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F&M scholarshipsSix area high school graduates are recipients of F&M Bank Merit Awards for 2007.
They and their high schools are Kathryn Biles, South Rowan; Rosetta Sierra Bradley, Salisbury; Alison Hart, Northwest Cabarrus; James Hinson, Central Cabarrus; Christopher Jones, Carson; and Jason Miller, North Rowan.
The scholarships cover college-related expenses of tuition, books and fees, not to exceed $1,000 for one year.
The F&M Bank Merit Award is a scholarship program established in 1993 to honor students who exhibit high academic achievement, college potential, good citizenship and a commitment to attending Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Biles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd T. Biles, graduated with honors and is a North Carolina Academic Scholar and member of the National Honors Society. She plans to study nursing.
Bradley is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, Who’s Who and Key Club and was a varsity cheerleader. She is the daughter of Amy Hamm and will be studying psychology.
Hart is the daughter of James and Bambi Hart. Shewas on the A honor roll four consecutive years, named to the U.S. Achievement Academy, received both the Silver and Gold Girl Scouting Award and plans to major in elementary education.
Hinson, son of William and Lisa Hinson, plans to study criminal justice technology. He completed four years of AFJROTC, reaching the rank of captain. He attended both the Basic and Advanced Explorer Academies at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg.
Jones plas to study electronics engineering. Son of Jennifer Blake, he was the drum leader in band, yearbook editor and graduated with honors.Miller, son of Sonja Williams, plans to study criminal justice. He is a member of the National Honor Society and JROTC for four years and received awards from The Sons of the American Revolution.NCSSM acceptance
Katherine Julianna “Katye” Beaver, 15, has been accepted to attend the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham for her junior and senior years of high school.
Selection was based on grade-point average, SAT score, teacher and guidance evaluations, volunteer work and testing by NCSSM, the statewide residential magnet school for students with a strong aptitude and interest in math and science.
Beaver has completed her sophomore year at West Rowan High School, where she played volleyball and golf, was a member of the Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team for the Future Farmers of America and participated in the Regional Leadership Conference.
She has also been a yearly delegate to the National Young Leaders Conference and the People to People Student Ambassadors program. She volunteers with the Department of Social Services Child Protection Division and is in her third year as a Rowan Museum camp counselor.
A dance student for 10 years, she competes on jazz, tap, gymnastics and hip hop teams that are consistently ranked in the top three on regional and national levels.
Daughter of Tim and Lydia Beaver of Salisbury, she is an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Mount Ulla.
Wingate scholarship
Brian Richard Tansey, a 2007 West Rowan High School graduate, has been awarded a Wingate University Student Engagement Scholarship.
The scholarship, valued at $12,000 or $3,000 per academic year, is awarded to students for participatory achievements during their high school years. They are expected to continue their extracurricular involvement at Wingate.
He is the son of John and Marlinda Tansey of Woodleaf.
Professor emeritus
Dr. David L. Shinholster, an alumni and past professor at Livingstone College, was recently designated a professor emeritus at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
Shinholster graduated from Logan High School in Concord in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army’s 92nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg from 1951-53. He led the Division as an honor guard during President Dwight D. Isenhower’s first inauguration parade in Washington, D.C., in 1952.
After his military service, he enrolled at Livingstone, where he graduated cum laude in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He then worked at two North Carolina high schools, teaching science and mathematics, coaching basketball and advising seniors, from 1957-62.
He completed his master of science degree in molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1964 and returned to Livingstone as an instructor and assistant professor of biology for five years.
From 1970-74, he worked on his Ph.D. in medical insect pathology and general parasitology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He was an associate and then full professor of biology at Lincoln University from 1974-99.
Over the years, he has chaired a number of university committees and been a representative to the MIAA and NCAA.
He was named to the Special Livingstone College 2004 Hall of Fame for his athleticism. He was the leading ground gainer in 1955 and 1956, was named All EIAC selectee in football and Athlete of the Year in 1956.
He was also Livingstone’s head basketball coach when the 1964-65 team became the school’s first to qualify for and participate in the annual CIAA tournament.
He has been a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Sunrise Optimist Club and a board member and vice president of the Adult Basic Literacy Education Program.
He is the father of two, the late ENS Jonathan L. Shinholster, a U.S. Navy pilot who died May 30, 2003, and Celeste A. Shinholster, an account vice president for MasterCard International and Citi Group Banking.

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