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Students and staff recognized at December BOE meeting

The Johnston County Board of Education recognized outstanding staff members and students who demonstrated excellence in the classroom or in athletics at their Dec. 11 meeting.

WJHS Gymnastics
Johnston County Board of Education recognized the West Johnston High gymnastic team for winning the NC High School Scholastic Gymnastics State Championship in November at the Raleigh School of Gymnastics. Team member Tasha Brozowski was recognized for winning 1st place in in the All Around, the Floor Exercise, and the Uneven Bars. Team member Lily Harrison was recognized for winning 1st place in the Vault. This is the 2nd team championship for West Johnston High and back-to-back state championships for their gymnastics team. Team members photographed on the front row (from left) are Lily Harrison, Carleigh Chapman, Lelia Brozowski, and coach Margaret Lee. Photographed on the second row (from left) are Abigayle Harrison, Tasha Brozowski, Jessica Walker, and Alexa Baggett.

All State Soccer
The Johnston County Board of Education recognized student athletes who were All-State performers in fall sports at their December meeting. Hunter Lee (left), Cleveland High student, was named to the #A All-State Boys Soccer Team selected by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. Lee, coached by Michael Pritchard, is the first boys soccer player from Cleveland to attain this recognition and is a two-time selection. Dennis Andino (right), Clayton High student, was named to the 3A All-State Boys Soccer Team selected by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. His coach is John Asmussen.

December Character Education
The Johnston County Board of Education recognized students who demonstrated compassion during the month of December at this month’s board meeting. Those who were recognized on the front row (from left) are Princeton Elementary student Ava Faulk and River Dell Elementary student Khloe Gupton. Those who were recognized on the back row (from left) are Princeton Middle/High student Larah Gurley, Riverwood Middle student Grayson Hale, and Riverwood Elementary student Daniela Claudio-Aranda.

SJHS Teaceher
The Johnston County Board of Education recognized South Johnston High English Teacher Shelly Cook (left) for being selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction for excellence in teaching and dedication to academic success of students. In 2011, the National Society of High School Scholars established the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Award to spotlight educator accomplishments. Cook was nominated for the award by a former student. Photographed with Cook is South Johnston High Principal Dr. David Pearce (right).

December Employees of the Month
The Johnston County Board of Education recognized Insurance Specialist Juanita Taylor (left) as the December Classified Employee of the Month, and Innovation Coach Josh Hostetter as the December Certified Employee of the Month.