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  • Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:19 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:20 a.m.
Tabitha Elledge
Tabitha Elledge

Local medical students accepted to international integrative care program

Alyssa Hall of Salisbury and Caleb Helms of China Grove have been accepted to attend a unique integrative medical care training program in Southern California this summer.

Conducted by the Medical Strategic Network, this program trains medical, dental and nursing students to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs in an ethical, caring and sensitive manner.


In addition to receiving professional seminar training, Hall and Helms will join students from other countries in observing how numerous physicians offer care to their patients in clinics and hospitals. Plus, they’ll have opportunities to serve in clinics in under-served, inner-city areas and in remote, poverty-stricken villages in Mexico.

Hall is a pre-med student at Lenoir-Rhyne University and is the daughter of Todd and Kecia Hall of Salisbury.

Helms is a pre-med student at the University of North Carolina and is the son of Eric and Kimberly Helms of China Grove.

Catawba students’ poems win contest and are published

Rebecca Rider of Rockwell, a Catawba College writing major who completed her coursework in December, had three poems accepted into Campbell University’s 2014 literary magazine “The Lyricist.”

Her poem “Waiting for the 420 to Jerusalem on a Sunday morning” won first place in the magazine’s statewide contest for adult poets.

A poem by Catawba College senior Megan Bean of Kannapolis, “Sing, Cane,” won second place in Campbell’s statewide contest for adult poets. Bean’s poem, “Frappuccino,” was awarded the contest’s only honorable mention.

Since the contest did not offer a third place award, Bean won two of the three awards offered by Campbell. Both of these poems were published in the 2014 issue of Campbell University’s literary magazine “The Lyricist.”

Salisbury Civitans recognize educators

For more than half a century, the Civitan Club of Salisbury has recognized educators at an annual luncheon. At this year’s event on May 1, the club honored seven Rowan County schools by giving each a donation for their media school center. Each school’s principal attended with their Civitan Teacher of the Year. The 2014 honored teachers were Tabitha Elledge from West Rowan Middle School, Brett Stirewalt from South Rowan High School, Charles Patton from Rowan County Early College, April Williamson from Southeast Middle School, Cassie Thompson from Woodleaf Elementary School, Sandra Sullivan from Salisbury High School and Angie Waldo from West Rowan High School.

The Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Teacher of the Year was Alex Reynolds of Jesse Carson High School. The Principal of the Year was Laura Kerr from Rockwell Elementary School. Both attended the luncheon.

The Civitan Club of Salisbury works to raise funds for challenged children, for scholarships and other needs in the Salisbury community. For more information about the club, contact Club Secretary Mark Beymer at 704-630-0551.

Catawba’s Head Athletic Trainer to Present Abstract at Conference

Robert Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College in Salisbury, has had his abstract on Femoral Stress Fracture accepted as an oral presentation for the District 3 Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers meeting this month.

Casmus became head athletic trainer at Catawba College in July 1990. He is a nationally certified athletic trainer through the Board of Certification in Omaha, Neb., a licensed athletic trainer in North Carolina and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the N.C. Athletic Trainers Association. He currently serves on the board for the National Athletic Trainers Association National Hall of Fame Committee and has been a member of the Board of Certification Examination Development Committee since 1996.

Casmus earned his undergraduate degree in health education from Temple University in Philadelphia and his graduate degree in exercise and sport sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After moving to North Carolina, Casmus was head athletic trainer for five years at Chowan College in Murfreesboro before moving to Catawba College to become head athletic trainer.

He and his wife Teresa live in Salisbury and are parents of a son, Will.

Salisbury Academy Kidsbloom Festival to be May 17

Salisbury Academy will host its annual Kidsbloom Festival May 17.

The festival will be held on the school campus at 2210 Jake Alexander Blvd. N. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include carnival games, a bounce house, climbing wall, book fair, silent auction, raffle and concessions. Admission to Kidsbloom is $5 per person.

Kidsbloom will be held in conjunction with the second annual 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run at Salisbury Community Park, 935 Hurley School Road. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center is the presenting sponsor for the 5K and Fun Run.

Registration will open at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the half-mile Fun Run which will begin at 9:50 a.m. The race course will be marked by the Salisbury Rowan Runners club. All participants who pre-register for either event will receive a T-shirt. Participants in the 5K and Fun Run will also receive free admission to the Kidsbloom Festival.

Visit www.salisburyacademy.org for registration details.

Local architecture student’s work on display

Claire Kistler of Salisbury will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. She has been selected to participate in the Honors Exhibition held at the Ewing Gallery in the Art and Architecture building of the University of Tennessee.

Initiated by the Ewing’s Director Sam Yates 24 years ago, this exhibition recognizes outstanding students graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the School of Art, College of Arts and Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in architecture or bachelor’s degree in science, interior design, a master’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in landscape design from the College of Architecture and Design.

Kistler is one of seven architecture students chosen for this year’s exhibition. The exhibition will run May 2 through June 5 at the Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard in Knoxville, Tenn.

Rockwell Christian competes in fine arts festival

Rockwell Christian School recently competed with 12 other schools in its region at the N.C. Christian Schools Association Elementary Fine Arts Festival held at Gospel Light Christian School in Walkertown.

Among the areas of competition, Rockwell students participated in music, Bible sword drill, art, journalism, poetry recitation, spelling and academic testing.

First place ratings were received by Ethan Martin, Anna Teodorovici and Emily Wyatt in poetry recitation, and Ashley Purser received a second place rating.

Purser and Teodorovici also both received a first place rating in piano solo, and Hannah Dulin and Teodorovici performed a piano duet and received a first place rating.

Nichole Lackey also received first place for a vocal solo.

Ethan Martin, Paige Hipple, Mikayla Hamilton, and Logan Seagraves received second place ratings for art.

Rockwell Christian ended the week by competing in chorus and special group, which received a first place rating, and in ensemble, which received a second place rating. The chorus, special group and ensemble were made up of Ethan Martin, Matthew Thomas, Jacob Hagans, Paige Hipple, Elisabeth McCubbins, Hannah Dulin, Anna Teodorovici, Brittany Swanson, Caleb Munson, Landon Hall, Zachary Prater, Patrick Hammill, Micah McDaniel, Gibson Lombard, Christian French, Emily Wyatt, Nicole Lackey, Mikayla Hamilton and Ashley Purser.

Local students receive scholarships

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Christ in Salisbury presented two endowment scholarships on May 4. Sarah Goodnight received the William J. Shulenburger scholarship and Nicole Turman received the Carmen A. Wilson Scholarship.

Goodnight is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As she continues her education, she would like to work in a culturally diverse area where she can provide services to those in need. Goodnight plans to spend part of next year in a South American country studying and increasing her fluency in Spanish and helping the local population.

Goodnight was named Distinguished Young Woman of Rowan-Cabarrus 2013 and Optimist Girl of the year 2013. She is a member of the track team and cross country team at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her parents are Paris and Nancy Goodnight of Salisbury. Her grandparents are Majorie and Bob Howard and Judy and Dwight Goodnight.

Turman also attends the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a rising junior majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. She plans to continue her education and receive her doctorate in pharmacy. Nicole would like to help people live a longer and healthier lives through the medicines she will provide, but also influence their lives with kindness and encouragement and will serve as a window through which they may see God’s light.

She also volunteers for Port City Community Church. Her parents are Wes and Vicki Turman of Matthews. Her grandparents are Gay and Jay Turman and Brenda and Scotty Greene.

Students honored at Law Day

Students from across the state gathered in Raleigh on Friday as the N.C. Bar Association observed Law Day 2014.

Harley Howerton, of Enochville Elementary School in China Grove, took third place in the poster art contest for third- through fifth-graders.

The competition was followed by an awards luncheon at the Cardinal Club where Bar Association President Alan Duncan presented the Law Day Proclamation issued by Gov. Pat McCrory.

The national observance of Law Day was first proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Feb. 3, 1958, and is celebrated annually by the N.C. Bar Association on the first Friday in May.

Teacher awarded fellowship

A Rowan-Salisbury teacher has been awarded a Kenan Fellowship. She is among 51 teachers statewide to receive the award.

Rachel Sniff of Southeast Middle School is supported by Lenovo and will partner with Sam Morris of Lenovo and Gary Blabon of NovantHealth on a project entitled Partnering to Enable Innovative Teaching Practices.

The announcement comes in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is this week.

The teachers selected as 2014-15 Kenan Fellows will spend part of their summer working in local industries and research labs to bring their experiences back to the classroom, where they will pilot lessons to better engage students in science and math.

Sacred Heart celebrates teacher appreciation week

Tuesday, Sacred Heart Catholic School celebrated teacher appreciation by honoring them during the school’s morning assembly.

Camile Denhard, the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization president, read aloud a poem of thankfulness while some of the students spelled out “thank you.” Sacred Heart students also honored their teachers by bringing flowers to be made into bouquets for each teacher’s desk. In addition, parents sponsored an appreciation luncheon for all staff and faculty of Sacred Heart.

RCCC students putting on free production

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Production I class will present “The Doctor’s Daughter and Other Tales of the Ridiculous” Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s auditorium.

The play was written, directed and produced in six weeks by Rowan-Cabarrus students.

The free performance is open to the public.

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