Opinion: Grit Award

May. 01, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Grit Award: Nepalese students at Duke

For Duke University freshman Suman Bajgain, last Saturday could hardly have started on a worse note. In what were the pre-dawn hours in Durham, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck his native country, Nepal.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 02:47 PM

Durham Grit Award: Tatiana Birgisson

Tatiana Birgisson just wanted to “a personal source of healthy caffeine,” she recalls.

So she started brewing highly caffeinated teas in her dorm room at Duke University.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Grit Award: Andrew McCrae

Andrew McCrae is headed for San Antonio next month, where he’ll pick up a medallion and a $1,250 scholarship as a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Grit Award: Bettie Closs

Eleven-year-old Bettie Closs “loves to learn,” says her mother, Almaz Closs.

“We’ve always been like ‘learn, learn,’” Almaz Closs adds. “Even when they were little, we read (Bettie and her sister) every book there is.”

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 08:47 AM

Grit award: Teresa Clayton

A decade ago, a young Teresa Clayton was making a living in Florida as a body piercer, and thinking there had to be more than that in her life.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 06:02 PM

Grit award: Chris Rosati

In late 2013, Chris Rosati of Durham lived out his dream – sort of.

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Grit Award

In the dark, in bone-chilling cold, with sleet and freeing rain pelting them, state and local road crews were out in force Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Feb. 13, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

Grit Award: Larry Stogner

For more than three decades, Larry Stogner was a familiar face and voice behind countless newscasts for television viewers in the Triangle market.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 10:41 PM

Grit Award: Anthony Acree

It must be every football fan’s dream: two tickets to the Super Bowl, one of most magnetic (and hyped) sports event on the calendar.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Grit Award: Coach K

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has been rightly celebrated coast-to-coast for his history-making accomplishment this past week.  Coach K, as anyone who hasn’t been wandering in a desert must surely know, became the first Division 1 men’s basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Grit Award: Jerome Hall

Last weekend, eight basketball teams from several law enforcement agencies competed in a tournament to honor a Butner Federal Correction Facility officer who died in the line of duty.

Jan. 09, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

Grit Award: Matthias-Michael Geissler

When Matthias-Michael Geissler takes a trip, he doesn’t mess around.

Jan. 02, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

Grit Award: retired judge John Martin

John Martin’s Durham roots go deep.

He left the city years ago for a long career in public service to the state of North Carolina. For more than 30 years, he has been first a Superior Court and most recently a state Court of Appeals judge. 

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Grit Award: Jason Jowers

Being an assistant principal is a tough job – especially in a high school. Those hard-working folks are often juggling instructional leadership and discipline, interacting with hundreds of energetic adolescents with their hopes, fears and challenges.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Grit Award

This time of year, a nighttime stroll along Blackwell Street becomes a feast of lights. Representatives from 54 nonprofit organizations decorated trees in Diamond View Park this week, marking the fifth annual Triangle Tree Challenge. This seasonal display has a purpose beyond mere aesthetics. The nonprofit groups will compete for prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, with the funds going to provide all kinds of charitable services. The annual challenge is yet another example of the generosity and drive that make Durham and the Triangle a special place. For their example during this season of giving, we give the organizers and participants in this year’s challenge our Grit Award.
To vote for your favorite tree, text 33733 or log on to triangletreechallenge.com.