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Four Guilford County students are among those receiving scholarships recently at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

They are:Mark C. Smith, of Greensboro, who received a Persichetti Prize for the 2001-2002 year. Smith will be a college freshman in the School of Music at the arts school.

The Persichetti Prize is a merit-based award given to a returning student of composition.

Casey L. Gsell, of Greensboro, who received a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Scholarship and a John G. Welch Endowed Scholarship. Gsell is a rising high school junior in the School of Music.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Scholarships are awarded to North Carolina students in each arts discipline.

The John G. Welch Endowed Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students whose audition evaluations and other records demonstrate unusual talent, ability and potential.

Leah E. O'Connor of Greensboro, who received a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Scholarship. O'Connor is a rising high school freshman in the School of Dance.

Stephen J. Gegick of Greensboro, who received a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Scholarship. Gegick is a rising college senior in the School of Music.

\ Brookstone College\ Patricia Scales, who has taught at Brookstone College of Business in Greensboro since 1990 and academic coordinator of the school since 1995, has been named teacher of the year by the Career College Association.

The CCA represents over 950 privately owned post-secondary colleges and universities.

Scales was presented the award June 28 during the CCA's annual convention and exposition in Chicago.

Scales graduated from Andrews High School, Andrews, S.C., in 1984 and from N.C. A&T in 1988. She received a master's degree in business education from UNCG in 1995.

\ Fayetteville State\ Evelyn Ray Williams, a teacher at Millis Road Elementary School in High Point, was honored by Fayetteville State University with its National Alumni Meritorious Achievement Award. The award was presented during a National Alumni Association convention in Atlanta June 20-24.

The award is for outstanding participation and service to a local alumni chapter, the university and the National Alumni Association.

A 1964 graduate of Fayetteville State, Williams has been recording and financial secretary for the local alumni group for 10 years.

\ Holocaust Study\ Mission Greensboro college students Ravin Gore, a rising junior at UNC-Charlotte, and Rojana Karac, a rising junior at UNCG, spent eight days on a Holocaust study mission in Poland in the spring.

They were accompanied by Steve Simpson, executive director of the regional unit of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

Gore is a graduate of Southern Guilford High School whose parents are Michael and Gina Gore.

Karish is a graduate of Smith High School whose parents are Malenko and Javanka Karish.

The mission, known as ``March of Remembrance and Hope,' was made up of moret than 400 college students from 23 countries. There were 287 students attending from the United States.

The mission was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Jewish Heroism in Tel Aviv.

Gore and Karac are longtime volunteers to NCCJ programs and both graduated from NCCJ's Youth Leadership in Human Relations Program, Anytown.

\ Furman University\ Janet Dawson of Greensboro honored her favorite teacher before graduating from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., on June 2.

The school's 18 top seniors - those who graduated summa cum laude - and their favorite teachers were honorees at a banquet.

Dawson chose Joanne Herring, a retired teacher from Guilford Middle School. Herring taught Dawson fourth grade English and history.

Students wrote letters describing the impact their favorite teachers made on them. Those letters were framed and presented to the teachers.

Dawson, daughter of A. Kennedy and Janet G. Dawson of Greensboro, received a double major in Spanish and business administration. She was a member of Furman's Student Alumni Council, Phi Sigma Iota language honor society, Sigma Pi Spanish honor society and Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society. She also studied in Madrid and was a teaching assistant last spring.

\ Ricks College\ Brady Alan Apostolo, a 1991 Northwest Guilford High graduate now living in Crestview, Fla., was awarded a John L. Clarke Outstanding Student Leadership Award at Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho.

Apostolo, the son of Leonard and Penny Apostolo, recently graduated from the two-year college.

\ Southern College of Optometry\ Charles J. Pharr of Greensboro was honored during the May 25 commencement of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

He was one of 14 graduates from the school's class of 1951 who participated in a 50th anniversary program. The honorees took part in the graduation dressed in academic regalia.

They also were presented gifts and certificates.

\ University of the South\ Jaymie Leigh Deterding, a rising senior at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., has been inducted into the Beta of Tennessee chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

She is the daughter of James L. and Elizabeth Deterding of Greensboro.

\ Wofford College\ Laura Sams, daughter of Fred and Pat Sams of High Point, received the George C.S. Adams Award in French at Wofford College this spring.

A biology and French major, Sams is a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Panhellenic Council and cross country team at the Spartanburg, S.C., school.

\ Scholarships\ Five Chick-fil-A restaurant employees were recent winners in the company's Leadership Scholarship program, and each received $1,000.

All of the students are employees of Keith Kiser's Brassfield Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The winners are:

Megan Bowles, who recently finished her freshman year at N.C. State in Raleigh. A 2000 graduate of Northwest High School, Bowles is studying architecture at N.C. State where she was on the dean's list with a 3.8 grade point average.

Lindsay Crater of Greensboro and Christy Hutcherson of Summerfield, both students at GTCC.

Jamie Pugh of Greensboro, a student at UNC-Wilmington.

Jonathan Adams of Greensboro, who plans on enrolling at UNC-Wilmington.

The Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance awarded two college scholarships recently.

The Neil Hendrix Knight Nursing Scholarships for $2,000 each went to Terry Jones and Tiffany Bullock, both students at UNCG.

\ Distinguished alumni\ Valerie Williams Guthrie of Greensboro, a chemistry professor at N.C. A&T; Linda Beatrice Brown of Greensboro, a professor at Bennett College; and Cynthia F. Hardy of Lanham, Md., were honored as distinguished alumni at the National Conference on Blacks in High Education in Washington this spring.

Guthrie is a graduate of A&T and earned her master's degree at Fisk University and her doctorate at Aerican University.

Brown, a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Bennett College, is a graduate of Bennett. She received a master's degree from Case Western Reserve and a doctorate from Union Institute.

Hardy, who is president and CEO of Automated Information Management, also is a Bennett graduate. She attended George Washington University and Eastern N.C. Theological Institute where she was bestowed a doctorate of humane letters.

\ Teacher of Year\ Greensboro native Philip Oakley, a 1962 graduate of Greensboro High School, was voted teacher of the year by fellow faculty members at Burges High School in El Paso, Tex.

The son of Mary Monteen Oakley and the late Jack Bernard Oakley, he earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in Asian studies at Wake Forest University.

\ Green makes Phi Beta Kappa

Adam Emanuel Green of Greensboro was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he graduated May 24.

Election to the academic honor society recognizes excellence in liberal arts studies.

Green, son of David and Annette Green, attended Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro.

He also was a dean's list honoree for the spring semester.

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