Education

Woods graduates with honors

Raven Woods graduated with honors June 7 from Blackville-Hilda High School.
She was the school's valedictorian, and won numerous awards, including Most Outstanding Senior, Student Council Award, Teacher Cadet Award, and Congressional History Award. She also received several scholarships, such as Chem-Nuclear Scholarship, Denmark Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Alice Carson Tisdale Honors Scholarship from Claflin University.
Raven plans to attend Claflin University in the fall to major in Business with a concentration in Accounting.

Rodeo qualifies FFA member for nationals

During the third weekend in May, Coltin Nobles, a Barnwell High School student and the 2013-2014 President of the Barnwell County Career Center FFA Chapter, worked hard to not only plan and set-up the high school rodeo arena with fellow chapter members for his FFA chapter's two-day rodeo event at the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds, but also practiced and prepped his horse and himself for three high school rodeo events - saddle bronc riding, calf roping, and team roping.

Burckhalter attends HOBY

Barnwell High School student Laura Burckhalter was among 130 high school sophomores from across the state to attend the South Carolina Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.
They joined more than 6,000 sophomores from high schools globally to experience an opportunity of a life-time in leadership development this summer. The seminar was held June 21-23, once again at Erskine College in Due West.
Laura is the daughter of Marcia Burckhalter and the late James Burckhalter.

Barnwell High School students make the grade as year ends

The following students were named to the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks at Barnwell High:
Seniors
Principal's Honor Roll: Kaylin Austin, Ciera Bell, Raven Cooler, Leigh Davis, Brantley Dickinson, Sheltsie Flowers, Zachary Hebbard, Dallas Hutto, Kimberly McKethan, Jordan O'Neal, Shelby Peay, Nicole Sanders, Samantha Sanders

Three graduates earn ‘distinguished’ award

Three local graduating seniors are among the winners of the 2013 Distinguished Career and Technology Student Award from the Lower Savannah Education and Business Alliance (LSEBA).
Nicklaus Bodiford of Barnwell High School and the Barnwell County Career Center, Lauren Hutto of Williston-Elko High School, and Jalia Nelson of Blackville-Hilda High School received the award for their outstanding high school achievement.

Kulmala earns highest band award

A Williston native has received the Tiger Band's highest honor for his instrumental leadership as the drum major.
Nick Kulmala, who graduated May 10 from Clemson University, is the 2012 season recipient of the Bruce F. Cook Award.
Mark Spede, the director of bands, said Kulmala is deserving of the peer-nominated award as "the most outstanding and dedicated band member" because he served as drum major and commander, which is the highest elected officer. The annual award is in honor of Bruce Cook, a beloved band director from 1966 to 1985.

Smith graduates from Greensboro

Norman Murray Smith IV of Blackville received a B.S. degree in Mathematics Education during Greensboro College's May 11 commencement exercises at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.
Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is located in Greensboro, N.C.

Hartzog scholarship available

The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation is taking applications for either a $500 or $1,000 scholarship to either a technical school or an accredited four year university.
The Frank and Lucy Hartzog educational scholarship is specifically for students from the Hilda area. The student or their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents must have lived in the Hilda area for at least five years.

Teachers earn SRNS grants

Six Barnwell County teachers were among 172 throughout the Central Savannah River Area to receive a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Innovative Teaching Mini Grant.
All applicants were honored at a reception held April 18 at Newberry Hall in Aiken, where monetary awards were officially presented.
Kelly Edwards Elementary teacher Nancy Brady-Wood received a $1,000 grant to bring the STARLAB, a mobile planeterium, to her school.
Guinyard-Butler Middle School teacher Melanie Correll received a $1,000 grant for AWARE (Areas With Agriculture for a Revived Environment).

PTO purchases new school sign

Barnwell Primary School is excited about a new school marquee that was purchased in April.
Barnwell Primary's PTO President Amanda Twitty along with Sara Poplin, Bre Johnson, and many volunteers worked countless hours and held numerous fundraisers to raise money for the new, high-tech school marquee.
The digital sign will be able to display information regarding school or community events and dates. The sign, which displays the school logo "Home of the Cool Colts", is located on Hagood Avenue, next to the district office.

Pageant raises funds for autism

The Barnwell County Career Center FFA hosted the Miss FFA Rodeo Pageant on April 11 at Barnwell Primary School, helping raise money for autism.
Participants of the pageant assisted the FFA in collecting donations for autism, an area of need that has become very dear to the hearts of many FFA members, and one that affects one out of every 88 children today.

Barnwell Elementary School honor roll

The following students were named to the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks at Barnwell Elementary School:
4th Grade
"A" Honor Roll: (Mrs. Holly Abbott) Justyn Ingram, Reagan Martin, Lauren Nobles, Lindsey Rhoad, Makenzie Williams and Blake Wilson; (Ms. Phyllis Bryan) Emma Chambers, Albany Platts, Alexis Ray, Makayla Smoak and Emily Clancy; (Mrs. Julia Ferguson) Latham Boone, Cameron Porter and Laney Stevens

Two wired for success

On April 12, 2013, two Barnwell County Career Center electricity students competed in the South Carolina State SkillsUSA residential wiring event against 23 other students from around the state.
BCCC students Ross Kinard and Patrick Ricks both finished very well in the event. Ross Kinard finished second overall and Patrick Ricks finished tenth. Ross received a set of electrical tools and bag worth $300 and a check for $150 from SkillsUSA.
Kinard is a junior at Jefferson Davis Academy and Ricks is a senior at Barnwell High School. The electrical instructor is Ron Still.

4K registration

Bedford's Stay and Play Childcare Center is now accepting applications for state-funded 4-year-old kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year. Qualifying families pay no tuition as part of the S.C. Child Development Pilot Program, which was created by the S.C. General Assembly.
To qualify, a child must: be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, be eligible for free/reduced lunch or Medicaid, and live in a qualified school district, which includes Allendale, Bamberg 1, Bamberg 2, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45.

Graduations set across county

There's just a week left of public school, and that means it's time for hundreds to graduate into the next chapter of their lives.
Before seniors graduate, baccalaureates will be held Sunday, June 2, at all three public high schools.
Blackville-Hilda's will be at 4 p.m. in the auditorium with Rev. Freddie Wright of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Lees, followed by Williston-Elko High's at 6 p.m. in the auditorium with Rev. Joseph Cook of Culbert Branch Baptist Church. Barnwell High's is at 7:30 p.m. on the football field with Rev. Herman Wallace of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Baxley earns psychology degree

Carrie Staley of Blackville and Sammie Baxley of Williston are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Samantha Rana Baxley, from the University of South Carolina Aiken. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology during the May 9 commencement exercises at the USC Aiken Convocation Center in Aiken. Samantha is also a graduate of Blackville-Hilda High School.

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