The Smithfield Branch of the National Association of University Women has awarded scholarships to three students. They are LaMale Williams, a graduate of Johnston County Early Academy who’s now enrolled at East Carolina University; Katelyn S. Lowery, Cleveland High School and N.C. State University; and Jaila S. Patrick, Southeast High School and Winston-Salem State University.
The Richard B. Harrison Alumni Association has awarded scholarships to seven students. They are Antonio Blake, William Peace University; Aleisha Brown, Queens University of Charlotte; Kennedy Elayne Thorne, N.C. A&T State University; Sharnice Ellis, UNC Greensboro; Kane Little, Fayetteville State University; Cameron K. Williams, UNC Pembroke; and Jamar T. Johnson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Two earn degrees
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Two Johnston County residents have graduated from Western Governors University. They are Cheryl AltaVilla of Clayton, who received her master’s degree in nursing education; and Carmen Vega-Ingram of Clayton, who earned her bachelor’s degree in human-resources management.
5K run, walk at Cleveland
Cleveland High School will hold a Color Splash 5K Fun Color Run and Walk Oct. 10. The event, a fundraiser for Student Council projects, will get underway at 9 a.m. Register online at https://goo.gl/stfRg9. Use the coupon code “JoCo” and get $10 off registration.
Teacher attends institute
Heather Ribar, who teaches English at South Johnston High School, took part in the N.C. Association of Educators’ first Instructional Leadership Institute. The institute focused on building teacher leadership skills around instructional issues, particularly college and career-ready standards.
Outstanding math teacher
Lauren Strickland, who teachers fifth grade math and science at Four Oaks Elementary School, is Johnston County’s Outstanding Elementary School Mathematics Teacher. The N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics presents the award.
“I am so proud of Mrs. Strickland for being recognized for this accomplishment,” said Kathy Parrish, principal of Four Oaks Elementary. “She represents our school and our county well with her mathematical knowledge and expertise.”
Strickland has been teaching for 11 years.