NEWBERRY — Almost 200 student writers had their stories published in this year’s Newberry County School District anthology.
Students along with family, friends and teachers filled every inch of the Newberry Elementary auditorium for the awards ceremony in which each student received a certificate and a copy of the book. In addition, each school has a copy as does the district office.
This year’s theme was Putting the Pieces Together and there was no limit to what the students could write about, making way for a wide variety, said Paige Cromer, a teacher and president of the Newberry County Reading Council.
The anthology has been an annual project for at least a decade. Three winners are selected from each grade level chosen by the school’s curriculum coordinator. Then the Newberry County Reading Council makes its selections. Some grade levels at a few schools were not fully represented.
Christopher DeWine, a fifth-grader from Little Mountain Elementary, based his story on a personal experience.
“I wrote about a fear I have — heights. I overcame it when I flew in a helicopter at the Little Mountain Reunion,” said DeWine. While he said writing isn’t his favorite subject, he said this was easy once he got into it.
Students represented in the anthology are:
Boundary Street: Caden Coward, Hannah Quattlebaum, Avary Rice, Samantha Curry, Amoni Joiner, Zakiera Ruff, Jayson Sanders, Carlita Davidson, Bryson Savage, Tikera Hall, Caleb Mathis, Jimena Aguilar Emily Thompson, Sarali Acosta, Ty’Zha Griffin, Grace Lindsay, Jordyn Clark and Jalen Jackson.
Gallman: Joshua Cautino, Braxton Neal, Blake Stribble, Emma Moore, Jaida Wise, Galilea Saldana Hernandez, Ahmari Livingston, Chloe Bedenbaugh, Chrissy Johnson, NaYonna Suber Brown, Isabelle Donahue, Zsyheim Epps, Cagnee Minick, Jarrett Worthy, Shevante Powell, Guillermo Salgado, DeJundre Chaplin, Dylan Wade.
Little Mountain: Conner Amick, Gabi Riddle, Ryan Crooks, Chantel Robinson, Georgia Wilbanks, Jamarion Noble, Blake Bouknight, Ciara Nelson, Trinity Norris, Ashlyn Kinard, Emily Davis, Tori Livingston, Ella DeNicola, Elliana Steely, Jacie Smith, Cam Farr, Charlotte Delk and Chris DeWine.
Newberry Elementary: Kamari Douglas, Serenity Richburg, Addi Shannon, Alasia Holloway, Ariana Nelson, Akirea Henley, Cooper Holmes, Nytyia Cannon, Jaxirit Carranza Benitiz, Jacob Wilber, Leonel Sanchez, Jose Interial Romo, Melanie Perez, Shwanda Pratt, Elizabeth Fulmer, Raymundo Gonzalez, Tyasia Gordon and Shakia Eichelberger.
Pomaria-Garmany: Tamari Worthy, Brayden Brooks, Cole Graham, Daylon Craddock, Fatima Lopez, Anna Marie Milstead, Kylie Culbertson, Ashly Hernandez Perez, Kayden Beverly, Sydney Wells, Alexis Brunson, Karlie Huffstetler, Jacob Sharpe, Emma Grace Connelly, Jeremy Hollowell, Jacob Sease, Jimmy Berry an d Bailey Stuck.
Prosperity-Rikard: Wesley Fowler, Grace Lollis, JaMarcus Gallman, Olivyah Oster, Gracen Green, Anissa Cardenas, Riley Peel, Haley Patterson, Campbell Nolting, Benji Morris, Emily Anderson, Sam Hawkins, Jeffrey Medvec, Ayla Tobe, Cameron Sease, Ashlyn Howe, Brandon Fowler and Rebekah Dominick.
Reuben: Will Satterwhite, Shana Carwise, Ja’Merius Sheppard, Ben Baldwin, Nola Belle Gibby, Rickkya Perry-Davis, Ryan Brown, Savanna Word, Kaden Crawford, Emma Dennis, Joshua Eason, Logan Vaugn, JoJo Cano, Joshua Hedgepath and Jacob Black.
Mid-Carolina Middle: Reed Studer, Ashlyn Whitley, Parker Metts, Jonah Shealy, Gracen Hester, Taylor Martin, Maggie Taylor, Hailey Mills, Anya Mundell and Alyssa Alewine.
Newberry Middle: Vanessa Harshaw, Alexis Coulombe, Alexis Westgate, Alyssa Gaulke, Marcel Scott, Melanie Guevara, Anna Gray, Ka’Liberty Taylor and Nigeria Davis.
Mid-Carolina High: Kent Alford
Newberry High: Kaitlyn Wallace, Ka’Triona Gibson, Terry Boyd, Tia Nicole Sims, Amelia Foster, Octavia Grandy, Adrianna Lopez, Andrea Neelands, Jamie Fulmer, Jordan Dowd and Kyeondre Fair.
Whitmire Community: Chris Mathis, Lauren Biddle, Haden McElhannon, Starylyn Taylor, Micah Dickerson, Davin Hicks, Julia Riser, Kadence Guinn, Olivia Martin, Cason English, Joseph Dillard, Qua’Asia Epps, Barrett Martin, Marissa Baker, Ryleigh Sherfield, Amaya Patterson, Brittany Overton, Jacob Gilliam, Christopher Saverance, Deja Livingston, Mary Beth Babb, Brianna Mast, Cameron Sheffield, Lauren Couch, Sara McCall, Lea Toby, Michaela Knox, Bramlett Goins, Tripp Alexander, Madison Willis, Bethany Cromer, Andrea Bowers, Amy Andrews, Erin Jeter, Brittney Moss, Erica Hall, Kathy McMurtury, Breanna Lindler and Jessica Caswell.