Local Newsmakers - August 16, 2007

Two win in Herald 'Harry Potter' contests

Brittany Bivins, 11, of Fort Mill, came the closest to the actual ending of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in our Harry Potter: Predict Their Fate contest.

She wrote: "Firstly, I believe Harry will continue on to Godric's Hollow, and I think seeing his parents' graces will help him in a way. Then I believe he will go after the four remaining Horcruxes, with Ron and Hermione by his side, of course. Once he has found and destroyed all the Horcruxes, he will go after Voldermort. There'll probably be a huge battle between Harry and Lord Voldermort. During the course of the book, I believe some people close to Harry might die. If Harry succeeds in the end, I think he and Ginny may even get back together."

The Herald's judge commented: "I guess Brittany and J.K. Rowling have about the same imagination."

Takoda Venuto of Miramar, Fla., won the online Harry Potter look-alike contest.

Both received $50 gift cards to shop at Books-A-Million.

Drum and bugle corps scores at Rose Bowl

The Fort Mill-based Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps placed sixth at the 2007 Drums Corps International World Championships finals last weekend at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.

It was the corps' highest placing finish, with a record high score of 94.15. The corps also received the Spirit of Disney award, which is given to the corps whose show best exemplifies the ability to translate imagination into a fun, educational forum.

Corps members who received awards are:

-- Evan VanDoren, recipient of the Jim Jones Leadership Award, given to an outstanding drum major who was nominated by the director and based on leadership on and off the field. This was the first time that a drum major from the same corps won the award two years in a row.

-- Corps executive director Kevin Smith, recipient of the DCI Division I Director of the Year award.

-- Highest placing caption belonged to the color guard for capturing second place.

-- Ray and Mary McCrary, volunteer of the year award.

Carolina Crown is made up of 135 students. Its traveling entourage is made up of 200, including numerous volunteers.