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Belmont Abbey College

Sports honors: The Belmont Abbey College women’s volleyball team continues to rack up accolades.

A school-record five players earned all-Conference Carolinas honors, including senior Kay Schellenberg who was selected as Conference Player of the Year. Her younger sister, Hannah Schellenberg, claimed the Freshman of the Year conference title.

In addition to the Schellenberg sisters, who were both named to the first team, senior Angela Jubb and junior Lydia Schellenberg were selected as second team standouts. Freshman Caitlin Hankins earned third team honors.

In addition, Mary DeJute was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. She is the winningest coach in Belmont Abbey history after four years at the helm and is the first Abbey mentor to win Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Belmont Abbey earned 23 overall wins and 14 conference wins this season.


Educational talent search: Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute recently inducted 103 students into its TRIO/Educational Talent Search program.

Promising middle and high school students from Caldwell County, most of whom will be first-generation college students, receive assistance with college enrollment in the 10-year-old program. Weekly meetings, campus visits, enrichment activities and help with applications and financial aid are included.

During the induction ceremony, four Caldwell County high school students in the TRIO program discussed a college campus visit to the Chicago area. They were seniors Anna Harmon of Hibriten High, Kaleb Watson of South Caldwell, Kayla Staley of West Caldwell and junior Lisset Aguilar of West Caldwell.

Each new inductee received a certificate, binder and T-shirt.

They were:

Granite Falls Middle: Brendan Brittain, Leah Carroll, John Avery Chapman, Mikey Esquivel, Michael Faro, Alexis Fox, Taylor Griffin, Maggie Hamby, Trenton Harrison, Molly Higgins, Tara Hildebrand, Hunter Ingle, Dawson King, Hunter King, Delaney Parsons, Cameron Perry, Jamie Phelps, Jarrett Pritchard, Kaitlyn Reagan, Sydni Reid, Ashlyn Rhoney, Dara Rodriguez, Danny Rosales, Krissa Watson, Journey Webb, Sarah Whittington, Scottie Cook, Mollie Barlow.

Hudson Middle: Richie Benoit III, Bethany Bowen, Gracie Bowman, Sydney Bussard, Kaylee Campbell, Fatima Cuenca, Mackenzie Day, Jonathan Greene, Hannah Hamby, Maddie Henson, Katelyn Hildebran, Kelsie Jarrell, Haley Laney, Harleah Laney, Alyssa Montes, Gavin Nash, Hannah Robbins, Michael Sanchez-Melendez, Anthony Tolbert, Lindsey Townsend, Hayden Wyke, Taylor Alvarado, Jordan Bentley, Cory Day, Nathaniel Robbins, Meghan Zuzolo.

Gamewell Middle: Mario Barrera, Destiny Boyd, Alexyss Clark, Cheyenne Clark, Erin Crotts, Shelby George, Jessie Grant, Cassidy Gray, Christine Harmon, Dorien Honer, Caitlyn Kendall, Drina Sanders, Candra Thompson.

William Lenoir Middle: Jaelynn Dawson, Jacob Earpe, Kara Greene, Kaylee Harren, Alston Hartso, Hailey Triplett, Kyndell Warren, Maggie Willis, McKinley Witherspoon.

Collettsville School: Chloe Blair, Brooke Hartley, Benjamin Jones, Isaac Nelson, Keegan Shew, Tristen Watson, Kayla Beaver, Justice Zion, Micah Greene.

Oak Hill School: Katelynn Haas, Sage Shiflett, Abigail Smith.

Kings Creek School: Caytlin Huchel, Lily Kincaid, Emily Pennell.

Happy Valley School: Jessica Adams, Cassie Beard, Hunter Bryant, Allyia Price, Cami Wheeler.

South Caldwell High: Timothy Bare, Brandon Browning, Adelia Stafford

West Caldwell High: Wynter Hammons, Jordan Edmisten, Rita Pena, Myra Triplett

Drama takes stage: The Foothills Performing Arts will present John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable,” at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the FPA Theater located in B Building on the CCC&TI campus.

The Tony Award winning drama is set in the fictional church school in 1964 and follows the interactions of a Catholic priest and a nun who suspects him of sexual misconduct with a male student. The show is rated PG-13.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students. For information or to purchase tickets, call 828-726-2318.

‘Wonderful Life’: CCC&TI will present the Foothills Performing Arts production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Prior to the Dec. 8 show, dinner will be served. The menu features mixed greens salad, roasted turkey breast with gravy, sweet potato soufflé, broccoli casserole, biscuits and angel-food cupcake bells with chocolate ganache. Cost is $12 adults, $6 children.

Show tickets are $15 adults, $8 children. For details or to purchase show or dinner tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407.


Breast cancer fundraiser: Catawba Valley Community College’s Cutting Edge Cosmetology Club recently raised more than $500 in donations for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Students held a “Cut Out Breast Cancer” promotion for one week in October, donating proceeds from cuts, styles, foil highlights, manicures, pedicures and waxing to the campaign.

Club president Kelly Carrancho, vice president Alicia Millsaps and cosmetology program director Tammy Muller presented a check to CVCC’s Komen team co-captains Deb Runge and May Khang.

The Cosmetology Center is open to the public by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4118.

Kontras Quartet performs: The Kontras Quartet will perform at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 in the Old Student Center on the West Wing of the Main Campus at Catawba Valley Community College. The free concert is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Violinist Dmitri Pogorelov of Russia, violinist Francois Henkins of South Africa, violist Ai Ishida of Japan and cellist Jean Hatmaker from Illinois make up the group, now in its third year as the Hickory Metro Resident Quartet with the Western Piedmont Symphony.

For more information, contact Anne Williams at CVCC, 828-327-7000, ext. 4850.

Apply for spring: Catawba Valley Community College is accepting applications for the spring 2013 semester that begins in January.

Those interested in enrolling for the first time should attend a “Starting Points-Admissions & Financial Aid” information session to learn about admissions, placement testing, financial aid and other issues. For a complete schedule, visit

For more information, call 828-828-327-7000, ext. 4216 or visit

Gaston College

Leadership awards: Members of the Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda chapter won several awards at the NC Phi Beta Lambda Fall Leadership Development Conference held Nov. 2-3 in Raleigh.

Gaston College took first place for its recruitment booth, a Gold Star Chapter Award for completion of fall state goals and the September Sweeps Award from the national office.

Allison Gahrmann, president of Phi Beta Lambda and a business administration major at Gaston College, won a $650 scholarship.

Film screening: Gaston College will present a film screening of “Harvest of Dignity” at noon Nov. 26 in the Lincoln County Senior Center Multipurpose Room on the Lincoln Campus. The free event is part of the Celebrando America Latina series exploring the cultures of Latin America.

“Harvest of Dignity” focuses on the lives and labor of farm workers in North Carolina, featuring interviews with regional farm workers, advocates, faith leaders and educators. A discussion of the changing nature of migrant workers will follow led by Kevin Starr, director of the Agricultural Extension Service for Lincoln County, and Terry McLean, an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor.

Details: Mary Morton, 704-922-6340, or Deborah Neuman, 704-825-6305,

Spring registration: Gaston College will begin Spring Registration for new students on Nov. 27. Registration dates are assigned based on when the admissions process is complete.

Registration will be active through Jan. 7. Payment deadline is Dec. 17.

For more information, visit

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Youth chorus performs: The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will present its annual fall concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at First Baptist Church in Hickory.

Directed by Lenoir-Rhyne associate professor Florence Jowers and accompanied by Freda Herrell, the program is free and open to the community. The Youth Chorus features upper elementary, middle and high school students, as well as a select advanced ensemble.

The Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir, directed by Paul Weber, will join the Youth Chorus this year on several Christmas numbers. In addition, Youth Chorus members Ruby Kate Byrd and Ellen Byrd will accompany the Chamber Singers on violin and cello, respectively.

Auditions for the group will be held in January. For information, call 828-328-7195.

Jazz ensemble performs: The Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. The free concert is open to the public.

Andy Page will be the featured guitarist at the concert, which will include standard and contemporary works from the Big Band repertoire.

Page, an instructor in Applied Jazz Guitar at Appalachian State University, has performed in Switzerland, Japan, Germany and the South Pacific. He has performed private engagements for Bill Clinton and poet Maya Angelou and has been a featured composer at the Jazz Composers Forum in Asheville.


Tree sale: Western Piedmont Community College’s BEST Society will sell holiday trees through Dec. 6.

Prices are $25 for 6- to 7-foot tall trees; $30 for 7- to 8-foot tall trees, and $35 for 8- to 9-foot tall trees. All trees must be pre-ordered by 5 p.m. the day before pick up with a $20 deposit. Trees may be picked up Dec. 7 at the tennis courts on the WPCC campus.

Details: Trudy Pascoe, or Eric Hurley,

Free business classes: WPCC’s Small Business Center will offer several free classes this fall at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 S. Sterling St. in Morganton.

The schedule includes:

How to Start a Business: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 5

Business Taxes: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10

How to Find Money for Your Business: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12

Admission is free and classes are open to the public. Details: Eddie McGimsey, 828-448-6719,,

Scholarship established: James Tool Machine and Engineering of Morganton recently contributed a lead gift to launch the Western Piedmont Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign.

The company established the James “Bud” Toner Endowed Scholarship in memory of founder Bud Toner, a longtime Morganton resident. Second-year students in the Computer Integrated Machining Technology degree program will be eligible.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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