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CELEBRATIONS

Pinning held for COA medical assistants

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College of the Albemarle medical assistant graduates were honored recently at the annual pinning ceremony. They include (l-r, top row) Kelsey Griggs, Currituck County; Paige Brickhouse, Dare County; Kimberly Lee, Camden County; (middle row) Shaquon Riddick, Perquimans County; Christy Nixon, Camden County; (front center) Jasmin Smith, Currituck County.

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From staff reports

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The 16th annual pinning ceremony for College of The Albemarle Medical Assisting graduates was held last Monday at the Elizabeth City campus.

The graduates, hosting family and friends at the ceremony, received their pins, participated in a candle lighting ceremony and recited the Medical Assisting Creed.

The Stella B. Gallop Spirit of Medical Assisting Award was presented to Kelsey Griggs. The award is presented to a student who best captures the spirit of the profession.

Christy Nixon received the Academic Excellence Award and the Alleene Thompson Memorial Scholarship. Jasmin Smith also received the Alleene Thompson Memorial Scholarship.

Cherry-Lassiter sworn in as attorney-at-law

L. Chantel Cherry-Lassiter was sworn in as an attorney-at-law by Superior Court Judge J.C. Cole on April 25.

Cherry-Lassiter, who was presented to the court by attorney Johnnie L. Finch Jr., is a native of Perquimans County and a graduate of Northeastern High School. She is an alumna of Elizabeth City State University. She also received a master’s degree in public administration from Strayer University.

She is a 2018 graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Prior to attending law school Cherry-Lassiter worked in accounting at Elizabeth City State University for three years and at Albemarle Child Support Enforcement Agency for eight years.

Cherry-Lassiter is married to James Lassiter Jr., and they have three children, Teyona, Raymond and Rayna. She is the daughter of Jerry and Celeste Cherry and granddaughter of Mrs. Celeste S. Modlin.

Slade named Henry M. Minton Fellow 

Leonard A. Slade Jr., has been named The Henry M. Minton Fellow by The Boule Foundation of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the first black Greek-letter Fraternity founded in the U.S. in 1904. The Henry M. Minton Fellow Legacy Award is given to Boule members who “actively seek to improve the lives of citizens in communities and who seek to cultivate and reward academic excellence.” Henry M. Minton was co-founder of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Slade, a native of Conway, is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University. 

Slade, who has a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is professor of Aricana Studies, Adjunct Professor of English, Collins Fellow, and Citizen Academic Laureate at the University of Albany (SUNY). He is also The Edmund J. James Scholar in English at the University of Illinois and a member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. 

The author of 26 books, including 21 books of poetry, Slade has two honorary doctorates and two national poetry prizes named in his honor. 

Small directs fund program to Northeastern FFA

Pasquotank County farmer Mark Small directed $2,500 to Northeastern Future Farmers of America through America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund.

The donations are used for agricultural education, providing students opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits.

Sponsored by the Bayer Fund, the program provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

Currituck co-op presents ‘Report to the People’

N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck recently presented its annual “Report to the People” to county officials, including commissioners, extension advisors, volunteers and county staff.

During the event, ,activities were designed to give attendees a broader understanding of the educational and technical assistance that Extension provides to Currituck County citizens and guests.

Overall in 2018:

— Currituck staff delivered 197 educational programs and provided face-to-face education and assistance to 16,036 citizens.

— Volunteers donated 10,877 hours of service and expanded the reach of programming by over 9200 contacts. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was $268,553.

— Staff and volunteers raised over $153,000 in support of Extension work in Currituck County in 2018.

— Further, Extension in Currituck delivered an economic impact to our community of over $1,043,000.

Currituck Chamber holds leadership class

The Currituck Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the Leadership Albemarle class of 2019, “Tourism Day,” session, at the Town Bank conference center.

The program exposes participants to multiple assets of the Northeastern North Carolina counties. It is designed to bring leaders together to learn about the issues and resources unique to the area.

This six-month program includes sessions once a month, which began in February and wrap up in July. Hosting Chambers represent Hertford, Edenton, Bertie, Elizabeth City and Currituck. The goal is to enhance entrepreneurs’ leadership skills with lectures and practical onsite visits of successful business in the community. This program is designed to create long-term regional collaboration, build relationship regionally and create a stronger voice for northeastern North Carolina.

The Currituck session included Alex Gottschalk’s topic on the history of “The Albemarle in Modern NC Politics.” Other presenters included Tameron Kugler, director of Currituck Tourism, Aaron Tuell of Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Donna Stewart of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. Each discussed the impact of tourism as economic drivers.

Participants got a tour of the H2OBX scenic Water Park in Powells Point during the session which was sponsored by Dominion Energy.

 

 

 

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