SPRING VALLEY TEACHER LAVINIA MISAILA has been selected to participate in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Research Experience for Teachers program at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The six-week summer residential program gives K-12 teachers the chance to participate in real-world science and cuttingedge magnetic field research.

THE HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (HSAP) exit exam will be administered Wednesday through Friday, April 27. The HSAP will be given to all first-time 10th graders, repeating ninthgraders, 11th and 12th grade students who have not previously passed the exam and 11th and 12th graders new to the S.C. public school system (including exchange students). The exam is one of the major requirements for a high school diploma in South Carolina. Students should contact their guidance counselor for more information.



DR. CHERYL WASHINGTON, Richland 2 deputy superintendent, has been named 2007 Administrator of the Year by the Richland County Association of Educational Office Professionals. An employee of the district for 27 years, Washington is eligible for the 2008 state honors.

JAMES WILLIAMS, a Richland 2 school bus driver took top honors at the 2007 Schoolbus Rodeo at Richland Northeast High School.[ SANDLAPPER ELEMENTARY ]


Spring Fling, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the Green at Lake Carolina. Among offerings are food, games, rides, crafts, raffles, plus

Nearly 70 drivers from across the state wheeled their buses through a seven-event road course and took a written exam.


Columbia Eye Clinic is proud to announce the expansion of our Retina Center.


ATEC NURSING PROGRAM STUDENTS participated in the postsecondary HOSA competition March 14-16 in North Charleston. The competition was sponsored by the Health Occupations Students of America, a national leadership organization for students enrolled in healthrelated programs. Gold medal winners included Wendy Carter, Pamela Catoe, Jessica McIntyre, health education; Brittany Gray, Lindsey Hunter, Derek Matthews, community awareness; Mary Day, Kathy Stines, career health display; Jackie Craft, nutrition; Sonny Culbreath, jobseeking skills; and Alexis Lovell, pathophysiology. Silver medals went to Nikki Adams, medical spelling; Kelly Baccomo, medical terminology; Vincent Watson, medical math; Donna Wiggins, prepared speaking; and Krichelle Wilson, extemporaneous health poster. Courtney Dixon brought home a bronze medal in medical spelling. Medalists are eligible to compete in the national competition scheduled for late June in Orlando, Fla. (Photos, page 11)



Columbia Stingers football team members signing autographs and throwing footballs with kids.



RICHLAND COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT SOIL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM is sponsoring Earth Day contests for Richland County residents in public, private and home schools. Kindergarten through fifth-graders and special education students may compete in the Poster Contest, the theme is “Where is Energy?” An essay contest on “Energy Conservation — Fuels for the Future” is open to sixth- through eighth-graders. A photography contest for grades 9- 12 will be comprised of images depicting “What is Energy?” Deadline for entries is Monday; certificates and cash prizes will presented at an awards banquet in May. (803) 576-2080 or (803) 576- 2083

RICHLAND 1 is recruiting teachers who can motivate students academically and socially, who want to make a difference in the lives of young people and who seek a challenge. Five schools in the district are under state review because they did not make significant student achievement goals measured by state testing over three years. Schools in the A+ Project, C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy, Eau Claire High, Alcorn, Gibbes and W.A. Perry Middle schools, will focus on achievement, access and accountability. Potential annual earnings for A+ teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no experience, up to $44,455; master’s degree with 10 years experience, up to $71,981; master’s degree plus 30 semester hours, up to $85,000; doctorate, up to $96,104. Teachers can receive substantial compensation for additional work hours and work days, performance-based incentives, retention bonuses and supplemental pay for National Board certification. For more information, call (803) 231-7418 or go to and click on the A+ Schools link.




KENYA GOINS of Columbia recently completed the Emerging Leaders Program at N.C. Central University. The program is a 10-week voluntary leadership development experience for freshmen. Goins also has been inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. To be eligible, first-year students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. She is a 2006 graduate of Richland Northeast High School.

Katheryn Miles of Blythewood has been named to the Lenior-Rhyne College Dean’s List for the fall 2006 semester. Dean’s List students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Richland and Kershaw County schools that want their events, honors, news and classroom activities announced in Neighbors may e-mail

Neighbors also accepts .jpg photographs. Deadline is Wednesday for the following week’s Neighbors.

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Photos(1) – Miles (2) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – Recent events at Sandlapper Elementary include: Skate NightHeart Healthy Night (3) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – A Saturday pizza lunch, along with hands-on ideas to prepare for standardized testing (4) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – Another event at Sandlapper Elementary (5) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – GAP Choir’s Hamilton Grant, left, and Antwon Gleaton show off two of the 13 trophies the Richland Northeast High group won at the Black Music Caucus’ National Gospel Choir Competition in New York. Most Outstanding Male Vocalist: Andre Delaine Most Outstanding Alto Soloist: Jasimen Williams Most Outstanding Soprano Soloist: Jayna MartinMost Outstanding Accompaniment: Rickey Johnson (percussionist and music director), Hamilton Grant (trombone), Alphonso Counts (saxophone), Richard Pearson (keyboard) and Myron Williams (bass guitar) Most Outstanding Keyboardist: Jonathan Carmicheal Most Outstanding Student Director: Antwon Gleaton Most Outstanding Choreography Most Outstanding Accompanied Selection Most Outstanding Grand Processional Most Outstanding Choral Attire Most Outstanding Processional/RecessionalMost Outstanding Original Composition: “Have you Tried My Jesus,” written by John Lakin Most Outstanding Mime Team: Devia Robinson and Jeannine Buchanan (6) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – [ BLANEY ELEMENTARY ] Members of The Upton Trio captivate Blaney Elementary students during their performance titled ‘Water, Air, Earth, and Fire.’ The trio, composed of Billy Shepherd on piano, Mary Lee Taylor on violin and Ashley Horvat on viola, used movements composed by Taylor to connect to the elements of life science, including rivers, air currents and fire. Curriculum coach Fran Miller provided audiovisual slides between the movements, all in keeping with Blaney’s yearlong theme, ‘MAD about Science and Math.’ (7) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – Applied Technology Education Campus phase one nursing students brought home numerous HOSA medals in the annual statewide health occupations competition, including: front, Wendy Carter, Mary Day, Pam Catoe, Kelly Baccomo, Kathy Stines; back, Jessica McIntyre, Derek Matthews, Lindsey Hunter and Brittany Gray. Tammy Pugh is the instructor. (8) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – Applied Technology Education Campus phase two nursing students brought home a host of HOSA medals, including: front, Vincent Watson, Donna Wiggins, Jackie Craft, Nikki Adams, Alexis Lovell; back, instructor Doris Gainey, Sonny Culbreath, Krichelle Wilson, Courtney Dixon and nursing coordinator Sharon Clyburn.

April 19, 2007  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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