Garner: Community

School notes, March 16

Merit awards

24 Wake County Public School System schools have earned 2014 Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America, a a national organization that promotes equity and educational excellence in magnet programs. The annual awards recognize programs in the U.S. that demonstrate a strong commitment to academic standards, innovation, diversity, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement. Wake County has 34 magnet schools with programs focused on the arts, technology, world languages, the International Baccalaureate Program and more.

Garner Magnet High School and East Garner Magnet Middle were named Schools of Distinction.

Top quizzer

Cleveland Middle School eighth-grader and Battle of the Books team member Trinity Casey has claimed the Top Quizzer spot on the subscription-based website called

The Battle of the Books website is used by over 203 middle schools in North Carolina, all of which are preparing for the Battle of the Books competition.

Casey became the Top Quizzer on Feb. 21, surpassing 1,331 middle school students who quiz on the site. She has answered more than 5,000 questions correctly. All questions on the site are selected from the Middle School Battle of the Books' list which consists of 26 total books.

Scholarships available

The Johnston County Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Ernestine J. Williams Scholarship. Scholarships are available for students meeting the requirements described at

The scholarship is designated for Johnston County public high school graduates planning to attend a 4-year or 2-year college, community college or technical school this fall. Scholarships will be $3,000, renewable for three additional years, for students attending four-year colleges, and $1,500 and renewable for one additional year for two-year applicants. Applications are due by April 11.