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Smithfield-Selma High plans Hall of Fame banquet

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SMITHFIELD ­­­­­­­— The second annual Smithfield-Selma High School Hall of Fame banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria.

“It’s something we need to do, especially to coincide with the school’s 50th anniversary,” said Deanna Morris, a physical education teacher and one of the event’s organizers.

Morris said the Hall of Fame banquet benefits both students and the school.

“It gives today’s students a chance to see the opportunities out there for success,” said Morris. “It helps our school shine by honoring these folks that have graduated from SSS and the outstanding achievements they’ve accomplished. The Hall of Fame boosts our school’s morale.”

This year’s Hall of Fame nominees are Tamara Barbour, Johnston Community College instructor (class of 1990); Rick Childrey, former president and CEO, Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce (1973); Marlon Lee, Smithfield town councilman (1992); Dr. Craig Pearce (1970); Bruce Radford, former Selma town manager (1973); and Renee Sanders-Lawson, former principal, Selma Middle School (1978).

Nominations were open to the general public. The nominating committee used a rubric to evaluate nominees’ educational background, community service and what they’ve done for Smithfield-Selma High School.

Inductees must have graduated in 2009 or earlier and were nominated for diverse accomplishments including club leadership, athletics, community service, volunteer activities and other endeavors.

The Sparta Heart Award, which recognizes stakeholders’ dedication to the school’s continued success, will also be presented at the banquet. Organizers have announced Jack Temple and Wingate and Susan Lassiter as the Sparta Heart Award recipients for 2019.

After the banquet’s main course, SSS students in the school’s culinary arts program will serve dessert. A student will play the piano and Angel George, class of 1989, will sing. The keynote speaker is former SSS basketball coach Lyn Andrews, the school’s first female coach.

Admission to the banquet is $20. Hall of Fame nominees receive complimentary tickets for themselves and three guests. For more information, email Deanna Morris at