Benson native wins music award
Benson native Jordan Hines has won the 2012 Ginny Wicker award. The annual award is named for Virginia ‘Ginny’ Wicker who served on the Johnston Community College Country Music Showcase planning committee and was inducted into the CMS Hall of Fame in 2001.
Hines, 13 received a $500 cash award which she can use to advance her musical career.
Hines began singing solos when she was 6. After performing in voice recitals, area churches, and school talent shows, she auditioned and was granted the opportunity to sing on the JCC CMS “Gospel Jubilee” show in 2010. Since then, she was selected as Clayton’s Junior Idol in September 2010, won third place in the sixth-eighth grade category for the Fayetteville Kiwanis Show Talent Competition in May 2011. She also won second place at the 2011 N.C. State Fair Folk Festival vocal solo competition in her age group. Hines also released her first gospel CD ‘You Are Mine’ in 2011.
Clayton residents shine at horse show
Clayton resident Taylor Knittel, a Johnston County 4-H’er has earned top honors among more than 330 of the nation’s most knowledgeable 4-H Horse Program members during the 2012 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Ky.
Knittel, 17, earned the highest overall individual honor in Horsebowl, a team quiz bowl contest, which tests a person’s knowledge of the horse. She won the award at the annual competition hosted by the North American International Livestock Exposition.
Knittel, a Senior at Cleveland High School is the daughter of John and Tonya Knittell. As Horsebowl champion, Knittel received a $500 college scholarship from the American Quarter Horse Association, as well as a trophy from the Virginia 4-H Horse Program.
Knittel is a member of the Johnston County Senior Horse bowl team that placed first at the N.C. State Contest in March, said her coach, Lori Stroud.
Stroud said Knittel’s team also represented North Carolina at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia. Knittel was also part of the champion Horse bowl team at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio where Taylor won reserve champion individual honors.