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He will be new director at
Carl Russell Center
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRONICLE ,
After nearly 20 years as director of the Sims
Recreation Center in Happy Hill, Ben Piggott is
mo\ ing on.
Piggott received word from city officials last
week that he
would be trans
ferred to the
Carl H. Russell
Road at the end
of the n^onth
made his mark
on the Happy
grams and pos
File phow encing the lives
Ben Piggott at a recent Happy of countless
Hill Reunion celebration. young people,
been so won
derful. doing different jobs with the children in the
community." said Earl Byers, a deacon at Rising
Ebeneezer Church, Happy Hill's oldest church.
Byers, who has known Piggott for nearly two
decades, says the church and community center
have established a rapport during Piggott's tenure.
He says he is sorry to see Piggott go.
"1 don't really like it," he said of Piggott's
transfer. "He has been so close to Happy Hill. (If
he leaves) it will be a big loss to the community
and to the people that know him."
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Julian Murphy-Long holds up his degree.
WSSL' Photos by Garrett Garms
MXKINC POSSIBILITIES LIMITLESS
Actor uses Obama to tell
grads that the sky 's the limit
BY TODD LUCK
Actor Hill Harper told graduates at
Winston-Salem State University's com
mencement to think outside of tradition,
just as his former college classmate.
President Barack Obama, did.
Harper, bucking tradition himself, did
n't give his speech on stage, but instead
used a cordless microphone an?fc gave his
speech walking freely among tnte sea of
700 graduates seated on the floor of the
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial
Coliseum on Saturday.
Harper, one of the stars of the TV show
"CSI: New York," was in the ' same
Harvard Law School class as Obama.
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Hill Harper addresses the graduates.
Photos by Felecia
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100-year-old shares party with other seniors
BY FELECIA PIGGOTT-LONG, PH D
One would need a calculator to
add up the combined ages of the
most senior members of Mars Hill
Baptist Church's Ladies Working
Society. But the extra years have
not slowed these inspirational
Mars Hill thanked them
Saturday for their service during a
celebration centered around a
belated birthday party for the
Society's oldest member. 100-year
old Annie Mae
and a cake
with her name
it, but so did
of the Society
older. The other Golden Girls are:
Dorothy Mae Armstrong, Wyvetra'
Carter, Bertha Davis, Alma Hart,
Marie Robinson, Susanna
Roseborough and Alberta Watkins.
Each woman had her own nice
ly-decorated table, where they
enjoyed the celebration surrounded
by family and friends.
State Rep. Larry W. Womble
was among those who gave special
"I am honored to stand before
such a distinguished group of
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Demon Deac eyes
BY LAYLA FARMER
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Like most graduating seniors this time of year.'Travonna Floyd is anxious
ly awaiting Commencement Day.
For Floyd, the Monday morning
service at Wake Forest University
will mark the close of four of the
most formative years she's experi
enced so far.
"It's been a really great experi
ence for me; Pve enjoyed every bit
of it," the 22-year-old said of her
collegiate experience "Every
aspect of my life has been
enhanced by my being a student
While at Wake Forest, Floyd
served as an aide to the school's
president, traveled abroad to South
Africa, led a service trip to
Magnolia. Arkansas; and helped
found an intercollegiate confer
ence, among uuici imup. om na,^
decided to stay on at Wake Forest
next year, serving in the school's
Division of Student Life.
We couldn't be more fortunate to have her stay on at the university, saiu
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Photo hy Layla Ftrmcr
Trayonna Floyd has packed a lot into
four years of college.
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