2016 Graduates

2016 High School Graduates

Brianna Bryant is a graduate from Corinth-Holders High School, Wendell, NC. She is the daughter of Alfred and Bridgett Bryant, and the granddaughter of Alfred and Helen Bryant and Elizabeth Boylan. While in high school she was inducted into the National Honor Society and was also a member of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). During her senior year, she took Nursing Fundamentals I and will become a Certified Nursing Assistant during the summer. She worked at McDonald’s for two years and is now working at Kohl’s. Brianna will be attending the University of North Carolina Greensboro in the fall of 2016 to pursue of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her career goal is to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Favorite Scripture: “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalms 27:4)


Jocelyn Eason

Grandparents: Curtis Eason and Joyce Eason; Lois Thomas and Theodore Rainer

Parents: Chenetha Eason and Eric Thomas

Jocelyn graduated from Garner Magnet High School. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T to major in animal science.  Favorite scripture: Romans 12:2  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


Keneshia Renee Faison, the daughter of the late Vincent Ray Faison, Sr. and Jennifer Faison, is a 2016 graduate of Corinth Holders High School. In high school she was an active participant of the color and winter guard and performed in a variety of competitions across the state and nation. Keneshia will attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a kinesiology major this upcoming fall. Her future aspiration is to become a physical therapist. Keneshia’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”



  Jada Smith is the daughter of George Smith Jr, and Stephanie Smith. She is  the granddaughter of George and Lena Smith. Jada is a graduate of Broughton High School in Raleigh, NC. In the fall she will be attending Bennett College. “Thank you for all the love and support. As I pray every day I keep this scripture in my heart: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1)





Myrayna Watkins is a 2016 graduate of Cleveland High School in Clayton, NC. Her supportive parents are Greg and Myrissa King. Upon her graduation from high school her goals include to attend Wake Technical Community College and pursue a career in Computer Science or Information Technology. Myrayna participates in many activities and clubs within her school. They include the National Honors Society, basketball, JoCo Teen Drivers Club, and track and field. She goes by Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.



2016 College Graduates

Curtis Chapman, Sr.  is a 2016 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.  He has accepted employment with Fidelity Investments.  Curtis is the husband of Anjanette Chapman and the father of Torrian, Chris, D’Eric, Curtis Jr, Chandler, Cameron, Carter and Cennedy.  Curtis sends special thanks to his parents William Chapman and Lillian Chapman, the Chapman and Wall Family for all of their support.  His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.




Brittany Nicole Robinson is the daughter of LaTonya Atkinson (Elbert) and Harold Robinson Jr. Brittany is a 2012 graduate of West Johnston High School and 2016 graduate of Barton College, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in both Gerontology and Business Management. During her college career Brittany successfully balanced her student life as a student ambassador and volunteer with her academic life, maintaining the Dean’s List for 8 consecutive semesters. Post-graduation, she plans on continuing to work with older adults and plans to further her education in the future. Brittany’s favorite scripture is John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting  life. Brittany is forever grateful for her church family for all of their prayers and support over the years.


Kimberly Shea Vinson is the daughter of Isaac O. and Sharon L. Vinson and the granddaughter of Alice Lassiter Faulk, the late Leamon W. Lassiter and the late Dazell Marshall. She is a 2012 graduate of West Johnston High School and a 2016 graduate of East Carolina University where she majored in Exercise Physiology. She was the treasurer for East Carolina’s Kinesiology Majors’ Club and a member of East Carolina’s Pre-Physical Therapy Club. Her plans are to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy. Shea’s favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.



Speaker Bio

Mrs. Linda Coleman

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A North Carolina native, Linda Coleman was born and raised in Greenville, NC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina A&T State University and later earned a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Starting her career as a classroom teacher, Linda is a proven leader who has been an effective voice for North Carolina. She was elected, Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners (1999-2004), to serve three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives (2004-2008), and under the appointment of Governor Bev Perdue to serve as the Director of the Office of State Personnel (2009- 2012). She also ran for Lt. Governor in 2012 and was just narrowly defeated by less than 7,000 votes. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Links Inc., Wake County Democratic Women and many other civic and social organizations. She is running for Lt. Governor to give North Carolina’s middle class a fighting chance again, standing up for families, teachers and women. If elected, Linda will be the second female Lt. Governor in North Carolina’s history-the first African American woman, and the first African American woman outside of the judiciary elected in a statewide race. She will also be the first independently elected African American Lt. Governor in the nation.


The Class of 2016 Graduates would like to take this opportunity to thank the Johnston Piney Grove Church family for all their love, prayers and support throughout the years.  We ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers as we undertake a new phase in our lives.

Scholastic Day Committee Members

Deacons Robert Melton & Isaac Vinson, Advisors

Sharon Vinson/Sharon Kirby, Co-Chair

Brianna Bryant Curtis Chapman

Jocelyn Eason Keneshia Faison

Brittany Robinson Jada Smith

Shea Vinson Myrayna Watkins

Bridgett Bryant Myrissa King

Sandra Sutton