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6/30/13 > Current News for 2013-2014 School Year
6/27/13 > Princeton News-Leader: PES Teacher wins JCS Employee of the Month

PES Teacher wins JCS Employee of the Month   Princeton News-Leader:

http://princetonleadernow.com/editionviewer/?Edition=b96f0844-e5d6-4e06-855e-4826a2890789&Section=0 

6/27/13 > Princeton News-Leader: PMS Student Athletes honored

PMS Student Athletes honored                      Princeton News-Leader:

http://princetonleadernow.com/editionviewer/?Edition=0819ce85-fc3d-49c1-b922-96628f3ad9f6&Section=0  


6/27/13 > Princeton News-Leader: Smith and Puckett to play college football

Smith and Puckett to play college football              Princeton News-Leader:

http://princetonleadernow.com/editionviewer/?Edition=b96f0844-e5d6-4e06-855e-4826a2890789&Section=0 

6/27/13 > Princeton News-Leader: We did it! Princeton High School Graduation

We did it! Princeton High School Graduation Princeton News-Leader:

http://princetonleadernow.com/editionviewer/?Edition=0819ce85-fc3d-49c1-b922-96628f3ad9f6&Section=0 

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: College Baseball Signing: Will Raynor

College Baseball Signing: Will Raynor                  Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/19/2973031/will-raynor.html 

College Baseball Signing: Will Raynor

Published: June 19, 2013

Will Raynor signs with N.C. State University with his parents (seated) Teresa and Max Raynor, (standing, from left) South Johnston athletic director and baseball coach Keith Durham and principal Eddie Price.

D. CLAY BEST - newsobserver.com

Parents: Max and Teresa Raynor

High School: South Johnston

Height, Weight: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds

Position: Outfield

Why State? "It was a school that I quickly knew I was going to like. The campus and the program are great. I really like the way they do things there."

Also Considered: North Carolina, East Carolina, UNC Greensboro

Plans to Major In: Biology

Notable: Will is the youngest of the four children of Max and Teresa Raynor, a pair of standout athletes themselves. And following his parents and his older siblings - John (former Major League player), Anna (All-American in the javelin in college) and Mary Beth (a multi-sport standout at South Johnston) - made Will wonder if he wanted to pursue collegiate athletics or concentrate in college on a future career in ophthalmology.

He asked his siblings for guidance and received rave reviews about their college sports experiences. "John and Anna both gave good reviews of their college experience," Will said. "They said that college was the place they developed the most and got to most out of themselves more than any level. So I figured I'd give it a shot." … Will joins an N.C. State outfield that is expected to be very deep next season. …

An interest in mixed martial arts also helped to change Will's approach to sports last year. "My whole mentality changed," Will said. "I figured if I could get in a cage and fight someone bigger than me, then I could step in the batter's box against anybody." Although he never had an MMA match, the training with a childhood buddy changed his approach to baseball last summer. …

Despite being a three-year starter for South, Will hadn't put together the kind of career that would draw the interest of national powers like State and Carolina before his senior season. As a senior, he hit .447, helping lead the Trojans to the state playoffs and a win in the Johnston County Easter Invitational. … That tournament was a turning point for the Trojans, he said: "In the Easter tournament when we played Middle Creek, we showed we could play with anybody in the state." … Will has continued to be a standout in the classroom throughout his high school career. He finished in the top five in his graduation class.

South Johnston coach Keith Durham: "Will just lit it up from day one for us this season. He led us in almost every offensive category and defensively he was even better. You could tell the way he played, he'd changed as a baseball player. Everything just looked different."

Compiled by D. Clay Best

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: College Basketball Signing: Jeremiah David

College Basketball Signing: Jeremiah David Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/18/2973047/college-basketball-signing-jeremiah.html 

College Basketball Signing: Jeremiah David

Published: June 18, 2013 

Jeremiah David will play at Pitt Community College. He's pictured with his parents (seated) Jeffrey and Deborah David, (standing, from left) Smithfield-Selma principal Mike Taylor, athletic director Chase Crocker, head basketball coach James Robinson, assistant coach Matt Cuddington, Jeremiah's brother, Jeffrey David, and Pitt Community College coach Darrick Mullins.

D. CLAY BEST - newsobserver.com

Parents: Jeffrey and Deborah David

High School: Smithfield-Selma

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 195 pounds

Why Pitt? "I really liked the campus when I was there and that it was still not too far out of this area. I really connected with the coaching staff. You really got the sense that they were searching for student-athletes."

Notable: Jeremiah played center for SSS out of necessity but projects as a small forward in college. "I know it's going to take a lot of practice and reps, but I feel like I can play that position in college," he said. … He transferred from Cleveland before his senior season. … Although the Spartans didn't win as many games as they would have liked this past season, Jeremiah said they accomplished a lot. "We felt like it was the foundation year for what's to come at Smithfield-Selma," he said. "They've got some talented guys here and I was just really excited to be a part of the program here."

Compiled by D. Clay Best

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Benson Middle

Honor Roll: Benson Middle                                            Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/15/2965657/honor-roll-benson-middle.html 

Honor Roll: Benson Middle

Published: June 15, 2013  

Benson Middle School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 5 - Apurv Adial, Omar Luna, Lance Adams, Matthew Anderson, Emmy Byrd and David Carter Jr.

Grade 6 - Kandis Adams, David Honeycutt, Jessica Johnson, Bryana Konig, Brandon Lushene and Estephanie Gamez-Vasquez.

Grade 7 - Jacob Duncan, Kaylee Jones and James Yeargin.

Grade 8 - Jessica Autry, Madison Blackmon, Sydney Conley, Haley Fowler, Maria Vega Torres and Johnathan Caiso.

Honor Roll

Grade 5 - Karen Allen, Sarah Bailey, Morgan Barefoot, Brittney Beavers, Cael Blackmon, Kassidy Fair, Hannah Fisher, Weston Gray, Lindsey Godwin, Hannah Lancaster, Taylor Lawrence, Kristen Lee, Haley Lusk, Brooklyn Maynard, Olivia Nagy, Zachary Nelson, Jaylen Price, Lauren Pope, Jacqueline Ramirez, Isabel Ranzha, Lesley Rhodes, Alana Thompson, Ethan Weaver, Brayden Brooks, Diamond Molina and Robert Wood.

Grade 6 - Daphanie Argandona, Mckenzie Barbour, Hank Barnes Jr., Marshall Blackmon, Larry Brooks, Carmen Caruso, Maricela Chavez, Hannah Ginn, Margaret Godwin, Tiffany Lee, Alexander Marler, Julissa Munoz, Aubrey Pollard, Alyssa Scott, Shania Simmons, Haley Snyder, D'Andre Elliott Stacker, Joseph Valentino, Brenna Wood and Kevin Wood.

Grade 7 - Erika Correa, Christina Dorman, Kelly Dorman, Amanda Dunn, Victor Gonzalez-Zavala, Anna Lee, Cecelia McMillan, Ally Messer, Michelle Niedwick, Breana Palin, Sophia Pastrana, Gisselle Pavon, Holden Smith, Venice Taylor and Devin Theodore.

Grade 8 - Cassidy Adams, Cara Avery, Hannah Bowden, Kristen Byrd, Reagan Byrd, Laura Cavenaugh, Parish Dudley, William Godwin, Madeline Guntang, Rebecca Johnson, Michaela Kline, Faith Massengill, Astrid Melendez, Lizeet Mendoza, Matthew Messer, Scarlett Owen, Patrick Parker, Payton Parker, John Raynor II, Anna Stephenson and Roger Wilson.

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Micro-Pine Level Elementary

Honor Roll: Micro-Pine Level Elementary   Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/18/2972698/honor-roll-micro-pine-level-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Micro-Pine Level Elementary

Published: June 18, 2013  

Micro-Pine Level Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Cori Appell, Lanie Croft, Laney Daughtry, Jalen Foye, Madalyn Godwin, Anna Kate Pike, James Price and Brandon Villa.

Grade 4 - Stephanie Carrizales-Nunez, Josh Carter, Luke Mitchell, Antonio Reyes, Mari Santiago, Logan Stanley, Gabe Strickland, Christian Sykes, Elizabeth Wheeler and Kyla Winborne.

Grade 5 - Makayla Clarke, Anna Crocker, Zaphra Davis and Jeremy McGirt.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Joshua Bare, Brayan Bedoya Rosales, Angie Bolanos, Tyler Boswell, Grant Capps, Natalie Casey, Evelyn Contreras, Ed Fair, Ashlynn Hockaday, Ashton Huddleston, Frank Jones, McKenzie Leigh, Lane McLean, Kathryn Medina, Dillon Melton, Peyton Moore, Jakob Napier, Dawson Norris, Indea Owen, Mackenzie Pearce, Haleigh Rhodes, Samantha Rollins, Lanie Stanley, Landon Walker, Rachel Warren, Rafe Whitley and Brianna Wilson.

Grade 4 - Brandon Aburto-Luna, Jose Arteaga, Fanny Barrios, Emily Briones, Jonathan Brown, Madison Byrd, Oscar Cabellero, Jackeline Carlos-Anaya, Dominick Cook, Lexi Cooper, Shelby Crocker, Tifany Delgado, Erica Gil-Ortiz, Austin Hare, Kelsey Hernandez, Kaden Hobbs, Kiana Houslin, Alex Johnson, Luke Johnson, Daniel List, Edwin Lopez, Francisco Lozano, Yermain Mancia, Kayla McAuley, Curenity McDonald, Zion McPhatter, Nelson Mitchell, Isaac Moore, Austin Overby, Saraid Padilla, Laura Parker, Arial Pearce, Tatiana Powell, Sara Rains, Paula Rogers, Rashaun Russell, Erika Vanegas, Melany Vega, Ty Whitley and Alexis Young.

Grade 5 - Trey Allen, Christine Anderson, Hayli Appell, Camden Aycock, Chastin Bailey, Marissa Barber, Logan Byrd, Destiny Clements, Victoria Crocker, Damaris Enriquez, Kyndall Foy, Jhovanna Franco, Tristan Galla, Mackenzie Gibson, Alexis Gupton, Justin Holland, Dylan Jackson, Misael Jaramillo, Carsse Lucas, Nicholas Matthews, Jadon Moore, Xan Moore, Hannah Moye, Jessica Parnell, Ta'Crisha Perris, Elizabeth Rivera, Braidy Rollins, Matthew Seymour and Matthew Wright.

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Powhatan Elementary

Honor Roll: Powhatan Elementary                    Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/18/2972703/honor-roll-powhatan-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Powhatan Elementary

Published: June 18, 2013  

Powhatan Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Zoebelle Bean, Isabelle Council, Harrison Deutsch, Katie Doyle, Faith Drummond, Emma Estes, Maggie Gaskins, Noah Hatcher, Sydney Jones, Andrej Lozevski, Taylor Marbrey, Jonathan McCracken, Ryan Russell, A'Rheanna Turay, Luke Turecky, Georgia Turner, Avery Verlander, Brandon Visser, Avery Winslow, Jacob Wyman and Zach Zillioux.

Grade 4 - Taylor Altman, Davis Ashley, Isabella Barr, Logan Brewer, Corbin Brogdon, Abby Brunner, Kathryn Byrd, Emma Clark, Will Coble, Taylor Cole, Cailin Daigle, Brady Ellis, Foster Evans, Luke Fusaro, Jade Gordon, Sarah Harte, Haydn Hubbard, Jordan Moser, Alex Jones, Sumaiya Kamalpasha, Elizabeth Krajan, Tori Leach, Spencer Long, Jackson McCallum, Reid McDuff, Ahmoni McLamb, Luke Parsons, Shannen Petro, Katie Pugh, Anna Reichard, John Rodgers, Luke Rodgers, Aaron Smigelski, D'Rheanna Turay, Wyatt Williams and Hanah Wooten.

Grade 5 - Maddie Atchison, Erica Burke, Nicholas Guy, David Harmon, Ben Hasley, Holly Hein, Ashlyn Hill, Taylor Holzshu, Emma Lozevski, Carter Mann, Riley Mann, Lauren Massey, Gracie Miller, Shane McGoldrick, Chloe McNeece, Gina Palazzolo, Ryan Redling, Hannah Redling, Lennasia Sharpless, Willow Stone, Tyler Turecky, Hudson Wiley, Noah Williams, Melissa Wolf, Thomas Ziegler and Jordan Zunic.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Lila Aldridge, Alex Bailey, Davis Benn, Karley Blackburn, Tripp Bullard, Kennahde Bumpers, Matthew Byars, Preston Bye, Joseph Carter, Emily Cruz-Velez, Ayana Gutierrez, Jayden DeLeon, Gina DeLuca, Kaitlyn Dewick, Austin Hardman, Daniel Harmon, Stephanie Harper, Aiden Heidler, Dylan Hatcher, Josh Hill, Taylor Jordan, Madison Kinsey, Mallory Kinyo, Mackenzie Krajan, Faith Medlin, Blake Miller, Ella Ryan Miller, Mohamed Mohamed, Alexis Monroe, Camden Myers, Nathan McKeel, Connor O'Brien, Eddie Ogden, Alexis Perry, Emma Ranes, Elliot Ray, Jordan Reynolds, Matt Satkowiak, Christian Schmidt, Dezaray Waterman, Alexa Watson, Desmond Weickum, Connor White and Aidan Williams.

Grade 4 - Patrick Adair, Emma Barnes, Ashlyn Brinegar, Khalil Chandler, Josie Cooke, Trae Creppon, J.C. Curry, Gabriella Day, Elizabeth Edwards, Leo Evans, Andrew Ferguson, Jackson Fitzhugh, Ryan Fitzhugh, Lena Fotopoulos, Faith Freeman, Noah Glover, Eric Gutierrez, Bella Hanzel, Megan Harwood, Chase Hill, Eli Hill, Dashawn Hinton, Matthew Morstmann, Besan Issa, Curtis Jackson, Blair Jones, Jessica Joyner, Ella Karstens, Caraline Laffler, Ross Laskowski, Abigail Lopez, Matthew Lopez, Olivia Lopez, Elijah Oquendo, Patrick Mann, Jack McSwain, Olivia Narron, Kelsie Nesselrode, Ella Newbrough, River Odom, Isabel Passant, Emily Ramsland, Logan Rotondaro, Noah Schiefelbein, Emily Sharrock, Joel Stair, Zamia Stevens, Anaiah Terry, T'naya Terry, Jackson Tew, Ty Tollivr, Molly Wells, Devin White, Levering White, Olivia White, Dominic Williams and Logan Windle.

Grade 5 - Camden Ayscue, Hannah Begley, Samantha Besel, Benjamin Casatelli, Jordan Clark, Andrew Coblentz, Adison Cosolito, Ryan Doyle, Elizabeth Dull, Matthew Ellison, Charlotte Evans, Katharina Floyd, Taylor Hanzel, Alex Hatcher, Naser Issa, Yesenia Josefsberg, Braxton Johnson, Logan Jones, Riley Kneer, Tyler Mason, Kaylen Mejia, Addy Polege, Mia Pulczinski, Sophia Satkowiak, Nadia Stepnowski, Isabella Sullivan and Lee Thomas.

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: School Notes: June 16

School Notes: June 16                  Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/15/2965660/school-notes-june-16.html 

School Notes: June 16

Published: June 15, 2013

 Law school grad

Juanita Ann Flonard of Smithfield graduated May 19 from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Schools make personnel moves

The Johnston Counuty public schools recently made the following personnel moves:

New principals - Christopher B. Kennedy, South Campus Community Middle, formerly an assistant principal at Smithfield-Selma High School; Janet Lebo - Cooper Elementary, formerly an assistant principal at Cooper; Suzanne Phillips Mitchell, Selma Elementary, fomerly an assistant principal at Selma; and Christie Dawn Turner, Glendale-Kenly Elementary, formerly an assistant principal at Cleveland Elementary

Central Office - William Ray Stott, director of athletics and student activities, formerly principal of Johnston County Middle College; Dawn Alligood, director of middle grades education, formerly principal of Dixon Road Elementary; and Nathanael Shelton, communications coordinator, formlery news editor at the Kenly News.

Principal transfers - Kenneth Bennett, to Dixon Road Elementary from South Campus Community Middle; Denise Benson Byrd, Polenta Elementary from Principal at Selma Elementary; Maureen Ann Hanahue, Cleveland Elementary from Cooper Elementary; Barretta Shronda Haynes, Johnston County Middle College High School from McGee's Crossroads Middle School; Chad Jewett, McGee's Crossroads Middle from West Smithfield Elementary; Deborah P. Johnson, Benson Elementary from Polenta Elementary; and Tandra Batchelor-Mapp, West Smithfield Elementary from Glendale-Kenly Elementary.

Assistant principal interns - Denise Adler, McGee's Crossroads Middle; Paige Avery Barnes, River Dell Elementary; Dana Jernigan, South Johnston High; Jennifer McClure, Micro-Pine Level Elementary; Donna B. Moore, West View Elementary; Thomas J. Presti, Clayton Middle; and Daniel "Cole" Yarborough, Cleveland High.

Excellence in math

The U.S. Achievement Academy has recognized Hope Lynnette Rawls of Selma for excellence in mathematics.

Rawls attends Archer Lodge Middle School, where she was nominated for the honor by teacher Cole Yarborough. Her name will appeal in the U.S. Achievement Academy yearbook, which is published nationally.

Rawls is the daughter of Dale and Annette Rawls of Selma. She is the granddaughter of Joseph and Margaret Rawls of Clayton and Harold and Gloria Sherman of Garner.

Scholarships awarded

Katie Edwards of Four Oaks and Breanna Williams of Smithfield have received $1,000 scholarships from Tractor Supply Co. and the National Future Farmers of America Foundation. Both plan to become teachers after college.

NAACP awards scholarships

The Johnston County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has awarded scholarships to six graduating high school seniors. They are Destiny Sanders and Tamerick Barbour, both of Clayton High School; Kameron McDougald, Princeton High; Tayler Dorsey, Corinth Holders High; and Iman Billingsley and Samantha Gibson, Johnston County Middle College.

Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

The Johnston Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, has inducted the following students: Sharon Goddard of Selma, Robert Henningham of Four Oaks, Robyn Bell of Pine Level, Shenan Higgins of Benson, Marianne Rapp of Smithfield, Maria Aleman of Smithfield, Michelle Atkins of Smithfield, Mario Hobbs of Selma, Hollie Vanderlei of Willow Spring, Jensine Cochran of Smithfield, Kristen Barbour of Selma, Bryan Brafford of Kenly, Kristina Johnson of Benson, Shanita George of Smithfield, Holly Priest of Smithfield, David Parrish of Selma, Derek Bailey of Princeton, Lori May of Princeton, Steve Barefoot of Four Oaks, Jorene Mathias of Selma, Shane Henderson of Smithfield, Amanda Jackson of Four Oaks, Amber Parker of Smithfield, Peter Derasmo of Smithfield, Leticia Holman-Reynoso of Angier, Lawrence Bowyer of Selma, Theresa Scott of Smithfield, Jameka Price of Selma, Katelyn Giammo of Angier, Curtis Brundidge of Angier, Dorrie Johnson of Four Oaks, Kayla Messer of Four Oaks, Erin Tremblay of Smithfield, Amber Trimpe of Benson, Leigh Blevins of Four Oaks, Heather Mills of Smithfield and Dawnyetta McMillan of Benson.

To be eligible, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

Rising star at Clayton High

A Clayton High School student and musical production were among the nominees for this year's Triangle Rising Star Awards, which were presented June 2 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Kevin Thorne was among the Best Actor nominees. The school's production of "Honk the Musical" was a nominee for Best Musical.

Wake Tech announces spring honors

Wake Technical Community College has announced its President's List and Dean's List for the spring 2013 semester. Students must maintain a grade point average of 4.0 for the President's List and a 3.5 for the Dean's List. The students are as follows:

The following were named to the President's List with grade-point averages of 4.0: Karnal Fathy Bebawy, Shannon Nicole Brunson, Lindsey Megan Chin, Jennifer Chu, Michael Adam Dubinksy, Lester Earl Ewing, Victoria Abiola Faminigba, Michael Felland, Kera Renee Hafshejani, Lisa Michelle Hewett, Jessica Hollando, Heinz Menguser, Katherine Rose Patterson and Rebecca Diane Petty, all of Clayton; and Colleen Marie Mohsinger of Smithfield.

The following were named to the Dean's List with averages of 3.5 or better: Sara Escalante, Timothy Bryant Hobson, William David Michetti, Irvin Leroy Miller, John Charles Seifert Macy Lauren Stancil, all of Benson; Leigh Ann Allan, William Henry Archer, Vivian Daniela Benzo, Joshua Thomas Bley, Edward Courtney Burgess, Marko Antonio Evans, Salina Arielle Felder, John Mark Harmeling, Brandon Scott Lee, Samuel Dashaun Middleton, Alexander Opubo Owiriwo, Ethan Hill Patton, Matthew Thomas Reid, Terresa Proctor Sanders, Jennifer Lynn Starr, Ryan Anthony Stermer, Brianna Lee Vann, Alexander Stephen Vaughn, Tamara Williams Washington, Timothy Michael Williams, Gregory Bryon Willoughby and Gabriella Faye Woodson, all of Clayton; Joyce Ann Bosse, Pamela P. Kurzawa and Dana Cody Strickland, all of Four Oaks; Paul Jeffery Michaloski and Catherine Allison Wright, both of Selma; and Mark Alfred Kingsley and David Paul Richardson, both of Smithfield.

Book sale, homeschool conference

Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual Book Fair and Homeschool Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Wilson's Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield. The event will include workshops, teen activities and vendors. Workshops will be at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit jchenc.org/bookfairworkshops.

Four graduate

Four former Clayton High School students have graduated from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. They are Kristen Dawn Bagley, Brandon Duke Dyer, Shaza Ihab Gaballah and Michael Lynn Mallory.

Three receive scholarships

The Chamber Women's Business Network awarded three business professionals with continuing education scholarships at its Spring Scholarship Luncheon. A total of $2,700 was given to Tracey Woodruff of Johnston Health, Cynthia Hutchings of Smithfield-Selma High and Jessica Balazsi of Johnston Community College.

Woodruff is the administrative director of patient care services with Johnston Health. She received $1,000 to continue her studies at Pfieffer University for a masters in healthcare administration.

Hutchings is a pre-international baccalaureate teacher at Smithfield-Selma High. She received $650 to continue her studies at N.C. State for a masters in curriculum and instruction development.

Balazsi is an accounts receivable specialist at Johnston Community College. She received $650 to continue her studies at East Carolina University for a masters in business administration.

6/27/13 > Smithfield Herald: Schools approve building projects

Schools approve building projects                  Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/18/2972712/schools-approve-building-projects.html 

Schools approve building projects

Published: June 18, 2013

By Amanda James and Derek Quizon ajames@newsobserver.com dquizon@newsobserver.com

Following on the heels of county commissioners, the Johnston County Board of Education last week assigned a dollar amount to its next school-bond request.

At their meeting earlier in the month, county commissioners said they would ask voters to vote in November to borrow $64 million - $57 million for the public schools and $7 million for Johnston Community College. Last week, the school board signed off on that amount.

The $57 million - and an additional $56 million in a later bond issue - would help the schools house an enrollment that's expected to grow by 7,800 students by the end of the decade.

The $57 million would:

• Build a new North Johnston Middle School - $19.25 million for land and building.

• Convert existing North Johnston Middle into an elementary school - $3.2 million.

• Expand River Dell Elementary School to house 886 students - $3.2 million.

• Build a new middle school in the Cleveland/McGee's Crossroads area - $19.25 million.

• Buy technology - $2 million.

• Operations - $2 million.

The money also would pay for renovations. The dollar amounts are listed below by attendance area:

• North Johnston - $534,000.

• Smithfield-Selma - $549,000.

• South Johnston - $748,000.

• Clayton - $894,000.

• West Johnston - $1 million.

• Princeton - $4 million.

Also last week, the school system's chief academic officer, Dr. Rodney Peterson, presented a summary of how some programs are faring with fewer state and federal dollars.

Peterson said the schools had seen an increase in the number of students who qualify for disability services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. State funding for disability services has fallen from $5.8 million to $4.4 million, Peterson said.

If Johnston schools hope to maintain disability services at their current level, they will need county commissioners to pick up the funding slack, he said.

Elsewhere, state funding for the Migrant Education Program will fall by $61,000 in the year ahead, and Title I, a program for disadvantaged students, will receive $739,000 less. Funding has increased slightly for the English Language Learners program, from $343,000 to $351,000.

Peterson said a team of parents, teachers and administrators drafted a curriculum that will debut in the fall for the county's Academically and Intellectually Gifted program. Under state guidelines, school systems must update their AIG curriculum every three years.

Board member Donna White encouraged Peterson and his staff to make the curriculum for gifted students more challenging and to make the best use of funding for the program. "We're doing so much for all of our other subgroups, and this is also a subgroup that needs our attention," White said.

Three years ago, the school board shuttered the county's Academically and Intellectually Gifted Center and made all gifted education school-based.

James: 919-553-7234

6/27/13 > WTSB: Amanda Lee Named 2013 Teacher Assistant Of The Year

Amanda Lee Named 2013 Teacher Assistant Of The Year                       WTSB:

http://wtsbradio.com/pages/localnews.html 

Amanda Lee Named 2013 Teacher Assistant Of The Year


(L to R) Rochelle Ray, JCATA President and Amanda Lee, Teacher Assistant of the Year
.

Amanda Lee, a teacher assistant at Four Oaks Elementary School, has been named the 2013 Teacher Assistant of the Year for Johnston County Schools. The announcement came during the annual Teacher Assistant Banquet held at Smithfield Selma High School.

Amanda has worked in Johnston County Schools for 5 years.  Her philosophy of education includes the fact that children need love most of all.  She meets the needs of the students by providing love, encouragement, and guidance.  She believes that she should be a cheerleader for her students.

"They need words of encouragement and to have someone believe that they can learn and will learn," Ms. Lee said. 

Four Oaks Elementary Principal David Pearce said, "Amanda has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children.  I have been impressed with her dedication to any endeavor in which she has been involved."

6/27/13 > WTSB: Princeton Sixth Grader Wins Statewide Essay Contest

Princeton Sixth Grader Wins Statewide Essay Contest          WTSB:

http://wtsbradio.com/pages/localnews.html 

Princeton Sixth Grader Wins Statewide Essay Contest


Alan Farrior, a sixth grade student at Princeton Middle School, was recently name the state winner in the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Essay Contest with 
his essay entitled, 'Water - the Cycle of Life'.  

Alan is pictured with his teacher, Loretta Langdon, who supported Alan and was also recognized by the Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District for her outstanding support of the District's Conservation Education programs.  
Ms. Langdon, a National Board Certified teacher at Princeton Middle School, announced her retirement this year.   

Alan was presented a certificate and a check for $200 from Susan Woodard, the District's Education Specialist.  This is the first time in its 50-year history that the Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District has had a state winner in the Conservation Essay Contest.

6/27/13 > WTSB: School Superintendent Gets Four-Year Extension

School Superintendent Gets Four-Year Extension WTSB:

http://wtsbradio.com/pages/localnews.html 

School Superintendent Gets Four-Year Extension


Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom will lead Johnston County Schools for another four years.

On Tuesday, the Johnston County Board of Education extended his contract through June 30, 2017. 

Dr. Croom has led Johnston County Schools since March 
2009. He had previously served as deputy superintendent from 2003 to 2009.

Prior to that he was principal of South Johnston High School and before that, assistant principal at Southern Wayne High School.

He began his education career as an agriculture teacher at Princeton High School in 1988. His father was an agriculture teacher in Meadow.

Croom holds a masters of education degree, principal's certification and vocation's director's certification from East Carolina University and a masters of education in agricultural education and a BS degree in agricultural education from N.C. State University.

Croom was named Johnston County Administrator of the Year for 2001-2002.

Others in the Central Office whose contracts were extended through 2017 were: Chief Operations Officer Patrick Jacobs, Assistant Superintendent Oliver Johnson, Chief Business Officer Robin Little, Public Information Officer Tracey Peedin Jones, Chief Academic Officer Rodney Peterson, Deputy Superintendent Ross Renfrow, Assistant Superintendent Fran Riddick and Chief Finance Officer Art Stanley.

Two Central Office employees received two-year contract extensions: Director of Exceptional Children's Programs Jill McKenna and Director of Career and Technical Education William Sherrill Weaver.

Several assistant principals received two-year contract extensions: David Allen Keith, Smithfield Selma High; Willard Glenn Bass, Corinth Holders High; Kerri E. Evans, Riverwood Middle; Igor Gorbatovski, Cooper Elementary; Sonya J. Grice, Corinth Holders High; Daniel Kerwin, Riverwood Elementary and Ashley D. Radford, Micro Pine Level Elementary School. 

6/26/13 > Clayton News-Star, Smithfield Herald: Cleveland squads captures MathCounts title

Cleveland squads captures MathCounts titleClayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/18/2972727/cleveland-squads-captures-mathcounts.html 

Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/15/2965663/cleveland-squad-captures-mathcounts.html

Cleveland squads captures MathCounts title

Published: June 18, 2013  

From left, Jason Chuckwu, Joseph Edmund, Hayden Brinke and Aunindya Jyoti led Cleveland Middle to the team title.

JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS - JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

This year's MathCounts competition in Johnston County drew 120 middle school students. The winners are listed below by category:

Overall individual student winners  - first place, Tucker Creech, Clayton Middle School; second place, Frank Tincher, Riverwood Middle; third place; James Martinez, McGee's Crossroads Middle; and fourth place, Hayden Brinke, Cleveland Middle.

Countdown winners  - first place, Luke Thompson of North Johnston Middle, Aunindya Jyoti of Cleveland Middle and Frank Tincher of Riverwood Middle; second place, Theron Jones of Clayton Middle; and third place, Jennifer Campuzano of Four Oaks Middle, Nicholas Loscalzo of McGee's Crossroads Middle, Jonathan Holmes of Clayton Middle, Georgi Babechenko of Clayton Middle, Rachel Jacobson of Clayton Middle and Zack Jacobs of Clayton Middle.

Team winners  - first place, Cleveland Middle TI 84's, made up of Hayden Brinke, Jason Chuckwu, Joseph Edmund and Aunindya Jyoti and coached by Jill Helms; second place, Clayton Middle Primes, made up of Tucker Creech, Jonathan Holmes, Abby Jacobson and Rachel Jacobson and coached by Annah Creech and Jennifer Jacobson; and third place, Riverwood Middle Radical Ravens, made up of Pierce Coombs, Glenn Reardon, Chesney Stein and Frank Tincher and coached by Meg Crissman.

6/26/13 > Clayton News-Star, Garner-Cleveland Record,Smithfield Herald: COLLEGE SIGNING: Cody Johnson

COLLEGE SIGNING: Cody Johnson                            Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/18/2973017/cody-johnson.html 

Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/18/2971821/cody-johnson.html

Smithfield Herald:            

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/18/2973013/cody-johnson.html

College Signing: Cody Johnson

Published: June 18, 2013 

Cody Johnson signs with Averett University with his parents (seated) Kelly and Steve Johnson, (standing, from left) Cleveland baseball coach and athletic director, assistant baseball coach Fabrizio Bonilla and principal Anne Meredith.

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Parents: Steve and Kelly Johnson

High School: Cleveland

Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Bats, Throws: Left, Left

Positions: Pitcher, Outfield

Why Averett? "I really liked the campus size, that it's a small school. And they just have great baseball."

Major: Criminal Justice

Notable: Cody was a key part of Cleveland's growth from a team that didn't win a game for a season and a half since the school opened into a playoff contender this past season. That's what he says he'll remember most more than any individual accomplishments. "This season didn't end the way we wanted it to, but the whole experience was great," he said. "It's just like the coaches stressed to us. We went from being a team that got 10-run ruled a lot to a team that could beat anybody in our conference. We had a lot of growth and I'll always remember how hard this team worked." … He will play for former Clayton High standout Eric Sibrizzi, who is an assistant coach on the Cougars' staff.

Cleveland coach Jamie Lee: "Cody's best pitch was his off-speed pitch. He didn't trust his fastball early in his career but he learned to let his fastball be an out pitch as much as it set up his off speed stuff."

Compiled by D. Clay Best

6/26/13 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Wilson’s Mills Elementary

Honor Roll: Wilson's Mills Elementary                    Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/15/2965674/honor-roll-wilsons-mills-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Wilson's Mills Elementary

Published: June 15, 2013  

Wilson's Mills Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Zachary Boothe, Matthew Hall, A.J. Pedley, Rebecca Sisson and Jessica Tovar.

Grade 4 - Zuriel Chico, Ashley Crumpler, Gabriella Galvan, Joshua Hercules, Sarah Nasser, Leslie Nieves and Johnathan Simon.

Grade 5 - Emma Duffield, Bryan Lopez-Villanueva and Makenna Turnage.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Christopher Adkins, Daniela Alamos Rodriguez, Denise Arechavaleta, Amiya Boquin, Shelby Byrd, Halla Colon-Villafranca, Araceli Carrasco Cruz, Hayden Fielder, Jessica Franco Ramirez, Bryson Griffin, Andrea Guzman Hernandez, Mary Guzman, Luke Jenkins, James Jones, Ciara Kepley, Dawlton Lee, Christopher Lopez Villanueva, Janeth Molina Arianna Park, Diana Pena-Cruz, Maria Pompa Villa, Braden Ray and Dae'shon Sykes Charity Young.

Grade 4 - David Aguilar, Kamila Aleman, Christopher Allen, Anna Bloodworth, Keondra Blue, Kaili Boone, Katelyn Brandes, Eddie Bristol, Johnquell Bell, Izer Bryant, Skylar Blakey, Benjamin Chiesa, Aidan Diaz, Meghan Duffield, Tebria Frazier, Jaime Gomez, Dylan Gottuso, Katelyn Hellis, Cassidy Lawson, Zachary McNeill, Christopher Matthews, Cindy Molina, Maria Perales Olalde, Luis Patino, Trent Rantanen, Kadesh Street, Coy Turnage, Jalen Vann, Melissa Villalon, Sydni Whitley, Alexis Wilson and Hailey Wilson.

Grade 5 - Giselle Avila Rosas, Kapelan Barnes, Giselle Beltran, Emily Brown, Kristian Cochran, Kiara Concepcion, Ashley Constant, Gizzell Contreras Franco, Christian Diaz, Ethan Douglas Xavier Hercules, Michael Hinton, William Ibarra, Mariah Kelley, Hailey Medlin, Tristan Moran Morgan Monroe, Stephanie Morales Aquino, Johanna Pacheco, Martinique Papillon, Cristina Prieto, Brandy Powell, Carson Powell, Brayan Sanchez Enriquez, Ulisses Villalon, Jyciah White, December Williams and Taylor Winspear.

6/26/13 > Clayton News-Star: Schools OK building projects

Schools OK building projects Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/18/2972766/schools-ok-building-projects.html 

Schools OK building projects

Published: June 18, 2013

By Amanda James and Derek Quizon ajames@newsobserver.com dquizon@newsobserver.com

Following on the heels of county commissioners, the Johnston County Board of Education last week assigned a dollar amount to its next school-bond request.

At their meeting earlier in the month, county commissioners said they would ask voters to vote in November to borrow $64 million - $57 million for the public schools and $7 million for Johnston Community College.

Last week, the school board signed off on that amount.

The $57 million - and an additional $56 million in a later bond issue - would help the schools house an enrollment that's expected to grow by 7,800 students by the end of the decade.

The $57 million would:

• Build a new North Johnston Middle School - $19.25 million for land and building.

• Convert existing North Johnston Middle into an elementary school - $3.2 million.

• Expand River Dell Elementary School to house 886 students - $3.2 million.

• Build a new middle school in the Cleveland/McGee's Crossroads area - $19.25 million.

• Buy technology - $2 million.

• Operations - $2 million.

The money also would pay for a number of renovations. The dollar amounts are listed below by attendance area:

• North Johnston - $534,000.

• Smithfield-Selma - $549,000.

• South Johnston - $748,000.

• Clayton - $894,000.

• West Johnston - $1 million.

• Princeton - $4 million.

Also last week, the school system's chief academic officer, Dr. Rodney Peterson, presented a summary of how some programs are faring with fewer state and federal dollars.

Peterson said the schools had seen an increase in the number of students who qualify for disability services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. State funding for disability services has fallen from $5.8 million to $4.4 million, Peterson said.

If Johnston schools hope to maintain disability services at their current level, they will need county commissioners to pick up the funding slack, he said.

Elsewhere, state funding for the Migrant Education Program will fall by $61,000 in the year ahead, and Title I, a program for disadvantaged students, will receive $739,000 less. Funding has increased slightly for the English Language Learners program, from $343,000 to $351,000.

Peterson said a team of parents, teachers and administrators drafted a curriculum that will debut in the fall for the county's Academically and Intellectually Gifted program.

Under state guidelines, school systems must update their AIG curriculum every three years.

Board member Donna White encouraged Peterson and his staff to make the curriculum for gifted students more challenging and to make the best use of funding for the program.

"We're doing so much for all of our other subgroups, and this is also a subgroup that needs our attention," White said.

Three years ago, the school board shuttered the county's Academically and Intellectually Gifted Center and made all gifted education school-based.

James: 919-553-7234

6/26/13 > Clayton News-Star: Sports Briefs: Camp for football linemen coming to Johnston County, Johnston flavor in baseball clash

Sports Briefs: Camp for football linemen coming to Johnston County Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/17/2970650/sports-briefs-camp-for-football.html 

Sports Briefs: Camp for football linemen coming to Johnston County

Published: June 17, 2013 

Camp for football linemen coming to Johnston County

The Western Carolina University football coaching staff will hold a camp for linemen at South Johnston High School from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, June 21. The camp is for offensive or defensive linemen who play in youth leagues through the high school level.

The cost is $40 for individuals or $30 per player for groups of 10 or more. For info or to register, visit the football page at www.catamountsports.com and follow the link for football camp information.

Johnston flavor in baseball clash

Sunday's opening round College World Series clash between N.C. State and North Carolina will feature two Johnston County residents in opposite dugouts - Smithfield-Selma graduate Tate Parrish playing for the Tar Heels and South Johnston grad Logan Jernigan suiting up for the Wolfpack.

Both players saw action in the mound in their teams' winning Super Regional efforts.

Jernigan was the starting pitcher in the Wolfpack's 5-4, 17-inning win over Rice in Game 2 of their Super Regional Series last Sunday. He gave up just two hits and an earned run in five innings of work.

Parrish worked a scoreless inning in North Carolina's 8-0 loss to South Carolina in Game 2 of their Super Regional. The left-handed specialist has yet to give up a run in 18 appearances for the Heels.

Lancaster playing well on golf tour

Johnston County pro golfer Neal Lancaster has played in the last three Champions Tour events, including two major championships. Lancaster, 50, is a Smithfield native and resident.

His best finish during the run was a tie for 20th at the Senior PGA Championship on May 26. It was his third straight top 20 finish on the tour for players age 50 or older. He followed the Senior PGA up with a tie for 39th at the Principal Charity Classic and an up-and-down four rounds at the Regions Tradition last weekend left him tied for 60th.

Lancaster posted rounds of 67 and 80 during the tournament. The 80 came on Sunday.

He also made four PGA Tour starts this season, making the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Valero Texas Open.

His winnings on the two tours combined for the year is $107,935.

The Champions Tour takes this weekend off for the playing of the U.S. Open and returns to action on Thursday with the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill. Another major follows June 27-30 with the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.

6/26/13 > Clayton News-Star, Garner-Cleveland Record, Smithfield Herald: Standout runners drawing college offers

Standout runners drawing college offers                         Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/18/2973044/standout-runners-drawing-college.html 

Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/18/2971822/standout-runners-drawing-college.html 

Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/18/2973045/standout-runners-drawing-college.html

Standout runners drawing college offers

Published: June 18, 2013  By D. Clay Best cbest@newsobserver.com

The recruitment of two area standout running backs is picking up as the build-up to the 2013 high school football season begins as the 2012-13 prep sports season ending.

Garner sophomore Nyheim Hines and Cleveland senior Isaac Martin are big targets for schools across the area.

Hines recently picked up a football scholarship offer from N.C. State.

The shifty running back/receiver also has offers from East Carolina, the University of North Carolina and Duke.

"The college coaches say they like my versatility," said Hines, who was third in the NCHSAA 4A 300-meters hurdles final. "I think I can line up in the slot, cornerback, running back, wide receiver or help on returns.

"The big thing for me is to keep working and trying to improve."

Hines said he was not going to give himself a deadline on making a college decision. He said he was just starting the process and not thinking about ending it.

"I don't want to make a commitment and later regret the decision," he said. "I don't want to commit and then decommit."

He ran for 731 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching four TD passes and totaling 30 receiving yards.

Hines was at his most dangerous on kick returns for Garner. He returned three punts for touchdowns and a kick off as well.

The offers are coming in a little more slowly for Martin, but colleges are still showing plenty of interest, according to Cleveland coach Marc Morris.

Martin led the area with 2,186 yards rushing last season and 28 touchdowns.

Martin has offers from The Citadel and N.C. A&T, according to Morris. Duke and Wake Forest have also shown a lot of interest.

"He should have more offers," Morris said. "I've had schools tell me they won't offer him because they don't think they have a chance at getting him."

Martin, whom Morris said is on track to complete his graduation requirements after the first semester, carries a 4.2 GPA.

Hines and Martin will be on the same field early this coming season.

Garner will visit Cleveland during the second week of the 2013 season.

TIM STEVENS CONTRIBUTED.

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6/26/13 > Cleveland Post: Local scholarships awarded at Cleveland High

Local scholarships awarded at Cleveland High Cleveland Post:

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GCCC Scholarship recipient, Kala Gulley (center).
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GCCC Scholarship recipient, Kala Gulley (center).
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SECU Scholarship recipient, Jade Witmer (center).
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SECU Scholarship recipient, Jade Witmer (center).

Kala Gulley, a graduate of Cleveland High, was the recipient of the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Scholarship for $500. Presenting the award were Martha J. Stovall, Owner/Area Director of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring and member of GCCC's Education Committee and Marlene Hill, Executive Director of GCCC.

Jade Witmer, a graduate of Cleveland High, was the recipient of the State Employee's Credit Union People Helping People Scholarship for $1000. Paul Rogers, SECU Senior Financial Services Officer and Jason Free, SECU Board of Directors presented her with the award on May 30.

6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Cleveland’s first class leaves lasting mark

Cleveland's first class leaves lasting mark   Garner-Cleveland Record:          

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/18/2971841/clevelands-first-class-leaves.html 

Cleveland's first class leaves lasting mark

Published: June 18, 2013  

By Kyle JahnerA group of Cleveland High graduates pose during a break in the storm after a graduation ceremony at the school's gymnasium. It was Cleveland's first graduationg class.

COURTESY OF ARUN SANDHU

 kjahner@newsobserver.com

The storms that have the greatest effect are slow moving ones. Wind and rain linger longer, reshaping the area over which they pass.

The 271-member Class of 2013 graduated in its gymnasium, its roof sheltering it from Tropical Storm Andrea. But the slower moving storm was the class itself: the school's first graduating class spent three years molding Cleveland High into more or less what they wanted it to be.

Most of the class spent their freshman year at West Johnston High School before that freshman class split, half populating one of two new high schools in Johnston County. So for three years, this group helped establish a new school culture, new clubs and new traditions, unchained by the inertia of pre-existing norms and uninhibited by influences of upperclassmen.

"You didn't have the pressure of 'I have to do it this way.' You could make it your own. It was your way of doing things because you were starting it," valedictorian Lauren Garrett said. "It wasn't scary to start clubs or leadership positions, because you didn't have seniors already there doing their own thing. We got to start fresh."

Garrett posted a 5.03 GPA while serving as National Honor Society president and maintaining involvement in student government, swimming, track and cross country, the latter as a captain. She volunteered at Johnston Memorial Hospital and was a Caswell Retreat leader.

She will head off to North Carolina State University in the fall to study biomedical engineering. Her mother, also an engineer and N.C. State graduate, said the new school proved a boon to her daughter and the other students.

"I kind of wanted her to stay at West but she wanted to branch out. She became a lot more involved with the school. They paved their way everything they did," her mother said. "It developed her leadership skills a lot more than being in a school that had already been established."

Co-Salutatorian Uzoamaka Obodo also appreciated the experience of building something and the chance to experiment and explore new ideas.

"We learned that food is the best way for people to get involved in something," she quipped.

Obodo, who will attend Cornell and major in molecular biology with the intention of attending medical school, said she'll treasure memories of her pioneer class.

"There were a lot of amazing people. We had a lot thrown at us over the years, and we stuck through it, through ups and downs," Obodo said.

Obodo, who has lived in Johnston County for 10 years since immigrating with her family from Nigeria, wants to be a doctor like her father, and leans toward being either an immuno-biologist or neurologist.

She noted the team spirit at sporting events and co-salutatorian and student government president Arun Sandhu also noted the football team's run into the third round of the 3AA playoffs. The band emerged as a force in a county known for good marching bands as well.

"It's really cool how we were the ones that started everything and were the first to graduate, and we set the standards," Sandhu said. "It makes us feel really honored that we were part of this big starting point."

Sandhu will attend UNC-Chapel Hill, and though her major is undecided she has known since middle school that she wants to become a doctor. She and Obodo both were actively involved in the club Health Occupation Students of America; Sandhu had started in the organization at West Johnston as a freshman and was an officer for her last two years of school.

Garrett, Obodo and Sandhu each spoke at graduation, which had been scheduled to be held outside. Thought a little more crammed, they also didn't seem to mind being indoors, each suggesting that air conditioning might have trumped June heat.

They touched on familiar themes in their speeches; Obodo recalled the camaraderie and inspiration she gleaned from her catalytic group of peers, Garrett talked about not being afraid to fail, achieve or follow one's heart, and Sandhu said classmates should remember their roots and use experiences to build themselves in the future.

Later, Obodo said she's confident that the school's patriarchal class leaves Ram Country in good hands.

"I see them picking up where we left off. They are so bright," she said. "I'm so happy leaving the school in their hands."

Jahner: 919-829-4822

6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Adam Morrison

COLLEGE SIGNING: Adam Morrison Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/15/2965304/adam-morrison.html 

College Signing: Adam Morrison

Published: June 15, 2013  Adam Morrison signs with Wake Tech with his parents (seated) Jim and Jane Morrison and (standing) West Johnston baseball coach Mike Jacobs.

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Parents: Jim and Jane Morrison

High School: West Johnston

Height, Weight: 6-feet, 175 pounds

Position: Outfield

Why Wake Tech? "I wanted to stay closer to home and I'll have the opportunity to start right off the bat."

Also Considered: Brevard, Methodist, Averett

Notable: The experience good friend Matt Reid has had on the Wake Tech team helped make Adam's decision easier. … Adam knows staying consistent hitting and improving his range in the outfield are the keys to success in college. … He says nothing compares to winning the three state championships in summer ball for the team. "And we had tons of fun," Adam added.

West Johnston coach Mike Jacobs: "Adam knows how to play the outfield and he's not afraid to lay it out 100 percent of the time. He led our team in hitting and has some speed. He is a diamond in the rough and he could really explode at the next level."

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6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Jack Sherrill

COLLEGE SIGNING: Jack Sherrill Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/15/2965290/jack-sherrill.html 

College Signing: Jack Sherrill

Published: June 15, 2013

Jack Sherrill signs with Wingate with (from left) West Johnston baseball coach Mike Jacobs and his parents Karen and Paul Sherrill.

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Parents: Paul and Karen Sherrill

High School: West Johnston

Height, Weight: 5-foot-8, 155 pounds

Position: Middle Infield

Why Wingate? "Up there I really liked the coaches a lot, their facilities a lot and the campus was great."

Also Considered: Mount Olive

Plans to Major In: Athletic Training

Notable: Jack was a constant starting at shortstop for the Wildcats' program over the past three seasons, helping West to three summer championships and the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference championship in 2012. "It was all about going out there and playing good team ball for us," he said. "Playing with your best friends, there's nothing better than that for team chemistry, which we had a lot of." … He says improving his strength and adding a little more speed are the keys for him at the college level. … Although Jack played short for the Wildcats for three seasons, he projects to play second base in college.

West Johnston baseball coach Mike Jacobs: "Defensively, there is none better than Jack. Offensively, he can be a little streaky but he's always improving. He's a true student of the game."

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6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Jacob Willis

COLLEGE SIGNING: Jacob Willis                          Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/15/2965280/jacob-willis.html 

College Signing: Jacob Willis

Published: June 15, 2013 

Jacob Willis signs with Barton College with West Johnston coach Mike Jacobs and his mother, Kerry Willis.

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Parents: Bobby and Kerry Willis

Height, Weight: 6-foot, 190 pounds

Position: Catcher

Why Barton? "Visiting there, I loved the field, loved the coaches and the philosophy they have. Everything just felt right. They're focused on playing the game the right way."

Also Considered: Mount Olive, Pitt Community College

Plans to Major In: History (Teaching)

Notable: Jacob has been a leader for West both on the baseball field as a catcher and in the classroom and other school-related activities. He was a member of multiple clubs at West including the Spirit Club and the National Honor Society. … He hit .300 with two home runs and 20 RBIs on the season as a senior for West. … Jacob wants to improve his speed as he gets ready to play in college.

West Johnston coach Mike Jacobs: "Jacob has been a selfless player for our program. Anytime you mix the level of hard work he shows and talent, you've got a great combination and Jacob has that."

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6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Justin Carroll

COLLEGE SIGNING: Justin Carroll                            Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/15/2965278/justin-carroll.html 

College Signing: Justin Carroll

Published: June 15, 2013 

Justin Carroll signs with UNC Wilmington with (from left) West Johnston baseball coach Mike Jacobs, his dad, Steve Carroll and his mom, Kim Carroll.

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Parents: Steve and Kim Carroll

High School: West Johnston

Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 215 pounds

Why UNCW? "The location is the biggest thing but they've been talking to me from the beginning. I know a couple of the guys there and they say great things about the program."

Also Considered: Mount Olive (baseball); Duke, William and Mary (football)

Notable: Justin has to be viewed as one of the top athletes in the short history of West Johnston athletics. He was an all-conference selection in football, baseball and basketball during his time with the Wildcats. … He played quarterback in football and led the West basketball team in scoring as a sophomore before stepping away from that sport. … Justin pitched and played outfield and first base for West but expects to just play the field in college. "I don't want to pitch in college, it's more fun hitting," he said. … He had football recruiting interest from Duke and William and Mary but decided just before his senior season to look at the baseball option. "I just felt like my future beyond college was brighter in baseball," he said.

West Johnston coach Mike Jacobs: "Justin is the best athlete I've ever been around. He will flourish at UNC-Wilmington. He's an intense competitor and a great natural vocal leader."

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6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Kessler Sorrell

COLLEGE SIGNING: Kessler Sorrell                Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/15/2965268/kessler-sorrell.html 

College Signing: Kessler Sorrell

Published: June 15, 2013

Kessler Sorrell signs with Southeastern Community College with (at left) West Johnston baseball coach Mike Jacobs and his father, Randy Sorrell.

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Parents:  Randy Sorrell and Angie Gilchrist

High School: West Johnston

Height, Weight: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

Positions: Pitcher, First Base, Outfield

Why Southeastern? "They've proven to be a pretty good program. Had a really good last two years. I just feel like it's a good place to get stronger, better and move on to a Division I or D-II school."

Also Considered: Wake Tech

Plans to Major In: Physical Education

Notable: Kessler wants to become more consistent at throwing strikes at the college level and refine me mechanics as well. … He took advantage of an opening in the West starting pitching rotation as a senior, settling into the No. 2 starter spot for conference games and thriving there. "Kessler came out of nowhere before last summer but he's really stepped up this year and grabbed the No. 2 spot pitching when he had the chance to earn it," said West coach Mike Jacobs. … Before this prep season he'd done most of his stellar work during the Wildcats' run to three consecutive summer season championships.

West Johnston coach Mike Jacobs:"Kessler's got that swag that you want in a pitcher, to be the king of the mound. Kessler's not afraid of anybody and you just love that in a pitcher."

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6/26/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Trey Lee

COLLEGE SIGNING: Trey Lee                        Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/15/2965266/trey-lee.html 

College Signing: Trey Lee

Published: June 15, 2013 

Trey Lee signs with Southeastern Community College with his parents (seated) Ray and Lisa Lee, (standing) West Johnston baseball coach Mike Jacobs and Trey's brother, Ty Lee.

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Parents: Ray and Lisa Lee

High School: West Johnston

Position: Middle Infield

Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 150 pounds

Why Southeastern? "I thought that was where I could get the most work done and improve enough to move onto a four-year school."

Also Considered: Brunswick Community College

Wants to Study: Criminology

Notable: Trey is a three-year starter for the Wildcats playing mostly second base and was a part of the Wildcats' summer program that won back-to-back American Legion junior dvision state championships and shared the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League championship last summer. "I'll never forget playing with my best friends, winning state junior Legion titles," Lee said. "We just had so much chemistry and were a really close group."

West Johnston coach Mike Jacobs: "Trey combined with Jack Sherrill to make up no doubt the best set of middle infieldes I've coached in my 16 years. The work ethic he's developed better and with the kind of athlete he is, as he gets physically stronger he'll prove to be a Division I player."

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: 6th graders recognized for Honesty

6th graders recognized for Honesty Kenly News:

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and later, http://kenlynews.com/th-graders-recognized-for-honesty-p7885-74.htm

6th graders recognized for Honesty
The following sixth grade students received character education awards for the month of May at North Johnston Middle School. These students were recognized for their honesty, being truthful in words and actions. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza.On the front row (from left) are Kaylee Brewer, Van Pollock, Michael Barnes, David Pruitt, and Stephanie Ramirez. On the second row are Joanna Rubio, Melyssa Pruitt, Summer Ronczka, Josh Pendergraph, and Amari Barren.
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• Saturday, June 15, 2013

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: 7th graders recognized for Honesty

7th graders recognized for Honesty Kenly News:

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7th graders recognized for Honesty
The following seventh grade students received character education awards for the month of May at North Johnston Middle School. These students were recognized for their honesty, being truthful in words and actions. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza. From left are Spencer Jernigan, Logan Newsome, Jessica Gonzalez, Emily Benedict, Jennifer Gonzalez, Connor Norris, LaTonya Belton, Cameron Huffman, and Caleb Mooring.
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• Saturday, June 15, 2013

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: Girls polish volleyball skills during NJ clinic

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Girls polish volleyball skills during NJ clinic



Twenty-one girls ranging from age six all the way up to rising high school seniors attended the annual two-day North Johnston High School volleyball camp held last week in the school gym.

Nicole Davis, North Johnston head volleyball coach and athletic director, served as facilitator of the camp while instruction was conducted by Duke University head volleyball coach John Wasielewski along with his assistant Cristina Pincilie, who is a native of Romania.

"They're really great with the kids," said Davis about the two visiting coaches, "and all the girls love Cristina's accent. You can tell these coaches love the game the way they interact with the kids."

"Push, push, push. Good! Now use those legs, get that right foot forward," said Coach Wasielewski during one of the many drills the campers went through during last Thursday's morning session.

"We're trying to teach them fundamentals of the game, like
 footwork, setting and serving, and to get them comfortable with the feel of the ball," he said, Wasielewski, currently in his fourteenth year of coaching at Duke, said he likes coming to the North Johnston camp, which he's been doing for about ten years.

He also conducts similar clinics at other high schools during the summer months.

"It's just fun to come see the different schools throughout the state, and hopefully make volleyball better in North Carolina," he said.

Among the girls attending the camp was Nicole Brown, a rising senior next fall at North Johnston and a member of the school volleyball
 team.  "I've learned a lot, and it's been fun," said Brown, who is attending the camp for the fifth consecutive year.

"For me, being a senior, I've enjoyed learning some of the more advanced skills like you find in college," she said.



Duke University head volleyball coach John Wasielewski instructs a group of volleyball camp attendees on how to improve their game.



More than 20 area youth participated in last week's volleyball camp held in the gym at North Johnston High School.



Olivia Padgett (left) and Mackenzie Swartz (right) work on drills during last week's volleyball camp at North Johnston High School. Walking in the background is Duke University assistant volleyball coach Cristina Pincilie.

6/26/13 > Kenly News: 8th graders recognized for Honesty

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8th graders recognized for Honesty
The following eighth grade students received character education awards for the month of May at North Johnston Middle School. These students were recognized for their honesty, being truthful in words and actions. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza.On the front row (from left) are Ben Meserve, Savannah Massey, Brianna Perry, Laura Barboza, Carlos Aguilar, and Anna Godwin. On the back row are Kayla Thompson, Jeffrey Wilkins, Justin Grady, Logan Neer and Ezra Warren.
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• Saturday, June 15, 2013

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: Corinth Holders seniors offered $1.3 million in scholarships

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Corinth Holders seniors offered $1.3 million in scholarships



Three years after opening Corinth Holders High School had 250 seniors to graduate, and the inaugural class received roughly $1.3 million in scholarships offers and awards.

For example, Deanna Carole Brailsford is an honor graduate at CHHS. Brailsford received a $26,000 merit scholarship from Methodist University where she will study applied exercise science in the fall.

Savannah Lee Barber is an N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate at CHHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She was awarded $40,000 in scholarships from Clemson University where she will study physics in the fall.

Samuel James Blinson is a high honor graduate at CHHS and a member of the National Honor Society. Blinson was awarded the $10,000 People Helping People Scholarship, which was presented by Jessica Turner and Amber Haley from the N.C. State Employees Credit Union. Blinson will attend N.C. State University this fall where he will study engineering.

Nella Stewart Chamblee is a high honor and N.C. Scholar graduate at CHHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is also a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar athlete. Chamblee received the $500 CHHS Athletic Booster Club Scholarship. She has also received a $6,000 scholarship to play softball at UNC-Wilmington where she plans to study science education.

Ashlyn Dyanne Coelho-Allen is a N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate at CHHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She is the recipient of the $100 Daughters of the American
 Revolution Scholarship. Coelho-Allen received the $500 Rotary of Central Johnston County Scholarship, which was presented to her by Johnston County Education Foundation board member Allan DeLaine, and the $1,000 Tina Barlette Realty Group Scholarship, which was presented to her by Tina Barletta. She will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall where she plans to study archaeology.

Natalie Claire Curtis is an honor graduate and member of the National Art Honor Society. She plans to attend Meredith College in the fall where she will study environmental science and sustainability. Curtis received an academic merit scholarship from Meredith in the amount of $13,000, the $500 MCAN Leadership Grant, and the $500 Carolina's Key Club District Board Scholarship.

Emily Colleen daCamara has been awarded a $28,000 scholarship from Southern Virginia University for the next four years. While attending Southern Virginia daCamara plans to study music performance.

Matthew Austin Duncan is an N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Duncan was awarded the $67,000 Presidential Scholarship from Methodist University, he was also awarded $5,000 from N.C. State where he plans to major in engineering this fall.

Morgan Colleen Hester is an N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend the honors program at Lee's McCrae in the fall and study wild life biology and rehabilitation. Morgan received $13,000 in academic scholarships and $3,000 in athletic scholarships to attend the
 school.  Allison Paige Humphrey is a N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate at CHHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Key Club, and the National Art Honor Society. Humphrey is a committed member of JoCo Teen Drivers. She received more than $11,000 in scholarships from N.C. State where she will study textile design in the fall.

Mattilyn Hayes Karst is a N.C. Scholar, high honor graduate, and member of the National Honor Society. She was awarded More than $43,000 from Wake Forest University and $7,800 from UNC Chapel Hill. Karst will attend UNC Chapel Hill this fall and plans to study psychology. Karst also received the $1,000 Life Long Learner Scholarship (presented by Johnston County Education Foundation board member Allan DeLaine), the $1,000 Corinth Holders Alumni Community Service Scholarship (presented by Charles Creech), the $500 CHHS PTA Leadership Scholarship (presented by Shari Pepper), and the $1,000 Tina Barlette Realty Group Scholarship (presented by Tina Barletta).

Charles Dearian Gray is a N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate at CHHS. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Gray was offered the $67,000 Presidential Scholarship from Methodist University
 and the $60,000 Presidential Scholarship at Campbell University. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is a US Army Reserve National Scholar athlete. Gray plans to attend N.C. State University in the fall and study chemistry.

Victoria Leigh Peach is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. Peach received a $64,000 scholarship for her academics and talent for her next four years at Meredith College where she plans to study music.

Catherine Lynn Restrepo is a N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate at CHHS. Restrepo is a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor society. She will attend UNC Wilmington in the fall and study psychology. Restrepo is the recipient the $1,000 Southland Car Club Scholarship. She also received the $1,000 Life Long Learner Scholarship (presented by Johnston County Education Foundation board member Allan DeLaine), the $1,000 Tina Barlette Realty Group Scholarship (presented by Tina Barletta), and the $1,000 Alton Bridgers Memorial Scholarship (presented by Marcus Burrell attorney at law with Hewett and Wood Law Firm).

Megan Ryals is attending Louisburg College and plans to study special education. Ryals is the re­
cipient of the $1,000 Whitehead Scholarship, the $2,950 Louisburg Christian Scholarship, and a $2,500 volleyball scholarship from Louisburg College.

Victoria Gail Shearon is a member of the National Art Honor Society. She received a $36,000 scholarship for her next four years at Meredith College where she will study chemical engineering and chemistry.

Summer Leeann Telfer is a honor graduate at CHHS. She is the recipient of the $3,000 Golden Leaf Scholarship, the $1,000 Southland Car Club Scholarship, and also several grants from ECU where she plans to attend this fall.

Jennifer Dee Vrabel is a N.C. Scholar and high honor graduate at CHHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is an officer in FFA. Vrabel will attend N.C. State University in the fall and study animal science. She is a recipient of the $500 Wake County 4-H Horse Program Scholarship, the $1,000 JoCo Farm Bureau Ronnie L. Woodard Memorial Scholarship, and the $500 Dr. H Edward Croom Scholarship (presented by Phyllis Croom).

6/26/13 > Kenly News: Kenly area residents participate in JCS Early College milestone

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Kenly area residents participate in JCS Early College milestone



With little county-wide fanfare, a major milestone in Johnston County's education system occurred last month and two Kenly area residents were major participants.

Last month the first graduating class of the Johnston County Early College Academy graduated its first class of seniors.

President of the Class of 2013 was Amanda Cockrell, daughter of Doug and Cary Lane Cockrell of Kenly. And, the first principal of the Early College Academy was Amanda's mother.

The Early College Academy was launched in 2008. It is a five-year program that allows motivated students to not only earn their high school diploma but a two-year associate degree from Johnston Community College.

Classes are taught at the community college and after the first year, academy students attend classes with regular college
students.

"This non-traditional school is specifically for students
 who have the ability to be high achievers," said principal Brandon Garland. "They are  capable of doing honors work, and can meet high academic standards."

Added Garland, "Johnston County Early College students have ambition and ability and want a setting and experience different from the typical high school. Students must make a commitment to academic excellence. Entrance to the school is by application only. Each spring applications are accepted, and 50 qualified candidates are admitted."

Amanda, who is headed to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., said her five years in the Early College Academy was one of many firsts. She will arrive at Liberty with enough college credits to be classified as a junior, thanks to the two years of community college courses she took at JCC.

"We were the first students to arrive at Johnston Community College in high school buses," she joked, referring to the fact that most students who enter
 the early college academy cannot drive and must take the school bus to the college.

But, she added, everything that the Class of 2013 did was a first for Johnston County.

Amanda graduated from North Johnston Middle School and was accepted in the early college academy. She did not attend any class at North Johnston High School.

"I wanted to get a head start," said Amanda. "I wanted to challenge myself. I wasn't interested in sports. I wasn't giving up much (by not going to North Johnston) other than seeing my friends."

The first year at early college academy was much like high school. But at the end of that year students registered for college classes just like regular college students did. Many of the college courses the early college academy students took were dual credit-counting
 both as high school and college credit.

Amanda said at the beginning the early college academy students were picked on a little by the JCC regular students. "But, we were all doing the same work," said Amanda. "After a while we earned our own way. They realized we could do the work they were doing."

In fact, Amanda said some of the academy students would help tutor the college students in some of the classes.

"We were tutoring with college students all the time," said Amanda. "It was cool."

She said it was especially interesting to be in classes with students who were in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

"We worked our butts off," said Amanda. "I think the college students respected us for that."

She said that taking classes in college-as a high school aged student-made the high school students mature quicker. She said the high school students started thinking like college students.

"You are treated like a college student and you start acting like a college student," she said.

She said at first she was a little nervous about going from middle school to the early college academy. She soon learned she was capable of doing the work.

"I just had to set my goals a little higher than I would have in regular high school," she explained.

While she was not exposed to high school sports at the early college academy, Amanda took advantage of many other activies. She participated in the JCC concert choir, was a member of the college literary guild and the college English poetry club.

She participated in their first early college prom and was among the first high school students to be inducted into the JCC honor society.

"I am absolutely glad I went to early college," said Amanda. "I'd do it again in a heartbeat."

She plans to major in business management at Liberty with a minor in Biblical studies.

By the way, Amanda was offered more than $54,000 in college scholarships. She was accepted at the three schools to which she applied--Liberty, Mount Olive College and St. Johns College in Queens, NY.



Amanda Cockrell (center), 2013 Senior Class president of the JCS Early College Academy, stands with her mother Cary Lane Cockrell, the academy's first principal, during the academy's first graduation ceremony. Behind them is Early College Instructor Amanda Rowland.

6/26/13 > Kenly News: Local schools celebrate end of year with fun day

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Local schools celebrate end of year with fun day
Getting very soaked from passing the sponge overhead at Micro-Pine Level's Fun Day are students from Andrea Cole's third grade class. Pictured from front to back are: Angie Bolanos, Ashton Huddleston, Fanny Ramirez, Mackenzie Griffen, Samantha Rollins, Lanie Stanley, Ashlynn Hockaday and Evelyn Contreras.
Kenly News
• Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Students and faculty at Glendale-Kenly Elementary and Micro-Pine Level Elementary Schools recently enjoyed a well-earned day of fun last week at their annual field day after an exhausting week of end of grade testing.

"Field day is our annual year-end event at Glendale-Kenly where kids can take a day off and just have fun," said Eric Creech, field day coordinator and physical education teacher. "It's really just a great way for kids to be able to relax and have fun with their friends."

All of the activities at GKE related to lessons from the year. Some of this year's games included basketball, soccer, and hockey shootouts, a target Frisbee toss, tug-o-war, scarf juggle, exercise tag, and jump rope. There was also a four-part station made up of the baton relay, potato sack race, three-legged race, and the dizzy bat race.


Also new to Glendale-Kenly's Field Day were two bounce houses, which were donated by the families' of Felicia Powell and Jaida Jones.

This was Creech's fourth year organizing GKE's field day, and many of this year's volunteers were his former students that are now attending North Johnston Middle School. Other volunteers included students from North Johnston High School and several parents.

"This event could not have happened without the assistance we received from all of our volunteers," said Creech. "I am very grateful for their help and their time. They really do a wonderful job."

Creech added that the teachers and staff were also a tremendous help throughout the day, and he greatly appreciates the fact that they were so flexible with their schedules, especially considering the rain that interrupted the day's activities.

Thursday's Field Day was the first to be rained on since Creech began working at Glendale-Kenly Elementary, and because of the consistent perfect weather of previous years he was reluctant to view a forecast in days leading up to the event. However, once it was certain rain was eminent Creech modified the activity schedule so that all the kids could avoid getting wet.

According to Creech, the theme for Field Day was "Mission Impossible," which encouraged the students and reminded them of their limitless potential.

"Nothing is impossible," said Creech. "I teach my students that you can do anything as long as you set you mind to it."

One "Mission Impossible" the kids have been working on throughout the year has been the prevention of bullying, which Creech was able to tie-in to this year's movie, Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who."

He said the anti-bullying theme that recurs throughout the movie, "A person's a person no matter how small," helps kids to understand that everyone is important.

"We try to teach the kids about unity among everybody," he said.

In addition to the afternoon Dr. Seuss movie, students also participated in a school wide scavenger hunt and watched the classic "Singing in the Rain" starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.

"It was an ironic choice," said Creech.

Micro-Pine Level's "Fun Day" activities included: water games, jump rope, sack race, hula hoop, and other games. 

"Fun was had by all," said Deborah Baker, media spokeswoman for the school.

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: Local student builds garden for Life Skills class

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Local student builds garden for Life Skills class
Horacio Loza Rodriguez is the 2013 North Johnston High School Student Volunteer of the Year. He is standing in front of the planters he built for the school's Life Skills class.
Kenly News
• Friday, June 14, 2013
North Johnston High School graduate Horacio Loza Rodriguez Jr. was recently recognized as the school's Student Volunteer of the Year.

Loza Rodriguez was involved with numerous clubs and organizations at North Johnston, but his biggest contribution to the school was likely a vegetable and herb garden he made to benefit the Life Skills class.

The planters are made out of cedar, and they contain a variety items like strawberries, squash, tomatoes, rosemary, mint, and cilantro.


According to Life Skills teacher Diane McNamara, the garden has been a great hands-on resource for her students, and they got a lot of use out of it this year.

"They go there everyday and are so excited to see what is growing," said McNamara. "You show them a strawberry and they are like 'wow.'"

The garden was part of Loza Rodriguez's senior project. He had written a paper on the overpopulation of the planet and decided to do his project on making the best use of space. He compared the garden he created at North Johnston to a rooftop garden because in both instances a typically unused space gets utilized.

"It's important to make the best use of a space that you can," said Loza Rodriguez.

According to McNamara, it's students like Horacio that really make a difference in the world.

"When kids can think like that and dig in deep it makes all the difference," she said. "We are so thankful for Horacio. He worked hard and was very patient with us."

Horacio said he was happy to build the garden for the Life Skills class and is glad that it will be a renewable teaching tool that will continually help them to understand where their food comes from.

In addition to building the garden, Horacio helped start the school's "Green Box Movement," which is a recycling program.

He was the president of the Spanish club and the Green Box Movement, and he was a member of the National Honor Society and FCA. Loza Rodriguez also studies martial arts and played on the school's tennis and cross-country teams.

According to Loza Rodriguez, he plans to attend Mars Hill College in the fall, where he has been offered a $107,000 scholarship. While at Mars Hill he plans to major in environmental science (wildlife biology), and afterwards he hopes to join the Peace Corps.

Loza Rodriguez lives in the Selma area with his mother, Elva Rodriguez Aguirre, and father, Horacio Loza. He has two siblings at Micro-Pine Level Elementary School, Jessica, 12 and Juan, 6.

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: Local teen earns third place in state HVAC competition

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  Local teen earns third place in state HVAC competition



Former North Johnston High School graduate and Johnston Community College student Jordan House recently earned third place in the SkillsUSA state HVAC competition.

House competed in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration category against some of the brightest students from community colleges throughout the state.

According to House, the two people that finished ahead of him in the competition were both seasoned HVAC professionals that had worked in the field for a while.

"I felt like I did pretty well, especially considering I haven't had any professional experience,"
 said House.  The HVAC competition consisted of seven stations, including wiring, heat pump troubleshooting, airflow calculation, refrigeration troubleshooting, A/C troubleshooting, parts identification, and brazing (a metal joining process).

House performed perfectly in six out of seven stations. However, he lost a few points at the brazing station because of a measurement issue, not because of his technique. He said the diagram he received at the station had no measurements on it, so he completed the task by brazing pieces of copper together so that they were the same size as what was on the diagram. House said he is confident that had he decoded the diagram correctly he would have won first place.

House was first introduced into the HVAC program at Johnston Community College through a partnership the school had with North Johnston High School. The partnership allowed him to take some HVAC classes while still enrolled in high school.

He added that he was thankful for the opportunity to begin studying the field at an early age because the classes really helped him to figure out what career path he wanted to follow.

"I knew I wanted to do something in electronics, and I found out there is actually a lot of electrical in HVAC," he said.

According to Milton Hudson, lead HVAC instructor at John­
ston Community College, House faced some very stiff competition at the SkillsUSA event, and he is extremely proud of House's performance.

"He's very mechanically minded, and he always applies himself," said Hudson. "He a good all around student, and I believe he'll make a good employee."

House will not officially earn his degree for another year, but he has completed most all of his HVAC classes. He also recently became (post-competition) the newest addition to the Creech Electric staff in Selma.

He is the son of Michael and Denise House of Davis Mill Road in Pine Level. He has a younger brother, Josh, who is currently attending North Johnston High



Pine Level's Jordan House competes at the recent state HVAC competition where he earned third place honors.

6/26/13 > Kenly News: Micro-Pine Level Elementary releases principal and honor roll list

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Micro-Pine Level Elementary releases principal and honor roll list



Micro-Pine Level Elementary School Principal Allen Sasser has released the names of students earning places on the Principal's List and the Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Wheeler, Kyla Winborne  

Fifth Grade
 

Whitley, Brianna Wilson
 

Fourth Grade
 tiana Powell, Sara Rains, Paula Rogers, Rashaun Russell, Erika Vanegas, Melany Vega, Ty Whitley,  ****, Chasti Bailey, Marissa Barber, Logan Byrd, Destiny Clements, Victoria Crocker, Damaris Enriquez, Kyndall Foy, Jhovanna Franco, Tristan Galla, Mackenzie Gibson, Alexis Gupton, Justin Holland, Dylan Jackson, Misael  Jaramillo, Carsse Lucas, Nicholas Matthews, Jadon Moore, Xan Moore, Hannah Moye, Jessica Parnell, Ta'Crisha Perris, Elizabeth Rivera, Braidy Rollins, Matthew Seymour, Matthew Wright  PRINCIPAL'S LIST Third Grade  

Cori Appell, Lanie Croft, Laney Daughtry, Jalen Foye, Madalyn Godwin, Anna Kate Pike, James Price and Brandon Villa
 

Fourth Grade
 

Stephanie Carrizales-Nunez, Josh Carter, Luke Mitchell, Antonio Reyes, Mari Santiago, Logan Stanley, Gabe Strickland, Christian Sykes, Elizabeth
 Makayla Clark, Anna Crocker, Zaphra Davis, Jeremy McGirt  

HONOR ROLL Third Grade
 

Joshua Bare, Brayan Bedoya Rosales, Angie Bolanos, Tyler Boswell, Grant Capps, Natalie Casey, Evelyn Contreras, Ed Fair, Ashlynn Hockaday, Ashton Huddleston, Frank Jones, McKenzie Leigh, Lane McLean, Kathryn Medina, Dillon Melton, Peyton Moore, Jakob Napier, Dawson Norris, Indea Owen, Mackenzie Pearce, Haleigh Rhodes, Samantha Rollins, Lanie Stanley, Landon Walker, Rachel Warren, Rafe
 Brandon Aburto-Luna, Jose Arteaga, Fanny Barrios, Emily Briones, Jonathan Brown, Madison Byrd, Oscar Cabellero, Jackeline Carlos-Anaya, Dominick Cook, Lexi Cooper, Shelby Crocker, Tifany Delgado, Erica Gil-Ortiz, Austin Hare, Kelsey Hernandez, Kaden Hobbs, Kiana Houslin, Alex Johnson, Luke Johnson, Daniel List, Edwin Lopez, Francisco Lozano, Yermain Mancia, Kayla McAuley, Curenity McDonald, Zion McPhatter, Nelson Mitchell, Isaac Moore, Austin Overby, Saraid Padilla, Laura Parker, Arial Pearce, Ta­ Alexis Young  

Fifth Grade
 

Trey Allen, Christine Anderson, Hayli Appell, Camden Ayparticipants.

6/26/13 > Kenly News: New AP named at Micro-Pine Level

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New AP named at Micro-Pine Level



Ashley Radford, former curriculum coach and response-tointervention (RtI) specialist at Micro-Pine Level Elementary, has been named the new assistant principal at the school.

Radford has been part of the Micro-Pine Level family for the past year, and she will officially begin her position on July 1.

She said her aspiration to become a school administrator stems from a longtime desire to be an effective leader.

"I want to work in leadership, and in my role I hope to inspire others to be leaders," she said.

Radford is a 2005 graduate of Slippery Rock University in
 Pennsylvania where she majored in elementary and special education. She received her master's degree in special education from East Carolina University in 2008 and will complete her master's in school administration at N.C. State University in May of 2014.

Prior to coming to Micro-Pine Level Elementary Radford worked for three years as the RtI Interventionist for Johnston County Schools and two and a half years as an exceptional children's teacher at Archer Lodge Middle School.

Radford was also recently honored by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber as the teacher of the month for May.

She and her husband, Kevin, live in Fremont. He works at U.S. Foam & Etch in Goldsboro, and the couple has two children, Alex, 5 and Austin, 1.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time in her yard with her family as well as fishing and going to the beach.

"I am looking forward to continuing the educational journey at Micro-Pine Level Elementary," said Radford. "I have greatly enjoyed working with all of the students, staff, parents, and the community members this past school year, and I am looking forward to another great year of growth and learning."



Assistant Principal at MPLE  Ashley Radford  

6/26/13 > Kenly News: NJ chorus performs ‘The Lion King’

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NJ chorus performs 'The Lion King'
Students participating in the Disney workshop were: Front row (leaning) from left are Caroline Hardison, Kendra Crocker, Shelley Peedin, Mattie Hawk, and Vanessa Watson. On the second row (standing) from left are Jordan Crocker, David Bohn, Rebecca Warren, Joye Parker, Whitney Lester, Cassidy Dowling, Samantha Spain, Ashley Williams, Nicole Mitchell, Elanna Daughtry, and Benjamin Howell. On the back row are Lindsey Batten, Kayla Durham, Lexi Stewart, Brook Cuddington, Haley Buckner, David Moore, Halie Glover, and Casey Davis.
Kenly News
• Monday, June 17, 2013
Members of the North Johnston High School chorus recently learned what it would be like to be an official Disney performing cast member at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

According to chorus teacher Amy Mooring, 24 students traveled with her to Disney World to participate in a song and dance workshop run by professional Disney performing artists.

Recent graduate Vanessa Watson said she enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the workshop, and she feels like the chorus really benefited from it.


"They made us better," said Watson. "We were treated like real Disney cast members."

While at the workshop the North Johnston chorus members, who were accompanied by 12 students from South Johnston High School, sang two songs from The Lion King movie; "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." The group performed the songs on a sound stage, and their session was professionally recorded.

According to Watson, in addition to new breathing techniques, the group was also taught how to create sound effects with their voices. Most of the effects they recorded were in some way related to animals, and all the recordings ended up being used in a way that surprised the chorus.

Watson said all of their recorded songs and sound effects were synced to actual scenes from The Lion King movie.

"We watched our sound effects and our singing played in sync with the video," said Watson.

According to Mooring, the group was given a souvenir DVD featuring their voices, which they shared at the chorus' recent school concert.

Rising senior Brook Cuddington said she was surprised to hear herself and her classmates on the DVD.

"I didn't know why they were making us make animal noises," she said. "It was definitely something I'll never forget."

Cuddington added that she learned a lot about music, and she loved getting to sing in a real recording studio.

"The acoustics were perfect," said Mooring. "It was amazing to see two separate schools blend so well together."

Rising senior Kendra Crocker said she also thought the two chorus groups blended wonderfully together, and she thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the students from South Johnston.

"It was awesome how they combined the two schools together," said Crocker. "Things worked out better than I ever thought they could have."

Mooring said she is extremely proud of how well all of the students behaved on the trip and what great ambassadors they were for the Johnston County School system.

She added that because of how smoothly everything went she is considering attending the workshop again in the near future. She is also looking into the possibility of a Broadway workshop in the spring of 2014 in New York.

"We will definitely do that workshop again," said Mooring.

Mooring said she is thankful for the help she received planning the trip from South Johnston chorus teacher Phyllis Toothman and also for all of the trip's chaperones; Tim and Renee Crocker with their daughter Ana, Tammy and Richard Durham, and Teresa Lewis.  

"They [the chaperones] were awesome," said Mooring. "We could not have accomplished all that we did without them. They were truly a blessing to me."

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6/26/13 > Kenly News: Three NJHS students headed to international competition

Three NJHS students headed to international competition         Kenly News:

http://kenlynews.com/three-njhs-students-headed-to-international-competition-p7900-74.htm 

Three NJHS students headed to international competition



Several North Johnston area youth will be participating in a dinner theatre fundraiser to raise money to attend the International Church of God Teen Talent competition in Cleveland, Tenn.

Chad Little, Caroline Hardison, and Jordan Crocker recently competed with their youth group, Awakening Youth Ministry at the Princeton Church of God, at the state Teen Talent competition held at the Eastern North Carolina Church of God Conference Center in Kenly.

All three (along with 11 other members of the youth group) won first place in the choir category and human video category, which qualified the group to compete at the International Teen Talent event in July at Lee University in Tennessee, said Princeton Church of God Youth Pastor Joseph Antley.

According to Antley, the group also took home second place honors in the synchronized movement category and the group skit category.

He added that Hardison, performing as an individual, earned second place honors in the expressive movement solo category.

Members of Awakening have been practicing and perfecting their performances since October of last year, so they will be
well equipped for the international competition, he said.

"They know their stuff," said Antley. "I think they will do really well."

The upcoming dinner theatre fundraiser will hopefully offset the cost to attend the competition and also give the community a sample of what talents the group will be taking with them. The dinner is scheduled to take place on Friday night, June 21, and Saturday night, June 22, in the youth sanctuary at the Princeton Church of God on Highway 70 located just outside of Pine Level from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Little, Hardison, and Crocker will be selling the $35 tickets in the Pine Level and surrounding areas to the dinner theatre event, which includes a complete Rib-Eye steak dinner and a performance showcasing the group's talents.

Little is a rising junior at North Johnston High School and the son of Edward and Deanna Little. Hardison is a rising senior and the daughter of Chuck and Debra Hardison. Crocker is a rising sophomore and the son of Tim and Renee Crocker.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact a member of the Awakening Youth Ministry or call Joseph Antley at 919-965-6675.



North Johnston's Chad Little (left), Caroline Hardison (center), and Jordan Crocker (right) are three of 14 members of the Princeton Church of God Awakenings Youth Ministry that will be competing at the upcoming International Church of God Teen Talent competition.

6/26/13 > Princeton News-Leader: A Job Well Done- Loretta Langdon retires

A Job Well Done- Loretta Langdon retires             Princeton News-Leader:

http://princetonleadernow.com/editionviewer/?Edition=0819ce85-fc3d-49c1-b922-96628f3ad9f6&Section=0 

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star: Career day inspires students

Career day inspires students   Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/11/2955199/career-day-inspires-students.html 

Career day inspires students

Published: June 11, 2013  

 Jennifer McCracken, a private investigator at Diamond Eye, showed students the different cameras she uses in her job.

AMANDA JAMES - ajames@newsobserver.com

By Amanda James ajames@newsobserver.com

CLAYTON - Business owners, a television reporter, a mechanical engineer, a photographer and many more professionals visited Clayton Middle School last week to talk about how they got where they are.

The event, organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, was designed to inspire eighth-graders to start thinking about what they'd like to do one day.

One eighth-grader, Emmanuel Deen, said career day might have changed his mind about what profession he'd like to pursue. Before last week, Deen said, he wanted to go into law enforcement.

"After today, I may want to do engineering," said Deen, whose class heard from a mechanical engineer. "I like how he gets to work with machines, travel and share ideas."

Twenty professionals from a variety of fields visited the eighth-graders. They traveled in pairs to different classrooms and spoke to each class for 10 minutes about what a typical day is like for them, how they got where they are and what skills their job requires.

Many students were intrigued by Jennifer McCracken's presentation. McCracken is a private investigator for Diamond Eye Legal.

"Where do you all think I have a camera on me now?" McCracken asked the students.

In each class, students were surprised to learn that she could carry a camera on her purse, on her Bluetooth earpiece and on her ink pen.

McCracken told students that a good education was important because it made her better at what she does.

One student, Richard Alvarado, said McCracken was his favorite presenter. "I thought it was interesting that if something happens, she gets to help figure out why," he said.

Career day was intended in part to make students aware of jobs they might not have considered before.

Eighth-grade teacher Bentley Rose said she felt the day helped her students learn about what jobs are out there. "I think it's important for students to get exposed to careers they haven't thought of before," she said.

This was the second year the chamber organized a career day at Clayton Middle.

James: 919-553-7234

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star: Clayton grad grabs three top-five finishes in NCAA championships

Clayton grad grabs three top-five finishes in NCAA championships Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/10/2953493/clayton-grad-grabs-three-top-five.html 

TRACK AND FIELD

Clayton grad grabs three top-five finishes in NCAA championships

Published: June 10, 2013  

Clayton's Kendra Harrison was part of three top-five finishes for Clemson at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. She finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, fifth in the 100 hurdles and was part of the Tigers' thrid-place 4X100 relay team.

REX BROWN OF IPTAY MEDIA 

By D. Clay Best cbest@newsobserver.com

Clemson sophomore Kendra (Keni) Harrison made the most of each of her runs during the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon this past weekend.

Harrison, a former NCHSAA state champion, was a part of three top-five finishes for Clemson. She ran the opening leg on the Tigers' 4x100 relay which took third in 43.76 and made both hurdle finals.

The women's hurdle events were two of the fastest in NCAA history. Stanford's Kori Carter set a collegiate record in the 400 at 53.21 seconds, while Clemson's Brianna Rollins broke her own NCAA record in the 100 hurdles at 12.39.

Harrison's fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles on Friday was the best ever in the event for a Clemson entry. She clocked in at 55.75 seconds.

The sophomore also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles, tying her personal best time of 12.87 seconds.

Harrison, West Johnston grad Dakota Peachee and Southeast Raleigh grad Wayne Davis II - a trio of former Greater Neuse River 4A Conference standouts - all earned first team All-America honors with their performances. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America status.

Peachee, a senior at High Point University, views his fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Friday's NCAA Track and Field Championships in Oregon, as either the perfect ending to his competitive running career or the next step in his career.

"If this is the end of the book, it's a great way to finish," Peachee said. "I've earned a degree in biology, something I wasn't sure I could do, and given myself a chance to possibly run in the U.S. Championships. I'm undecided about that right now, but I know dental school is in my future."

Peachee led the chase pack - running behind Kenyans Anthony Rotich, Henry Lelei and Stanley Kebenei - for most of Friday's race before a great closing stretch by BYU's Curtis Carr in the final 250 meters. Peachee finished in 8:43.04. Rotich won in 8:21.19.

"We all just let the Kenyans go out and do their thing and ran for first place in the pack," Peachee said. "(Carr) had a great closing lap. I tried to match it but just couldn't get back to him. Still, to finish your college career with a top-five finish and All-American status is something that makes me very proud."

Davis started the final in the 110-meter hurdles wanting a great start for two reasons.

Davis, a junior at Texas A&M, knew a great start by the top qualifier in the event would put pressure on his fellow competitors. He also needed the start to erase his own memories of a less than ideal start in the 2012 Olympics.

The former NCHSAA state champion had a great start and rolled to the national championship in a wind-aided 13.14 seconds.

"I knew my start was important," Davis said. "I think it was crucial to get ahead and push these guys and I think pushing those guys kind of made them screw up a bit."

Runner-up Eddie Lovett of Florida hit multiple hurdles and Clemson's Spencer Adams hit hurdles as well.

His run helped A&M wrap up its fifth men's national championship in the past seven years. Florida and Texas A&M both finished with 53 points on the men's side.

Davis, running for Trinidad and Tobago, hit the first hurdle in the semifinals at the last Olympics and believes that cost him a spot in the finals.

"This was another big-time competition," Davis said. "So I just made sure I stayed away from the hurdles. (Running in wind) you just have to keep your feet light on the ground."

Best: 919-524-8895; Twitter: @dclaybest

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star, Garner-Cleveland Record: COLLEGE SIGNING: Donqua Williams

COLLEGE SIGNING: Donqua WilliamsClayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/10/2953467/donqua-williams.html 

Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/10/2953318/donqua-williams.html

COLLEGE SIGNING

Donqua Williams 

Donqua Williams signs with Tusculum College with his parents (seated) Jimmy Raeford and Willa Williams, (standing, from left) Cleveland athletic director Jamie Lee, football coach Marc Morris and principal Anne Meredith.

D. CLAY BEST - newsobserver.com

Parents:  Jimmy Raeford and Willa Williams

High School:  Cleveland

Height, Weight:  5-foot-9, 170 pounds

Position:  Slot Receiver

Also Considered:  Chowan

Why Tusculum?  "I like the one block class schedule where you spend 18 days in one class. And I like what I saw from the football program. It reminds me of what we have here."

Major:  Sports Management

Notable:  Donqua was one of the state's leading receivers this past season, totaling 1,313 yards receiving and pulling in 13 touchdown passes. He averaged 93.8 yards per game and ranked sixth in the state in yardage. Among area receivers he finished behind only Wakefield receiver Jordan Fileulleteau who set state records in receiving last fall. … The opportunity to stay at slot receiver, which he will get at Chowan, played a big role in Donqua's college choice. … Although he had plenty of catches, the one he remembers most as a Ram was his one-handed TD catch in the playoffs against Greenville D.H. Conley. … But above all, he'll cherish helping Cleveland quickly establish itself as an area power. "Everybody thought we'd be small and not do much when we started," Donqua said. "But we came out, worked hard together and showed them."

Cleveland football coach Marc Morris: "Donqua's an exciting player, a great football player. The best thing about Donqua was that when we had our biggest games, he always played his best. That's a hard quality to find. He's going to be tough to replace because he can do things you just can't teach."

Compiled by D. Clay Best

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary

Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/08/2948248/honor-roll-cooper-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary

Published: June 8, 2013

Cooper Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Kaitlynn Bryand, Ellie Salter, Matthew Carroll, Hunter Fiore and Wyatt Reynolds.

Grade 4 - Sam Garrett, Panisara Purcell and Jonathan Durham.

Grade 5 - Taylor Bowman, Bella Murray, Daniel Bizzell, Monica Branagan, Kirklan Naumuk, Victoria Olmo and Elijah Sanders.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Malcolm Fultz, Faith Jones, Joshua Sluss, Victoria Walker, Anya Boddie, Gavin Garmer, Averi McLamb, Kimberlyn Southard, Kalyn Kyle, Julissa Perez-Ayala, Alana Sandaire, Mason Thibodeaux, Ariana Arbelaez, Caroline Donovan-Atwood, Kayla Duke, Christopher Eckstein, Amberlyn Garner and Camila Morales.

Grade 4 - Vinesha Briggs, Jaidon Davis, Madison Rosenbaum, Journee Spencer, Ashley Hoss, Marlo Phifer, Ethan Ryder-Burge, Jakiya Outerbridge, Keyara Barnes, Bailey Garrett, Rebecca Korzelius, Serena Lewis, Darian Moore, Damien Nelson, Natalie Astorga, Keely Billiar, Liam Cannon, Markus Coats, Miguel Maiella and Morgan Moser

Grade 5 - Ronald Cervantes, Hunter Bouknight, Megan Elliott, Arianna Pexton, Lauryn Shilt, Qiana Stubbs, Maritsa Beltran-Bonilla, Rownequah Johnson, Justen Richardson, Quincy Sandaire, Kaitlyn Syphers, Hailee Miller, Dallas Pearce, Ashley Sinclair, Emmanuel Duque, David Garcia, Gabriella Pierre-Louis, Madyson Cauthren, Thomas Elliott, Adriana Montenegro and Heather Padgett.

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star, Smithfield Herald: Corinth Holders senior beats the odds

Corinth Holders senior beats the odds Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/08/2948253/corinth-holders-senior-beats-the.html 

Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/08/2948204/corinth-holders-senior-beats-the.html

Corinth Holders senior beats the odds

Published: June 8, 2013  

By Laura Crosio - Correspondent

Graduation is a rite of passage that every high school senior looks forward to. This year, the occasion will be especially poignant for one Johnston County teen and his family.

Two years ago, Charles Humphries was a typical high school sophomore who enjoyed playing sports and hanging out with friends. But when nagging knee pain sent the teen to the doctor, his life was changed forever. Doctors diagnosed Humphries with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that required the amputation of his right leg.

The disease, which had spread to his lungs, forced him into multiple rounds of chemotherapy. Left physically and mentally exhausted, Humphries spent his last two years of high school working independently in his hospital room or at home with tutors.

But this past Friday, the 18-year-old proudly walked with his fellow seniors in the Corinth Holders High School class of 2013.

"Charles has worked really hard to get through school," said his mother, Susan. "He's had a really good homebound teacher that has helped him keep up with his work. The school has been really good about getting his assignments to him."

Humphries said his goal was to finish high school on time with his classmates. He said the hardest part was working solo on assignments without the benefit of a teacher or other students to bounce ideas off.

"Taking Spanish was really tough," he said.

As for the future, Humphries will now prepare himself for the SAT. In the fall of 2014, he hopes to attend N.C. State University and major in prosthetic engineering. It's an interest Humphries developed last summer after the community helped raised money to purchase a state-of-the art prosthetic device. On graduation day, he wore his computer-controlled Genium leg.

"I do plan on going to college, but I want to make sure my scans are all clear," Humphries said, explaining his decision to wait a year before heading off to college. "I am also trying to get more active and back into shape."

His mother said it has been a hard road for her son. In addition to chemotherapy and getting used to an artificial leg, Humphries has endured several surgeries to remove shrunken tumors from both lungs. His most recent scans show he is cancer-free.

"He's had a good number of disappointments in the last couple of years, but he's been pretty amazing," Susan Humphries said.

"I think this has made Charles realize that sometimes things happen that we don't expect. You have to take what you've been given and do your best to overcome."

The Humphries family planned to have a large presence at graduation. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends all planned to be on hand to applaud his accomplishment.

"I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment, especially with all that I've been through," Humphries said.

"I feel like I've done something big and want to be a role model to others so they can be the best that they can be, too."

lauracrosio@yahoo.com

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star, Garner-Cleveland Record, Smithfield Herald: N&O announces spring honors

N&O announces spring honors  Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/10/2953472/no-announces-spring-honors.html 

Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/10/2953364/no-year-end-spring-honors-announced.html

Smithfield Herald:           

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/10/2953477/no-announces-year-end-spring-honors.html

N&O announces spring honors

Published: June 10, 2013  

 Emily Truelove (6) of Cleveland tries to get the ball away from Wilson Hunt's Kaitlin Saundes (8) during a 2012 3A playoff match.

GEORGE JOHNSON - newsobserver.com

By D. Clay Best cbest@newsobserver.com

Southeast Raleigh wrestling standout and 2012-13 NCHSAA 4A heavyweight state champion Phillip Shuler was named the News & Observer's wrestler of the year in the annual year-end rundown of the top athletes across the Triangle area.

Shuler leads the group of area athletes receiving N&O honors, which includes 16 members of the spring all-area teams. He went 39-0 as a senior and 69-17 in his career and will attend East Carolina University.

The Johnston-Garner area softball talent showed up in the all-area softball team, which saw six players earn the honor, and the track teams, which featured eight local athletes.

North Johnston's Kaylynn Batten (.536 batting average, six home runs, 36 RBIs) and Lauren Batten (14-0, 133 strikeouts and a 0.38 ERA), Clayton's Nicole Bond (.509 BA, 15-4 pitching record), Charley Cox of Princeton (.508 BA), Megan Gibbons of West Johnston (.491 BA) and Maddie Stewart of Garner (.347 career hitter) were all named to the team.

Xavier Carter of West Johnston (third in the 4A 110-meter hurdle championships) and Nyheim Hines (third in the 300 hurdles at states) made the boys track team.

State girls champions Jasmine Dawson of West (100), Mollie Williams of Clayton (100 hurdles), Tametrius Morrison of Southeast Raleigh (300 hurdles) and Shakinah Brooks of Southeast (long jump) earned girls team honors. Also selected for the girls track team were Regene Watson of Southeast (fourth in the shot) and Alex Williamson (state runner-up in the triple jump).

Garner baseball standout Brighton Hudson went 9-0 with a 0.88 ERA and 79 strikeouts earned baseball honors.

In girls soccer, Emily Truelove's sophomore season at Cleveland was among the state's best. She was named all-area after scoring 54 goals and dishing out 20 assists for the 18-2 Rams.

Best: 919-524-8895; Twitter: @dclaybest

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star: School Notes

School Notes Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/11/2955176/school-notes.html 

School Notes

Published: June 11, 2013  

 

NAACP awards scholarships

The Johnston County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has awarded scholarships to six graduating high school seniors. They are Destiny Sanders and Tamerick Barbour, Clayton High School; Kameron McDougald, Princeton High; Tayler Dorsey, Corinth Holders High; and Iman Billingsley and Samantha Gibson, Johnston County Middle College.

Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

The Johnston Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, has inducted the following students: Sharon Goddard of Selma, Robert Henningham of Four Oaks, Robyn Bell of Pine Level, Shenan Higgins of Benson, Marianne Rapp of Smithfield, Maria Aleman of Smithfield, Michelle Atkins of Smithfield, Mario Hobbs of Selma, Hollie Vanderlei of Willow Spring, Jensine Cochran of Smithfield, Kristen Barbour of Selma, Bryan Brafford of Kenly, Kristina Johnson of Benson, Shanita George of Smithfield, Holly Priest of Smithfield, David Parrish of Selma, Derek Bailey of Princeton, Lori May of Princeton, Steve Barefoot of Four Oaks, Jorene Mathias of Selma, Shane Henderson of Smithfield, Amanda Jackson of Four Oaks, Amber Parker of Smithfield, Peter Derasmo of Smithfield, Leticia Holman-Reynoso of Angier, Lawrence Bowyer of Selma, Theresa Scott of Smithfield, Jameka Price of Selma, Katelyn Giammo of Angier, Curtis Brundidge of Angier, Dorrie Johnson of Four Oaks, Kayla Messer of Four Oaks, Erin Tremblay of Smithfield, Amber Trimpe of Benson, Leigh Blevins of Four Oaks, Heather Mills of Smithfield and Dawnyetta McMillan of Benson.

To be eligible, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

Rising star at Clayton High

A Clayton High School student and musical production were among the nominees for this year's Triangle Rising Star Awards, which were presented June 2 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Kevin Thorne was among the Best Actor nominees. The school's production of "Honk the Musical" was a nominee for Best Musical.

Wake Tech announces spring honors

Wake Technical Community College has announced its President's List and Dean's List for the spring 2013 semester. Students must maintain a grade point average of 4.0 for the President's List and a 3.5 for the Dean's List. The students are as follows:

The following were named to the President's List with grade-point averages of 4.0: Karnal Fathy Bebawy, Shannon Nicole Brunson, Lindsey Megan Chin, Jennifer Chu, Micaehl Adam Dubinksy, Lester Earl Ewing, Victoria Abiola Faminigba, Michael Felland, Kera Renee Hafshejani, Lisa Michelle Hewett, Jessica Hollando, Heinz Menguser, Katherine Rose Patterson and Rebecca Diane Petty, all of Clayton; and Colleen Marie Mohsinger of Smithfield.

The following were named to the Dean's List with averages of 3.5 or better: Sara Escalante, Timothy Bryant Hobson, William David Michetti, Irvin Leroy Miller, John Charles Seifert Macy Lauren Stancil, all of Benson; Leigh Ann Allan, William Henry Archer, Vivian Daniela Benzo, Joshua Thomas Bley, Edward Courtney Burgess, Marko Antonio Evans, Salina Arielle Felder, John Mark Harmeling, Brandon Scott Lee, Samuel Dashaun Middleton, Alexander Opubo Owiriwo, Ethan Hill Patton, Matthew Thomas Reid, Terresa Proctor Sanders, Jennifer Lynn Starr, Ryan Anthony Stermer, Brianna Lee Vann, Alexander Stephen Vaughn, Tamara Williams Washington, Timothy Michael Williams, Gregory Bryon Willoughby and Gabriella Faye Woodson, all of Clayton; Joyce Ann Bosse, Pamela P. Kurzawa and Dana Cody Strickland, all of Four Oaks; Paul Jeffery Michaloski and Catherine Allison Wright, both of Selma; and Mark Alfred Kingsley and David Paul Richardson, both of Smithfield.

Four graduate

Four former Clayton High School students have graduated from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. They are Kristen Dawn Bagley, Brandon Duke Dyer, Shaza Ihab Gaballah and Michael Lynn Mallory.

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star: Sports Briefs: Chris Archer has best start of career, tops Orioles

"Sports Briefs: Chris Archer has best start of career, tops Orioles" Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/10/2953486/sports-briefs-chris-archer-has.html 

Sports Briefs: Chris Archer has best start of career, tops Orioles

Published: June 10, 2013

Archer has best start of career, tops Orioles

Clayton's Chris Archer turned in the best performance of his Major League career Friday night for the Tampa Bay Rays, working seven innings of two-hit baseball in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg.

"It was good to see my work coming to fruition," Archer told MLB.com. "I've never said that word before. I felt I was in control the whole time, honestly. I was able to stay within myself and execute pitches. It was one of those special nights that you try to tap into every game. Every pitch, I was telling myself what I wanted to do."

Archer retired 13 of the final 14 Orioles he faced in order. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday, June 12, against the Red Sox.

Four Mudcats earn All-Star nods

Four Carolina Mudcats have been selected to play in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif. on June 18. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, center fielder Tyler Naquin and first baseman Sabourin will be starters for the Carolina League squad that will take on the best of the Single-A California League in Municipal Stadium. Right-hander Cody Anderson will be on the Carolina League pitching staff.

"I'm very proud of our All-Stars," manager David Wallace said. "Each are very deserving, and will be great representatives of the Cleveland Indians, Carolina Mudcats and the Carolina League."

Naquinth overall in the 2012 draft, has become one of the best hitters in the league. He is the third Mudcat to lead the league in hits, owning 73 and his .309 batting average is third best in the league.

Lindor, 19, and the Indians' top pick in 2011, owns a .301 batting average, fourth best in the league.

Sabourin has been a model of consistency at the plate. His .310 average is second best in the league.

Anderson owns a 5-3 record with a 2.85 ERA in 66 1/3 innings.

6/24/13 > Clayton News-Star, Garner-Cleveland Record, Smithfield Herald: Sports Notes

Sports Notes   Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/10/2952500/sports-notes.html 

Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/10/2952501/sports-notes.html

 

Smithfield Herald:            

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/10/2952499/sports-notes.html

Sports Notes

Published: June 10, 2013   

Corinth Holders Football Camp

The 2013 Corinth Holders Football Camp will be held June 18-20 at the school from 6-8 p.m. daily. The camp staff will feature the Pirates' coaching staff and other area coaches. Rising third through eighth graders are eligible to attend. The cost is $45 per camper. Registration forms are available at the school or by emailing Peter Clark at peterclark@johnston.k12.nc.us. For info, 919-306-3121.

South Johnston Pop Warner registration

Registration for the South Johnston Pop Warner football and cheerleading programs is open until July 1. The South Johnston program is affiliated with the National Pop Warner Little Scholars program. Practice begins Aug. 1 and games start Aug. 30. Register online at leaguelineup.com/southjohnstonpopwarner or sign-up in person on June 22 from 10 a.m. until noon in Four Oaks (sites will be announced on the website. For more info, southjohnstonpopwarner@yahoo.com or 919-963-2483.

Three Little Pigs Triathlon

The fourth annual Three Little Pigs Triathlon will be held June 15 in Smithfield. Races begin at 7:30 a.m. The race includes a 250-yard swim, a 14-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The swim is in the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, the bike ride takes you into rural Johnston County and the run is through Smithfield Community Park and onto the Buffalo Creek Greenway. Registration is $40-60 for individuals or $80-120 for relay teams, depending on the time of registration. A fee from $5-10 for USAT race day insurance will be added to the registrations of non-USAT members. Registration is online at fsseries.com until June 12. On-site registration will be available if the field is not full. Last year's race included nearly 500 competitors.

Johnston County Tennis Championships

The Johnston County Tennis Championships for levels 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 will be held June 14-16 at Smithfield Community Park and Smithfield-Selma High School. The entry fees are $20 for singles and $30 for doubles teams. Proceeds will go to breast cancer-charities. To enter, call Milton Price at 919-268-8403 or email triangleeastsports@yahoo.com.

Clayton Comet Soccer Camp

The Clayton Comet Soccer Camp will be held June 10-13 from 5-8 p.m. daily for ages 6 and up. The camp fee is $75 before June 1, $90 thereafter. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Clayton Challenger British Soccer Camp

A series of Challenger British Soccer Camps will be held June 10-14 in Clayton. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily tournament. Mini-camps for ages 4-5 will be held from 9 until 10:30 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. until noon and cost $103 per camper. Half day-camps for ages 6-14 costs $140 and runs from 9 a.m. until noon or 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Info, visit challengersports.com/britishsoccercamps.

Clayton Baseball Camp

A baseball camp for ages 8-15 will be held June 11-14 from 8:30 until noon daily at Clayton High School. The cost is $75 before June 1, $90 thereafter. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Wildcat Youth Volleyball Camp

The Wildcat Youth Volleyball Camp will be held June 11-14 at West Johnston High School from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $80 before June 7 or $90 thereafter. Bagged lunch clincs on tactical serving and digging will be offered for 90 minutes in the afternoon on Tuesday and Thursday as well for $20 each or $30 for both. Registration forms are available online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JnH47DO2oqV1OAVp5ePpeR_6JttCK1-fsBKzCJGSMIs. Info: jerryhogan@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Clayton Cheerleading Camp

The Clayton cheerleading camp will be held June 12-14 from 10 a.m. until noon daily at Clayton High School. Boys and girls ages 5-13 can attend. The cost is $50 before June 1 or $65 thereafter. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Basketball Camp for ages 5-7

A basketball camp will be held June 12-14 for ages 5-7 from 9-11 a.m. at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center gym. The cost is $40 and payable to camp director James Robinson. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Spartans' Football Camp

Spartans' football camp for ages 6-14 will be held June 13-14 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at the Smithfield-Selma High practice field. The cost is $35 per camper and payable to David Lawhon. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Elementary Age Volleyball Camp

An elementary volleyball camp for grades 3-6 will be held June 13-14 at Princeton High School from 8:30 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $40 per camper. Visit Johnston.k12.nc.us/phs for a registration form.

Clayton Girls Basketball Camp

The Clayton girls basketball camp will be held June 17-20 at Clayton High School for ages 6-15. Camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $75 per camper. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Thunder Basketball Camp

This co-ed basketball camp from June 17-19 and 8 a.m. until noon daily in Selma will focus on basketball fundamentals and skill improvement for ages 7-15. The cost is $40 per camper, register by June 3. Info: visit townofselma-nc.com or 919-975-1411.

Johnston Horse Show Series

Johnston County Horse Show Series events will be held June 29, Aug. 3-4 (at Hunt Horse Complex), Sept. 21, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena near Smithfield. Rings open at 8:30 for all events. Johnston County HUNTER Horse Series shows are May 11, June 8, Sept. 7 and Nov. 9 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena. For more information, email blaine-mclaughlin-stables.com or johnston.county.horse.show@gmail.com.

Cleveland Baseball Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a baseball camp June 17-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Basketball camp for ages 7-14

A basketball camp for ages 7-14 will be held June 17-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center gym. The cost is $65 before the first day of camp or $75 on the first day of camp and payable to James Robinson. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Cleveland Basketball Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a basketball camp June 17-20 from 8:30 until 12:30 p.m. daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Princeton Volleyball Camp

A volleyball camp for middle school-aged and high school-aged players will be held June 17-19 at Princeton High School. High school camp is from 8-11 a.m. and middle school camp is from noon until 3 p.m. The cost is $50. Visit Johnston.k12.nc.us/phs for a registration form.

South Johnston Baseball Camp

The 2013 South Johnston Baseball Camp will be held June 17-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at Bruce Coats Field on the South Johnston High School campus. The fee is $80 per camper. Info: Keith Durham at 919-846-3146 or keithdurham@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Selma Challenger Sports Soccer Camp

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Challenger Sports to provide a soccer camp for ages 6 -16 from June 17-21. Camp will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Selma Middle School and the cost is $111 per person. Info: 919-975-1411or visit challengersports.com.

Clayton Parks Volleyball Camp

A girls volleyball camp for ages 9-14 will be held June 18-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at the Clayton Community Center Gym. The focus will be on basic skills: bumping, setting, serving, etc. The fee is $45 for annual members or $90 for others. Space is limited. Info: 919-553-1551 or visit townofclaytonnc.org.

South Johnston Softball Camp

The 2013 South Johnston Softball Camp for girls ages 6-14 will be held June 24-26 at South Johnston High. Camp is from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $60. Forms are available at all South Johnston area schools. Info: Mickey Bridgers at 919-262-6402 or mickeybridgers@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Smithfield Tennis Camps

Tennis camps for ages 5-7 and 8-14 will be held June 24-26 and/or July 22-24. Camp for ages 5-7 runs from 6-7 p.m. and 8-14 camp is from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Smithfield Community Park tennis courts. The cost is $30 for ages 5-7 or $50 for ages 8-14, payable to Doug Simmons. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Cheerleading Camps in Smithfield

Cheerleading camps for grades 1-5 and 6-12 will be held twice this summer. Camp for grades 6-12 is from 9 a.m. until noon, June 24-26 and July 22-24 and costs $70 per session. Camp for grades 1-5 is from 10 a.m. until noon, June 27-28 and July 25-26 and costs $35. Camps are held at the SRAC gym and payments are to Jessica Brank. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Clayton Football Camp

The Clayton Football Camp will be held June 24-27 at Clayton High School from 5-8 p.m. daily for students in grades 1-8. The cost is $75 per camper. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Clayton Boys Basketball School

The annual Clayton boys basketball school will be held June 24-27 at Clayton High School for boys ages 9 up to rising freshmen. Camp is from 9 a.m. until noon daily and the cost is $75 up until the first day of camp. Same-day registration is $90. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Cleveland Challenger Sports Soccer Camp in Cleveland

Challenger Sports will be hosting a soccer camp with Greater Cleveland Athletic Association June 24-28 for ages 3-16 at the GCAA athletic complex. Each camper receives a free soccer ball and camp T-shirt. Info: visit challengersports.com or Carmelo Sapia at 877-263-7909.

Cleveland Volleyball Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a volleyball camp July 8-11 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Comets Volleyball Camp

The Clayton Comets volleyball camp for ages 8-15 will be held July 9-12 at Clayton High School. Camp is from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $75 up until the first day of camp or $90 on the day of. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Spartans' Baseball Camp

The Spartans' baseball camp for ages 7-16 is July 8-11 and from 9 a.m. until noon daily at Spartan Field on the Smithfield-Selma High School campus. The cost is $75 per camper and payable to Chase Crocker. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Spartans' Volleyball Camp

A volleyball camp for girls ages 8-14 is set for July 8-11 in the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center gym from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $60 and payable to Kim Smith. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Camp Chillin' Camps

The Polar Ice House in Garner will offer weekly summer camps - Camp Chillin' - for ages 5-12. The camps will focus on skating techniques in their choice of ice skating, hockey basics, shooting and more. Info: visit icehousegarner.com or 919-861-7465.

Smithfield Youth Soccer Camp

A soccer camp for ages 5-14 is July 15-18 at Smithfield Community Park from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. daily. The cost is $50 and payable to Steve Brush. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Cleveland Cheerleading Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a cheerleading camp July 15-18 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Cleveland Soccer Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a soccer camp July 15-18 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Spartans' Softball Camp

Spartans' Softball Camp for girls ages 7-16 is July 15-18 at Smithfield Community Park from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The camp costs $60 and is payable to Britney Smith. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

South Johnston Volleyball Camp

The 2013 South Johnston Volleyball Camp is July 29-31 at South Johnston High from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $50. Info: Matthew Adams at 919-846-3146 or matthewadams@johnston.k12.nc.us.

N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail

The Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail is open for the spring season. There will be seven events and a championship event on June 22 at Falls Lake. Teams must compete in at least four events to be eligible for the championship and the $10,000 championship prize. For more information, visit piedmontbassclassics.com or contact tournament director Phil McCarson at 919-471-1571 or philsflags@msn.com.

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6/24/13 > Cleveland Post: Cleveland graduates first senior class in 44 years

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Cleveland graduates first senior class in 44 years
by Mick Stewart
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Seniors of the Cleveland Class of 2013 listen as the Valedictorian Lauren Garrett delivers the commencement address.
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Seniors of the Cleveland Class of 2013 listen as the Valedictorian Lauren Garrett delivers the commencement address.
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McKayla Linton and March Petzinger celebrate together following the inaugural graduation ceremonies at Cleveland High School on Friday night.
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McKayla Linton and March Petzinger celebrate together following the inaugural graduation ceremonies at Cleveland High School on Friday night.
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Cleveland High School Principal Anne Meredith gives last minute instructions to Chief Marshal Libby Dotson as they lead the class of 272 seniors into the gymnasium for the inaugural commencement ceremony.
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Cleveland High School Principal Anne Meredith gives last minute instructions to Chief Marshal Libby Dotson as they lead the class of 272 seniors into the gymnasium for the inaugural commencement ceremony.

It was 1969, some 44 years ago, when the original Cleveland High School last graduated a class of seniors. That year 31 students walked across the stage to receive their diploma. After that, Cleveland continued on as a grade school, and most high school students were transferred to the then new South Johnston High.

Friday night, despite a tropical storm and flooding, the new Cleveland High School held its inaugural commencement ceremony, graduating 272 seniors. Of that number, 23 were honor graduates and 42 graduated with high honors. Twenty-five received the NC Scholars seal.

The seniors were escorted by a group of 48 Marshals, all who earned a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.

Principal Anne Meredith said it was hard to put her feelings into words.

"This is an extraordinary night for an extraordinary group of students," Meredith said.

Due to the inclement weather, the ceremony was held in the 2000-seat gymnasium in front of a full-capacity crowd. Reflecting the electronic age that these students have known all their lives, the event was also video streamed to an overflow audience in the auditorium, as well as on the internet.

There was much excitement for friends and family as the seniors marched in wearing navy blue caps and gowns with Cleveland blue academic hoods bearing the school logo on the front and 2013 on the back. Many decorated their caps with personal messages, artistic designs, collegiate logos and bible verses. They were also given medallions to wear with the inscription, "First Graduating Class," on it.

Meredith said, "This is what it is all about; the excitement and joy for the parents," at seeing their kids graduate.

Each student was recognized and congratulated by Meredith who presented them with their diploma in a Cleveland blue cover with the school logo embossed on the front.

Speakers stood at a wooden podium from the original Cleveland School, with the words "Class of 1939" in raised letters on the front. The commencement address was delivered by two Salutatorians, Uzoamaka Obodo and Arundeep Sandhu, and the Valedictorian, Lauren Garrett.

Obodo said, "I speak for us all when I say, finally!" Most of these students started out as freshmen at West Johnston High School, and transferred to Cleveland their sophomore year when the school opened in 2010.

Meredith said that because it was a new school she put a lot of the decisions about school traditions back on the student body and student leadership, including the design for the school logo, homecoming events and cap and gown colors.

"The doors of Cleveland High School opened and lives were changed," Sandhu said. "We took individual experiences and made a Cleveland family."

Garrett said, "To begin with, this school was nothing but an empty building dropped in the middle of an empty field. It needed our class, the students of 2013, to breathe life into it. It needed us to create its culture, and we did one heck of a job."

She challenged her fellow classmates to enjoy life. "Go out there and find yourselves, set your goals, use your talents and accomplish your ambitions."



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6/24/13 > Cleveland Post: Johnson receives Sam Narron award

Johnson receives Sam Narron award   Cleveland Post:

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Rooster Narron presents Lane Johnson with the 2013 Sam Narron Baseball Award and Scholarship.
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Rooster Narron presents Lane Johnson with the 2013 Sam Narron Baseball Award and Scholarship.
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Rooster Narron presents Lane Johnson with the 2013 Sam Narron Baseball Award and Scholarship.

The recipient of the Sam Narron Baseball Award for the 2012 - 2013 school year is Lane Johnson of South Johnston High School.

Lane Johnson, the son of Trudy Johnson and the late Kenneth Johnson, is described as a hard-working, honest young man who has a strong faith that has carried him through a family tragedy. He understands what it takes to be successful as a student, as an athlete, and a person.

The "Sam Narron Baseball Award" was named after Sam Narron who was raised on a farm in the Emit community near Corinth-Holders. He developed a passion for baseball as a young boy and, like most, had a dream to play Major League Baseball. Through persistence and determination, Mr. Narron overcame many obstacles and managed to attend the first ever baseball school in Arkansas. From there his dream became a reality as his hard work ethic earned him a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Mr. Narron had a stellar career which included a World Series Championship.

Mr. Narron's family established the Sam Narron Baseball Award in 1998 to honor a Johnston County Schools' baseball standout who demonstrated those same qualities of determination, hard work, and sacrifice. For the past thirteen years, baseball players from around the county have received this coveted recognition.

To further honor and memorialize Sam Narron, the Narron family has included a $500 scholarship, which will accompany the recognition of the award. The addition of these scholarship funds is simply another effort by the Narron family to reward those individuals who choose, as Sam Narron did, to follow and pursue their dreams.

Rooster Narron, Sam Narron's son, presented the award and scholarship to Johnson in a ceremony on May 29.



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6/24/13 > Cleveland Post: Sobas, Bosley receive Arrow of Light

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Cade Sobas and Will Bosley received the Arrow of Light, the highest award that a Cub Scout can receive, on April 30.
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Cade Sobas and Will Bosley received the Arrow of Light, the highest award that a Cub Scout can receive, on April 30.

Cub Scout Pack 714 was honored to hold an Arrow of Light ceremony for two of its Webelos Cub Scouts.

Cade Sobas, son of Jeffrey and Deia Sobas and a 5th grader at West View Elementary, and Will Bosley, son of Andrew and Maren Bosley, and a 5th grader at Cleveland Elementary, both received this award on April 30, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Those in attendance were privileged to hear from keynote speaker Ryan Roberts, Tuscarora District Executive serving Johnston County.

The Arrow of Light is the highest award that a Cub Scout can receive. It is also the only Cub Scout award that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. After receiving the Arrow of Light award, Sobas and Bosley both crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 714.

"The excitement of earning and receiving the Arrow of Light award is quickly spreading through our pack," said Cubmaster Deia Sobas. "It's becoming a tradition that both Cade and Will helped to establish. We are extremely proud of them and this accomplishment."

6/24/13 > Dunn Daily Record: Narron Honor To Johnson

Narron Honor To Johnson   Dunn Daily Record:  

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Narron Honor To Johnson 


From Staff Reports

Lane Johnson of South Johnston has been presented the Sam Narron Baseball Award for the 2012-2013 school year.

The award was presented by Rooster Narron, Sam Narron's son. The elder Narron made it to the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals through hard work and determination, qualities the award seeks to recognize in its recipients.

The award is accompanied by a $500 scholarship. Johnson is undecided on his college choice.

Johnson is the son of Trudy Johnson and the late Kenneth Johnson. Johnston County players are eligible for the annual award.


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Lane Johnson of South Johnston was presented with the Sam Narron Award, which was established in 1998 in memory of former World Series champion Sam Narron, who was from the Emit community in Johnston County. From left are South Johnston assistant principal Tol Avery, Rooster Narron (Sam's son), Lane Johnson, Johnston County Deputy Superintendent Ross Renfrow and Keith Durham, South Johnston baseball coach and athletic director.


6/24/13 > Eastern Wake News: Corinth Holders High School class of ‘62 awards first scholarship

Corinth Holders High School class of '62 awards first scholarship Eastern Wake News:  

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Corinth Holders High School class of '62 awards first scholarship

Published: June 10, 2013  

Matti Karst, left, accepts the first CHHS Alumni Scholarship from Alumni Association president Charles Creech.

COURTESY OF CORINTH HOLDERS ALUM - Courtesy of Corinth Holders High Alumni Association 

Mattilyn H. Karst, a member of Corinth Holders High School class of 2013 won a $1,000 scholarship from Corinth-Holders High School class of 1962 Alumni Association.

Karst is a member of the first graduating class of the new high school. Alumni members decided last year to raise funds to establish a scholarship fund for a graduating senior at their alma mater. Alumni association members also decided to base the scholarship on the student's community service.

Karst, who plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, worked with the Johnston Country Department of Social Services and Johnston County Schools to create the "JoCo Connect," program. After learning how difficult it is for children in foster care to complete their education, Karst decided to find a way to encourage foster care teens and motivate them to continue their education. She is working with community leaders to build a network of support for teens in the foster care program.

6/24/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: College Signing: Brandon Hughes

College Signing: Brandon Hughes   Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/07/2946471/brandon-hughes.html 

College Signing: Brandon Hughes

Published: June 7, 2013

Parents:Brandon Hughes signs with Brevard College with his mother (seated) Christina Hughes, (standing, from left) Cleveland athletic director Jamie Lee, football coach Marc Morris and principal Anne Meredith.

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 Greg and Christina Hughes

High School: Cleveland

Height, Weight: 5-foot-8, 190 pounds

Positions: Defensive Line, Safety

Also Considered: Chowan, Winston-Salem State, Orange Coast College, Trinity

Why Brevard? "I just love it. I wanted to be at a small school and it's a religion-based school. The coaches seem like they will provide great support."

Major: Biology

Notable: Brandon went through one of the oddest position changes you'll find, going from safety to defensive end to help give the Rams more depth on the defensive line. He got the attention of Brevard's defensive back coach Chris Bland at an East Carolina camp last summer. … "I'll never forget the brotherhood we had here at Cleveland," Brandon said. "I'm proud of all of the things we've overcome over the past three years and just how the coaches guided us so well." The Rams were 23-6 in their two years of varsity play. … Improving his speed and adding more size are the big keys Brandon identifies when asked about what it will take to succeed at the college level. … Brandon hopes to become a podiatrist or a physical therapist.

Cleveland coach Marc Morris: "Brandon is a great kid who ended up playing defensive line for us. He's got a great opportunity going to Brevard."

6/24/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: College Signing: Kodi Whitley

College Signing: Kodi Whitley   Garner-Cleveland Record:          

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/07/2946462/kodi-whitley.html 

College Signing: Kodi Whitley

Published: June 7, 2013

Parents:Kodi Whitley signs with Mount Olive College with (seated, from left) his parents: Scott and Jamie Ragan and James Whitley, (standing, from left) Cleveland baseball coach Jamie Lee, assistant coach Fabrizio Bonilla and principal Anne Meredith.

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 Scott and Jamie Ragan, James and Jennifer Whitley

High School: Cleveland

Travel Team: Purpose Driven Baseball

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds

Bats, Throws: Right, Right

Why Mount Olive? "It just felt like the best fit. They take pride in their baseball and it's a baseball school. They always have a good program."

Notable: Kodi played his senior season at Cleveland after playing at West Johnston for three seasons. He was a member of West Johnston's back-to-back American Junior Legion state championship teams and helped the Wildcats win the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference championship in 2012. … At Cleveland, he became the Rams' ace on the mound and one of its leading hitters. … Kodi will join his brother, Bradley Ragan (a former West standout) on the Mount Olive roster. … He threw basically three pitches in high school: fastball, change up and a curveball. … "I know I've got to get stronger to compete in college," he said. "And I have to keep my work ethic at a high level."

Cleveland coach Jamie Lee: "He's a bulldog on the mound. He can be dominant at times against most high school hitters. His change up can be a real weapon as well."

Compiled by D. Clay Best

6/24/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle

Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle                                    Garner-Cleveland Record:

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Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle

Published: June 10, 2013 

Cleveland Middle School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 6 - Abbey Finn, Alan Ferris, Alerea Roberts, Alexandra Ledoux, Alexis Jones, Alexis Killin, Andrew Rose, Arianna Arrington, Hannah Biggers, Madison Bishop, Brandi Paxton, Britta Crist, Brooke Burns, Bryanny Poore, Cameron Plants, Cassidy Dellinger, Emiliano Planchon, Emily Pointer, Emily Tindal, Erica Finch, Gabrielle Cherry, Lilly Guidi, Hannah Wolf, Hayden Peake, Jacob Siemion, Jill Berenty, Jordyn Jobe, Joshua Wiliford, Julianne Faucett, Kaitlyn Lowry, Kiara Wade, Kristen Bundy, Leah Stafford, Liam Stumbar, Lindsay Plaster, Logan Byrd, Maddy McCracken, Makayla Lewis, Mitchell Langston, Morgan Barnes, Natalie Yuziuk, Nicole BeBlois, Noah Benson, Patrick Twaddle, Peyton Jenkins, Philip Velie, Ryan Ayscue, Ryan Smith, Sammy Johnson, Sawyer Pipes, Sydney Epps and Wyatt Covey.

Grade 7 - Abby Smith, Allison Craft, Allison Ellenberger, Arianna Morgan, Aunindya Jyoti, Autumn Carlson, Ava Ryan, Bill Lu, Brittany Lawhorn, Carolyn Yuziuk, Cassadi Sobas, Chloe Mangum, Chloe Parsons, Chloe Vann, Connor Bradshaw, Dakota Herzig, Dylan Regling, Ethan Smith, Garrett Stephens, George Pan, Grace Fulton, Hannah Creech, Hannah Nolte, Hannah Pickering, Hunter Potteiger, Jenna Rogers, Jonathan Murphy, Kiley van Ryn, Mackenzie Whittington, Mallory Foulke, Matthew Ricapito, Maya Anderson-Badillo, Megan Quinn, Michael Nikas, Morgan Lete, Nina Isastia, Nkem Obodo, Noah Lee, Samantha Bunnell, Samantha Ross, Samarth Patel, Sarah Volcjak, Shannen Proctor, Shawndra Utley, Skyler Godwin, Sophia DeBord, Taylor Hasick, Taylor Hein, Tiffany Robertson and Trinity Casey.

Grade 8 - Aaron Abernathy, Alicia Papworth, Ally Knowles, Amanda Sledge, Angie Posada, Camryn Powers, Chase Webster, Dalton Langston, Dawson Jackson, Dyson Ahola, Emily Urtz, Grace Bondurant, Hannah Prosser, Hayden Brinke, Jordan Prosser, Jordan Smothers, Joseph Dasilva, Joseph Edmund, Julia Adams, Kaitlyn Tiffany, Kayla Smith, Kayla Sobas, Leah Powell, Lindsey Stogner, Makenna Rymut, Mallory Cheek, Marissa Hartz, Morgan Budzynski, Nicholas Godwin, Rebecca DeLuca, Rilee Knott, Robin Pollard, Ryan Farischon, Shanell Chance and Victoria Dixon.

Honor Roll

Grade 6 - Adam Morrison, Alex Goldner, Allison Shinn, Amanda Jacobs, Amber Mclaren, Amy Livaudais, Andrew Blake, Andrew Clites, AnnaKate Gilchrist, Anthony Flynt, Aryn Josupait, Ashley Cook, Baylie Lucas, Brewer Davis, Brian Murphy, Britney Howard, Brittany Kennon, Cara Grider, Cassidy Crist, Chloe Milliron, Ciara Robinson, Connor Ford, Connor Howard, Deondre Honomichl, Edith Broadwell, Elena Overman, Emily Miller, Ethan Blailock, Gabrielle Kincaid, Greyson Betz, Hamilton Harrison, Hannah O'Neal, Hannah Tran, Harley Whitley, Hayden Bryant, Hunter Lee, Jacob Ramsay, Jake Buschorn, Jakob Seaman, Jamie Lee, Jasmine Franks, Jenna Haggett, Jenna Myer, Jenna Newburg, Jenna Roe, Joseph Billingsley, Joseph Blanchard, Josh Harlow, Joshua Wielhouwer, Kaitlyn Campbell, Kaleiha Jenkins, Kameron Burton, Katelyn Wooten, Kayla Womack, Kessler Callahan, Keyanna Moore, Kierra Bridges, Krysteena Hudson, Kwinton McKillion, Landry Connors, Laurne Hesse, Liam Ryan, Linda Nurrito, Lindsay Morris, Logan Allen, Lydia Magyar, Maretha Rawls, Massiah Jackson, Matthew DeBlois, Megan Parrish, Megan Porter, Meghan McNamee, Michael Rattie, Molly Jones, Morgan Proctor, Morgan Roberts, Naimah Chandler, Nathan Crumpler, Nhu Phan, Nick Robinson, Noah Braun, Patrick Dowd, Peyton Richards, Quentin Selvek, Reagan White, Rebecca Edmund, Reggie Durham, Robert Creech, Ruben Sims, Russell Hartz III, Samantha Griffin, Samuel Fernandez, Savannah Barker, Scott Ross, Shelby Sokol, Spencer Rath, Taylor Evans, Troy Parish, Tyson Galloway, Whitney Darensbourg, Wyatt Ford, Zachary Totten, Kelsey Cook and Zacoriia Ingram.

Grade 7 - Aaron Conner, Aaron Sullivan, Aaron Wood, Abigale Locklear, Aleahya Hunter, Alena Hargrove, Alex Dillard, Alexandra Behrensen, Alexandra Carter, Alexandria Byrd, Alexis Hinton, Amani Highsmith, Andrew van Oppen, Angela Green, Anna Gillespie, Anna Wright, Asav Gandhi, Ashley Buol, Audrey Rentz, Austin Myrick, Aylssa Campbell, Benjamin DeBord, Benjamin Molk, Blake Smith, Bradley Federer, Brighan Jensen, Brooklynn Long, Cameron Hammaker, Casey Helmes, Chandler Spencer, Christopher Kuley, Connor Rice, Danielle Thompson, David Clarke-Minnis, Destiny Faison, Elizabeth Sansom, Emalee Chapman, Erica Green, Evan Blake, Faith Stein, Garrett Nobles, Germonica Jackson, Hailey McRainey, Hannah Arndt, Harris Cannady, Henry Cameron Wade, Hunter Baldwin, Isabelle Seaman, Jacob Kandilah, Jakob Maloney, Jordan Jackson, Joseph Venito, Julia Wiggs, Kaitlyn Hunt, Katherine West, Kayla Laughinghouse, Kayleena Otero, K.C. Decraney, Kirstin Brown, Kristin McLendon, Kyle Brisson, Lane Baldwin, Madelyn Gilmartin, Marisa Schena, Marvin Garcia, Mary Thomas, Mckenzi Haswell, Michelle Cottle, Molly Gregory, Navreet Sandhu, Nick Sekulich, Noah Youngs, Olivia Holmes, Orlanzel Washington, Paige Jones, Paige Smith, Preston St. Peter, Reanna Weadon, Reginald Hicks, Reilley McMaster, Sarah Pittman, Sarah Sims, Savannah Martin, Summer Maxwell, Taina Maisonet, Trinity Starr, Tyffanie Paganello, Tyler Newlon, Yasmine Rabon and Zach Lejnar.

Grade 8 - Andriana Hargrove, Annika Knott, Ariana Ramsey, Ashley Lychalk, Betzaida Solis Hernandez, Brandon Miller, Breanna Herring, Bri Gross, Brittanie Baker, Cameron Keys, Cara Satoskar, Carleigh Sokol, Catherine Bennett, Christopher Zhang, Clayton McDaniel, Dalton Sanderlin, Deja Brockington, Dimitri Watson, Dylan Twaddle, Erik Crist, Erin Hurley, Ethan Brooky, Garrett Bleeker, Hailee Clark, Hailey Emerson, Hannah Griffin, Harrison Slay, Jacob Scott, Jacob Smalls, Jacob White, Jamar Poston, Jasmine Baker, Jasmne Hopkins, Jason Chukwu, Jesus Alvarez, Jonathan Tew, Jordan Fields, Josalia Maisonet, Kailynn McNeil, Katelyn Bowden, Katelyn Caldwell, Kaylee Davis, Kendall Lamm, Kennedy Turner, Kianna Moore, Kiersten Quintois, Kristina Flores, Kyli McDonald, Landon Clifton, Luke Dale, Luke Ennis, Marbrisa Monroy, Marci Lawson, Maura Mangum, Maya Martinez, Megan Abbott, Michael Ngwadom, Mikey Hewitt, Morgan Cuevas, Morgan Maxwell, Nadia Blevins, Nichole Anderson, Nick Iuso, Nick Stenborg, Nolan Crumpler, Patrick Fox, Rebecca Dandeneau, Regan Babb, Riya Calton-Fulkerson, Robert Dixon, Ryan Moscarito, Samaria Artis, Sarah Evans, Sean Reagin, Stephen Hudson, Thomas Weaver, Troy Tillery, Tyler Keenan, Tyler Popescu, Ursula Oguejiofor, Wesley Brown, Whaley Crabtree, William Puckett and Wyatt Dershem.

6/24/13 > Kenly News: Austin McAllister recognized for academic achievement

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Austin McAllister recognized for academic achievement



Austin McAllister of Wendell, has been recognized for academic achievement by the United States Achievement Academy as a US National Honor Student Award winner.

Austin attends Archer Lodge Middle School and will appear in the USAA official yearbook. The USAA National Honor Student awards provide honor students with many benefits and services and is a tribute to a student's dedication, talent and ability.

"Recognizing and supporting our
 youth is more important than ever before in America's history," said Dr. George Stevens, founder of the USAA. "Certainly, USAA winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement."

Austin is the son of Scott and Lisa McAllister of Wendell. He is the grandson of Jim and Rochelle Boswell of Middlsex, Junior and Brenda McAllister of Wendell and Bud and Sadie Parrish of Goldsboro.






Austin McAllister  

6/24/13 > Kenly News: Local schools celebrate end of year with fun day

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Local schools celebrate end of year with fun day



Students and faculty at Glendale- Kenly Elementary and Micro-Pine Level Elementary Schools recently enjoyed a wellearned day of fun last week at their annual field day after an exhausting week of end of grade testing.

"Field day is our annual yearend event at Glendale-Kenly where kids can take a day off and just have fun," said Eric Creech, field day coordinator and physical education teacher. "It's really just a great way for kids to be able to relax and have fun with their friends."

All of the activities at GKE related to lessons from the year. Some of this year's games included basketball, soccer, and hockey shootouts, a target Frisbee toss, tug-o-war, scarf juggle, exercise tag, and jump rope. There was also a four-part station made up of the baton relay, potato sack race, three-legged race, and the dizzy bat race.

Also new to Glendale-Kenly's Field Day were two bounce houses, which were donated by the families' of Felicia Powell and Jaida Jones.

This was Creech's fourth year organizing GKE's field day, and many of this year's volunteers were his former students that are now attending North Johnston Middle School. Other volunteers included students from North Johnston High School and several parents.

"This event could not have happened without the assistance we received from all of our volunteers," said Creech. "I am very grateful for their help and their time. They really do a wonderful job."

Creech added that the teachers and staff were also a tremendous help throughout the day, and he greatly appreciates the fact that they were so flexible with their
 schedules, especially considering the rain that interrupted the day's activities.

Thursday's Field Day was the first to be rained on since Creech began working at Glendale-Kenly Elementary, and because of the consistent perfect weather of previous years he was reluctant to view a forecast in days leading up to the event. However, once it was certain rain was eminent Creech modified the activity schedule so that all the kids could avoid getting wet.

According to Creech, the theme for Field Day was "Mission Impossible," which encouraged the students and reminded them of their limitless potential.

"Nothing is impossible," said Creech. "I teach my students that you can do anything as long as you set you mind to it."

One "Mission Impossible" the kids have been working on throughout the year has been the prevention of bullying, which Creech was able to tie-in to this year's movie, Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who."

He said the anti-bullying theme that recurs throughout the movie, "A person's a person no matter how small," helps kids to understand that everyone is important.

"We try to teach the kids about unity among everybody," he said.

In addition to the afternoon Dr. Seuss movie, students also participated in a school wide scavenger hunt and watched the classic "Singing in the Rain" starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.

"It was an ironic choice," said Creech.

Micro-Pine Level's "Fun Day" activities included: water games, jump rope, sack race, hula hoop, and other games.

"Fun was had by all," said Deborah Baker, media spokeswoman for the school.






North Johnston High School volunteer Bre Woodruff (left) counts rotations during the dizzy bat relay. On the bats are Sparkle Nesbitt (center) and Dylan Pitts (right).




Having fun on the bouncy ball at MPLE's Fun Day is student Karen Pacheco. Assisting her is her teacher Sandy Farmer (left) and kindergarten teacher Jennifer Bare (right).




Enjoying the sack race is Saraid Muniz from Leigh Ann Penny's fourth grade class at MPLE.

6/24/13 > Kenly News: Local student builds garden for Life Skills class

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Local student builds garden for Life Skills class



North Johnston High School graduate Horacio Loza Rodriguez Jr. was recently recognized as the school's Student Volunteer of the Year.

Loza Rodriguez was involved with numerous clubs and organizations at North Johnston, but his biggest contribution to the school was likely a vegetable and herb garden he made to benefi t the Life Skills class.

The planters are made out of cedar, and they contain a variety items like strawberries, squash, tomatoes, rosemary, mint, and cilantro.

According to Life Skills teacher Diane McNamara, the garden has been a great hands-on resource for her students, and they got a lot of use out of it this year.

"They go there everyday and are so excited to see what is growing," said McNamara. "You show them a strawberry and they are like 'wow.'" The garden was part of Loza Rodriguez's senior project. He had written a paper on the overpopulation of the planet and decided to do his project on making the best use of space. He compared the garden he created at North Johnston to a rooftop garden because in both instances a typically unused space gets utilized.

"It's important to make the best use of a space that you can," said Loza Rodriguez.

According to McNamara, it's students like Horacio that really
 make a difference in the world.

"When kids can think like that and dig in deep it makes all the difference," she said. "We are so thankful for Horacio. He worked hard and was very patient with
 us."

Horacio said he was happy to build the garden for the Life Skills class and is glad that it will be a renewable teaching tool that will continually help them to understand
 where their food comes from.

In addition to building the garden, Horacio helped start the school's "Green Box Movement,"
which is a recycling program.

He was the president of the Spanish club and the Green Box Movement, and he was a member of the National Honor Society and FCA. Loza Rodriguez also studies martial arts and played on the school's tennis and crosscountry  teams.  According to Loza Rodriguez, he plans to attend Mars Hill College in the fall, where he has been offered a $107,000 scholarship. While at Mars Hill he plans to major in environmental science (wildlife biology), and afterwards he hopes to join the Peace Corps.

Loza Rodriguez lives in the Selma area with his mother, Elva Rodriguez Aguirre, and father, Horacio Loza. He has two siblings at Micro-Pine Level Elementary School, Jessica, 12 and Juan, 6.






Horacio Loza Rodriguez is the 2013 North Johnston High School Student Volunteer of the Year. He is standing in front of the planters he built for the school's Life Skills class.

   

6/24/13 > Kenly News: Local twin brothers reach academic summit together

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Local twin brothers reach academic summit together



The only thing closer than the GPAs of this year's valedictorian and salutatorian at North Johnston High School is their DNA.

Twin brothers Blake and Taylor Wall are separated by three hundredths of a grade point and not much else. Valedictorian Blake earned a GPA of 4.78 and Salutatorian Taylor earned a GPA of 4.75.

According to Blake, he and Taylor had both made up their minds a long time ago that they wanted to graduate at the top of their class, which is why earning the honor was not a huge surprise for him.

"The only surprise for us was which one would get it," said Taylor with a grin on his face.

Their four years of extremely focused hard work paid off, however, neither brother was fully prepared for the additional good fortune that would find them because of it.

Blake and Taylor were each offered full scholarships to attend UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. The $92,000 UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Covenant Scholarships they received cover orientation, tuition, books, and room and board.

"It was a big relief to our parents," said Blake.

While at UNC Chapel Hill the Walls will be majoring in biology/pre-med. Taylor hopes to become a neurologist and
 Blake hopes to become a cardiologist.

Although on similar career paths, the brothers said they will not be rooming
 together at Chapel Hill, which is largely due to the fact that they will be part of different Living-Learning Communi­ ties. Blake will be participating in the Service and Leadership community at UNC and Taylor will be participating in the UNITAS (sociocultural diversity) community.

Actually, Blake and Taylor are accustomed to taking different classes at the same school (excluding high school). From kindergarten through second grade they were enrolled in the same classes, but when it came time to enroll in third grade they requested to be in separate classes. The idea behind the separation was that it would allow them to develop as individuals, which worked out well for the most part.

"Our parents say we're like a married couple," said Taylor. "I've heard that some twins hate each other. I don't understand how that can be. Well, I do understand, but we get along great."

In fact, both Taylor and Blake said there is really just one thing they hate, and that is when someone asks them "Are ya'll twins?"

"They'll ask us that, and then say 'I thought you were, but I wanted to make sure,'" said Blake.

Blake and Taylor are the sons of Chris and Melinda Wall of Kenly. They have one brother, Ryan, 22, who is working on his masters at the University of Missouri.






North Johnston High School's valedictorian Blake Wall (right) and salutatorian Taylor Wall (left) will both be attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall after receiving full scholarships.

6/24/13 > Kenly News: M-PL names perfect attendance

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M-PL names perfect attendance



Micro-Pine Level Elementary School Principal Allen Sasser has released the names of students who had perfect attendance for the entire school year.

Kindergarten: Christopher Moore and Israel Villa; First Grade: Robert Creech; Second Grade: Lizbeth
 Nava Santos; Third Grade: Cori Appell, Brandon Villa; Fourth Grade: Christopher Jordan Hales, Joshua Carter, Ellissa LaShae Scarboro, Holly Batten, Decota Moore, Laura Parker, Makaela Taylor, Tatiana Powell; Fifth Grade: Hayli Appell.

6/24/13 > Kenly News: New principal coming to Glendale-Kenly Elementary

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New principal coming to Glendale-Kenly Elementary



By Keith Barnes
 

News Editor
 

Christie Turner has been named new principal at Glendale- Kenly Elementary School and will be officially assuming her duties on Monday, July 1.

Turner previously served as assistant principal at Cleveland Elementary School since 2007 and prior to that was a third grade teacher, also at Cleveland, for 15 years.

She is originally from Selma and graduated from Smithfield-Selma Senior High School in 1988.

Turner received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Barton College in 1992, Master of Arts in Education at East Carolina University in 1997 and Master of School Administration from North Carolina
 State University in 2008.

Other credits include National
 Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2003, Academically and Intellectually Gifted Certification in 1998 and Mentor Certification in 1997.

While her resume lists numerous achievements Turner said she is probably most proud of the induction program for new teachers that she initiated Cleveland Elementary.

"It's really been a passion of mine for the last sixteen years," said Turner.

"This program lets new teachers learn early what the school is like and allows them to learn a name and meet a smaller group of people before they meet the entire staff," she said.

Turner said short-term goals in her new position include becoming a part of the Glendale-Kenly community, while long-term goals
 include helping make the school the best it can be.

"What I need to do first is connect with each staff member and meet the parents to learn what Glendale-Kenly is all about, she said. "I already know it's a school that's full of tradition."

"I do believe a child's education is only successful if the parents and school work together with each child," she said.

Turner said one of the biggest influences on her life has been her mother, Linda Peedin, who still resides in Selma.

"She always wanted to be a teacher but never could be and she taught me the importance of education," she said.

"I'm excited to be going to a community school because that's what I experienced growing up," said Turner.






Christie Turner  

New GKE Principal
 

6/24/13 > Kenly News: NJ chorus performs ‘The Lion King’

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NJ chorus performs 'The Lion King'  

Students' songs synced to actual Walt Disney DVD



Members of the North Johnston High School chorus recently learned what it would be like to be an official Disney performing cast member at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

According to chorus teacher Amy Mooring, 24 students traveled with her to Disney World to participate in a song and dance workshop run by professional Disney performing artists.

Recent graduate Vanessa Watson said she enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the workshop, and she feels like the chorus really benefited from it.

"They made us better," said Watson. "We were treated like real Disney cast members."

While at the workshop the North Johnston chorus members, who were accompanied by 12 students from South Johnston High School, sang two songs from The Lion King movie; "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." The group performed the songs on a sound stage, and their session was professionally recorded.

According to Watson, in addition to new breathing techniques, the group was also taught how to create sound effects with their voices. Most of the effects
 they recorded were in some way related to animals, and all the recordings ended up being used in a way that surprised the chorus.

Watson said all of their recorded songs and sound effects were synced to actual scenes from The Lion King movie.

"We watched our sound effects and our singing played in sync with the video," said Watson.

According to Mooring, the group was given a souvenir DVD featuring their voices, which they shared at the chorus' recent school concert.

Rising senior Brook Cuddington said she was surprised to hear herself and her classmates on the DVD.

"I didn't know why they were making us make animal noises," she said. "It was definitely something I'll never forget."

Cuddington added that she learned a lot about music, and she loved getting to sing in a real recording studio.

"The acoustics were perfect," said Mooring. "It was amazing to see two separate schools blend so well together."

Rising senior Kendra Crocker said she also thought the two chorus groups blended wonderfully together, and she thoroughly
 enjoyed getting to know the students from South Johnston.

"It was awesome how they combined the two schools together," said Crocker. "Things worked out better than I ever thought they could have."

Mooring said she is extremely proud of how well all of the students behaved on the trip and what great ambassadors they were for the Johnston County School system.

She added that because of how smoothly everything went she is considering attending the workshop again in the near future. She is also looking into the possibility of a Broadway workshop in the spring of 2014 in New York.

"We will definitely do that workshop again," said Mooring.

Mooring said she is thankful for the help she received planning the trip from South Johnston chorus teacher Phyllis Toothman and also for all of the trip's chaperones; Tim and Renee Crocker with their daughter Ana, Tammy and Richard Durham, and Teresa Lewis.

"They [the chaperones] were awesome," said Mooring. "We could not have accomplished all that we did without them. They were truly a blessing to me."






Students participating in the Disney workshop were: Front row (leaning) from left are Caroline Hardison, Kendra Crocker, Shelley Peedin, Mattie Hawk, and Vanessa Watson. On the second row (standing) from left are Jordan Crocker, David Bohn, Rebecca Warren, Joye Parker,  Whitney Lester, Cassidy Dowling, Samantha Spain, Ashley Williams, Nicole Mitchell, Elanna Daughtry, and Benjamin Howell. On the back row are Lindsey Batten, Kayla Durham, Lexi Stewart, Brook Cuddington, Haley Buckner, David Moore, Halie Glover, and Casey Davis.

6/24/13 > Kenly News: NJHS Class of 2013 turns tassels to move forward

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NJHS Class of 2013 turns tassels to move forward



Members of the North Johnston High School Class of 2013 commenced Friday night in the high school gym in one of the most dignified and ceremonial graduations held in recent history.

Parents and guests were very respectful of the graduates, not yelling or whooping when students' names were called.

Principal Tim Harrell, who certified the class as meeting all requirements for graduation, earlier had asked guests not to cheer and scream when a graduate's name was called.

He reminded parents and guests that every family wanted to hear their student's name called.

Unlike all other high schools in Johnston County on Friday night, North did not have to reschedule its graduation from outside to inside because of heavy rain.

North made the decision two years ago to hold the graduation inside the air conditioned gym with overflow crowds watching from an auxiliary gym where the ceremony
 was televised.  The only schedule change because of weather was that students did not process outside to toss their mortar boards into the air. They did that inside the gym.

From procession, which started sharply
 at 6 p.m., to the recessional, the entire ceremony took just a little over an hour.

Graduates left the gym to receive their actual diplomas but returned to have photos made with family and
 friends afterwards when chairs had been removed from the gym floor.

Chairs had been precisely positioned on the gym floor to give students plenty of space on each side and in front.

The ceremony opened with the NJ Air Force Junior ROTC presenting the colors with school choral director   Amy Mooring leading the National  Anthem.  Principal Harrell in his greetings said the Class of 2013 has provided outstanding leadership at the school and in its community.


"They have earned my respect and the respect of the community," said Harrell, adding that scholarships totaling more than $2.6 million had been offered to members of the class, which averaged about $18,000 per student.

Advisory Board Chair Billy Daugthry congratuated the class and reminded them that their footing for the future began at NJHS.

Chief Marshal Clay Johnson gave the invocation. School
 board Chair Larry Strickland extended greetings from the school board and administrative staff.

Harrell presented twin brothers Taylor Wall, school salutatorian, and Blake Wall, valedictorian. Each was presented a plaque and their parents were also asked to stand and be recognized.

Taylor said he was to inspire but said his father told him "Blessed are the short winded for they shall be invited back."

He thanked all at the school who had provided the solid foundation that allowed students to depart prepared. He told members of the Class of 2013 that they carried the hopes and dreams of the future. He encouraged them to look to the future. He said don't look at the past with regrets but let the past be lessons for the future.

Valedictorian Blake told the Class that it was blessed with great faculty, staff, administrators and with parents.

"We would not have made it this far without them," he said, adding, "We must apply and do. We must not settle for less."

Presentation of diplomas was carried by Principal Harrell, counselors Rosanna Orozco-Ewais and Erin Burns and teacher Jesse Woodard.

The benediction was offered by Student Government Association President Vanessa Watson.

Marshals included Jenna Alexis Baker, Logan Brook Batten, Bradley Robert Boyette, Cody Walton Brickhouse, Ashley Frances Brown, Caleb Garrett Byrd, Magaly Carrillo-Aguilar, Mauricio Ivan Carillo, Wyatt Cody Felton, Jarrett Davidson Godwin, Chandler Lela Hines, William Clay Johnson, Aaron David Kopp, Jessica Lauren Massengill, Starr Colleen Pridgen, Valerie Dawn Stewart, Madison Michelle Twigg, Jenna Leigh Williams and Tyler Marie Zavala.





Members of the North Johnston High School Class of 2013 celebrate with a cap toss.








Members of the North Johnston High School Class of 2013 prepare to turn their tassels Friday night at 48th annual commencement  held at 6 p.m. in the school gym. (See more photos of graduation at http://johnstoniannews.dotphoto.com)  

6/24/13 > Kenly News: NJMS 6th graders recognized for Character

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The following sixth grade students received character education awards for the month of May at North Johnston Middle School. These students were recognized for their honesty, being truthful in words and actions. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza.On the front row (from left) are Kaylee Brewer, Van Pollock, Michael Barnes, David Pruitt, and Stephanie Ramirez. On the second row are Joanna Rubio, Melyssa Pruitt, Summer Ronczka, Josh Pendergraph, and Amari Barren.

6/24/13 > Kenly News: NJMS 6th graders recognized for Courage

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NJMS 6th graders recognized for Courage
Sixth graders at North Johnston Middle School were recognized for showing courage in their day to day interactions with other students during April. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza. Pictured are left to right front row: Matthew Johnson, Cassius Casillas, Kimberly Villagran, Jaylan Mills; back row: Hunter Hodge, Noelle Avent, Molly Bass, Brenda Tolentino, and Robert Langley.
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6/24/13 > Kenly News: NJMS 7th graders recognized for Courage

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NJMS 7th graders recognized for Courage
The following seventh grade students at North Johnston Middle School were recognized for showing courage in their day to day interactions with their classmates during April.. Courage is doing the right thing even when others do not. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza. Shown are left to right front row: Nicholas Pendergraph, Savannah Radford, James Daniels, Logan Taylor; back row: Barbara Enriquez, Leah Henderson, Jamie Lee, Eric Diaz, and Omar Sasser.
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6/24/13 > Kenly News: North Johnston graduation one of most distinguished

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North Johnston graduation one of most distinguished

We've attended many graduations in our years in the newspaper business--middle school to college.

We'll have to say, though, that North Johnston High School's graduation this past Friday night was one of the most orderly, courteous and dignified we have attended.

When principal Tim Harrell told audience members they were expected not to scream out names, holler and carry on when the name of each graduate was called, you could tell he meant it.

And, his expectations carried some teeth. Any graduate who had visitors who violated the disruption rule would have his or her diploma withheld.

The expectations were honored.

Each graduate's name was called, he or she walked across the stage, received the diploma from Harrell, had his or her picture snapped and exited the stage.

There was no ruckus from the audience, No cheers when any graduate was called.
 No air horns blown and no screams. Parents and guests were respectful.

It made the ceremony so much nicer and dignified.

We've attended many where guests screamed and cheered for one student so loudly that the next student's name could not be heard when it was called. That's not right. Each student should have the courtesey of having his or name called and heard by everyone there.

Job well done to North Johnston for its dignified high school graduation. Many other schools could take a lesson from the staff, administration, faculty and students at North.



••• Several weeks ago when wife Karen and I took a short jaunt up to Maryland's Eastern Shore, we decided to shoot across the Bay Bridge that links the Eastern Shore with Annapolis.

We had never been to Annapolis before and thought that since we were so close we would visit the capital of Maryland as well as visit the Naval Academy.

After high school, one of my close friends was nominated and accepted at the Naval Academy and I was always amazed at the stories he told about his time there.

We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and immediately went to a downtown visitor center.

The visitor center staff member asked if we were in town for the commissioning ceremony.

She could tell we looked confused. She said that the Naval Academy commissioning ceremony--the academy's graduationwas scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday morning
 and that President Obama would be flying in to speak.

Then she asked, "You do have accommodations, don't you?"

Of course we didn't have reservations any where. We didn't even know for sure that we'd be in Annapolis and we had no idea it was the Naval Academy graduation the next day.

She told us she doubted we'd be able to find a room. Activities related to the graduation had been on-going all week and that some of the local residents actually moved out of their homes and rented them to relatives of the graduates.

We quickly departed the visitor center and I immediately got on the computer to see if I could find a hotel room.

We like staying at Hampton Inns because, to borrow an old advertising slogan from Holiday Inn, "The best surprise is no surprise."

But we were pleasantly surprised when the Hampton near the airport had a room
 and it wasn't that far from downtown.

We walked down to the waterfront, took a trolley tour of the town and returned downtown to look for a restaurant that served the famous Maryland blue crabs.

It didn't take us long and we weren't disappointed.

On Friday morning, with all the midshipmen at the football stadium for the graduation, we toured the academy.

Tours by staff members are given every hour and Karen and I were the only two people on our tour.

It was more than an hour long and took us into a model room where midshipmen live. The chapel was also massive and our guide said after Friday it was booked nearly solid with weddings of graduating midshipmen.
 

Rick Stewart is editor and publisher of Kenly News and Pine Level News and president of Johnstonian News, Inc., publisher of The Selma News. Reach him at 284-2295 or at rstewart@kenlynews.com.






FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH RICK STEWART  

6/24/13 > Kenly News: Youthful history buffs making impact at local museums

Youthful history buffs making impact at local museums                    Kenly News:

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Youthful history buffs making impact at local museums



Several young history buffs, three from this area and one from Charlotte, are spending this summer soaking up history by working as interns and volunteers at two local museums.

Elizabeth Bullock of Lucama and Stephen Wilson of Charlotte are already on the job at Tobacco Farm Life Museum while Erin Pope and Madison Batten, both of Kenly, have reported for duty at Kenly Area Historical Society.

Bullock, who graduated in May from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and plans to attend University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the fall to get her master's degree in public history, also worked at the museum as an intern in 2010.

Bullock said she likes it here because of the local history aspect, plus she also wants to eventually work in a museum and it's good training.

Her duties thus far have been primarily working with the textiles on site which include cleaning them for conservation purposes.

"I like the artifacts here," said Bullock, "and that includes the buildings and all the other structures."

"We were excited Elizabeth decided to come back this summer," said museum curator Melody Worthington. "When we give her a job to do she's fast, efficient and effective."

Wilson, who will graduate at East Carolina University in December with a degree in public history, is also serving as an intern at the Tobacco museum for the first time and said a trip here with his public history class at ECU prompted the decision.

"I thought it was unique," he said. "What drew me was that it was down-home and about regular people who worked hard, and to me that's a fascinating part of history."

Wilson has been working primarily curating and cataloging a collection of over one-hundred tools that were recently donated to the museum.

In addition to their specialized areas both Bullock and Wilson are also involved in helping prepare the display for the 30th anniversary of the museum's set for August 3.

"All the interns we've had working at the museum over the years have been very professional and very helpful," said Gayle Kildoyle, executive director of the museum. "They do a great job and we'd be lost without them."

Pope and Batten, both former North Johnston High School students, are working this summer as interns at Kenly Area Historical Society.

The museum is located on Second Street adjacent to
 Heritage Bank in the former Watson Hardware & Oil Company.

Pope, a rising senior at Wake Forest University, is working as an intern while Batten, a rising senior at North Carolina School of Science and Math, is serving as a volunteer.

They are currently re-organizing and preparing new exhibits and also plan to work on the window display in the building.

"I'm a really big history fan," said Batten, "and I like touring historical homes and historical sites."

"My grandfather, Fred Grady, was a big fan of history, too, and I spent a lot of time with him, and that influenced me."

"It's always fun being able to work with history," said Pope. "My grandfather volunteered here, too, and I thought that working here this summer would be good for me."

Pope, whose mother Betty Pope serves as president of the organization, said the museum is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except during lunch) and visitors are welcome to stop by and view the collection of local historical treasures on display or call 284-3591 to visit at other times.

Additionally, she said the museum is open for ideas and suggestions for programs of a local historical nature.







Erin Pope (left) and Madison Batten (adjacent) of Kenly are working in Kenly Area Historical




Society this summer while Elizabeth Bullock (center) of Lucama and Stephen Wilson




(right) of Charlotte are serving as interns at Tobacco Farm Life Museum.

6/24/13 > Selma News: SES chorus participates in county group

SES chorus participates in county group Selma News:  

http://theselmanews.com/ 

and later, http://theselmanews.com/ses-chorus-participates-in-county-group-p2887-74.htm

SES chorus participates in county group
Nine Selma Elementary School students were part of the first Johnston County School All County Chorus. Performing with other schools are left to right front row:  Sofia Tolosa-Ramirez, Scarlet Clough, Casey Taylor, Hannah Dowling, Carolina Martinez-Cuin; back row: Madie Woodall, Wendy Saucedo-Betancourt, Alexandra Flores-Orellano, Allison Douglas. Directors are  Meghan Yohman and Carla Jones.
The Selma News
• Sun, Jun 09, 2013
Selma Elementary students recently performed with the First Elementary All-County Chorus at a concert held April 25. Selma Elementary participated along with Cooper, McGee's Crossroads, Riverwood, West Clayton, West Smithfield, and West View.  

Eight to 10 students from each choral program at these schools was chosen to represent their school in the All County Chorus.  This was the first time JCS has had this opportunity for elementary students.  

The students practiced with their chorus teachers at their home schools for the last few months, then came together on Saturday for a four hour workshop/practice.  Students returned in the evening with their parents for the program where they performed five songs. Selma Elementary's chorus is under the direction of Jeanne Barnes.
6/24/13 > Selma News: SSHS, Post 141 remember vets with flags at Selma Gardens

"SSHS, Post 141 remember vets with flags at Selma Gardens" Selma News:  

http://theselmanews.com/ 

and later, http://theselmanews.com/sshs-post-remember-vets-with-flags-at-selma-gardens-p2883-74.htm

SSHS, Post 141 remember vets with flags at Selma Gardens
Selma American Legion Post 141 Commander Mark Peterson plants a flag at the grave of a veteran at Selma Memorial Gardens Friday afternoon as members of Smithfield-Selma High's ROTC program watch. Students placed flags at graves of other veterans as part of Memorial Day. About 13 S-S students participated in the annual event.
The Selma News
• Sat, Jun 08, 2013
Smithfield-Selma High School's Naval ROTC members teamed up with Selma American Legion Post 141 recently to remember and pay tribute to local veterans buried at Selma Memorial Gardens.

Some 13 cadets, along with their leader, Capt. Craig Whitaker and two Post 141 members, Commander Mark Peterson and Tom Small held a brief ceremony for Memorial Day honoring members of the Post who had died.

Following the brief service, students and Post members fanned out over the cemetery planting some 600 flags at the graves of each veteran. It took them about 45 minutes with cadets saluting after placing each flag. Students receive community service hours for their efforts.
6/24/13 > Selma News: Suzanne Mitchell named new Selma Elementary principal

Suzanne Mitchell named new Selma Elementary principal   Selma News:  

http://theselmanews.com/suzanne-mitchell-named-new-selma-elementary-principal-p2895-74.htm 

Suzanne Mitchell named new Selma Elementary principal
Suzanne P. Mitchell will become the new principal at Selma Elementary School on July 1.
The Selma News
• Wed, Jun 12, 2013
Suzanne Phillips Mitchell, assistant principal at Selma Elementary School for the past three years, was recently named principal of SESby the Johnston County school board.

The Wake County native, who lives in Goldsboro, will become the new principal on July 1, replacing Denise Byrd, who was named new principal at Polenta Elementary School.

"It's been my dream to be principal of Selma Elementary," said Mitchell. "I am thrilled. I love Selma Elementary. This is home. I've invested a lot of time and energy here and I'm delighted to serve as principal."


Prior to being name assistant principal at SES, Mitchell had previously worked at SES as a Title One reading teacher and as a literacy/curriculum specialist. She also served as an assistant principal intern at SES.

A graduate of East Carolina with a master's in school administration, Mitchell also holds a bachelor's in English from Lenoir Rhyne College. 

She has certification English, K-5 elementary education, K-12 reading and K-12 school administration.

She began her career as an English teacher at Southern Wayne High and then taught English at Smithfield-Selma High.

Mitchell said the SES leadership team has made much progress over the past three years and that she plans to keep the course steady.

"We've set forth a pattern that I want to continue on," she said. "We will continue to revise and make it better."
6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: College Graduates

College Graduates Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/08/2948052/college-graduates.html   

College Graduates

Published: June 8, 2013  

Johnston Community College recently awarded associate degrees and diplomas to area students. They are listed below with their areas of study.

Angier - Jason Matthew Aberegg, emergency medical science; Abbie Elizabeth Dunn, associate in arts; Laura Gale Honeycutt, accounting; Shannon Camile Morrison Lackey, associate in arts; Samantha A. Murray, business administration; Perla Elizabeth Rangel, community Spanish interpreter; Jessica Rae Smith, paralegal technology; and Marilee Stinemetz Tingen, associate's degree in nursing.

Benson - Rodney Louis Barbour Jr., criminal justice technology; Katherine Gray Burnette, medical offfice administration; Carimae Nichole Cardenas, associate's degree in nursing; Christy Nicole Carter, school-age education; Kristan Johnson Denning, diploma in medical assisting; Anna Joy Dudley, radiography; Elizabeth N. Fish, early-childhood education; Ashley N. Glover, medical sonography; Amber Elizabeth Godwin, associate in arts; Nyeshia Lashé Graham, emergency medical science; Autumn Christine Karsko, associate in arts; Theresa Lynn Lasky, associate in arts; Alexandra Marie Long, associate in science; Danielle Alyse McKay, medical-office administration; Sharon C. McLamb, diploma in medical assisting; Sherica Shantel McNeill, medical sonography; Matthew Britt Moore, associate in arts; Brittany Lauren Myers, associate's degree in nursing; Cody Ryahn Rosage, associate in arts; Tanya K. Stancil-Smith, criminal-justice technology; Brittani Rae Tart, diploma in cosmetology; Samantha Vaughn, associate in arts; Jonathan Edward Whitley, diploma in air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Sandra Gensel Wolfe, paralegal technology; Robert Edward Womack, criminal-justice technology; and Charles Alan Bowen Bolton, criminal-justice technology.

Clayton - Rodolph Olivo, associate in arts; Diana Christine Adams, criminal-justice technology; Caleb Adorno, associate in arts; Jenna Marie Alexander, medical sonography; Melissa Ann Balch, associate in arts; Melissa Ann Balch, associate in general education; Michael Shane Barefoot, diploma in welding technology; Kala Marie Barnes, associate in arts; Mary Bartell, associate in fine arts; Kristina Lynn Beavers, associate in science; Shonally Elizabeth Bennett, associate in arts; Stephanie Michelle Benson, associate's degree in nursing; Iman E. Billingsley, associate in arts; Ashley April Bolton, criminal-justice technology; Christopher L. Brethauer, associate in arts; Heather Nicole Capps, associate in arts; Alissa May Carlson, associate in arts; Patrick Edward Carroll, air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Amanda J. Casachahua, associate in fine arts; Melody S. Chiang, business administration; James Alan Crickenberger, diploma in heavy-equipment and transport technology; Cheryl L. Currie, associate's degree in nursing; Kendall Lynn Dixon, associate in arts; Jessica Lynn Donaldson, associate in arts; Priscilla Hope Drolet, associate in arts; Miguel Duran Jr., criminal-justice technology; Mashade Denise Elliott-Lockamy, paralegal technology; Darren Robert Erickson, business administration; Carla Victoria Esworthy, associate in arts; Sherrie M. Everhart, bioprocess technology; Mary Teresa Flowe, associate in arts; Meredith Leigh France, associate in general education; Dexter Antonio Gaddis, associate in science; Patty Marie Grice-Gantt, early-childhood education; Mark Anthony Harvey Jr., business administration; Sophirene Hinton, criminal-justice technology; Dawn Caddell Hodge, medical-office administration; Betty Danielle Hollingsworth, medical-office administration; Jessica Renee Rose Hoover, associate in arts; Michael R. House, computer-integrated machining; Angel Dawn Hunt, associate in arts; Sahraya Marie Hunter, associate in arts; Pamela Dawn Johnson, associate in arts; Mattie Rebecca Jordan, medical assisting; Ashton Paige Julian, criminal-justice technology; Rachel Allene Kennedy, associate in arts; Christine Susan Ketner, office administration; Michaelangelo Valentino Lucas, associate in arts; Michaelangelo Valentino Lucas, associate's degree in biology and biology education; Michelle M. Luciano, medical-office administration; Matthew Lawrence McCarthy, associate in arts; Jermaine Terel McNeil, associate in arts; Elizabeth Mena, associate in arts; Michael Onetha Montague, heavy-equipment and transport technology; Edwin Montoya, networking technology; Chad Gregory Morgan, industrial-systems technology; Lori Sexton Mosley, diploma in paralegal technology; Michael Charles Murphy, bioprocess technology; Dustin Gray Narron, associate in arts; Lucretia Sharon O'Dell, radiography; Courtney Renee Overby, criminal-justice technology; Courtney Renee Overby, criminal justice technology; Rodrigo F. Pantoja-Pérez, bioprocess technology; Charetha Laneé Parker, diploma in medical assisting; Lais Pena, associate in arts; Jeannie Gray Perry, medical assisting; Jeannie Gray Perry, diploma in medical assisting; Tahnne Jeannetha Porras, associate in arts; Katherine Louise Robbs, associate in arts; Alma R. Rodriguez, medical-office administration; Amanda Elizabeth Royster, early-childhood education; Anna Kaitlin Russo, associate in arts; Brian Donnell Session, diploma in air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Samantha Lee Settimi, associate in arts; Katherine Michelle Smith, associate in arts; Leah DeAnn Stott, criminal-justice technology; William Douglas Todd, associate in general education; Iran Alejandra Torres-Ammerman, community Spanish interpreter; Aimee Lee Vanderpoel, associate in arts; Nellie Villegas, associate in arts; Courtney Weaver, radiography; Carly Jean Wilkins, associate in fine arts; Cassandra Williams-Herbert, associate in arts; Garlynn Wilson, associate's degree in general education; Rebecca Reneé Wing, associate in arts; Chrissy Barbour, criminal-justice technology; Mariah Quinn Bater, associate in science; Victoria Corrine Burdo, associate in arts; Heidi Lynn Camposano, nuclear-medicine technology; Yvette Chappell, early-childhood education; Andrew Jordan Clark, computer programming; Jeramy Albert Creech, criminal-justice technology; Sarah Ward Dunn, associate in arts; Lisa Michele Fox, office administration; Rachel Lauren Freeman, associate in arts; Michael Craig Hall, associate in arts; Devin Christian Hiatt, associate in arts; Cheri Pazur Hicks, paralegal technology; Emily Joyce Holzer, associate in arts; Stephanie Marie Horan, criminal-justice technology; Stephanie Marie Horan, criminal-justice technology; Laurel McCall Littler, associate in arts; David Trent Livingstone, associate in arts; Daniel R. Lopez, networking technology; Donna M. Luczka, medical-office administration; Kristina DeLane McGee, associate in arts; Gregory Michael Morris, associate in arts; NeilAnthony Nichols II, advertising and graphic design; Mary Elizabeth Noble, diploma in therapeutic massage; Juliette W. Oliveros, associate's degree in nursing; Nicholas Evan Pacejka, associate in arts; Meghan Nicole Phelan, associate in fine arts; Celia Marie Pickwick, associate in arts; Leticia Resendiz, early-childhood education; Sovannara Ros, medical-office administration; William Short, associate in arts; Tabitha Anne Shuman, business administration; Jeremiah Cornel Smith, networking technology; Ashley Nicole Stickl, associate in science; Kristin N. Wells, early-childhood education; Kevin White, bioprocess technology; Jennifer Rose Billings, medical-office administration; Sarah Renee Pickwick, pharmacy technology; and Sabrina Hartfield-Dudley, associate in arts.

Dunn - Brittany Leah Barefoot, associate in arts; Brittany Leah Barefoot, diploma in pharmacy technology; Sarah Chambers, accounting; Sarah Chambers, business administration; Cyndil Jessie Dale, diploma in cosmetology; Jordan Ashlen Ellis, early-childhood education; Megan Elizabeth Gerrell, associate in arts; Megan Elizabeth Gerrell, associate in science; Andrew B. Goodson, computer-integrated machining; Jonathan Mark Jackson, air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Jenna Brooke-Ann Johnson, radiography; Misty Dawn Jones, radiography; Joyce Renee Beasley Kempka, medical-office administration; Kandace Belle Lee, radiography; David Thomas Lewis, accounting; Mary Ann Lucas Dunn, business administration; Nikita Shree McDuffie Dunn, paralegal technology; Everett Blase Melcher, associate in arts; Parker Rae Norris, associate in arts; Sara Brooke Norris, radiography; Jennifer Paige Owen, associate's degree in nursing; Taylor Leigh Pope, cardiovascular sonography; Johnny Ramos, heavy-equipment and transport technology; Ahira Zoar Sanchez, associate in arts; Austin Tart, associate in arts; April Michelle Tew, radiography; Christopher Colton West, associate in arts; and Martha Blair Mason, criminal-justice technology.

Four Oaks - David Scott Adams, associate in arts; Melissa A. Allen, early-childhood education; Mariela Mejia Armendariz, accounting and business administration; Jennie Lynn Bachelder, criminal-justice technology; Alice L. Baker, criminal-justice technology; Kateland Carol Blackmon, associate in arts; Leigh Ann Blevins, medical-office administration; Melissa Sue Bowers, nuclear-medicine technology; Gaile L. Brittain, office administration; Lisa Marie Caldera, medical-office administration; Mary Lynn Coates, business administration; Lindsey Michelle Connell, associate in arts; Jonathan Ray Corbett, computer-integrated machining; John Hadley Cubbage, accounting; Linda Walker Eldridge, office administration; Sherry B. Hall, accounting; Sarah Marie Hatch, radiography; Tommy Lee Huerta, associate in arts; Amanda Lynn Jackson, associate in arts; Dorrie Chance Johnson, medical assisting; Jamie Lynn Massengill, associate in fine arts; Mara Elia Mejia, criminal-justice technology; Gloria Angelica Valdez Melo, associate in arts; Robert Alexander Noel, associate in arts; Jennifer Norris, medical assisting; Nicholas Sims O'Maley, associate in arts; Maria de Jesus Lopez Quevedo, diploma in cosmetology; Luis H. Ramirez, networking technology; Marty Glenn Reardon, air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Tara Lorene Singleton, diploma in paralegal technology; Teresa J. Smith, accounting; Erica N. Stanley, associate in arts; Vanessa Faye Stanley, accounting; Amanda Stephenson, emergency-medical science; Amanda Elizabeth Strickland, associate in arts; Amanda Lynn Thornton, criminal-justice technology; Joshua Steven Thornton, business administration; Sarah Kaitlin Walker, associate in arts; Tonya Williams, bioprocess technology; and Rachael Nicole Wooten, criminal-justice technology.

Garner - Chasity Nichole Blystone, associate in arts; Sarah Goodwin Carey, associate's degree in nursing; Brandon Keith Chance, associate in arts; Kenneth Ray Coleman, associate in arts; Nathan Thomas Cooley, criminal-justice technology; Wallis Eason, associate in arts; Carrie Ann Margaret Frost, diploma in paralegal technology; Becky Abernathy Harris, criminal-justice technology; Michele Sophie Heil, accounting; Michele Sophie Heil, business administration; Anna Elizabeth Lee, early-childhood education; Nathan Douglas Powell Millétt, criminal-justice technology; Sharvon Renee Parker, pharmacy technology; Jenny Nicole Pollard, medical sonography; Gabriel Elizabeth Rand, criminal-justice technology; Mark William Schilling, heavy-equipment and transport technology; Taylor C. Shuler, associate in arts; Stephanie D. Simmons, horticulture technology; Jordan Smalls, associate in arts; Joshua Michael Smalls, associate in arts; Jessica Alexandra Stevens, associate in arts; Kenneth Sylvest, networking technology; and Tammie Williams, medical-office administration.

Kenly - Desmond James Adams, associate in arts; Tara L. Badger, associate's degree in general education; James Ray Baker Jr., bioprocess technology; Dwight L. Barnes, machining technology; George Tatarakis Boydstun, diploma in welding technology; Bryan Christopher Brafford, associate in arts; Amanda Lane Cockrell, associate in arts; Michael J. Dielen Schneider, networking technology; Michaele Duthie, office administration; Corey Franklin Evans, diploma in welding technology; Donnie Lee Hines, heavy-equipment and transport technology; Joshua Dale Hodge, bioprocess technology; Daryl S. Jones, associate in science; James Matthew Lee, diploma in heavy-equipment and transport technology; Angela April Lopez, community Spanish interpreter; Jorge Mendoza-Valadez, associate in arts; Maria Mendoza-Valadez, diploma in therapeutic massage; Joshua Eleazar Sierra, associate in science; and James David Staton, bioprocess technology.

Micro - Jeffrey William Littleton, associate in arts.

Middlesex - Dennis Ralph Pepper Jr., associate in arts; Tristany Natalya Roper, associate in fine arts; Valeria Williams Strickland, criminal-justice technology; and Joseph Edwin Phillip Hurd, paralegal technology.

Newton Grove - Kristina Louise Fann, associate in science; Randice Leanne Raynor, diploma in cosmetology; Shedava Latrece Ruffin, diploma in cosmetology; and Maria D. Smith, associate in general education.

Pikeville - Breanna Bostic, radiography; Danielle K. Downs, medical sonography; Lisa Jean Flowers, business administration; Ryne Eugene Harringer, associate in arts; Justin Paul Newman, associate in science; and Lakisha Eruka Williams, associate in arts.

Pine Level - Tricia Lynn Cannon, business administration; Meaghan Kathleen Elizabeth Weiner, associate in arts; and Alton Blake White, bioprocess technology.

Princeton - Shaun Wyatt Braswell, associate in arts; Joseph Martin Carter, air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Laura Jackson Carter, early-childhood education; Rebecca Delaine Cook, associate's degree in nursing; Richard Preston Dowdy, therapeutic massage; Spencer Blake Edwards, radiography; Jonathan Young Green, heavy-equipment and transport technology; Kimberly Sue Green, business administration; Kimberly C. Huffman, accounting; Kimberly C. Huffman, business administration; Christopher B. Mooring, associate in arts; Brittany Michelle Parrish, office administration; Gabe Logan Pate, associate in arts; Steven Tyron Poston, criminal-justice technology; Antonio Pierre Simmons, heavy-equipment and transport technology; Courtney LeAnn Toole, medical-office administration; and Jennifer Marie Wadsworth, associate in science.

Selma - Jennifer Lynn Baker, associate in arts; John Tyler Bedford, air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Cathylina Marie Brooks, early-childhood education; Stephanie Michelle, associate in arts; Christopher James Cline, associate in science; Steven Craig Coker, associate in arts; Julia Bridgette Conklin, associate in arts; Kermit D. Corprew Jr., air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Taylor Nicole Dabney, associate in arts; Kelsey Tara Dale, associate in arts; Kevin Wayne Draper, bioprocess technology; Irene Alicia Ureña Escamilla, associate in arts; Tabitha Dilenea Forbes, associate in arts; Heidi J. Gallegos-Maradiaga, associate in science; Deborah Ann Creech Gerrell, business administration; Ansley E. Gimenez, radiography; Sharon Smith Goddard, business administration; Laura Amelia Gonzalez, medical-office administration; Marcelino Gonzalez Jr., paralegal technology; Teresa B. Hales, business administration; Tara Nicole Howard, radiography; Phillip A. Jackson; industrial-systems technology; Lauren Ashley Johnson, pharmacy technology; Devin Ashlee Kimmey, cardiovascular sonography; Cynthia Price Lane, accounting; Cynthia Price Lane, business administration; Gerald William Lanier Jr., associate in arts; Marlen Alejandra Lopez Samano, medical-office administration; Donald Dwain Madison, associate in arts; Jorene J. Mathias, accounting; Shermin F. McShine, associate in arts; Daniel Larkin Peedin, networking technology; Brandy Nichole Phipps, accounting and business administration; Jarrell Lee Pridgen, associate in fine arts; Sara Yvonne Ramirez, associate in arts; Benjamin Walker Sanderford, associate in arts; Valiree Sanderford, associate in arts; Lauren Smith, early-childhood education; Amanda Renee Snyder, associate in arts; Clara Mae Stephens, office administration; Robert Nelson Strickland Jr., associate in arts; Julia Raper Tate, medical assisting; Jacqueline Renee Taylor, associate in general education; Nicholas Scott Tedder, associate in arts; Jason Derek Toole, associate in arts; Leah Ashley Ward, associate in science; Theresa Dianne Whitton, associate's degree in nursing; Chanelle Williams, paralegal technology; Jennifer Lynn Williams, business administration; and Jermey Keith Williams, welding technology.

Smithfield - Wendy S. Adams, bioprocess technology; Christa Lynn Ammons, paralegal technology; Alison Warren Arnn, medical sonography; Mariano Ayala, associate in arts; Aimee Weaver Beasley, medical-office administration; Anthony S. Benjamin, associate in arts; Nichole Best, criminal-justice technology; Courtney King Brock, diploma cosmetology; Caroline A. Byrd, associate in science; Miossotti Julissa Caceres, criminal-justice technology; Brittan Hope Casey, associate in arts; Brittany Hope Casey, associate in general education; Alicia Champney, medical-office administration; Leslie Edali Chiclana, associate in arts; Meredith Hope Creech, associate in arts; Regina Marie Custis, accounting; Regina Marie Custis, business administration; Sabra Davis, associate in arts; Sabra Davis, associate in science; Jocelyn Marie DeRasmo, associate in fine arts; Alex Neil Donner, accounting; Alex Neil Donner, business administration; Ashley Nicole Edwards, criminal-justice technology; Dustin Jay Frickman, criminal-justice technology; Richard Earl Frost Jr., associate in arts; Avery Grey Gardner, associate in arts; Mark Edward Green, associate in arts; Lindsay Elizabeth Groves, radiography; Fredericka Alesia Hines, medical-office administration; Evelyn Lorain Huger, early-childhood education; David Michael Ketterman, associate in science; Larry-Wallace Eugene Lane, associate in science; Margaret Lebron Mateo, criminal-justice technology; Margaret Lebron Mateo, criminal-justice technology; Seth Maynard, associate in arts; Lisa Ann McCray, accounting and business administration; Kyle McKeel, associate in arts; Courtney Anne McLamb, early-childhood education; Clelia Nathalya Saines Menjivar, early-childhood education; Chrystal Jane Mohn, associate in science; Dylan J. Odett, criminal-justice technology; Dylan J. Odett, criminal-justice technology; Daniel Stephen Ogburn, industrial-systems technology; Amber N. Parker, associate in arts; Logan C. Parker, associate in arts; Tyler Keith Pollard, air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; Anna Brooke Powell, associate in arts; Holly Mae Page Priest, advertising and graphic design; David J. Rantanen, criminal-justice technology; Phillip Bryan Revell, associate in arts; Benjamin Rieger, criminal-justice technology; Michelle Lynn Robinson, pharmacy technology; Indraj Singh Rooprai, associate in science; Tamika Anita Sanders, medical-office administration; Michael Jeffery Schall, business administration; Nicholas Eric Smith, associate in arts; Harley Brooke Stanley, associate in arts; Jonathan D. Thomason, associate in arts; Kimberly Jasmine Valle Mejia, associate in science; Catherine Austin Whitley, nuclear-medicine technology; Paula A. Williams, early-childhood education; Jamie Lee Winchell, criminal-justice technology; Deana M. Wood, medical-office administration; and Marianne Rapp, business administration.

Wendell - Bonnie C. Anderson, medical-office administration; Christi Pettry Baker, medical assisting; Roxanne Elise Baker, associate in science; Dara Elaine Bigby, paralegal technology; Randy Flanders, associate in science; Blake Alexander Floyd, associate in arts; Anna M. Hale, early-childhood education; Tiffany Danyelle Lutz, associate in arts; Angela Odom Mullins, radiography; Joshua A. Powell, associate in arts; and Daniel Strautnieks, networking technology.

Willow Spring - Rickie L. Allen Jr., diploma in welding technology; Amber Elizabeth Mitchell, diploma therapeutic massage; Jessie Morgan Talbert, cardiovascular sonography; Hollie A. Vanderlei, nuclear-medicine technology; and Julie Yost, early-childhood education.

Wilson's Mills - Shaun Ryan Gray, associate in arts.

Zebulon - Herbert Ian Battle, criminal-justice technology; Jessica Lynn Beasley, associate in arts; Raymond Marcus Cagle, associate in arts; Arlean Darden Creech, medical-office administration; Joy Creech, associate's degree in nursing; Bonnie Jean Edwards, associate's degree in nursing; Kris Wisely Harris, medical-office administration; Monica Jean Hartman, associate's degree in nursing; Alberto Moreno Jr., associate in arts; Lynnita Yvette Pettiford, medical assisting; and Lyndsey Michelle Wilson, radiography.

6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Cleveland Elementary

Honor Roll: Cleveland Elementary                                    Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/08/2948039/honor-roll-cleveland-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Cleveland Elementary

Published: June 8, 2013

Cleveland Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Nathan Bacon, Edgar Bonites, April Dailly, Jordan Finn, Crystal Robertson, Katie Spivey, Ashley Blanchard, Wesley Hunt, Gracen Long, Hope Tabor, Zachary Blailock, Hyde Bosley, Lanie Deyo, Miranda Grey, John Meese, Jacob Siegert, Danielle Stephen, Ryan Glass, Megan Rattie, Savoir Banks-Bey, Addie Hendrix, Lily Mills, Maggie Monday, Jacob Tolar, Abby Ekstrom-Dellaripa, Emily Ramsey, Camden Stallings, Madeline Zamboni, Luicana Credle, Hayleigh Daughtrey, Alex DeCraney, Chandler Higgins, Seth Jenkins and Abigail Smith.

Grade 4 - Avery Berg, Madelyn Doepp, Meghan Ellenberger, Kellie Finch, Gabe Hawkins, Blake Jackson, Tyler Lewis, Eric Liu, Johnny Macdonald, Paige Smith, Rosie Venturella, Lance Wall, Parker Wolf, Aaron Erickson, Madeline Pleasant, Patrick Manning, Taylor Waite, Rheia Spruill, Max Baumgartner, Carter Biggs, Victoria Bowman, Ashlyn Faulkner, Spenser Goldman, Gracie Howard, Darcy Larson, Emma Loggans, Mac Mollins, Dillon Wells, Jamie Williford, Cooper Gower and Kaitlyn Stumbar.

Grade 5 - Meredith D'Angelo, Raleigh Keenan, Caleb Turner, Christian Wood, Lizzy Yingling, Joshua Erpenbeck, Jacob Hunt, Diajae Mcdougald, Jonathan Knott, Nick Custer, Jarod Furr, Reagan Damin, Sean van Oppen, Macy Baker, Makenzie Blanchard, Willard Bosley, Olivia Pohl, Molly Foulke, Cody Lee, Thomas Luter, Luke Meyer, Madison Stump, Carter Thomas, Claire Weaver, Emma Coull, Jacob Ginn, Blake Gooding, Taylor Gower, Hannah Harrison, Daniela Isastia, Kota Marquess, Nikki Piatek, Mckenna Watson and Boone Williams.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Edward Bronfield, Hayden Godusi, Judah Hudson, Jason Juarez, Wyatt Langston, Omar Patino, Joseph Roeder, Vanessa Vay-Jaramillo, Zachary Beach, Isabel Chitwood, Christian Darrow, Laine Graham, Samantha Mueller, Emi Ponce, Grant Barbour, Gloria Elmore, Jacob Knott, Jason Ricapito, Jadin Sanders, Austin Baker, Andrew Groves, Taylor McQueen, Addie Hendrix, Shaniya Jessup, Alyssa Monk, Tyler Phillips, Tyler Pius, Leah Rawls, Gage Reyes, Ty Robbins, C.J. Sasser, Grace Stein, Emma Allen, Ian Book, Abe Fernandez, Emma Frost, Aurindom Jyoti, Brendan Shoaf, Lacy Smothers, Jaelah Teel, Hannah Wiley, Kayla Quarles, Trey Fields, Brayden Hall, Haleigh Langdon-Willis, Micah Livaudais, Elle McClure, Madison Sherwin, Dylan Smith, Sofia Soria, Jimmy Starling and Ja'Davion Elliott.

Grade 4 - Christian Anglin, Connor Brigman, Matthew Davis, Jeremiah Escarcega, Sarah Jarzynkowski, Allianah Lordeus, Wesley Medford, Hannah Morgart, Palina Schneider, Kaylyn Watson, Eddy Yuziuk, Mikayla Agaliotis, Kelcey Braithwaite, Ashley Garcia, Hector Ibarra, Jacob Loafman, Emily Monk, Isadora Perez-Casas, Justin Rowland, Anthony Schena, Anna Tetrault, Joshua Adams, Megan Allen, Stephen Benjamin, Rory Boscarino, Noah Colton, Daniel Govea, Zoe Coons-Howcroft, Eric Lassiter, Jack McIntosh, Gage McQueen, Skylar Smith, Isaac Wendell, Trevor Abbott, Rylee Clarke, Alex Helmes, David Holder, Kyndall Macon, Ashlyn Moore, Tishawn Powell, Trey Robinson, Taylor Rogers, Dylan Stone, Jordan Williams, Janna Burgart, Kathryn Collins, Alex Dasilva, Valerie Epps, Hunter Kleber, Paula Rawls, Dawson Thacker, Danielle Anglin, Connor Ayscue, I.J. Ezuma, Mercedes Killin, Joshua Lanning, Natalie McIver, Harrison Polston, Lauren Sayre, Lydia Selvek, Caroline Wall, Jose Lopez, Hayden Tabor, Wilson Johnson and Zack Frenck.

Grade 5 - Nathan Bonfanti, Trent Burrus, Camryn Collier, Sam Holder, Destiny Janneman, Hysin King, Evan Liu, Daniel Auen, Jason Dandeneau, William Floyt, Zane Gwaltney, Jacob Hunt, Annabelle Lovelace, Victoria Magyar, Alex Michael, Brandon Palmer, Mikayla Ray, Shalyn Turbyfill, Alyssa Byrd, Lianne Cochran, Jillian Harvell, Shatiana Hill, Courtney Lawhorn, Colin Mercoglin, Devan O'Keefe, Ashleigh Venito, Cailin William, Rachel Castaldo, Chibuike Ezuma, Hannah Harkins, Catherine Holbrook, Chandler Johnson, Emily Kahn, Alyssa Korb, Amber Posada, Terry Riddle, Blythe Shuman, Antonio Young, Brandon Almond, Logan Brown, Kevin Chen, Grace Graham, Elizabeth Hall, Bryce Huddleston, Rachel Lamb, Sarah Mandel, Joshua McCoy, Dayne Ahola, Kamron Cook, Bronson Fife, Leah Flynt, Abby Locklear, Abby Pleasant, Dawson Smith, Jacob Beckman, Gavin Grider, Emily Straka, Chyna Wiles and Ronald Campbell.

6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Glendale-Kenly Elementary

Honor Roll: Glendale-Kenly Elementary                           Smithfield Herald:  

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Honor Roll: Glendale-Kenly Elementary

Published: June 8, 2013  

Glendale-Kenly Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Emma Cahall, Jett Hales, Sandy Johnson, McRae Kyle, Marissa McGraw, Anna Moore, Abby Murray, Morgan Pollock, Trent Ross, Aidan Sevigny, Leah Stephenson and Zoe Tuchscherer.

Grade 4 - Jose Alvarez, Kayla Auton, Madison Barbour, Sarah Batten, Garrett Brown, Gabe Coats, Seth Coats, Billy Crawford, Cathlyn Creech, Cami Crocker, Maci Davis, Alexia Dixon, Gabe Fiamingo, Meredith Godwin, Daniela Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Eric Hodges, Victor Ibarra-Mendoza, Camden Mooring, Hailey Nichols, Riley Nicol, Kadence Overby, Evelyn Partirda-Arias, Anna Pollock, Emma Scott, Lainey Servillon, Hannah Sherrod, Kaylee Smith, Luke Stanley, Logan Taylor and Daylon Wall.

Grade 5 - Tanner Bentley, Alexis Byrd, Samantha Davis, Allyson Evans, Ginger Futrell, Rylee Greiner, Chassidy Hodge, Lindsey Holland, Lauren House, Hunter Jones, Stormy McKee, Sabrina Medlin, Ty Narron, Ashley Narron, Dylan Pitts, Justin Richardson, Scott Sellers, Maddie Smith and Will Stallings.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Savanna Avery, Hayden Balance, Kenisha Barnes, Danielle Barry, Emily Beasley, Nakiya Blue, Murphy Boncek, Issaiah Brown, Isabella Casillas, Jamie Coley, Marshall Creech, Tyler Creech, Saniya Cureton, Shiane Evans, Laila Frazier, Brooke Godwin, Tatum Godwin, Demetrius Green, Alexis Jones, Caleb Kennon, Emily Leagan, Kayla Liles, Will Nigoche, Hailey Novick, Tishara Pearce, Marina Raper, Devan Richards, Abigail Rojo-Pacheco, Andrew Stancil, Riley Stuckey, Raven Washington, Johnny Weaver and Cameron Woodard.

Grade 4 - Olaf Alvarez, Elizabeth Apolinar-Mejia, Caroline Batten, Kaylyn Boswell, Cierra Canady, Mayra Castillo, Chris Cherry, Caleb Coley, Mindy Davis, Cavin Davis, Citlali Espinoza, Brooke Evans, Caroline Griswold, Gabby Hales, London Hall, Eyhab Hamid, Grace Harshman, Melissa Hinton, Jaxon Jones, Taylor Jones, Hunter Lee, Abby Lewis, Cassidy Moore, Khushi Patel, Jonathan Resendiz-Munoz, Hezekiah Revell, Haleigh Sias, Caleb Smith, Abigail Stevens and Yesenia Villasenor.

Grade 5 - Jordan Bass, Madison Batiste, Derek Butler, Leonel Carreno, Laura Fajardo, Rachel Foster, Katharine Hales, Austin Holland, Jaida Jones, Caroline Leegins, C.J. Linton, Sparkle Nesbitt, Jacob Norris, Sam Parrish, Estel Perez-Mendoza, Spencer Price, Maria Rodriguez-Garcia, Orlando Rodriguez-Ortiz, Ian Rose, Karmen Ryals, Alden Smith, Dillan Whitley, Aykiara Wilkins and Madison Wright.

6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Smithfield-Selma High

Honor Roll: Smithfield-Selma High                                   Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/08/2948034/honor-roll-smithfield-selma-high.html

Honor Roll: Smithfield-Selma High

Published: June 8, 2013  

Smithfield-Selma High School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 9 - Jessica Alamos-Ibarra, Antonio Anton, Logan Batten, Iqueel Brinson, Maisie Butler, Dorothy Colon, Jake Craddock, Jatina Cradick, Briona Davis, Johanna Evans, Erika Garcia, Alexis Haynes, Isaac Jimenez, Ashley Jones-Eaton, Noah Kiser, Crystal Martinez-Santos, Nirmine Moore, Nestor Olguin-Vazquez, Cole Pearson, Mykala Pierce, Sierra Rice, Carlee Sharpe, Cody Simonson, Raequan Smith, Hannah Strach, Haley Talton, Justin Tataranowicz, Christian Torres-Ruiz, Deanna Walker, Stephen Woodruff and Elizabeth Wooters.

Grade 10 - Miriam Amado Lopez, Daniel Avila, Courtney Benson, Antonio Blake, Marvin Capps, Chase Chape, Xiaomin Chen, Ina Colon Villafranca, Mari Cox, Haley Creech, Medina Earth-Dowd, Andrew Eason, Morgan Eatmon, Faith Howell, Angel Jara-Rodriguez, Joseph Jordan, Ramneek Kaur, Melisa Morales-Perez, Roger Munguia-Mejia, Cody Schneider, Tristan Silver, Cameron Stallings, Keanna Taylor, Amber Ward, Levi White, Sarah Wieland and Keith Williams.

Grade 11 - Callie Britt, Shah Faqir Muhammad, Lilian Faulconer, Jorge Gomez I, Zhiyong Guo, Taylor Hamilton, Callihan Herrmann, John Hess, Jacob Hopkins, Thomas Howerton, Cameron Hoyt, Joaquin Ibarra, Ashleigh Jones, Jonathan Langston, Taylor Leposa, Juan Lopez-Avina, James McMillen, Warda Mohamed, Rachel Moore V, Carlos Morataya, Josue Peralta Mejia, Norma Rodriguez, Janay Scarboro, Intan Shafirra, Whitley Stevens, Tyler Talley, Erica Thomas, Morgan Thorne, Jazmin Trejo Munoz, Kayla Urban and Andrew Vann.

Grade 12 - Stephen Anderson, Christian Barbour, Drake Benson, Demetrius Campbell, Ignacio Carrasco, Estefania Castro-Vasquez, Greysi Contreras-Miranda, Sarah Cook, Jeremiah David, Valerie Davis, Brisait Diaz Vazquez, Nathan Driver, Karie Ducey, Emily Edwards, Halle Emanuels, Kathryn Fleming, Mario Flores-Orellana, Robert Franklin IV, Arianna Gandolph, Blake Guy, Karla Guzman, Jenny Herrera, Aliyah Hinton, Leah Isenhour, Christina Jarman, Pablo Jimenez-Arreaga, Brittany Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Temperance Lampe, Jennifer Littlejohn, Celeste Loia, Ashley Martinez-Mancia, Garrett Massengill, Logan McCullen, Maya McFadgen, Lizbeth Melgar-Alberto, Crystal Mellor, Laura Oldham, Aldarius Parker, Hannah Price, Rawan Rasheed, Zachary Rhodes, Sabrina Shepherd, Molly Sparks, Joshua Strahin, Shada Strickland, Alex Tierney, Megan Toler, Seth Turner, Kasandra Washington, Damion Williams and Corydon Wooten.

Honor Roll

Grade 9 - Fatima Algozy, Jermaine Allen, Jesus Alvarez-Coyt, John Ashley, Jayime Blair, Josselyn Castaneda-Trejo, Michelle Cerda, Fidel Cervantes-Garcia, Caitlyn Chrisp, Joshua Clapp, Paulina Cruz-Martinez, Kayberly Dees, Hunter Edwards, Briana Emory-Anderson, Yahaira Esquivel Favila, Erika Flores, Michelle Gonazalez Marroquin, Jason Hallam, Joshua Hammons, Kristin Harper, Kara Harrison, Alejandra Hernandez Padilla, Bradley Honeycutt, Brent Jones, Jasmeen Kaur, Kelsi Kessler, Mallory Langston, Dylan Ledford, Jorge Lopez Gonzalez, Cecilia Macias, Sandra Martinez-Coria, Karlie McCullers, Hy'Dea Mclean, Kevin Medlin, Joy Milton, Katherine Molina, Phillip Moore, Samuel Moran, Mallory Mouser, Luis Partida, Austin Peeden, Jenna Poole, Lauren Robinson, Eduanny Rodriguez-Manzueta, Navneek Rooprai, Keke Scott, Machai Smith, Freddie Soard, Hannah Sowell, Anna Stanley, Savannah Stewart, Gabriela Vasquez, Deanna Vicario, Kayla Wakefield and Ellen Watson.

Grade 10 - Giselle Argueta, Ashley Ball, Caleb Brown, Marquise Bryant, Mario Canales Cruz, Edna Cortez, Cassie Creech, Nathaniel Diaz-Carattini, Andrew Emanuels, Enrique Escamilla, Keegan Evans, Vance Everett Jr., Clara Frayre, Saron Garcia, Cameron Garris, John Gibbons, Adair Gonzalez, Anna Hammons, Kevonte Holder, Roberta Jensen, Tarekia Kelly, Emma Lampe, Zachary Leposa, Yessenia Macias, Rachel Miller, Savannah Nguyen, Stephanie Partida, Michael Puerto, Nayeli Renteria-Rivera, Scarlett Rivera-Rodriguez, Kayla Scaggs, David Scalzi, Lillian Sharpe, Samantha Smith, Jesse Sparks, Emma Szczesiul, Isaac Tober, Jose Trujillo Hernandez, Bryan Vazquez, Rolleen Wang and Tavis Wymer.

Grade 11 - Alejandro Alvarez-Coyt, Cooper Andrews, Blair Beasley, Logan Coker, Logan Cox, William Creech, Xiomara Cruz, Kaitlyn Dacey, Hannah Deasy, Yoselyn Espinoza-Funez, Fatima Esquivel, Bobbi Floyd, Daniel Garcia-Marquez, A'Mari Gill, Anna Grubbs, Megan Hatcher, Pedro Hernandez-Rubio, William Hill, Katy Hinton, Harrison Howell, Hannah Hughes, Otoniel Jaen, Jose Jimenez-Polio, Tiasia Lee, Norma Macias-Mendez, Lucia Martinez, Dayana Martinez Castillo, Cameron McCullers, Chelsey McDaniels, Shontel Mcclearn, Dalesha Mclean, Jose Mercado, Alaina Minor, Cindy Molina, Moises Monroy-Narvez, Christopher Parker, William Parrish, Christian Penister, Hannah Poole, Ana Karina Prieto-Castaneda, Holly Rabil, Shelby Rabil, Verniqua Randolph, Whitney Reddick, Jacob Reger, Amy Reyes, Avneek Rooprai, Adrian Salas Abarca, Christopher Simonson, Lenin Soto-Mejia, Tyronzie Speller, Jamal Stancil and Oscar Villanueva.

Grade 12 - Lizzet Acevedo Villeda, Rahim Allah-Dowd, Thomas Allen, Kevin Ascanio-Gomez, Cadidrea Atkinson, Anahi Avila Rosas, Diana Ayala Rodriguez, Bryhana Benson, Trayv'ion Biddle, Jonathan Blanco, Dequondra Brockington, Maria Cardenas Pena, Alejandro Ceballos-Ramos, Jennifer Centeno-Nieto, Walter Cruz, Zayra Esquivel-Favila, Cristal Fabian, Solieth Fabian, Roshaun Freeman, Tammy Freeman, Brandi Frye, Ricardo Garcia, John Garner, Samantha Gonzalez, Destiny Godwin, Gemma Guerrero Castellanos, Misael Jaramillo-Rivera, Sara Jimenez-Polio, Jameka Jones, Raakia Jones-Eaton, Breannan Kolb, Jacob Lawhon, Christina Lee, Samantha Lee, Kiana Lucas, Sonia Medina-Velasco, Fatima Menjivar-Vanegas, Zoraida Mijares-Najera, Jose Molina, Alejandra Monjaras-Narvaez, Cinthia Monterrosa Vega, Beatriz Moreno, Vincent Naughton, Cassandra Ortiz, Marjerie Papillon, Emily Phillips, Trent Pierce, Kaylie Pilkington, Fergie Placencia, Mikayla Pope, Rasheada Pratt, Cynthia Radford, Tyesha Robinson, Montrel Shepherd, Tyler Tant, Niasha Theet, Tyesha Thorpe, Sondreal Tinsley, Exzavior Torres, Samuel Torres, Khiana Williams, Michael Williams Jr., Zachary Williams and Hisaun Yates.

6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: More than 2,000 students graduate from Johnston County high schools

"More than 2,000 students graduate from Johnston County high schools"   Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/11/2955168/more-than-2000-students-graduate.html 

More than 2,000 students graduate from Johnston County high schools

Published: June 11, 2013 

By Derek QuizonSSS graduating seniors Laura Oldham and Elizabeth Carter at last Friday's graduation ceremony in the school gym.

DEREK QUIZON - dquizon@newsobserver.com

 dquizon@newsobserver.com

Johnston County high schools on Friday awarded diplomas to 2,040 students.

At Smithfield-Selma, 253 seniors received their diplomas in the school's gym. Tropical storm Andrea forced the graduates inside, but many of them were relieved to get out of the oppressive humidity.

SSS has struggled in the past with dropouts. But Principal Michael Taylor happily announced that 78.1 percent students who began school four years ago as freshmen graduated Friday night. That's the highest percentage since the class of 2006, when the state began tracking that statistic. Taylor's announcement was met with cheers and applause.

In their speeches on Friday, SSS valedictorians Estefania Castro-Vazquez and Valerie Davis offered advice to their classmates.

Castro-Vazquez asked her fellow graduates to pursue their passions without fear. "While we are taught there is a real world out there preparing to consume us if we step out of line, know that we are the creators of this reality and therefore have nothing to fear," she said. "Remember, doubt must become no more than vigilance; otherwise, it can become dangerous."

Davis upped the ante, adding toward the end of her speech: "A little passion and drive is all we need - and let's be honest, guys, a little crazy probably wouldn't hurt either."

Class president Emily Edwards summed up the challenge facing graduates more succinctly. "Let's make it a good life," she said. "Or not - the choice is ours."

Quizon: 919-836-5768

6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: Panthers’ heads benefit from bed sales

Panthers' heads benefit from bed sales                              Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/10/2953479/panthers-heads-benefit-from-bed.html 

 

Panthers' heads benefit from bed sales

Published: June 10, 2013

By D. Clay BestMembers of North Johnston High's football team who participated in their mattress sale fundraiser show off the $2,560 check they received from the sale. The funds will help pay for new, safer helmets for Panthers players.

D. CLAY BEST - newsobserver.com

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KENLY - North Johnston High School's football team put on their salesman's caps earlier this spring to raise funds to purchase a cap of a different sort.

The Panthers sold 22 mattresses with the help of Custom Fundraising Solutions of Raleigh during a May event, raising $2,560 to fund the purchase of new football helmets for the team.

The group set up 22 mattresses, featuring Southerland Bedding and Restonic releases, in the North Johnston High gym on May 4. Players passed out referral flyers to prospective buyers and the CFS team led by Clint Stovall took over on the sales end.

"It went really well for something that we just advertised this year by word of mouth, Facebook and Twitter mentions," said North coach Scott Meserve. "I'm somebody that's always willing to take a chance and try something different. We needed a way to help continue our plan to update all of our helmets to the latest technology and it went great."

North is trying to replace its older helmets with the new Riddell Revo Revolution 360 model, which are safer in testing. The challenge is each of those helmets cost between $365 and $400.

But they were worth it this past season, according to Meserve: "We didn't have any concussions last year, so they helped our kids."

The Panthers have already scheduled a similar event for next spring, dubbing it: buy a bed, save a head. It will be held on March 1.

Best: 919-524-8895; Twitter: @dclaybest

6/24/13 > Smithfield Herald: West Johnston grad finishes fifth in NCAA championships

West Johnston grad finishes fifth in NCAA championships   Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/10/2953508/west-johnston-grad-finishes-fifth.html 

West Johnston grad finishes fifth in NCAA championships

Published: June 10, 2013 

 Dakota Peachee runs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday at Oregon's Hayward Field. Peachee, a West Johnston grad, finished fifth and earned All-American honors.

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY PHOTO BY CHERYL TREWORGY

By D. Clay Best cbest@newsobserver.com

Dakota Peachee, a senior at High Point University, views his fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Friday's NCAA Track and Field Championships in Oregon, as either the perfect ending to his competitive running career or the next step in his career.

"If this is the end of the book, it's a great way to finish," Peachee said. "I've earned a degree in biology, something I wasn't sure I could do, and given myself a chance to possibly run in the U.S. Championships. I'm undecided about that right now, but I know dental school is in my future."

Peachee led the chase pack - running behind Kenyans Anthony Rotich, Henry Lelei and Stanley Kebenei - for most of Friday's race before a great closing stretch by BYU's Curtis Carr in the final 250 meters. Peachee finished in 8:43.04. Rotich won in 8:21.19.

"We all just let the Kenyans go out and do their thing and ran for first place in the pack," Peachee said. "(Carr) had a great closing lap. I tried to match it but just couldn't get back to him. Still, to finish your college career with a top five finish and All-American status is something that makes me very proud."

Peachee, Clayton grad Kendra (Keni) Harrison and Southeast Raleigh grad Wayne Davis II - a trio of former Greater Neuse River 4A Conference standouts - all earned first team All-America honors with their performances. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America status.

Harrison, another former NCHSAA state champion, was a part of three top-five finishes for Clemson. She ran the opening leg on the Tigers' 4x100 relay which took third in 43.76 and made both hurdle finals.

The women's hurdle events were two of the fastest in NCAA history. Stanford's Kori Carter set a collegiate record in the 400 at 53.21 seconds, while Clemson's Brianna Rollins broke her own NCAA record in the 100 hurdles at 12.39.

Harrison's fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles on Friday was the best ever in the event for a Clemson entry. She clocked in at 55.75 seconds.

The sophomore also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles, tying her personal best time of 12.87 seconds.

Wayne Davis started the final in the 110-meter hurdles wanting a great start for two reasons.

Davis, a junior at Texas A&M, knew a great start by the top qualifier in the event would put pressure on his fellow competitors. He also needed the start to erase his own memories of a less than ideal start in the 2012 Olympics.

The former NCHSAA state champion had a great start and rolled to the national championship in a wind-aided 13.14 seconds.

"I knew my start was important," Davis said. "I think it was crucial to get ahead and push these guys and I think pushing those guys kind of made them screw up a bit."

Runner-up Eddie Lovett of Florida hit multiple hurdles and Clemson's Spencer Adams hit hurdles as well.

His run helped A&M wrap up its fifth men's national championship in the past seven years. Florida and Texas A&M both finished with 53 points on the men's side.

Davis, running for Trinidad and Tobago, hit the first hurdle in the semifinals at the last Olympics and believes that cost him a spot in the finals.

"This was another big-time competition," Davis said. "So I just made sure I stayed away from the hurdles. (Running in wind) you just have to keep your feet light on the ground."

Best: 919-524-8895; Twitter: @dclaybest

6/24/13 > WRAL/High School OT: Wells Fargo Conference Cup winners announced for 2012-13

Wells Fargo Conference Cup winners announced for 2012-13   WRAL/High School OT:  

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Johnston County Schools

Wells Fargo Conference Cup winners announced for 2012-13

Jun 11, 2013

Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, today announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications. 

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia and now Wells Fargo has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.


Class 1-A Conference Results:


Carolina 1-A: With a dominant spring season including championships in men's golf, men's tennis, and women's outdoor track and field as well as second-place finishes in women's soccer and softball, Rosewood distances itself from the pack and takes the Conference Cup. Goldsboro finishes second in the conference with runner-up performances in men's tennis and women's outdoor track and field, but Princeton put up a fight this spring with top finishes in softball, women's soccer, and men's outdoor track and field and finishes a close third. 

Conference Standings: Rosewood 73, Goldsboro 59, Princeton 57, Ayden-Grifton 44, Spring Creek 35.5, North Duplin 26.5.

Coastal Plains 1-A: Southwest Onslow passes previous conference leader Dixon to take sole possession of the top spot and wins the Conference Cup, thanks to top finishes in women's soccer and men's golf this spring. Dixon finishes in second, despite a league title in baseball, while Lejeune takes third with a conference crown in women's outdoor track and field. 

Conference Standings: Southwest Onslow 707.5, Dixon 660, Lejeune 652.5, East Carteret 540, Pamlico 480, Jones Senior 405.

Four Rivers 1-A: Riverside is able to break the winter deadlock with Manteo and take the Conference Cup, with a league title in baseball and a second-place finish in women's outdoor track and field. Manteo settles for second, with a runner-up performance in men's outdoor track and field, while Camden maintains its third-place form to finish the year thanks to a sweep of the conference outdoor track and field championships. 

Conference Standings: Riverside 134, Manteo 122.5, Camden 120.5, Northside 97.5, Southside 96.5, South Creek 94.5, Perquimans 81.5, Plymouth 60.5.

Smoky Mountain 1-A: Previous third-place Murphy claims the top spot and wins the Conference Cup, thanks to a sweep of the conference outdoor track and field championships and a second-place finish men's golf. Hayesville maintains its second-place form with top finishes in softball, baseball, and men's golf this spring, and winds up just behind Murphy. Winter frontrunner Swain falls to third. 

Conference Standings: Murphy 132, Hayesville 131.5, Swain 127.5, Robbinsville 106.5, Cherokee 99.5, Andrews 86.5, Rosman 77, Highlands 65.5, Hiwassee Dam 58.5, Blue Ridge 40.5, Nantahala 19.

Tar Roanoke 1-A: After leading all year, Gates County finds itself finishing the year in second, because of a spectacular spring season for KIPP Pride including a league title in softball and second-place finish in women's track and field that procures the Conference Cup. Gates County finished first in baseball and second in softball and actually wound up in a tie for second with North Edgecombe, which swept the conference outdoor track and field championships. 

Conference Standings: KIPP Pride 460, Gates County 430, North Edgecombe 430, Northampton County 400, Southeast Halifax 390, Weldon 310.

Tideland 1-A: Columbia continues its top form from the previous two sports seasons and performs well this spring to secure the Conference Cup. Mattamuskeet is able to hold off Creswell to finish second in the conference thanks to a championship in baseball while third-place Creswell finished first in softball this spring. 

Conference Standings: Columbia 34, Mattamuskeet 25, Creswell 24, Cape Hatteras 17, Ocracoke 15.

Tri-County 1-A: The Conference Cup goes to Lakewood as the school finishes the year ahead of the pack, finishing first in women's outdoor track and field and second in men's golf and men's outdoor track and field this spring. Second place belongs to Midway, which finished first in baseball and tied for first in women's soccer. Heide Trask is able to break its winter deadlock with Wallace-Rose Hill to finish the year in third thanks to league titles in softball and men's outdoor track and field. 

Conference Standings: Lakewood 101, Midway 95.5, Heide Trask 92, Wallace-Rose Hill 80, Pender 78.5, Union 73, James Kenan 69.5, Hobbton 50.

Yadkin Valley 1-A: Championships in women's soccer and women's outdoor track and field as well as a share of the conference title in men's tennis procure the Conference Cup for Gray Stone Day, which overtakes previous conference-leader Albemarle. Second-place finisher Albemarle tied with Gray Stone in men's tennis to earn a share of the conference title and also finished second in women's outdoor track and field. South Stanly finishes the year in third with a conference crown in baseball and a runner-up performance in softball. 

Conference Standings: Gray Stone 697.5, Albemarle 680, South Stanly 645, North Rowan 627.5, East Montgomery 612.5, North Moore 572.5, West Montgomery 540, Chatham Central 537.5, South Davidson 447.5.


Class 1-A/2-A Conference Results:

Carolina 12 1-A/2-A: Carrboro takes the Conference Cup after a solid spring season in which the school continued its top form with league titles in men's tennis, women's soccer, and women's outdoor track and field. With a conference baseball title, Northwood is able to hold off Cedar Ridge to finish second in the conference, despite Cedar Ridge grabbing a top finish in men's outdoor track and field, and second-place finishes in men's tennis and women's outdoor track and field. 

Conference Standings: Carrboro 166, Northwood 136.5, Cedar Ridge 135, North Carolina School of Science and Math 134.5, Durham School of the Arts 101, Raleigh Charter 100, South Granville 95.5, Voyager Academy 83.5, Franklin Academy 74, Granville Central 63.5, River Mill Academy 38, Roxboro Community 37.5.

Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A: The winter frontrunner Wilkes Central maintains its top form through the spring and captures the Conference Cup with a league title in baseball and second-place finishes in women's soccer and men's tennis. Forbush passes Elkin to finish the year in second thanks to championships in women's soccer and men's golf. Elkin settles for third with a conference crown in men's tennis. 

Conference Standings: Wilkes Central 124, Forbush 109, Elkin 104, West Wilkes 100.5, Ashe County 96.5, East Wilkes 76.5, Starmount 76.5, North Wilkes 70, Alleghany 49.

Northwest 1-A/2-A: After being tied with Bishop McGuinness after the winter season, West Stokes is able to break the deadlock and capture the Conference Cup thanks to top finishes in women's soccer and men's outdoor track and field, and a share of the conference baseball title. League titles in men's golf and men's tennis are not quite enough for Bishop McGuinness as the school settles for second just one point behind the top spot. Mount Airy fends off the rest of the conference competition to hold on to third. 

Conference Standings: West Stokes 118.5, Bishop McGuinness 117.5, Mount Airy 105, Surry Central 102.5, North Surry 101.5, East Surry 99.5, South Stokes 92.5, North Stokes 60, Winston Salem Prep 29.

Rocky River 1-A/2-A: Conference crowns in softball, men's golf, men's tennis, and women's soccer secure the Conference Cup for Cuthbertson. Piedmont finishes in second with a league title in baseball and second-place finishes in softball and women's soccer. Third place belongs to Central Academy, which tied for second in men's tennis this spring. 

Conference Standings: Cuthbertson 131, Piedmont 100.5, Central Academy 77, Forest Hills 76, West Stanly 70.5, Union Academy 66, North Stanly 61.5, Monroe 55.5.

Southern Piedmont 1-A/2-A: East Lincoln is able to capture the top spot and win the Conference Cup, surging past previous first-place Lake Norman Charter thanks to a stellar spring season. East Lincoln swept the outdoor track and field championships and earned second-place finishes in baseball and women's soccer. Lake Norman Charter finishes second with a top finish in women's soccer and a runner-up performance in men's golf. Third-place belongs to North Lincoln, which finished first in men's golf and softball as well as second in men's and women's outdoor track and field. 

Conference Standings: East Lincoln 211, Lake Norman Charter 204, North Lincoln 199, West Lincoln 184, Lincolnton 178, Highland Tech 147, Cherryville 146, Bessemer City 101.

Three Rivers 1-A/2-A: Thanks to spectacular spring seasons for both Fairmont and St. Paul's, the top two schools finish in a tie for the Conference Cup. Fairmont was previously second and wound up first in baseball and men's golf, while St. Paul's surged from its previous fourth-place position with league titles in men's tennis and women's outdoor track and field. Red Springs held on and finished third. 

Conference Standings: Fairmont 50, St. Paul's 50, Red Springs 47, East Columbus 45, South Robeson 39, West Columbus 32.

Western Highlands 1-A/2-A: Hendersonville wins the Conference Cup with top performances in baseball and men's and women's outdoor track and field this spring. Top finishes in women's soccer and men's tennis earn Charles D. Owen second place in the conference, while Polk County finishes third after a runner-up performance in baseball. 

Conference Standings: Hendersonville 190.5, Charles D. Owen 183, Polk County 175.5, Mountain Heritage 163.5, Avery County 150.5, Thomas Jefferson 148.5, Mitchell 132, Madison 129.


Class 2-A Conference Results:

Catawba Valley 2-A: South Iredell is able to overtake previous frontrunner Newton-Conover to win the Conference Cup, with a league title in women's outdoor track and field and a second-place finish in men's outdoor track and field. Bandys moves up from fourth to finish the year in second thanks to a championship in baseball and a tie for second in softball. A conference crown in men's golf and a share of the conference title in women's soccer were not enough to keep Newton-Conover on top as the school ended up in third. 

Conference Standings: South Iredell 92.5, Bandys 89.5, Newton-Conover 84, J.C. Draughn 81.5, East Burke 74.5, Maiden 73, Bunker Hill 61.5, West Caldwell 51.5.

Central Carolina 2-A: Top finishes in women's soccer, softball, and men's outdoor track and field earn Central Davidson the Conference Cup. Salisbury finishes second with a first-place finish in men's tennis, just edging out West Davidson, which tied for first with Salisbury in men's golf and added a top finish in women's outdoor track and field to its spring campaign to solidify third. 

Conference Standings: Central Davidson 163, Salisbury 147, West Davidson 142, East Davidson 129.5, Lexington 104.5, Thomasville 93.

East Central 2-A: In a tight race for the top spot, Topsail finishes first and takes the Cup with a dominant spring season including championships in baseball, softball, and men's tennis. Previous leader Croatan drops to second, where it finishes the year despite second-place performances in baseball, men's tennis, and women's outdoor track and field. Third-place belongs to Swansboro, which swept the conference outdoor track and field championships and earned a share of the conference women's soccer title this spring. 

Conference Standings: Topsail 197, Croatan 193.5, Swansboro 191, Richlands 169, Clinton 155.5, East Duplin 151.5, Northside 148, South Lenoir 122.5.

Eastern Plains 2-A: A dominant spring season with championships in softball, women's soccer, and men's and women's outdoor track and field secure the Conference Cup for Beddingfield. Kinston and North Pitt finish in a tie for second in the conference, with Kinston finishing first in women's soccer and North Pitt placing first in baseball. 

Conference Standings: Beddingfield 80.5, Kinston 68.5, North Pitt 68.5, Farmville Central 56.5, Greene Central 49.5, Tarboro 48, SouthWest Edgecombe 39.5.

Mid-State 2-A: Jordan-Matthews captured the Conference Cup after another solid sports season with second-place finishes in softball and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Reidsville comes in second despite top finishes in men's tennis, men's golf, and women's soccer this spring. A conference championship in baseball as well as a runner-up finish in men's tennis propel Providence Grove to third. 

Conference Standings: Jordan-Matthews 83.5, Reidsville 76, Providence Grove 67, Eastern Randolph 64, Graham 54.5, Cummings 49.5, Bartlett Yancey 39.5.

Northern Carolina 2-A: Another dominant sports season for Corinth Holders, with championships in men's golf, men's tennis, and women's outdoor track and field as well as second-place finishes in baseball and women's soccer, earn the Conference Cup for the school which held first all year. Bunn surges from its previous fourth-place position to finish in a tie for second with Roanoke Rapids, which finished first in women's soccer, second in softball, and tied for second in baseball with Corinth Holders. Bunn finished first in baseball and second in men's golf and men's tennis. 

Conference Standings: Corinth Holders 130, Bunn 100.5, Roanoke Rapids 100.5, Franklinton 91.5, North Johnston 76.5, Louisburg 60, Warren County 40, Northwest Halifax 11.

Piedmont 2-A: Randleman reclaims the top spot and takes the Conference Cup with a stellar spring season, consisting of league titles in baseball and men's golf as well as runner-up finishes in softball, women's soccer, men's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Previous conference frontrunner Wheatmore finishes the year in second, dropping one spot despite conference crowns in baseball, softball, and women's soccer. Third place goes to Trinity who finished first in baseball and men's tennis, and second in men's golf. 

Conference Standings: Randleman 85.5, Wheatmore 80, Trinity 68.5, High Point Andrews 61, Atkins 47.5, Carver 19.5.


Class 2-A/3-A Conference Results:

Western North Carolina Athletic 2-A/3-A: Conference crowns in baseball and men's golf this spring add to West Henderson's dominant performance this year as West wins the Conference Cup. Pisgah finishes in second with a championship in softball, while third place goes to East Henderson, beating out Franklin with a solid spring sports season. 

Conference Standings: West Henderson 720, Pisgah 605, East Henderson 555, Franklin 540, Tuscola 535, Brevard 515, North Henderson 475, Smoky Mountain 450.

Northeastern Coastal 2-A/3-A: Currituck is able to take the top spot after the spring, with championships in men's golf and women's outdoor track and field as well as second-place finishes in baseball, softball, and women's soccer and wins the Conference Cup. First Flight also moves up one spot to finish the year in second, thanks to first-place finishes in baseball and women's soccer, and runner-up performances in men's golf and men's tennis. Previous conference leader Northeastern finishes third, falling two spots from its top winter position despite a league title in softball this spring. 

Conference Standings: Currituck 86, First Flight 78, Northeastern 72, Edenton Holmes 70, Pasquotank 53, Hertford County 42, Bertie 31.

South Mountain Athletic 2-A/3-A: Shelby dominated the spring sports season with league titles in baseball, men's tennis, men's golf, and men's and women's outdoor track and field to take the Conference Cup. Patton finishes the year in second, while Freedom falls two spots after leading the conference through the winter to finish third. 

Conference Standings: Shelby 102, Patton 88, Freedom 86, R-S Central 62, Burns 60.5, East Rutherford 57.5, Chase 45.5.

Waccamaw 2-A/3-A: With league titles in men's tennis and women's outdoor track and field as well as a runner-up finish in men's outdoor track and field, South Brunswick finishes the year where it started and wins the Conference Cup. West Brunswick finishes second with a conference crown in men's golf and a tie for first in baseball with Whiteville, which also finished first in women's soccer to finish the year in third. 

Conference Standings: South Brunswick 126, West Brunswick 123.3, Whiteville 113.5, North Brunswick 90, South Columbus 78.3, West Bladen 67.5, East Bladen 66.3.


Class 3-A Conference Results:

Big East 3-A: Rocky Mount maintains its top form and captures the Conference Cup thanks to a spring championship in women's outdoor track and field and runner-up finishes in baseball and men's outdoor track and field. First-place finishes in women's soccer and men's tennis keep Hunt in second with Fike finishing the year close behind in third. Fike won a championship in men's golf and finished second in women's soccer and men's tennis this spring. 

Conference Standings: Rocky Mount 176.5, Hunt 171.5, Fike 167.5, Nash Central 160, Southern Nash 156.5, Northern Nash 151.

Big South 3-A: By the narrowest of margins, Ashbrook beats out Forestview and wins the Conference Cup thanks to league championships in women's soccer, men's tennis, and men's outdoor track and field. Forestview finished first in men's golf and just edges out South Point closely behind in third with conference crowns in baseball and softball. 

Conference Standings: Ashbrook 190, Forestview 189.5, South Point 188, Kings Mountain 175, Crest 174, North Gaston 129, Hunter Huss 114.5.

Cape Fear Valley 3-A: League titles in softball, men's tennis, and men's golf procure the Conference Cup for Union Pines. Union Pines overtook previous frontrunner Overhills, which finished first in men's outdoor track and field and second in women's soccer this spring to end the year in second. Third place goes to Southern Lee, which won conference crowns in baseball and men's golf. 

Conference Standings: Union Pines 107.5, Overhills 103, Southern Lee 89.5, Gray's Creek 86, Western Harnett 80, Douglas Byrd 46, Westover 41.

Carolina 3-A: Previous frontrunner Chapel Hill had to fight off Cardinal Gibbons this spring to win the Conference Cup, but managed to do so thanks to a sweep of the outdoor track and field championships as well as a championship in men's golf and a share of the conference women's soccer title with second-place Gibbons. A first-place finish in men's tennis and tie for first in baseball with Orange were not quite enough for Cardinal Gibbons to take over the top spot. Orange finishes the year in third, adding a league title in softball to its spring campaign. 

Conference Standings: Chapel Hill 93.5, Cardinal Gibbons 89.5, Orange 67, Northern Vance 42, Southern Vance 41.5, J.F. Webb 40.5.

Coastal 3-A: With a remarkable spring season including a championship in men's golf, D.H. Conley surges from fourth to first and wins the Conference Cup. West Carteret finishes second, holding off Jacksonville whose league titles in women's soccer and men's and women's outdoor track and field propelled the school to finish the year third after ending the winter season in sixth. 

Conference Standings: D.H. Conley 97.5, West Carteret 95, Jacksonville 93, South Central 91, Washington 88.5, Havelock 87, White Oak 72, West Craven 55.

Eastern Carolina 3-A: Charles B. Aycock attempted to take the Conference Cup from previous conference leader Triton, but Triton is able to hold off its conference opponent to claim the Cup, thanks to second-place performances in baseball and men's outdoor track and field. Aycock captures a championship in baseball this spring and finishes ahead of third-place Cleveland, who swept the conference outdoor track and field championships this spring. 

Conference Standings: Triton 113.5, C.B. Aycock 112.5, Cleveland 104.5, Eastern Wayne 83.5, South Johnston 82, Southern Wayne 63.5, North Lenoir 44.5.

Mid Piedmont 3-A: Ledford remains on top of the conference and wins the Conference Cup after a sound spring sports season. Asheboro holds on to second thanks to championships in baseball, men's golf, and men's tennis. There is a tie for third in the conference between Southwestern Randolph and Southern Guilford, which was previously last after the winter season. Southwestern Randolph finished first in softball this spring. 

Conference Standings: Ledford 83.5, Asheboro 72, Southwestern Randolph 55.5, Southern Guilford 55.5, Northeast Guilford 54.5, North Forsyth 51.

Mid State 3-A: Northern Guilford wins the Conference Cup and proves itself with a strong spring, finishing first in men's lacrosse, men's tennis, and men's and women's track and field, and tying for first in women's soccer with third-place finisher Walter Williams. A solid spring with second-place finishes in men's golf, softball, men's lacrosse, and men's outdoor track and field keep Eastern Alamance in second, where it finishes the year. Walter Williams just beats out Western Alamance for third, adding a top finish in men's golf to its share of the women's soccer title this spring. 

Conference Standings: Northern Guilford 241.5, Eastern Alamance 208, Walter Williams 200, Western Alamance 198.5, McMichael 166, Rockingham County 163.5, Morehead 155.5, Eastern Guilford 149.

North Piedmont 3-A: Jesse Carson finishes the year atop the conference and wins the Conference Cup, finishing first in baseball this spring. East Rowan holds off rival West Rowan to finish second in the conference with league titles in men's tennis and men's outdoor track and field, and a share of the conference softball championship. West Rowan takes third thanks to first-place finishes in women's soccer and women's outdoor track and field. 

Conference Standings: Jesse Carson 742, East Rowan 730, West Rowan 710, Statesville 642.5, North Iredell 630, South Rowan 592.5, West Iredell 567.5.

South Piedmont 3-A: With conference titles in women's soccer and men's outdoor track and field, Jay M. Robinson is able to break the winter deadlock with Concord to capture the Conference Cup. Concord finishes second with first-place performances in men's golf and men's tennis. Third place belongs to Cox Mill, which finished second in women's soccer this spring. 

Conference Standings: Jay M. Robinson 1075, Concord 947.5, Cox Mill 912.5, Hickory Ridge 862.5, A.L. Brown 832.5, Northwest Cabarrus 705, Mount Pleasant 600, Central Cabarrus 585.


Class 3-A/4-A Conference Results:

Mega 7 3-A/4-A: Conference championships in women's soccer, men's golf, and men's tennis keep Charlotte Catholic ahead of the pack and earn the school the Conference Cup. Olympic finishes the year in second with spring championships in baseball and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Third place goes to East Gaston, which finished second in men's golf this spring. 

Conference Standings: Charlotte Catholic 156.5, Olympic 143.5, East Gaston 116.5, West Mecklenburg 99, Berry Academy 87, Harding 55, Garinger 39.5.

Mountain Athletic 3-A/4-A: T.C. Roberson had another dominant sports season this spring, including league titles in softball, men's tennis, women's soccer, and men's and women's outdoor track and field as well as second-place finishes in baseball and men's golf to secure the Conference Cup. A.C. Reynolds is able to pass Asheville to finish second, thanks to runner-up performances in women's soccer and women's outdoor track and field. Asheville, which placed second in men's outdoor track and field, finishes the year in a tie for third with McDowell, the conference men's golf champion. 

Conference Standings: T.C. Roberson 246, A.C. Reynolds 162, Asheville 155, McDowell 155, North Buncombe 131, Enka 129, Clyde Erwin 80.

Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: Sweeping the conference outdoor track and field championships and finishing second in men's tennis this spring, Watauga secures the Conference Cup. Hickory settles for second with championships in men's tennis and men's golf, while Alexander Central leaps past Fred T. Foard to finish third in the conference thanks to league titles in baseball and softball. 

Conference Standings: Watauga 193, Hickory 186, Alexander Central 166, Fred T. Foard 161, St. Stephens 161, South Caldwell 160.5, Hibriten 135.

Southern Carolina 3-A/4-A: Marvin Ridge performs well this spring, with first-place finishes in softball, baseball, men's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track and field, and wins the Conference Cup. Second place goes to Weddington, which finished first in women's soccer, while Porter Ridge won the conference men's golf championship and finishes the year in third. 

Conference Standings: Marvin Ridge 173, Weddington 158.5, Porter Ridge 123, Sun Valley 108, Parkwood 96, Anson 61.


Class 4-A Conference Results

Cap 8 4-A
: With a championship in women's soccer, Millbrook is able to hold off Broughton to win the Conference Cup. Broughton secures its second-place finish with conference titles in men's golf and men's lacrosse, while Leesville Road finishes the year in third. 

Conference Standings: Millbrook 135.5, Broughton 127, Leesville Road 109.5, Wakefield 98.5, Sanderson 93, Enloe 74.5, Heritage 73, Wake Forest-Rolesville 69.

Central Piedmont 4-A: Reagan continues its top form through the spring with a league title in men's outdoor track and field and wins the Conference Cup. Previously fourth-place R.J. Reynolds vaults into second-place to finish the year with conference crowns in men's golf, men's tennis, and men's and women's lacrosse. Mount Tabor finishes in third with a championship in women's outdoor track and field this spring. 

Conference Standing: Reagan 895, R.J. Reynolds 820, Mount Tabor 810, West Forsyth 790, Davie 692.5, North Davidson 580.

Greater Neuse River 4-A
: In a battle for the top spot and the Conference Cup, Clayton beats out Garner thanks to a championship in men's tennis. Garner settles for second, with league titles in baseball and softball, while West Johnston finishes third with titles in men's golf and women's soccer. 

Conference Standings: Clayton 257.5, Garner 254.5, West Johnston 237, Knightdale 213, Southeast Raleigh 203, Harnett Central 198, East Wake 197, Smithfield-Selma 166.5.

I-Meck 4-A: W.A. Hough wins the Conference Cup thanks to strong performances each season this year, including a championship in men's golf this spring. Second place goes to Lake Norman, which finished first in softball, men's tennis, and women's soccer. Mallard Creek winds up the year in third with a sweep of the conference outdoor track and field championships. 

Conference Standings: W.A. Hough 130, Lake Norman 121, Mallard Creek 109.5, North Mecklenburg 85, Hopewell 78, Mooresville 75.5, Vance 44.5, West Charlotte 35.

All-Metro 4-A: Despite great spring sports seasons for its conference rivals, Page takes the Conference Cup and holds off the competition with a solid spring season of its own, consisting of a league title in men's tennis and runner-up performances in women's soccer and men's golf. Grimsley just edges out Southeast Guilford to finish second thanks to a conference crown in women's soccer and a second-place finish in men's tennis. Southeast Guilford settles for third despite league titles in softball, men's golf, and men's outdoor track and field as well as a tie for first in baseball. 

Conference Standings: Page 94, Grimsley 87, Southeast Guilford 86.5, Southern Alamance 77.5, Western Guilford 72.5, Dudley 44.5, Ben L. Smith 34.

Mid-Eastern 4-A: The Conference Cup goes to Hoggard, which performed well all year with this spring season no different. The top school swept the conference lacrosse championships and finished in baseball and women's soccer. Championships in softball and men's outdoor track and field earn Ashley second in the conference. Laney passes New Hanover to finish the year third with league titles in men's golf, men's tennis, and women's outdoor track and field. 

Conference Standings: Hoggard 95.5, Ashley 80.5, Laney 80, New Hanover 73.5, New Bern 62.5, Rose 69.

Mid-South 4-A: Jack Britt is able to hold off Terry Sanford to take the Conference Cup, with league titles in softball and women's soccer as well as runner-up finishes in baseball, men's tennis, and women's outdoor track and field. Terry Sanford performed admirably this spring, with conference crowns in baseball, men's tennis, men's golf, and men's outdoor track and field, and a second-place finish in women's soccer, but the school falls just short of the top spot. South View is able to pass Pine Forest to finish third in the conference, thanks to a championship in women's outdoor track and field and a second-place performance in men's track and field. 

Jack Britt 90.5, Terry Sanford 87.5, South View 68.5, Pine Forest 63.5, Cape Fear 51.5, E.E. Smith 47.5, Seventy First 39.

Pac-6 4-A: Durham Jordan is able to maintain its top form after the winter to win the Conference Cup, finishing first in men's lacrosse, women's soccer, and men's and women's outdoor track and field this spring. Second place belongs to East Chapel Hill, which finished first in men's tennis and shared the conference title with Jordan in women's soccer. Riverside finishes third with top performances in men's golf and baseball. 

Conference Standings: Jordan 109, East Chapel Hill 99, Riverside 89, Northern Durham 81, Person 45, Hillside 43.5, Southern Durham 38.5.

Piedmont Triad 4-A: Northwest Guilford wins the Conference Cup, continuing its conference dominance with championships in baseball, softball, men's golf, men's tennis, and men's outdoor track and field during the spring sports season. East Forsyth reclaims the second-place position in the conference, moving Southwest Guilford down to third, thanks to top finishes in softball and women's soccer. 

Conference Standings: Northwest Guilford 121, East Forsyth 90, Southwest Guilford 85.5, High Point Central 71, Ragsdale 69, Glenn 56, Parkland 36.5.

Southeastern 4-A: The standings remain unchanged after the spring season and that means the Conference Cup for top school Pinecrest, which finished first in men's tennis, men's golf, women's soccer, and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Scotland finishes in second with runner-up performances in softball and men's outdoor track and field, and Richmond comes in third despite first-place finishes in baseball and softball.

Conference Standings: Pinecrest 87.5, Scotland 71, Richmond 64.5, Lumberton 51.5, Hoke 43, Purnell Swett 38.5.

Southwestern 4-A
: With championships in baseball and women's outdoor track and field as well as second-place finishes in men's golf, men's tennis, and men's outdoor track and field, Ardrey Kell captures the Conference Cup. Providence finishes second with top performances in men's tennis and men's outdoor track and field and a runner-up finish in softball. Third place belongs to Myers Park, the first-place team in both men's golf and women's soccer this spring. 

Conference Standings: Ardrey Kell 201.5, Providence 192.5, Myers Park 183.5, South Mecklenburg 162, David Butler 159, Independence 147, East Mecklenburg 119, Rocky River 108.5.

Tri-9 4-A: Green Hope finishes the year strong and takes the Conference Cup with league titles in men's golf, women's soccer, and women's lacrosse this spring. Second place goes to Apex, which finished first in softball, while Middle Creek reclaims third where it finishes the year thanks to a solid spring sports season. 

Conference Standings: Green Hope 174, Apex 151.5, Middle Creek 128, Holly Springs 123, Cary 114, Panther Creek 110, Athens Drive 94, Fuquay-Varina 65.5, Lee County 61.5.

6/11/13 > Cleveland Post: Local students place first in CTSO competitions

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Contributed|JCS<brFCCLA: (from front left) Ashlee Elliott, Starr Dukes, Mary Ann Mennella, Monica Scott, Monica Scott, Katherine Eve Arroyo, Shyquille Morriesy, Jasmine Sharpe, Katelynn Armstrong, Lexi Sharp, Micaela Dupree and Troy Anderson." title="Contributed|JCS
FCCLA: (from front left) Ashlee Elliott, Starr Dukes, Mary Ann Mennella, Monica Scott, Monica Scott, Katherine Eve Arroyo, Shyquille Morriesy, Jasmine Sharpe, Katelynn Armstrong, Lexi Sharp, Micaela Dupree and Troy Anderson." style="max-width: 300px;" class="image_img" />

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FCCLA: (from front left) Ashlee Elliott, Starr Dukes, Mary Ann Mennella, Monica Scott, Monica Scott, Katherine Eve Arroyo, Shyquille Morriesy, Jasmine Sharpe, Katelynn Armstrong, Lexi Sharp, Micaela Dupree and Troy Anderson.
Contributed|JCS<brSkillsUSA: (from front left) Victoria Sanderford, Makaelah Walters, Jenna Johnson, Ashton Makey, Cailyn Clymore, Karson Fair, Justin Coor, Paige Evans, Austin Pope, Luke Tart, Mattie Tart, Dava McLamb, Will Raynor and Eddie Poplin." title="Contributed|JCS
SkillsUSA: (from front left) Victoria Sanderford, Makaelah Walters, Jenna Johnson, Ashton Makey, Cailyn Clymore, Karson Fair, Justin Coor, Paige Evans, Austin Pope, Luke Tart, Mattie Tart, Dava McLamb, Will Raynor and Eddie Poplin." style="max-width: 300px;" class="image_img" />

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SkillsUSA: (from front left) Victoria Sanderford, Makaelah Walters, Jenna Johnson, Ashton Makey, Cailyn Clymore, Karson Fair, Justin Coor, Paige Evans, Austin Pope, Luke Tart, Mattie Tart, Dava McLamb, Will Raynor and Eddie Poplin.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) are considered an integral part of instruction in Career and Technical Education classrooms. CTSO contributes to the attainment of curriculum competencies and are supervised by qualified and licensed CTE personnel.

Johnston County Schools' CTSO's are affiliated with state and national organizations. With their advisors, 40 Johnston County Schools' students who won first place at their State CTSO competitions will travel to Nashville, TN or Kansas City, MO to compete in their respective National CTSO competitions in June. These groups include: Future Business Leaders of America, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, HOSA-Future Health Professionals and SkillsUSA. DECA traveled to California in April for their National CTSO competition.

Congratulations to our local winners listed below.

FBLA - Cleveland High (Fran Clark, advisor)

Charles Spencer, Brian Robison and Trevor Thompson - Virtual Business Challenge

FBLA - West Johnston (Catherine Musial, advisor)

Aubree Payne, Vivian Hunt and McCoy Carlson - 2013 State High School Stock Market

FCCLA - West Johnston (Mary Ann Mennella, advisor)

Ashlee Elliott - Chapter Showcase Display

SkillsUSA - West Johnston (Eddie Poplin, advisor)

Justin Coor - Carpentry



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6/11/13 > Cleveland Post: Sandhu, Obodo and Garrett make history at CvHS

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Principal Anne Meredith revealed the name of Cleveland High School's first ever Salutatorian and Valedictorian during the Senior Awards Night on May 30. Co-Salutatorians are Arun Sandhu of Clayton (left) and Uzoamaka Obodo of Clayton (middle). Cleveland High's Valedictorian for 2013 is Lauren Garrett of Garner (right).

Cleveland Post will have full coverage of the Cleveland and West Johnston High School Classes of 2013 in the June 13 edition.



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6/11/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Dean’s List: JCC

Dean's List: JCC   Garner-Cleveland Record:

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Dean's List

Published: June 4, 2013  

The following students have been named to the dean's list at Johnston Community College:

Benson ─ David Beasley Jr., Misty Holleman, Robert Womack, Jennifer Moseley, Rachel Jernigan, Sherica McNeill, Kristan Denning, Savannah Hill, November Pfeil, Jennifer Adcock Flaugher, Ashley Glover, Theresa Lasky, Heather Elliott, Jennifer Peacock, Lucerito Gonzalez, Christopher Lasky, Tanya Stancil-Smith, Ashley Willis, Mary-Ashley PollardAlexandra Long, Samantha Vaughn, Linda Smith, Rebekah Knechel, Amber Trimpe, Michael Duquette, Madison McGee, Matthew Moore, Mason Young, Victoria Burgess,Anna Dudley, Ragan Ellis, Sean Deases, Shenan Higgins, Deborah Rosenberg, Tabatha Barbour, Sandra Wolfe, Sarah Butler and Leah Brown.

Clayton ─ Lisa Digregorio-Ross, Nicholas Merle, Eric Turner, Sovannara Ros, Roshonda Rock, William Nichol, Russell Thrasher, Olivia Creech, Conner Dean, Kaitlyn Puglisi, Lucas Triba, Rebecca Hyatt, Alexus Stancil, Waylon Ferrell, Mary Casey, Rodrigo Pantoja-Perez, Celia Atkison, Lorraine James, Daniel Henry, Michelle Lamm, Rebecca Mall, Michaelangelo Lucas, Sean Kilpatrick, Sierra Person, Stephen Ryan, Jimmie Jones Jr., Tahnne Porras, Michael House, Megan Lockard, Chloe Peach, Mary Bartell, Donovan Woods, Jessica Chestnut, Taylor Williams, Katie Cannada, Leah Godwin, Alishia Mikolowski, Kimberly McKitchen, Tammie Jones, Elizabeth Mena, Ashley Ciancioso, Marianne Beamer, Rachel Freeman, Alex Zens, Matthew McCarthy, Stephanie Horan, Christine Ketner, Patrick House, Misty Preztak, Darren Erickson, Victor Harrison, Meredith France, Jennifer Eldridge, Lori Abrams, Detrae Baker Washington, Chad Morgan, Latofat Mirzakhmedova, Jesse Basden, Kala Barnes, Madeleine Moran, Megan Raybon, Cynthia Cummings, Christy Parks, Kaylee O'Connell, Ester Horrer, Natasha Harrison, Sara Bingham, Christopher Nolan, Sara Syme, Mary Noble, Daniel Hackley, Randy Gay, Amber Harrelson, Stephanie Strickland, Joshua Kemp, Jessica Hoover, Curtis Brundidge, Sam Radford, Stephen Parker, Elisabeth Flock, Aimee Vanderpoel, Edwina Moran, Rosa Zavala, Chrissy Barbour, Monica Ward, Michael Farlow, Joseph Lightner, Jason Hudda, Patricia Burggraf, Mike Mangione, Ashley Stickl, Anna Russo,Katherine Hatcher, Alexa Eno, Lucretia O'Dell, Heather Capps, Christopher Brethauer, Amanda Boyle, Hayley Peterson, Rebeca Lawhorn, Lisa Ross, Colton Kelley, Sophirene Hinton, Dawn Marlow, Katie Hahn, Ashton Cundiff, Daniel Lopez, Misty Carroll, James Nagy, Alanna Hurley, Courtney Ryan, Donavan Heres, Mary Sampsel, Donna Luczka, Jeremy Mailhot, Melissa Balch, Carly Wilkins, Tara Jones, Avery Delmaine, Sarah Dunn, Laura Kelly, Charnise Jones, Iran Torres-Ammerman, Ticardo Roberson, Allen Williams, Alec Williams, Tabitha Shuman, Gregory Morris, Kendra Coats, Victoria Burdo, Krista Noel, Sarah Pickwick, Kristin Samples, Christina Hart, Amanda Wheaton,Mariah Bater, Alex Batten, Michael Barefoot, McKenna Rider, Rebecca Wing, Jackye Jimenez, Tabitha Barnett, Steven Marinos, Katherine Robbs, Dawn Hodge, Whitney Anderson, Brianna Smith, Sonja Almand, Ashleigh Cuomo, Shonally Bennett, Kristina Beavers, Devin Hiatt, Jenna Alexander, Jakob Stallings and Emily Holzer.

Four Oaks ─ Sherrill Phipps III, Dianne Noel, Amanda Jackson, Melanie Gooch, Kayla Norris, Jennie Bachelder, Jamie Buchanan, Jessie Rouille, Gaile Brittain, Linda Eldridge, Amanda Richardson, Jacob Gross, Kayla Messer, Sylva Allen, Emily Dewey, Carolyn Langdon, Sarah Hatch, Jesse McLean, Morgan Black, Benjamin Ennis, Karishma Persaud, Nicholas O'Maley, Kateland Blackmon, Jordan Benson, Brittany Lofton, Lindsey Connell, David Hamm, Heather Capps, Ronald Hall, Annah Baker, Megan Jeans, Dorrie Johnson, John Bond, Mariela Mejia-Armendariz, Rachael Wooten, Brian Fogleman, Jennifer Norris, Josie Guin, Craig Couch, Jose Diaz, Shayna Creech, Tina Lee, Cameron Wood and David Schmaling.

Fuquay-Varina ─ Amanda Cacchione, Lori Culberson, Malina Peach, Tamra Aguilar, Amanda Harman and Natalie Cholula.

Garner ─ Kailee Berg, Luther Liles, Lee Hemphill, Alyssa Pittman, Kyle Cutting, Hannah Wiggs, Gabriel Rand, Joselin Espinoza-Calix, Alexis Twisdale, Stephanie Simmons, Michele Heil, Stacy Hayes, Tiffany Corvino, Catherine Bradshaw, Jenny Pollard, Candice Northgrave, Jessica Stevens, Madison Wainwright, Joshua Smalls, Allison Hales, Kenneth Sylvest, Nathan Millett, Diane Davis, Rebekah Wiggs and Kristen Schena.

Holly Springs ─ Katie Martin.

Micro ─ Brittany Pate and Brittny Spehar.

Princeton ─ Emily Strickland, Cori Starling, Kenan Walden, Dianna Crigger, Amber May, Gordon Radford, Christie Wellons, Ethan Williford, Kasey Bell, Joseph Cuddington, Rose Lopez Ramirez, Lori May, Megan Teasley, Steven Poston, Kim Huffman, Christopher Mooring, Christopher Daniels, John Daniels and Jacob Huffman.

Raleigh ─ Frederick Beatson, Erin French, Kaitlyn Whitaker, Cheryl Isley, Cynthia Mrozek, Leroy Windley, Frankie Carr, Kathryn King, Lawrence Battaile, Abrham Daba, Audrey Smith, Patricia Doss, Willa Walker, Abigail Okantey, Austin Bunch, Maureen Mahoney, Erin Marshall, Ashley Donnell, Ana Matos, Olivia Nowell, Casey Snyder and Elizabeth Mong.

Selma ─ Ashley Heath, Valeria Gonzalez, Laura Gonzalez, Jennifer Williams, Jameka Price, Tabitha Forbes, Steven Coker, Tomeka Baker, Nikki Curtis, Nicholas Tedder, Paul Garrett, Emily Peele, Warren Phillips, Laurie Thibaudeau, Jacqueline Blanco, Yancy Perlera, Jason Toole, Roosevelt Ethridge Jr, Sara Ramirez, Mohamed Elessawy, Kevin Draper, Sharon Goddard, Stephanie Clayton, Lawrence Capps, Lizbeth Lopez, Tanya Carmon, Belinda White, Tyler McCarthy, Shannon Sauls, David Parrish, Richard Ward, Brett Phillips, Donald Madison, Susan Toole, Billy Saunders, Yaskin Montalvo, Garett Phillips, Teresa Hales, Kimberly Hess, Elizabeth Jernigan, Irene Urena-Escamilla, Leah Ward, Alexander Montgomery, Juli Sharek, Elizabeth English, Jessica Jensen, Jordan House, Jacob Anthony, Alejandra Moreno, Monica Eschenberg, Devin Kimmey, Julia Conklin and Ansley Gimenez.

Smithfield ─ Sacha Carter, Kelly Miller, Lora Woodard, Lindsay Groves, Marsha Sullivan, Terry King Jr., Michelle Robinson, Connie May, Brandon Dickinson, Jamie Winchell, James Thompson, Heather Mills, Gabriela Amador, Meghan Garey, Courtney Brock, Jessica Mencia, Ismael Femat, Chase Cooper, Emily Johnson, Hannah Mohamad, Meredith Creech, Kourtnei Williams, Rosa Taylor, Karen Thompson, James Creech, Dylan Odett, Shane Henderson, Lindsey Carl, Gary Lee, Brianna Thrash, Patrick Templeton, Theresa Scott, Michael Wolbert, Marianne Rapp, Christa Ammons, Emily Wood, Sara Wolfe-Schiestel, Ethan Wilkins, David Rantanen, Jeremy Vanderwall, Zac Corbett, Dustin Frickman, Dakota Tillery, Shanita George, Melissa Eason, Dominique Barrera, Dana Branch, Charlie Davis, Daniel Ogburn, Lisa Boyd, Samuel Long, Lindsey Bridges, Kimberly Robbins, Amber Parker, Ashley Edwards, Jennifer Godwin, Larry-Wallace Lane, Benjamin Rieger, Barry Lawson, Kyle McKeel, Jami Allen, Thomas Cagle, Suzanne Zipf, Ashley Ward, Christopher Dervsha, Margaret Lebron-Mateo, Oneil Diaz- Vazquez, Joseph Wood, Steven Narron, Peter Derasmo, Maria Aleman, Alison Warren, Jessica Noreault, Lisa Perry, Rodney Strickland, Cory Ross and Danielle Bartlett.

Wendell ─ Randy Flanders, Dana Wilson, Christi Baker, Angela Mullins, Daryl Sanders, Sonia Childers, Alexis Crocker, Rachael Thomas, Dionicia Richardson, Steven Maybee, Daniel Strautnieks, Malessia Godwin, Bonnie Anderson, Morgan Flanders and Roxanne Baker.

Willow Spring ─ Jessie Talbert, Joe Perry, Joseph Henderson, Brandy Joyner, Bianca Price, Hollie Vanderlei, Jason Diaz, Rickie Allen and Tim Matthews.

Zebulon ─ Crystal Masouras, Raymond Cagle, Shanice Williams, Luis Mercado, Benjamin Chamblee, Bobbi Lane and David Beazley.

6/11/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle School

Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle School   Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/01/2931962/honor-roll-cleveland-middle-school.html 

Honor Roll: Dixon Road Elementary

Published: June 4, 2013  

Dixon Road Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Chloe Brown, Amada Cook, Nicholas Daniels, Madelyn Dye, Ethan Green and Caroline Hamrick.

Grade 4 - Brandon Watson.

Grade 5 - Eden Anderson, Ethan Brinkley, Wesson Cook, Devan Driggers, Wayne Graham, Graham Johnson, Wesley Langdon, Maisy Miller, Alex Salgado and Hayley Whoolery.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Peyton Askew, Milsy Avila-Marmolejo, Kara Briguglio, Andre Garcia, Sidney Griffis, Lanna Grimes, Alexander Halloran, Janelle Jennings, Logan Leamy, Mackenzie Norris, Landen Powell, Garrett Rudd, Haleigh Strickland, Ethan Tew, Shawn Watson, Riley Wood , Jacob Zicca and Noah Zimmerman.

Grade 4 - Harrison Brown, Cailey Bruni, Hannah Bullock, Carson Cain, Luke Clevenger, Sydney Creech, Brayden Day, Presley Jackson, Billy Johnson, Brady Jones, Peyten Long, Desiree Melton, Eli Pekaar, Ellis Peterson, Jack Romano, John Tellez, Hailey Townsend, Casey Wagner and Mary Wood.

Grade 5 - Corey Almeida, Yameli Avila, Ady Berber, Blake Bevelacqua, Ryan Brown, Rosalyn Cullison, Cailyn Halloran, Johnathan Hamilton, Coby Harrington, Savannah Hicks, Jalyn Jackson, Kimberli Jimenez-Boschee, Nicole Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Danielle Jones, Mary Kuhn, Reagan Manning, Kai Moskow, Rachel Peck, Michael Pittman, Catherine Rios, Epifanio Santiago and Christopher Ward.

6/11/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record, Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Dixon Road Elementary

Honor Roll: Dixon Road Elementary   Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/04/2937470/honor-roll-dixon-road-elementary.html 

Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/04/2938432/honor-roll-dixon-road-elementary.html

Honor Roll: Dixon Road Elementary

Published: June 4, 2013  

Dixon Road Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Chloe Brown, Amada Cook, Nicholas Daniels, Madelyn Dye, Ethan Green and Caroline Hamrick.

Grade 4 - Brandon Watson.

Grade 5 - Eden Anderson, Ethan Brinkley, Wesson Cook, Devan Driggers, Wayne Graham, Graham Johnson, Wesley Langdon, Maisy Miller, Alex Salgado and Hayley Whoolery.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Peyton Askew, Milsy Avila-Marmolejo, Kara Briguglio, Andre Garcia, Sidney Griffis, Lanna Grimes, Alexander Halloran, Janelle Jennings, Logan Leamy, Mackenzie Norris, Landen Powell, Garrett Rudd, Haleigh Strickland, Ethan Tew, Shawn Watson, Riley Wood , Jacob Zicca and Noah Zimmerman.

Grade 4 - Harrison Brown, Cailey Bruni, Hannah Bullock, Carson Cain, Luke Clevenger, Sydney Creech, Brayden Day, Presley Jackson, Billy Johnson, Brady Jones, Peyten Long, Desiree Melton, Eli Pekaar, Ellis Peterson, Jack Romano, John Tellez, Hailey Townsend, Casey Wagner and Mary Wood.

Grade 5 - Corey Almeida, Yameli Avila, Ady Berber, Blake Bevelacqua, Ryan Brown, Rosalyn Cullison, Cailyn Halloran, Johnathan Hamilton, Coby Harrington, Savannah Hicks, Jalyn Jackson, Kimberli Jimenez-Boschee, Nicole Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Danielle Jones, Mary Kuhn, Reagan Manning, Kai Moskow, Rachel Peck, Michael Pittman, Catherine Rios, Epifanio Santiago and Christopher Ward.

6/11/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Johnston County students take first-place honors

Johnston County students take first-place honors     Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/01/2931923/johnston-county-students-take.html 

Johnston County students take first-place honors

Published: June 1, 2013  

Forty Johnston County students who are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America took first-place honors at the state Career and Technical Education competition.

Students in Future Business Leaders of America first-place winners are: Jacob Altman, Christian Green, River Norris, Will Eberwein, Aubree Payne, Fran Clark, Catherine Musial, Glenn Bass, Charles Spencer, Trevor Thompson, Brian Robison, McCoy Carlson and Vivian Hunt.

Family Career and Community Leaders of America first-place winners are: Ashlee Elliott, Starr Dukes, Mary Ann Mennella, Monica Scott, Katherine Eve Arroyo, Shyquille Morriesy, Jasmine Sharpe, Katelynn Armstrong, Lexi Sharp, Micaela Dupree and Troy Anderson.

SkillsUSA first-place winners are: Victoria Sanderford, Makaelah Walters, Jenna Johnson, Ashton Makey, Cailyn Clymore, Karson Fair, Justin Coor, Paige Evans; Austin Pope, Luke Tart, Mattie Tart, Dava McLamb, Will Raynor and Eddie Poplin.

Future Health Professionals first-place winners are: Julia Minton, Logan McCullen, Kate Fleming, Megan Wrench, Pat Deese and Liz Hodges.

The students and their advisor will travel to Nashville, Tenn. or Kansas City, Mo. in June to compete in the national competition.

6/11/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record, Smithfield Herald: Lane Johnson stays true to his father’s ideals

Lane Johnson stays true to his father's ideals     Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/01/2931955/lane-johnson-stays-true-to-his.html 

Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/05/2940993/lane-johnson-stays-true-to-his.html

Lane Johnson stays true to his father's ideals

Published: June 1, 2013  

Lane Johnson accepts the 2013 Sam Narron Baseball Award from Rooster Narron, at left, with Lane's mother, Trudy Johnson, center, and his grandparents, Jeanette and Shelton Johnson.

JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS PHOTO

By D. Clay Best cbest@newsobserver.com

SMITHFIELD - Ken Johnson never coached his son, Lane, in the game of baseball. But he did provide the South Johnston High standout with his greatest lesson in baseball. It's a lesson that carries on nearly a year after Ken Johnson's sudden death.

"'Play hard, play smart,' that's what he always told me," Lane Johnson said. "I think about that every time I step onto the field. It's always written on my cleats - Play hard, play smart - and it's always the first thing in my mind."

It reads like a lesson out of the Sam Narron book of baseball and now the lesson that Ken Johnson left his son has united the Trojans standout and one of the Johnston County's baseball most famous legends.

Johnson, the son of Trudy Johnson, is the 2013 winner of the Sam Narron Baseball Award, which is presented by the Narron family annually along with a college scholarship, to honor the Emit community native who went onto win multiple World Series rings.

It was those rings that Narron often wore to area youth league fields and used as his "in" to get young players dreaming not just of reaching the Major Leagues but also dreaming of college educations.

Presenting the award, Rooster Narron says is the family's way of showing that "he's still encouraging kids in baseball in Johnston County." The award honors one senior player annually who shows a love of baseball through their determination, dedication and sacrifice.

"To have your name associated with a guy like Sam Narron is an honor," Johnson said. "It's something a lot of people want to win so it's just a fantastic honor to be that person."

Johnson went 7-5 with a 1.49 earned-run average and one save for South Johnston as a senior, helping the Trojans reach the state playoffs for the first time in four seasons. He hit .303 at the plate and provided invaluable leadership and an ideal example for younger players to follow, according to South Johnston coach Keith Durham.

During the Johnston County Easter Invitational, Johnson was the winning pitcher in the championship game, helping South Johnston extend its record number of wins in the tournament.

"I've watched Lane grow up in the Meadow community, then at South Johnston," Durham said. "He's a tremendous ball player and a young man who has endured more than his share of hardships but remained focused on his school work and baseball.

"If I had a son, Lane Johnson is the type of person I'd want my son to be. He is a very hard-working and honest young man."

Sam Narron's father did during his formative years when Sam was just a 10-year-old with baseball dreams of his own and not creating dreams for other local players as he did after he won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1942.

Lane Johnson and his brother, Parker, both Red Cross certified lifeguards, performed CPR on their father that fateful night, but the damage from the heart attack Ken Johnson suffered that night was too severe.

His dad's sudden death only strengthened Lane's faith.

"It definitely made me think about baseball in a whole new way," Johnson said. "You realize that if you lose a game, it's still disappointing but there are a lot of people out there at the same time fighting through something that's a lot worse than losing a baseball game."

The Narron family, whose 70-year run in professional baseball includes nine players from the family, presents the award annually to a Johnston County baseball standout to continue the former professional player and coach's legacy.

The traits that define the Sam Narron award were the same characteristics that drew the attention of Branch Rickey, who always seemed to find a place for the catcher whether it be with the Gashouse Gang Cardinals of the 1930s to the Dodgers' teams of the 50s.

Johnson's days in baseball will continue in college He's still weighing offers to play at the next level but knows it'll take the same kind of commitment he's shown to the game for years.

"If you don't have the determination to be a good baseball player, you can't develop that love of the game," Johnson said. "You have to be dedicated to baseball to succeed at the game. And there's part of you, you know that you're sacrificing part of your childhood for baseball."

Johnson was glad to make those sacrifices. His love of the game hasn't lessened through his trials over the past year. He thinks of his father before every game.

"It didn't matter what else I did on the field to him," Johnson said of his dad. "As long as I played hard and smart, he was happy."

Best: cbest@newsobserver.com; 919-524-8895; @dclaybest

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6/11/13 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs     Garner-Cleveland Record:

http://www.garnercleveland.com/2013/06/04/2937449/sports-briefs.html 

Sports Briefs

Published: June 4, 2013  

Archer makes 2013 MLB debut

Clayton native Chris Archer made his 2013 Major League Baseball debut with his Tampa Bay teammates facing difficult circumstances Saturday afternoon.

The Rays fell to Cleveland 5-0 in a game that started just 10 hours after the two teams finished their Friday night affair. Tampa had just four hits and manager Joe Maddon admitted after the game that his team was "legitimately tired."

Archer, called up by the Rays on Friday, faced the team that drafted him seven years ago. Since then, the right-hander moved onto the Chicago Cubs organization before being traded to Tampa Bay.

He was welcomed back to the big leagues by 42-year-old Jason Giambi, who hit a two-run home run in the second inning. Archer also gave up a two-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth.

Archer gave up five hits on the day and seven hits in four-plus innings of work.

"My fastball command wasn't really there as consistently as I would've liked it," Archer told MLB.com after the game. "If you fall behind a good-hitting team and then leave pitches up, you're going to get banged. A good-hitting team got me on a day when I was a little off."

Archer was 5-3 with a 3.96 ERA at Triple-A Durham before his call up on June 1. The next open -unannounced as of Monday - spot in the Tampa Bay rotation comes this Friday.

Baker, Elon bow out

Garner's Jacob Baker pitched well for Elon University in an 11-3 loss to Virginia in the Charlottesville regional of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships Sunday. Baker worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing a hit and an inherited runner to score.

It was the junior right-hander's 16th appearance of the season for the Phoenix. He finished the season with an 0-2 record.

Johnston natives play in the NCAAs

Elon eliminated a UNC Wilmington squad that features two Johnston County natives - Dillon Bass and Evan Phillips - with a 6-4 win in the Charlottesville Regional on Sunday afternoon.

Bass, a junior infielder who played at South Johnston High, hit .400 in limited duty for the Seahawks (25 at bats) this season.

Phillips, a freshman right-handed pitcher from Clayton High, was 2-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 12 appearances, including five starts. He worked an inning and two-thirds in UNCW's 9-5 win over Army on Friday, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out one.

Former South Johnston standout Logan Jernigan and former Smithfield-Selma standout Tate Parrish didn't appear for N.C. State or North Carolina, respectively, in the first three days of their regional appearances.

Jernigan and the Wolfpack advanced to a Super Regional this coming weekend with a perfect 3-0 weekend.

6/11/13 > Kenly News: 4 NJHS athletes sign to play college level sports

4 NJHS athletes sign to play college level sports   Kenly News:    

http://kenlynews.com/njhs-athletes-sign-to-play-college-level-sports-p7859-74.htm  

4 NJHS athletes sign to play college level sports
North Johnston High School seniors (from left) Alex Pilkington (track and field), Taylor Adams (softball), Domonik Hinton (cheerleading), and Hunter Stephenson (wrestling) recently signed letters of intent to play sports at the college level. Pilkington will be attending Western Carolina University. Adams will be attending Catawba College. Hinton will be attending Mount Olive College, and Stephenson will be attending UNC-Pembroke.
Kenly News
• Sunday, June 02, 2013
North Johnston High School seniors Taylor Adams (softball), Domonik Hinton (cheerleading), Alex Pilkington (track and field), and Hunter Stephenson (wrestling) recently signed to play sports at the college level.

Athletic Director Nicole Davis said she is extremely proud of all of the signees, and she is glad to see they will be continuing their education beyond high school.


Taylor Adams
Catcher Taylor Adams signed a letter of intent to play softball with Catawba College.

"It is very satisfying knowing that everything I've worked for is finally paying off," said Adams.

Adams has been a member of the North Johnston softball team since her freshman year. She was also a member of the school's volleyball team (grades 9-10), basketball team (grades 9-10), and winter track team (grade 12).

While at Catawba College Adams said she plans to study athletic training and eventually earn a doctorate in physical therapy.

Adams is the daughter of Ronnie and Sheila Adams of Smithfield. She has one sister, Amber Adams, 25.

Adams is a member of the National Honor Society, Panthers AHEAD, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Domonik Hinton
Domonik Hinton signed a letter of intent to be a cheerleader for Mount Olive College.

"I feel very honored to be able to compete at the collegiate level because it allows me to continue doing something that I love," said Hinton.

In addition to cheerleading Hinton said she also plans to run track at Mount Olive.
She added that she hopes to study animal science and pursue a career as a veterinary technician.

According to Hinton, she has been in cheerleading since the seventh grade, and one of the best things about being a cheerleader, in addition to making great friends, has been the fact that it constantly encouraged her to stay in school and keep her grades up.

Hinton is the daughter of Jeanette Hall of Pine Level. She has two siblings De'Edrick Hall, 23 and Jahnasia Hinton, 12.

She is also a member of North Johnston's FFA, DECA, and FCCLA.

Alex Pilkington
Alex Pilkington signed a letter of intent to be a member of the Western Carolina University track and field team.

While on the North Johnston track team Pilkington was a five time conference champion, five time all conference, had three state championship meet appearances, a three time team MVP, earned fifth place in the 200 meter at the 2013 state championship, and was a recipient of the 2013 Phil Pittman Panther Award.

Pilkington has also been a member of the school's football team (grades 9, 10, and 12) and the cross country team (grade 11).

"I am so excited for this opportunity," Pilkington. "I'm very thankful for the gifts God has blessed me with and the doors He has opened."

According to Pilkington, he plans to study geology at Western Carolina University and pursue a career as a geologist of natural resourses.

Pilkington is the son of Dwayne and Amy Pilkington of Pine Level. He has two brothers Ben, 15 and Cole, 13.

He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the FCA. He also works with Awaken Student Ministries at Princeton Church of God.

Hunter Stephenson
Hunter Stephenson signed a letter of intent to wrestle at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Stephenson has been a member of the North Johnston wrestling team since his freshman year, and as a wrestler he earned all conference two times, conference champion two times, and was a recipient of the Coach's Award his sophomore year.

Stephenson is also past member of the track team (grade 11), the golf team (grades 9-10), and a four-year member of the school's football team, where he has earned all conference honors and was a Wilson Times Iron Man Team nominee.

"I am very nervous and excited about my future as a Brave," he said.

While at UNC Pembroke Stephenson said he plans to study history education and hopes to eventually become a high school history teacher.

He is the son of Michelle and Mark Stephenson of Kenly and has one sister Brittany Stephenson, 24.

In addition to his numerous athletic activities he is also a member of North Johnston's FCA, FFA, and DECA.
6/11/13 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Princeton Elementary

Honor Roll: Princeton Elementary                          Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/04/2938433/honor-roll-princeton-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Princeton Elementary

Published: June 4, 2013  

Princeton Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Riley Allen, Caleb Gardner, Alaina Johnson, Jerry Mills, Deontae Richardson, Karston Eubanks, Emma Ellis, Graycen Faulk, Makeala Thompson, Cameron Dupree, Landon Hayes, Whitley McCoy and Macy Motes.

Grade 4 - Noah Lewis, Nathan Parker, Lina Urrego, Maelee Becton, Makayla Holloman, Nate Starling, Morgan Fields, Mckindsey Jones, Sean Lambert, William Mercer, Nancy Oldham, Gracie Davis, Marcos Ramirez, Kara Ange, Dylan Richards, Chloey Sande, Trace Hickman, Tinsley Moore, Malikai Edwards, Ruthie Hester and Irena Rice.

Grade 5 - Chelsea Barrera, Molakhi Boyd, Joshua Edmonds, Sophie Meyers, Sierra Peacock, Blake Raynor, Zach Greer, Randy Heath, Faith McCallister, Tara Newton, Miguel Urrego, Veronica Blackmon, Madison Tate, Mackenzie Edwards, Sarah Massey, Molly Motes, Samantha Proctor, T.J. Stephenson, Caleb Jones, Dustyn Rigdon, Brady Mohiser, Autumn Nance, Zoe Rowe, Mallory Vetrano, Ruthie Zieverink, Courtney Barnes, Luke Phillips, Clay Beasley, Sylivia Phillips, Hinton Cox, Kelvin King, Jaden Pond, Justin Quinn, Madison Massey, Michaela Radford and Brandon Perdue.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Kaitlyn Cook, Trinity Cummings, Ximena Ferreyra, Jimmy Jackson, Brendan Stewart, Dylan DeBonis, Bridget Cutway, Nathan Daughtry, Sophia DeBonis, Justin Edwards, Shelby Hill, Kelsie Nance, Billy Pearce, Savannah Smith, Kyndall Yelverton, Tyler Carter, Kayleigh Klein, Leyton Pearce, Jacob Ridinger, Katlyn Webb, Emma Neumann, Zoie Stocks, Krystal Young, Estefany Bautista, Seth Carter, Katelyn Hill, Kaleb Johnson, Gracie Whittemore, Hunter Benson, De Andre Richardson, Skylar Brewer, Nayshin Waller, Jayden Braswell, Jessie Hernandez, Joliyah Norman, Mali Stanley and Logan Rachels.

Grade 4 - Sara Daughtry, Jessica Malagon-Meza, Grant Hardee, Caroline Norris, Ellie Jones, Walker Norris, Jared Jones, Jackson Pate, Makayla Jones, Mckenzie Wall, Jake Lee, Alexis Young, Dayde Farrell, Nation Bartlett, Grayson Morgan, Sydney Norris, Hailey Van Waardhuizen, Jada Woodall, Will Worley, Alexander Avalos, Mia Edwards, Candace Fincham, Iridiana Chiguil Reyes, Ethan Fitzgerald, Nahely Castro Jamillo, Kayliyah Forbes, Tyrese Jones, Jonathan Williams, Brittany Bradley, Dakota Carr, Jacob McCain, Luis Mejia-Contreras, Tanner Page, Kylie Neal, Bryant Keokanya, Silvia Perez-Deluna, Gabe Vernon, Taylor Wilson, Jennifer Gomez-Barrios, Hannah Walker, Seth Stearns, Tristan Herndon, Harley Bartholomew, Trey Wall, Reese Brown, Brook Connolly, Gracelyn Massey, Aaron Phillips, Alexes Stewart, Charlie Benton, Khairis Brown, Allie Crocker, Jennifer Rios-Sanchez, Cassie Quinn, Trace Parker, Spencer Teasley, Kaitlyn Willoughby, Meredith Wooten, Avery Alphin, Zachary Howell, Tyana Campbell, Billy McClung, Dane Dixon, Morgan Miller, Matthew Eason, Haley Pollock, Jacob Griffin, Emily Rubio, Taylor Hogg and Jesse Young.

Grade 5 - Thomas Davis, Kalina Davis, Samantha Davis, Amber Fox, Michaellynn Gautier, Jonathan Gomez-Habana, Katie Leverette, Patricia Horton, Will Lawhon, Bradley Lewis, Brody Stewart, Hayley Whittemore, Justin Woodring, Seth Blevins, Shayla Brewer, Delilah Durning, Reanna Braswell, Kimberly Arriaga-Bravo, Raekwon Batts, Sarsh Capritta, Christian Cooper, Leslie Gonzalez, Leighya Avalos, Zeb Whitley, Gavin Holt, Betty Mills, Bethany Patton, Jordan Rose, Cheyenne Tiexiera, Noel Bucio, Matthew McManus, Harley Parker, Lydia Pearson, Madelyn Proctor, Victoria Ramirez, Hunter Reliford, Jeremi Resendez-Rios, Katie Rodriguez, Tex Hardman, Aiyana Watson, Riley Whitley, Hailey Woodall and Dakota Young.

6/11/13 > Kenly News, Selma News: ECU Leadership Challenge seeks local participants

ECU Leadership Challenge seeks local participants                         Kenly News:

http://kenlynews.com/ecu-leadership-challenge-seeks-local-participants-p7876-74.htm 

Selma News:  

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ECU Leadership Challenge seeks local participants
North Johnston graduate and ECU Shelton Leadership Challenge intern Michael Carter (far left) works with a group of high school students during a reflection session in the ECU Shelton Leadership Challenge.
Staff Reports
• Wednesday, June 05, 2013
North Johnston graduate and East Carolina University pre-med student Michael Carter is encouraging local high students to participate in the upcoming Shelton Leadership Challenge at ECU.

The challenge, which will take place July 21-26 at ECU, is a six day residential experience that helps students expand their leadership skills though team building activities that enhance understanding of Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics, Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership, Leadership Traits and Approaches, Teambuilding and Empowering Others, Civic and Social Responsibility, and Goal Setting.

The program is open to rising 9th to 12th graders (graduating seniors included) with a 3.0 GPA or higher.


Carter, a past participant in the program, said the challenge was one of the most life changing things he ever participated in because it encouraged him to be more involved in school and the community. He said it helped him learn leadership skills that have proven to be invaluable in college and aided him in making several contacts.

The program is based on the five cornerstones of honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility, and the daily curriculum relates to each cornerstone.

According to Carter, the program accepts roughly 40 students each year, and those students are divided into groups of roughly eight, which allows participants to really get to know their teammates.

"When everyone first arrives about 10 percent say they are excited about being there, but on the last day more than 90 percent don't want to leave," said Carter.

Some of the activities students participate in include a service project, like Habitat for Humanity, and a ropes course located four stories in the air.

Carter said team members work together on the ropes course in a manner similar to a trust fall.

However, he said he believes the best parts of the program are the reflection sessions, which are led by a current college student. In the reflection sessions participants discuss the day's activities in a way that helps them gain self actualization and self confidence.

According to Carter, participants in the program will become more passionate about their education and more involved in their community.

The cost to attend the Shelton Leadership Challenge is $575, and Carter said there are some scholarship opportunities available. The deadline (approx.) for registration is Saturday, June 15, and this year's program will take place from July 21-26 on the ECU campus.

In fact, Carter said that the program is looking for scholarship sponsors to benefit local student applicants. Anyone interested in participating in the Shelton Leadership Challenge at ECU or that would like to be a sponsor can contact Michael Carter at 919-228-1349.
6/11/13 > Kenly News: NJ Middle faculty honors former media assistant

NJ Middle faculty honors former media assistant     Kenly News:

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NJ Middle faculty honors former media assistant



The faculty at North Johnston Middle School recently pulled together to honor former media assistant Irene Joyce Meagan with a memorial statue in appreciation for her 22 years of service.

Meagan began at North Johnston Middle in 1989 and worked there until she became ill in 2011.

She died at home on April 27 surrounded by her family, and roughly one month later her memorial statue was placed in the media center.

"I can't think of another person
 who loved North Johnston Middle School as much as Mrs. Meagan," said Principal Jarvis Ellis. "She will be missed."

According to Media Coordinator Cindi Pettigrew, the statue features two children, a boy and a girl, reading a book together, and it represents Meagan's dedication to learning and to her students throughout her years at North Johnston Middle.

She added that one of the main rea­
sons the statue was chosen to honor Meagan is because of its portability.


"We really wanted something we could take with us when we move to the new school," said Pettigrew.

All of the faculty at the school pitched in to purchase the statue, which features the engraving "In memory of Irene J. Meagan Media Assistant 1989-2011," she said.

She added that it was important to those involved with the memorial that Meagan's middle initial be included on the engraving because "J" stands for Joyce, and most everyone that knew Meagan knew that Joyce really meant "joy."




The family of the late Irene Meagan, former media assistant at North Johnston Middle School, attend the memorial statue dedication held recently in the school's library. From left are family members Scott Sias, Tiffany Meagan, Bobbie Smale, Beth Sias, and Bob Meagan.

6/11/13 > Kenly News: Alex Pilkington to run track at Western Carolina next year

Alex Pilkington to run track at Western Carolina next year             Kenly News:

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Alex Pilkington to run track at Western Carolina next year



By Keith Barnes
 for his success as a  News Staff Writer  

Alex Pilkington, one of the 148 seniors graduating Friday at North Johnston High School, may have spent most of his high school career running, but if things go according to plan, his running days have only just begun.

Following a fabulous career as an all-purpose sprinter on the Panthers track team, Pilkington, the son of Dwayne and Amy Pilkington of Pine Level, has accepted a track scholarship to attend Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

He will be joining the Catamounts in August at the campus situated in the North Carolina mountains.

Pilkington said that during his younger days of playing sports, a career in track and field or sprinting was never in his sights.

"I always played baseball growing up but I guess I got burned out early," he said, "so my dad suggested I try track."

"I really didn't know I was a sprinter when I first started out," said Pilkington, "but as a freshman I realized I might be pretty good, and by my sophomore year I had shown even more improvement."

"By my junior year I was having success in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters outdoors and the 55 meters and 300 meters indoors," he said "and I got to compete in the state championship meet this year."

Pilkington said it was not really a tough job selling him on attending Western Carolina, which he thinks is a perfect fit.

Not only does the school have a top-notch track program, according
 

Alex Pilkington
 

with the coaches and the
 entire track program.

"I really enjoyed it and also liked the geography and the mountains," he said.

There's that word again, geography, and speaking of geography, that's what Pilkington plans to major in while at Western Carolina.

As for his choice of colleges, "My dad really likes it and my mom is supportive but she's a little uneasy with it being so far from home," he said.

Although officially leaving North Johnston in a matter of days, Pilkington wanted to make sure he didn't get away without first crediting Jason Wilson, his track coach for the past four years, as being one person responsible
 runner.

"There aren't many people who are willing to invest in people's lives the way he has," said Pilkington. "Everybody enjoys being around him."

"When I was a freshman we had about 15 guys on the team and this year we had nearly 40, and that increase can be attributed to him," said Pilkington. "He's a good person and I hope to keep in touch with him."

During the recent North Johnston athletic awards banquet, Pilkington received not only most valuable player recognition for both indoor track and outdoor track but also the prestigious Phil Pittman Panther Award, which recognizes him for being the outstanding senior male athlete at the school.

Reflecting on his high school career, Pilkington said, "I've enjoyed every bit of it and it's been fun. I know I'm going to miss it."

As for the highlights of his track career at North Johnston, Pilkington listed two in particular, which were finishing fifth in the 200 meters event state track championships this past season and being a member of the 4 x 400 relay team that finished third in a race during his junior year in which the Panthers, as heavy underdogs, defeated several teams ranked ahead of them.

As for other accomplishments, Pilkington said one of his proudest moments was recently obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 63, sponsored by Pine Level American Legion, for which he gives much of the credit to his parents.

"I couldn't have done it without them," he said.





6/11/13 > Kenly News: North Johnston Class of 2013 graduates Friday night

North Johnston Class of 2013 graduates Friday night                      Kenly News:

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North Johnston Class of 2013 graduates Friday night  

Ceremony begins promptly at 6 p.m., tickets required for main gym entry



Approximately 148 seniors are preparing to graduate from North Johnston High School Friday, according to graduation coordinator Meg Kidd.

Graduation is planned for Friday, June 7, and it will be held in the school's new gym in a similar fashion to last year's ceremony.

Because of space limitations inside the gym, each graduating senior has been allotted 10 tickets for their friends and family members.

However, the ceremony will be simulcast inside of the school's old gym so persons without tickets can still view it in real time.

According to Kidd, there will be two mandatory graduation practices before the official ceremony on June 7.

The first will take place on Thursday, June 6, at 1 p.m. and the second will immediately follow the senior breakfast, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on June 7.

Students should follow the school's casual dress code for both practices, and guys are encouraged to bring a baseball
cap to practice removing for the prayer and National Anthem.

Also at the senior breakfast, the valedictorian and the salutatorian will be officially recognized.

Graduation will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and seniors are asked to be dressed, ready, and on the 600 Hall by 5 p.m. Graduates can park in the first rows of the rear lot (stadium lot).

Chief Marshal for the event is Clay Johnson, and SGA President Vanessa Monique Watson will give the benediction.

The North Johnston High School AFJROTC will present the colors, and guest speakers for the event include Johnston County School Board Chairman Larry Strickland and Advisory Council President Billy Daughtry.

Special music will be provided by an ensemble of North Johnston High School seniors, and chorus teacher Amy Mooring will be singing the National Anthem.

Jesse Woodard, senior adviser, will be reading the names of the students who are graduating,
 and Principal Tim Harrell will be awarding diplomas. Assisting them will be counselors Rosanna Ewais and Erin Burns.

In past graduations, a chair has been draped with a cap and gown to honor a fallen classmate, but the North Johnston
High Class of 2013 will be the second class in a row in several years to have not lost a fellow student to an accidental death.

According to Kidd, the doors will open for graduation at 4:30 p.m. and will close exactly at 6 p.m., with the old gym remaining
 open throughout the ceremony.

Everyone is asked to park in the rear parking lot. However, there will be three entrances to the event, one in the back and   two in the front. Attendees (if able) are encouraged to walk around to the front of the gym, so that all three entrances can be utilized.


Dignitaries should also plan to park in the rear lot, she said.

The lower entrance to the school in front of the gym along Highway 301 will be reserved for handicap access.

Attendees are asked to utilize either the upper Highway 301 entrance adjacent to the bus parking lot or the rear entrance off of Watson Road, she said.

Handicap access and parking will be available in the front and rear of the gym. However, the rear entrance will close at 5:45 p.m.

Once closed, the doors to the new gym will only reopen for












North Johnston High School Principal Tim Harrell (left) addresses the Class of 2013 about the upcoming rules and expectations for graduation.

6/11/13 > Kenly News: North Johnston Middle School students recognized for courage

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NJMS 7th graders recognized for Courage
The following seventh grade students at North Johnston Middle School were recognized for showing courage in their day to day interactions with their classmates during April.. Courage is doing the right thing even when others do not. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza. Shown are left to right front row: Nicholas Pendergraph, Savannah Radford, James Daniels, Logan Taylor; back row: Barbara Enriquez, Leah Henderson, Jamie Lee, Eric Diaz, and Omar Sasser.
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NJMS 6th graders recognized for Courage
Sixth graders at North Johnston Middle School were recognized for showing courage in their day to day interactions with other students during April. The students were rewarded with a trip to Cici's Pizza. Pictured are left to right front row: Matthew Johnson, Cassius Casillas, Kimberly Villagran, Jaylan Mills; back row: Hunter Hodge, Noelle Avent, Molly Bass, Brenda Tolentino, and Robert Langley.
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6/11/13 > Princeton News-Leader: PHS: Best of the Class

PHS: Best of the Class     Princeton News-Leader:

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6/11/13 > Smithfield Herald: School Notes

School Notes   Smithfield Herald:  

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Class of 2013 graduates of NCSSM

Katherine Skye Frame of Johnston County Early College and David James Pollard of South Johnston High graduated with the class of 2013 from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.

Teacher training

Johnston Community College has scheduled the following professional-development workshops for K-12 educators. All sessions will be held in Room 212 of the Learning Resource Center on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. The cost is $68. To register, visitwww.johnstoncc.edu/ceregistration. For more information, call Dr. Mia Murphy, director of educational technology and learning resources, at 919-464-2272 or emailmfmurphy1@johnstoncc.edu.

Trend to Blend: Best Practices in K-12 Blended Learning - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 10-11. Learn about blended learning and develop online activities for the classroom.

Teaching and Learning with the iPad - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Learn to use the iPad for instruction and assessment in the classroom.

Google Tools and Chromebook in the Classroom - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, July 8. Learn about free applications from Google that support teaching and learning.

21st Century Technology: Cool Tools for Your Classroom - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16-17. Learn about new software, apps and multimedia hardware for the classroom.

Homeschool conference, book fair

Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual Book Fair and Home-school Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Wilson's Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield.

The event will feature 11 workshops, teen activities, goody bags, prizes and more than 25 vendors.

Workshops begin at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. For more information and a workshop schedule, visit jchenc.org/bookfairworkshops.

Clayton resident graduates *** laude

Brittany N. Williams of Clayton has graduated *** laude from Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she majored in psychology. *** laude honors require a grade point average of 3.4.

VMI graduate

Donald J. Dunn of Benson has graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor's degree in history.

His graduating honors include Army Commission. Dunn is the son of Donald D. Dunn.

Student enters All-State Band

Kristen Hatcher, an eighth-grader at McGee's Crossroads Middle School, performed recently in the All-State Band, the only Johnston County student to do so. The clarinet player placed 10th in the state competition.

Also this year, Hatcher played in the All-County Band and All-District Band.

Scholarship awarded

Josie Guin has received the 2013 scholarship from the Alpha Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for female educators. The scholarship goes annually to a high school senior who plans to teach after college. It provides $500 for the freshman year and $250 for sophomore, junior and senior years.

To apply for the 2014 scholarship, call Lynn Ragsdale at 919-934-6377.

Personnel contracts

The Johnston County Board of Education approved the following personnel contracts at its May 14 meeting:

Central Office (two-year contracts) - Diana Freeman, executive director for media services; Elizabeth Tanner, Title I director; Ana Milazzotto, ESL/MEP director; Robin Herridge, director of elementary school curriculum; Daisy "Dee" Edmundson, human resources director; Michael Todd Holmes, human resources director; and Brian Vetrano, human resources executive director.

Principals (four-year contracts) - Betsy Huddleston, Archer Lodge Middle; Anne Meredith, Cleveland High; Kendrick Byrd, Cleveland Middle; Maureen Hanahue, Cooper Elementary; Robert Brandon Garland, Johnston County Early College Academy; Barretta Haynes, McGee's Crossroads Middle; Laurie Leigh White, Meadow; William Ray Stott, Johnston County Middle College; Deborah P. Johnson, Polenta Elementary; Sharon Johnson, Powhatan Elementary; Rhonda Ward, Princeton Elementary; Dorlisa Johnson-Cowart, Riverwood Elementary; Phil Lee, Riverwood Middle; and Charles "Eddie" Price, South Johnston High.

Assistant principals (four-year contracts) - David Bates, Archer Lodge Middle; Jenna Sauls, Cleveland High; Natalie Pittman, East Clayton Elementary; Kathy Parrish, Four Oaks Elementary; Susan Jones, Polenta Elementary; Steven Strickland, Princeton Elementary; Suzanne Mitchell, Selma Elementary; Darrick McNeill, Smithfield Middle; James Spence, South Campus; Candace Westbrook, West Clayton Elementary; Tamara Barbour, West Johnston High; Jule Vines Jr., West Johnston High; and Ashley Hampton Sarafino, two-year contract at West Smithfield Elementary.

Employee of the Month

The Johnston County school has named its latest Classified Employee of the Month. He is Kenneth E. Clarkson Jr., a teacher's assistant at Wilson's Mills Elementary School.

His nomination said: "The rapport he builds with second grade students is phenomenal. They love working with him and respect him greatly. If a child is struggling, he makes it his mission to work with them one-on-one until they become successful. His first priority is the students."

NCCU alumni to meet

The Johnston County chapter of the N.C. Central University Alumni Association will hold its 2013 Scholarship Award meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1691 Barber Mill Road, Clayton. The event will feature refreshments and door prizes. Reservations are required by Saturday, June 1. To register, call Margaret Barbee at 919-585-2934 or email margbarb@aol.com.

Student wins spelling bee

Fifth-grader Adrian Lewis of Corinth-Holders Elementary took first place at the Johnston County Junior Spelling Bee.

West Johnston marshals

West Johnston High School has named its junior marshals. They are Haley Hughes, Andrew Sledge, Danielle Williams, Rebecca Meshaw, Andrea Wilson, Abigail Pressley, Jayce Stephenson, Melissa Strickland, Troy Miller, Gabrielle Reasor, Isabella Enxuto, Dillon Haggins, Kristin Power, Brianna Taylor, Tyler Crocker, Kelcie Gales, William Atkinson III, Alex Collins, Lauren Hermane, Benjamin Lacombe, Ian Lockard, Waleed Ahmed, Madison Bell, Christopher Edwards, Andrew Henry, Jason Simon, Alexis Smith, Samantha Hittle, Kirsten Bost and Garrett Hargis.

6/11/13 > Smithfield Herald: Summer Sports Camps 2013

Summer Sports Camps 2013     Smithfield Herald:  

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Summer Sports Camps 2013

Published: May 30, 2013  

Clayton Baseball Camp

A baseball camp for ages 8-15 will be held June 11-14 from 8:30 until noon daily at Clayton High School. The cost is $75 before June 1, $90 thereafter. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Cleveland Baseball Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a baseball camp June 17-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

South Johnston Baseball Camp

The 2013 South Johnston Baseball Camp will be held June 17-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at Bruce Coats Field on the South Johnston High School campus. The fee is $80 per camper. Info: Keith Durham at 919-846-3146 or keithdurham@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Spartans' Baseball Camp

The Spartans' baseball camp for ages 7-16 is July 8-11 and from 9 a.m. until noon daily at Spartan Field on the Smithfield-Selma High School campus. The cost is $75 per camper and payable to Chase Crocker. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

BASKETBALL

Basketball Camp for ages 5-7

A basketball camp will be held June 12-14 for ages 5-7 from 9-11 a.m. at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center gym. The cost is $40 and payable to camp director James Robinson. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Thunder Basketball Camp

This co-ed basketball camp from June 17-19 and 8 a.m. until noon daily in Selma will focus on basketball fundamentals and skill improvement for ages 7-15. The cost is $40 per camper, register by June 3. Info: visit townofselma-nc.com or 919-975-1411.

Clayton Girls Basketball Camp

The Clayton girls basketball camp will be held June 17-20 at Clayton High School for ages 6-15. Camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $75 per camper. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Cleveland Basketball Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a basketball camp June 17-20 from 8:30 until 12:30 p.m. daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Basketball camp for ages 7-14

A basketball camp for ages 7-14 will be held June 17-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center gym. The cost is $65 before the first day of camp or $75 on the first day of camp and payable to James Robinson. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Clayton Boys Basketball School

The annual Clayton boys basketball school will be held June 24-27 at Clayton High School for boys ages 9 up to rising freshmen. Camp is from 9 a.m. until noon daily and the cost is $75 up until the first day of camp. Same-day registration is $90. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

CHEERLEADING

Clayton Cheerleading Camp

The Clayton cheerleading camp will be held June 12-14 from 10 a.m. until noon daily at Clayton High School. Boys and girls ages 5-13 can attend. The cost is $50 before June 1 or $65 thereafter. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Cheerleading Camps in Smithfield

Cheerleading camps for grades 1-5 and 6-12 will be held twice this summer. Camp for grades 6-12 is from 9 a.m. until noon, June 24-26 and July 22-24 and costs $70 per session. Camp for grades 1-5 is from 10 a.m. until noon, June 27-28 and July 25-26 and costs $35. Camps are held at the SRAC gym and payments are to Jessica Brank. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Cleveland Cheerleading Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a cheerleading camp July 15-18 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

FOOTBALL

Spartans' Football Camp

Spartans' football camp for ages 6-14 will be held June 13-14 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at the Smithfield-Selma High practice field. The cost is $35 per camper and payable to David Lawhon. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

Clayton Football Camp

The Clayton Football Camp will be held June 24-27 at Clayton High School from 5-8 p.m. daily for students in grades 1-8. The cost is $75 per camper. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

GENERAL

Clayton Summer Sports Camps

The Clayton Community Center will be hosting a sports camp for beginners, intermediate, and slightly advanced athletes. The full day, week-long sports camps will teach and expose aspiring athletes a fundamental knowledge of the area's most popular sports. The camps will also teach the benefits of cross training activities and personal fitness exercises to best prepare your athlete for their Summer activities and upcoming sports seasons. Camps are set for June 24-28 and July 8-12. Camp is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $150. Space is limited. Registration forms are available at the Clayton Parks Dept. office (715 Amelia Church Road).

ICE SKATING/HOCKEY

Camp Chillin' Camps

The Polar Ice House in Garner will offer weekly summer camps - Camp Chillin' - for ages 5-12. The camps will focus on skating techniques in their choice of ice skating, hockey basics, shooting and more. Info: visit icehousegarner.com or 919-861-7465.

SOCCER

Clayton Comet Soccer Camp

The Clayton Comet Soccer Camp will be held June 10-13 from 5-8 p.m. daily for ages 6 and up. The camp fee is $75 before June 1, $90 thereafter. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Clayton Challenger British Soccer Camp

A series of Challenger British Soccer Camps will be held June 10-14 in Clayton. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily tournament. Mini-camps for ages 4-5 will be held from 9 until 10:30 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. until noon and cost $103 per camper. Half day-camps for ages 6-14 costs $140 and runs from 9 a.m. until noon or 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Info, visit challengersports.com/britishsoccercamps.

Selma Challenger Sports Soccer Camp

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Challenger Sports to provide a soccer camp for ages 6 -16 from June 17-21. Camp will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Selma Middle School and the cost is $111 per person. Info: 919-975-1411or visit challengersports.com.

Cleveland Challenger Sports Soccer Camp in Cleveland

Challenger Sports will be hosting a soccer camp with Greater Cleveland Athletic Association June 24-28 for ages 3-16 at the GCAA athletic complex. Each camper receives a free soccer ball and camp T-shirt. Info: visit challengersports.com or Carmelo Sapia at 877-263-7909.

Cleveland Soccer Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a soccer camp July 15-18 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Smithfield Youth Soccer Camp

A soccer camp for ages 5-14 is July 15-18 at Smithfield Community Park from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. daily. The cost is $50 and payable to Steve Brush. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

SOFTBALL

South Johnston Softball Camp

The 2013 South Johnston Softball Camp for girls ages 6-14 will be held June 24-26 at South Johnston High. Camp is from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $60. Forms are available at all South Johnston area schools. Info: Mickey Bridgers at 919-262-6402 or mickeybridgers@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Spartans' Softball Camp

Spartans' Softball Camp for girls ages 7-16 is July 15-18 at Smithfield Community Park from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The camp costs $60 and is payable to Britney Smith. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

TENNIS

Smithfield Tennis Camps

Tennis camps for ages 5-7 and 8-14 will be held June 24-26 and/or July 22-24. Camp for ages 5-7 runs from 6-7 p.m. and 8-14 camp is from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Smithfield Community Park tennis courts. The cost is $30 for ages 5-7 or $50 for ages 8-14, payable to Doug Simmons. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

VOLLEYBALL

Wildcat Youth Volleyball Camp

The Wildcat Youth Volleyball Camp will be held June 11-14 at West Johnston High School from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $80 before June 7 or $90 thereafter. Bagged lunch clincs on tactical serving and digging will be offered for 90 minutes in the afternoon on Tuesday and Thursday as well for $20 each or $30 for both. Registration forms are available online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JnH47DO2oqV1OAVp5ePpeR_6JttCK1-fsBKzCJGSMIs. Info: jerryhogan@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Elementary Age Volleyball Camp

An elementary volleyball camp for grades 3-6 will be held June 13-14 at Princeton High School from 8:30 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $40 per camper. Visit Johnston.k12.nc.us/phs for a registration form.

Princeton Volleyball Camp

A volleyball camp for middle school-aged and high school-aged players will be held June 17-19 at Princeton High School. High school camp is from 8-11 a.m. and middle school camp is from noon until 3 p.m. The cost is $50. Visit Johnston.k12.nc.us/phs for a registration form.

Clayton Parks Volleyball Camp

A girls volleyball camp for ages 9-14 will be held June 18-20 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at the Clayton Community Center Gym. The focus will be on basic skills: bumping, setting, serving, etc. The fee is $45 for annual members or $90 for others. Space is limited. Info: 919-553-1551 or visit townofclaytonnc.org.

Cleveland Volleyball Camp

Cleveland High School's athletic department will offer a volleyball camp July 8-11 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $80 per camper. Registration forms are available in the school office or at the school website, johnston.k12.nc.us/cvhs.

Comets Volleyball Camp

The Clayton Comets volleyball camp for ages 8-15 will be held July 9-12 at Clayton High School. Camp is from 4-7 p.m. daily. The cost is $75 up until the first day of camp or $90 on the day of. Registration forms are available in the Clayton High main office or online at Johnston.k12.nc.us/chs under athletics.

Spartans' Volleyball Camp

A volleyball camp for girls ages 8-14 is set for July 8-11 in the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center gym from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $60 and payable to Kim Smith. Info: visit smithfield-nc.com or 919-934-2148.

South Johnston Volleyball Camp

The 2013 South Johnston Volleyball Camp is July 29-31 at South Johnston High from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The fee is $50. Info: Matthew Adams at 919-846-3146 or matthewadams@johnston.k12.nc.us.

6/11/13 > WTSB: Johnson Wins Sam Narron Baseball Award Scholarship

Johnson Wins Sam Narron Baseball Award Scholarship    WTSB:

http://wtsbradio.com/pages/localnews.html 

Johnson Wins Sam Narron Baseball Award Scholarship  


The recipient of the Sam Narron Baseball Award for the 2012 - 2013 school year is Lane Johnson of South Johnston High School.  Lane is the son of Trudy Johnson and the late Kenneth Johnson.  

Lane is described as a hard-working, honest young man who has a strong faith that has carried him through a family tragedy.  He understands what it takes to be successful as a student, as an athlete, and a person.

The "Sam Narron Baseball Award" was named after Sam Narron who was raised on a farm in the Emit community near Corinth-Holders.  He developed a passion for baseball as a young boy and, like most, had a dream to play Major League Baseball.  Through persistence and determination, Mr. Narron overcame many obstacles and managed to attend the first ever baseball school in Arkansas.  From there his dream became a reality as his hard work ethic earned him a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Mr. Narron had a stellar career, which included a World Series Championship.

Narron's family established the Sam Narron Baseball Award in 1998 to honor a Johnston County Schools' baseball standout who demonstrated those same qualities of determination, hard work, and sacrifice.  For the past thirteen years, baseball players from around the county have received this coveted recognition.

To further honor and memorialize Sam Narron, the Narron family has included a $500 scholarship, which will accompany the recognition of the award.  The addition of these scholarship funds is simply another effort by the Narron family to reward those individuals who choose, as Sam Narron did, to follow and pursue their dreams.

Rooster Narron, Sam Narron's son, presented the award and scholarship to Lane in a ceremony at the Johnston County Schools' Simpson Building on Wednesday.

6/11/13 > WTSB: SSS History Class Develops Historical Markers

SSS History Class Develops Historical Markers                                 WTSB:

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SSS History Class Develops Historical Markers


The students in Joey Smith's Johnston County History class at Smithfield-Selma High School are not only learning about our county's rich heritage, but are also helping to spread that heritage to the rest of the world. 

The class, which is taught to honors-level juniors and seniors, has been in the county curriculum since it was developed and approved by the Johnston County Board of Education in 2004. However, this is the first year it has been offered at SSS, having previously been offered at South Johnston, Johnston County Early College, and West Johnston. The class includes traditional lectures, but this is not your traditional history class. Most of the weight of the course is in doing rather than listening and taking notes.

This year's group was expected to complete three major products: a public video about a specific part of Johnston County's history, a lesson about life in Johnston County's past developed to give to 4th-graders at South Smithfield Elementary, and a research project that will be preserved as history in its own right.

The public video project was presented as a proposal to the Smithfield Town Board in the hope that the videos could be used to assist with Smithfield's tourism and to bring a little new technology to assist in educating people about Smithfield's rich history. This dream came true on May 23.  The Town of Smithfield created placards and sign holders that will be distributed to specific locations throughout the town. 

Students from the history class met with town representatives at the Neuse Little Theatre in order to place the first historical marker.  Visitors will be able to use technology such as smart phones in order to view the videos through Q codes located on the marker.

The students also taught 4th- and 5th-grade classes at South Smithfield Elementary School in November. They taught the younger students about elements from our region's past. Each lesson included a hands-on activity at its core, such as making butter or developing medicine from their own backyards.  


The research projects, when finally completed, will be collected and published as new works of research designed to enhance knowledge about Johnston County's history, present, and possible future.

6/10/13 > Clayton News-Star: Clayton High valedictorian is first generation to attend college

Clayton High valedictorian is first generation to attend college     Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/04/2938509/clayton-high-valedictorian-is.html 

Clayton High valedictorian is first generation to attend college

Published: June 4, 2013  

Navneet Atwal, 18, will be attending college at UNC-Chapel Hill next year, after graduating as valedictorian from Clayton High.

By Amanda JamesAMANDA JAMES - ajames@newsobserver.com ajames@newsobserver.com

CLAYTON - This year's Clayton High valedictorian is part of the first generation in her family to go to college.

Navneet Atwal, 18, was born in New York, but has spent most of her life in Johnston County. Next fall, she'll attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"Being valedictorian was never my end goal, it's just something that happened as a result of my hard work," said Atwal. "I wanted to take as many classes as possible that would challenge me."

This past semester, Atwal has balanced three AP courses, one honors course, and working a job after school. Atwal grew up speaking an Indian language in her home.

Atwal said she got her example of hard work from her parents, who grew up in India. The couple works late hours managing an Expressway gas station they own in town.

"I would probably be nowhere without my parents," Atwal said. "They've always pushed me to go the extra mile."

She said her parents did not grow up with the same opportunities she has had.

Her father completed high school, and her mother spent a couple of years at a community college.

Both her parents encouraged her to do well in school so she could get a good job one day.

Her older brother was the first in the family to attend college, and he now studies at UNC-Wilmington.

"Seeing two different cultures has taught me a lot," Atwal said.

Though she was born in America, Atwal said she is used to speaking Punjabi with her parents at home, and eating traditional Indian cuisine.

It's been 11 years since her last trip to India.

School spirit

She balances her Indian culture with a sense of pride in living in Clayton.

"I'm really thankful that I live in Clayton," Atwal said. "The fact that the principal here was on the football team, and that some of the teachers here taught other teachers when they were in school shows everyone is kind of a family."

While at Clayton High she has been a part of the Clayton Youth Council, whose members volunteer at town events, as well as the Key Club, and National Honor Society.

She said one of her favorite things to do is to volunteer because it's a good way to get out in the community and see what's happening. She said she has really enjoyed volunteering at town events.

Outside school, Atwal works Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at GXi Outdoor Power, where she has worked for two years.

"I've been able to work with some accounting programs and learned about how to ship products," said Atwal.

"During the school year, Tuesdays and Sundays were my down days, but they weren't really down days," Atwal said.

Even in the midst of managing her busy schedule, Atwal said she still finds time to hang out with friends, and she attended many social events at the school.

Future plans

As for her college plans, it's up in the air what she will major in, but she's already narrowed her choices to two specific options.

"I'd really like to go into advertising or medical science but not to become a doctor," Atwal said. Her ideal job would be working in the pharmaceutical industry doing research, and being involved in the advertising and marketing side.

"That way I could really know what I'm selling," Atwal said.

Atwal will mostly be paying her own way through college, and she'll spend the summer working to save up money.

She has her hopes set on studying abroad, possibly in England, Switzerland or Denmark. "They're all really successful countries, and I'd like to learn and study there," Atwal said.

James: 919-553-7234

6/10/13 > COLLEGE SIGNING: Brandon Hughes-Brevard Clayton News-Star:

COLLEGE SIGNING: Brandon Hughes-Brevard   Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/05/2940996/brandon-hughes.html 

Brandon Hughes

Published: June 5, 2013  

Brandon Hughes signs with Brevard College with his mother (seated) Christina Hughes, (standing, from left) Cleveland athletic director Jamie Lee, football coach Marc Morris and principal Anne Meredith.

D. CLAY BEST - newsobserver.com 

Parents:Greg and Christina Hughes

High School:  Cleveland

Height, Weight: 5-foot-8, 190 pounds

Positions: Defensive Line, Safety

Also Considered: Chowan, Winston-Salem State, Orange Coast College, Trinity

Why Brevard? "I just love it. I wanted to be at a small school and it's a religion-based school. The coaches seem like they will provide great support."

Major: Biology

Notable: Brandon went through one of the oddest position changes you'll find, going from safety to defensive end to help give the Rams more depth on the defensive line. He got the attention of Brevard's defensive back coach Chris Bland at an East Carolina camp last summer. … "I'll never forget the brotherhood we had here at Cleveland," Brandon said. "I'm proud of all of the things we've overcome over the past three years and just how the coaches guided us so well." The Rams were 23-6 in their two years of varsity play. … Improving his speed and adding more size are the big keys Brandon identifies when asked about what it will take to succeed at the college level. … Brandon hopes to become a podiatrist or a physical therapist.

Cleveland coach Marc Morris: "Brandon is a great kid who ended up playing defensive line for us. He's got a great opportunity going to Brevard."

Compiled by D. Clay Best

6/10/13 > Clayton News-Star, Smithfield Herald: Food allergy pilot program helps students avoid problem foods

Food allergy pilot program helps students avoid problem foods   Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/04/2938512/food-allergy-pilot-program-helps.html 

Smithfield Herald:  

http://www.smithfieldherald.com/2013/06/04/2938443/food-allergy-pilot-program-helps.html

Food allergy pilot program helps students avoid problem foods

Published: June 4, 2013 

By Amanda James ajames@newsobserver.com

Four Oaks Elementary in Johnston County has piloted a program to help students manage food allergies.

The elementary school has the greatest number of students with food allergies, so the school system chose it to implement a new food allergy advertising system.

Rachel Findley, Director of Child Nutrition at Johnston County Schools, helped lead the program, along with the help of interns from Meredith College.

"It's a communication tool between our department and students with allergies," said Findley.

The top eight food allergens are listed on the glass shield above the food buffet line, and the foods containing specific allergens have an X marked next to that allergen.

Findley said she saw the program as work firsthand one day when volunteering in the cafeteria at Four Oaks.

"I was serving in line and a student came through the line and had an egg allergy and she told us she was allergic to eggs," said Findley. "We didn't have to think about what had eggs in it, we just looked at the labels above the different foods and gave her the ones that did not have eggs marked as an ingredient."

The eight foods included are wheat, soy, egg, milk, peanuts, fish, shellfish and tree nuts.

Four Oaks principal David Pearce said the program has been a help to teachers.

"The teachers have loved it because instead of going to a clipboard to see if a child would be affected, it's now right there in front of them," Pearce said.

He also said that as a parent who has a child who is severely allergic to eggs and peanuts it can help calm his fears.

"It's comforting to know I can bestow on my child the responsibility of knowing what she can and cannot have, and this way, she doesn't have to be embarrassed to ask about it, she can see it for herself," Pearce said.

Each of the food labels have pictures, too, so younger children can identify the specific foods they need to avoid.

Findley said the school system will decide this summer which schools in the county will adopt the program next year.

She said there are 520 students in the school system with medical statements that say they have to avoid certain foods.

"It has been increasing pretty dramatically every year," Findley said.

Unfortunately, even though the new labels make the food line safer for those with allergies, they still don't address the biggest concern for students, which is sharing food with classmates.

"It's usually in the classroom if a student is swapping snacks with another student that they'll be exposed to something that's not safe for them," Findley said

James: 919-553-7234

6/10/13 > Clayton News-Star: Graduation season arrives in Johnston County

Graduation season arrives in Johnston County   Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/01/2932028/graduation-season-arrives-in-johnston.html 

Graduation season arrives in Johnston County

Published: June 1, 2013  

By Laura Crosio - Correspondent

JOHNSTON COUNTY - This Friday hundreds of high school students across the county will be honored for 12 years of hard work and commitment to their education.

It's a milestone achievement signifying a move toward adulthood. Some will attend college; others will enlist in the military while the rest enter directly into workforce. Local students have spent considerable time and effort exploring their future.

Mattilyn Karst, a student at Corinth Holders High School, has chosen to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall as a psychology major. She hopes to work as a social worker or advocate for children in the foster care system.

"I decided to go to Carolina because I felt the campus fit my lifestyle and their programs would best equip me for a future job," explained Karst, 18. "I worked very hard in high school and tried to put forth my best effort into becoming a leader."

Clayton High school senior class vice president Hunter Poole, 18, has also been accepted to UNC-CH. He received his letter on-line in March and had to re-read the form multiple times before the news sunk in.

"I've been a big Tar Heel fan since I could walk and talk," said Poole, who's undecided about a major. "It was a big dream for me."

Closer to home

Some students have elected to stay closer to home and attend community college.

"I didn't think I was ready for four year college yet," said CHHS senior Jonathan Harrington, 18.

Harrington will study emergency medical services at Johnston Community College and work toward becoming a paramedic. His long-range plans include transferring to a university and earning a medical degree.

"I'm really excited to start college," Harrington said. "A part of me is ready to be out of here and I'm not nervous. I definitely want to experience a change."

Off to basic

Two graduates have already enlisted in the armed forces and will leave shortly after graduation for basic training.

Ashley Jones was looking for a field where she could help others. The CHHS student developed an interest in the military as a young child and was amazed to learn of the opportunities the service could provide. Jones joined the Army National Guard last August and will begin basic training on July 1 at Ft. Jackson, S.C.

"There were times when I contemplated dropping out of school," Jones said. "When I sit down and think about this big step I'm taking, I'm amazed at myself that I got through school. I know I will get through basic training because of all this."

CHS senior Ariel Watson was officially sworn into the U.S. Marine Corps three weeks ago. She hopes to leave for Parris Island, S.C. in September to begin her training. For three years she has been a member of the school's ROTC program.

"The military has made me a better person and has given me leadership skills," said Watson, 18.

Both Jones and Watson say they plan on attending college and earning a degree while in the military.

Other graduates have elected to put college on hold while they work to save money for their future.

Alex Parra, 17, has a construction job in Virginia waiting for him the week after graduation. He'll work during the week and return to the family's Wendell home on weekends.

"I was planning on going to community college but when I saw the expenses, I decided to work first to save my money," said Parra, president of CHHS's International Club and member of the Spanish Honor Society. "I'm nervous and worried that if I need something I won't have my mom there but I know this job will make me more independent and responsible."

The graduates all agreed that they were ready to face new challenges ahead.

"I'm ready to move on," said Poole. "I know things are going to be different but I will always remember where I came from."

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6/10/13 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary School

Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary School   Clayton News-Star:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/01/2931993/honor-roll-cooper-elementary-school.html 

Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary School

Published: June 1, 2013  

Cooper Elementary School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Principal's List

Grade 3 - Kaitlynn Bryand, Ellie Salter, Alana Sandaire, Mason Thibodeaux, Ariana Arbelaez, Matthew Carroll, Hunter Fiore and Maria Morales-Morales.

Grade 4 - Panisara Purcell and Keely Billiar.

Grade 5 - Isabella Murray and Victoria Olmo.

Honor Roll

Grade 3 - Faith Jones, Forrest "Ethan" Robbins, Victoria Walker, Anya Boddie, Kimberlyn Southard, Marissa Toledo, Kayln Kyle, Julissa Perez-Ayala, Caroline Donovan-Atwood, Kayla Duke, Andrew Eckstein, Christopher Eckstein, Amberlyn Garner, Natasha Portillo-Granados, Wyatt Reynolds and Mira Shaw.

Grade 4 - Vinesha Briggs, Jaidon Davis, Ullses Garcia-Guzman, Ainsley Brown, Mahalee Cauthren, Allyson Clawson, Carter Kotorman, Rebecca Moffett, Keyara Barnes, Ashley Hoss, Marlo Phifer, Ethan Ryder-Burge, Lydia Chellman, Olivia Elmore, Samuel Garrett, Rebecca Korzelius, Serena Lewis, Darian Moore, Damien Nelson, Natalie Astorga, Miguel Maiella and Morgan Moser.

Grade 5 - Ronald Cervantes-Soto, Maya Gray, Hunter Bouknight, Megan Elliott, Arianna Pexton, Mariana Salgado, Qiana Stubbs, Maritsa Beltran-Bonilla, Taylor Bowman, Rownequah Johnson, Reginal Richardson, Quincy Sandaire, Kaitlyn Syphers, Jasmyne Vallejos, Gavin Bowlin, Kaitlyn Grady, Dallas Pearce, Gabriella Pierre-Louis, Ashley Sinclair, Sydney Slater, Daniel Bizzell, Monica Branagan, Madyson Cauthren, Thomas Elliott, Kirklan Naumuk, Elijah Sanders and Douglas Toledo.

6/10/13 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Polenta Elementary

Honor Roll: Polenta Elementary   Clayton News-Star:  

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/06/01/2931989/honor-roll-polenta-elementary.html 

Honor Roll: Polenta Elementary

Published: June 1, 2013  

Polenta Elementary School has announced its principal's list and honor roll for the third quarter of school.