton, Christian Tadlock, and Jacob Parr of Mount Airy; Christopher Huysman of Sparta; Daniel Moser of Cana, Virginia.; Cameron Stanley of Dobson; and Christa Butner, and Kenneth Zimmerman of Yadkinville.


  • Annie Van Zandt of Winston-Salem won three swimming medals at the Special Olympics USA Games, held this year in Seattle. She won a silver medal in the 25-meter freestyle, a bronze medal in the 25-meter backstroke, and another bronze medal in the 4x25-meter freestyle relay.


  • The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem held its annual board meeting on June 21 and elected the following new board members for a three-year term: Scott Crockett; Katie Dunn; Chad Edwards; Trean Ellis; and Hannah Suttle. The slate of officers is David Ratcliffe, president; Jay Matthews, vice president; Daniel Alvarez, secretary; and Anita Bain, treasurer.


  • Clyde Fitzgerald, who served his first 26 years with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina as a community advocate, volunteer, fundraiser and board member, with three terms as board chairman, and the last 10 years as the organization’s CEO, was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor, at a ceremony to mark his retirement. The recognition, bestowed by the governor, honors those who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Fitzgerald was also awarded the Ambassador of Agriculture Award by N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, presented with numerous letters from members of Congress and the General Assembly and was given a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol by Sen. Richard Burr.
  • Luis Lobo, the multicultural banking manager for BB&T, has been awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civic honor. Ricky Brown, the former BB&T executive, presented Lobo the award at an Independence Day ceremony. The recognition, bestowed by the governor, honors those who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Lobo is the 2014 recipient of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal and the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He published his first book, “It IS Your Attitude,” in 2004 with James and Brookfield of Atlanta as his publisher.


  • Seaman Recruit Roxane Grant of Clemmons and a 2016 graduate of West Forsyth High School recently graduated as the top Sailor from Recruit Training Command, Division, 279, earning the Military Excellence Award. The MEA is awarded to the recruit that best exemplifies the qualities of enthusiasm, devotion to duty, military bearing and teamwork. She was awarded a flag letter of commendation for achievements. After graduation, Grant will attend Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where she will learn basic principles and techniques of patient care and first-aid procedures.
  • Isaac McMillan, a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, attended the Space MIAD held at West Point. He is a Space Science major at the academy and will graduate in 2020, then serve in the Army as a second lieutenant. McMillan is the son of Daniel and Crystal McMillan of East Bend and a 2016 graduate of Forbush High School.


  • The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem announced the election of Keith Gaydica and Kathleen Lowe to the board of directors. They will serve two-year terms beginning in August. Gaydica is senior vice president and sales technology and analytics manager for BB&T in Winston-Salem. He previously served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2013, and served as president in 2012. Lowe is a retired social worker having worked with the North Carolina Center for Aging Research and Educational Services and most recently with the Translational Science Unit of Wake Forest Baptist Health. She currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and the board of N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry.
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Compiled by Melissa Hall

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