Schools name top custodian
The Johnston County school system has named its Custodian of the Year. He is Willie Leftdwrige, the head custodian at Facility Services.
“He has a great spirit about wanting to perform his work to the best of his ability and always asks what he can do to improve upon the stellar results he already achieves,” said Allen Vann, director of general services.
Student from Clayton earns master’s degree
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Michael Duncan Runels of Clayton has earned a master’s degree in health care management and marketing from the University of Scranton.
North High salutes outstanding graduates
North Johnston High recently recognized a number of outstanding graduates.
They were professional football player Willie Smith; the school’s 1981 state championship baseball team; Larry Strickland, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Education; Kristina Benson, principal of West Clayton Elementary School; Ben Williams, principal of River Dell Elementary School; Twana Johnson, a member of the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame; Dr. Renee Watson; Bengie Gaddis, chief deputy in the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office; Pine Level Mayor Jeff Holt; Dr. William Barnes; and Ross Renfrow, superintendent of Johnston County schools.
“We want to give an idea of what success is and what goals students should be setting for themselves,” said North Johnston Principal David West. “What better way to do it than right here at home, because there are many successful people that are right inside of North Johnston.”
Retirees to meet
The Johnston County Retired School Personnel will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Holt Lake Bar-B-Que and Seafood, 3506 U.S. 301 South, Smithfield. The group will elect officers and present a scholarship to a Princeton High School senior.
Dean’s List student
Monica Musgrave of Clayton has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. To qualify, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or better.
UNC Asheville honors
Three Johnston County residents have been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
They are Mikayla Bennett and Makayla Lauren Champion, both of Clayton, and Ross Martin Heninger of Selma.
To qualify a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99.
Student from Clayton earns physics degree
Dillon Anthony Ellis of Clayton has graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He was named to the President’s Honor List for earning a 4.0 average.
Ellis was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Georgia National Guard’s Corps of Engineers. He is the son of Tammy Amaon and Raymond Ellis.
Dean’s List at Louisburg
Giovanni Solis of Clayton and Logan Pace of Princeton have been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Louisburg College. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
James Madison honor
Hunter Bryce Etheridge of Clayton has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. To quality, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Etheridge is a rising senior majoring in kinesiology.
Presbyterian President’s List
Jenna Harris of Clayton has been named to the spring semester President’s List at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. To qualify, a student must earn a 4.0 grade point average.
Lauren Alyssa Weaver of Selma has graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering.
Three students from Johnston County have received 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships. They are Macy Massengill of Princeton, who will attend N.C. State University; Haley Stevens of Selma, Johnston Community College; and Skyler M. Tyndall of Selma, N.C. State University. The scholarship is for $2,000.
Kayla Meares of Selma has graduated from Louisburg College.
Susan Nelson of Benson has received a master’s degree in communications from Lasell College in Newton, Mass.
Teachers attend seminars
Three teachers from Johnston County attended seminars recently at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching. They are Donald R. Byrd of West Johnston High School, Catherine E. Daughtry of Cleveland High School and Douglas B. Lewis of Corinth Holders High School.
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