Despite the persistent drizzle, hope that many of our readers paused for a minute yesterday to remember our veterans and war dead. Traditional Memorial Day picnics had to move inside but families still enjoyed a long weekend to share a meal and visit before summer vacations take over.
Today Around Davidson visits with families who enjoyed getting together with out-of-town relatives over the past holiday weekend. Also our coverage of graduations continues. With an every growing list of college and high school grads to highlight, we turn the spotlight on Rachel Steber, a recent UNC-CH grad, and preview the upcoming graduation of Alex, Elise and Laura Kello.
HONK! IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!
That is what the Concord Road sign read last Sunday and every motorist who honked brought smiles to Lizzie Widmer and twins, Sam and Sophie Pillsbury. These three cousins were celebrating joint birthdays on May 30 with a cookout for family followed by games and obstacle races.
Lizzie, a rising senior at North Mecklenburg High School, actually turned 17 on May 28. She is the daughter of Amy Widmer of Davidson. Rising 9th graders at the Community School of Davidson are twins Sam and Sophie Pillsbury who will turn 14 years old next week on June 7. Sam and Sophie are the children of Ralph and Dana Pillsbury of Davidson and of course the cousins of Lizzie, since their moms, Dana and Amy, are sisters.
Driving from Pittsburgh, PA, to spend the long weekend with the family were Dennis DiPerna, father of Dana and Amy, who came with his wife, Kim, and her children, Marisa (9) and Katherine (12) Buczynski.
Happy Birthday to Lizzie, Sam and Sophie!
TUCSON COMES CALLING
Bob and Phyllis Puett, parents of Donna Molinek, came to Davidson from Tucson, AZ, to spend ten days with the Molinek family.
They arrived in time to cheer granddaughter, Sullivan (13), as she danced in the May 23 Dance Davidson program, “Willy Wonka.”
It was also a relaxing time to visit with their grandson, Rudy (16), as well as their daughter, Donna, and son-in-law, Frank. Nice to have them in town.
TRIPLE PLAY FOR THE KELLOS
No, they are not triplets and they did not skip grades. Rather twins, Alex and Elise Kello were born just before Thanksgiving in 1991 and their sister, Laura, was born ten months later in 1992 – thus qualifying all three to start Kindergarten the same year. This month, all three qualify once more to graduate together with the Class of 2010 from North Mecklenburg High School on June 15.
Proud parents, Kim and John Kello of River Run, will go from the commotion of three teenagers to the quiet of an empty house in one week this August. Alex will pack his bags for Appalachian State University hoping to pursue a degree in industrial organizational psychology (like his dad). Elise travels the shortest distance to UNC-Charlotte where she plans to focus on advertising/graphic design. Heading south for Columbia, Laura will use her background in marketing from North Meck to follow a major in international business at the University of South Carolina.
What will the Kello young people do this summer? “Sleep,” says Mom Kim, “hang out with friends and pick up some small jobs during the short eight weeks they have between graduation and orientation.” Will Kim miss the years of 5:30 wake-up calls for Alex, Elise and Laura? Not one bit! And with John on sabbatical from Davidson College next year, Around Davidson will expect some trip reports as these empty nesters “kick up their heels!”
(Just a note about older brothers, Robin and Wilson Kello: Robin is married, living in Barcelona, Spain, and teaching English at a private school. Wilson is back in NYC and working as a director of a company’s design department. Always nice to catch up on young people who grew up in our town.)
CAROLINA BLUE CAP AND GOWN FOR RACHEL STEBER
May 9 was a beautiful Sunday in Chapel Hill as Rachel Steber, daughter of Gary and Linda Steber of Virginia Avenue, received her diploma. With a double major in International Studies and Political Science, Rachel will start work in El Paso, TX, in August with the Border Servant Corps. She has an assignment with the Catholic Diocesan Refugee and Migrant Services Agency there where she is hoping to work with immigration attorneys.
Rachel has a summer packed with activity before heading to Texas. With other seniors who had been active in Chapel Hill’s Presbyterian Campus Ministry, she flew to Iona, Scotland, right after graduation for a pilgrimage to reflect on vocation and discipleship. While in Scotland she met up with Davidsonian Madeleine Burgess who is serving in Belfast for a year with the Young Adult Volunteer Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Upon her return from Scotland, Rachel traveled to Madison, WI, for the Ultimate Frisbee National Championship Tournament with her UNC Club Team, called Pleiades. Only 20 teams nationally were invited to play. What a nice honor for the girls on the UNC-CH club team.
In a few weeks, Rachel will have her passport in hand once more as she joins her brother, David, and other friends headed to South Africa where they have tickets for two World Cup matches. They plan to visit a recent Davidson College grad, Jesse Dimmock, in Lesotho – and maybe will see Curtis Gardner there as well.
David Steber is completing his teaching in Washington, D.C. with City Year and looking for another teaching position there. Busy young people! Congratulations to mom and dad, Linda and Gary, on Rachel’s graduation.
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