Woodlawn hires longtime administrator as interim head of school

MOORESVILLE – J. Robert Shirley has joined Woodlawn School as interim head of school.

Shirley has more than 40 years of leadership experience in administrative positions at independent schools, including Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C., from 1978 to 2000.

“After I visited the campus, it was an easy decision for me to move from the consulting world back into a more active engagement in teaching and learning,” he said. “It became obvious to me that this is a school where students prosper in a caring and nurturing environment while also being challenged to be their best in an innovative educational program.”

Shirley’s work in education has resulted in numerous honors, including the Order of the Silver Crescent in 2000 for outstanding service in South Carolina. 

 “The board was extremely impressed with Bob’s depth of experience as a school head, as well as his perspective on the unique challenges of smaller independent schools,” said Dwayne Bowman, chairman at Woodlawn.


Tornberg serves as page for N.C. House

RALEIGH – Jonathan Tornberg, a student at Community School of Davidson, recently served as a page for the N.C. House of Representatives. 

N.C. Rep. Charles Jeter sponsored Tornberg. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis appoints pages and introduces each one at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.

Pages help deliver bills and amendments for representatives during daily sessions and run errands around the legislature. 

Pages spend a week at the General Assembly learning about the structure of North Carolina government.

Mark and Denise Tornberg, of Huntersville, are his parents.


Students earn honors at Samford

BIRMINGHAM, Ala – Three Huntersville residents made the dean’s list at Samford University for earning grade point averages of at least 3.5 during the spring semester.

• Brittany Bisese is a early childhood education/early childhood special education/elementary education/elementary collaborative education major in the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.

• Charles Cavanaugh is a pre-business major in the Brock School of Business.

• William Cavanaugh is a marketing major in the Brock School of Business.


N.C. A&T announces dean’s list

GREENSBORO – N.C. A&T State University students from the Lake Norman area made the dean’s list for the spring semester.

• Cornelius – Lashea Barnes and Toni Patterson.

• Davidson – Kayla Smith.

• Huntersville – Rhondrea Henderson, Casher Holt, Gerald Joyner, Gabrielle Meeks, Aaron Murphy, Zachary Price and Dana Washington.


College students make dean’s lists

DAVIDSON – College students from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville made the dean’s list for earning grade point averages for the spring semester.

They are as follows:

• Kristine Beatty, of Huntersville, at Robert Morris University in Moon TWP, Pa. She is majoring in marketing.

• Paulina Campbell, of Davidson, earned at least a 3.75 GPA at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Ia. Dr. Malcolm and Susan Campbell are her parents.

• Scott Leonard, of Davidson, earned at least a 3.5 GPA at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga.

• Barclay Sparrow, of Davidson, earned at least a 3.6 GPA at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

• Katelyn Titus, of Huntersville, earned at least a 3.6 GPA at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. Ronald Titus and Diane Valdez are her parents.


Pullen leaves mark at Wofford College

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Gregory Pullen received bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and Chinese on May 18 at Wofford College.

Pullen won the Future Chinese Palmetto Star as a freshman. He studied abroad in China as a junior. He recently received the departmental award for chemistry and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Pullen was also a percussionist in Wofford's concert and jazz bands.

He plans to work for Milliken & Co. in China as a chemist and then pursue a doctorate in chemistry.

He is the son of David and Elizabeth Pullen, of Huntersville.


Vet grad seeks advanced training

BATON ROUGE – Andre LeGrande, of Huntersville, will intern with the Wake Forest University Health Sciences Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program.

LeGrande received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as well as a handful of awards, May 12, from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, La.


Hebner goes through summer orientation

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Breanna Hebner, of Huntersville, joined members of the upcoming freshman class as Bob Jones University hosted its first session of summer orientation June 20-21.

Incoming students and their parents became familiar with the campus and attended informational sessions about the BJU experience including academics, financial aid and student life. Students were also able to receive academic and career counsel from faculty and register for their fall classes.

Hebner will major in humanities when classes begin Sept. 3.