Bates Middle School students receive Golden Apple awards

Sumter Chamber of Commerce program honors integrity, moral character



A group of 13 students at Bates Middle School got golden.

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce honored each of the students with a Golden Apple Award, which recognizes integrity and "strong moral character," according to Janel Strieter, communications director for the Chamber.

Each student was presented with a certificate and proclamation from the City and County of Sumter that was signed by Mayor Joe McElveen and Sumter County Council Chairman James McCain.

"Whereas, students at Bates Middle School have demonstrated exceptional character; and whereas, students at Bates Middle School have shown pride, determination and honesty; and whereas the City and County of Sumter acknowledge these students for positively contributing to the community and society."

Each student - Kimberly Boles, Quinnya Burns, Jassmine Dominguez, Javell Dwyer, Miguel Garcia, Madison Gordon, Meagan Jamison, Courtney Blanding, Kiersten Boyles, Keenen Hilton, Breonna Leonard, Jolyssa Green and Alyssa Searson - also had a short description read aloud detailing his or her character and why the student was chosen to receive a Golden Apple Award.