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Three North Rowan High School students have been accepted into the Chapel Hill Renaissance Program.
Janay Tucker, Indiyah Witherspoon and Brittany Lane join a group of 40 students from throughout the state for the program, which invites rising juniors from rural communities for an educational four-day enrichment program. They will participate in specially designed sessions including leadership, team-building, college admissions, financial aid and community service.
Olivia Myers of Lexington, a senior biology major at Catawba College, was one of 10 members nationwide of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, to be awarded a H.Y. Benedict Fellowship for graduate school in the 2014-2015 academic year. Myers, who has been accepted at and intends to enroll in the School of Veterinary Medicine at N.C. State University this fall, will apply the $2,500 fellowship award to her graduate work.
Myers completed research during the summer of 2013 at Georgia Tech entitled “Temporal and spatial niches affect biodiversity in evolving metacommunities.” She presented this work at the 2014 Alpha Chia National Convention held March 27-29 in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Connie Lowery, chairwoman of Catawba’s Biology Department, wrote the required recommendation to nominate Myers for the fellowship.
This is the second consecutive year that a Catawba College senior has been awarded a national scholarship or fellowship from Alpha Chi. In 2013, Elizabeth White of Salisbury was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship.
Two other Catawba students, Frank Villa Hernandez of Salisbury, a senior chemistry major, and Andrew McCollister of Rockwell, a junior writing major, also attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in March and presented their work. Villa’s project was entitled “Immunoprecipitations of immunoglobulin gamma-transferrin complex,” and based on research he conducted this summer at the University of South Alabama. McCollister presented an original short story he wrote, “Dirty Laundry.”
The town of East Spencer will hold its Royal Giants Summer Camp for six weeks this summer.
The day camp, which is for children between the ages of 5 and 12, integrates sports, reading, swimming, journaling, field trips, real life experience and agricultural exploring.
It will be held at Royal Giants Park, 200 Robinson Road.
Camp runs Monday through Friday from July 4 to Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Each week costs $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents
Extended day camp is available from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is an additional $30 per week.
Prepayment is required and may be paid weekly or bi-weekly.
The deadline for registration is May 1.
For more information, contact Annessa Hyde, town clerk or ShaTara Bailey, administrative assistant at 704-636-7111.
Students completing tests to earn their high school diplomas may notice some differences on their actual diploma in the near future, thanks to a name change. Previously called the “General Educational Development” or “GED,” the diploma for students now completing the test will include the words, “High School Equivalency” instead.
Davidson County Community College will offer the same service for those wishing to earn their high school credentials but may expand its testing options in the future, according to Pat Phillips, associate dean of the School of General Studies and Academic Support at the college.
“The name change simply reflects that additional high school credential testing options will be available, beginning in 2015,” she said.
For the remainder of 2014, students will continue taking the equivalency test via the GED Testing Service, but the newly adopted name will appear on the diplomas.
Effective May 1, cost for each part of the four-part test will be lowered from $30 to $20 per test at Davidson County Community College.

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