Four graduating grandchildren

Published 9:40 am Friday, May 18, 2012

Sam and Jean Drewry of Boykins have four grandchildren graduating this year.

Dr. Michael David Nickerson Jr. will complete his four-year residency in anesthesiology from Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Drewry Elizabeth Nickerson received her doctor of pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.

Michael and Drewry are the children of Dawn and Mike Nickerson of Kilmarnock.

Also graduating are Samuel Blount Drewry III with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Radford University. His sister, Megan Nicole Drewry, will graduate from Southampton Academy.

Samuel and Megan are the children of Dee Drewry of Branchville and Cindy Drewry of Virginia Beach.

• The PTA, Franklin School Board, and Administrative Leadership Team had surprises for teachers at S.P. Morton Elementary School for Teacher Appreciation Week from May 7-11.

Gifts included a tote bag, breakfast catered by Fred’s restaurant, lunch, edible bouquets, snacks and sweets, and coffees and teas for the teachers’ lounge.

• Sarah Mason will give a voice recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Franklin Baptist Church at 208 N. High St. A reception will follow.

The daughter of Robin and Kathy Mason, Sarah is an accomplished cellist who also sings. Taught by Karen Hoy and Anne Scott Davis, Sarah placed third in her first vocal competition hosted by the Virginia chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

She has sang in the Adult Choir of Emmanuel Episcopal for five years and also the Franklin Community Choir for four years; she was a featured soloist for both choirs.

Sarah, who also studied piano with Jane Gibson, is planning a career in vocal performance and will begin her studies this fall at James Madison University.

• During her May 5 trip to Richmond to attend President Barack Obama’s re-election kickoff, Almeta Davis met one of her favorite broadcast journalists.

Chuck Todd, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, attended the rally at Virginia Commonwealth University. Almeta’s husband, Frank Davis, photographed his wife with Todd.

Frank Davis shoots part time for The Tidewater News and is director for the Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is