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More than 10 restaurants and breweries came together November 20 for the fifth annual Taste of the South event held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The event is held as a benefit night for the group Authoring Action—a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens find their inner talent through writing and the performing arts. This year’s event featured local favorites like Sweet Potatoes and Dewey’s Bakery along with three wineries in neighboring counties. The event featured tastings, a silent action and a spoken word poetry performance from group’s students.

Authoring Action Executive Director Lynn Rhoades said this year’s event was well attended and resulted in raising more money than any of the previous years. Rhoades said Authoring Action was started by a group of women in 2002 who wanted to raise money, and the event was first held in collaboration with the National Black Theatre Festival.

Authoring Action typically includes about two dozen students every year, some of which have come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are referred by social workers. Rhoades said roughly 350 students have passed through the program since its beginning.

“Our main goal as an organization is to develop teen authors who develop original work from their life stories and their societal issues,” she said.

Rhoades added that many of her former students have become mentors of their own at prestigious institutions like Julliard, California Institute for the Arts and UNC School of the Arts.

“They most often say to us that it helped them develop their voice, that it helped them to become critical thinkers and be articulate,” she said. And just to see the world differently. Some of them say that it helped them with their own parenting skills.”

Rhoades said the most important message she aims to communicate through the program is that the teens should not see themselves as victims of their situations.


Wake Forest Law’s two National Moot Court teams swept the awards at a recent tournament held in Richmond, Virginia.

The team of Karon Fowler, Caroline Massagee and Kelsey Meuret won the regional championship. Fowler also earned the Best Oral Argument award. By winning the region, the Fowler-Massagee-Meuret team advances to the national finals, in which 30 finalist teams from around the country will compete in New York City in February.

The team of Zachary Dunn, Jasmine Pitt and Douglas Walters won the award for the Best Brief, with a score of 92.5, becoming the first Wake Forest team to win the Best Brief award at this competition in many years.

The National Moot Court Competition, now in its 65th year, is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Region IV encompasses the law schools within Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, and is sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This year 19 teams entered the regional competition, with one or two teams each from Campbell, Duke, Elon, George Mason, Regent, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Richmond, Washington and Lee, West Virginia and William and Mary.

The Fowler-Massagee-Meuret team lost a first-round match to Washington and Lee before defeating a team from Richmond in the second round and advancing to the elite eight based on point totals in the two preliminary rounds. In the quarterfinals, the team defeated a team from Louisville. In the semi-finals, the team narrowly defeated the same Washington and Lee team it had lost to in the first round. In the finals, the team defeated a team from George Mason, before a five-judge panel that included three federal judges and two state supreme court justices.

The Dunn-Pitt-Walters team defeated a team from Campbell before losing to a team from George Mason. The team narrowly missed advancing to the elite eight.

The faculty advisers for the teams were Professors John Korzen and Charles Rose. “The teams earned the awards through much hard work and a strong love for advocacy,” Korzen said. “After completing their briefs in mid-October, the teams had numerous practices before judges composed of faculty members, alumni attorneys, and non-alumni attorneys.” !