Education News: Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017


Wilson Hall

Davis Wins State Art show

Sophomore Lizzy Davis won first place in the S.C. Independent School Association State Art Show held in Summerville on Nov. 3. Her altered photograph titled Tony's Ghost in Barn received the blue ribbon for her division in photography.

In total, nine students received recognition in their respective categories. The following students received second-place ribbons: junior Angelica Agno for her acrylic painting "Boat," fifth-grade student Ellie Hudson for her mixed-media painting "Cats with Pac-Man" and junior Brenden Wade for his photograph "Splash." Receiving third-place ribbons were the following students: sophomore Sarah Cain for her acrylic painting "Abstract Cat," junior Ingrid Singleton for her acrylic painting "Grandpa Drinking Coffee" and sophomore Kyndal Waynick for her photograph "Silver Sphere." Receiving honorable mentions were eighth-grade student Chanson Bullard for her pencil drawing "Dog" and junior Julia Gregory for her photograph "Dryer Ball."

The art teachers are Ashley Lareau, Mary Ann Reames and Tara Schumacher.

Battle of the Books Region Champions

Both the elementary and middle school Battle of the Books teams won the S.C. Independent School Region Championship held in Sumter on Nov. 7 and will advance to the state competition to be held in Dalzell on Nov. 29.

Advised by Susan Barfield and Molly McDuffie, the following students are members of the middle school team: eighth-graders William Hardee, Tyler Mahr, Harsh Patel and Derek Smith; seventh-graders Kayla Brown, Jackson Mahr, Nathan Owens, Syd Richardson and Steven Scholz; and sixth-grader Zach Scholz. Advised by Kathy Coker and Susie Herlong, the following students are members of the elementary team: fifth-graders Lottie Bynum, Lydia Cheek, Thomas Creech, Ryan Hawkey and Sara Helen Simmons and third-graders Eva Dochtermann, Gracie Nibblelink, Maddie Posch and Wes Sargis.

America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades three through 12. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their reading comprehension abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The teams are given a list of 20 books to read prior to the competition, and then they are asked specific questions about the books to earn points.

Dabbs, Jones Sign Letters of Intent

Seniors Daulton Dabbs and Walker Jones signed National Letters of Intent to further their athletic careers in college. Dabbs will play baseball at Francis Marion University, and Jones will play golf at Wofford College. Students, coaches and family members attended the ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on Nov. 9. - Sean Hoskins

Sumter School District

Students make All-State Chorus

Thirty-seven Sumter School District students were chosen for the competitive S.C. All-State Chorus after auditions last Saturday. The students were chosen from among thousands of students statewide who auditioned for the limited number of slots.

According to the S.C. Music Educators' Association, the sponsor of the program, "The All-State Chorus program was organized to provide an opportunity for superior choral students in South Carolina to sing together and to represent the state in statewide events. Students who participate in All-State have an opportunity to further utilize the skills obtained and developed in their local school programs. The South Carolina All-State Chorus program provides an intensive and demanding vocal experience, which fosters self-discipline and personal growth as well as musicianship."

Students chosen for the chorus from Crestwood High School were Jewel Alston, Leslie Alston, Kiana Cox, Aiyana Dukes, Shamera Geter, Hailey Hayes-Berube, Jaylen Hill, Kaitlynn Horton, A'Ron Milledge, Aaleyah Powell, Lauren Rogers, Kevionna Sanders, Tykia Scott, Makayla Simmons, Lauren Spikes, Wa'Keis Tisdale, Lillith Winter, Felix Witherspoon and Zaniyah Levell. The Crestwood chorus director is Deborah Horton.

Students chosen from Lakewood High School were Gianna Hill, Alexander Jackson, Eric McClam, Zackery Nash, D'Andre Riley and Ben Way. Herbert Johnson is the Lakewood chorus director.

From Sumter High School, selected students were Alex Lyx Bentley, Hannah Brown, Donovan Green, Josiah Johnson, Cassidy Kitchens, Will Lane, Logan Martin, Areana Myers, Tianna Roberts, Logan Smith, Perrin Thompson and Jabar Zuell. The chorus director at Sumter High School is Ashlee Poole.

The most competitive choral competition at the high school level, the All-State is comprised of superior high school singers who also know how to read music. The Sumter School District students will join with the other selected students from across South Carolina to learn and sing together under guest clinicians in March at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Golden Apple programs continue

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's Golden Apple awards program continued at Ebenezer Middle School recently and recognized 12 deserving students for citizenship and good character. The students were nominated by teachers, counselors and administrators who wrote of ways in which each student demonstrated the qualities of a Golden Apple recipient.

The program is underwritten by presenting sponsor Caterpillar Precision Pins and gold sponsors Kaydon Corp. - Plant 12, Nu-Idea School Supply and the University of South Carolina Sumter. Members of the Chamber staff and the Chamber Education Committee were also in attendance and participated in the program.

Students recognized from Ebenezer Middle School were Kenya Britt, Jessica Davis, Heather Dinger, Evan Eubanks, Gabriel Lee, Roland Lyle, Ra'Lainna Major, Christian Mylek, Trenaysia Morant, Michael Osborne, Miranda Salas-Sagot and Jay'onah William.

The program, which will be held at each high school and middle school in Sumter School District, will resume in January and will conclude in March.

District closed for Thanksgiving

All Sumter School District schools and the district office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays this week. Normal operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 27. There will be no education news in The Sumter Item on Sunday, Nov. 26. - Mary B. Sheridan

Central Carolina Technical College

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Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Region Leadership Conference

CCTC's Beta Eta Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa hosted the PTK Carolinas Region Leadership Conference Nov. 10-12. The weekend was filled with workshops, chapter planning, learning sessions, food, fellowship and fun.

Phi Theta Kappa seeks to recognize and encourage scholarships among associate degree students. According to its international guidelines, the organization "provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence."

Membership to the CCTC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is limited to associate degree and certificate students who have attained a grade-point average of 3.25 after 12 or more credit hours.

Central Christmas Trees

CCTC is starting a new tradition this year. From Dec. 4 through Dec. 15, the college will display approximately 20 Christmas trees for public viewing and voting. Stop by the college during normal operating hours to tour the trees and get in the holiday spirit.

You can also vote for your favorite tree by visiting CCTC's Facebook page. The winner will be announced at the college's annual Christmas luncheon.

A kick-off event for Central Christmas Trees will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. in building M300 on the Main Campus. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available, along with a gift for the first 50 people in attendance. - Catherine M. Wood

University of South Carolina Sumter

Giving Thanks

The University of South Carolina Sumter campus will be closed Nov. 23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you enjoy this time with friends and family.

Welcome Senior Scholars

High school seniors who rank in the top 15 percent of their class will be invited to attend Senior Scholar Night at USC Sumter on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Nettles Auditorium.

The Senior Scholars program offers a tuition-free scholarship to attend USC Sumter for two years to those students in our local service area who graduate near the top of their class.

As a USC Sumter Scholar, the student will attend the University of South Carolina Sumter with no out-of-pocket tuition costs. Depending on other financial aid and scholarships for which the student may be eligible, this full-tuition scholarship could be worth more than $7,300.

In addition to the student being in the top 15 percent of his or her class, awards are contingent upon 1) legal residency in the state of South Carolina; 2) acceptance to USC Sumter; 3) completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid with results forwarded to USC Sumter; 4) completion of the USC Sumter scholarship application; and 5) enrollment full time in both the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.

For more information, contact Director of Financial Aid Ken Bernard at or call (803) 938-3840. - Misty Hatfield

Thomas Sumter Academy

Thankful for veterans

November is the month of Thanksgiving. It is a time to be thankful for the bountiful blessings that we enjoy here in America.

At Thomas Sumter Academy, we celebrated veterans on Nov. 10 in our Veterans Day Assembly. We opened our doors to area veterans in order to show our appreciation for everything they have done and continue to do for our country. From the start of the assembly - with our students singing the national anthem, to the Pledge of Allegiance, to our patriotic songs by our Junior General Sound and our Columbia Campus Elementary Choir - we thanked our veterans.

We also honored our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action with our "White Table Ceremony." This ceremony has great symbolic significance. Specifically, the empty place represents Americans still missing from each of our five services. The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women; the table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty; the single red rose displayed in the vase reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and the loved ones and friends who keep the faith awaiting answers; the vase is tied with red ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing; the slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land; the grains of salt symbolize the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers; the Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as "one Nation under God"; the glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this day's refreshments; and the chair is empty because they are still missing. Our speaker, Maj. Adam Thornton, USAF, lights the candle to remember our POW/MIA and their sacrifice for each of us.

At Thomas Sumter Academy, there is more to our education than just books. We learn about commitment, sacrifice and courage. How to be a principled servant leader. - Dr. F.L. Martin III

Sumter Christian School

Spirit Week held

SCS students and faculty enjoyed participating in Spirit Week competitions Nov. 6-10. The students were divided into two groups (preschool through fourth grade and fifth through 11th grade) as they competed for various prizes throughout the week by participating in the themed days and by buying spirit links to support the senior class. Class winners received brownies, cupcakes, cookies or ice cream.

By the end of Fall Fest, class points were totaled for an overall winner who received a pizza party.

Students and teachers honored their favorite branch of the military by wearing uniforms, hats or T-shirts on Military Monday; everyone found their doppelgangers on Twin Tuesday. Characters and superheroes brought their A-game as they competed for first place on Win-it Wednesday. Junior Matt McIntyre as Captain America came in first place, preschool student Skylar Ezzelle as a troll won second place, and eighth- grade student Liz Samuelsen as a 1984 Reagan voter won third place. Tie-dyed shirts, greaser leather jackets, poodle skirts, flapper dresses and big hair were shown off as students and faculty represented various decades on Throwback Thursday. Finally, students enjoyed their classes in jeans and school T-shirts or glow-in-the-dark Fall Fest shirts on School Spirit Friday while the junior and senior classes labored to have everything set up for another successful Fall Fest.

Students, family members and friends in the community helped SCS kick off the 21st-annual Fall Fest. To honor those who serve our country, any active military or veterans were allowed free admission. There were plenty of carnival-style games such as Ring-a-Pop, Pumpkin Mania, Duck Pond, Spider Races and Balloon Darts along with other favorite activities including the hay ride, ninja bounce house, face painting and the new Bubble Brawl. There was a delicious variety of carnival-style food - elephant ears, cotton candy, chicken legs, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, fries, cakes and of course candy everywhere. Everyone enjoyed fun games and great fellowship in a safe environment.

We commend the junior and senior classes under the leadership of junior sponsor Laura Mahoney and senior sponsor Carol Rollings for all the hard work that they put into making this year's Fall Fest a success. The senior class uses all proceeds to support its senior trip. - Miriam Marritt

Morris College

Thanksgiving Recess

Thanksgiving Recess will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday.


The men's Hornets will take on Fayetteville State University at 7 p.m. in the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center on Tuesday.

Spring Semester Enrollment

Spring semester enrollment is underway. Prospective students can contact the Office of Admission and Records at (803) 934-3225. - Anika Cobb