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The second annual Winston-Salem Police Foundation event, Operation Protect & Serve, was held May 19 at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. This event celebrated the Winston-Salem Police Department community while raising awareness of the important community building work underway with support from the foundation.

The evening program included recognition of WSPD Officer of the Year, Lt. Peter T. Watkins, and Personnel Person of the Year, Public Safety Communications Operator Anna Tschorn.

Retired Brigadier General James R. Gorham, a native of Falkland in Pitt County, was the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Gorham is a 38-year veteran of the United States Army, and in 2009 he became the first African-American general in the North Carolina National Guard. In addition to his service in the Armed Forces, Gorham served as North Carolina State Juvenile Justice Commissioner, drawing on experience gained during his 29 years as a banking executive at First Citizens. Bank.

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Gorham received a BA in history from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College. He currently lives in Kernersville.

General Gorham signed copies of his award-winning book, “The Sharecropper’s Wisdom: Growing Today’s Leaders the Old-Fashioned Way.”


LEAD Girls of North Carolina has opened registration for its third annual Lead-a-Thon, a week-long virtual event from June 1-8. Participants can register individually or as a team and move around in whatever way suits them best – walking, running, swimming, biking, yoga, chair aerobics, dancing, etc.

LEAD will host three moving sessions throughout the week. The first move session will take place virtually as the Lead-a-Thon kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 1. Willetta Alford, owner of Willpower Health and Fitness and co-owner of Trifecta Fitness Studio, will walk attendees through some fitness tips and a workout to kick off the week of moving.

The second movement session will be a boot camp workout with Females in Action at 7 p.m. on June 7 at Leinbach Park, 3635 Sally Kirk Road Northwest, Winston-Salem. No registration is necessary, come to the park ready to go.

The final moving session will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on June 8 at 4015 Old Hollow Road in Kernersville.

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Participants are encouraged to raise donations through their individual or team homepages to help the organization raise awareness and reach its $25,000 goal. The non-profit organization is dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low-income/at-risk tween girls need to become productive citizens and active leaders in their communities.

The Lawn Concert Series at Ciener Botanical Garden will feature the Amanda Cook Band on June 2.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 per person. Tickets at the door are $20.

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The garden is at 215 S. Main St. in Kernersville.

For more information, call 336-996-7888.


Thiel College, Thomasville: Lauren Durboraw – neuroscience major


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey presented checks to five emergency response units in three counties and presented a special award during visits May 23.

Commissioner Causey, who is also the state fire marshal, presented grant checks for $5,000 each to the Ashe County Rescue Team, Mountain Park Rescue Team, the Elkin Emergency Rescue Team, the Wilkes County Rescue Team and the Alleghany Rescue Team.

These checks are the result of a $250,000 contribution made by the NC Surplus Lines Association to help firefighters and rescue teams in North Carolina.

The Commissioner also presented a Commissioner’s Award to Doug Jones. Jones is retiring after 39 years working as a fire marshal and EMS worker for the Surry County Fire Marshal’s Office.


Belmont University, Dean’s List, Jessica King of Boone; Nicholas Chambers of the Rural Room; Nicholas Lafley, Marissa Colter and Joshua Cook, all of Clemmons; Grace Swing of Mooresville; and Greer Gage of Kernersville


The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has announced the recipients of its first Internship Program for State Employee Credit Union Public Scholars, supported by the SECU Foundation.

UNCSA’s 2022 summer recipients are:

May Bonner of Efland, an intern with the Cleveland County Arts Council, including the Real to Reel Film Festival, held annually at Kings Mountain.

Daniel Ervin of Taylorsville, intern at the Piedmont Triad Film Commission (covering the 12-county region of Piedmont).

Jamilah Muhammad of Winston-Salem, intern with RhinoLeap, a professional theater company based in Asheboro.

Cheyenne Oxendine of Lumberton, an intern at the Cucalorus Film Festival, held annually in Wilmington.

All are students at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking except Muhammad, who is a student at the UNCSA School of Drama. All were selected after an interview process and will receive a maximum stipend or payment of $5,000 per intern.


NC State’s Park Scholarships program has named 42 students to its class of 2026 – the 27th class of Park Scholars.

The Park Scholarships program brings outstanding students into the state based on their outstanding achievement and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to campus, state, nation, and world. The Park Scholarships program offers a four-year scholarship worth approximately $116,000 for in-state students and approximately $208,000 for out-of-state students.

Local students include: Sydney Elyse Loflin, daughter of Jones and Lisa Loflin, HOPE Academy; Sophia Rose Scherer, daughter of Brian and Kerri Scherer, of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and Forsyth Country Day School; and Cade Marie Brady, child of Ryan and Ashley Brady, Winston-Salem, West Forsyth High School.

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NC State’s Goodnight Scholars program has revealed the 50 recipients from 32 North Carolina counties selected for its new cohort of scholars.

Local students include: Holly Albright, East Forsyth High School; Makayla Destafino, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; and Zeesawn Hasnain, Atkins Academic and Technology High School.

The Goodnight Scholarship is valued at $22,000 per year for up to four years ($88,000) for traditional students. Cohorts have access to a comprehensive student development program that includes weekly programming, exclusive travel opportunities, and enrichment grants.

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Forsyth Country Day School senior Victoria Cain, daughter of Randy and Cynthia Cain of Winston-Salem, was awarded the Dovey Johnson Roundtree Scholarship at Spelman College in Atlanta.

This scholarship includes full tuition, tuition, and on-campus room and board for four years at college. It was created in 2020 in honor of Spelman College alumnus Dovey Johnson Roundtree ’38, a noted civil rights activist. The scholarship aims to honor intellectual curiosity, determination, and hard work.

Forsyth Country Day School senior Sarah Grace Clifton, daughter of Chris and Michelle Clifton of Winston-Salem, was awarded the Lowell L. Bryan Scholarship at Davidson College. This award, which covers full tuition and fees, is awarded to one male and female varsity athlete in the incoming class and is renewable annually.

Students chosen for the scholarship must excel both in the classroom and in their sport. “The Bryan Scholars are those academic-athletes whose accomplishments on campus and as a member of their team mark them as capable of their own meaningful, lifelong contributions to their local and global communities,” said the Davidson. Middle School.

The Yadkin Arts Council has chosen the winners of the three scholarships awarded annually to Yadkin County high school seniors who have demonstrated an interest and involvement in the arts during their high school career and whose ambition is to pursue their training and education in the arts as they progress to an institution of higher learning. Kayla Dunn of Starmount High School will receive the Nancy Mills Davis Memorial Scholarship for Visual Arts, Sophia Luper of Forbush High School will receive the Willingham Scholarship in the Arts, and Alli Pardue, also of Starmount High, will receive the Stephen G. Lyons Memorial Scholarship in the scenic arts.

Dunn will attend Meredith College to major in psychology and minor in studio art.

Luper will attend UNC-Chapel Hill to major in music, specifically vocal performance.

Pardue will attend UNC-Chapel Hill to major in media and journalism, focusing on advertising and public relations.

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