Smithfield: Community

School Notes: Aug. 20

Board names assistant principals

The Johnston County Board of Education has named a number of assistant principals. They are listed below by school:

Archer Lodge Middle, Timberly Verona Harrington; Benson Elementary, Sandra Robertson; Benson Middle, Tracy Vannurden; Clayton Middle, Thomas J. Presti; Cleveland High, Tara J. Thompson; Corinth Holders Elementary, Faitha Batten; Corinth Holders High, Timothy D. Dugan; Meadow School, Paige Avery Barnes; Polenta Elementary, Jennifer McClure; Powhatan Elementary, Jamie L. Tyler; Princeton High, Jeremy H. Barefoot; and West Smithfield Elementary, Mogie Reddy.

Also, the board named the following to central office posts: Stephanie Leonard, director of curriculum projects; Danah Miller, coordinator for Read to Achieve; and Tabitha Lee, assistant finance officer.

Smithfield resident earns degree

Morgan Patterson of Smithfield has graduated from Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in educational studies.

School orientations

Johnston County schools have set orientation dates for the 2014-15 school years. They’re online at

SSS student named to honor society

Noah Kiser, a rising junior at Smithfield-Selma High School, has been named to the National Society of High School Scholars. He is the son of Chris and Sonya Kiser of Smithfield.

The society recognizes outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

At SSS, Kiser is president of Mu Alpha Theta, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the marching band. Outside of school, he is a Boy Scout and member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Junior historians bring home prizes

Members of Homeschoolers Unfolding State History, a Johnston County club, were among the winners in contest at the annual convention of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association.

In the Elementary Division, the Johnston County club placed first in the Exhibit Contest and second in the Literary Contest.

In the Intermediate Division, the club placed first in the Exhibit Contest and second in the Literary Contest. Individually, George Langdon placed first in the Literary Contest. Seth Young won first place in the Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz, the Civil War Essay Contest and the American Revolution Essay Contest. David Young placed second in the Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz and second in the American Revolution Essay Contest.

In the Secondary Division, the Johnston club placed first in the Exhibit Contest and second in the Literary Contest. Also, the club placed first and second in the Video Documentary Contest. Individually, Samuel Adams Young placed first in both the African American Essay Contest and American Revolution Essay Contest. He won second place in the Civil War Essay Contest. Elizabeth Revels won first place in the Exhibit Contest, and Felisha Crittenden received second place in the Literary Contest.

Reunion moves venue

The SSS Bill Chill Reunion, to be held Sept. 13, has moved to the Smithfield Moose Lodge. The Coco Loco Party Band will play from 7 to 11 p.m. The reunion will have a cash bar and food from White Swan. To learn more, or to register, visit

An outstanding scholar

Brodie Huston Clark of Clayton was among the 2013-14 academic award winners at Western Carolina University. He received the Dean’s Outstanding Scholar Award.

Clark graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. He is the son of Michael and Karen Clark of Clayton.