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Alumni encourage, inspire North Johnston students

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KENLY — Designed by former North Johnston Principal David West in 2015 “to celebrate the accomplishments of North Johnston High School alumni and family members and to help motivate our students and give them an idea of what goes on in the school they may not be aware of,” the fourth annual edition of “This is My North Johnston Day” was held Friday in the school gym.

The North Johnston band performed the processional and recessional and the school’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets presented the colors and performed a drill presentation. The honors chorus performed the national anthem and senior Holley Bruske led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following the welcome by Principal Ben Williams, a 1993 North Johnston graduate, the school’s Showcase of Stars chorus performed special music.

Williams recognized class of 2019 members who have either been accepted at a two-year of four-year college or university, been accepted into the military or who have plans to enter the workforce.

The JoCo Teen Drivers Club’s North Johnston chapter was recognized for its strong showing in a countywide competition and received a $500 check for members’ efforts.

Special guests, all graduates of North Johnston High School, were recognized and presented plaques.

They included the Rev. Dr. Sylvester Holder, North Johnston class of 1977; Smithfield dentist Dr. James Oldham, North Johnston class of 1980; Dr. Stan Watson of Horizon Family Medicine of Four Oaks, North Johnston class of 1980; and Chapel Hill- Carrboro Chamber of Commerce employee Vanessa Watson, North Johnston class of 2013; Juan Valdivia, North Johnston class of 2010, who was one of the graduates to be recognized, was not able to attend.

Alumni were introduced by North Johnston’s Student Government Association leadership team consisting of Seth Carson, Logan Sutton, Olivia Hobbs and Bruske.

Chorus teacher Amy Mooring, a North Johnston class of 1990 graduate, gave the guest address.

Mooring’s advice to guests was to dare to be different, enjoy life even when things are not going well and to follow the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”