Felisha Crittenden of Clayton competed Nov. 15 in the 2015 Miss Teen Pageant in Raleigh. To qualify, she submitted an application and took part in an interview conducted by this year’s Raleigh pageant coordinator.
Contestants vied for thousands of dollars in prizes and gifts. Competition categories include casual wear, formal wear and interview.
The winner will represent Raleigh and surrounding communities at the national pageant in Florida.
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Kaylin Roberson of Raleigh also competed in the pageant. A singer-songwriter, she has performed regularly in Johnston County and won this year’s Clayton Teen Idol competition.
Roberson recently signed a single-release recording deal with Deep South Entertainment Music Group. She won the Deep South Bar’s Open Mic Competition, beating out hundreds of musicians over the course of the 11-month contest. At 16, she is the youngest champion in the venue’s history.
Silver Award winner
Meredith Watson of Smithfield has received the Silver Award, Girl Scouting’s second highest achievement.
For her Silver Award project, Watson worked with a local landscape expert to create a garden for the soup kitchen at First Baptist Church in Smithfield Soup Kitchen. She planted a bed of mulch with shrubs and flowers and included a small birdbath and a stepping stone engraved with “Bless This Garden.”
Watson is the daughter of Stan and Beth Watson. A Girl Scout since 2007, she is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3424, led by Jennifer Gaskins. In addition to Girl Scouting, she takes part in horseback riding, dance and the youth group at First Baptist Church
A number of Johnston County residents were winners in the N.C. State Fair’s junior heifer, hog and goat shows.
In the Junior Ewe Meat Breeds/Junior Market Lamb Showmanship competition, Addison Taylor of Princeton showed the grand champion in the 8-and-under division. In the division for young people ages 9-13, Anna Brooke Taylor of Princeton showed the grand champion, and Tanner Bentley of Kenly showed the reserve champion.
In the Junior Breeding Gilt competition, 4-year-old Zadock Jennings, 4, of Johnston County showed the grand champion.
Smithfield Girl Scouts earn Silver Award
Sarah Gaskins and Clar McGeough of Smithfield have earned the Silver Award, Girl Scouting’s second highest honor.
For their Silver Award project, Gaskins and McGeough painted a mural along the Neuse River in Smithfield as an effort to discourage graffiti. Additionally, they created an Instagram account to inspire and to educate the community about their project.
Gaskins is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Gaskins. She has been a Girl Scout since 2008. In addition to Girl Scouting, she also plays soccer, volleyball and basketball.
McGeough is the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth McGeough and has been a Girl Scout since 2006. In addition to Girl Scouting, she enjoys soccer and cheerleading.
The Girl Scouts are members of Troop 3424, led by Jennifer Gaskins.
Clayton Girl Scout earns Silver Award
AnnaKate Gilchrist of Clayton has received the Silver Award, Girl Scouting’s second highest achievement.
For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Gilchrist worked with NC Beautiful, a local landscape company, to embellish the landscape of her grandmother’s church. In addition, she planted diverse types of plants and azaleas on a bed of pine straw.
Gilchrist is the daughter of Tanya and Jamey Gilchrist. A Girl Scout since 2006, she is a member of Troop 768, led by Holly Patton. Linda Peedin served as Gilchrist’s project advisor.
In addition to Girl Scouting, Gilchrist is a member of Junior Beta Club, basketball team and softball team at Cleveland Middle School. She is a member of Crosspoint Community Church and a volunteer at a summer camp at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School.
Video producer nominated for Emmy
Jason Bullock, a Selma resident and video producer, has been nominated for an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The nominated video was one Bullock produced at his job at WNCT TV in Greenville, where he is creative services manager. The video promoted a story about raising awareness of cyber bullying. It was a collaborative effort with WNCT’s senior marketing producer, Aaron Bevill, and marketing manager, Marc Morriston.
The 30th Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards will be Feb. 27, 2016, at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.
Bullock lives in Selma with his wife Jennifer and daughter Sydney.
National Guard private completes training
U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Gary E. Devane Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is the son of Gary Devane of Clayton and Clarene Devane of Richmond, Va.
DeVane is a 2015 graduate of Garner High School.