Celebrations, April 15

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Andrew San Juan is presented his 4 gallon pin, for blood donations he made, by Carolyn Self- Community Volunteer Leader.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Youthbuild students attend national conference

Jamie Everett and Dayvon Johnson, students at River City YouthBuild, served as delegates to the AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders in Washington, March 17-21.

The annual event is a national gathering of YouthBuild AmeriCorps members. The conference brings together over 200 student delegates from across the country to fully experience the breadth and impact of YouthBuild’s global movement rooted in leadership, service and training.

The goals of the conference include giving YouthBuild AmeriCorps students the opportunity to receive training in key leadership skills such as public speaking, college readiness, and strategic goal-setting while networking with other young leaders in the YouthBuild AmeriCorps network.

This annual conference is also a chance for members to learn about different YouthBuild USA leadership opportunities and to run for positions on the Young Leaders Council, representing their peers, local programs and communities on a national level. Dayvon Johnson, representing River City YouthBuild, showcased his leadership skills in his bid for a seat on the national Council.

This year’s conference theme, “What’s Your Why?” asked students to think about why they serve, why they lead, and why they want to make a difference in their communities, their lives, and the lives of others.

In addition to attending the conference, Jamie and Dayvon  visited Capitol Hill to meet with representatives of Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr. and N.C. Senator Burr as well other congressional representatives and senators. They shared their personal leadership stories and informed the legislators about YouthBuild and why it’s important. Much of YouthBuild’s funding for programming comes from the federal government, so it was important to remind leaders why these investments in YouthBuild are valuable.

River City YouthBuild  is one of three such programs in the state and the only AmeriCorps YouthBuild program in Northeastern North Carolina. For more information call 252-331-6312.

Counties’ sheriff staff awarded certificates

Several law officers in Pasquotank County and Currituck County received advance certificates recently.

Hallett “Travis” Jackson, Brent J. McKecuen, David M. Meiggs, Sabrina A. Owens,  Aaron L. Wallio,  and Tommy S. Wooten II of the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Department were awarded the Advanced Deputy Professional Law Enforcement Certificate by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission.

Also, from the Currituck Sheriff’s Department, Alaina K. Garrenton, Erin E. Gillen, Rene’ M. Etheridge and Brian N. Brown were awarded the Advanced Telecommunicator Certificate by the commission.

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission was established in 1983 to upgrade the capabilities, competence, and proficiency of sheriff’s departmental personnel through programs, standards, and procedures involving employment, improvement, career development, and retention of the sheriff’s office personnel. 

COA event held for spring grads

College of The Albemarle held a Grad Finale reception for 2018 spring graduates on April 10.

All attendees received commencement ceremony information, invitations, graduation tickets, optional cap and gown photos, food and a COA congratulatory gift.

Among the grads, Vincent G. Rice II, welding student, is excited for his upcoming graduation. He took an interest in welding because he knew he wanted to enter a career that was hands on.

Many students were eager to share their story, including Early College students, who will graduate high school days after receiving their associates degree. Also, Patricia Branch will graduate this May with her second associates degree from COA. “COA helps students get a job while still in school and this is one reason students have such a great experience here,” she said.

Class of 2018 Grad Finale receptions also were held at COA’s Edenton-Chowan campus on April 11, and at COA’s Dare County campus on April 12.

Chandler among top-selling Avon reps

Local businesswoman Dayna Chandler from Moyock has been named among the highest-grossing sales representatives from Avon in the United States.

To celebrate their most successful representatives, Avon sent Chandler, along with more than 200 other Avon Beauty Bosses, on a luxury trip to Walt Disney World's premier Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the 2018 President's Recognition Program Celebration.

"We are so proud to honor these extraordinary Avon Representatives for their great achievements. They are an inspiration to us all," notes Avon President of Social Selling, Betty Palm. "Dayna embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that has been at the heart of Avon since the company's beginning, demonstrating first-hand how Avon representatives can achieve financial empowerment, the flexibility to run their businesses on their own terms, and the opportunity to lead a team and mentor others."

Blood donor receives 4 gallon donor pin

During the blood drive held March 17 at the American Red Cross Chapter office-Elizabeth City, Andrew San Juan was presented his 4 gallon pin for blood donations he made, by Carolyn Self- Community Volunteer Leader.

Andrew began donating blood in 2005, his junior year in high school at Northeastern High School. He said that not only is it the right thing to do, but to make sure that blood will be there when it is needed. Andrew works for the National Park Service and gives blood on his travels when he can find a blood drive.

COA Alumni Connect visits Sumitomo 

College of The Albemarle’s Alumni Connect, ventured to Chesapeake, Va., on April 3, to recognize graduates working at Sumitomo Drive Technologies.

Lyndasu Wynegar pinned five COA graduates with a lapel pin in honor of their success in the workforce.

“COA offered a very good beginning to start my career,” said Cliff Markham, 1992 COA graduate. John Meads, a 2017 graduate, shared his story about pursuing a career in Computer Integrated Machining at COA due to his experience as an apprentice in a machine shop. Each success story shared was unique, COA gave them each the building blocks to start their careers.

Michael Wozniel, Plant Manager at Sumitomo, praised the COA graduates. “Whatever you all are doing at COA, you are doing it right. We are getting quality employees from COA with good soft skills and they are dependable. Four of the graduates commute from North Carolina and they show up to work on time, ready to work.”

Visit www.albemarle.com to learn more about COA programs.

Habitat receives in-kind donation

Lazy Weekends Landscaping made an in-kind services donation to Chowan-Perquimans Habitat for Humanity.

The firm has been working with Habitat for many years mowing some of the agency’s inventory of lots.

Owner Sean Tunney recently wrote: "As a way of showing appreciation for the work your organization does, we would like to continue working with you all at no cost to you. We can continue to mow when needed and we can also help out with any landscaping on your houses. We can afford to provide up to $2,000 a year in charitable services. Thank you for all the work your organization does in our community."

Long/Foster names top Realtors for March

Long and Foster recently announced their top performers for March.

Sales agent of the month is Marie Chandler while listing agent of the month is Rhonda B. Twiddy.

Chandler began her real estate career in 1995 after working for many years as an accountant in the construction industry. Since 1996 she has been a top selling or listing agent in the Albemarle area and was Realtor of the Year in 2003. She believes that hard work and caring for her clients has been the key to her success and she is a great asset to the Long and Foster team.

Twiddy was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in 2015 and 2016. A Mega-Million Dollar Producer in 2017, she also received the 2017 Outstanding Service Award. Rhonda currently chairs the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority, is a board member of the Committee of 100, serves as Secretary of the First Flight Society and is a Rotarian. A lifelong resident of Elizabeth City, her community knowledge and commitment to excellent service guide her clients to successful real estate decisions.

Luther wins 1st place for photography 

Will Luther, from Elizabeth City, a 10th-grader at Nansemond Suffolk Academy, won first place in the photography division of the Suffolk Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase 2018.