Ellen Bunzey graduates from Davidson College
A Denver student at Davidson College, Ellen Patricia Bunzey, was one of 449 seniors to graduate in commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20.
Bunzey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Bunzey of Lakeshore Road South and is a graduate of North Lincoln High School. An English major at Davidson with an academic concentration in American Literature, Bunzey earned the BA degree.
While at Davidson, Bunzey held the Stephen H. and Mary Sands Scholarship. She participated in Rusk Eating House as a Conduct Council Representative and Senior Representative. She was a member of the Pre-Law Society and studied abroad at The University of Melbourne in Australia. Next fall, Bunzey will attend Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla.
Cadenhead graduates Charleston Southern
Jesse Wray Cadenhead of Denver recently graduated from Charleston Southern University with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology.
The commencement ceremony took place May 5 at the North Charleston Coliseum, where 412 undergraduates and 166 graduate students received their diplomas.
Robert Fox chosen for WCU honor
Robert Thomas Fox, 21, was selected by his fellow students to receive the 2012 Karen Styles Spirit Award at Western Carolina University for his high academic achievement, active lifestyle, community involvement and commitment to the recreational-therapy profession. He was honored with a plaque during an April 25 awards ceremony.
Fox, the son of Lisa Cherry and Tom Fox of Lincolnton, carries a 3.759 grade point average and plans to graduate in December. With family members who have Alzheimer’s disease and depression, Fox entered WCU as a freshman knowing that he wanted to work in a helping profession.
During his time at WCU, he has served as an officer with the Recreational Therapy Association, presented at professional conferences and worked with residents with Alzheimer’s disease and adolescents with autism and learning disabilities. After working closely with a young man with cerebral palsy during an adaptive skiing program this past winter at Cataloochee Ski Area in Haywood County, Fox has decided on a career in physical rehabilitation and adaptive sports in particular.
The Karen Styles Spirit Award, honoring a much-loved and often-remembered alumna and victim of a high-profile Western North Carolina murder, was established by other recreational therapy students in 1995, but it lapsed for six years after Recreational Therapy Program faculty members who had known her retired. Current faculty members reinstated it on learning of Styles through conversations on campus and then communicating with her mother.
Gallagher winner of DeMayo Scholarship
Brianna Nicole Gallagher, a senior at East Lincoln High School, was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship. She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.
Each year, fifteen high school seniors are awarded $2,500 scholarships to be used toward their college education through the scholarship program.
The program is open to students in the 23 counties the law firm serves. North Carolina counties included Mecklenburg, Gaston, Catawba, Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Lincoln, Rowan, Caldwell, Stanly, Iredell, Alexander, Burke, Robeson, Scotland, Richmond, Anson and Cumberland. Since 2003, the firm has awarded $237,500 in scholarships to 97 high school seniors in North and South Carolina.
The firm’s scholarship committee selects students based on their school and community involvement, grades, SAT scores and a presentation (video, PowerPoint, brochure, website or essay) that encourages fellow teens to abstain from underage drinking and driving and highlights the dangers of drinking and driving.
Paysour accepts Wesleyan scholarships
North Lincoln High School’s Nicole Paysour has received academic scholarships to attent Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.
She has indicated plans to play basketball for the NCAA Division III school.
Surratt earns Master of Divinity degree
Jimmie Schenck Surratt of Iron Station earned a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury on May 12, 2012. She is the wife of the late Thomas N. Surratt of Cleveland County and is the daughter of Lillie Mae Schenck and the late James Wesley Schenck. She has three children, Rodney Wingate, Tanya Wingate, Ernest and wife Sandra Wingate and four grandchildren.
Rev. Surratt is awaiting a congregational Pastorate appointment with the United Methodist Church.