• Kirk and Judy House were recognized for their tireless dedication to the enrichment and promotion of the local mountain dulcimer community at the 25th annual Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival held May 4. A plaque was presented to the Houses by Jere White on behalf of the Camel City Strummers Dulcimer Club.


  • Fifteen cadets graduated from the Robert F. Joyce School of Justice Basic Law Enforcement Program at Forsyth Tech, May 24. The speaker was Chief Jordan J. Boyette of the King Police Department. He received the Certificate of Appreciation from the spring class of cadets. Award recipients included Cadet Kaleb Beasley, Outstanding Academic Achievement, The Raymond Laird Top Gun Award, and the Class President Award; Cadet Sam Shamel, Driving Award; Cadet Wesley Summers, Overall Achievement; and Cadet Greyson Van Osdal, Physical Abilities Award.
  • Sunnyside Ministry awarded four-year scholarships to four area high school seniors who graduated in May and June. The recipients are:
  • Avionna Burns is a graduate of Middle College of Forsyth. She plans to attend N.C. A&T State University and major in economics.
  • Mia Mercer is a graduate of North Davidson High School. She will be attend Catawba College in Salisbury and pursue a degree in elementary education.
  • Heidi Pigg is a graduate of North Davidson High School. She will attend Appalachian State University and major in special education.
  • Maggie Whitesell is a graduate of North Davidson High School. She plans to attend N.C. State University and major in elementary education.
  • The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Retired School Personnel organization awarded several scholarships honoring former educators at their spring luncheon. Ashley Greene and Summer Miller were awarded the Mildred Griffin Scholarship. Ashley is a member of the West Forsyth Class of 2019 with plans to major in elementary education at Appalachian State University. She is the daughter of Thomas and Deborah Greene. Summer is in the Class of 2019 at Mount Tabor High School. She is planning to attend The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and major in special education. Her grandparents are Glenn and Jeanne Miller. Christian Martin and Kendall O’Neal were awarded the Rita Taylor Scholarship. Christian is a member of the East Forsyth Class of 2019 with plans to attend Appalachian State University and major in education. His parents are Reginald and Phoua Ellerbe. Kendall, a member of the West Forsyth Class of 2019, will attend N.C. A&T State University and plans to major in elementary education. Her parents are Leslie and Kenya O’Neal.


  • Annette Hedrick was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award for more than 30 years of service to Forsyth Technical Community College. Pamela Shortt, the dean of Business and Information Technologies at Forsyth Tech, made the presentation. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities. Hedrick is a 1987 graduate of Forsyth Tech’s Executive Secretarial program and has worked since 1989 in the Business and Information Technologies Division. She received the Forsyth Tech Staff Excellence Award in 2015.


  • Samaritan Ministries received the Joel and Claudette Weston Award honoring the agency for its leadership and excellence in nonprofit management. In addition to the award, Samaritan received a $50,000 grant. The Weston Award Endowment was founded in 1985 at The Winston-Salem Foundation by family and friends of Joel A. Weston as a way to honor his vision and dedication to the community. The applications are reviewed by a 16 member Weston Award committee. In addition, the committee hears an oral presentation by representatives of each agency. Site visits are included in the review process, if necessary. The winner is presented with the bi-annual award, and beginning in 2019, a grant award to the organization of $50,000.


  • Caitlyn “Cat” VanOrder has been named Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2019 at Bookmarks. She is a frontline bookseller and also oversees Bookmarks’ Teen Advisory Council. VanOrder is adept at leading literary discussions and encouraging readers to explore new genres. She has a bachelor of arts in history from Salem College. While she was an intern at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts VanOrder assisted with various exhibits. The project management and curative skills she acquired at MESDA have been useful at Bookmarks.
  • To remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Rotary Club of Western Forsyth invited World War II expert Christopher Claywell to the club’s meeting on June 5 to talk about D-Day and its impact on the outcome of WWII. The club invited veterans for a free lunch and to hear Claywell’s presentation. Members of the audience were moved by the depictions of bravery of the Allied soldiers as they watched them storm the beaches at Normandy through historical video clips.
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Compiled by Melissa Hall

News of accomplishments of Journal readers runs in the Community Milestones column. To submit an item for publication, e-mail information and photos to Photos should be attachments, not embedded. Information should include a contact name and daytime phone number. Submissions are generally published in the order in which they are received.

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