William E. Marks, editor and publisher of "Water Voices from Around the World," received the Gold Award at the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, the world's largest international competition of its kind. Named "Most Likely to Save the Planet," the book will be formally honored at the Book Expo America in Los Angeles on Friday, May 30.
Hutker Architects, located in Vineyard Haven, has won two merit awards in the 2008 Custom Home Design Awards program for the Number 9 Residence and Meadow Residence Kitchen.
Anthony Holand of Tuck and Holand Metal Sculptors in Vineyard Haven will participate in an exhibit at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. The exhibit runs from May 18 through Feb. 8, 2009.
Tonya Leonard of West Tisbury recently received the John P. Shephard Award that goes to the top senior education major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Eva Faber an eighth-grader of Edgartown was recognized for her writing in the National Council of Teacher's of English annual Promising Young Writer's contest. Eva was one of eight students recognized in Massachusetts.
Taylor Gramkowski of Edgartown was recently recognized in the Creative Communication Spring 2008 contest for her poem "No Longer Trapped."
Eleven third-grade students from Ms. Knight's class at the Edgartown School had poems selected for publication through Creative Communications Inc. Winner are Galen Harper, Alexandra Habekost, Cesar Bueno, Austin Smith, Amelia Durawa, Caroline Moffet, Cana Courtney, Theo Guerin, Mary Morano, Owen Hess, and Paulo Perierra.
James Jette, a graduate of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, was selected to become the new principal of Pierce Middle School in Milton. He is the son of Elizabeth "Betty" Jette of Vineyard Haven and James Jette of Boston.
During the week of April 14, Edgartown School students participated in Jump Rope for Heart, and raised more than $3,000 for the American Heart Association.