Notables, May 14

May 13, 2014 

Writing award

Seven students at Johnston Community College were recently recognized for their outstanding poetry and prose writing in the Cynthia DeFord Adams literary contest.

James Nagy of Clayton was the grand prize winner for his poetry entry. In the poetry category, Casey Cooke of Archer Lodge won first place; Anna Cheshire of Benson won second place; and Ashley Carter of Angier received third place. In the prose category, Nagy won first and third place and Cheshire won second place. Honorable mentions were Bryan Stewart of Clinton; Kibwe Ballah of Selma; Nagy of Clayton; and Douglas Stillwell of Clayton.

Municipal Administration graduation

Jason S. Brown, enforcement planner for the Town of Garner, recently graduated from the 2013-2014 Municipal Administration Course of the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program is designed for managers, department heads and officials whose responsibilities require a broad understanding of functions beyond individual areas of specialization.

JCC students honored

Three Garner students at Johnston Community College have been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. They were honored during an induction ceremony April 8. The students are: Michael Cody, Shamira Jones and Luther Liles.

Investigator recognized

Investigator Christina Pappas was recognized by the Exchange Clubs of Wake County at their annual law enforcement appreciation dinner. She was presented with a plaque in recognition of her work on a 2013 homicide investigation and her overall accomplishments during the year.

Pappas is involved in the Garner Police Department’s Police Athletics and Activities League (PAAL). She has volunteered and taken responsibility for a PAAL program at North Garner Middle School that works with at-risk female students to promote positive change through activities that develop skills such as teamwork, decision-making and self-esteem. She is responsible for weekly programming as well as partnering with school personnel to create an effective and worthwhile program. She has been with GPD since 1997.

Lowry earns spot into Honors College

Megan Frances Lowry, daughter of Stuart and Dena Lowry and lifetime Garner resident, has been offered admission into the Honors College at East Carolina University. Lowry is graduating from Wake Christian Academy this month. She is an officer in the Beta club and has played varsity basketball for the Lady Bulldogs for two years. She is also a recipient of the Betty Brown Ridan Scholarship as well as a passage scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.

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