News-Star: Community

School Notes: March 18

FFA chapter, student win grant dollars

The West Johnston High School FFA chapter and one of its members have received a combined $3,500 in grants. The chapter received $2,500 to address local hunger needs. Student Alyssa Barbour received $1,000 for a Supervised Agriculture Experience.

The chapter plans to grow more than 400 pounds of produce to support the school’s BackPack Buddies program. Barbour plans to use her grant to start an organic garden and sell the produce to local customers.

Wildlife projects earn cash awards

The Johnston Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation recently honored three Princeton High School students. Nick Willis, Luke Braswell and Jack Barbour received cash awards for their Wildlife Habitat Enhancement projects.

As part of an FFA project, the students received wildlife seed from the federation to plant in the spring and maintain until late fall. The seeds help provide food and cover for wildlife.

A master’s degree in public health

Lindsey E. Gabrielsen of Clayton has graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree in public health.

Honor Roll student

Fifth-grader Hayden Hudson has been named to the Honor Roll at River Dell Elementary School for the second nine weeks of school.

Scholarship available

The Johnston County Commuity Foundation is accepting applications for the Ernestine J. Williams Scholarship. The deadline to apply for the needs-based scholarship is April 11. To learn more, or to download an application, go to