• Hillside High senior Delecia Utley has been named the Duke University Durham Public Schools Student of the Month for November. Utley is a member of the softball team, a majorette in the band, a cheerleader, a dancer with Nina’s School of Dance, and she also serves as treasurer of Hillside’s Ladies of Kappa League chapter. She also volunteers with Brown’s Day Care and Meals on Wheels in her spare time.
In addition to all of her extracurricular activities, Utley has also been recognized as the Distinguished Young Woman of Durham County by the national scholarship program Distinguished Young Women, formerly known as America’s Jr. Miss program. Utley maintains a 4.99 GPA and said she would like to attend Howard University and major in biology, where she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field or research.
• Durham’s Partnership for Children has elected new leaders for its board of directors. Linzie Atkins, assistant manager for the Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions, will serve as chair of the board. Daniel Robinson, managing director of the Atlantic Regional Center for Foreign Investment, will serve as the vice chair. Karen O’Mansky, director of commercial programs at Self-Help, will continue her service as treasurer. Ilene Britt, program director of the Early Childhood Associate program and instructor at Durham Technical Community College, will continue to serve as secretary of the board. Joy Sotolongo, evaluation specialist, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of N.C., was voted in; and Brenda Berlin and Leigh Bordley were re-elected for an additional term.