• Caitlin Boreyko, a 2010 graduate of East Chapel Hill High School, and currently a senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., took first place in the pole vault in the Liberty League Indoor Track and Field Championship meet on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a vault of 3.3 meters. With this height she broke the school record and the Liberty League record, both of which had stood for 10 years. She also qualified for the ECAC Indoor Track Championship meet to be held in Boston in March. The St. Lawrence women's track team won the Liberty League championship title for the 4th year in a row.
Boreyko is majoring in psychology with a minor in sports studies and exercise science. She is a track captain, president of psi chi, a member of ODK and has been on the Dean's list every semester while at St. Lawrence. She plans to attend graduate school next year to study sports psychology. Caitlin's parents, John and Victoria Boreyko live in Chapel Hill.
• Two students from Smith Middle School were awarded certificates and monetary prizes during the 2013 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Central Orange Senior Center Ballroom in Hillsborough. Students Judah Kalb and Nathan Bell were honored as winners of the Human Relation Commissions 2013 Student Essay Contest. Kalb won first place, and Bell won second place. The students will read their essays during the ceremony. As part of their African American Studies class at Smith Middle, the students wrote about one of the rights protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and about how life is different today as compared to those who lived in the United States prior to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act.
• Chapel Hill residents Nicole M. Tunick and Amy C. Ward have been named to the Deans List at Boston University for the fall semester. Each school and college at Boston University has their own criteria for the Dean's List, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade point average, or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as a full course load as a full time student.
• Chemist Mike Ramsey at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was among 67 new members and 11 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to a scientist or engineer. Ramsey is the Minnie N. Goldby Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, director of the Center for Biomedical Microtechnologies and a founding member of the new department of applied physical sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
• Several Orange County residents were recently awarded the Pauli Murray award. Desaray Rockett received the Youth award; Judith Blau received the Individual award; and Vimalas Curryblossom Café received the Business award. The Pauli Murray award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to Orange County youths, adults, and business owners who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.