Education

Devore is ‘top seller’

Barnwell Primary kindergartner Jaidyn Devore (above) won a $52 prize for being the top seller of cookie dough and candles in her school's PTO fall fundraiser. Devore was one of several students honored Oct. 11 with an afternoon party for selling 12 or more items for the fundraiser. Children played laser tag and other games while music blasted. There was a prize wheel that students spun to see what reward they would get.

‘Trash’ earns Blume $50

Ella Blume, daughter of Chris and Tonya Blume, is a recent "Valuable Trash" contest winner at Barnwell Primary School. Ella won a $50 check for recycling cell phones at school. Ella and her parents are GREAT SUPPORTERS in the school "Valuable Trash" contests that are held each month. 

WEHS - Students give back

Every month Williston-Elko High School participates in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
As a reward for student's good behavior we have a school-wide event and a community service event. For students to be able to participate in the community service event, their names must get drawn out of all the students with good behavior for that month.
In September, students cleaned the Williston Town Park. It was a good chance for the students at Williston-Elko to give back to a community that gives so much for them.

D-19 students PASS state tests

The following students scored "Exemplary" in one or more subjects on last year's PASS test:
Current 4th graders: Nakiyah Adams, Kelvonte Allen, Rodrick Baxley, Hayle Carson, Caleb Donaldson, Makaela Gillard, Lacey Holliday, Corissa Jamison, Shirlantis Jones, Marquez Lawrence, Derranique Lewis, Jaylun Parker, Donte' Payne, Isabelle Ruggiero, Donte' Staley, Hunter Still and Tamia Thomas
Current 5th graders: Ronald Franklin, Arianna Gibson, Nyla Jenkins, Keirra Jenkins, Gracie Scott, Atiyana Sharpley, Dekota Stanley, Cameron Walker, Desmond Williams and Jada Smalls

Raven Cooler named scholarship semifinalist

Barnwell High student Raven P. Cooler is one of more than 1,600 black American high school seniors named a semifinalist in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.

Golfing for education

With the weather getting cooler, it's the perfect time for residents to tee off for education.
Barnwell Academy will host their second annual golf tournament Oct. 26 at Sweetwater Country Club. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The tournament, which is a four-man captain's choice, will raise funds for student programs and activities, especially continuing their art education. This is important because "a lot of times these are things students find as an outlet," said Sally Fickling, the school's head teacher, of the arts.

Proposals leave more questions for BCCC

More questions, and a decision, remain after the Barnwell County Career Center board heard a final proposal to replace their aging air-cooled chiller.
Total Comfort representatives Greg Stewart and Paul Springett spoke before the board Oct. 15 about the school's need for a new chiller. Representatives from Carrier and Augusta Chiller Service also made their proposals before the board in recent months.

D-29 coach receives ‘all-star’ honor in upcoming game

A Williston-Elko coach will represent her Blue Devils at the upcoming North/South All-Star volleyball game.
Eva Strong was recognized Oct. 16 by the Williston District 29 School Board for being named a coach at the game, which will be held Nov. 15-17 at Erskine College. "We're certainly proud of her accomplishments," said Superintendent Dr. Tom Siler of Strong.

W-E High School Students of the Month

Pictured L to R: (top row) David Edwards, Shadazia Jones, Desiree Buggs, D’Von Fagans, Elizabeth Wright, Tyechia Patterson and Shabba Thorton; (middle row) Brian Walden, Juan Vee Jenkins, Xavier Trumpler, Kailyn Williams, Zhane Snider, Laura Burbage and Shaniya Williamson; (bottom row) Haley Williams, Madison Thomas, Shelby Mitchum, Thomas Stanton, Alex Kinard, David Glover and Justin Lott. Not pictured: Davy Phillips, Dequanda Davenport and Alex Kincaid Rhinehart.

Highsmith earns Master of Arts

George Kodell Highsmith of Barnwell graduated Sept. 4 from Liberty University with a Master of Arts degree in teaching (special education). He previously earned a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine from Liberty in January 2009.
Highsmith is a teacher and coach at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va.
He is the son of Rita Williams and George Highsmith Sr., both of Barnwell. He has two sisters, Lisia Hudson of Barnwell and Andrea Brown of Columbia.

Mole takes the legislative floor

Blackville-Hilda High student Antwan Mole was one of 70 students from across the state to attend the 6th Annual Youth Legislative Black Caucus Conference Sept. 24.
"As a student I have never been in an environment where everyone had the same mindset as I have," said Mole. "Even though we all met each other, exchanged information and created new friendships, it was competition at its best."
Mole said he was surprised with the chance to speak in front of everyone, but "thankfully I was prepared for anything."

Being healthy rocks for students

Over sixty-five high school students from Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale and Hampton counties participated in 4-H Health Rocks Training at Junior Leadership sponsored by USC Salkehatchie on Sept. 20.
Teen Leaders have been challenged to organize a 4-H Health Rocks program for elementary or middle school students in their community this school year. Local schools which participated are: Blackville-Hilda High School and Williston-Elko High School.

D-19 expands therapist services for students

In an effort to better help their students, the Barnwell District 19 School Board approved a contract for regular therapist services with Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center.
Superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope told the board the move would "guarantee" a therapist in their schools three days a week, compared to their "as needed" system now - which is free for the district. "We use the services all the time," said Pope.

‘Trash’ can be valuable

Lane Evans, a 5K student in Lisa Zissette's class at Barnwell Primary School, was the first "Valuable Trash" contest winner on Sept. 4 for this school year. 
Lane won a $25 prize drawing for being such a "Great Valuable Trash" collector.
Students and teachers collect "Valuable Trash" all year and use the funds to buy new things for the classrooms such as new desks, chairs, tables, bookcases and other classroom supplies.  
We are also seeking community support in our "Valuable Trash" school contest. 

Clariant donates paper to schools

A donation of copy paper is welcome news to Barnwell District 45's four schools.
The Clariant Corporation in Martin (Allendale County) donated a pallet of 50 boxes of plain white copy paper to the schools Sept. 25 where a number of their employees and their families attended or currently attend. The Allendale County school district also received a pallet.

BCCC honors retiring custodian Louvenia Staley retires after 19 years at school

Louvenia Staley's co-workers at the Barnwell County Career Center honored her 19 years of service in caring for the needs of the school and everyone there with a special luncheon Sept. 28 - her last day as a custodian.
"We appreciate your service and consistency," said BCCC Director Sam McKay to Staley who retired. "I'm a little bit jealous (of her retiring) but am very happy for her."
After nearly 20 years, Staley said it's going to be weird not being at work by 6:45 a.m. each morning. "I may get up Monday and come in," joked Staley.

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