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Education shoutouts

Wheaton College student Erika Nelson of Salisbury was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester.
Dean’s list honors are earned at Wheaton by undergraduate students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.
Jasmine Jordan, the daughter of Teresa Adams, is a graduating senior from West Rowan High School and will attend North Carolina A&T University.
Zakiya Shevette Smyre, the daughter of Sh’Tonya D. Smyre, is a graduating senior from West Rowan High School and will attend Fayetteville State University.
Samaya Byrd, the daughter of Yolanda and Christopher Byrd, is a graduating senior from North Rowan High School and will attend Winston-Salem State University.
Aleeyah Johniken, the daughter of Andrea Cassell Cox and Rica Cox, is a graduating senior from North Rowan High School and will attend Fayetteville State University.
Meredith College students officially became graduates at the college’s 2014 commencement ceremony, held on May 3 in Dorton Arena at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.
Catherine Elizabeth Junker of Cleveland received her bachelor’s of science degree.
The following students were named to Shive Elementary School’s all-A honor roll.
Second grade — Addison Queen, Lukas Troutman, Carter Honeycutt, Abel Johnson, Celia Sifford, Alyssa Smith, Mason Weiss, Makenzi Hallman, Austin McGuire, Braden Shive, Camrie Sifford, Cora Voyles.
Third grade — Joseph Boehm, Phoebe Cole, Ryder Parks, Katie Reynolds, Alivia Styles, Lana Carter, Drue Gillis, Jaidyn Naves.
Fourth grade — Jaysa Causby, Tessa Christner, Addisyn Keen, Gabrielle Keyes, Riley McCullough, Ben Sweet, Alix Vazquez, Sophie Hill.
Fifth grade — Dawson Barnhardt-Goodman, Luke Dulin, Jace Jones, Riley McGowan, Kiersten Drye, Madison Jones.
The following Hurley Elementary School students earned all-A honor roll for the fourth quarter.
Second grade — Benjamin Rogers, Aiden Jordan, Inara Shelton, Makaylah Tenor, Hannah Waddell, Peyton Foil, Brooke VanderPol, Megan Parker, Lanna Blackwell, Katherine Evans, Stephany Hernandez Cuevas, Corbin Hales, Tyler Igus, Grayce Pittman, Landon Spicer, Lillian Trail, Jaden Warren, Jelani Ziyad.
Third grade — Aubrie Nance, Kenrik Payne, Abigail Pullium, Christopher Watson, Aimee Maly, Caylyn Roysdon, Corbin Barber, Katherine Burton, Sharon Dange, Sarah Durham, Ashlee Ennis, Tanner Poole, Rolando Baltazar Rodriguez.
Fourth grade — Caleb Bunton Kluttz, Angie Hang, Alyssa Alley, Bela Hall, Charli Igus, Robert Lambert, Zoe Poindexter, Alycia Powers, Isiah Tenor, Holly Winn, Qadree Ziyad.
Fifth grade — Khai Huynh, Meredith Burton, Emily Knorr, Ryan Prather, Taylor Walton, Piper Muire, Jackson Murphy, Mason Furches, Allison Ennis, Amy Nguyen, Mason Staton, Ellen Yang.
Lake Billings will be attending the Governor’s School of North Carolina West at Salem College in Winston-Salem. He will be concentrating on mathematics. Lake is a rising senior at Davie County High School. He is the son of Jeff and Tootsie Billings.
Michael Strickland, of Kannapolis, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University on May 10.
Western Carolina University has announced its graduation and dean’s lists for spring semester 2014.
The university recently conferred degrees on approximately 1,369 students who completed their studies during the spring semester. A total of 368 undergraduate students received academic honors, with 79 graduating summa cum laude, 149 graduating magna cum laude and 140 graduating cum laude.
China Grove — Joshua Kevin Burr graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication.
Jeremy Livengood graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology.
Darian Michael Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
Timothy Tip Sizemore graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.
Kannapolis — Alyssa Joan Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art.
Rockwell — Daniel James Allen graduated with a Master of Education degree in college student personnel.
Rusty Gene Fritz graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
Salisbury — Sarah Elizabeth Hayden graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
Nathan Michael Hough graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource conservation management.
Lance Elliott Kroeze graduated with a Master of Arts in teaching computer education and special education.
Keith Tyler Leonard graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering technology.
Tyler Andrew Mahaley graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
John Nhiatou Vang graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.
A total of 2,063 students at WCU have been named to the dean’s list for spring semester 2014, according to Alison Morrison-Shetlar, WCU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA out of a possible 4.0 on a regular semester’s work of not less than 12 hours, excluding remedial courses, with no grade of D or F.
China Grove — Holly Michele Brigman, Jesse Hue Chen, Jonathan David Hough, Elizabeth Sides, Jacob Stubbs, Garrett Hunter West.
Cleveland — Adam M. Ratledge.
East Spencer — Danielle Lanetta Hosch.
Faith — Tanner Christopher Hood.
Kannapolis — James Parham.
Rockwell — Ashley Nicole Bostian, Taylor Anne Campbell, Kaitlin Rose Crouch, Rusty Gene Fritz, Casey Nicole Gullett, Kalia Lor.
Salisbury — Samantha Ashley Baker, Kathryn Elaine Beaver, Talitha Caroline Bowers, Matthew Young Choi, Alaina Carol Demeree, Sarah Elizabeth Hayden, Nathan Michael Hough, Andrew William Langford, Royale M. Nichols, Megan Michele Owens, Sarah Beth Perrine, Shelby Wellmon.
Woodleaf — Tiffany Lynne Aistrop.
Graduating senior Christopher F. Overcash was honored at South Rowan’s Senior Awards Night, with a United States Army ROTC Scholarship totaling nearly $35,000.
Overcash is a lieutenant colonel in the South Rowan JROTC Academy and the program’s battalion commander. He is ranked in the top 15 percent of his class and possesses a greater than 4.0 GPA. He is active in the JROTC Raider Challenge Team and Drill Team.
Overcash is the son of Melinda Overcash, and grandson of Douglas Overcash. He intends to study mechanical engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and follow-on duty with the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.
The following students have been named to the all-A honor roll for the fourth quarter at Landis Elementary School.
Third grade — Mackenzie Chabala, Makayla Shaw, Abby Byrd, John Josey, Benjamin Landaverde, Peyton Long, Jake Ross, Lauren Taylor, Aubree Thompson, Savannah Wallace.
Fourth grade — Diego Benitez Castro, MiKayla Biles, MacKenzie Collins, Hannah Hewaij, Elizabeth Morgan, Emma Pressley, Autumn Kamili, Madison Morgan, Anabel Rattray, Faith Salyers, DeVon Stewart, Serenity Thornton, Porter Watson, Ezequiel Landaverde.
Fifth grade — Jayden Dextraze, Hope Royal, Ella Brooks, Paige Chabala, Kyle Darling, Leighann Harris, Maverick Patterson, MacKenzie Rippey, Jeffrey Watson, Austin Gould, Makali Strong.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church scholarships were awarded for 2014-15. The following 24 members of the church are recipients.
All college scholarships are $500 per semester, or $1,000 for the year, and vocational and technical college scholarships are $250 per semester, or $500 for the year. The total scholarships awarded for 2014-15 is $23,000.
Jonathan Clark Agner, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a senior at Western Carolina University this fall. He plans to major in emergency medical care. His parents are Tim and Mary Jo Agner of Salisbury.
Sarah Caroline Agner, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall. She plans to major in business. Her parents are Tim and Mary Jo Agner of Salisbury.
Lauren Elizabeth Allen, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a junior at Lees McRae College this fall. She plans to major in wildlife biology. Her parents are Lorrie and Bob Allen of Salisbury.
Justin Eugene Allen, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will enter Western Carolina University as a freshman this fall. He plans to major in natural resources/forestry. His parents are Lorrie and Bob Allen of Salisbury.
Wyatt Christian Blume, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be entering Belmont Abbey College this fall as a freshman. He is undecided on a college major. His parents are Anne Kesler Blume and Kevin Blume of Gold Hill.
Jacob Heilig Byrd, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a second semester senior at North Carolina State University this fall. He plans to major in forestry management. His parents are Jim and Julie Byrd of Salisbury.
Emily Michelle Cleveland, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington this fall. She plans to major in business administration. Her parents are Richard and Chris Cleveland of Gold Hill.
Summer Curlee, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a junior at Wingate University this fall. She plans to major in human resources. Her parents are Gary and Donna Curlee of Salisbury.
Walker Owen Fortson, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be entering Rowan-Cabarrus Community College this fall as a freshman. He plans to obtain an associate and science degree. His parents are Drema and Dean Fortson of Salisbury.
Allie Leigh Henrickson, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. She plans to major in management and society. Her parents are Chad and Renee McDaniel of Salisbury.
Holden Alexander Ingold, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will attend Appalachian State University this fall as a freshman. He plans to major in building sciences. His parents are Julie and Gray Ingold of Salisbury.
Karley E. Ingold, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be junior at Appalachian State University this fall. She plans to major in elementary education. Her parents are Julie and Gray Ingold of Salisbury.
Annie Lee Justus, a graduate East Rowan High School, will enter Appalachian State University this fall as a freshman. She plans to major in elementary education. Her parents are Frances and Barry Justus of Salisbury.
Ashley Kate Kesler, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a senior at Meredith College this fall. She plans to major in child development. Her parents are Anne Kesler Blume and Kevin Blume Salisbury.
Timothy Dalton Ludwick, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall. He plans to major in mechanical engineering. His parents are Linda and Michael Ludwick of Richfield.
Lindsey Raye Maners, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a senior at Wingate University this fall. She plans to major in biology/pre-physician assistant. Her parents are Randy and Donna Maners Salisbury.
Cameron Cole Morgan, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a senior at Pfeiffer University this fall. He plans to major in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. His parents are Mike and Crystal Morgan of Richfield.
Sydney Christine Poole, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a sophomore at Pfeiffer University this fall. She plans to major in pre-med. Her parents are Brian and Sandra Poole of Salisbury.
Alan Jacob Rawson, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, will be a sophomore at Catawba College this fall. He plans to major in business. His parents are Bob and Lisa Rawson of Gold Hill.
Avery Hoke Rogers, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be senior at Guilford College this fall. He plans to major in music with minors in math and political science. His parents are Kendall and Lynn Rogers Salisbury.
Colton Wade Rogers, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall. He plans to major in international studies. His parents are Greyland and Kim Rogers of Salisbury.
Evan William Rogers, a graduate of East Rowan High school, will enter North Carolina State University this fall as a freshman. He plans to major in biological sciences: human biology intent. His parents are Kendall and Lynn Rogers of Salisbury.
Weston Grey Rogers, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall. He plans to major in business. His parents are Greyland and Kim Rogers of Salisbury.
Heather Joy Trexler, a graduate of East Rowan High School, will be a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall. She plans to major in engineering. Her parents are Ty and Lisa Trexler Richfield.
Sarah Young of Salisbury has earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.
William Woods University has released the dean’s list for academic accomplishments during the 2014 spring term. Among those listed is Kiersten Chandler Lockman of Kannapolis.
To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be full-time and have achieved a minimum 3.6 semester and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
The following Overton Elementary School students were named to the all-A honor roll.
Kendall Colwell, Ethan Lutz, Ava McCall, Joshua Burns, Clare Pullium, Warren Fesperman, Rachael Chambers, Joshua Allen, Makara Trick, Camryn Martinez, Chord Coyle, Angie Ebeling, Sophie Chmiel, Tyler Pullum, Zach Garner, Autumn Walser, Ben Blumenthal, Heavenlee Deneen, Ellison Frick, Emily Frick, Mallory Link, Jessica Harris, Jamiyah Worthy, Blake Barrier, Reed Brixey, Wisdom Daugherty, Daniel Pickett, Gabrielle Miller, Alex Blumenthal, Jayden Burns, Vance Honeycutt, Natalie Lusk, Lillie Rusher, Emma Sparger, Mahaley Mays.
Cottey College announces that Taylor Woods, daughter of Michele Tolbert of Salisbury and Allen Woods of Charlotte, graduated on May 18 with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies.
Taylor was also on the president’s list for her scholastic performance during the spring 2014 semester.
In order to be on the president’s list, the student’s grade point average must be between 3.75 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 credit hours.
The following students were named to the all-A honor roll for the third quarter.
Third grade — Xavier DeBord, Daniel Epley, Brooke Gainey, Raelie Hernandez, Joe Lee, Rennick Sides, Philip Thomas, Natalie Zandudo-Duenas.
Fourth grade — Tyler Burgess, Ellie Edgington, Richard Gould, Ty Hubbard, Sarah Rhodes, Daisy Sisoukrath.
Fifth grade — Matthew Epley, Raegan Koon, Alex London, Aleksis Parker, Sydney Wilson, Carson Withers.
The following students earned the distinction of faculty honors for spring 2014 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.
Nathan Miller of Gold Hill, William Brock Overcash of Salisbury and Joshua Price of Salisbury.
The following Millbridge Elementary School students were named to the school’s all-A honor roll.
Third grade — Tyler Atwell, Matthew Connolly, Grayson McGuire, Madison Rawlings, Jacob Saine, Joshua Wilson, Bailey Yon, Savanna Bancroft, Cameron Black, Anna Grace Blackledge, Ragan Hopkins, Emma Meacham, Laney Reilly, Gracie Sipe, Bailey Zino, Danny Diederich, Reagan Moore, Hailey Stancil, Audrey Weaver, Hayley Borst, Zachary Markle, Zach McNeely, Callie Sherrill, Madi Thomas.
Fourth grade — Faith Nobles, Olivia Vinson, Blake White, Kya Garduno, Emma Owens, David Westinburg, Johnny Alvarez, Noah Steedley, Garrison Collins, Carter Sheets, Brooklyn Biddy, Hailey Blevins, McGuire Caudill, Jacob Cox, Taylor Darby, Patrick Holden, Lee Karriker, Kelcie Love, Jacob Ritchie, Justin Smith.
Fifth grade — Carson Michael, Garrett Morris, Luke Osteen, Ethan Bancroft, Bella Crespo, Noah Julian, Julia Rockwell, Kaydee Lefler, Nolan Miller, Tyler Ward, Bailey Webster, Rachel Webster, Brandon Curry, Carlie Moore, Landon Cromer.
Catherine Parks of Salisbury received a Bachelor of Science degree in financial economics at Centre College’s 191st commencement, held May 25 at the college’s Norton Center for the Arts.
Parks is the daughter of Charles and Lynne Parks of Salisbury and is a graduate of Salisbury High School.
Ainsley Alessandrini of Cleveland was honored at the Southern Arkansas University Spring Commencement on May 9.
Alessandrini was a biological science major, and graduated from the College of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree.

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