Education

JDA science fair yields winners

Jefferson Davis Academy’s science fair produced several winners, including one who was recognized at the CSRA Science and Engineering Fair.
After winning first place in JDA’s March 1 science fair, ninth-grader Blakely Johnson proceeded to the CSRA fair March 10 where she won an award from the U.S. Army for her display. “I was so excited,” said Johnson.
“I was so excited for her,” said Nikki Parrish, Johnson’s science teacher. “I’m very proud of all my students.”

Gene Machine visits WEHS

The Gene Machine (Mobile Science Laboratory) of the Greenwood Genetic Center visited Williston-Elko High School on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 and conducted labs with the Honors Biology 1 and the AP Biology classes of Mr. David Salter.  
The Honors Biology 1 class participated in a lab entitled Mystery of the Crooked Cell in which the students carried out Gel Electrophoresis on hemoglobin samples and analyzed the results to determine if the hemoglobin was normal or sickle-cell.  

Fail wins second in automotive competition

Barnwell County Career Center Automotive Technology student Shawn Fail and his Instructor Hollis Fenn attended the 2012 All Star Automotive Technology Competition on Feb. 23 at the Automotive Training Center at Midlands Technical College Beltline Campus in Columbia, SC. Twelve SC seniors who attend NATEF (National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation) accredited training programs qualified for the hands-on competition by a written exam taken in December.

Council recognizes JDA students

Jefferson Davis Academy students (below) Alton Atkins, Abbey Baltzegar, Brett Whittle, Jamie Rhodes and Nicole Pittman each presented a part of their Future City project to the Blackville Town Council Feb. 20 at the regular meeting in the Blackville Community Center. Their teacher Nikki Parrish and their engineering mentor Tom Rhodes were also present.
“These students worked extremely hard on this project, and they did it all on their own,” Rhodes said.

Two head to USC Band Clinic

The Williston-Elko Band students are hard at work and performing throughout the state.
Summer Mead and Budd Wagnon have been chosen to participate in the USC Band Clinic. This is a four-day band clinic at the School of Music at USC Columbia. This year’s clinic will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19.

BHHS gives gift of life

The Blackville-Hilda High School Beta Club held a blood drive Jan. 11, 2012 in the high school auditorium.
They collected 43 pints of blood with the assistance of the Red Cross, exceeding their goal of 35 pints. Mrs. Gaines and the Beta Club members would like to thank Dr. Teresa Pope, District 19 superintendent, faculty, staff, students and community members for their blood donation.

 

 

Gov. Haley visits USC Salk

Gov. Nikki Haley gathered local leaders Feb. 3 from Allendale County for a summit meeting at the USC Salkehatchie campus in Allendale. As part of Gov. Haley’s foundation, The Original Six, this summit meeting was held to address challenges and needs of low income counties in the state.

At right, Gov. Nikki Haley poses with Dr. Ann Carmichael, the dean of USC Salkehatchie.

Barnwell food service staff recognized

At left, District 45 Food Service Director Jack Johnson stands with Teena Renew, the manager at Barnwell Primary School, and Trina Sanders and Wanda Croft, operators at Guinyard-Butler Middle School. The two schools’ food service staff were recognized by the school board at their Jan. 26 meeting for earning a 100 on a Nov. 2011 visit by the Department of Health and Environmental Services. Johnson said Barnwell Elementary and Barnwell High were very close to making 100.

Band performs for educators

The South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators held its 17th Annual Winter Conference in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A performing ensemble from Blackville-Hilda High School was asked to entertain the guests during a luncheon that took place on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Grant lands students on television

A grant landed some local students on television.
In December, the agricultural students at the Barnwell County Career Center (BCCC) were filmed by Department of Health and Environmental Control staff for a 30-second commercial which aired that month on WIS-TV. The students were filmed because they are one of 10 recipients of a $2,000 Champions of the Environment grant through DHEC.

Students wish board Merry Christmas

Students at Barnwell Elementary School created and signed special Christmas cards for the Barnwell District 45 School Board and superintendent, which they received at their regular Dec. 15 meeting. Pictured L to R: Rhett Richardson, Valenda Black, Superintendent Roy Sapough, Teresa Spence, Abraham Sexton and Chairman Chad Perry.

Mrs. Claus visits children

Mrs. Claus (Christine Creech) made a special visit to The Creation Station, Barnwell First Baptist Church’s Child Development Center, Dec. 14.
She read the children a story, “The Tiny Star,” which is about Starlet, a tiny star who fulfills a big job of lighting the stable where Jesus Christ was born.
Mrs. Claus also handed out stars of various sizes and colors for the children to make a star wreath which glows in the dark.

Class earns pizza for pennies

Angie Dowdy’s kindergarten class at Barnwell Primary School won a pizza party, Dec. 7, by collecting the most pennies during the month of October for the Pennies for Preservation fundraiser, which helps support the Barnwell County Museum.
“I’m so proud of y’all,” said Marie Peeples, the manager of the museum.
Kristina Etheridge’s fifth grade class at the Barnwell Elementary School was the runner up, and all the local primary and elementary school classes raised a total of $87.18

BHHS Student Council: Students give to children, families

The Blackville-Hilda High School Student Council has been in the spirit of giving this holiday season.
During the month of November, they sponsored a canned food drive to give to the elderly and less fortunate families. They collected 16 filled boxes of canned goods and other items to give out.
The students were also fortunate enough to deliver the boxes themselves and show the Blackville community how much they care about them.

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