Cleveland places seventh in quiz bowl
Cleveland High School placed seventh in the state finals of Twelve, a quiz bowl.
The fifth annual competition tested students on their knowledge of the core curriculum plus wildcard topics such as sports and N.C. government.
Teacher takes home $100
Anna Murry, who teaches sixth grade at Riverwood Middle School in Clayton, has received $100 from Leith Honda. The dealership held a contest that asked students to vote for their favorite teacher and explain what the teacher has done to enhance learning in the classroom.
Cooper students sing in chorus
Two Cooper Elementary School students, Alana Sandaire and Kimmie Southard, took part recently in the N.C. Elementary Honors Chorus. The chorus performed the weekend of Nov. 8-9 for an N.C. Music Educators conference. Southard performed a solo.
Princeton club raises money
At Princeton High School, the Family, Career and Communities Leaders of America club recently raised money to benefit a Princeton Elementary student who is battling Ewing’s sarcoma.
Club members sold $1 balloons in memory or honor of someone who has had cancer. In all, they raised $1,029 for the Princeton student.
Ewing’s sarcoma is a bone cancer that strikes children.
Employees of the Month
The Johnston County school system has named its Employees of the Month for November. They are Louise Settimi, a meat cook at Cleveland High School, and Jennifer Templeton, a pre-kindergarten itinerant teacher.
Phi Beta Kappa taps two from Johnston
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honorary society, has inducted two Johnston County residents who attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ryan Ray Passer, the son of Greg and Kathy Passer of Clayton, is a senior majoring in economics. He is minoring in writing for the screen and stage.
Olivia Van Stevens is a senior majoring in biochemistry. She is the daughter of Timothy and Anita Stevens of Smithfield.
John Molokach, a math teacher at Smithfield-Selma High School, has been published in a recent edition of American Mathematical Monthly, the world’s most widely read math publication.
Molokach submitted a short drawing accompanied by some equations, which the magazine published in its October edition. His feature is called “Law of Cosines – A Proof Without Words.”
Molokach holds an undergraduate degree from N.C. State University and is a graduate student at East Carolina University, where his research interest is in the convergence of the Riemann Zeta function. He teaches single-variable calculus and other math courses at Smithfield-Selma High School and online with the N.C. Virtual Public School.
Molokach said he enjoys creating new proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem and proofs-without-words, many of which are included in the collection at www.cut-the-knot.org/Pythagoras.
Teacher attends language conference
Katia Bocanegra represented Selma Middle School when the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages held its annual convention in San Antonio. The theme was “Reaching Global Competence.”
While at the conference, Bocanegra shared work samples of her dual-language students. In dual-language classes at Selma Middle, teachers make use of the target language to talk about global topics that are relevant to students.
In one example, teachers wrote about how micro finances and social entrepreneurship can help communities all over the world.
Bocanegra also talked about how to empower students by using novels and inquiry.
“It was a very enriching experience,” she said. “I had the opportunity to learn so much from other teachers and presenters.”
East Carolina grads
A number of Johnston County residents graduated in December from East Carolina University. They are listed below with their degrees:
Angela Alston of Benson, master’s degree in business administration; Alison Blackmon of Four Oaks, bachelor of science, with honors; Dylan Brown of Clayton, bachelor of science; Austen Butler of Clayton, bachelor of arts; Nicole Devaul of Clayton, doctor of philosophy; Deward Hawkins of Clayton, bachelor of science; Christine Hays of Clayton, bachelor’s degree in nursing; Sarah Huff of Benson, bachelor’s degree in nursing; Megan Hughes of Kenly, bachelor’s degree in nursing; Tina Kornegay of Princeton, bachelor’s degree nursing; Annah Lee of Benson, bachelor’s degree nursing; Sara Mann of Kenly, bachelor of science; John Molokach of Selma, master of arts; Persida Montanez of Smithfield, master of arts; Skylar Poole of Clayton, bachelor of science, with high honors; Amanda Rochelle of Benson, bachelor of science; Angela Swank of Four Oaks, master’s degree in nursing; and Nisha Wright off Clayton, master of science.
UNC Asheville grads
Two Johnston County residents graduated in December from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
They were Frederick Dean Watkins of Smithfield, who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology; and Neil Grant Heninger of Selma, who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, with a concentration in ecology and environmental biology.