Smithfield: Community

School Notes: April 22

Two receive degrees

Two Clayton residents have received degrees from Western Governors University. They are Cheryl AltaVilla, who earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing; and Theresa Shearin, who received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Scholarship winner

Emily Sanders of Clayton has received a Centennial Scholarship to study textiles at N.C. State University. The scholarship comes from the N.C. Textiles Foundation.

Sanders is a senior at Corinth Holders High School, where she is a member of the National Art Honor Society, Young Republicans, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Prom Committee, forestry team and dance team. Also, she is senior class president, a cheerleader, soccer player and anchor on the school’s announcement broadcast.

Outside of school, Sanders is a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County and with Camp Trinity, an Episcopal Church camp.

At N.C. State, she plans to study polymer color chemistry.

JCC student wins $300 scholarship

Lourdes Duran of Clayton, a student in the paralegal program at Johnston Community College, has received a $300 scholarship from the N.C. Paralegal Association.

A member of the Paralegal Club at JCC, Lourdes plans to graduate in May 2016 with her associate’s degree. She hopes to find a job working as a paralegal in a law office in the Smithfield area.

Duran received the second-place scholarship based on an essay she wrote about why she wants to be a paralegal.

“I’ve always wanted to help people, and I think this is a good career field where I can do that,” Duran said. “I was really excited about winning the scholarship. I would like to thank the NCPA and (JCC instructor Jennifer) Williford for all her help.”

The N.C. Paralegal Association is a not-for-profit corporation formed for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the paralegal profession in North Carolina.

For more information about the paralegal program at JCC, call Williford at 919-209-2062.

Team seeks donations to fight hunger

The Smithfield-Selma High School football team is seeking monetary donations to support its fight against hunger. The team is trying to raise $2,900 before coming togather May 2 package 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now. To support the effort, go to

Employees of the month

The Johnston County school system has named its employees of the month for March. They are Wendy Fiallos-Borjas, a custodian at Princeton High School and Princeton Middle School, and Kelly Murphy, a kindergarten teacher at Princeton Elementary School.

Cleveland qualifies for Quill finals

Cleveland High School has qualified for the state finals of The Quill, a scholastic writing competition. The finals will be held April 25 in Winston-Salem.