Monday, June 24, 2024

Hometown Huzzahs! A roundup of successes and achievements in the Cape Fear

A rundown of recent accomplishments from the Cape Fear area:

UNCW defender honored by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman Teams

UNCW freshman defender Hjalmar Ekdal named a First-Team selection on the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman Teams. (Port City Daily photo/ Courtesy UNCW Athletics)
UNCW freshman defender Hjalmar Ekdal named a First-Team selection on the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman Teams. (Port City Daily photo/ Courtesy UNCW Athletics)

UNCW freshman defender Hjalmar Ekdal has been named as a First-Team selection on the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman Teams.

Ekdal, the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie-of-the-Year, earned First-Team All-CAA and NCCSIA All-State notice after starting all 20 games as a freshman. He was also named as the CAA Rookie-of-the-Week after receiving Defensive MVP distinction at the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament.

Ekdal guided the Seahawks to a 12-8-0 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Wilmington Symphony Announces Winners of the Annual Student Concerto Competition 

Camden Stohl, one of the winners of the Wilmington Symphony Annual Student Concerto Competition.
Camden Stohl, one of the winners of the Wilmington Symphony Annual Student Concerto Competition.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra announced the winners of the 41st Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition.

David Walker, saxophone, won the UNCW division, Camden Stohl, violin, won the high school division and Finian Long, violin, won the junior division.

The competition was judged by Marc Callahan, assistant professor at UNC’s Department of Music, Catherine Garner, pianist and teaching instructor at East Carolina University and Eric Pritchard, first violinist of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University.

David Walker and Camden Stohl will be featured soloists accompanied by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra on the Masterworks “Polovtsian Dances” concert on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Center.


Communities In Schools receives grant from Eshelman Foundation

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County has been awarded a grant from The Eshelman Foundation to support the Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program.

The CIS Action for Success Program follows best practices of the national CIS Model, providing students with a full time Success Coach at each school site, delivering evidence-based services to support academic skill building, regular school attendance, positive behavior and social-emotional learning needs

The support of the Eshelman Foundation will help ensure at-risk students can continue receiving the extra support needed to be successful in school. The Eshelman Foundation mission is to strengthen North Carolina by improving the quality of life for children living in local communities through support of solution-based programs that focus on pediatric health care and educational-related issues.


West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor named VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the high school category

West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Joseph Calisto. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Schools)
West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Joseph Calisto. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Schools)

West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Joseph Calisto has been named VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the high school category.

“We are so excited for Col. Calisto,” Principal Rhonda Benton said. “He is so deserving and such an asset to the Trojan Family!”

The official presentation of the award was the VFW NC convention banquet in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 2.


CFCC’s Pharmacy Technology Program Receives Compounding Certification from Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

The Cape Fear Community College Pharmacy Technology Program was recognized by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as a certified sterile compounding program. CFCC is one of four schools in North Carolina with this distinction.

“Technicians with this credential will be highly sought after in hospitals, infusion clinics, and home infusion pharmacies,” Pharmacy Technology Program Director Katherine Evans said. “PTCB’s formal recognition of this skill level is paving the way for technicians to be elevated in the field of pharmacy. I am proud of the Pharmacy Technology program’s rigorous course of study in sterile compounding that has been nationally recognized as helping technicians achieve this certification.”


Union Elementary named VFW NC Teacher of the Year in elementary school category

Union Elementary teacher Tara Cumbee is the VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the Elementary School category. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Schools)
Union Elementary teacher Tara Cumbee is the VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the Elementary School category. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Schools)

Union Elementary teacher Tara Cumbee is the VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the Elementary School category.  Cumbee is the second Brunswick County teacher to be named in 2018.

“I have been blessed to teach in Brunswick County for the past 14 years and I wouldn’t have the confidence to teach the way I do without amazing kids and supportive group of teachers, parents, administration and community” said Tara Cumbee of the recognition.

The official presentation of the award was at the VFW NC Convention Banquet in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, Feb 2.


Proclaim Interactive, a digital marketing firm in Wilmington, was recently honored with a gold and platinum Marcom Award for blog writing. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Proclaim Interactive)
Proclaim Interactive, a digital marketing firm in Wilmington, was recently honored with a gold and platinum Marcom Award for blog writing. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Proclaim Interactive)

Proclaim Interactive earns honors for excellence in copywriting

Local digital marketing firm Proclaim Interactive earned platinum and gold Marcom awards for blog writing. The platinum award was for work with Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose and Throat’s blog while the gold award was earned for McIntyre Manufacturing.

The Marcom Awards, established in 2004, honors creative initiative and excellence in marketing communication. Proclaim’s entries were selected from more than 6,000 submissions from around the world.


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has presented Dosher Memorial Hospital with an Excellence in Outcomes award for the second time in two years. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Dosher Memorial Hospital)
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has presented Dosher Memorial Hospital with an Excellence in Outcomes award for the second time in two years. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Dosher Memorial Hospital)

Dosher earns second national award for pneumonia and heart failure care

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) has presented Dosher Memorial Hospital with an Excellence in Outcomes Award for the second time in two years. 

Dosher Memorial Hospital had one of the lowest readmission rates for patients with pneumonia and heart failure among 2,200 rural hospitals in the U.S. in 2017, according to the NOSORH.

“We focus on quality outcomes for our patients every day. This award for clinical excellence is great validation that we’re doing it right, especially for our patients with these two serious conditions,” Dosher VP/Chief Nursing Officer Carol Northup said.

NOSORH uses a comprehensive, objective assessment of patient care data to identify top performing hospitals for quality, outcomes and patient satisfaction.


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