• Erna Womble, a lawyer and strategic adviser with Clearly Bespoke Strategies Inc., was honored with the N.C. Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award in January 2019. The award was presented by Chief Justice Mark Martin of the N.C. Supreme Court.

The award recognizes the highest commitment to genuine professionalism and standards of legal ethics. Womble credits her success to her “beloved law firm” (now Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) where she enjoyed a thriving national and international litigation and regulatory practice for more than 26 years. She resigned her partnership to found a business concentrating on her niche practice assisting leaders in private and public sectors to enhance problem-solving, decision-making, strategic communications and messaging skills, including leadership-presence training.

Womble is a permanent member of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and served as vice president of the N.C. Bar Association. She succeeded U.S. District Judge H. Brent McKnight as chair of the bar association’s professionalism committee, serving as a member for more than 20 years.


  • Jewel Moser was chosen by a panel of 30 judges over 90 other competitors from five Greensboro universities as the first-place winner of the “2 Minutes to Win It” business pitch contest.

Moser’s winnings for her Backpack Bolster idea include a $1,000 cash prize, a spot in the UNCG + NCAT I-Corps Summer Program and a six-month membership to HQ Greensboro, a shared workspace designed to cultivate entrepreneurship.

Moser is a freshman marketing major at N.,C. A&T State University and a 2018 graduate of Parkland High School. She is the daughter of Carlton Moser and Eddie Jewel Moser.

  • These area students recently became members of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

Jennifer Rathjen of High Point was initiated at Elon University.

Carol Boggess of Kernersville was initiated at Elon University.

Jacob Hauk of Oak Ridge was initiated at UNC Greensboro.

Ying Zhou of Oak Ridge was initiated at Elon University.

Sabrina Craddock of Sandy Ridge was initiated at UNC Greensboro.

Sofi Pitovski of Winston Salem was initiated at Elon University.


  • These area farmers have been awarded N.C. AgVentures cost-share grants from the N.C. State Cooperative Extension Service for their projects:
  • Drew and Claire Parrish of Heritage Harvest Farms in Winston-Salem will increase their honey-processing equipment and expand the processing line.
  • Emma and Elliot Seldner of Fair Share Farm LLC in Pfafftown produce greens, roots, garnish and other specialty items. They will build a small high tunnel.
  • April and Steven Robertson of Robertson Family Farm in King, which sells strawberries and summer vegetables, straw bales and Angus beef, will apply their award to the purchase of an irrigation motor and greenhouse renovations.
  • Kyle Montgomery plans to build an energy-efficient greenhouse to grow seedlings on York Farm in Mount Airy, which operates a community-supported agriculture program, contributes vegetables wholesale to restaurants and stores, and operates a store on the farm.
  • Renee Westmorland of Sleepy Creek Farms in Mount Airy will build a structure for lambing.
  • Anne Cain of Cain Family Farm in Hamptonville will create an agritourism operation by opening her farm to visitors and selling aged cheeses.


  • Emily Seawell was named the recipient of the second annual Myrtie Davis Lifetime Volunteer Servant Leadership Award by
  • Samaritan
  • Ministries. Seawell began volunteering in 1986 in the organization’s soup kitchen. She was on the first and third Monday team and served as a team leader for 26 years. Seawell sometimes arrived at 8 a.m. to help make cornbread from scratch for the guests. Seawell’s family has also volunteered with the ministry. Her daughter, Scott, is a current volunteer; her grandson, Karver, is a member of the Young Samaritans; and her daughter, Mary, is a past volunteer.
  • These Forsyth County residents and organizations were presented 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Service awards by HandsOn Northwest North Carolina in partnership with the United Way of Forsyth County, Salem College, and the Winston-Salem Journal:

The Shepherd’s Center Singers (Group/Team).

Joseph Turner (Senior).

The Legendary Labelers-Frank Young & Michael Collison (Perseverance in Volunteerism).

Darlene Talbot (Faith-Based).

HanesBrands (Corporate/Business).

Moriah Gendy (National Service).

Camilla Washington (Veterans and Military Families).

Richard Gray (Serving Youth).

Maya Agger (Disaster).

Elite Canine’s Comfort Dogs (Animals).

Deanna Perez (Cultural).

Liz Price (Environment).

Charles Poteat (Health and Human Services).

Myrtie Davis (Lifetime Achievement.

Robin Pardella (Director of Volunteers.

The People’s Choice Award winner, chosen from among all of the nominees by voters at, was Myrtie Davis.

  • John Whitaker has been awarded the United Way of Forsyth County’s Tocqueville Society’s Paul Fulton Tocqueville Leadership Society Award. The award is presented to a Forsyth County volunteer who has demonstrated untiring commitment, visionary leadership, resourcefulness and creativity in meeting the needs of the community.

Whitaker is an entrepreneur from Winston-Salem and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He is on the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Alliance, a strategic planning organization for Winston-Salem, and on the board of visitors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.


  • Cadet Capt. Christopher Herman was presented the Civil Air Patrol Award of the Sugar Valley Composite Squad in Mocksville by the Battle of Shallow Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The award goes to a cadet who has demonstrated academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership and patriotism.

The award was presented to him by Maj. Thomas Conroy.

Herman is the son of Chris and Sandra Herman of Clemmons.

Compiled by Melissa Hall

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