Wake County Fire Services
Michael Wright is the new director of Wake County Fire Services. He is responsible for the county’s Fire Services Department and Fire Training Center. Also, he acts as the liaison between contracting fire departments and the county and coordinates the county’s work with the Wake County Fire Commission.
Wright was most recently deputy director of the Guilford County Department of Emergency Services. He began his new role Nov. 12.
Wright has achieved Executive Fire Officer status from the National Fire Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in management and ethics from John Wesley College.
First Advanced Leadership Corps
Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny is among eight municipal officials to complete the First Advanced Leadership Corps training at the UNC School of Government. The weeklong training assessed leadership styles and provided skills to participants better their governments.
Dr. F. Eugene Hester of Wendell has been named Outstanding Alumnus in applied ecology by N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as its 2013-14 Outstanding Alumnus in the area of applied ecology.
Hester is married to the former Katherine Sherron of Wendell. They have two sons, Tom, who lives near Charlotte, and Jason, who lives in Springfield, Va.
Rachel Lisi, a senior at the East Wake School of Arts Education and Global Studies, took home first place and best in show for her decorated cake at the N.C. State Fair.
DeMarco Bizzell, of the same school, won first place and $200 in the “I Love Beef” competition with his apple-mustard burger.
Janet and Terry Jackson and Curtis Alford, all of Zebulon, brought home third place at the State Fair Tobacco Stringing Contest. The team won first place in 2011 and this year took home $100 in prize money.
Sienna Hocutt, 11, of Zebulon, won a blue ribbon for decorated cakes in her age category. Her cake had a beach theme.
Alysa Vereen of Zebulon has received $3,586 in scholarship money from the National Association of University Women. Vereen is the daughter of Michael and Letisa Vereen. She attends Hampton University in Hampton, Va.
Local joins honor society
Zebulon resident Victoria Ellis, a sophomore in elementary education at Chowan University, has been inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society. To apply for membership in Kappa Delta Pi, a student must have completed 12 hours of education class credits and earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Autobell scholarship winners
Two eastern Wake County residents have received Autobell Car Wash scholarships. They are Jennings Stout of Wendell, who attends Appalachian State University, and Jason Wood of Knightdale, who attends Wake Technical Community College.
Big Sweep Artist of the Year
Anna Wagner, a ninth grade student at Corinth Holders High, won the 2014 NC Big Sweet logo design contest. This is the second time a student from Corinth Holders High has won the design contest. Anna received $100 and the title “North Carolina Big Sweep Artist of the Year.” The contest was open to all NC students in grades kindergarten through 12.