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Shannon OliverShannon Oliver graduated from Appalachian State University on June 12, with a BS degree in chemistry with a concentration in forensic science and a minor in criminal justice.

She is the daughter of Randy and Brenda Oliver, of Sylva, and the granddaughter of Lois and John Lathrop of Franklin.

Greg Duelfer receives degree from Georgia Tech

Greg Duelfer of Franklin has earned a BS in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Duelfer was among approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech's 245th commencement exercises in May.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit


Debra Postell ChastainChastain graduates summa cum laude

Debra Postell Chastain, a 1985 graduate of Sylva-Webster High School, recently received her associates degree from Haywood Community College in the medical office administation program with the highest of honors, summa cum laude, with a GPA of more than 3.9.




CFWNC awards scholarships totaling $284,250

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $284,250 to 99 students from Western North Carolina. The Foundation administers approximately 60 scholarships funds, about 45 of which run a spring cycle offered to high school seniors each year.

Jacqueline J. Reyes Cuevas, Laura “Cristell” Ruiz-Frias, Evan G. Schmidt and Troy “Austin” A. Vinson of Highlands School, Brinkley A. Culpepper of Franklin High School and Brianna S. Postell of Nantahala High School were awarded.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $11 million in charitable giving annually. Information can be found at

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