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Education shoutouts

Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The following students are among 540 Bob Jones University students named to the President’s List for academic achievement during the spring semester.

To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

• April Snyder, a senior nursing major from Cleveland.

• Elizabeth Weimer, a senior graphic design major from Salisbury.

China Grove Middle School

Hayden Hammond and Hunter Alexander, who fish for the China Grove Middle School and Carson High School fishing team, won first place in the 2019 North Carolina Bassmaster Junior High School State Championship.

The tournament was held on May 4 on Jordan Lake.

Hammond and Alexander weighed in with a five fish limit at 14.20 pounds. Both weighed in “big fish” at 4.7 pounds and 4.2 pounds.

With a first-place finish, they secured a spot in the National Bassmaster Junior Championship in Huntingdon, Tennessee, in August. It is their second time making it to the nationals.

Jake Ross and Garrett Christy, also from the China Grove Middle-Carson High fishing team, finished in second place in the same tournament. They secured the only other middle school spot from North Carolina for the National Championship Tournament in Tennessee.

To follow their success or for more information on youth bass fishing, contact Bob Bauer at 336-972-0393 or follow North Carolina BASS Nation and Riley’s Catch on Facebook.

The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Rian D. Burris, grandson of Ricky and Susan Burris of Kannapolis, received the Gold Star for academic achievement from The Citadel for the spring semester. The Gold Star Award is one step above the Dean’s List.

He also was accepted into the Citadel Kappa Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society, and was an academic All-American in wrestling this year.

Logan Miller of Kannapolis earned an exercise science degree from The Citadel. Miller graduated during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement on May 4 in McAlister Field House.

Graduates accepted their diplomas from a Citadel alumnus, retired Marine Gen. Glenn W. Walters, who was officiating as president for the first time.

The Citadel Class of 2019 includes 528 cadets, veteran students and active-duty students. The graduates come from 32 states and seven countries. About 35% of the class members accepted commissions as U.S. military officers in all branches of service just before graduation.

Faith Elementary School

The following students were recognized as Good Deed Doers and Good Citizens for April:

• Good Citizens:  Claya Martin, Hopelyn Overcash, Gabriel Woods, Merryn Laity, Leila Roberts, Langdon Atwell, Anthony Ciancimino, Adam Short, Rebecca Ryan, Brenden Honeycutt, Stephen Cornelius, Samantha Stone, Alyssa Moser and Aiden Barr.

• Good Deed Doers: Landyn Novak, Bryce Owen, Presley Ludwick, Chase Johnson, Easton Hellard, Taybryn Dietz, Sawyer Martin, Jace Joyner, Jenna Thompson, Izzy Lucero, Adyson Medley, Aiden Carter, David Davis and Layla Kesler.

North Carolina State University

Chloe Patterson of West Rowan High School was one of 50 students named to the Class of 2023 for the Goodnight Scholars Program at North Carolina State University.

Each student demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in their high school careers including academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and community engagement.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is available to North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families who aspire to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics or STEM education discipline at N.C. State. The value of the scholarship is $20,500 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students ($82,000 total) and three years for transfer students ($61,500 total).

Patterson, a senior, has earned scholar-athlete honors and was a member of Future Farmers of America at West Rowan. She was elected captain of both the varsity soccer and cheer teams and was a member of the varsity swim team. Chloe has volunteered with a number of organizations including Special Olympics and Thyatira Presbyterian Church. She plans to major in nutrition science.

“The selection process for the Class of 2023 was our most competitive yet,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “The caliber of applicants and finalists set a new bar for excellence, which is reflected in this exceptional cohort. We’re excited to welcome these recipients to campus and know they will contribute much to our program and community.”

Overton Elementary School

The following students were recognized at Overton Elementary School in April as First Class Scholars for demonstrating the character trait of having a growth mindset:

Kindergarten: Siriyah Cherry, Ian Rodriguez Mejia, Jordan Pennington and Gianella Morales Galindo.

First grade: Aaliyah Carpenter, Mackenzie Godfrey and Haze Sheets.

Second grade: Karter Conkel, Elijah Lax and Jaxyn Ginn.

Third grade: Eva Bolin, Skylar Lawson and Jak Reasons.

Fourth grade: Jayanna Barskile, Jordan Moreno, Nolt Lescoe and Bella Rutherford.

Fifth grade: Tristan Saunders, Trazelle Ward, Chanse Bost and Joshua Calkins.

Shive Elementary School

Shive Elementary School has recognized the following students as May-June Good Citizens for the character trait of leadership. Each student received a certificate with a “Star Student” dog tag necklace and will have his or her picture on the Good Citizen Board for the month.

Kindergarten: Isaiah Daniels, Olivia Wright, Dominic Mowery, Karsynn Karriker, Emilee Hinson and Lionel Cortes.

First grade: Grant Hobbs, Cole Smith, Caleb Phillips, Lynley McCaskill, Colton Kyles and Addyson Witt.

Second grade: Taylor Gay, Jaxton Peddycord, Samantha Christlieb, Jett Hurst and Aubrey Basinger.

Third grade: Kinsley Moore, Landon Austin, Key-Arriah Miller, Jenny Pless and Kayden Abernethy.

Fourth grade: Morgan Efird, Andon McCullough, Alex Lambert, Colton Heald, Emma Efird, Brinley Williams, Madelyn Lowman-Jackson, Aiden Urtel and Briley Sifford.

Fifth grade: Griffin Yarbrough, Jaelyn Earnhardt, Jada Greene, Laylla Rabon, Kendal Sifford, Domenick Venturino, Kate Pless and Draelo Shumake.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The nation’s oldest college honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa, has inducted 205 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet rigorous eligibility requirements.

A student who has completed 75 hours of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better on a four-point scale is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Fewer than 1% of all university students qualify.

Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents, 41 Supreme Court Justices, more than 140 Nobel Laureates and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders.

Rowan County inductees include:

• Savannah Nicole Morgan, a senior with media and journalism and English majors, of Mount Ulla.

• Matthew Franklin Washko, a junior with a biology major and minors in chemistry and medicine, literature and culture, the son of Kenneth Washko and Nancy Washko of Salisbury.

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