School Notes: April 20

April 18, 2014 

Dean’s List student

Talen Daniel Geib has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at the University of Rochester, where he is a sophomore majoring in economics. Geib is the son of Debi Geib of Clayton. He is a graduate of Clayton High School.

Concussion testing

Advanced Physical Therapy of Smithfield will again offer concussion testing for school athletes. The next dates are April 29 at Smithfield-Selma High School and May 21 at Neuse Charter School. For more information, call 919-300-5040.

Honor society inducts three

Three Johnston County students have been inducted into the Wayne Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honor society. They are Curtis W. Russell of Four Oaks; Mary K. Hyslop of Selma; and Brion T. Kennedy of Smithfield.

River Dell teacher attends seminar

Chelsea P. Stilley of River Dell Elementary School attended a seminar recently at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Clayton High alumni

The Clayton High Alumni Association will hold a social from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Jones Lunch on Main Street in Clayton. The group will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the media center at Clayton High. For more information, visit

Schools salute Powhatan teacher

The Johnston County school system has named its certified employee of the month for March. She is Danielle Reichard, who teaches third grade at Powhatan Elementary School in Clayton.

Here’s what one parent had to to say about Reichard: “Ms. Reichard has had an amazing impact on my son, his attitude toward school and his excitement about learning. He has not been a model student, but Ms. Reichard, with her positive approach, enthusiastic attitude and genuine fondness for her students, has struck a chord with ny son so that he wants to do well in her classroom.”

SSS senior wins scholarships

Smithfield-Selma High School senior Taylor Leposa has received two scholarships to attend East Carolina University. The East Carolina Scholars and Business Scholars award will cover the cost of tuition.

Spelling bee winner

Jose Arteaga, a fifth-grader, won this year’s spelling bee at Micro-Pine Level Elementary School. His winning word was “lawyer.”

Student to attend leadership program

Matthew Green, a radiologic technology student at Johnston Community College, has been chosen to take part in the 2014 Student Leadership Development Program of the American Society of Radiologic Technologies. Green will receive an expense-paid trip to a meeting June 26-29 in Orlando, Fla.

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