Notables: June 30

Raleigh News & ObserverJune 27, 2013 


Perry wins nature award

Zebulon native Julia Perry, a student at the N.C. State STEM Early College in Raleigh, was one of five Wake County high school students awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2013 Resource Conservation Workshop June 23-28 at N.C. State University.

The students learned from natural resource professionals about a variety of fields including forestry, soils, water quality and wildlife.

Locals graduate from Barton

Eastern Wake natives were in the mix as 230 Barton College seniors received diplomas May 12, during the school’s 111th annual commencement.

Participating in the ceremony were students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2012 and May 2013, and candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer.

Graduates obtaining a grade point average of 3.90 or higher are graduated summa cum laude; 3.60 or higher, magna cum laude; and 3.30 or higher, cum laude.

Graduates from the local area were Ashley Ann Crumel of Knightdale, B.S.W. Social Work; from Wendell Erin Jeffreys Cracchiolo, B.S.W. Social Work, Emily Bevin Hall, B.S.W. Social Work (cum laude), Precious Maryssa Johnson, B.S.W. Social Work, and Shanae Denise Winston, B.S. Business Management; and from Zebulon: David Christian Lanier, B.S. Criminal Justice & Criminology, and Annette Currin Roberts, B.S.N. Nursing.

Wendell man graduates with honors

Zachary L. Smith, of Wendell, the son of Lavoisier (L.C.) and Wanda Ferrell Smith graduated magna cum laude from N.C. A&T State University with a B.S. in Nursing.

Zebulon teacher retires

Amelia Dewberry, a teacher at Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School, recently retired after 31 years of teaching. Dewberry spent 24 of those years at ZMMS.

“She has made a difference in students’ lives,” says Diane Lipscomb, a spokeswoman for the school. For example, when (the students) said, ‘they couldn’t’ or they didn’t know how, her response was always, ‘just try, and if you will do what I ask you to do, you can do it.’”

Dewberry taught math and geometry at ZMMS. And, thanks to her dedication to her students, this year’s geometry test scores were the “highest ever,” according to Lipscomb. Lipscomb also notes that everyone in Dewberry’s classes passed their end of grade tests.

Lipscomb says Dewberry demonstrated strong work ethics as a faculty representative during staff meetings, as an eighth-grade homeroom teacher, and as a mentor to new teachers.

Please send notables to


Eastern Wake News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service