The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce celebrated 12 students at Furman Middle School on April 4 with the presentation of the Golden Apple Awards. Each student was recognized for having integrity and strong moral character. To commemorate this achievement, each student was presented with a certificate that contained a proclamation from the Sumter city and county governments and was signed by Mayor Joe McElveen and Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain. The proclamation states: "Whereas, students at Furman Middle School have demonstrated exceptional character; and whereas, students at Furman 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." Receiving awards were: Kristen Carraway, Jhayda Durant, Peyton Edwards, Daniel Hill, Jenna McKenzie, Rachael James, Kathryn Yocum, Evelyn Campos, Cierra McCloud, Mason Reese, Siera Sinkler and La'Vaundria Washington.
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