Student Opportunities

Driver's Education-Summer 2017 Schedule 

Smithfield-Selma High School Summer 2017 Driver’s Education Schedule

Must be age 14 ½ to enroll.  

Go to for more information about class registration, cost, permit requirements, etc.  

Email Mr. Boykin with questions:

Required Student/Parent Meeting

Class Dates

Alive @ 25

6/15/17 6:30pm-8pm

6/19-6/28/17 8am-12:30pm

6/29/17 8am-12pm

7/13/17 6:30pm-6pm

7/17-7/26/17 8am-12:30pm

7/27/17 8am-12pm

**Classes are Mondays through Thursdays.  No class on Fridays during the summer.

Prep for Calculus!

Get ahead of the game! This camp uses intentional strategies through adaptive learning modules to build, strengthen and promote students’ mathematical knowledge. In addition, highly skilled faculty will provide support and expert guidance to improve depth of knowledge.  This program is designed to help students achieve their maximum academic performance in key Mathematics Concepts for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) achievement.  Open to rising 9th through 12th graders. This camp is TWO WEEKS long. 


Dates: June 19-22 & June 26-19, 2017 (M/T/W/Thu) *Two Week Camp
Time10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Johnston Community College, STEAM Building B126
Fee: $200

REACH Our Communities Summer Reading Program

The REACH Our Communities Summer Read Program is in need of volunteers.  This program is in its 4th year of providing summer reading services to Johnston County students.  The coordinators will gladly write letters on behalf of the students who volunteer their time this summer.  Please contact Tarsha Johnson at 919-634-5807 or email  The program website is
Public Library Summer Teen Program

The Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston County will have a Summer Reading Program for teens.  For more information about the program and other teen events, see the library's website here.

Naval Academy Summer Seminar & Summer STEM Program

The Naval Academy Summer Seminar and Summer STEM program information is available now at

Fourth Circuit Essay Contest 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is sponsoring an essay contest for high school students in the five states (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) within the circuit.  The contest offers students an opportunity to learn about the Constitution and Bill of Rights along with a chance to win case prizes ($2,000 first place, $1,500 second place, and $1,000 third place).

The contest theme, Access to Justice, asks students to consider and share their thoughts on "What does access to justice mean to you and how do the Constitution and Bill of Rights enable this access?"

The submission deadline is Friday, June 16th.  Contest rules and the entry form are available online 


This past summer, Converse College hosted her 3rd Annual Leadership Converse, a three-and-a-half day workshop for rising female juniors and seniors.  The search for participants of the fourth year of this exciting program has begun! The goal of the program is to teach students that leadership is a process where individuals or groups work together to create positive, sustainable change.  Students who are active in their communities or in leadership roles, have a passion for helping others, and who have a vision for positive change are encouraged to apply.

In the spirit of “everyone can do leadership”, we are committed to offering the program at no cost to students who are invited to attend. We are passionate about equitable access to the program, so housing, meals and supplies will be provided for the participants of the program. The only thing students will be responsible for is transportation to and from the camp, if they are accepted to attend.

The application is available online through April 15, 2017.  It is live now! Converse will not accept any applications after April 15th at 5:00 PM.  Three short essays and a letter of recommendation are required.

The dates for Leadership Converse are July 23-26, 2017.  Students will be notified by May 1, via email, of their status in attending the program.

More information and application can be found at

Civics Challenge Targets High School Students 

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is sponsoring a Civics Challenge to engage high school students on issues impacting county government.

High school students can participate individually or as a team to promote My County or Mental Health and High School Students via a PechaKucha presentation.  Three finalists will win $500 and present their work at the 2017 NCACC Annual Conference in August.  One winning project will win an additional $500.  Details and contest rules are available here.  
The submission deadline is May 1st.


Summer 2017 Junior Volunteer Program 

Johnston Health is now accepting applications for Summer 2017 Junior Volunteer Program.  This program is intended for high school students who want to gain hands-on experience in the health care environment.  Applicants must be 15 years old by June 1, 2017  Applications are due by May 1, 2017 and can be found here.

The Shelton Leadership Challenge--Application Due May 5th 

North Carolina Wesleyan College is delighted to host The Shelton Leadership Challenge from June 18-June 23, 2017.  The Shelton Challenge seeks youth who are rising 9th to 12th grades students (graduating seniors included) with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. Cost to attend the program is $500 for the week. The cost includes meals, room, transportation during the camp, and any activities that will take place during camp. Financial assistance may be available.


The core curriculum focuses on leadership roles and accountability, team building, leadership styles and situations, social responsibility, integrity as a leader, public speaking, changing behaviors and goal setting.  These challenges are designed to appeal to youth who are motivated to learn how to lead others and make a difference for their families, community and nation. The application deadline is May 5, 2017. Applications after this date will be considered on a rolling basis until the program has been filled.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Martha Proctor at 252.985.5213 or Quinderra Spellman at 252.985.5386 .

Co-op Leadership Camp, June 19-23, 2017

Each summer, the Council holds a week-long, overnight camp for youth, held at the NC FFA Center at White Lake, NC.   Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, this camp features energetic and interactive workshops and presentations, outdoor recreation, leadership development, team building activities and small group sessions with an emphasis on how cooperatives operate.  Youth who attend are sure to have an exciting, memorable learning experience while making lasting friendships with youth from across the state.  Cooperative Leadership Camp is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience for students, concentrating on:


• The cooperative way of doing business in a free enterprise society

• Developing leadership skills and qualities in our future community leaders

• Building a better understanding and appreciation for cooperatives

• Recognizing outstanding NC youth possessing leadership qualities

To get a teen into this years program, have them fill out the Application paperwork before May 15th. Space is limited!  Registration forms for teens will be required by June 1st.

 The Broyhill Leadership Conference

The Broyhill Leadership Conference is open to high school students interested in personal development and leadership training.  Sessions are held at either Wingate University (June 25-29) or Queens University (July 9-13).  The cost is $300.  The program includes: 5 days packed with friendships, personal growth, and excitement; 4 nights lodging and 11 meals; sessions designed to help you succeed in life; mentoring to show you how to reach your goals; and activities to build your leadership and communication skills.  For information and application instructions, go to this website.

Wanted: PTS Teen Court Volunteers 


Are you interested in a career in law or maybe just curious about our legal system? Serve as a volunteer for PTS - Teen Court, a sentencing option program for first-time misdemeanor offenders, age 11 to 17, and discover what it feels like to be part of the Judicial System.  In Teen Court, offenders must admit their guilt and be enrolled in the Johnston County School System. Instead of the youth defendants appearing in traditional court, they may be ordered to appear in Preparing To Soar - Teen Court. The courtroom is overseen by an adult judge, but all of the lawyers, bailiffs and jurors are youth from our community. The jury hears evidence and arguments as presented by the lawyers and prosecutors.  A decision is reached and sanctions designed to teach personal responsibility are prescribed with the hope of positively impacting all those involved.  Youth volunteers are needed to staff the courtroom once a month for two to three hours.  For more information please visit the Preparing To Soar Facebook page or call 919-938-2121. Applications are available in the SSS Student Services Department!


A Message from the Pre-College Programs Director at Wake Forest University

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion programs are offering new and exciting institutes for the Summer of 2017 both on campus in Winston-Salem and at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center!

A week at Summer Immersion puts high school students on the right track to find their future career. It will help them see what college life is really like, learn how to collaborate, and soak up knowledge from top-notch faculty and industry professionals.

With nine institutes to choose from, there's something for everyone. Whatever their dreams, we have a program that lets them dive in and experience the real world this summer. We're also confident that they will benefit from networking with industry leaders and gain a taste of independence and maturity.

Institutes Offered:
Academic Discovery
Biosciences and Engineering
Business & Entrepreneurship
Sports Marketing
Sports Medicine

Three new institutes are available this summer in Winston-Salem: Academic DiscoveryBiosciences and Engineering and Sports Medicine.

Open House- Sunday, February 19th from 1-3 pm at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center to learn more about the 2017 Summer Immersion Program.

Learn more about the SIP experience and 
apply today!

Martha Guy Summer Institute for Business Leaders 

The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Business Leaders will be hosted by Appalachian State University from July 9-29, 2017.  Current juniors can apply by February 24th 

Service Academy Day

Service Academy Day is open to all students who are interested in the nomination process to any of the Military Academies.  The event will be held at Cardinal Gibbons High School on Feb 25th, 9:30 am - noon.  See Ms. Barnhart in Student Services for more information.

Splash UNC--March 23rd Deadline

Splash UNC is a program on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill where high school students attend a series of classes taught and created by Carolina students. Classes include a variety of interesting topics ranging from chemistry and swing dancing to neuroscience and Harry Potter.  Splash UNC is an excellent opportunity for students to learn what they can study at college and can provide students who are unsure about their plans after graduation with insights into college life and possible career paths.


Splash UNC is hosting its fifth biannual program for high school students on Saturday, April 1st from 9 am to 5 pm. The program fee is $20 and lunch is included. Aid is available to any student who needs financial assistance to attend the event.

Register online at by midnight on March 23, 2017.

The 20-for-1 Scholarship

Seniors: The 20-for-1 scholarship application will open on Monday.  This one application is used to select the winners of 20 local scholarships, including the $10,000 State Employees Credit Union scholarship.  This year's application is online, and the URL will be posted outside Student Services on Monday.  Applications are due at 3 pm sharp on Friday, March 24th.

The Society of Military Engineers is Offering an Opportunity 

The Society of Military Engineers (SAME) 
is offering an excellent opportunity for high school students aspiring to become engineers. SAME sponsors one-week summer camps (at Vicksburg MS, Port Hueneme CA, Colorado Springs CO, and MCB Camp Lejeune NC)that introduce high school students to the engineering profession. More information on this opportunity is available here along with application forms. The deadline to receive applications is March 24, 2017.

SAME is the premier professional engineering association in the United States for connecting architects, engineers, and builders in the public sector and private industry, uniting them to improve individual and collective capabilities for national security.  SAME's goal is to unite Architect, Engineering, and Construction entities and individuals in the public and private sector to prepare for--and overcome--natural and man-made disasters, acts of terrorism, and improve security at home and abroad.

Questions and applications should be directed to:

Gil Burnet, (O) 919.854.6212  (C) 919.270.3391

Academy Day on March 25th!

Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting Academy Day for students interested in attending a Service Academy.  Family members are welcome!  The event will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9 am until noon at Cape Fear Community College in the Union Stations Conference Center Auditorium.  Representatives from the Military, Naval, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Air Force Academies will be available to speak with students individually.  Congressional staff will be present to explain the nomination process.  RSVP by email to

Order of the Bell Tower--Registration Closes March 31st


Order of the Bell Tower (OBT), the official student ambassadors and tradition keepers at The University of North Carolina, would like to invite current juniors to participate in a unique program we host annually called Shadow Day. Shadow Day will be held on Wednesday, April 5th.   This day is an opportunity for students to visit and learn more about what it’s like to be a student at Carolina.

OBT started Shadow Day over 15 years ago so that motivated, ambitious high school juniors would have a chance to experience a day in the life of a Carolina student. The program assigns each participant an OBT member to "shadow" for a day. The student will attend a class with his/her OBT mentor, have lunch at a dining hall and take a tour of campus. They will also attend information sessions about admissions and student life. There will be separate sessions for parents as well.


Registration is now open, and closes March 31st at 11:59 pm, or when the program reaches maximum capacity. Once registered, students will receive confirmation along with additional program information. This includes a campus map, directions, etc. Please note:

·  The program is restricted to high school juniors

·  Travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the student and their parents

·  Participation in the Shadow Day program will have no effect on a student's application status if he or she decides to apply to UNC

 · OBT and the UNC General Alumni Association will cover all costs except parking.


Registration will be available online only, and we strongly encourage early registration as space is limited.


Future Agricultural Leaders

Juniors who are interested in attending the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders sponsored by the North Carolina Farm Bureau, please see Ms. Barnhart in Student Services for the application.  The event will be in June.  Applications are due by April 1st.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau is pleased to again sponsor the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders this June at either NC State or NC A&T.  Applicants must be current juniors in the upper 1/3 of their class.  There is no tuition cost.  Attendance is limited.  Selection criteria include:  GPA, career interest, interest/ experience with agriculture.  Priority will be given to Farm Bureau members.  Students will visit the schools of agriculture, tour research farms and explore university laboratories.  They will visit agribusinesses, participate in leadership development classes, tour the General Assembly, and see the offices of North Carolina Farm Bureau.  Students will be supervised by conference counselors, university faculty and Farm Bureau staff.  Students will experience college life firsthand, living in dorms and eating in dining halls on campus.  Completed applications are due in the Johnston County Farm Bureau office by April 1, 2017. Applications can be found at

BBB Torch Scholarship

The BBB Torch Scholarship program recognizes students who personify high ethical standards as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity, and academic success.  This scholarship is available for juniors and seniors to apply to.  Go to to download the application.  The deadline is April 3, 2017.

Rising Scholars Academy--April 15th Deadline

Attention sophomores, NC State has a summer program just for you! 
Rising Scholars Academy is designed for students who have a strong interest & appreciation for the African American experience and culture. Deadline to apply is April 15!

Visit: this link for the application.


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