Education

JDA receives new leadership

Jefferson Davis Academy's Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that the school has new leadership.
Mrs. Eve Hogarth and Mrs. Jane Hunter are the upper and lower Heads of School. They share 76 years of educational experience and will administer JDA with the highest standard of leadership.

Moore named Commissioner

South Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh E. Weathers, met with Anna Grace Shugard of Wren High School and Kitt Moore of Barnwell High School, during an inauguration ceremony for Boys and Girls State held at the State House on June 17.
Shugard and Moore were elected as Commissioner of Agriculture during the week-long camp and Commissioner Weathers met with and escorted the students during the inauguration held on the Capitol steps. Shugard and Moore said they both enjoyed their experiences and each ran on a platform to promote South Carolina agribusiness. 

District 29 celebrates employees

Williston District 29 celebrated their employees and named the 2011-12 District Teacher of the Year at a June 1 end of the year celebration.
“The district celebration brought to close an outstanding year thanks to the fine staff and administration we have,” said District 29 Superintendent Alexia Clamp.
Before naming the 2011-12 District 29 Teacher of the Year, Richard Stanton, 2010-11 District Teacher of the Year, gave some reflections based on his teaching experience.

Mr. and Miss Warhorse

Meghan Williams and Tyler Davis, both recent Barnwell High School graduates, were named the 2011 Mr. and Miss Warhorse.
BHS faculty selected several male and female students, which were then voted on by the senior class.
“Being named Miss Warhorse means that the faculty and staff along with my peers saw me to be worthy of this award which is a humbling experience and means the world to me to earn their respect,” said Williams.

Blackville Class of 1961 again needed for study

Fifty-one years after being selected to take part in the Project Talent study of American high school students, the Class of 1961 from Blackville High School is being asked to participate once again.
In 1960, 400,000 students took part in Project Talent, a study of the aptitudes and abilities, hopes and expectations of high school students from across America. The study was conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the United States Office of Education.

Robots compete

After a couple matches, excitement mounted as students gathered around to watch "the match" May 2 at Barnwell High School.
This match was not between sports teams, but robots.
In the technology lab, two handmade robots competed to pick up as many golf balls as possible in two minutes.
Brian Croft and Patrick Ortiz created their robot with a "wind mill type thing" on the front to pick up the golf balls, Croft said.

BHS Stable Talk

As the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, much is happening on the campus of Barnwell High School. Several of our spring sports teams are currently involved in state play-offs. Spring football practice is taking place. Student body and class officer elections for next year have been held. The National Honor Society recently collected items for the Ronald McDonald House. Both students and faculty are looking forward to other end-of-the- year activities such as Freshman Academy Field Day, the distribution of yearbooks, and graduation activities.

Owens earns degree

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Owens of Blackville are proud to announce that their son John M. Owens graduated from Lander University on Saturday, April 30 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication.
Owens is a 2006 graduate of Jefferson Davis Academy and a lifelong member of Alpha Psi Omega.
He will reside in Charleston.

Siblings earn accomplishments

Callie Elizabeth Davis of Allendale was named to the Dean’s List at Lander University for the fall 2010 semester with a grade point average of 3.75. Callie is pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education. Students who have a 3.5 to 3.9 GPA for the fall semester are placed on the Dean’s List.
Robert Tyler Davis of Allendale graduated in December 2010 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in human resources and entrepreneurship.

Students ride for a cure

On April 8, about 15 Macedonia Elementary School students participated in the school’s first bike-a-thon to raise money for Relay for Life (April 29 and 30).
“It’s something fun that is helping others,” said Doris Sanders, a sixth grade MES teacher and captain of the Blackville-Hilda Public School’s Relay for Life team.
The students raised money by getting pledges from family and friends.
Overall, the students raised at least $500, Sanders said.

Jeffersonian opens doors to past

A walk through the halls at Jefferson Davis Academy the night of April 5 transported visitors back to the times of the Renaissance, Native Americans, Romans and Greeks.
More than 200 people spent “A Night at the Jeffersonian Museum,” presented by more than 30 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students, Jane Hunter, one of the two GATE teachers, said in an e-mail.
Students in grades first through sixth dressed and acted as docents, museum guards, waiters/waitresses and more.
As parents circulated the hall and the room, the students shared the results of their studies.

BHS receives lasting donation

On April 13, Bojangles’ donated approximately 24 books to Barnwell High School in honor of District 45 Teacher of the Year Lisa Wyndham.
“I think it’s great,” said Wyndham, a ninth grade physical science teacher. “We always need new books.”
“It’s much appreciated,” said Jon Burdge, BHS principal. “We are proud of Mrs. Wyndham for all she does.”
“I appreciate how Bojangles’ is helping support our high school, students and quality teachers,” said District 45 Superintendent Roy Sapough.
Every book contained a label recognizing Wyndham as teacher of the year.

All aboard for learning

The students of The Study Place, Barnwell's after-school learning center, and their parents took an educational adventure through Virginia March 25 through 28.
They enjoyed a guided ghost tour the first night in Williamsburg, Va. with an historical tour of all the important places in Williamsburg the next morning. Jamestown and Yorktown with its sailing ship replicas were also a part of this living history lesson.

JDA Third Quarter Honor Roll

1st Grade
Headmaster: Jeb Fickling, Hunter Mole, Cate Polston, Ansley Grace Still and Emily Williams.
‘A' Honor Roll: Harper Sanders
‘B' Honor Roll: Natalie Creech, Dylan Epps, Makayla Folk and Macy Obermann.
2nd Grade
Headmaster: Orry Burt, Kamryn Gantt, Nikolas Pierce and Caroline Robinson.
‘A' Honor Roll: Noland Boney and Hunter Owens.
‘B' Honor Roll: Hunter Burnett
3rd Grade
Headmaster: Ashlyn Buff, Georgia Anne Craig, Kiersten Phillips and Heather Rhodes.
‘B' Honor Roll: Duston Sandifer
4th Grade

A swarm of students

A swarm of students buzzed around the Edisto Research and Education Center (REC) April 8.
Around 66 second graders from Macedonia Elementary School visited the Edisto REC to learn the lifecycles of bees and cows.
Several Barnwell County Career Center (BCCC) students led the students in a pollination game called "Buzzy, Buzzy Bee."
One group of children wore different color hats and represented trees.
Another group of children wore yellow hats and represented bees.
The "trees" were given a plastic bag and popsicle sticks, which represented pollen.

Pots full of love

The students of Barnwell Academy recently visited the Barnwell Nursing Home to spread a little spring cheer to the residents.
The students decorated flower pots and filled them with daisies for the residents to enjoy throughout the season. The students would like to extend their thanks to Green Tech Nurseries for donating the flowers.

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