Class notes

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

Fundraiser seeking vendors
DURHAM – Bethesda Christian Academy is seeking vendors for its Shop Til You Drop Extravaganza on Nov. 8-9 in the Bethesda Ruritan Gym in Durham.
Interested vendors can download a vendor application at or contact Kerry Bryant at The application deadline is today.
The fundraiser will help the school fulfill its accreditation requirements and necessary upgrades for the school. The two-day event will include live entertainment, raffles and food trucks beginning Nov. 8 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Three new life board members to The Hill Center
DURHAM – Because of their service and long-term commitment, Brad Brinegar, Bucky Oliver and Bob Whalen were recently named life members to the board of directors for The Hill Center.
Brinegar is the chairman and CEO of McKinney and has helped to rewrite the center’s mission and vision statements as well as serve as a prominent member, vice chair and chair of the board.
Oliver is the CEO and president of Jetcraft and helped to successfully implement the center’s Carteret County Project which expanded the reading program services across the district.
Whalen is a private investment manager and former vice president of investment for Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Company who was the parent of a Hill student before serving as vice chair and chair of the board as well as chair of the finance, campaign and strategic planning committees.

Albright awarded Excellence in Teaching Award
DURHAM – Stuart Alan Albright, Jr. of Jordan High School was presented with the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award by the Turnaround Management Association.
Albright teaches English and creative writing and serves as a football coach at Jordan. Seven years ago he started the nonprofit McKinnon Press to publish student works. Each class creates an anthology, with some students continuing to write full length novels.
Albright has published several books including “Bull City: A Novel” and “Sidelines: A North Carolina Story of Community, Race and High School Football.” He has also been named a Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year and received the Milken Foundation National Educator Award.