NEWBERRY — Athletic and academic excellence were recognized at the June meeting of the Newberry County School Board.
Three district students were chosen to attend one of the South Carolina Governor’s Schools: Meliza Pascual for the 2014-2015 Residential Program for Visual Arts at the Governor’s School for the Arts; Amy Bernardo the 2014-2015 Governor’s School for the Arts in Dance; and Claire Bernardo and Zachary Laprise, who have been selected for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville.
Also honored was Jalesa Ruff, who along with two other Mid-Carolina High School students, competed at the 2014 Track & Field State Championships on May 17. Ruff finished as a State Champion and set a new school record in long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 1 inch.
Prosperity-Rikard Elementary students were honored for their top finishes in the S.C. Economics Stock Market Game. Four teams competed with 1,800 students across the state comprising over 400 teams at the elementary through high school levels. Each team was given $100,000 to invest over a 10-week period.
The team of Jaylee Koon, Dantzler Long, John Roy, Sabrina Weng, and Ella Schafer, won first place in the state while the team of Keaton Atkins, Jon Lawson Cope, William Folk, Brooke Underwood and Jase Riser won third place in the state.
The teams were coached by Debra Templin. The teams made their own sales, buys and other negotiations as part of the simulation. The students were honored at the S.C. Economics Annual Luncheon in May.
The board took the following action after executive session. The board accepted the administration’s recommendations to hire the following:
Mid-Carolina Middle School – Brady Hanes, Social Studies
Newberry Career Center – Nicole Gantt, Health Science
Newberry Elementary School – Stacy Farr, Adm. Asst./Curriculum Coord.; Dell Lever, PE; Kerry Truluck, Kindergarten; Kim Treadway, Grade 3; Traci Jones, Grade 3
Newberry High School – Adriana Duncan, English; Benjamin Hafer, Math; Heather Hafer, Science; Allison Hall, English; Schonna Keasler, Special Ed; Brittnie Manning, Math; Mark Perry, JROTC; Amanda Pruitt, Math; James Wessinger, Science
Newberry Middle – Allysha Ramcharan, ELA; Courtney Hentz, ELA; Rebecca Livingston, Math; Patti Turner, ELA; Sarah Jaynes, ELA; Dana Thomas, Social Studies; Daniel Boland, Social Studies; Carol Marlow, Special Ed; Rachel Miller, ELA; Jennifer Smith, ELA, Tiffany Chaplin, Assistant Principal
Pomaria/Garmany Elementary School – Meredith Barfield, Grade 4
Prosperity/Rikard Elementary School – Candace Gruber, Grade 4
Reuben Elementary School – Larry Bell, Grade 3
Whitmire Community School – Sarah Eades, PE; Stephen Lockwood, Math; Juliette Nguyen, Grade 5; Paul Wiggins, Science.
District Office – Mary Geddings, STEM-Science & Engineering
The board unanimously approved the hires and unanimously approved district recommendations for certified resignations.