|People of Note: Brandon to rep QC in Miss N.C.|
|Catawba College student to compete in June pageant|
|Published Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:59 am|
Miss Queen City TyNia Rene’ Brandon will compete in the Miss North Carolina pageant in June.
Brandon, a musical theatre major at Catawba College in Salisbury, won the talent portion of the Miss Queen city pageant by singing the Italian aria “Star Vicino.”
The Miss North Carolina pageant includes a weeklong preliminary round of swimsuit, talent and evening gown competition as well as a private interview.
The winner will represent North Carolina in the Miss America pageant in the summer.
• Elijah Medina won the Pay It Forward essay contest at Southview Recreation Center. Medina’s essay referenced “paying it forward” to a family in the West Corridor. RoShonda Simpson and her family received a gift basket and gift cards from local businesses. Medina earned a gift card for his effort. Southview Recreation Center staff have been involved in the surrounding West Corridor communities of Ponderosa, Wingate and Little Rock.
• Kneisha Gabriel of Charlotte, a junior at Johnson C. Smith University, is among 30 students selected for the 2013 Nestlé USA Leadership Symposium for Diverse Leaders of Tomorrow. The fifth annual symposium will be held April 10-14 at the Nestlé USA Headquarters in Glendale, Calif.
During the four-day program, Gabriel will have the opportunity to meet with Nestlé senior executives, take a customized leadership training course, volunteer in the Los Angeles community and network with key representatives for Nestlé’s internship and full-time programs.
• Chermaine Arletha Johnson was recently inducted into Louisburg College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. Johnson, the daughter of Dewan Stitt and Cassandra Johnson, is a graduate of Northwest School of the Arts.
• Army Sgt. Kenneth T. Hawkins has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Hawkins, son of Laura Hawkins of Charlotte, is an early warning systems operator and assistant operations sergeant assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
• Army Warrant Officer 1 David P. Miller has graduated from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Ala.
The course is designed to certify warrant officers as technically and tactically competent to serve as warrant officers in designated career specialties.
Miller, son of Kathy Miller and John Miller of Charlotte, is a 2004 graduate of Myers Park High School.
• Air Force Airman Ronaria S. Washington graduated basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Washington completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Washington, the daughter of Annshenetta Scott of Charlotte, is a 2012 graduate of Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology.
• The Allstate Foundation will support the Johnson C. Smith University 100 Club with a $1,000 grant in honor of Luther Carter, a 1975 JCSU graduate. The grant was made on behalf of Carter’s volunteer efforts with the club, which supports JCSU athletics.
• A six-year-old girl is the inspiration for her family in Charlotte to raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Chris and Sally Ware, owners of Papa Murphy’s of Charlotte, are celebrating their grand opening on March 2 by hosting “Fueling the Fun and Adding Tomorrows” to raise money for the cause and to honor their daughter, Vivian.
The Wares are raising money at Ballantyne Elementary on March 2. With every lap each child completes, the Wares will donate $1 to Team Vivi to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. They will also donate 15 percent of their sales at the Papa Murphy’s store at 16015 Lancaster Highway, Suite C from March 2-9 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.For information, go to www.cff.org/Great_Strides/dsp_DonationPage.cfm?walkid=8353&idUser=167608.
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