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Notable News 6-15-12


Leonhardt graduates with ‘highest distinction’

Tyson Charles Leonhardt of Denver, son of Cheryl Leonhardt-Gantt and the late Douglas Leonhardt, and stepson of Johnny Gantt, graduated with highest distinction May 13 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leonhardt earned a B.A. degree in journalism and mass communication, with a concentration in reporting and a secondary major in political science, ending his tenure at UNC with a 3.87 cumulative GPA.

During his time in Chapel Hill, Leonhardt worked as a staff writer and elections beat reporter for the university’s award-winning, student-run newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, and as a digital producer for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s innovative newswire, reesenews.org.

Leonhardt, who chaired the professional development committee of UNC’s pre-law fraternity, also served as president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Currently living in Chapel Hill to study for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Leonhardt plans to begin law school in 2013.


Byers crowned N.C. Jr. Miss Forestry

Harley Elizabeth Byers competed for the title of Miss Lincoln County Forestry in September, where she was crowned Junior Miss Lincoln County Forestry.

By winning the title for her county, she received all her expenses paid to the state pageant, which was in Rock Hill, S.C.

There she competed in the Miss Carolinas Forestry Scholarship Pageant. She was crowned North Carolina Junior Miss Forestry.

She also won best dress, best personality, most photogenic and best smile. She will now compete at the national pageant in Georgia.

Harley is the daughter of Sam and Karen Byers of Vale. Harley is a rising seventh-grader at West Lincoln Middle School.


Walker receives master’s degree

Rodney Walker of Denver received a Master of Science in Mgt: Operations Management at New England College in Henniker, N.H., on Saturday, May 12.

New England College is a private, comprehensive college offering 32 bachelor’s degree programs, 13 master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree program in the liberal arts tradition.


Lincoln Co. grads among 700 at GWU

Almost 700 students recently graduated during Gardner-Webb University’s 2012 spring commencement exercises. Graduates from Lincoln County included the following:

  • Kayla Alexander of Denver, who graduated with a BS degree in Sport Management.
  • Judy Ballard of Denver, who graduated with a BS degree in Accounting.
  • Jacalyn McGill of Denver, who graduated with an MA degree in Elementary Education.
  • Patrice Weber of Denver, who graduated with a BS degree in Health Management.
  • Emily Burgess of Iron Station, who graduated Cum Laude with a BA degree in English and Art.
  • Bridget Rowles of Iron Station, who graduated with an MA degree in Elementary Education.
  • Abigail Jenkins of Lincolnton, who graduated with a BSN degree in Nursing.
  • Sara Jolley of Lincolnton, who graduated with a BA degree in Communication Studies.
  • Joshua Tallent of Lincolnton, who graduated with a BS degree in Psychology.
  • Kyle Wilkinson of Lincolnton, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in Psychology.
  • Sidney Hale of Vale, who graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration.
  • Megan Long of Vale, who graduated with a BS degree in Chemistry.


Scholarhip recipients are honored

The CaroMont Health Foundation and Hospice of Gaston County recently honored 19 recipients of scholarships.

Courtney Bumgarner of Lincolnton was a recipient of the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship.

The scholarships this year totaled more than $111,000 and provide tuition support for community members who wish to have careers in health care.

Recipients were chosen based on individual financial needs, future career aspirations in health care and current scholastic standing.

Each scholarship candidate was interviewed and selected by the CaroMont Health Foundation Board of Directors.


Davis-Adams chosen as Social Worker of Year

The month of March was designated as Social Worker’s Month, and each year there is a Social Worker and Case Managers Banquet, which is at the Gaston County Senior Center in Dallas.

Cherry Davis-Adams, BSW, was awarded this year with being the 2012 Social Worker of the Year for Lincoln County. She workes with Lincoln Nursing Center.

To be counted, the nominees must have outstanding contributions that they have made within the facility with which they are affiliated.

She recently completed her BSW in 2011 from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, in addition to her receiving her certification as an HS-BCP (Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner).

She is currently pursuing her MSW through Liberty University. She is also a Notary through Gaston County.

She has more than 20 years in the health care field and is well-known in many counties.


Stroup receives Ph.D. in from Vanderbilt

James Caleb Stroup graduated May 11 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., with a Ph.D. degree in economics, specializing in international and financial economics.

He is the son of Joe and Janice Stroup and grandson of Ruth Stroup, all of Lincolnton.

Caleb and his wife, Chelsea, will be moving to Grinnell, Iowa, in August, where he will teach economics at Grinnell College.


Gorman graduates from Grove City Coll.

Alyssa Gorman graduated May 19 from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Gorman earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Gorman is a 2008 graduate of Pine Richland High School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gorman (Dana) from Denver.


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