January 13, 2011 | State, The (Columbia, SC)Page: 37 | Section: Northeast-Neighbors



THEODORE JACKSON is the interim principal at Midway Elementary School, replacing Jewell Stanley, who is now in the Title I office at the State Department of Education. Jackson was principal at Bethune Elementary 2000-03 and 2007 until June 2010, when he retired; he also served as principal at Jackson School 2003-07.


have earned National Board Certification, bringing the district’s total to 151. Newly credentialed teacher include Sam Watts, ATEC; Linda Dunlap, Blaney Elementary; Jody Lackey, Camden Middle; Mary Catoe, Doby’s Mill Elementary; Paula Farmer and Marsha Hough, Jackson School, and Linda Witcomb, Lugoff-Elgin High.



ISAIAH ALLEN, a student at Anna Boyd School, won first place in an essay contest sponsored by Health Plus Medical Equipment. His essay was on “My Career Choice.”


TWENTY BLYTHEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL students were honored Dec. 17 at the school’s Character Awards Breakfast. Students who consistently demonstrate good character and positive life skills were Dimaunri Glover, Hailey Vinson, Aidan Massey, Gordon Perkins, Kenny Benton, Jenna Kramer, Andrew Williams, Rachel Reid, Sam Crosby, Maddie Hannah, Elexis Mitchell, Matt Frierson, Kelsey Crawford, Rebekah Williams, Summer Tieben, Peyton Trevenen, Raen See, Ansley Gilstrap, Gabrielle Smith and Jairad Hydrick.


RNE’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER, The Cavalier, took two national awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Gold Circle Awards went to Laura Dorn and Caryn Wells for their work on 2009-10 issues. Dorn, a senior in RNE’s Convergence Media, Horizon, and Palmetto Center for the Arts visual arts magnets, received a certificate of merit for Photo Layout: Portfolio of Work. Dorn is editor-in-chief of The Cavalier this year. Wells, a 2010 RNE graduate, took first place for Personal Opinion: Off-Campus Issues for a column titled “Not My Barbie.” A graduate of both the PCA and Convergence Media magnets, she is a nursing student at USC.

RNE’S 800/36 CLUB has six new members. The group is made up of students who achieved a perfect score on either the ACT or on a section of the SAT or ACT. Joining the elite are Davis Borucki, 800 SAT writing; Naomi Brown, 800 SAT critical reading; Laura Dorn, 800 SAT critical reading; John Parvin, 800 critical reading; Emily Theus, perfect 36 ACT; and Katherine Wallace, 36 ACT reading. All are seniors, except for Borucki, who is a junior.

SIXTY-ONE RNE juniors and

seniors have been named to the John H. Hudgens Chapter of the National Honor Society. Inductees include Rehem Abuhashem, Clay Allen, Sameha Alshareef, Christopher Amaker, Akhira Ansari, Katrina Balsavage, Najja Bennett, Davis Borucki, Quyelle Brand, Logan Burney, Jalinda Cilien, Zakiya Clemons, Jennifer Copley, Jessica Cornell, Lucy Counts, Sheridan Covington, Laura Dean, Ave Dowell, Mary Ervin, Jonathan Franklin, Angel Giles, Cole Greene, Alyssa Greenhouse, Morgan Grooms, Cole Harper, Kyle Harper, Travena Hawkins, Lisa Houck, Cary Hutton, Malcolm Jones, Aniya Kelly, Corinne Knight, Diana Lem, Mei Liang, Xinyi Liu, Katherine Lott, Karen Magsino, Eleanor McIntosh, Brandi Mouton, Shelby Mueller, Joseph Nelson, Shikumar Patel, Allison Patterson, Abigail Pearman, Katherine Rieck, Helen Robertson, Chad Sanders, Jamiece Sanders, Molly Shields, Vera Shulman, Caroline Smarr, Sarah Smith, Jeona Spriggs, Michael Strickland, Catherine Ann Taylor, Rocio Torres, Johnathon Tucker, Karli Wells, Victoria Wiiley, William Wiseman and Maria Zubizaretta.


HOPE for the Holidays collected more than 26,000 canned goods and other nonperishable food items for God’s Storehouse emergency food bank. Students also collected 261 coats for the Tripp’s Cleaners Coats for Kids project; 338 toys for the Toy Box Program benefiting the Palmetto Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; 130 care packages for the homeless clients of the Salvation Army; adopted 149 families through Families Helping Families; and raised more than $900 in a fundraiser for the RNE food pantry. The school’s Youth Action Council has extended the winter activity to a yearround service learning initiative that addresses hunger, homelessness, educational and health care issues.

RICHLAND NORTHEAST’S Cavalier Chorale and PB&J Show Choir traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort for performances Dec. 2 and 3.


SPRING VALLEY’S AF JROTC unit has earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable from a recent comprehensive assessment by Air University, Department of the Air Force.

SV STUDENT WILLIAM FISHBURNE scored a perfect 36 on the ACT administered in October 2010.


RICHLAND 2 elementary schools are holding registration for kindergarten and child development programs through Monday, Jan. 31. If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, register the child for kindergarten during normal hours of operation at the school the child will be attending (schools will be closed Monday). Parents should bring a legal birth certificate, South Carolina immunization form, Social Security number and three or more proofs of residence. (For guardianship, copies of the official documents establishing the guardian relationship are required.) Richland 2 will also be enrolling students in the Clemson Road and Spears Creek child development programs during the same time period. The Clemson Road program meets at Killian Elementary, 2621-A Clemson Road, (803) 699-2536; the Spears Creek CDC is at Pontiac Elementary, 500 Spears Creek Road, Elgin, (803) 865-5355.


Sunday, Jan. 30, at Blythewood Academy auditorium, 501 Wilson Blvd. Tickets are $7; $2 for ages 12 and younger. Sponsored by the Richland 2 Custodial Advisory Council, proceeds will be used for continuing education scholarships at the W.R. Rogers Continuing and Technology Education Center. Michael Belton, (803) 699-3580

RICHLAND 2 LITERATURE AND ARTS FESTIVAL: Palmetto Center for the Arts 10th anniversary show, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the Community Room, Village at Sandhill. Danielle Howle in concert, 9 p.m. at Wild Wing Cafe. A percentage of the proceeds from food sales will go to the Richland 2 Education Foundation. Book signings, art workshops, storytelling and more, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Richland Northeast High School. Proceeds will benefit teacher recognition projects. (803) 929-6650;

RICHLAND 2 is home to 44 new National Board Certified Teachers, putting the district in the No. 2 spot in the state. Educators earning certification include Johnathan Abney, Windsor Elementary; Courtney Long, Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary; Amaya Adams, Bookman Road Elementary; Alzena McCrea, Joseph Keels Elementary, Blake Bare, E.L. Wright Middle; Trina McKnight, Spring Valley High; Kimberly Bone, Blythewood High; Christina Myllykangas, Blythewood Middle; Teneshia Bridges, L.W. Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet; Lisa Nine, Dent Middle; Mary Burns, Killian Elementary; Laura Parker, Bookman Road Elementary; Kari Cope, Kelly Mill Middle; Catherine Prizer, Polo Road Elementary; Robert Dill, E.L. Wright Middle; Mahbobeh Ranjbarzadeh, E.L. Wright Middle; Paul Dobyns, Spring Valley High; Charles Reed, Polo Road Elementary; Blair Flora, Rice Creek Elementary; Jennifer Roberts, Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary; Jessica Fox, Blythewood Middle; Tabatha Rojas, L.W. Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet; Mechell Hargrove, Summit Parkway Middle; Sheena Ryant, North Springs Elementary; Shaunna Hayes, Rice Creek Elementary; Latanya Shuler, North Springs Elementary; Sheron Hayes, Killian Elementary; Amanda Stiglbauer, E.L. Wright Middle; Andrea Hipps, Langford Elementary; Jean Sullivan, Round Top Elementary; Tiffany Hutchinson, Kelly Mill Middle; Eugenia Taylor, Blythewood High; Kristin Hutchison, Lake Carolina Elementary; Lilla Todd, Forest Lake Elementary Technology Magnet; Margaret Inman, Bookman Road Elementary; Joy Walker, Longleaf Middle; Raquel Jones, Killian Elementary; Faith White, Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary; Stephanie Kelley, North Springs Elementary; Nicole Whitley, Killian Elementary; Brenda Kirkland, Kelly Mill Middle; Peter Wittig, Lake Carolina Elementary; Esta Lampkin, Spring Valley High; and Kimberly Ziegler, Longleaf Middle.



scheduled for parents who want to know more about the programs for the 2011-12 year for pre-school


MIDLANDS SCHOOLS fared well at the S.C. Independent School Association State Middle School Math Meet in Orangeburg. In Division I, Hammond School’s Team 1 took first place and Hammond’s Team 2 brought home second-place honors. The team from Covenant Classical Christian School won Division II; Timmerman School and Lexington’s Heritage Academy tied for third place.



RAYNIER G. ROMERO, a junior at Hampden-Sydney College, has been recognized as an outstanding leader in the 2011 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” A computer science and Spanish major, he is the son of Reynerio Romero and Arlenis Aranza of Columbia and a graduate of Blythewood High School.

FURMAN UNIVERSITY has announced students initiated into Kappa Delta Phi, international honor society on education. Inductees include Columbians Beth Day, Sarah Tiller and Ellen Traylor.


graduated summa cum laude at North Greenville University’s December 2010 commencement. Hitchens earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.


announced students named to “Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges for 2010-11. Local students chosen on the basis of academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities and community service include Beth Michelle Dallas, Erica Louise Deahl, Kirsten Ann Hallman, Layton Davis Powers, Megan Elizabeth Ulmer and Terri Kristen Wilson.


has announced its dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2010-11 academic year. Students earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher with no grade for any single course below 3.0 include Lesley Gadson, John Greco, Allie Johns, Ross McCoon, Carissa McNab, Mary Kathryn Rash and Moriah Sears.


JOHN WILLIAM LEONARD of Columbia has been awarded a Kansas State University Honors Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

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