Education

D29 board approves budget, $237,279 in summer projects

An increase in anticipated tax revenue is helping Williston District 29 in its budget process.
The district originally projected $6,920,549 in revenue for the 2014-15 school year, however, they are projecting additional local and state tax revenues. This would increase revenue to $7,149,432.
This will help the district pay for additional expenses they wanted to add, including new teaching positions and additional days for some employees, while decreasing the amount they need to take from their reserve fund.

D29 recognizes teachers of year, staff

A middle school English teacher has been selected as Williston District 29's 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.
"I want our students to recognize and realize it doesn't matter where they come from. Everyone is capable of achieving a quality education as long as they're determined," said Henrietta Williams, an ELA teacher at Williston-Elko Middle School, who called it an "honor" to represent the district she has worked for the past eight years.

New principal hired for WEHS

A new principal is on the way to Williston-Elko High School.
During its June 10 meeting, the Williston District 29 School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Joel McKeon Mitchell as principal of WEHS. Mitchell, who begins duties July 1, takes over for Dr. Brian Newsome who is leaving to be Superintendent of Schools for Orangeburg Preparatory Schools.
"I look forward to working with the teachers, parents, students and community members, and building on the stellar reputation the district and school have," said Mitchell, a native of Newberry.

Two schools earn money for competition

Though Barnwell Primary officially beat Barnwell Elementary in a Goodwill donation drive, it proved to be a win-win situation for both schools.
Items were collected at a Goodwill donation bin at Barnwell Elementary over the course of several days. Donations will be sold at area Goodwill stores to provide education, work and career services free of charge to people in their 35-county service area, according to a press release.

School Registration

IHS Christian School
In His Service Christian School in Williston is accepting enrollments for the 2013-14 school year.
For more information, call (803) 266-2627 or (803) 671-4222.

Winfield Heights Kindergarten
Winfield Heights Christian Kindergarten (315 Chester St., Williston) is enrolling for the 2013-14 school year for K3, K4 and K5. Child must be 3, 4, or 5 by Sept. 1.
For more information, call (803) 266-3832.

Lauren Perry receives Clariant scholarship

A recent Barnwell High School graduate is one of four recipients of the 2013 Clariant Merit Scholarship.
Lauren Perry of Barnwell will receive the $4,000 tuition award annually for four years of study determined by academic performance and continued parental employment.
Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, awards the scholarships annually to the qualified children of North America region employees. Lauren's father works at Clariant's Martin plant.

Mattison Brantley receives Blatt Award

Mattison "Mattie" Lott Brantley was the recipient of the Blatt Award during Barnwell High School's graduation ceremony on June 6, 2013.
This award is given in commemoration of Solomon Blatt, long time Speaker of the House from Barnwell. This award goes to a top senior who encompasses characteristics of high achievement, character, leadership and service. This is the most prestigious award a senior can receive as it is voted on by the administration and faculty of Barnwell High School.
Mattie is the daughter of Gary and Robin Brantley and will be attending USC Aiken in the fall.

Scholarship honors Richey

Brian and Eileen Looney of Barnwell have established a memorial scholarship in memory of their son, Dustin Richey, who passed away following an automobile accident in 2012, reports Mindy Sandifer, Agri-Science instructor and FFA advisor at the Barnwell County Career Center.

Guinyard-Butler Middle School pageant winners

Guinyard-Butler Middle School held its pageant in November, and the winners represented their school proudly for the rest of the school year.
Mr. GBMS was Nathaniel Toole.
Jacob Bodiford was crowned Mr. 8th Grade and Joseph Bodiford was 1st Runner-Up.
Jordan Jackson was crowned Mr. 7th Grade with 1st Runner-Ups being Tyrell Workman and Bailey Navarro.
Below are the girls who were crowned and the runners-up

 

Are you throwing away valuable trash?

Students and teachers collect "Valuable Trash" all year for Barnwell Primary School as a fundraising project for our school.  Contests are held each month and we collect thousands of dollars of "Valuable Trash" that is normally thrown away.
Top collectors for this past school year are:
Kindergarten - Kaleb Wilson collected 1590 items
Grade 1 - Wyatt Twitty collected 634 items
Grade 2 - Madison Ray collected 771 items
Top Teacher - Brannon Collins collected 3216 items
Grade 3 - Jada Owens collected 725 items

Rotary scholars

Barnwell High graduates Corey Riley, Nicole Sanders and Lauren Perry were awarded $500 scholarships by the Barnwell Rotary Club. They are Teacher Cadets and "Rotary Readers" who tutored students one-on-one in the elementary school in reading. Riley plans to attend Winthrop University, Sanders plans to attend USC Columbia, and Perry plans to attend Charleston Southern University.

Peeples named Honor Cadet at Fort Jackson

Barnwell High JROTC sent seven cadets to Fort Jackson to participate in the Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge June 14 thru 20.
The objectives of JCLC are: To provide a safe, healthy, and fun environment that is physically and mentally challenging, to provide adventure training normally not available on campus, to enable cadets to practice leadership in a challenging environment, to give cadets the opportunity to exercise living and interacting with their peers in a military setting, and to allow cadets to participate in citizenship-building exercises.

BHS cadets among 24 teams to compete in national championship; place 13th

C/Major Kyle Baker, C/Captain James Hutto, C/Captain Christopher Bozard, and C/Captain Caroline Johnson all traveled to our nation's capital, D.C., from June 21 to June 25 to compete with 23 other Army Academic teams and a handful of teams from Airforce, Navy, and, for the first time ever, Marine JROTC programs.
The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is an annually-held competition that consists of two preliminary rounds for qualification, and a third round taking place in D.C.

Zissette graduates with distinction from UNC

Seth Turner Zissette of Barnwell graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 12, 2013. The distinction honor means that Seth maintained a 3.5 average. Seth graduated with a major in anthropology and a minor in Chemistry.
He will be working on his masters at Duke University Graduate School in the fall while attending the Global Health Institute. Seth is a 2009 graduate of Barnwell High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Zissette of Barnwell.

Locals learn politics at Girls State

Madison Bates of Williston and Anna Griffin of Barnwell represented Jefferson Davis Academy at the 67th Palmetto Girls State held June 9 to 15 at Presbyterian College in Clinton.
The rising JDA seniors spent the week with other high school girls from across the state learning about government and the political process. They also met various politicians and state leaders.
They were selected by the American Legion Auxiliary to attend based on their leadership, interest in government, character, scholarship, maturity, desire to attend, and cooperativeness.

LU students earn honors

The following Barnwell County residents received academic honors from Lander University for the spring 2013 semester: Lynnsey Jamison, Barnwell was named to the President; Na'Shima Carter and Anna Valentine of Williston and Rhett Sapough and Valerie Still of Barnwell were named to the Dean's List, and Shanice Singleton of Williston received Freshman Honors.

Locals earn honors at OC Tech

The following Barnwell County residents have been named honor students for the spring 2013 academic term by Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College:
President's List
(Full Time)
Barnwell: Elizabeth Meyers
Blackville: Renata Clark, Kristie Hutson, Megan McFadden, Jack Schrock
Williston: William Bragg, Kellie Carroll

President's List
(Part Time)
Barnwell: Rebecca Branton, Patricia Walker
Hilda: Tiffani Miller

Lions Club awards two scholarships

During their June meetings, the Barnwell Lions Club awarded D. Austin Shelley scholarships to two deserving graduates of Barnwell High School, Samantha Sanders and Morgan Reynolds.
Sanders plans to attend Clemson University in the fall, while Reynolds will attend The College of Charleston. These two outstanding young ladies were selected for their academic success as well as their contribution to the community in a variety of activities. We wish them well.

 

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