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Inducted in honor society
LEXINGTON, Va. — Alee Sharp Johnson of Salisbury, a member of the class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University, was recently inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which is limited to students who complete the first term of their first year with superior academic records.
To be eligible for Phi Eta Sigma, a student must be in the top 20 percent of the class at the end of his or her first year.
Alma College graduate
Matthew Sabo of Salisbury graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and psychology from Alma College. A 2008 graduate of Salisbury High School, he is the son of Mark and Jannie Sabo of Salisbury.
Cannon students do well on Spanish exam
Fifty-six Cannon School students have achieved national recognition for excellent performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations. The students earned one gold medal, five silver medals and 11 bronze medals along with 39 honorable mentions.
The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The examinations test all aspects of a student’s language knowledge, including listening, reading and comprehension skills as well as vocabulary and grammar knowledge.
The following Cannon students are recognized for their outstanding performance:
Gold medalist: Tyler Carso
Silver medalists: Kelli Baker, Sylvain Bott, Sydney Frankenberg, Matthew Lack, Derek Pac
Bronze medalists: Rachel Dyl, Noah Edmonson, Anna Estep, Eric Fromke, Ian Hicks, Andrew Manley, Tias Sen, Aidan Smith, Rai Swick, Kendall Thomas, Stephanie William
Commended students: Olivia Andretti, Kate Beckman, Emily Beeken, Daelyn Bentley-Gottel, Annie Collom, Katie Cooper, Ryan Creuzberger, John Dockery, Maryclaire Farrington, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Jake Flynn, Hailey Foreman, Logan Foster, Savana Gandy, Jillian Ghuneim, William Gordon, Grant Gossage, Thomas Harr, Colleen Hurley, Kyle Kays, Alex Lee, Alex Letica, Katie Maness, Lydia Middleton, Ryan Murphy, Madeleine Nagy, Erin Norton, Iliana Ragnone, Burke Riley, Barclay Sparrow, Jake Stewart, Hannah Taylor, Dara Tokunboh, Nicole Voulgaropoulos, Liz Wahid, Darby West, Daniel Wyatt, Will Yoder, Andrew Zelina.
This group of students was taught by Spanish instructors Michelle Donah, Corinne Guidi, Teresita Llorens Hurtado, Sylvia Simard-Newman and Haley Todd.
Coastal dean’s list
Matthew S. Parris of Salisbury made the spring dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.
To qualify for the dean’s list, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average, and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 grade point average. All students must be enrolled full time.
RCCC alumnus wins Yitzhak Rabin award
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College alumnus Jeffery David Cox recently received the 2012 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
Cox is the national secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, and has more than 20 years of experience as a nurse for the Veterans’ Administration. Cox is also a former member of RCCC’s Board of Trustees and past president of the Student Government Association.
The award, presented by the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center (AFYRC), honors those whose work reflects the legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Cox is a nationally recognized labor leader and has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Federal Salary Council and the Federal Prevailing Wage Council; is vice president of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, a position he has held since 1993; and a member of the AFL-CIO’s National Secretary-Treasurers’ Group.
At the college’s May 21 Board of Trustees meeting, members passed a congratulatory resolution in his honor.
Cox began his private sector career in health care in 1970 as a food service worker and later acquired education and certification as a nursing assistant, a licensed practical nurse, and a registered nurse at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. He began his formal career with the VA and was employed by that organization until September 2006 when he assumed his current position as secretary-treasurer of the AFGE.
Cox is a native of North Carolina and attended Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs.
Wright makes dean’s list
Zachary Rae Wright of Kannapolis has been named to the 2012 spring semester dean’s list at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth. Those named to the dean’s list are full-time students who maintain a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher.
Faith Elementary honors
Faith Elementary School Good Citizens and Deed Doers for April:
Good Citizens — Mallory Holloman, Shelby McDaniel, Keegan Barger, Natalee Hodges, Lillyth Jarrett, Ryleigh Lohnes, Caroline Cozart, Bailee Nester, Gunnar Michael, Kyra Scharf, Emma Frick, Emma Kate McClelion, Tate Barger, Ashley Frye, Baron Wright, Karley Teague, Taylor Brown, Callie Thrasher.
Good Deed Doers — Peyton Connolly, Josh Gardner, Braydin Nguyen, Kayleb Carr, Avery Hunt, Bryce Herrmann, Hunter Moore, Chase Beason, Emily Warren, AJ Fenner, Jose Guerrero, Luke Harwood, Cole Hopkins, Lillie Wieder, Kimberly Pulliam, Addisyn Fox, Dallas Cobb, Alex Taylor, Christian Zimmerman.
Hurley Good Citizen
Kindergartner Scott Webb is a Good Citizen for May 2012 at Hurley Elementary School.
Landis Citizens
Landis Elementary Citizens of the Month for May:
Kindergarten — Avery Welch, Lillian Beaver, Kadance Bebber and Kadence Bailey.
First grade — Noah Hewaij, Alissa Parrish, Kamryn Ketchie and Harrison Wilhoit.
Second grade — Christopher Helms, Dylan Spry, MacKenzie Collins, Hayleigh Chapman and Daniel Viveros.
Third grade — Hannah Bartlett, Corey Fox, Dyago Lawson, Austin Gould and Dakota Laney.
Fourth grade — Destiny Royce, Jackson LaTurno, Clowey Paxton, Alyssa Ward and Kaitlyn Castro.
Fifth grade — Kimberly Cross, Jordan Rollins, Addi Watson, Mikayla Roark, Sarah Christy and Cecilia Gonzalez-Rios.
Loyola graduate
Kimberlee Teresa Davis from Salisbury received a master of science in nursing degree from the College of Social Sciences at Loyola University.
Athletic honor society
University of South Carolina Upstate’s Ross Oden, a graduate of East Rowan High School, was inducted into the National College Athletic Honor Society. Oden runs cross country and track for the Spartans. He is majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics.
Southeast honor roll
Southeast Middle School all-A honor roll:
Sixth grade — Irma Begic, Micah Boovy, Gabriel Brewer, William Burgess II, Lindsey Elmore, Jonah Evans, Emma Frost, Jamarius Hairston, Dylan Hamel, Tanner Hawkins, Alexander Ho, Onnah Houghton, Abby Johnson, Alyssa Lang, Alexandra Linder, Christian Lindsey, Rebekah Lippard, Sarah Musselwhite, Nolan Palmer, Thomas Perrell, Cameron Prugh, Garrison Seitz, Maren Shumaker, Sidney Taylor, Bree Tucker, McKenzie Upright, Amera Walker, Madison York.
Seventh grade — Harley Amos, Brittany Anderson, Ivy Brucker, Amber Caldwell, Hannah Camacho, Julianna Cox, Emilee Ermie, Kaelee Franklin, Ricki Goodman, Karrigan Harden, Justin Hill, Estefany Jimenez-Jacobo, Kory Ly, Daniel Madrigal, Keelee Morgan, Terrell Nance, Brizharion Neely, Jennifer Polanco, Kelly Real, Norisbel Salazar, Noe Sifuentes, Cierra Stubbs, Robert Vandergriff, Robert, Sarah Wong, Kallia Yang, Deven Youker, Elizabeth Yousey.
Eighth grade — Alfredo Alberto, Patience Alley, Amanda Ayala, Alicia Bautista, Tayha Black, Laura Cheshire, Rosalyn D’Mello, Maria Delgado-Tinajero, Kayln Ellenburg, Eric Ellis, Taryn Evans, Bryan Fragoso, Caleb Hall, Maggie Hollar, Kathryn Hood, Megan Huffman, Garrett Ingold, Jesus Jaimes, Dylan Koontz, Stephanie Lemmons, Samantha Liddle, Zachary Marchinko, Taylor Martin, Daitlyn McDonnell, Katlyn Menius, Shanice Miller, Emmalee Morales, Autumn Pace, Maggie Pennington, Landon Perkins, Devin Prowker, Fallon Ritchie, Jose Ruano, Daisy Sanchez-Diaz, Trevor Scully, Kayla Sigmon, Katie Tonnesen, Shirley Trayah, Biban Vasquez, Ashlee Wagoner, Joseph Ward, Hailey Wood, Alden Wright, Alex Yang, John Yang, Matthew Zucchero.
UNCC dean’s list
Maria Rose Williams of Salisbury, a sophomore in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s social work program made the dean’s list for spring semester 2012 with a GPA of 3.625. She is a graduate of North Rowan High School.
RCCC pinning ceremony
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College pinned 43 nursing students who graduated recently with an associate in applied science degree.
The pinning ceremony took place at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury and was attended by family and friends, college faculty members, clinical partners and nursing preceptors representing Rowan Regional Medical Center and CMC-NorthEast Medical Center.
Receiving pins during the ceremony were:
Charlotte: Deshon Culbertson, Sara Garber, Lauren Smith; China Grove: Maegan Wagner, Jessica Elwood, Tabitha Robinette; Concord: Crystal Dowell, Danielle Barbee, Jeffrey Cagle, James House, Heather Sellers, Nicole White; Davidson: Amanda Harrington; Harrisburg: Sara Harris, Maureen Marciano; Huntersville: Donald Rea; Kannapolis: Amanda Parris, Candy Adams, Lori Dwiggins, Carolina Marquez, Melinda Mauney, Kathleen Owings; Landis: Zachary Harper; Lexington: Ashley Mills; Mooresville: Amy Kilpatrick; Mt. Pleasant: Sharon Medlin; Norwood: Anisa Peery; Rockwell: Danica Koncoski, Deanna Peoples, Amber Thrasher; Salisbury: Carrie Starnes, Julie Carr, Amy Chandler, Amber Dobbins, Shellie Figueroa, Dawn Holcomb, Amanda Neumeister, Jennifer Phillips, Melissa Roman, Timothy Vanhoose, Whitney A. Webb, Stacey Wicks, Amy Hammond.
Four first-year nursing students participated as marshals. The marshals were selected using academic excellence and achievement criteria. Marshals included Tara Cambell, Katie Sansing, Kerry Daniel and Meredith Yost. Terry Chapman, dean of Health and Public Services, welcomed graduates, families and guests.
Upon completion of their degree, the graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam which is required for practice as a registered nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry and community agencies.

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