September 26, 2011 | State, The (Columbia, SC)Page: 7 | Section: Metro


TWO LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT employees have received promotions. Sgt. James Jemail Clawson of West Columbia has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to manage the Detention Center Housing Division. Katherine Luvisi of Columbia has been named law enforcement accreditation manager; she previously served as a senior paralegal who worked for the agency’s general counsel.

“THIS MAN CALLED JESUS,” Lake Murray Baptist’s Christmas drama, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. Inclusion to the list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the event offers excellent value to tour groups and individual travelers, according to the ABA.

JOANN TURNQUIST, president and CEO of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, has been appointed to the RCPL Board of Trustees. The library’s board is comprised of 10 volunteer positions appointed by county council and meets at 5:30 the second Monday monthly at the main library.

TOMMY STRINGFELLOW, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden marketing director, has been named chief operating officer – the first in the zoo’s 37-year history. Under Stringfellow’s marketing direction, Riverbanks recently announced its third-best fiscal year in attendance, exceeding more than 1 million visitors and generating a 14.6 percent increase in revenue. In his new role, Stringfellow will continue to oversee marketing and will manage guest services, human resources, facilities and IT.


ELEVEN RICHLAND 1 SENIORS have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Semifinalists, who are chosen based on high scores on the PSAT, are Charles Cate, Markus Johnson, Porter Rivers and Elliot Rose of A.C. Flora; Alexa Breeland, Devon Kilgore, Christian Kloot, Mitchell Rainsford, Jad Sheehi, Noah Trump and Samuel Trump of Dreher.

ARJUN AGGARWAL, a student at Lexington High School, has received a $25,000 Davidson Fellows scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Aggarwal created GNut-III, an anthropometric interactive robot with vision and speech for testing robotic algorithms.

BLANEY ELEMENTARY’S archery team will participate in the National Archery in the Schools program Oct. 7-8 in Orlando, Fla. The team is holding a fundraising car wash 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the May Plant Credit Union, 2480 Main St., Elgin. You also may send checks to Blaney Elementary Archery Team, 1621 Smyrna Road, Elgin SC 29045 (get them in the mail before Saturday). (803) 438-3241

PINE TREE HILL ELEMENTARY is one of three schools statewide to be honored by the S.C. Association of Title I Administrators for closing the achievement gap. Of the more than 500 Title I schools in South Carolina, Pine Tree Elementary in Kershaw County ranked in the top three in improving student achievement among students who have historically scored lower than their peers.

ROCKY CREEK ELEMENTARY fourth-grade teacher Heather Coker helped her school win a $1,000 grant from the Kroger Earnings Plus Learning incentive program to support recycling. Coker and her students created a photo story about the importance of recycling; the program administrators were so impressed with the application that they gave an additional $500 toward the school’s recycling efforts. The money will be used to purchase recycling containers for paper and plastic.

JACQUELINE JONES, business education teacher at Lower Richland High, was one of 24 U.S. teachers on the 2011 Council for Economic Education Study Tour to the Republic of South Africa during the summer. Jones teaches virtual enterprise and her students won first place in the stock market game sponsored by the Council. The tour was funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Cooperative Education Exchange Program and coordinated with the U.S. Department of State.

MAURICE WALKER, a Keenan High special education teacher, finished second in the 2011 Toastmasters International Speech Contest Semifinals in August. He is currently ranked in the top 18 orators worldwide in Toastmasters International. Walker, who competed against speakers from British Columbia, Jordan, Canada, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Kansas, Florida and California, joined the organization to conquer his fear of speaking – sounds like it works.

STEPHEN KELLER, a teacher at A.C. Flora High, has been awarded a Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Grant to teach in France.

NEW PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY will host an after-school Junior Vehicle LEGO® Camp, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13 through Nov. 3, at the school, 1118 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington. Open to students in grades 1-3; $69 per child. Limited to 25 participants; registration deadline is Oct. 3. (803) 821-3302

September 26, 2011  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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September 26, 2011  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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