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The Rockwell AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 845 took center stage at the AMVETS State convention at Greensboro on June 7.
They brought home seven awards, one of the most prestigious was Auxiliary of the Year for the state of North Carolina. President Rita Hand accepted awards for the work the auxiliary has done in the community, for children and for serving the Veterans at the Salisbury VA hospital.
The 64th presentation of the annual Debutante Ball was held at Cornerstone Event Center on April 12. This event is sponsored by the Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The Debutante Presentation is one of the many activities sponsored by the sorority to provide scholarships for young ladies who plan to continue their educaiton.
The 2014 Queen and Court: Amanita Lashayia Mills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nasby Mills of Salisbury was crowned queen. Darian Redfearn, daughter of Farrah Mosely and Andy Clark of Charlotte, was first runner up. Anissa Kichele Norman, daughter of Michele Norman and Felix Norman of Kannapolis, was second runner up. Keydra Oglesby is the daughter of Kathy Oglesby of Salisbury. Marissa Honea Chavis is daughter of Anglique Chavis and Stanley Chavis of Kannapolis.
Marshals participating in the program were Namon Elijah Carter, Taylor Lewis Davis, Jeremy Fortson and Nicholas Eric Gaines, Bobby Raynard Johnson and Gregory James Little Jr.
Dr. Henry C. Diggs was Chief Marshal.
Presentation of the 2014 Debutante/Queen Court was given by Shomara Reyes. The Miss Congeniality award was presented by Natalie Currie. Nikisha Leak presented the trophies to all Debutantes.
Piano students of Tina Brown of Rockwell presented a recital on Friday, June 6 in the fellowship hall of Organ Lutheran Church.
Students who performed were: Shirley Guo, Elisabeth Swinson, Baleigh Trexler, Shaun Pell, Sydney Feriante, Dave Guo, Beau Hinson, Chris Basinger, Hannah Davis, Gabi Jolly, Laura Agner and Carys Roberson.
The recital concluded with the three following senior piano students performing:
Jordan Wise, son of Scott and Amy Wise of China Grove, is a graduate of South Rowan High School. He played “Aeolian Harp” by Gillock and sang “How Great Thou Art”. In high school, Jordan was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Relay for Life, and Varsity Chorus. In the fall, Jordan will attend UNC-Chapel Hill to pursue a career in medicine.
Makayla Freeman, daughter of Julie Hancock of Salisbury, is a graduate of East Rowan High School. She was a member of the Honors Chorus. Makayla played “ Waltz in b minor Op. 69 No. 2” by Chopin and sang “Where’er You Walk” by Handel. She is a voice student of Rosemary Kinard. Makayla plans to attend Rowan Cabarrus Community College to pursue her interest in psychology and music.
Rebecca Agner, daughter of Dr. David and Sally Agner of Salisbury, is a graduate of East Rowan High School. She was a member of Junior Civitan, sigma phi gamma, Student Council, Spanish Club, and National Honor Society. She played “Chanson” by Baton and “Journey West” by Schwab. Rebecca played the duet “Sunset Breezes” with her sister, Laura. In the fall, Rebecca plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and major in biology or dental hygiene.
Recognition was given to the following students who participated in the N.C. Music Teachers Association Albemarle District Piano Contest-Festival at Pfeiffer University in March: Beau Hinson and Jordan Wise.
Composer statuettes were given to Shirley Guo, Elisabeth Swinson, Baleigh Trexler, Dave Guo, Shaun Pell, Hannah Davis, Laura Agner, Gabi Jolly, Beau Hinson, Carys Roberson, Makayla Freeman and Jordan Wise for completing a music project.
South Carolina State Ceramic Association (SCSCA) held their annual competition, June 13 and 14 in Columbia, S.C. Michele Antosek won her first trophy in the handicapped division. Virginia Graves received one first and three seconds, in the senior non professional division. Carol Allen won a second; this is her first time competing in the hobbyist division.
Also in the hobbyist division, Marilyn Colvin won two firsts and a second and Connie Morris won a second. Tricia Hardy, co-owner of Mad Ceramics and ceramic teacher at Ellis Park, won her third Masters trophy, one first and six seconds. Two of her pieces were broken, one in the glass firing and the other in transit to the competition.
For more information about classes or Ellis Park contact Tricia at 336-751-7655 or visit www.MadCeramics.com
Local artist Frank Selby has been named an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center in Charlotte in the fall of 2014. The residency begins Sept. 2 and ends Nov. 25.
In addition to a rigorous period of studio work, the program will afford Selby an opportunity for a collaboration with the Charlotte Ballet Company to create a performance which will be presented as part of their Innovative Works series in 2015 (Jan. 30 – Feb. 21).
The McColl Center for Art + Innovation is located at 721 N Tryon St. in Charlotte. The Frank Selby Studio is at 3220 Sherrills Ford Road.

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