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Legion Post 503, Calabash presented Continuous Membership Certificates to three members. This ceremony recognized their longtime service and support to the ideal principles and programs of the American Legion. Pictured left to right: Vincent Bianco 50 years, Richard Gravelin 50 years, Benedict Lee 60 years and presented by Commander Greg Sweetman.
Legion Post 503, Calabash presented Continuous Membership Certificates to three members. This ceremony recognized their longtime service and support to the ideal principles and programs of the American Legion. Pictured left to right: Vincent Bianco 50 years, Richard Gravelin 50 years, Benedict Lee 60 years and presented by Commander Greg Sweetman.

Central Strand

MYRTLE BEACH

Winners Announced for Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center 2017 Ethics in Business Awards

The Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center’s 2 nd Annual Ethics in Business Awards Luncheon was held Tuesday, April 18 at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club featuring keynote speaker, the Honorable South Carolina Supreme Court Justice, Kaye Hearn.

The Center’s Ethics in Business Awards are an annual recognition of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals whose present or past work in the Grand Strand business community demonstrates the highest ethical conduct and social responsibility. The event serves as a signature fundraiser for Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center. By recognizing Grand Strand companies, organizations and individuals who give leadership in ethical business practice, the Center hopes to support ethical workplaces in the community while also raising funds for the Center’s Client Assistance Fund, which provides financially assisted counseling services to the community.

The following individuals and businesses were recognized: The Barnabas Horse Foundation was recognized as the winner in the nonprofit category; Julie Bostian was recognized as the winner in the individual category, Goldfinch Winslow, LLC was recognized as the winner in the small business category, Tire Town was recognized as the winner in the medium business and Carolina Cool was recognized as the winner in the large business category. The “Heart of a Samaritan” award was presented to Mrs. Mary M. Reed of Myrtle Beach for her spirit of giving to Coastal Samaritan and to the community.

The Samaritan Counseling Center helps people in Horry and Georgetown counties find wholeness and healing through professional psychological counseling and education which integrate medical and spiritual resources. The Center is staffed by therapists housed in several office locations around the Grand Strand. As an affiliate of The Samaritan Institute since 1996, the Center is accredited using nationally benchmarked behavioral health standards. Samaritan Centers utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to counseling including a belief in the close relationship of body, mind, spirit, and community in order to achieve health and wholeness and are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

CONWAY

CCU studio art and graphic design majors hold senior exhibit

Twelve graduating seniors majoring in studio art and graphic design presented their art work in “Portfolios II: Senior Exhibition Art Studio” from Wednesday, April 26, through Friday, May 5, in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The graduating student artists are: Sarah Richardson, Myrtle Beach. Richardson is a graduate of Abington Heights High School; Meagan Runyon, Myrtle Beach. Runyon is a graduate of the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Tech; Caleb Sarvis, Loris; Elizabeth Simpson, Lancaster. Simpson is a graduate of Lancaster High School; Haley Smith, Myrtle Beach; and Christina Teruel, Myrtle Beach. Terrell is a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School.

MYRTLE BEACH

MBAHA announces Trio dinner winners

The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association hosted its 11th annual Trio Dinner on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, the host sponsor. Special thanks also goes to Leisure Time Unlimited for the dazzling décor and event set-up.

Chefs had the opportunity to enter one dish to be judged for the “Best Dish” and “People’s Choice” awards. The winners of each award are:

BEST DISH AWARD (as selected by American Culinary Federation ‘ACF’ and Celebrity Judges):

1st Place – Chef Jamie Saunders, Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery

Dish: Mediterranean Meatball with Cucumber Sauce, Arugula topped with Cucumber Pico and Grilled Pita Triangles

2nd Place – Chef Tony Kzaz, Vidalia’s at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel

Dish: Tiradito: Sashimi Style Ceviche, Thin Sliced Ahi Tuna, Lime Ginger Ponzu, White Truffle Oil

3rd Place – Chef Shawn Kjosa

Dish: Candied Banh Mi Pork Belly with Miso Glazed Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Cilantro Pesto, Pickled Daikon Radish and Cucumber Relish, Gingered Sweet Potato and Carrot Hash, Red Chili Oil, Red Chili Oil and Micro Wasabi Greens

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

1st Place – Chef Tony Kzaz, Vidalia’s at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel

Dish: Tiradito: Sashimi Style Ceviche, Thin Sliced Ahi Tuna, Lime Ginger Ponzu, White Truffle Oil

2nd Place – Chef Jamie Saunders, Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery

Dish: Mediterranean Meatball with Cucumber Sauce, Arugula topped with Cucumber Pico and Grilled Pita Triangles

3rd Place – Chef Thomas Barr, Santa Maria at the Caravelle Resort

Dish: Cola Braised Short Ribs with Yellow Corn Grits and Red Onion Marmalade

The Trio Dinner is the culmination of a culinary arts mentorship program that pairs a professional chef with two students, one in high school and one in college. Each trio showcased its unique cuisine at the Trio Dinner.

High school students that participated in the mentorship program were from the Academy for Technology and Academics. This magnet school receives students from throughout Horry County, who have an opportunity to sample hospitality courses including culinary arts in the middle and early high school years. The college students completing the trio were from the culinary arts program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

The Trio Dinner’s purpose is to support and promote the hospitality industry’s culinary arts profession and to give each student real-world experience in creating an original dish with the guidance of an executive chef. This event is very important to the Grand Strand culinary arts programs. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to MBAHA scholarship funds directed at Hospitality and Culinary education.

For more information visit www.TrioDinner.org or call 843-626-9668.

CONWAY

Conway student awarded summer study abroad trip to Germany

High school sophomore Aysia Walton, of Conway, has been awarded an all-expenses-paid summer study trip to Germany by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Walton was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 90th percentile on the 2017 National German Exam for High School Students. Over 20,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen for this award,” said Walton. “I am really looking forward to experiencing German life and culture and interacting with people whose primary language is German.”

Walton is one of 44 outstanding German students selected from across the United States to receive the award. The study trip includes round-trip air transportation to Germany from New York, a homestay with a host family, and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. The study trip, now in its 57th year, is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

“This year’s prize winners are some of the finest students in the country,” said Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of the AATG. “The prize is a great reward for excellence in learning German and the best way to better get to know a fascinating language and culture through firsthand experiences living with a German family and attending school.”

Walton is a student of Marion Grier, German teacher at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, in Greenville, South Carolina, where she plays the tuba in the Governor’s School’s Music Department. Walton had previously attended the Scholars Academy in Conway prior to her acceptance in to the Governor’s School.

Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries.

MYRTLE BEACH

SCISA announces local Teacher of the Year finalist

A finalist for The South Carolina Independent School Association’s 2017 Teacher of the Year for lower schools is on the faculty at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, according to Larry Watt, executive director of SCISA.

Jennifer Carroll, who teaches first grade was a finalist, and Sharon Lingerfelt, a faculty member at Anderson Christian School, was the lower school teacher of the year.

“SCISA schools have outstanding teachers. Jennifer Carroll exemplifies the quality of the SCISA teachers,” Watt said. “She is the best of the best.”

Carroll, as well as the Teachers of the Year and the other finalists, were recognized at an awards banquet held recently at the Orangeburg Country Club.

Each SCISA school is allowed to nominate a candidate for the teacher of the year award from the K through the fifth-grade level, sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grade. There are approximately 3,600 teachers within the membership of the association.

The association presents a cash award to each of the teachers of the year, and each winner as well as each finalist receive plaques.

North Strand

CALABASH, N.C.

American Legion Post presents Continuous Membership certificates

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

Local Earns Eagle Scout Award

Noah Carsch earns prestigious Eagle Scout Rank. Noah was 8 years old when he joined Cub Scout Pack 800 where he rose within the ranks to earn the rank of Webelos II, then crossed over to Troop 888 where he earned his Eagle. Noah’s Eagle project was cleaning the historic Vereen Family Cemetery at Vereen Gardens in Calabash, N.C., where he had a truck bring in water to power wash the granite family and historical markers, as well as erect benches for visitors of the park to use while walking one of the many trails at the park.

Noah is currently a senior at North Myrtle Beach High School, where he will be graduating from in May. Noah will be attending Johnson and Wales University where he will be working towards a double major in Business Administration, and Culinary Arts and Food Service Management.

Noah’s positions held within Troop 888 are Troop Guide, Quartermaster, Chaplain’s Aide, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and most recently Senior Patrol Leader.

For more information on how to join Scouting, please call Chris Britton, District Executive-Boy Scouts of America, 843.605.1241.

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