Notables: June 29

June 25, 2014 

•  Noah Gavenus, a student at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship for 2014-15. Gavenus will study Chinese in China for the summer. The program awards merit-based scholarship for students to learn less commonly-taught languages in overseas immersion programs.

• Durham-based award winning poet Dasan Ahanu led The Bull City Slam Team to a first place finish at the recent 22nd Annual Southern Fried Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam. The team consists of Ahanu and poets Brandon “Ishine” Evans, Eric “Lyrically Blessed” Thompson, Leguane “El’Ja” Bowens and Micah Romans.

•  Russel “Alex” Hartford of Hillsborough received a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Elon University May 24. A 2010 graduate of Durham Academy, Hartford majored in Sports Event Management and minored in Spanish at Elon.

•  Daniel Ren, of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, was recently named as one of 15 finalists for The BioGENEius Challenge. Ren will now go to San Diego to compete in the international BioGENEius Challenge at BIO 2014. Organized by the Biotechnology Institute, The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students from across the world that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology.

• The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has promoted 14 deputies. Raheem Aleem was promoted from lieutenant to captain. Jeff Daughtry and Morial Whitaker were promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. Anthony Marino, Tracey Meier, Casey Norwood, Georgette O’Mary, Len Roberts and Jeff Smith were promoted from corporal to sergeant. And Robert Cox, Tisha Jones, Brad Kirby, Jason Petty and Wendy Pinner were promoted from deputy to corporal.

• Girl Scouts – N.C. Coastal Pines recently received a gift of $20,000 from Bob Schmitz and Amy Csorba of Durham to help send girls to Girl Scout camp. The fund was given in honor of Csorba’s mother, Sue Csorba, to help Girl Scouts fulfill its mission. Sue was a troop leader and avid outdoorswoman, who gave opportunities to countless girls for over 25 years.

• Glenn Mills, Fisher & Mahoney, P.A., recently announced the election of partner William S. “Bill” Mills to the UNC Board of Visitors. Mills graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975 and the UNC School of Law in 1979.

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