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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Kefalas graduates

Ashleigh Kefalas, daughter of John and Carolyn Kefalas of Ash, was one of 170 members of the class of 2008 at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Kefalas received a bachelor of arts in biology with a specialized program of study in equine science during commencement exercises on May 3 on the college campus in Laurinburg.

St. Andrews Presbyterian College is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college situated on 600 acres around a 70-acre lake in the Sandhills region of North Carolina.

The college has a study abroad program on three continents, a multidisciplinary science lab the size of an indoor arena, the first undergraduate college press in the country, the first four-year degree in therapeutic horsemanship and equine business management, and an award-winning bagpipe band.

Students enrolled at St. Andrews come from 42 states and 11 countries.

Shytle receives scholarship

Stephanie Lauren Shytle, daughter of Michael and Sheri Shytle of Sunset Beach, topped a field of outstanding candidates to win the Sea Notes Choral Society’s first scholarship competition, pocketing the $1,000 award.

Shytle, a senior and honor student at West Brunswick High School, is a member of the WBHS Show Choir and is also an active choir member at her church.

An award-winning dancer, she has served the community in numerous volunteer settings, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Ronald McDonald House.

Shytle plans to attend North Carolina State University in the fall.

Child Find under way locally

North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with mental, physical or emotional disabilities residing in the state.

The program includes children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services.

The effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The purpose of this procedure is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth with special needs, to identify and locate the children and youth, and to inform the public of available services.

Services include a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed specifically for the child, and a referral to other agencies providing special services.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee and Mark Gupton, director of The Exceptional Children Program, encourage anyone who knows a child or youth who may have disabilities and is not receiving special assistance to urge parents of guardians to contact them, a principal or the Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children Division.

For more information, contact Brunswick County Schools at 253-2972 or the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Curriculum and Instructional Services in Raleigh at (919) 807-3996.

Parents or guardians may call the toll-free N.C. Department of Human Resources CARELINE at (800) 662-7030 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday) or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Family Support Network at (800) TLC-0042.