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Education: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays awards scholarships

Salisbury/Rowan Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has awarded $1,000 scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year to two local seniors.
The inaugural grants went to Benjamin T. Huffman of East Rowan High School and Leigh T. Casper of West Rowan High School.
Huffman will receive the Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship. Son of Eric and Emily Huffman of Salisbury, he plans to major in business administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Casper will receive the Salisbury/Rowan PFLAB Founder’s Equality Scholarship. Daughter of Darrell Casper and Pam Spears, both of Salisbury, she plans to major in economics and sociology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
They were selected by an advisory committee composed of Margaret Basinger, chairman, Daryl Bruner, Lina Drinkard, Darrell Hancock, the Rev. Dr. Marcus Hovis III and Mark N. Lewis.
New RCCC program
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will submit an application to the North Carolina. Community College system to create an associate in applied science degree program in mechanical engineering technology.
The college wants to expand its current program in mechanical drafting technology to better meet regional employer needs and to give students the ability to transfer easily to four-year mechanical engineering programs.
The RCCC board of trustees approved the proposed program application at its March meeting. With N.C. Community College System final approval, RCCC hopes to open the new AAS program in August.
In addition to being a college-transfer program, the new program will train students for current entry-level jobs and those being created by new businesses and industries in Cabarrus and Rowan counties. It will prepare students for careers as applications engineers, computer-aided designers, design engineers, engineering technicians, manufacturing engineers, plant maintenance supervisors, product and materials testing technologists, production supervisors and quality control engineers.
The trustees also approved hiring Lisa S. Shores as coordinator of library services-north campus and Karen A. Elmore as coordinator of professional development.
Shores has an associate degree from RCCC, a bachelor’s degree from Pfeiffer University and a master’s degree in library science from UNC-Greensboro. She is currently acquisitions/collection development librarian at Pfeiffer.
Elmore earned bachelor’s and a master’s of business administration degrees at Kent State University. Currently, she is a faculty associate for academic affairs at UNC-Charlotte.
Trustees also confirmed RCCC’s spring 2008 graduation ceremony for May 10 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.
Enochville Wise Owls
Enochville Elementary School recently recognized the following students who have consistently exhibited good citizenship, good manners and exceptional behavior as Wise Owls for March:
Kindergarten: Luis Cruz, Cassidy Coggins, Alexus Bullard, Blake Harkey, Aleah Bebber, Armando Contreras, Kayleigh Cook and Isaac Knight.
First grade: Kaylee Matthews, David Ramirez, Cameron Hurd, Morganne Jordan, Hannah Abernathy and Thomas Roberts.
Second grade: Brandyce Efird, Alyssa Fortner, Chace Floyd, Laney Graham, Alexis James and Pressly Wilson.
Third grade: Brandon Mullis, Brooklyn Wright, Bryan Fink, Nikki Powell, Abigail Kotarba and Caleb White.
Fourth grade: Abigale Fields, Brittany Luckey, Bradley Matthews, Gile Mullis and Danielle Torrence.
Fifth grade: Brooks Garmon, Kayla Shoup, Ryan Ashworth, Chelsea Box, Julio Lopez and Lauren Livingood.
Bostian Good Citizens
Bostian Elementary School recently recognized the following exemplary students as March Good Citizens:
Kindergarten: Caroline Price, Jacob Horner, Justin Parson, Kayla DeNicholas, Reid Zickafoose, Shelby Lee, Brandon Barrett, Will Bivens, Leita Davis and Zachary Barbee.
First grade: Cressa Vines, Cory Beaver, Cheyenne Aldridge, Damian Sechler, Brittany Poole, Josh Madden and Ostyn Poe.
Second grade: Alex Beije, Madison Bradshaw, Sarah Singleton, Mary Bowers, Trinity Griffin, Charity Mock, Maranda Marcum and Austin Hardin.
Third grade: Emiline Lowery, Cameron Rayfield, McKenna Moose and Carlos Ordonez.
Fourth grade: Colton Harrington, Destiney Knowles, Dalton Lamb and Bobby Bauer.
Fifth grade: Nancy Espinoza, Dalton Lewis, Sara Lentz and Mackenzie Rogers.
Rockwell Roadrunners
Rockwell Elementary School recently recognized the following students as Rockwell Roadrunners for March:
Kindergarten: Caroline Houpe, Megan Gilleran, Sarah Livengood, Brenden Pickler, Mario Garrido-Lecca, Ginny Hobbs, Carleigh Haynes, Alex Earnhardt, Savannah Gonzalez, Austin Carter.
First grade: Bh’Lysia Mason, Tucker Jerman, Bridgette Beaver, Valerie Smith, Makayla Collins, Faith Trippe, Susie Trexler, Jake Earnhardt, Anthony Fuentes, Kira Cornelius, Madison Carroll.
Second grade: Kaitlyn Thompson, Juan Martinez, Tyler King, Sarah Whitman, Bryson McBride, Bree Meadows, Dylan Wetter, Tyler Clement, Joshua Finney.
Third grade: Amber Webb, Destiny Brown, Zakkary Perdue, Amanda Roe, Madison Barnhardt, Kaylee Henley, Tomas Luna, Cade Harrill, Ellis Taylor, Dakota Trippe.
Fourth grade: Jennifer Earnhardt, Sarah Hickey, Jacob Mishak, Madison Earnhardt, Kaleb Ridenhour, Kayla Sloop, Destin Bakke, Christina Dassler, Kaitlin Sprinkle, Noel Allen, Logan Smith, Timmy Kane.
Fifth grade: Adam Faust, Joseph Peeler, Taylor Starnes, Tannis Ranzinger, Carter Sienerth, Megan Williams.

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