Howie Stacy Darden, 17, and Hassan Brian “SaniD” Darden, 16, of Chesapeake, Virginia, but originally from Elizabeth City, recently wrote and produced a theme song, “Something in the Water,” for Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival in Virginia Beach.

Both Darden brothers, who attended Sheep-Harney Elementary School, produced their first album last December. Howie writes the lyrics to their songs while Hassan creates the beat. Both are singers.

Their great-grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bryant and John Lister Sr.

ECSU grad attending chemical basic course

Second Lt. Lenox Poyner, a 2019 Elizabeth City State University graduate who majored in aviation management and military science, is currently stationed at U.S. Army Base Fort Leonard Wood, where he’s attending a chemical basic officer leaders course. Poyner, a member of Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., hopes to pursue a master’s degree.

Residents earn online degrees from WGU

Four area residents have earned their degree online from Western Governors University, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The graduates include Hollie Moore of Camden, who earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing; Ian Harrison of Elizabeth City, who earned a bachelor of science degree in information technology; Desiree Hooper of Hertford, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in special education; and Shelby Garrish of Hertford, who earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

White Named to Grace Christian Dean’s list

Courtney White of Elizabeth City was named to Grace Christian University’s fall 2019 Dean’s list. White, who is majoring in worship arts, was among the 100 on-campus students named to the list at the university in Grand Rapids, Michigan.