Aleiyah Sanders will compete June 30-July 5 in the International Junior Miss pageant in Virginia Beach, Va. She is the daughter of Hugh and Alesia Sanders of Smithfield.
Sanders is the 2014 N.C. International Miss. She was Teen Miss Goldsboro in 2012 and Miss Princess of Duplin County in 2013.
“I am competing because I know that I have the ability to influence a positive change in our community and future generations,” Sanders said. “With the international title, I will be given the platform to effect positive change throughout the country. I also look forward to meeting people and making connections.”
Sanders is a junior at East Carolina University and an honor graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School. She is a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield.
Jonathan Polischak, the son of John and Carol Polischak of Clayton, served as a page recently in the N.C. House of Representives. He is a home-schooled student.
Pages deliver bills and amendments during House sessions and committee meetings, offer assistance in the offices of House members and run errands around the Legislature.
Highway Patrol salutes two
Two Clayton residents are among this year’s recipients of the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Meritorious & Appreciation Group Service Award. They are Lisa Evans and Karen Tew.
Lindsay Tippett of Johnston County is an intern this summer in state government. The junior accounting major at Methodist University is working in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
She is a graduate of North Johnston High School.
Brier Ward, a sixth-grader from Smithfield, won honorable mention in the 2014 “What Junior Cotillion Means to Me” essay contest, a project of the National League of Junior Cotillions.
Brier is a member of the Johnston County Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions. He is the son of Michael and Kathy Ward and the grandson of Mrs. Robert Ellmore of Smithfield.
Tom Wells, a 1995 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School, has received two Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
He was among the associate producers for the Red Sox Vs. Cardinals World Series broadcast, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special. Also, he was an associate producer for the Red Sox-Tigers American League Championship Series, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Playoff Coverage.
John David McBryde II of Clayton has received the Personal and Professional Excellence Award from the U.S. Farm Agency Service. He is executive director of the Wilson County FSA office.
McBryde traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award. His wife Lori, who joined him on the trip, is a 4-H agent with the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service.