Dean’s List student
Benjamin Giustiniani, the son of Suzanne J. Schultz and John J. Giustiniani of Clayton, has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. To qualify, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or better.
Phyllis Tine Best of Clayton has earned her master’s degree from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.
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Nicole Kroushl, a senior at Corinth Holders High School, has received a $2,000 Eaton Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholarship is renewable annually for four years.
Kroushl is the daughter of Caroline and Dan Kroushl. At Corinth Holders, she is a member of the Coach Club, National Honor Society, Writing Club, Speech and Debate Team, color guard, Blue Hearts Club and Art Patrons.
Kroushl plans to study creative writing and economics at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Employees of the month
The Johnston County school system has named its employees of the month for April. They are Robin Thompson, a teaching assistant at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School, and Stephani Lofink, who teaches science, technology, engineering and math at Benson Elementary School.
Michael Futrell of Clayton has graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Third in contest
Jennifer Sieredzki of Riverwood Middle School in Clayton placed third in an essay contest held as part of Law Day, an annual observance by the N.C. Bar Association.
Six Johnston County students are headed to N.C. Governor’s School, a summer program for intellectually gifted high school students.
The students and their area of concentration are Robin Braswell of Johnston County Early College Academy, social science; Mitchell Burleson, Corinth Holders High School, instrumental music; Melaine Hardee, South Johnston High School, natural science; Isha Henry, Clayton High School, instrumental music; Noah Kiser, Smithfield-Selma High School, instrumental music; and Maya Palmer, Cleveland High School, English.
The choral group from Longleaf School of the Arts won the grand prize at the Fiesta-Val Music Invitational in New York City. Five members of the chorale are from the Clayton and Cleveland communities. They are Griffin Daniels, Savannah Dhillon, Beck Douthart, Cee Cee Huffman, and Sarah Stewart.
Students of the Month
River Dell Elementary School has named its Students of the Month for March and April.
They are James Walker, Kayleigh McDaris, Sayra Guerrero-Ortiz, Landon Waters, Marley Wenzel, Kinlee Moseley, Brody Edwards, Ethan Salinas, Derek Madagan, Jordan Halpern, Isabel Morales, Mariah Bosick, Madison Merritt, Natalie Bizzell, Claire Silvers, Alveiro Ruiz-Hernandez, Ava Jones, Colton Hill, Ny'Talya Wright, Samantha Neal, Adam Markowski, Isabella Parker, Aiden Redig, Matthew Waechter, Leah Walsh, Caleb Staples, Jaylon Phillips, Becca Anderson, Mack Smith.
Aubrey Tetterton, Harlee Clark, Sarah Jenkins, Sutton Clayton, Nate Moore, Julia O'Dell, Brayden Amato, Amara Langer, Austin Sims, Riley Casey, Luis Ponce, Hanna Mintzer, Brayden Amato, Orion Levine, Jordan Corts, Emily Davis, Madison Stancil, Jacy Harris, Ryleigh Hoffner, Cooper Daniels, Jessica Comeau, Becky Callon, Roberto Mendoza, Darryn Coyle, Dakota Smith, Daniel Scott, William Gerdes, Colleen Davenport, RyLeigh Smith.
Damaris Faustino, Jack Vinson, Zack Henry, Aidan Moore, Tucker Trueblood, Zachary Benca, Emma Arbutina, Jacob Buck, Tyler Pinkowski, Antonio Ciardullo, Devin Dames, Natalie Watson, Josie Pace, Austin Clough, Rachel Roberts, Jayce Tippett, Maria Anayiotou, Chloe Roach, Karlen Rogers, A’naiya Hunter, Uriel Delgado, Anthony Bene, Cody Lanham, Anna Smith, Riley DeChellis, Averlie Wall and Emma Glenn.
Ariana Arbelaez, a fifth-grader at Cooper Elementary School in Clayton, won the Johnston County school system’s elementary spelling bee. She correctly spelled “algorithm” to take home the trophy.
Alumni elect officers
The Clayton High School Alumni Association has named its officers and directors for the year ahead. They are Megan Marvel Cranfill, president; Sybil Atkinson Ross, vice president; Julie Nixon, treasurer; Paige Nixon, secretary; Russell Ragland, Olivia House, Sandy Stephenson and Jay Woodard, directors.
The Johnston County school system has named its Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2015. She is Angela Herring of West View Elementary School in the Cleveland community.
Kerri Butch, a senior at Corinth Holders High School, has received an $8,500 Presidential Scholarship to attend Barton College in Wilson. The scholarship is renewable for four years.
Butch is the daughter of Amy and Dennis Butch of Selma. She plans to major in nursing at Barton.
Stephanie Mae Price of Clayton has graduated from Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, N.Y. She earned an associate’s degree in business accounting.