NEWBERRY — Although Shevonna Jenkins has always lived in Newberry, she has never learned more about the town than working as the newest member of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in Newberry, Jenkins is a graduate of Newberry High School, and a December 2013 graduate of Lander University, where she studied mass communications.
While at Lander, Jenkins was the historian for the Mass Communications Association on campus. The program was started from scratch, as it had not been thriving since 2009. Jenkins said the group would have weekly meetings, and as historian, her job was to let people know just what the term Mass Communications meant.
She was also involved in the gospel choir on campus for all four years of school.
Living at home now in Newberry with parents Gwen and Julious Jenkins, she attends her home church, Hopewell Baptist, where she also sings as a member of the choir. She’s an only child, but said she always wished for a brother.
Jenkins began working as an intern for the Newberry Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 10 and said she has never learned so much about her town.
A client of the vocational rehabilitation center, Jenkins said the center helped her to find the position after she graduated from Lander. Jenkins said they also helped her with her financial aid for school.
Currently Jenkins works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at their office downtown. Jenkins said so far she’s worked with invoices, and made phone calls to new and old members to update them on the Chamber’s most recent annual meeting.
Ted Smith with the Chamber said Jenkins is a hard worker and has jumped right in to the tasks and projects they have given her to work on. One of these includes postcards of historic places of Newberry.
Smith said they’ve had a lot of interest from local residents and visitors looking for postcards that feature Newberry to either mail or keep as souvenirs.
Jenkins said she took pictures of places such as the oldest homes in the city of Newberry and in Newberry County. The photos were then sent to Ted Williams for editing, and will soon be put on postcards that will be available at the Chamber.
Reminiscing on the only time she came to the Chamber as a little girl, Jenkins said she’s learned a lot having only worked there for a month.
“I really like it here,” Jenkins said. “It seems like it’s in the right field for me.”
Jenkins said she loves being from a small town where everybody knows everyone. While she’s not working at the Chamber, Jenkins is working on going back for her master’s degree in business at Piedmont Technical College. She hopes to transfer to North Carolina in the future.
Her next goal, Jenkins said would be to move to Greensboro, N.C., to pursue a career in television or marketing. Although Jenkins said she’s shy, she feels she is slowly coming out of her shell. Working with the Chamber has gotten her out into working with the community.