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Alpha Beta Chapter

Johnston County, North Carolina

Michaela Smith, 2018 Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient

 

Michaela Smith of Newton Grove, NC has been named the 2018 recipient of the Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment. She a senior at South Johnston High School, Four Oaks, NC.

One of the reasons Michaela was an excellent recipient for the Endowment was based on her outstanding GPA. She received several honors to include being a member of the National Honor Society, Trojan Ambassador, and also received awards for AVID and Honors Psychology.

Michaela also participates in a lot of volunteer work to include the Benson Food Bank, Science Olympiad, Miracle League, Church Vacation Bible School, Key Club, HOSA and Camp Albemarle Summer Camp.

She will be attending college to pursue a major in education. We hope Michaela will decide to come back to Johnston County Schools to teach.

 

Michaela Smith

 

Lydia Evans, 2017 Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient

Lydia Evans of Princeton, NC has been named the 2017 recipient of the Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment.  Lydia is a native Johnstonian. Her parents are Mark and Janet Evans of Princeton.

Lydia was chosen to receive the Endowment based on her strong academic standing, her plans to become an educator, and her well-rounded activities in high school. She graduated from Princeton High School and attended one semester at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is going to be attending Johnson Community College  in the spring, then transfer to East Carolina where she will continue to work on a major in Elementary Education. 

We hope Lydia will make  plans to return to Johnston County so she can follow in the footsteps of the great teachers that inspired her to go into education. 

 

Terri Sessoms Announces Candidacy For Johnston County Board Of Education

We all know that Terri Sessoms has a strong commitment to the children and the citizens of Johnston County so it is exciting that she has announced her intention to run for a seat on the Johnston County Public Schools Board of Education. Terri has been an educator for 32 years and an Alpha Beta member for 23 years in April. She has accomplished so many things during her career. She believes that her 32 years of experience in public education as an award winning teacher, leader, and national consultant can help Johnston County continue to be a place where people are proud to reside, raise families, and do business. She brings a successful working knowledge of classroom best practices, effective school leadership, school budget,

facilities maintenance, community partnerships, and parent involvement.  She has served as both a national curriculum consultant and a teacher on loan throughout the state and that helps to provide valuable curriculum and leadership expertise that she would like to contribute as she serves those who work with our students. She brings a county and statewide perspective as a Johnston County Schools Teacher of the Year (Flame for Learning) and the NC PTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year. This provides her experience on how to support families, educators, and children. She’ll be an advocate for successful schools within our communities. Terri is the kind of person we want representing us as we face challengies in education.

Courtesy of https://jocoreport.com/terri-sessoms-announces-candidacy-for-johnston-county-board-of-education/

Website Excellence Award 2018

 

Newsletter Excellence Award 2018

 

Website Excellence Award 2017

 

Newsletter Excellence Award 2017

Website Excellence Award 2016

Newsletter Excellence Award 2016

Sarah Evans, 2016 Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient

Sarah Evans is our Alpha Beta Chapter of DKG Society International Winner. A student from Cleveland High School where she was a Honor Roll Student, Key Club, HOSA Club, Marching Band & Swim Team member. Her parents are Ken Evans, a FireFighter and mother Melissa Evans a county school nurse. She will be attending Meredith College. She will be receiving an Academic Merit Scholarship of $17,000 a year, Teaching Fellows grant of $500.00 a year in addition to our $1250.00. Her major is Child Development with a focus on Elementary Education. Her Essay revealed the passion for teaching. The last year and 1/2 she has been volunteering to tutor kindergartener and third grade students from varied cultural backgrounds. Also, teaches Bible School at her church. She vows to be a one-one teacher for those needing a little extra help. Her desire is to impact a child's life through teaching. She has a Heart for the less fortunate student with a care and concern to make a difference.

Alpha Beta Chapter is proud to support future professional educators, in addition to its support of beginning teachers and literacy in Johnston County Schools.  Young women who are interested in applying for the 2017 Alpha Beta Endowment should contact Mrs. Lorine Davis, President, at 919-934-9590.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Toudle, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Chairman.

Sarah Evans, 2016 Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient

Ragsdale Receives Salvation Army Award

September 20, 2015

Bess Ragsdale Receiving Salvation Army Certificate of Life Membership

Bess Ragsdale, pictured with Major Kari Booth of the Salvation Army, was recently awarded the Salvation Army Certificate of Life Membership.

Mrs. Ragsdale has served on the Board of Advisors for over 30 years and was recognized for her outstanding service and dedication to the Salvation Army. 

Courtesy of Johnston County Report - Mickey Lamm http://www.jocoreport.com/ragsdale-receives-salvation-army-award/

Carol Massenburg Receives "Leading with the Heart" Award for 2016

Recipients of the JCS "Leading with the Heart" Award 2016

Johnston County Schools honors one person from each school to be recognized as an employee who epitomizes the "heart" of the school or department. The event began in Johnston County Schools after leadership, in their journey for continued excellence, read Mike Krzyzewski's "Leading with the Heart." Coach K writes, "Leaders have to search for the heart on the team because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else."

Carol Massenburg was chosen for Smithfield-Selma Senior High School.

 

Picture courtesy of  Johnston Co. Schools http://johnston.k12.nc.us/ 

Lindsey Jennings, 2015 Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient

 

Lindsey Jennings of Clayton, NC has been named the 2015 recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma Endowment, provided by the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of top women educators from around the world promoting excellence in education. Jennings, the daughter of Jeff and Lou Jennings, is a 2015 graduate of Corinth Holders High School. She was chosen to receive the endowment based on her strong academic standing, her plans to become an educator, and her well-rounded activities in high school.

 The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Endowment is awarded annually in support of a Johnston County Schools female student who will become a professional educator when she graduates from college. Over the course of four years, the endowment has a value of $1250. Jennings will major in elementary education at Campbell University in fall 2015. She plans to return to Johnston County in four years and “follow in the footsteps of the great teachers that once inspired me.” 

Jennings is aware of the current teaching conditions in our state. “I truly feel called to become an educator, regardless of the amount of pay that I will receive or the lack of job security that I will be offered. I know that I will not find my satisfaction in money, but in the smiles of my students and in the moments when a concept is finally understood by my class.”

Lorine Davis, Alpha Beta Chapter President (left) congratulating Lindsey Jennings (right) the recipient of the 2015 Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment.

 Lorine Davis, President of Alpha Beta Chapter, delivered the endowment to Jennings during Corinth Holder High’s scholarship awards ceremony.

 Alpha Beta Chapter is proud to support future professional educators, in addition to its support of beginning teachers and literacy in Johnston County Schools. The Chapter looks forward to welcoming Jennings to JCS in 2019. Young women who are interested in applying for the 2016 Alpha Beta Endowment should contact Mrs. Lorine Davis, President, at 919-934-9590.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Toudall, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Chairman.

Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Recognized at State Convention

Pat Taylor, NC State President (right) congratulating Alpha Beta President Lorine Davis (left) of Four Oaks.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education, received three top awards at their recent Convention.  One award cited Chapter Excellence and two cited Excellence in Communication for the Chapter newsletter and website, which are designed, produced, and maintained by Karen Creech of the Cleveland area.

Courtesy of The Johnston County Report http://www.jocoreport.com/alpha-beta-chapter-of-delta-kappa-gamma-society-international-recognized-at-state-convention/

 

Eta State Golden Key Award 2014

Lynn Ragsdale of Smithfield, NC, was awarded the Golden Key Award for Region Three, which includes Johnston & and Wake Counties, at the State Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society which promoters professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence

in education.  Criteria for the Golden Key Award include leadership in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society at the State Level, in the local chapter, and in the recipient's home community. 

Ragsldale is a member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Johnston County.  She is a retired public school teacher and a current adjunct professor at both Johnston Community College and Wayne Community College, served her Chapter from 2012-2014 as President. At the State level, Ragsdale served as a US Forum representative, promoting the organization and the views of state-wide chapters to members of the General Assembly. 

Ragsdale is an active member of Centenary UMC, a Johnston Community College Foundation director, a Salvation Army Board member, and a former President of Johnston County Republican Women.  In remarks made as the award was announced, it was noted, "Lynn has enthusiasm, commitment, and is always positive in her representation of professional women educators."

Photo courtesy of Lynn Ragsdale.

Website Excellence Award 2015

 

Newsletter Excellence Award 2015

Alpha Beta Chapter Beginning Teacher Support Committee Hosts New Teachers

Pictured (L to R): Angie Jacobs, Director of Professional Support for Johnston County Schools, Janice White, Paula Bullock, Lorine Davis, Becky Kuszmaul, and Debra Avery who are all Alpha Beta Chapter members.

A group from the Beginning Teacher Support Committee of Alpha Beta hosted refreshments for the Beginning Teacher Institute in Johnston County on August 12th at 10:00 am at Selma Elementary School.  Approximately 120 beginning teachers were served a snack of cookies, fruit, and lemonade.  A brochure was shared with these new teachers to give them background information on our Alpha Beta Chapter.

 

Casey Quiel, 2014 Endowment Recipient

The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary Society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education, announced the recipient of its 2014 Endowment on June 5, 2014 at Johnston County’s Cleveland High School.

Casey Quiel, daughter of Greg and Darlene Quiel, was chosen to receive the Delta Kappa Gamma Endowment  from among potential applicants throughout Johnston County.  Her outstanding application highlighted her strong academic standing, her plans to become an educator, and her well-rounded activities throughout high school. Casey will be attending Appalachian State University.

Abby Salas, chairman of Alpha Beta’s Endowment  Committee, delivered the Scholarship to Cleveland High School for Miss Quiel.  The Endowment  will provide $500 this coming fall and $250 for up to three additional years.

The Johnston County based Alpha Beta Chapter raises funds among its membership to provide endowments annually for young women who are graduating from Johnston County Schools high schools and who plan to teach upon graduation from college.  In addition to scholarships, the group has provided books for young readers from Johnston County Schools.

Young women interested in applying for the 2015 Alpha Beta Endowment  should contact Mrs. Lorine Davis, President, at 919-934-9590. 

 

Photo courtesy of Abby Salas, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Chairman.

Website Excellence Award 2014

Newsletter Excellence Award 2014

Beginning Teachers Support Project 2014

 

 

Helping to prepare goodie bags for Johnson County Schools (JCS) first year teachers (from left) are Karen Hicks, President Lynn Ragsdale, Terri Sessoms, Stacy Holloman, Yvette Davis, Debbie Woodruff, Sonya Kiser, and Terry Dickens.

 

More than 200 first year teachers in Johnston County have been widely welcomed to the district with the warmest of greetings, and a large part of that has been due to the efforts of a local education society.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International, under the leadership of President Lynn Ragsdale, has gone to great lengths to make all JCS first year teachers feel like a part of the school family.

Armed with numerous volunteers and the support of several community businesses, the group has donated and served refreshments at the Beginning Teacher Institute, sent out notes of encouragement, and most recently has distributed goodie bags to all first years.

The goodie bags were filled with a variety snack cakes and crackers, bottled water, chocolate, mints, gum, and other candies. The sorority members donated most all of the treats, except for the bottled water, which was donated by Carroll Pharmacy of Smithfield.

According to members of the Alpha Beta Chapter, the goodie bags help bridge the gap between Christmas and Spring break, and they are a great way to help first years know that they are appreciated.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society is a professional honorary society of women educators, whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

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Lynn Ragsdale, President of the Alpha Beta Chapter of the DKG Society, prepares goodie bags for JCS first year teachers

 

Karen Hicks, member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of the DKG Society, adds water bottles to the JCS first year teacher goodie bags. Looking on is member Yvette Davis.

 

DKG Society member Yvette Davis gathers snack crackers which will be placed in the JCS first year teacher goodie bags.

 

DKG Society member Stacy Holloman places snack crackers into the JCS first year teacher goodie bags.

Karen Creech, 2013 Golden Key Award

Eta State Golden Key Award

The Eta State Golden Key Award honors Delta Kappa Gamma members who have made significant contributions to Delta Kappa Gamma at various levels of the Society.  Karen Creech was presented this award as a representative of the Alpha Beta Chapter. One member from each of the eleven (11) regions was honored at the Eta State Convention. 

With over 4,500 Eta State sisters in 108 chapters, the Golden Key is for those dedicated members who are the thread that holds the chapter together and have a deep and abiding love for DKG.  These are the members who may have never held an office but because of them the chapter moves along fulfilling the purposes of this great Society.

Photo courtesy of Karen Creech.

Newsletter Excellence Award 2013

Josie Guin, 2013 Endowment Recipient

Josie Guin, Scholarship Recipient

The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary Society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education, announced the recipient of its 2013 Scholarship on May 15, 2013 at Johnston County’s Middle College High School (JCMCHS).

Josie Guin, daughter of Susan Guin, was chosen to receive the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship from among potential applicants throughout Johnston County.  Her outstanding application highlighted her strong academic standing, her plans to become an educator, and her well-rounded activities throughout high school. 

Abby Salas, chairman of Alpha Beta’s Scholarship Committee, delivered the Scholarship to JCMCHS for Miss Guin.  The Scholarship will provide $500 this coming fall and $250 for up to three additional years.

The Johnston County based Alpha Beta Chapter raises funds among its membership to provide scholarships annually for young women who are graduating from Johnston County Schools high schools and who plan to teach upon graduation from college.  In addition to scholarships, the group has provided books for young readers from Johnston County Schools.

Young women interested in applying for the 2014 Alpha Beta Scholarship should contact Mrs. Lynn Ragsdale, President, at lharloe@hotmail.com

 For more information contact:  Abby Salas, Alpha Beta Chapter Scholarship Chairman at: abbyesalas@icloud.com

 

Photo courtesy of Abby Salas, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Chairman.

Website Excellence Award 2013

Johnston County Schools 2012-2013 Assistant Principal of the Year  

At the JCPAPA (Johnston County Principals/Assistant Principals Association) meeting on October 17, 2012, Jennifer Swartz, Assistant Principal at West Johnston High School, was named the 2012-2013 Johnston County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year!  She received a check for $500 from the Johnston County Education Foundation (JCEF). It was presented by the President of JCEF, Tammy Holt. 

Comments from West Johnston High School indicate that Jennifer Swartz is extremely deserving of this honor.  Ms. Swartz is highly respected by her peers.  She is knowledgeable and thorough in her job.  She helps students, teachers, and other administrators on a daily basis.  Ms. Swartz is loyal to her school and goes the extra mile to help everyone.  Her hard work and her integrity are highly visible every day.  Ms. Swartz has a heart for students and finds the time to encourage and lead all students that she encounters. 

Dr. Ed Croom, JCS Superintendent, commented that Ms. Swartz does a great job at West Johnston High. He is very proud of the work that this assistant principal does on a daily basis and believes that she is most deserving of this honor.  

Left to Right - Mackenzie Swartz (daughter), Tammy Holt (JCEF President), Jennifer Swartz, Dr. Ed Croom (Superintendent)

Ms. Swartz has been the assistant principal at WJHS since 2008. She brings a wealth of experience to the school in her administrative role. She began her career in education as an English Teacher at South Johnston High School (1995-2002). She went on to become an English Teacher and then Lead Teacher at West Johnston High (2002-2008).  

She received her Master’s in School Administration from North Carolina State University and her Bachelor of Arts in English at NSCU as well. 

 

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Johnston County Schools – Retiring Public Information Officer Receives Order of Long Leaf Pine

 Terri Sessoms, a long time public school servant, and the current Public Information Officer for Johnston County Schools will be retiring on September 31, 2012.  Terri Sessoms started her journey in education after graduating from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Early childhood Education and Reading, and also received her Master of Arts of Education in Curriculum and Supervision.  Ms. Sessoms has served in numerous capacities in her years of public service including: Professional Growth Facilitator, Beginning Teacher Coordinator, Curriculum/Literacy Coach, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Teacher on Loan, Elementary Teacher, Middle School Language Arts and Science Teacher, and High School English and Science Teacher.

 During her time of service, Ms. Sessoms has received local, state, and national attention for her leadership in the school reform process as well as creativity and innovation with the classroom.   She was named the Flame for Learning Recipient which is the Johnston County Teacher of the Year Award and has received many awards for curriculum leadership.  Her most recent awards include the prestigious statewide James B. Hunt Outstanding Teacher Award for her impact on public education throughout North Carolina and the Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine for exemplary service in education.  The Johnston County Schools Public Information Office also received the NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Electronic Media Communications in 2012 through her leadership.

 Ms. Sessoms has not only shared her gift of education with Johnston County Schools, but she has also worked with schools and districts across the nation through the International Center for Leadership in Education (Bill Daggett), Carolina Biological, Laser i3 (Sam Houston), Collaborative Project (NC Public School Forum), and as an independent contractor.   She has been published in local, state, national, and international educational journals, and co-authored Strategic Reading in the Content Areas-Boosting Achievement in Grades 7-12.   Terri Sessoms stated that her greatest joy as an educator has been to inspire teachers and students of all abilities and backgrounds to be academically successful across the curriculum.

On September 11, 2012, Terri Sessoms received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for more than 30 years of exemplary service in North Carolina. Dr. Ed Croom, Superintendent, presented the award during the monthly Johnston County Schools Board of Education meeting.

Terri Sessoms - Recipient of Order of Long Leaf Pine Award

    As a testament to the high level of respect she has earned, Ms. Sessoms received a standing ovation by the Board of Education, principals, assistant principals, parents, students, Central Services administrators and community members in attendance.  

Dr. Croom stated, “Terri Sessoms has served Johnston County Public Schools for many years.  Most recently, she has been the voice of the school system.  Throughout her tenure Terri has touched the lives of thousands of students.  She has been the positive in many situations that were completely negative.  Terri’s years of service to the children of this state include being a teacher, administrator, colleague and friend.  North Carolina is a better place because of the efforts of Ms. Terri Sessoms.” 

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest honors the government can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.  Many have received this prestigious award, including basketball star Michael Jordan, Rick Hendrick, and Bob Timberlake. This award was created in the 1960’s to honor and recognize some of the North Carolina citizens who have put in hard work and dedication to make North Carolina a better state by serving the public and the community.  

Permission to post from Tracey Peedin Jones, Senior Executive Director, Public Information Office, Johnston County Schools

Alpha Beta Endowment Project 

 Each year at our December meeting, the members of Alpha Beta conduct a Show and Sell to support the Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Project. Each year members bring all kinds of items to add to the silent auction. The funds raised at the silent auction are added to the endowment fund.

Each year an application is sent to each high school in Johnston County.  The applications are given to any student pursuing a degree in education.

The applications are submitted to the Scholarship Committee who uses a rubric to determine the most qualified high school student candidate. 

This year Mackinsay Howe was chosen to receive the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Endowment from among ten applicants throughout Johnston County.

 

Click on Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Project  to see photos of project.

 

Photos courtesy of Karen Creech, Alpha Beta Chapter Communication Chairman.

Schools for Africa Project

Alpha Beta invited Pat Taylor to share information about the  Schools for Africa Project. She currently serves as Eta State’s First Vice President for 2011-2013 and serves Delta Kappa Gamma as the International Music Representative for 2010-2012. By virtue of this position, she is also a member of the International Educational Excellence Committee and served as the 2011 SE Regional Music Representative along with co-representative, Nancy Davis from Tennessee.

Pat not only had members up on their feet dancing to African folk music while learning all of the facets of the Schools for Africa Project, but she had us wearing safari hats and waving scarves to the music. It was fun learning about the project.

A motion was made at the meeting to raise funds for the project. The motion was passed and funds collected from the raffle were designated to be given to the Schools for Africa Project. This project is one our newly elected President, Lynn Ragsdale wants to have our chapter support.

Click on Schools for Africa Project to see photos of project.

 

Photos courtesy of Karen Creech, Alpha Beta Chapter Communication Chairman.

Alpha Beta Chapter Beginning Teachers Support Project

This year Alpha Beta has chosen a new project to support new teachers in Johnston County. Terri Sessoms is the Committee Chair. She will be working with her committee to share lots of great ideas to support beginning teachers.

At our first meeting of this year, Terri is asking members to sign notes of encouragement to over 150 new teachers in Johnston County.

Click on Beginning Teachers Support Project to see photos of project.

 

Photos courtesy of Karen Creech, Alpha Beta Chapter Communication Chairman.

Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient for 2012

Mackinsay Howe, 2012 Endowment Recipient

Mackinsay Howe, daughter of Garland and Janine Howe of Smithfield, NC, was chosen to receive the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Endowment for 2012 from among ten applicants throughout Johnston County.

Ms. Howe was ninth in her class of 263 at Smithfield-Selma High, graduated with Honors and was an NC Scholar.  In addition to outstanding academics, she served as president of the SADD Club, was project director for Future Teachers of America, was a member of the swim team and volunteered with the Life Skills class at Selma Middle School.

This fall, Howe plans to attend East Carolina University, where she will major in Special Education.

Abby Salas, Scholarship Committee Chair of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, presented the award to Ms. Howe.

For more information, contact Abby Salas at abbysalas@johnston.k12.nc.us

Photo courtesy of Abby Salas, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Chairman.

Newsletter Excellence Award 2012

Website Excellence Award 2012

NCHEC Announces First Class of Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

Cynthia Toudle was one of 812 health education specialists who earned their Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, (NCHEC).

The first MCHES cohort successfully completed the MCHES Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) process that opened on October 15, 2010 and closed on April 16, 2011. During this process, MCHES EDO applicants documented advanced-level practice in the field of health education and had recommenders attest to their performance and competence levels.

 The MCHES certification, awarded by NCHEC, has elevated the professional standards to an advanced-level, endorsed individual performance, and designated those who demonstrate knowledge and skills essential to the advanced-level Sub-competencies in the health education profession.

Cynthia Toudle, Recipient of MCHES

Congratulations to Cynthia for her outstanding contribution to health education.

Information shared by National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Karen Creech, Alpha Beta Chapter Communication Chairman.

Lorine Davis - Athena Ward Winner

Lorine Davis - Athena Award Winner

SMITHFIELD (January 24, 2010) - The Chamber Athena Award is presented each year to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in the Smithfield-Selma community. A national award, it is presented in over 300 communities and is sponsored locally by Corestaff Services. The Chamber would like to thank Corestaff for their continued sponsorship of this prestigious honor.

This year’s Athena Award will be given to Lorine Davis, the executive director of Johnston County Education Foundation.

Lorine has always had a passion for seeing young people develop to their fullest. This passion was demonstrated every day when she was a teacher and coach. To this day, she stays in regular contact with the many successful adults who began their learning experience in Lorine’s classroom.  

 

The Chamber Athena Award 2010

The Johnston County Education, with business, government and education leadership, was formed in 1990, and Lorine served as the unpaid staff person for many years. With undying commitment, Lorine has worked tirelessly to implement the programs of the Foundation. At first it was a monumental struggle as funds were scarce and the vision was new.   

Lorine has also served on the Johnston Health Foundation's Board since 2000 and has served as the Board's secretary for a number of those years. 

Lorine is involved with all of the county’s chambers of commerce and has served on numerous committees. She has been a huge supporter of the Flame for Learning Award, the Johnston County Schools Teacher of the Year Award that is sponsored by the Chambers. And she helped form and acquired the funding for the Junior Leadership Johnston program for high school students.   Lorine is also involved at Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield. Being musically inclined, she helped reorganize the church’s handbell choir and directed the choir for over a year.  

Whenever difficult decisions are on the table, Lorine always reminds everyone to “do what’s best for the kids.” Her personal sacrifices during her personal career development speak volumes about her passion for education and children. Her greatest reward has been to see young people grow and thrive. She is their unwavering advocate. Lorine exemplifies what the Athena Award is all about, excellence in leadership.

Information presented by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber.

(Left) Mallory Barnes, Scholarship Recipient (Right) MaryNell Ferguson, Chairman of Scholarship Committee

(Left) Mallory Barnes, Endowment Recipient for 2010 (Right) Mary Nell Ferguson, Chairman of Scholarship Committee

 

Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Recipient for 2010

Mallary Barnes, daughter of Mark and Vera Barnes of Smithfield, NC, was chosen to receive the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship from among eleven applicants throughout Johnston County.  

Mallary, a 2010 graduate from Smithfield-Selma High School, was the valedictorian of her class.  Not only was she outstanding in academics, she was also a member of the marching band, the varsity tennis team, and served as State Chaplain and Vice President for the YMCA Youth and Government  

Through her high school years, she was involved in a wide range of leadership activities within the community and First Baptist Church of Smithfield. She received the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2008.  Mallory started a business called "Baking with a Mission" in which she sold homemade desserts and gave the profits to the homeless shelter.

This fall she is attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and plans to major in elementary education. In her application she states, "I enjoy learning and I would like to share my passion for knowledge with my students.  In addition, I have had amazing teachers who have inspired me to perform to my full potential.  I would like to be this inspiration for my future students."

Photo courtesy of Mary Nell Ferguson, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment Chairman.

 

 

 

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