School Notes: March 23

March 21, 2014 

Schools salute two employees

The Johnston County school system has named its latest employees of the month. They are Brian Jones, band director at Smithfield-Selma High School, and Zsajauna “Angel” Woodard, a teacher’s assistant and bus driver at Wilson’s Mills Elementary School.

Last fall, the marching band at SSS won a national championship.

In a news release, the school system noted that when Woodard found herself in an emergency situation, her first thought was to get the children to safety.

“She followed the procedures that are in place for such emergency situations and held her composure until the end,” the school system noted. “She never once thought of herself and what her needs may be, because her only concern was that of the children.”

Science Night at Wilson’s Mills

Science Night is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Wilson’s Mills Elementary School. The event will feature hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information, call 919-934-2978.

Neuse Charter teams bring home awards

Two teams from Neuse Charter School brought home awards from the Coastal Region Odyssey of the Mind competition.

The school’s balsa wood team placed third, while the vehicle team placed second. Both advance to the state competition April 5.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international performance based program. This year’s participants participated in the vehicle, technical, balsa wood and performance problems.

Members of the balsa wood team are Casey Hiser, Mark Vassar, Elizabeth Klisiewecz, Judah Jenkins, Alyssa Wilson, Georgia Will and J.W. Hiser

Members of the vehicle team are Trever McSwain, Gabe Hawkins, Elliot Sullivan, Allasia Atkisson, Bennett Nascimento, Seth McSwain and Sydney Williams.

Reverse raffle at Princeton High

A reverse raffle to benefit Princeton High School athletics will take place Saturday, April 5, at the schol. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; the drawing for $5,000 starts at 7 p.m. A $50 donation buys one steak dinner and the chance to win the money. An extra steak dinner is $15. For tickets, call Marty Gurganus at 919-936-6431 or email

South High students in state video

Two South Johnston High School students appear in a video about improving mental wellness in North Carolina teens. They are freshman Rachel Sauls and sophomore Leanna White.

The video, by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, will show teachers and counselors how to improve mental wellness in teens in order to prevent school violence, teen suicide and substance abuse.

Terrific Kids at Meadow School

Meadow School has named its latest Terrific Kids. They are listed below by grade.

Grades K-1 – Innocent Wilson, Tyler Tyndal, Alexander Hernandez, Gregory Johnson, Colby Lee, Kaylee Allen, Whitney Holloman, Chase Hare, Airen Parnell, Margarita Gomez, Joan Morales Lopez, Olivia Crumpler, Brenda Saucedo, Kathryn Snow, Lauren Frihauf, Jacob Lee, Lizbeth Espinoza and Griffyn Beasley.

Grades 2-3 – Christian Woodall, Ester Torres, Kathy Mendoza, Chase Norris, Timarione Smith, Alyssa Tart, Carli Darden, Ashlyn Wade, Bryson Moore, Logan Ryals, Randi Hardee, Andrew Lockamy, Anna Thornton, Landon Blevins, Roy Tart and Haley Tart.

Grade 4-5 –William Holder, Jose Borbonio, Kyler Cox, Caitlin Thibeault, Mary Scott Rhodes, Scarlet Vargas, Gisselle Camacho, Laura Sanchez, Gracie Moore, Ricardo Perez and Jeremy Darden.

Scholarship available

The Johnston County Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Ernestine J. Williams Scholarship. Eligibility requirements and applications are online at Applications are due by April 11.

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