New Franklin County schools principals hired

LOUISBURG — At the specially called board meeting held on Tuesday, June 30, Franklin County Schools hired two new principals. Trenton Brown has been selected for Franklinton Middle School and Zachary Richards has been selected for the Creative Education Center, the district’s...

Kudos – week of July 16, 2015

Scholarships awarded •Jordan Ramos of Raleigh, a graduate of Wakefield High School, is the recipient of a Barton W. Stone scholarship at Barton College. The renewable scholarship will cover $28,000 of tuition, divided into increments of $7,000 per year for four years. •Jayne...

Kudos – week of July 9, 2015

Degrees conferred •The following students were honored at Virginia Tech University: Marissa Gonzales of Wake Forest, received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the...

Is the puffin a descendent of the dodo?

Ask Dr. Universe Dear Dr. Universe, Is the puffin a descendent of the dodo? -Samy, India Dear Samy, The dodo bird isn’t with us anymore, but if you visit a city park you’ll likely see one of its very close relatives walking around. It might even be nibbling on a French fry. Dodos...

Home school information night

WAKE FOREST — Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association will be hosting a home school information night, Tuesday, July 14, 7-9 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road. The information is designed for new home school parents or those interested in learning more about...

4-H members attend 2015 Citizenship N.C. Focus

RALEIGH — Franklin County 4-H members Lucy Ketterer and Joey Moore attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh June 15-17. The Franklin County delegation gathered with more than 125 youth and adults representing over 60 4-H programs across the state...

Student athlete honored with memorial spirit award

By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Richard Wade Halford’s family hasn’t talked much publicly about the single-vehicle accident that took the life of the promising 22-year-old in early fall 2011. Wade, a 2007 Franklinton High School graduate, had recently completed officers candidate...
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What goes into a rocket? Ask Dr. Universe!

Dear Dr. Universe, What materials would you use to make a rocket? -Freya, Scotlan Dear Freya, Whether it’s a model rocket you build in the backyard or one that launches a space shuttle, there are lots of materials you could use. So, when I saw your question, I grabbed my lab coat...
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School Briefs — week of July 2, 2015

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Wakefield Elementary School Students and families will be able to meet teachers for the new school year Aug. 19 and walk through the school to help children learn where their new classroom is. Class rosters will be posted outside...

Kudos — week of July 2, 2015

•Rebecca Tenbuuren of Wake Forest was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the Spring 2015 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.5 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the dean’s list. •Ryan McQueen of Wake Forest...

Dustin Baker awarded national fellowship

WAKE FOREST — Dustin P. Baker, a teacher at Franklin Academy, has been awarded a James Madison fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va., in its 24th annual fellowship competition. A total of 51 fellowships were awarded in 2015. James...

Students make Wake Forest University dean’s list

Kudos — week of June 25, 2015 Send your student's great news to kudos@wakeweekly.com. Academics honored •The following students have been named to the Wake Forest University dean’s list: Megan Carley, Katherine Dickens, Taylor Dickens, Eui Kim and Matthew Stevens, all of Raleigh,...
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RAM Camp for rising Rolesville freshman July 28

School briefs — week of June 25, 2015 Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Wakefield Elementary School •Students and families will be able to meet teachers for the new school year Aug. 19 and walk through the school to help children learn where their new classroom...
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Benita Arrington named Teacher of the Year

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Schools celebrated the school year’s end on Friday, June 12, with their annual Honors Day program, this year hosted at Louisburg High School. The event included various recognition awards for departments and individuals across the school district. The...

Nathaniel Lerner receives scholarship of excellence

WAKE FOREST — Nathaniel Lerner, of Wake Forest, was awarded the Everett and Trudy Suddreth Scholarship of Excellence in the amount of $2,500 from the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC). He plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursue a degree in...
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Sports camps registering now at Franklinton High School

School briefs — week of June 18, 2015 Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Wakefield Elementary School Students and families will be able to meet teachers for the new school year Aug. 19 and walk through the school to help children learn where their new classroom...

Achievements, scholarships and graduations

Kudos — for week of June 18, 2015 Send outstanding student news to kudos@wakeweekly.com. Outstanding achievements •Mona Lisa Derenoncourt, of Wake Forest, and Christian Sledge, of Louisburg, made the dean’s list at Chowan University. •Cheyenne Peterson, sophomore public relations...

Medlin awarded scholarship

WAKE FOREST — The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority recently selected Matthew Medlin as a recipient of up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship. Medlin is a senior at Franklin Academy High School and plans to attend Appalachian State University. Medlin...
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Automotive students complete work-based learning program

LOUISBURG — The Automotive Systems Technology department at Vance-Granville Community College recently recognized its first students to participate in the work-based learning (WBL) program since the college expanded automotive training to a two-year degree program. WBL allows a...
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Why do musicians use both sides of their brains? — Ask Dr. Universe

(Editor’s note: Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is the mascot of a team of experts at Washington State University who use the voice of Dr. Universe to answer kids’ questions. We’ll include these columns this summer as something fun for kids to learn.) Dear Dr. Universe, Why do musicians...
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Rolesville High School’s first and only 2015 graduate

by Marty Simpkins It’s not every day that a high school graduates only one person. Rolesville High School’s lone is De’Nique Pickering, the school’s first-ever. Rolesville High School has only been around for two years and are not expecting a full senior class until next year....

Viele named PTA volunteer of year

School Briefs — Week of June 11, 2015 Send school news, photos to schools@wakeweekly.com. Wakefield Elementary School •Amanda Viele has been named PTA volunteer of the year. She was thanked with a gift card to Lily Mae’s, the Volunteer-of-the-Year parking spot and her name etched...
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Styers serves as Senate page

Kudos — Week of June 11 Send outstanding student news to kudos@wakeweekly.com. Styers serves as page Hannah Styers, a sophomore at Franklinton High School, served as a Senate Page, working with Senator Chad Barefoot (Wake, Franklin), May 18-21 (see photo at right). Outstanding...
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Wheelbarrowful of fun!

WAKE FOREST — Franklin Academy third- through fifth-graders celebrated the end of the school year with a field day June 2. Students participated in a variety of backyard games such as tetherball, horseshoes and tug-o-war. While inclement weather shortened the event, students...