Scholarship finalist at Corinth Holders
William Xing Xia, a senior at Corinth Holders High School, has been named a 2015 National Merit Scholar finalist.
Xia plans to study engineering and is considering several colleges, including MIT and N.C. State University. At Corinth Holders, he is a tennis player and member of the STEM Club.
Scholarship winners will be announced later this spring.
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Student from Clayton in honor society
Angela Mattison of Clayton has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Central Carolina Community College. To qualify for induction into the international honor society, a Central Carolina student most have a grade point average of 3.7 or better.
SSS band director to lead district band
Smithfield-Selma High School band director Brian Jones will serve as director of the 2015-16 Johnston County All District Band for freshmen and sophomores.
Jones has been at the helm of the Spartan Regiment for 12 of his 18 years in public education, and during that time, he has helped the marching band earn several championship titles.
The Johnston County All District Band is made up of 80 to 90 of the county’s top musicians in their age category. Band members will attend a two-day clinic at UNC Pembroke. The clinic will culminate in a concert conducted by Jones.
Johnston student an aviation artist
A Johnston County student is among the winners in the N.C. Aviation Art Contest, an annual project of the state’s Division of Aviation.
Maria Young, a 16-year-old student at Corinth Holders High School, placed first in the senior division.
South Johnston FFA gets $2,500 boost
The South Johnston High School FFA has received a $2,500 donation from Johnston County farmer Jeffery Lee and the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
The donation will help the FFA take part in leadership opportunities, including the State FFA Leadership Conference.
“We feel this will be a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to many opportunities for leadership development,” said FFA adviser Kendall Parker. “The cost of these activities limits us as an organization, but the generous donation from the Monsanto Fund will help make this available to our deserving members.”