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Milazzo makes dean’s list

Benjamin Reid Milazzo, a rising senior at Appalachian State University, has been named to the dean’s list and the chancellor’s list for the spring 2011 semester. He is the son of Randy and Wendy Milazzo of Shallotte.

To be included on these list, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours of course work for which quality points are computed and attain a grade point average of 3.85 or better. 

Milazzo achieved this while taking 19 hours of academic credit and attained a grade point average of 3.90.

Student named award winner

The United States Achievement Academy (USAA) has announced Brandon Le’paul Wehrly of Holden Beach has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner. A student at Cedar Grove Middle School, he will appear in the USAA’s official yearbook that is published nationally.

Wehrly is the son of Vickie Wehrly and godmother Tamika Tatro of Holden Beach and grandson of Beverly “Possie” Tatro and Keith Tatro of Holden Beach, Lisa Wehr of Baltimore, Md., and the late Rick Wehrly.

“Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history,” said Dr. George Stevens, USAA founder. “Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement.”

The USAA National Honor Student Awards provide honor students with many benefits and services and is a tribute to a student’s dedication, talent and ability.

Chappell graduates from UNC

Ashton Leigh Chappell graduated from UNC Chapel Hill on May 8, receiving a B.S. degree from the School of Nursing. She was pinned by her mother, also a nurse, during a special pinning ceremony at the Dean Smith Center on May 7.

Chappell is the daughter of Matt and Candice Chappell of Myrtle Head and the granddaughter of Richard and Christine Hewett of Shallotte and William and Linda Chappell of Ash.

BCC offers bartending class

Brunswick Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development Department is offering a “Bartending–The Right Mix” class from 6-9 p.m. Thursday evenings, Aug. 25-Nov. 17. Cost is $120.

This class is a fun and useful way to learn some of the required skills and recipes used by professional bartenders. Those taking this class will receive Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) as well as the required North Carolina ABC Commission’s alcohol seller/server training.

The TIPS trains servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol how to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking. This class consists of classroom learning and hands-on instruction, which will be in a “real” bar and at a local winery.

Pre-registration is required. Class is limited to 15 students. Call 755-7378 for more information.

Host families needed

In August, Academic Year in America (AYA) will be looking for Shallotte families to host high school exchange students from all over the world.

This year, AYA is bringing hundreds of high school students to the U.S. to learn about American culture while living with volunteer host families and studying at high schools across the nation. American families have the unique opportunity to learn about the student’s culture during this mutually rewarding exchange.

AYA can help families find the ideal student for their home. The result is an enriching, lifelong relationship with a young person from abroad. In addition, for families looking to learn more about a specific culture or language, hosting a student is a way to experience the world without leaving home.

Students are ages 15-18 and arrive with full medical insurance, spending money and the hopes of experiencing life in America through the eyes of a caring host family. The students stay with their host for five or 10 months and attend a local high school.

Who can host a student through AYA? According to AYA Director Melanie French, an important aspect of the AYA program is that there are many types of people who can host.

“Just as there is no typical American family, there is no typical host family,” French said. “Retirees, single parents and young couples are all able to give an international student a good home. Some host families may not even have children of their own. Bringing a student into your home can mean giving the gift of culture to yourself, your family, your community, whomever would benefit from exposure to a new culture.”

 To learn more about hosting an exchange student with AYA, call Stella at (800) 322-4678, ext. 5164, or email aya.info@aifs.org. Visit AYA on its website at www.academicyear.org.