• Sierra Structures, Inc., the Durham-based commercial and residential fence and deck builder, has earned the service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service award, reflecting an exemplary year of service in 2013. This is the third consecutive year Sierra Structures has won the award. Angie’s List Super Service award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check, and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
• The Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, Inc. presented academic scholarships, the 2014 Keeper of the Dream awards, and 2014 MLK Service awards during the annual service at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church Jan. 20. $500 academic scholarships went to Demya Sharielle Andrews, Bianca M. Decautr, Ariadna Mishel Gomez Cespedes, Morgan Hyungong, Robery D’Anthony Traynham, and Kayla Symone Lynn Turgeon. Decautr also received the Frank Howard Alston Educator award in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement.
The 2014 Keeper of the Dream award was given to attorney Richard B. Ford and the Triangle Park Chapter of the Links, Inc. The award is a public recognition of individuals, organizations, or institutions for oustanding leadership and service to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
The MLK Service award was given to Natalie Edwards and Sumetrice Porter.
• Connor Leech, of Durham, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. For his Eagle project, Connor led the planning and construction of a bridge for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The 24-foot bridge is located in Hillsborough, at the Occoneechee Speedway Park. Connor is the son of Andrew and Jennifer Leech, and is a junior at Durham Academy and a member of Troop 39 in Chapel Hill.