Celebrations, July 22

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Poetry fellowship named for ECSU grad 

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing in Oak Bluffs, Mass., recently named its Poetry Fellowship in honor of Leonard A. Slade, Jr., Professor of African Studies and Adjunct Professor of English at the University at Albany (SUNY). 

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

According to Alexander Weinstein, Director and Founder of the Institute, “The Slade Poetry Fellowship will change the lives of the writers who receive this honor and will nurture writers of color and the diversity of voices in American literature. Slade’s name is a deep honor to the program.”

Slade, a Collins Fellow and Citizen Academic Laureate at UAlbany, has published 21 books of poetry, which have been praised by Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, and Nikki Giovanni. He has received national recognition for his work. A member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Slade has published poetry in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. 

He has been published in Essence Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The Courier-Journal, Ebony Magazine, The College Language Association Journal, The American Poetry Review and other publications. 

Perry graduates from basic training 

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Travis D. Perry has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman 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.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Perry is the son of Jennifer L. and Timothy T. Perry of Gates. He is a 2011 graduate of Gates County High School.

Ruritan scholarships, causes help neighbors  

Ruritan Clubs of the Albemarle District presented 49 students with scholarships totaling $38,720 this spring. 

Individual clubs select scholarship recipients based on their own academic and need-based criteria.This allows the clubs to serve their communities in ways unique to their neighborhood. Students who receive a Ruritan scholarship are honored at a dinner given by their Ruritan neighbors and friends. 

Ruritan work continues in September when 3rd-graders in the area will be presented with “A Students Dictionary.” Also, Rudy Bears have been donated by the club to law enforcement and fire departments to be hugged by children at the scene of an auto accident or a house fire. 

Most clubs will be collecting food, or donating money, for the Albemarle Food Bank, and Project Patriot, a Pasquotank Ruritan Club initiative, that helps local veterans who may have fallen through the “VA net.”

Currituck 4-H riders compete in NCSU event

Eleven members of the Currituck County 4-H Equestrian Program competed in the North Carolina State 4-H Horse Show in Raleigh, July 4-8.

This invitational horse show, held at the James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex, showcased riders ages 9-19, who earned qualifying points at the district level. There were over 140 riding classes in a variety of disciplines.

Currituck County equestrians Brooke Decant, Ava Crow, Anne Holcomb, Izzy Cox, Johnnie Cox, Jordan Starcher, Dalton Hauser, Shyanne Mcleod, Karleigh Meads, Lizzy Daniels and Kayla Boyd competed against over 300 4-Hers from across North Carolina. All placed in the top 10 in various events.

Kayla Boyd was named Reserve State High Point Champion in the Sr. Gaming Division and took first place in Sr. Versatility. Also, Shyanne Mcleod and Jordan Starcher will be representing Currituck County at the Southern Regional 4-H horse show to be held in Perry, Ga., Aug. 1-5.

Elijah Campbell and Abigail Ali represented Currituck County in the Artistic Expression contests. Both youth placed top 10 with their artwork.