People and Places
Twenty-seven students participated in the 2012 Albemarle District Piano Contest-Festival of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association on March 10 at Pfeiffer University.
Each student performed three memorized works selected from the official state contest music list for judge Diane Higgins of Charlotte. The repertoire is chosen from baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary music periods.
Students earning a “superior” rating at Junior Level B and Senior Levels A and B may advance to the State Contest on March 31 at Queens University.
The following MTA teachers from our area had students participate in the contest:Tina Brown of Rockwell, Marsha Carter of China Grove, Frances McGill of Salisbury.
Brown’s students were Kevin Agner, Marian Hough, Gabi Jolly, Landon Perkins, Ily Wang, Sarah Ashley Daniel, Laura Agner and Rebecca Agner.
Carter’s students were Matthew McNeil, Nate Cobb, Paul Faggart, Andrew Poe, McKamie Harrison, JD Faggart and David Freeze.
McGill’s student was Salem Hockett.
Salisbury Woman’s Club
One of the recipients of The Lillian C. Peeler Memorial Scholarship, Sandra Kelly, shared her goals and plans for after she completes classes at RCCC, and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue her education. Kelly is an excellent example of the theme, “Literacy: Adventure of a Lifetime.”
Ann Bingham, chaplain, shared a story about a blind man who encouraged and shared happiness with his friend. The lesson is that the essence of happiness shared, doubles in things money cannot buy.
Members brought recipes to share in the national magazine.
During the business session members voted to bring goody bags in April for the children in the Family Crisis Center.
Hostesses Rita Dooley and Mary Grabowski decorated tables with Irish and St. Patrick items to compliment the Irish food catered by Trinity Oaks.
Actor at AKA Sorority
Black history came to life with professional actor Michael Connor’s presentation to the Emerging Young Leaders of the Delta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on Feb. 27 at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Long Street in Spencer.
There were no props, only imagination, as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., W. E. Dubois, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas and George Washington Carver spoke on the injustices suffered by blacks in America. The excerpts were from their speeches, but the voices were those of the thespian, Michael Connor.
Connor earned his undergraduate degree from Shaw University and a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre and English from Indiana University. He appeared in the Juke Joint scene in the movie, ”The Color Purple,” his hands have been seen as the hands of LaVar Burton in “Star Trek the Next Generation,” and he directed the martial arts film “The Deadly Cure” and has served as a professor of Theatre Arts and Speech at Livingstone College.
The audience of EYL, AKAs, parents, and friends applauded the performance and were allowed a question and answer session at the end of the performance. The Emerging Young Leaders Program is a signature national program of the Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. which provides activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade young ladies to help cultivate and encourage leadership skills, social graces, and character building. The chairperson for the local AKA EYL program is Carolyn Holt.
Abner is finalist
Kentoya Diamon Reneé Abner, daughter of Latoya Edwards, has been chosen as a state finalist in the age 16-18 division of The National American Miss North Carolina Pageant, a program dedicated to encouraging future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist young women nationwide through the development of poise, presentation, self-confidence, learning new skills and attitudes and setting and achieving personal goals. All activities are age-appropriate and family oriented.
Miss Abner’s activities include cheerleading, dancing, singing and modeling. The National American Miss North Carolina Pageant will be held June 30-July 1 in Winston-Salem.