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Janice Young Awarded
the Order of the Longleaf Pine

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Young longleaf awardDuring a surprise presentation at the Reuben Brown House Preservation Society’s annual luncheon fundraiser Thursday, Janice Young was awarded the state’s highest honor, The Order of the Longleaf Pine. Merrie Jo Alcoke, director of the governor’s eastern offi ce, presented the award.

"It is my honor on behalf of the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, to present this award,” Alcoke said during the event at Vineland Station. "I am happy to be here and to help honor an outstanding member of your community — your immediate past-president of the preservation society, Mrs. Janice Jordan Young.”

"I can tell by the look on your face, you do not care for the attention,” Alcoke said after revealing the winner’s name. "We at the governor’s offi ce have learned about her life and work, and we want to help celebrate what she has done for your community.”

Alcoke explained some phrases that stood out to her during the nomination process: "an extraordinary human being, an effective role model for healthy living, strong proponent for art as a unifying force, a change agent, faith and family fi rst, innumerable talents, skilled negotiator, morals beyond reproach and the best of the Old North State.”

"I keep getting surprises,” Young said to the audience after winning the award. "I’m not good with surprises. I need time to process.”

"But let me just say from the bottom of my heart, this is an honor that I truly appreciate,” Young explained. "I am humbled by the faith and opportunities Bob and I have had since we moved here.

"What I do know is that we are all brothers and sisters,” Young said. "We are all North Carolinians, and we are all Whitevillians. And I thank you for this honor.”

Young’s past accomplishments include serving as president of Reuben Brown House Preservation Society for the past fi ve years, serving as executive vice president of the Greater Whiteville Chamber of Commerce for 12 years and winning the Duke Energy Lifetime Membership Award in January at the chamber’s annual banquet and mini business expo.

"I am overwhelmingly proud, and I couldn’t have imagined a better role model growing up,” said Young’s daughter, Peyton Earey. "Seeing and understanding all the things she has accomplished along the way is just inspirational to me as a mom, as a daughter, as a citizen.”

By Grant Merritt (grantmerritt@nrcolumbus.com)

Article and Images Courtesy of and as Published April 16, 2019 in The News Reporter www.NRColumbus.com

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