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1 0 - MAY 1 3. 2004 Education T. E c o u M B,A S Richland School District One Richland One honors Academic All-stars One hundred thir- ty-two seniors were honored as Academic All--Stars at a gala ban- quet hosted by Richland One's educational foun- dation, Partners In Edu- cation, on April 20 at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Pepsi was the lead sponsor for 2004. To qualify as Rich- land One All-Stars, stu- dents must be ranked in the top 10% of their high school's senior class or they must meet the established criteria for High School Schol- ars. All honorees must be candidates for gradu- ation the spring of the respective year. Students who are ranked in the top 10% of their senior class but do not have at least a 3.5 GPA are ineligible. Stu- dents also must have no grade lower than C in any subject completed for high-school credit. Selection is made based upon a student's academic standing at the end of the first semester of the senior year. Academic All-Stars received a framed cer- tificate, a Richland One Academic All-Star medallion, and a Rich- land One Academic All-Star jacket. High School Schol- ars received the tradi- tional stoles to be worn over their graduation robes and will receive all other recognition awarded to High School Scholars through the established program. Richland One's 2003-04 Academic All- Stars are Columbia High School: Juston Brown, Patrice Cherry, Jessica Cornish, Rosemary Drake, Crystal Ellis, Latasha Kennedy, Aleta Lykes, Tenesia McGrud- er, Miranda Mont- gomery, Alicia Parker, Chlon Rogers, Sheila Sheridan, Stephanie Vincent, Shahe Watson, and Paris Willingham Dreher High School: Kathryn Abbott, William Allen, Kristin Baier, Matthew Barrett, Stephanie Beard, Robert Bockman, Lucien Bruno IV, Ben- jamin Brunson, Rebecca Chappell, Spencer Chil- dress, Verd Cunning- ham, Lucia Derks, John Egan, Katherine Elliott, Barrett Fisher, Rebecca Foster, Matthew Gar- rick, Stephanie God- dard, Sarah Harvey, Danielle Heilich, Erika Johnson, Patrick Lee, Joanna Long, Allison Lowrey, Daniel Martin, Abigail McClam, Eric McClam, Jackson McClam, Larry McWilliams, ICrystal Nichols, Sarah Orr, Kevin Phan, Spencer Robinson, Geoffrey Sex- ton, Robert Shuler, Whitney Sparks, Geordie Ulmer, Kather- ine White, Edward Wilcox, Leslie Williams, Benton Wislinski, and Devon Wright Eau Claire High School: Krystle Buckn- er, Lamesha Praylow, Jasprin Smith, Latorrie Scott, Christina Morris, and Brittany Johnson A.C. Flora High: Rhyan Adams, Kather- ine Ballentine, Charles Ballowe, John Bates, Erin Bourgeois, Kather- ine Bowen, Katherine Bristow, Christopher Buckliew, Leland Burns, Mary Cannady, Stephen Clarkson, Joseph Cobb, Emma Gwinn, Madeleine Hamer, Jes- sica Harmon, Robert Heppenstall, David He, Margaret Hicks, Rayschard House, Ger- ald Huntley, Edwin Jeter, Nancy Johnston, Elizabeth Joye, Ethan Kenney, Nina Knowlton, James McFadden, Katherine McKinney, Catherine Meekins, Mary Catherine Ormand, Kristina Parise, Ann Paschal, Cynthia Pierce, Brandi Pope, Mary Ann Powell, Lauren Prickett, Tabitha Samuel, Chris- tine Shirley, Lana Sims, Stephen Starling, and Lilla Theus W.J. Keenan High: Whitney Boston, Ashley Bouknight, Joshua Chappell, Syl- vetta Daniels, Aisha Dennis, Turquoise Hayes, Selita Hugie, Jignesh Patel, Britney Perryman, Jonathan Richardson, and Matthew Washington Lower Richland. High: Lauren Awtrey, Steven Chase. Carlene Clark, Ashley Dawkins, Kenneth Dixon, Shame- ka Dwight, Brandon Eichelberger, Edith Harmon, Kamika Hemphill, Ashley Jacobs, Charise Jones, Christie King, Lela Machado, Chari Moore, Theodius Oates III, Leah Simons, Latonya Sims and Latoya Wider. Members of the PIE board of directors are Henri Etta Baskins, chairman; Ron Ander- son; Herbert Bynoe; Mayor Bob Coble; Blake Daniels; Aisha Dennis; Jamie Devine; Colette Dryden; Clente Flem- ming; Kathy Garrick; Jim Gilchrist; Blanche Goodson; Rayschard House; I.S. Leevy John- son;,Rep. Joel Lourie; ReginMd McConnell; Ike McCleese; Col. Scott Nahrwold; Wendi Nance; Elizabeth Nkuo; Col. Angelo Perrin; Jeryl Salmond; Turner Whit- son; Angela Cooper (ex- officio); Dr. Ronald Epps (ex-officio); Vince Ford (ex-officio), and Karen York (ex-officio). Movers and sha Francis Marion University' Division of student Affairs presented Student Life Awards to outstanding students during a ceremony April 20. Hometown award recipients are as folloWs: Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges: Dana Monique Bufford Senate Members 2003-2004: Dana Monique Bufford, Britton S. Boyles, Dana Monique Bufford. Students awarded $2,000 scholarships for ,their community involve- ment and leadership. AXA advisors announced the following students from Columbia: Erin Bourgeois, AC Flora High School; Matthew Barrett, Dreher High School. A. C. Flora High School students who placed in the National French Exam: Gisele Benicelli 1st in French 1, Milenko Fadic 5th in the state and 9th nation- ally in French II, Amelie Gustafsson 1st in state and 4th nationally in French III, Laurin Ballowe placed 2nd in the state in French II, Heather Osment and Stephen Starling placed 1st in the state in French IV, Michael Knoll and Charles Ballowe placed 1st in the state in French V, and Robert Heppenstall 2nd in the state in French V. Xan Stevenson of Heathwood Hall is on Emory University Men's Basketball Roster. Two area students have received scholar- ships to Wofford College. Daniel Henderson, Spring Valley High School, won a Frank F. Roberts Endowed Scholarship, and Dargan McMaster, Hammond School, won an Old Main Scholarship. The National Wildlife Federation reports that Montessori Elementary, St. Andrews is now recog- nized as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats site. Crayton Middle School made the top ten in the state for schools with the largest amount of contributions in the annual Pennies for Patients campaign with $4,386.24. The office of Student Support Services at Spartanburg Methodist College held an awards banquet April 14 recognizing the achievements of students enrolled in the program: English and Humanities Awards: Jessica Delcastillo. Math and science Awards: Jessica Delcastillo. Students recognized as tutors were Joseph McEachern and Jessica Delcastillo. David He of A.C. Flora High School won $10,000 AXA Achievement College Scholarship. He is one of 52 students in the US who has been awarded this scholarship. Dr. James Roberts, a professor of mathmatics at USC, received the AMOCO Award, USC's most pres- tigious faculty award, April 29, at the universi- ty's annual faculty awards presentation. Also named were the winners of the Russell Research awards and the USC Educational foundation Research Award, the uni- versity's most prestigious annum prizes for research and scholarship. a complete list of faculty award winners include the following: Carolina Distinguished Professors, Mark Smith, history, Golden Key Faculty Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate Teaching; Christopher T. Williams, chemical engineering, Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award; Matthew Kohn, geological sci- ences, Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor; Clifton Fuhrman, pharmacy, Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social sciences; Sandra Kelly, psychology, Russell Research Award for Science, Mathmatics and Engineering; Robert C. Thunell, USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Health Sciences; Beth Mayer-Davis, epidemi- ology and biostatistics, USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences; Charles R. Mack, art, USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Professional Schools; William O. Bearden, marketing, USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Science, Mathmatics and Engineering; Susanne C. Brenner, mathmatics, USC Educational Foundation Outstanding Service award; Carl Evans, religious Studies, Carolina Trustee Professorship; John Dawson, chemistry and biochemistry, Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate" Teaching Awards; Michael Meadows, civil and environmental engi- neering; Rekha Patel, biological sciences; David Rocheleau, mechanical engineering; Patrick Scott, English/libraries; Terry Smith, theatre and dance, Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Awards; Michael Amiridis, chemical engi- neering; Chaden Djalali, physics and astronomy; Victor Giurgiutiu, mechanical engineering. Brennen Elementary School received the Honor Student Council Excellence Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals' American Student Council Association Program. A national award recogniz- ing elementary and mid- dle schools across the nation for their success- ful efforts through the school year. Fran McFall, Andrea, Mattress, Jane Ward, Amy Wilkerson, and Ben Cliatt are their stu- dent council advisors. Under their guidance, rewarding programs have made Brennen and their community a positive learning place. Several Columbia students reaped the bene- fits of a grant from State Farm to the Governor's School for Science and Math: Lee Tupper, Roggie Coleman, John Kang, Jialiu Liu, Andrew Smith and Monique Courtney. Pine Grove was named the newest Smart Matters School by the Junior League of Columbia, in partnership with Richland One. The goal of Smart Matters is to prepare children ages 0-6 for school, to educate and involve parents in their child's school readi- ness. Children also receive literacy packets each month. Hand Middle School is the district's Academic Bowl winner, coached by Terrl Wilson and Pamela Adams. Annette Wiggs coached Crayton to their second- place win. Sanders placed third coached by Lugenia Owens and Alexandria Sumpter. Steven Chase, JROTC member was highlighted in the March/April edition of The Next Step Magizine. Corey Dike, Faye Robinson, and Nikki Virtucio of Lower Richland will represent SC at the National FBLA Leadership Conference. Laretia Williams of Dreher High School has been elected the SC FBLA president. Kalesha Campbell, Nina Burkett and Gabriel McKenzie won first place in the FBLA Quiz Bowl. Perry Latisha Earles will rep- resent SC at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology. Kenturah Jackson was named the 2004 Gatorade SC High School Player of the Year. Brent Riley, varsity bowling coach was voted Coach of the Year for the Western Division. Willinda Gilbert, Shalonna Jordan, Kendra Lewis, Brittany Truick, Teneice Wannamaker, and Stephanie Diggs from CA Johnson High School received college credit from Midlands Tech for completing the Technical Advanced Placement Test. Brittany Payne and Jamelle Smith were awarded Outstanding Cadet warm-up letters suits. Dr. James A. Taylor, principal, is the honoree of the Jones McDonald Community Club. School the of Forest Love Is... 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