Today is Flag Day. What better way to show support for our troops and for our country than to fly Old Glory. And don’t forget that on Sunday we honor our dads with best wishes for a happy Father’s Day. Some families, like the Woodmansees, are “beachin’ it” for the occasion, but we got Grandpa Scott, son John, and granddaughter Michaela, to shake the sand off their shirts and pose for a three generation shot!
In the meantime, Around Davidson visits today with Woodlawn grad Dana Neidinger and Hough grad Luke Giduz and Davidson alum Anderson Sherrill. We also have news of the recent wedding of Andrew Scales and Len Turner.
DANA NEIDINGER IS HEADED TO CARLETON
Congratulations to Dana Neidinger and her parents, Barbara and Rich Neidinger of Pine Road. Dana was one of 11 graduates last week from Woodlawn School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a perfect 4.0 and won Woodlawn’s Creative Arts award for her work with student publications. Dana’s three grandparents attended the ceremonies: Delores Neidinger from St. Joseph, Mo., and Margaret and J.R. Ingram, Jr., from Sherman, Texas.
Dana has long been active in the youth program at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte so it was particularly meaningful for her grandparents to come to North Carolina a few days early to be with her for the awarding of the Will Appleby Award for Spirit, Dedication, and Leadership which is the annual award and scholarship given to one member of the youth group at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Dana will have a busy summer including a beach week with other Woodlawn graduates, a week in Yucatan peninsula of Mexico on a First Pres. Charlotte youth mission trip to build a dining hall for a Mayan children’s village and a week at a handbell conference near Disneyland, California, with her First Pres. handbell group. Dana also has signed on for a week in Montreat at the Youth Conference and will fit in a family cruise to Alaska before heading to Northfield, MN, to begin her freshman year at Carleton.
LUKE GIDUZ CHOOSES ASU
Luke Giduz, the son of Bill and Ellen Giduz was among the first graduates of Hough High School last Saturday, June 9. This summer he’ll be working part-time at Brueggers, practicing and playing with his rock band (Preta), and teaching a couple of sessions of skateboarding camp! This multi-talented young man will call Appalachian State University in Boone home in the fall. Congratulations to all the family, and best wishes to Ellen and Bill as they face an empty nest!
CHEERS FOR ANDERSON
Last weekend Davidson College recognized an outstanding alumnus as the returning class of 1962 celebrated it 50th reunion on the campus. We were happy to learn that the Alumni Office chose Anderson Sherrill for the Alumni Service Award, which is given to a member of the class in one’s reunion year. Anderson and his wife, Cummins, live in Statesville and are no strangers to our town since Anderson has long been a friend to Davidson with support for the college as well as for The Pines Retirement Community. Congratulations, Anderson!
WEDDING BELLS FOR ANDREW AND LEN
Wedding bells were ringing for Andrew Thompson Scales, son of Christine and Richard Scales, Jr. of Indianapolis, and Lenore (Len) Dee Turner, daughter of Thomas and Delia Turner of Knoxville, on May 12 in Maryville, Tenn. This young couple who met while students at Princeton Theological Seminary were married in a late afternoon ceremony at the Maryville College Chapel where Lenore received her undergraduate degree. The reception was held in the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tenn. Following the wedding Andrew and Len flew to the Bahamas for a week of relaxation.
Friends and family came from all across the United States for the wedding. Many of the guests were classmates of the couple who graduated from seminary in 2011. A good friend, the Rev. Rachel Achtemeier Rhodes, married the couple. Groomsmen for Andrew included his brothers, William Scales as Best Man, Joseph Scales, and the Rev. Stephen Hawkins, a “hall mate” from seminary. Bridesmaids were good friends all of whom are now ministers on the East coast. The Rev. Karen Rohrer was her Maid of Honor from Philadelphia, the Rev. Laura Palmer from Spartanburg, and the Rev. Laura Bratton from Greenville, S.C.
After graduation last spring, Len and Andrew were fortunate to find positions close by. Andrew came to the Davidson College Presbyterian Church as an Associate Pastor and Len found a similar position at Hopewell Presbyterian Church on Beatties Ford Road. Now married, they are living in Hopewell’s manse and love having a big house. They are working hard to resurrect the flower and vegetable gardens there. In addition to gardening, they enjoy cooking and hiking. They both found their new congregations to be warm and welcoming. This summer they will have a chance to get to know the youth of their churches “up close and personal” as they accompany them on retreats and service projects. In addition, Andrew and Len hope to take some time to explore the Southeast – new territory for them. Congratulations to the new Mrs. and Mrs. Scales.
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