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CELEBRATIONS

Bank donates $1K to EC Backpacks

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Participating in a check passing to benefit EC Backpacks are (l-r) Tiffany Hobson, Claudine Beamon with Xenith Bank and Liz Reasoner, executive director of Food Bank of the Albemarle.

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From staff reports

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Xenith Bank has contributed $1,000 to support the Elizabeth City Backpack Program, Food Bank of the Albemarle announced. The program provides backpacks full of nutritious, child-friendly food on weekends for elementary school children who may go hungry otherwise. 

Studies have proven poor nutrition in children has many ill side effects including: short attention spans, an inability to concentrate, excessive absences, hyperactivity, and fatigue. Children in low-income homes too often only have access to processed foods that heavy in salt, sugar, and fat, and yet very low in nutrition, states a Food Bank news release.

“Xenith Bank’s Xtraordinary Partners Community Service Program provides funding and other assistance to organizations within our markets to give back to the communities we serve,” said Claudine Beaman, vice president and branch manager of Xenith Bank of Elizabeth City.“We are proud once again to partner with the Food Bank of the Albemarle in their ongoing fight to help fight hunger and poverty in Northeast North Carolina.”

To learn more about Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Backpack Programs, visit www.afoodbank.org or call 252-335-4035.

Finamore joins Habitat board

Mike Finamore was named a new member of the Habitat Board of Directors for Perquimans and Chowan counties. Finamore relocated to Perquimans County from Ohio in 2010 and helped with this year’s building project.

Besides being a talented wood-worker, Finamore was a retired lieutenant colonel with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and served his last six years as the assistant superintendent of administration. Since retiring, Finamore has worked with a consulting firm in the area of protection and preparedness for both public and private sector organizations.

Dental student given scholarships

Akeadra Elantra Bell, second-year student at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, has been selected to receive scholarships from two national organizations to help cover her educational needs. Bell is originally from Elizabeth City and a graduate of Elizabeth City State University, where she majored in chemistry.

The Scholarship Committee of the National Dental Association Foundation selected Bell to receive a $1,000 Predoctoral Dental Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship.

She has also been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

“The lack of dentists in Elizabeth City in the northeastern corner of the state impacted Miss Bell and her family during her formative years,” states a news release about the scholarships. “The family experienced long car rides to either Greenville or Chesapeake, Va., for dental appointments.

Bell said it was the long transformative experience of wearing braces that sparked her interest in the profession.

“It’s hard to describe my feeling when the braces came off and I saw my smile. At that moment, all those years of being a brace-face, wearing a retainer with a fake tooth on it, and all that travel was worth it,” she said. “My bright new smile, my relationship with my orthodontist, and being able to observe the art of dentistry sold me on becoming a dentist.”

Bell’s long-term goal is to return to Elizabeth City and establish her own general dentistry practice. In the shorter term, however, she is working to complete a doctor of dental medicine  degree in 2020.

As a second-year dental student, Bell will soon begin treating patients under the supervision of dental faculty in Ledyard E. Ross Hall, the school’s teaching and clinical facility at ECU. During her fourth year, she and her classmates will complete rotations at the school’s community service learning centers in eight rural and underserved communities across North Carolina.

The ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center-Elizabeth City was opened in 2013. Bell will have the opportunity to serve patients in her home community at that location during her final year of dental school.

Bell serves as vice president of the ECU Chapter of the Student National Dental Association and as corporate roundtable representative for the SNDA at the national level. She is treasurer of the Student Pediatric Dentistry Club, and she was recently elected pre-dental committee chair of the American Student Dental Association. She also serves as an academic tutor for other dental students.

Rotary honors CG personnel

The Elizabeth City Morning Rotary recently honored Petty Officer Myranda Landon, U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City’s Enlisted Person of the Quarter.

Landon, a purchasing agent/contract specialist, was selected in part for her diligence and attention to detail during the 2017 fiscal year close out, states a Rotary news release.

“Her constructive feedback, recommendations, and solutions to difficult situations regarding work processes and personnel task assignment were extremely invaluable to office leadership, and helped shape our office vision moving forward,” states the release.

Petty Officer Landon received a certificate on behalf of the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary for her professionalism, work ethic and devotion to duty.

Camden senior wins scholarship 

Cailey Byrum from Camden County was presented a $2,000 scholarship at Ocracoke’s 7th Annual Holiday Basketball Scholarship Tournament,

The scholarship, funded by Ocracoke School Boosters and Smacnallys, was presented to Bryum after eight tournament teams selected one player to compete for the scholarship.

To be eligible, each senior athlete: had to have a 3.1 unweighted GPA, write an essay on a topic selected by the scholarship committee, submit a resume and two letters of recommendation, play in the tournament and interview with the scholarship committee Friday afternoon.

Between the consolation and championship games Saturday, Ocracoke Assistant Principal Mary McKnight called the eight contestants to line up — all in uniform at center court — as she read from prepared remarks. In introducing the eight contenders, McKnight said, “the scholarship committee was blown away by the athletic talent, academic achievement, community involvement, and personal dedication of these young men and women.”

In her essay, Byrum wrote about her extra-curricular school activities. “I have really big aspirations for myself,” she said. “So I think that played a part in my drive for writing my scholarship essay and creating my portfolio. I’m very proud of myself.”

Byrum said she plans to major in psychology at East Carolina next fall, studying to become a child-life and pediatric oncology specialist.

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