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Education news: Inaugural awards at Catawba

Wade H. “Hamp” Shuford, Jr. of Hickory and Claude Shuford Abernethy, Jr. of Newtonwere presented Catawba’s inaugural Campus Ministry Church/College Award at a recent dinner on campus.
The two are longtime members of the Catawba College Board of Trustees, both elected to their trustee posts by the Southern Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church,
Shuford, a 1950 Catawba alumnus, was recognized for his 48 years as a trustee.
Abernethy, who has also served 48 years as a trustee, was recognized for his work on key committees of the board.
Barry and Clara Leonard of Greensboro were recognized for their gift to establish a new scholarship fund at Catawbathat will help deserving students pursuing a career in the ministry. Barry Leonard is a 1965 Catawba alumnus and a trustee.
Brent and Jackie Lawrence of Jamestown, parents of the late Brenna Lawrence, a 2002 Catawba alumna, were recognized for their efforts to raise funds for a scholarship in their daughter’s memory. It will be awarded to students who are committed to a life of service to benefit others.
Donors to the Seiwell Campus Ministry Endowment were also recognized. Annual earnings from this endowment fund the chaplain position and support a wide variety of programs and activities of the campus ministry program.
A challenge memorial gift from the children of former campus pastor Porter Seiwell and his wife Maria started the fund in 2005, and it continues to receive new donors and pledges. The Seiwells’ children are alumnus and trustee Dick Seiwell, class of 1967, and wife Linda of West Chester, Pa., and alumna Martha Seiwell Dayvault, class of 1963, of Lakeland, Fla., and husband, Jim, class of 1964, who is also trustee.
Essay contest winners
Three Salisbury Academy students won prizes in a recent VA Medical Center essay contest.
They are Justin Ruffin, seventh grade, first place; Hunter Latimer, eighth grade, second place; and Allie Billings, seventh grade, third place.
The winners were recognized at an “Essay Reading and Awards Ceremony” Feb. 26 in the VA Medical Center’s chapel.
The contest for seventh- and eighth-grade students asked participants to compose essays of 150-300 words on the topic of “Multiculturalism.”
Salisbury Academy used one class period for all students in grades seven and eight to compose their essays. They were self-edited and then submitted.
Overton science fair
Overton Elementary School recently selected seven overall winners out of 31 projects entered in the annual science fair.
Winners are third-grader Daniel Engwall, fourth-grader Rhys Little and fifth-graders Lindsay Veros, Maddie Gentry, Mary Seifert, Abraham Post and Michael Brown.
Shive’s top teachers
Shive Elementary School recently selected it Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year 2008-09.
Teacher of the Year is Rhonda Barnhardt, third-grade teacher. Teacher Assistant of the Year is Karen Cawley, second-grade teacher assistant.

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