People & Places Sunday, June 4

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 4, 2017

Alpha Kappa Alpha members attend regional conference

Members of Delta Xi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority attended the 64th Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Raleigh on April 26-30. The theme of the conference was “AKApital Affair: Featuring New Dimensions of Service.” Chapter members participated in sessions, workshops, trainings and leadership development activities that highlighted maintaining the sorority’s growth and implementation of the international community service program, “Launching New Dimensions of Service.”

Chapter member Renese Bates completed the Level I Graduate Advisor Certification Training and President Sh’Myra Moore participated in the President Training Institute. Chapter members Carolyn Holt and Suzette Davis were honored at a special luncheon for their 50 years of service in the sorority.

During the conference, Delta Xi Omega was recognized for its contribution as a Silver Level Contributor to the sorority’s Educational Advancement Foundation. As part of the community service project, the chapter donated backpacks that were distributed to local schools in the Raleigh area. Over 1,200 backpacks were donated during the conference.

Delta Xi Omega members attending the conference were Renese Bates, Shanikka Gadson-Harris, Carolyn Holt, Shirley Holt, Fonda Kirk, Sarah Lightner, Marva McCain, Cecelia McCorkle, Lovetta Moore, Sh’Myra Moore, Lillian Morgan, Stephanie Morgan, Vivian Ray, Sakia Sellers, Quamekia Shavers and Detra Tate.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is composed of more 290,000 college-trained women committed to providing service in their respective communities and globally.

Sh’Myra Moore serves as president of the Delta Xi Omega Chapter.

The National Guild of Piano Teachers Audition

The National Guild of Piano Teachers Audition was held at China Grove First Baptist Church on May 4 and 5. Adjudicator was Dr. Richard Lucht of Winterville. Dr. Lucht is the piano professor emeritus at East Carolina University.

The following piano teachers and their students participated: Charity Hampka (Statesville) — Caden and Jaelyn Ward, Riley and Reagan Shoffner; Dawn Merrel (Salisbury) — Anna Everhart, Abbey and Morgan Deaton; Tina Brown (Rockwell) — Gage Trexler, Hannah Davis, Diego Corona, Ashley Drye and Kayla Charles; Marsha K. Carter (China Grove) — Will Bivens, Coleman and Grace Carter, Molly Burgess, Jordan Cline, Nadiya Wilson, Salem Fleming, Marielle Gordon, Ayden and Sawyer Basinger, Victoria Pennington, Jeremiah and Micah McNeil, Andrew Carter, Riley Carter, Riley Mabe, Carleigh and Preston Tadlock, Savanna Bancroft, Addisyn Keen, Ally Cress, Aden Castor, Ava and Drew Huffman, Nathaniel and Kandus Kimball and Logan Cheeseman.

Students are judged on technique, dynamics, memory and musicianship. Repertoire classifications, in addition to memorization, include Hobbyist, Jazz and Pop Auditions, Duet Category and Ensemble. Each student receives a report card, a certificate of participation and a bronze, silver or gold award pin — depending on the number of pieces performed.

The following students from the studio of Marsha K. Carter, China Grove, were awarded their Five-Year National Winner Pins for performing 10 memorized pieces for five years: Ayden Basinger, son of Heather and Jamey Basinger of China Grove; and Addisyn Keen, daughter of Michael Keen of Faith and Carin Keen of Spencer.

KHA hosts Norris Dearmon

 This meeting was originally scheduled for January but was postponed due to snow.

KANNAPOLIS —Did you know that Chicago is not the only city that had a “Great Fire”? Kannapolis too, has had notable fires reaching all the way back to 1914, particularly the fire that destroyed J. W. Cannon High School.

Norris Dearmon, Kannapolis’ Mr. History, presents “Great Fires Of Kannapolis” on Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m. ain the A. L. Brown High School Social Room, 415 East First St.

Park in lot East of Trinity Methodist Church and follow the signs to KHA. For more details call Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803.

Catawba Indian Nation Symposium

CHARLOTTE — The Native American Studies Center of the University of South Carolina Lancaster and the Charlotte Museum of History will present a symposium on the history and culture of the Catawba Indian Nation.

Topics will include “Though Much is Taken, Much Abides: A Brief History of the Catawba Indian Nation,” “Catawba Women in a New World, 1746 – 1840,” and “Catawba Indian Pottery: An Ancient Tradition.”

The Catawba Indian Nation Symposium will take place on June 10 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at 3500 Shamrock Drive. The event includes lunch and costs $30. For more information visit

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