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Duplin Rotary Honors Students of the Month

Stencil Bowles, Xavion Murphy, and Joanna Flores are Rotary Students of the Month for January


KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  January 10, 2019- Duplin Rotary recognized Duplin County Schools students as Students of the Month for January at last week’s meeting.  Stancil Bowles, Joanna Flores, and Xavion Murphy along with guests and Rotary members enjoyed a luncheon at the Country Squire Restaurant in Warsaw before each student shared with the club his or her accomplishments and plans for the future.


Stancil Bowles is the Rotary Student of the Month for East Duplin High School.  He is involved in many clubs, including the Beta Club and FCA. His most recent accomplishment was being chosen by his peers as Mr. East Duplin.  Stancil is very passionate about playing Baseball and he will be attending Barton College next year to play Baseball. Even though he is unsure of his plans after college, he is certain God will lead him in the right direction.  The most influential person in his life is his younger brother, Brecken. Stancil said Brecken has taught him patience and how to be an overall better person. Stancil is the son of Tres and Kim Bowles.


Joanna Flores is North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School’s Rotary Student of the Month.  Joanna is very involved in clubs and extracurricular activities. Joanna is a member of the women’s soccer team and also a member of the Beta club and the Science club.  She could not choose just one favorite teacher, but among her favorites are Alan Dupree, Kevin Anderson, Mendy Marcin, and Ben Littell. They always make learning fun and set expectations for students to do their very best.  In 10 years, Joanna plans to be in a medical career and back in Duplin County. Joanna is the daughter of Nemesia Garcia and Albino Flores.


Rotary student of the month for James Kenan High School is Xavion Murphy.  Xavion has played football and basketball while at James Kenan. For basketball, he was on the First Team for the Duplin Holiday Classic.  He hopes to attend either the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, North Carolina A&T University, or Campbell University and plans to major in Biochemistry.  In the future, Xavion hopes to work at BioNetwork in Durham. Xavion’s late grandmother has always been the most influential person in his life. He said she encouraged him to always do his best.  Xavion is the son of Shakema Murphy and Vishone Kennion.


Rotarian JoAnn Stroud shared that she always worries about the future of America but stated, “when I hear from all of you, your accomplishments and your future plans, my faith is restored.”  She ended the student recognitions by encouraging students to be their best self. “Be yourself. There is no one else in the world like you. Just be the best you can be.”