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Published 12:00 am Friday, June 10, 2011
Spring piano recitals
The piano students of Marsha K.Carter presented two spring piano recitals on Saturday, May 21 at the First Baptist Church of China Grove.
Those performing were: Micah, Jeremiah, and Matthew McNeil, Drew Huffman, Kennedy Kirkman, Sarah Johnson, Claudia Utley, Rebekah Lippard, Kelsy Borras, Maggie Utley, Preston Tadlock, Paul and J.D. Faggart, Samantha Cable, Nate Cobb, Molly Burgess, Coleman Carter, Nathaniel Kimball, Kate Carter, Abby and Bailey Rodgers, Nadiya Wilson, Rebecca Rousey, Jacob Cheeseman, Caitlin and McKamie Harrison, Cody Brown, Mary Ashleigh Overcash, Andrew Poe, and David and Hannah Freeze.
Graduating seniors Brittney Burgess, Kim Fesperman and Mckenzie Dabbs received a special trophy, and all students received their Guild certificates and pins for participation in the 2011 Guild Auditions held in April.
Those students recognized for participation in the District NC Music Teachersí Festival in March at Pfeiffer University were: Caitlin and McKamie Harrison, Andrew Poe, David Freeze, Paul and J.D. Faggart, and Kim Fesperman.
Composer statuettes were presented to the following students who chose to prepare Award Booklets highlighting their musical activities throughtout the school year: Coleman Carter, Abby Rodgers, Nathaniel Kimball, Kate Carter, Kennedy Kirkman, Nadiya Wilson, Claudia Utley, Nate Cobb, Mary Ashleigh Overcash, David Freeze, and Mackenzie Dabbs.
Nate Cobb was recognized for performing 10 pieces by memory for five years in the Guild, David Freeze for eight years and Kim Fesperman for 10 years ó which allows her to receive the special Paderewski Award from the Guild Headquarters in Texas.
On April 16, members of the Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. sponsored Jabberwock 2011, ěAn Evening of Elegance,î at the Varick Auditorium of Livingstone College. The Jabberwock is a fundraising project consisting of skits, dances, singing and recitations.
A guest performance was made by the Me Time Girlsí Group from Salisbury High School, under the direction of Sakinah A. Riley.
Eighteen young ladies were introduced to society in three age groups. Each participant performed some type of talent.
In the elementary age group, grades K-5, five young ladies competed for the title of Little Miss Jabberwock. The Queen was Little Miss KaíNyah Mingo, daughter of Jeanett Sweat and Errik Mingo. First runner- up was Sydney Speigner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Speigner Jr. Second runner-up was Amari Hairston, daughter of Christy Davis and Kyri Davis. Third runner-up was Zaria Corpening, daughter of Ksandra Corpening. Fourth runner-up was Niaja Wilson, daughter of Deanna Dunlap.
Other participants in the elementary category were Aryuanna Armstrong, Tamia Brown, Tocara Brown, Micah Francis, Patrice Macon, Chanel McManus and Trinity McCormick.
In the Junior category, grades 6-8, the Queen was Junior Miss Karmen Walker, daughter of Kenyatta Brown-Ford and Michael Walker, and stepfather Larry Ford. First runner up was Sammitria Pinckney, daughter of Catrees Geathers. Second runner up was Lizabeth Logan, daughter of Carolyn Logan and the late John E. Logan Sr. Third runner up was Kaitlin Cowan, daughter of Tracey Cowan. Also participating was Hope Evans.
In the senior category, grades 9-12, Senior Miss Kai McGowan was the Queen.
The Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is a public service sorority. This fundraiser Jabberwock, helps provide scholarships to deserving high school graduates from Rowan and Stanly counties. Other charitable organizations supported include Rowan Helping Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.
Chapter president is Yvette Shelton, chairperson of Jabberwock 2011 was Cassandra Brown, co-chairs were Catherine Rivens, Linda Peterson, Dora Wood and Johnnie Leach. Other committee members were Levonia Corry, Brenda Davis, Gretchen Dunlap, Roslyn Hall, Bettye Holt, Annette Mathes, Delphine McCullough, Eliza Miller, Zelda Ponder, Earle Smith, Linda Stoner, Victoria Thomas and Betty Wilson.
On May 29, the members of Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. presented their 61st debutante ball, an outgrowth of the sororityís endeavor to present young ladies who exemplify the qualities of fine womanhood. This is one of many activities sponsored by the sorority to provide scholarships to help worthy young ladies meet their financial obligation at institutions of higher education.
Haley A. Duncan of Virginia Beach, Va. was crowned Queen of the Debutante Ball. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Duncan, the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.Carl Duncan of Statesville, formerly of Salisbury, and the grand-niece of the late Elizabeth Duncan Koontz and Samuel Duncan, a former president of Livingstone College. Her great-grandfather, Joseph Duncan, a retired principal of a school in Yanceyville, also lived in Salisbury.
Duncan is an eleventh grader a Salem High School in Virginia Beach. She is a member of the Governorís School of the Arts, junior class council, audiovisual team, Childrenís Workshop Prayer List typist and a therapeutic dance volunteer. She has been taking dance since age four and has participated in numerous dance recitals including Carnegie Hall in New York. Her hobbies include photography, swimming,crafts and dancing. She is interested in becoming a nurse anesthetist, a math teacher or a therapist. For her special night, she was escorted by her cousin Jordan Duncan, a senior at West Rowan High school.
For her talent, Miss Duncan danced to the tune ěLet Me Love You.î
The young ladies who made up the queenís court were Amber Holloway (West Rowan), first runner-up, daughter of Mary Bowden and Charles Holloway Jr. Her talent was a clarinet rendition of ěAmazing Grace.î
Second runner-up was Briana Jackson (Salisbury High), daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Albert Jackson. Her talent was the recitation of a self composed poem. She was escorted by Tion McCain.
Debutante Christa Landy (junior, West Rowan), was also a talent winner with a rendition of a song. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Harvey Landy. She was escorted by Brandon Michell.
Other debutantes included Ayuanna Alexander (Salisbury High), daughter of Ramida Alexander and Brian Neely, escorted by Damarius Griffin; Brittany Tiarra Barber (junior, West Rowan), daughter of Alicia Barber, escorted by Cameron Mallet; Chantel Barkley (senior, Salisbury High), daughter of Angela Ford and Kelly Gray, escorted by Jared Hardin; Demrest Barkley (senior, Salisbury High), daughter of Angela Ford and Kelly Gray; Cristen Blanding (junior, North Rowan), daughter of Crystal Kelly and Ronald Blanding, escorted DevontČ McKnight; Janaye Hargave (junior, Salisbury High), daughter of Ronnie and Susan Glover, escorted by Timothy Bates Jr.; NyQuamia D. Wells (junior, Salisbury High), daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Michael Wells, escorted by William J. Watkins.
Thanks to the Rev. Henry Diggs for his time and effort in working with the young men who are a vital part of each yearís presentation. Thanks to Marshals Terry Allen (Salisbury), Darius Campbell (Salisbury), Kalil Duncan (Salisbury), Janorian Mabry (West), Joseph Wiggins, (North), William Watkins Jr. (Salisbury), Scott Smyre, (Statesville) and Herbert Jefferson (East). The eveningís activities ended with a photo shoot by John Daniels that included the young ladiesí family members. Music was provided by Cool Al.