Spelling bee is Tuesday
The 2015 Johnston County Spelling Bee is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Selma Elementary School, 311 W. Richardson St, Selma.
Middle school students from Johnston County’s 11 public schools, one private school and the home school association will compete to represent the county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
John Britton Bond, a senior at Johnston County Early College Academy, has been named a National Merit Scholar finalist.
The son of Harwood and Kelly Bond of Four Oaks, Bond has already been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and N.C. State University for the fall 2015 semester. At either university, Bond plans to major in engineering and focus on renewable energy sources.
“John is a God-centered young man who serves his community and family through his vigorous, academic success and global mission trips every year,” said Rodney Allred, a counselor at Early College Academy. “He is a one-in-a-million young man who I have had the pleasure of working with for the past five years at Early College. I am very proud of John and his accomplishments.”
In May, Bond will graduate with honors from both Early College Academy and Johnston Community College.
Merit Scholar finalists compete for some 8,000 scholarships with a combined worth of about $35 million.
Two Johnston County residents earned academic honors during the fall semester at Elon University.
Oscar Raziel Miranda earned a place on the President’s List with no grade below an A-. He is the son of Santiago Miranda Fierros and Elvira Tapia Salgado of Clayton.
Elizabeth Alexandra Meads earned a place on the Dean’s List with a GPA of at least 3.5. She is the daughter of Neal and Jenny Meads of Clayton.