• A pair of eighth graders from Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill defeated 88 other teams from all over the United States and Canada to win the 11th annual 2013 National School SCRABBLE Championship.
Kevin Bowerman and Raymond Gao finished the event with a 6-1 record and +717 point spread.
Some of the more unusual words played were YUAN (a monetary unit of China), PAEON (a metrical foot of four syllables) and KUDU (a large antelope).
Two Chapel Hill residents, Christopher S. Pearman and Alexa F. Yeames, were named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the fall semester.
Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.
• The Orange County Human Relations Commission extends congratulations to the recipients of the 23rd annual Pauli Murray Awards and also recognizes the winners of the student essay contest.
The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to those who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.
Youth Award – Emma Morris
Individual Award – Crystal Fisher
Student Essay Contest Winners
First Place – Hunter Hall (C.W. Stanford)
Second Place – Hsar Wei (Smith )
Third Place – Emma Morris (C.W. Stanford)
First Place – Anna Dallara (East Chapel Hill)
Second Place – Daniel Jorgenson (Orange)
Third Place – Evonna Sampedro (Orange)
This year, more than 60 essays were entered into the essay contest. Students were asked to write from the perspective of a southern slave in 1863 who has just learned the Emancipation Proclamation has been signed into law by Abraham Lincoln.
• Mary Lawrence, president and CEO of Cornucopia Cancer Support Center was recognized by Triangle Business Journal as a Health Care Hero. She received the Support Services Executive of the Year award at a banquet in Raleigh.
Lawrence was recognized for her contributions to those journeying with cancer, from increasing space and services to innovative outreach via That Cancer Show, the nation’s only talk radio program dedicated to nonclinical cancer care; and Carolina Cancer Community, a network of nonprofit organizations working together to widen the net of available cancer support resources and referrals.