Bogey, by the Pinehurst Village Council for its comments to parents last week that it lacked the authority to state a position on school redistricting.

If you don’t want to take a position, say so. But don’t say it’s not your place when a council can pass a resolution or opinion on anything.

We generally support the redistricting effort and don’t find it constructive for municipalities to weigh in on anything that, as of last week, was based more on hearsay and conjecture than fact. But could the council take a non-binding position down the road? Sure.

Several parents beseeched Pinehurst Mayor Nancy Fiorillio and fellow council members to express concern to the Board of Education about changes that could shuffle Pinehurst children to new schools.

“You are our constituents and we are very willing to hear anything you have to say,” Fiorillo told them. “However, you do have to realize that we have no authority to do anything” on schools.

True, the council has no authority on that matter, but it has the ability to issue an opinion, one way or another. Just say you don’t want to.

Birdie, by the organizers behind the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series, which concluded its 32nd year with a group of sensational speakers. From glass ceiling-breaking women sports journalists to groundbreaking medical researchers and insightful cultural commentaries, this year’s slate proved to be another success.

Since its inception, the lecture series has presented more than 130 speakers, including Jane Goodall, Ralph Nader, Maya Angelou, Dr. John Hope Franklin, William Friday, Jack Nicklaus and Sandra Day O’Connor.

We remain fortunate to have this caliber of world-class speakers come to this out-of-the-way community and enlighten us. We’re already looking forward to this summer when the 33rd annual slate of speakers is announced.

Birdie, by O’Neal School Senior Jenna Burns, who is taking her love of performance and knowledge of Shakespeare to New York City. Later this month she will compete against 55 other high school students from across the nation in the English Speaking Union’s annual Shakespeare competition.

On the line: a full scholarship to the British American Drama Academy Midsummer Conservatory Program in Oxford, England.

Burns won the regional competition recently for the second consecutive year. And she’s not content with reciting the obvious or playing the common roles. Burns gravitates to obscure passages of the bard and even male roles.

Of her enjoyment at performance, she says: “It’s just the one thing that I’ve kind of latched onto and it’s always brought me so much joy. There’s nothing else I’ve encountered during my time in school that I’ve thought: that’s exactly what I want to do.”

Birdie, by Pinecrest High School, for welcoming back and honoring one of its champions. The school took time last month to pay tribute to Sean Pollard, who graduated three years ago and has gone on to a successful football career at Clemson University.

“He’s taken pride in his part,” Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney said. “And more importantly, he’s done it in a way that has served his teammates and his community.”

But while his role in two national championships got plenty of mention, more emphasis was placed by his coaches, friends and family on his off-the-field performances. At Clemson, Pollard has led by example, spearheading efforts to support pediatric cancer.

“He truly cares,” said Pinecrest football coach Chris Metzger. “He has inspired — not motivated — us to be servant leaders. Motivation is like lotion. It wears off. Inspiration lasts a lifetime.”

Given his turn to speak, Pollard made the most of his words before an impressionable audience of students.

“Without God, we are nothing,” he said. “Today’s society puts too much emphasis on what people think of us…Truly the only thing that matters is what God thinks.”

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Kent Misegades

“Without God, we are nothing,” he said. “Today’s society puts too much emphasis on what people think of us…Truly the only thing that matters is what God thinks.” One of the best things ever published by The Pilot. Kudos.

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