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David Palmer Shannon scholarship awarded

By Amanda Harris
Correspondent
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    - COURTESY OF LYNN DABNEY
    Co-authors John E. Dabney, left, and Joseph E. Dabney sign copies of their new book, “The Dabneys of South Carolina.”
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    - COURTESY OF JENNIFER WINTERS
    Jennifer Winters, program directory of the National League of Junior Cotillions Gaston County Chapter, will hold classes starting this fall.
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    - COURTESY OF HUGH AND KATY SHANNON
    Mary Caten Cordes, right, a Myers Park High School graduate, was this year's recipient of the David Palmer Shannon Memorial Scholarship. Cordes stands here with 2013 winner Riley Oxendine.

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Mary Caten Cordes was this year’s recipient of the David Palmer Shannon Memorial Scholarship.

Cordes will attend Wake Forest University.

The scholarship is given in memory of Myers Park 2012 graduate David Shannon, who died in his freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hugh and Katy Shannon wanted to honor their son and his academic and athletic achievement, Hugh Shannon said.

The Memorial scholarship honors academic excellence, athletic accomplishments, leadership and school spirit.

Shannon played football at Myers Park all four years, Hugh Shannon said.

“He was very committed to sports and athletics,” he said. “He was very much a positive attitude.”

Hugh Shannon said they want to honor students who embody the same spirit David had.

The first Memorial scholarship, $1,000 each year for four years, was awarded to Myers Park graduate Riley Oxendine, class of 2013, who attends Appalachian State University.

Evan Vlahos was awarded this year’s David Shannon Spirit Award, a one-time $1,000 gift that is annually given to the senior member of the football team who embodies Shannon’s positive attitude and spirit, Hugh Shannon said. Vlahos will attend East Carolina University.

The first Spirit Award was given to Myers Park graduate Quan Austin, class of 2013, who attends Guilford College. The two winners represent what Shannon valued, Hugh said.

“They are two great people,” he said.

Family Reunion, book release

More than 225 members of the Dabney family gathered June 28 at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.

The reunion, which brought together five branches of the family from New Jersey, Missouri, California and Virginia, was a first of its kind for the family.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” John Edward Dabney said.

The reunion coincided with the June 28 release of “The Dabneys of South Carolina: A Family History in Stories and Pictures,” a book about the Dabney family.

John Edward Dabney, a native of Rock Hill and resident of New Jersey, co-wrote the book with his cousin Joseph Dabney, a native of Kershaw who lives in Atlanta.

“The book is unlike any other genealogy book you have ever read,” John Dabney said. “It tells the whole story from beginning to end.”

The book includes ancestral photo galleries and features a narrative style that takes the reader through the Civil War Dabneys, two brothers who fought among the Kershaw Greys Company, John Dabney said.

The book captures life in early South Carolina as many Dabneys worked in mill villages and were also farmers, he said.

John Dabney said many of his early relatives were grocery merchants, often giving out food on credit to families who could not afford it. He said many never collected on that debt.

“That kind of generosity among these merchants was a common thread,” he said.

For additional information or to order a copy, email laddyone@aol.com or call 201-444-9115.

Military news

• U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class John R. Noble graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Noble is the son of Nancy J. and Bo R. Noble of Matthews. He is a 2013 graduate of Queen’s Grant High School.

• Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Nicholas P. Bergrath graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Bergrath is the son of Peter Bergrath of Charlotte, and brother of Martina Jakob of Fountain, Colo. He is a 2012 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School.

• Air Force Airman Dominique Wilson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Wilson is the son of Willard and Heather Cobb of Charlotte, brother of Margaret, Whitney and Brianna Wilson, all of Lowell, Mass., and grandson of Margaret Johnson of Lowell, Mass. and Josephen Okai of Philadelphia, Pa.

He is a 2014 graduate of Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg.

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

Amanda Harris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amanda? Email her at amanda.phipps@gmail.com.
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