The Miss Ninety Six High Pageant was held on Monday, November 11th at Ninety Six High School. Shelby Turner, Miss Ninety Six High 2019, opened the show by welcoming the audience to "The Greatest Show on Earth."
During the opening parade, the contestants donned original circus theme wear as they introduced themselves under the Big Top. Emcee for the evening was Ryan Hewitt, Artistic Director and Youth & Outreach Coordinator at The Greenwood Community Theatre.
Lander University students gathered in the Grier Student Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for “Coffee and Conversation” on the potential health hazards associated with vaping, a popular social trend that has received high levels of national attention in recent months.
The event was sponsored by Lander’s Wellness Center, as part of a larger series entitled “The Great Lander Vapeout,” which aims to address vaping among students on college campuses.
“Vaping” is the act of inhaling vapor produced by electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and other similar devices. Popularity of these devices has risen drastically among young people in the last five years. According to a report from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General of the United States, the use of e-cigarettes is now higher among students than with adults.
Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School packed the Gymnasium on Monday, November 11 at 10:00 AM to pay tribute to local Veterans. Students from both Ninety Six High & Edgewood Middle Schools participated in the program. Jacqueline A. Rapp, program coordinator, expressed extreme gratitude for the sacrifice that Veterans make to serve our country.
The daughter of a career law enforcement official from Edgefield County, Kylie Wash learned early on the value of a strong work ethic. The 20-year-old radiologic technology major and Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Presidential Ambassador aspires to live by her father’s example.
“My father devoted 24 years to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and to the people of Edgefield County,” she said. “He has always put others before himself. … He has taught me so much about life and has told me forever to always work hard even if nobody notices because your actions can speak louder than words.”
It is a warm, sunny morning at the McCormick County School of Early Education (MCSEE). About a dozen preschoolers romp around an outdoor play area, their giggling and joyful exclamations resonating across the school yard. Clearly, they are having fun. But this is serious business. These youngsters are learning ― through play ― how to safely explore their world and interact with others. They are learning that school is a happy place. They’re also building lifelong, positive associations with being in school.
Through an agreement between Lander University and the Western Piedmont Education Consortium (WPEC), faculty and staff of school districts in the Lakelands area are able to enjoy a discounted tuition rate for courses they take at Lander.
Lander University students and their families enjoyed a day in Bearcat Country during the annual Family Weekend, Oct. 18-20. Attendees enjoyed Uptown Greenwood’s Oktprberfest, a family picnic lunch, student performances, victories by Lander women’s volleyball and soccer teams, a Kids’ Corner with inflatables and face-painting, and a concert by U-Neek. Each year, the event is enjoyed by parents, grandparents, and entire families as they visit their Lander student while getting a taste of Greenwood. Photo by Deb Nygro.
Ninety Six High School supports The American Cancer Society yearly; cancer affects so many lives, a large number of NSHS students are affected because they have loved ones that may have or have recently been diagnosed with Cancer. As a school in the Ninety Six community they wanted to help their students to become advocates in their communities; they want them to care for others.
“I personally want to thank Mr. James Hill and Pride of Greenwood Lodge #411 for their donation of $100 to this worthy cause” said Jacqueline Rapp, Media Specialist for NSHS. “Let’s continue to work to get a cure for CANCER. So far we have raised $656 and we are still working to get more donations for this worthy cause”.
The Greenwood SC Chamber’s October 31st Morning Blend program will feature Dr. Steve Glenn, Superintendent of Greenwood School District 50. Named superintendent last year, Dr. Glenn will provide a district update as well as discuss the proposed calendar changes. The district is comprised of eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, a technology center, and an adult education center.
In the past 13 years, 109 Lander University students have studied abroad at the University of Winchester, in England. The rich history of the city, its closeness to London, the excellent reputation of the university and the affordability of a semester there are some of the reasons why.
The tycoons of reality television’s Shark Tank should take note. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Engineering Design Technology student Kaleigh Price may not have invented the next big thing like the Simply Fit Board, but she’s designed something that undoubtedly will make a BIG difference for special needs students at Woodfields Elementary School in Greenwood.
After a community-wide effort to raise enough funds to make the program sustainable, the Abbeville Promise launched with the graduating high school class of 2018. Now in its second year, and just a few weeks into the Fall 2019 college semester, the impact of the Abbeville Promise continues to be felt.
Under the leadership of Brad Evans as chairman, The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation sponsored a campaign to establish the Abbeville Promise—a “last dollar” scholarship program for every graduating high school senior from Abbeville County.
With fall break just around the corner, students at Lander University took a break from classes to visit with a group of miniature horses on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
The visit was sponsored by Lander’s Student Wellness Center, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which seeks to educate the campus community on mental wellness and provide support for students in need of help.
Other activities included depression screenings, educational exhibits, and stress relieving neck and shoulder massages provided by area professionals. Monday, October 14, 2019
Affordable travel opportunities abound, and the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Continuing Education program has scheduled a free presentation about three trips planned for 2020 ― to Tuscany, Southern France and the Painted Canyons of the American West.
GwdToday is now offering a great Holiday Advertising Package just in time to market for the shopping season. For only a few hundred, your business can have an Extra Large Banner, Unlimited Promotions and Social Media Promos! Your advertising can begin immediately and runs through Jan 2020!
The Extra Large Banner is a great way to promote your business and allow viewers to click right to your website or facebook page, and the graphics and be updated at anytime free.
Promotions are short, article formatted promotions with a couple pictures, link to your website or facebook page which helps connect shoppers to your business. These are also shared to GwdToday’s huge social media family.
This package provides you months of continuous marketing during the busiest shopping season of the year! And don’t forget, those of you in the restaurant & nightlife business, this is one of the best times to advertise as everyone is out and about. With this program you can share lunch and dinner specials throughout the season to attract hungry shoppers!
Ready to get started? Simply email Patrick@GwdToday.com and ask for our Holiday Advertising Special.
Lander University unveiled its new gamer’s lounge during a grand opening celebration last week.
Nicknamed the Bearcade, the lounge is located in the Thomason residency complex. In addition to having three gaming stations for the general student population, the Bearcade also features a 12-station training area for Lander’s Esports team, the Bearcat Bytes.
It became astonishingly clear as the question-and-answer session commenced that nearly everyone in the room had been affected by suicide at some point in their life. Some shared their personal stories. A few shed tears.
To learn strategies for dealing with a suicidal person in crisis, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Human Services students in Greenwood recently participated in a special training ― titled the QPR Institute ― with Tony Johnson, regional executive director of Mental Health America.
With the promise of October's cooler temperatures and colorful autumn foliage, Lander University is preparing to host Family Weekend from Oct 18-20.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18 with a free outdoor concert when "The Tams" perform at Oktoberfest in Uptown Greenwood. Students and their families are invited to a reception at The Arts Center of Greenwood later that evening.
Private investigator Chandra Cleveland, a law enforcement veteran and self-defense expert, demonstrates how to use a “catfight self-defense tool” to ward off an attack by an assailant. “This is going to be a big surprise for him,” she said, adding, “as soon as he lets my hand go, I’m gone.” Cleveland, who spoke at Lander University, said that one in four female undergraduates will be sexually assaulted by the time she graduates. “If you don’t know how to protect yourself, you’re more likely to be a victim,” she said. Cleveland, whose visit was sponsored by Lander’s Spill the T.E.A. student organization, said that awareness of one’s surroundings is the key to staying safe.
On Wednesday, September 11th officials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Two seniors from Greenwood High School were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists!
The Lander Athletic Department will host the Eighth Annual Bearcat Monster Bash and Halloween Walk from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Jeff May Complex.
The event is sponsored by the Lander Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Bearcat Monster Bash and Halloween Walk is designed for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to a costume contest at 6:30 p.m., the first 150 children will be given a commemorative T-shirt.
Children and their parents will get to meet Lander athletes and coaches from the Bearcats' 18 athletic teams and the spirit teams. There will also be lots of candy, prizes, good music and clean, safe fun. A photo booth will also be present for pictures with the Bearcat mascots.
Each year, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) chooses some of its best and brightest students to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus events, provide campus tours and speak about their experiences to various audiences, including potential students and civic organizations. This year’s 17 ambassadors hail from a variety of backgrounds and represent many program areas, but they all have one thing in common ― they share a deep gratitude for the impact Piedmont Tech has had on their lives.
Earlier this morning, Emerald lost power in its main building. CPW has informed district officials and school administration that the main power line running underground to the school is out and needs to be replaced. Emerald students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Prior to dismissal, students will be provided lunch in the new gymnasium which has power and air conditioning. CPW anticipates having the power line replaced prior to the beginning of school tomorrow.
During the power outage, Emerald students and staff were safely housed in the new gym which had power and air conditioning. During this time, students were provided with breakfast and supervised by staff.
The 2019 Edisto REC Peanut/Row Crop Field Day will be held on September 12, and 13th. The peanut, cotton and soybean growers from across the state will gather at the Clemson Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville to learn the latest research on growing these crops. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Thursday at 64 Research Road, Blackville. The schedule is posted online. For more information, contact Dan Anco at 803-284-3343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month keynote: Christine Chavez – The granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962, Christine Chavez works for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as an outreach coordinator. She works with farmers from underserved populations, including Hmong, Latinx, African-Americans, veterans, LGBTQ and women. Her talk will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Strom Thurmond Institute auditorium. It is presented as part of Clemson’s Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month celebration, which aims to educate and heighten awareness about the rich culture. For information, contact Jerad Green at 864-656-7625 or email@example.com.
On the heels of announcing the largest enrollment in Lander University’s history, President Richard Cosentino opened his annual State of the University address with a broad smile as he said, “Welcome to the fourth year of great news.”
Lander students, trustees, faculty and staff filled the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 9, as Cosentino reeled off one achievement after another while updating the audience on the health of the university.
From the largest freshman class, largest overall enrollment, and highest student housing occupancy in the school’s history; to a dramatic increase in Honors College enrollment, the state’s top number of professors awarded for leading textbook-free courses, a banner fundraising year, and a university-wide embraced commitment to safety and security, the address focused on managing and maintaining a trajectory of momentum.
“What other college is experiencing this type of growth…especially with the caliber of students we have?” Cosentino asked rhetorically. “Students want to come to Greenwood, and they want to attend Lander,”
Managing growth Shifting from the listings, Cosentino outlined plans to manage and build upon the success.
A commitment to keeping the campus population safe was the top priority of the Lander administration, according to Cosentino. “The safety our students is more important to me than anything else,” he said. “I would rather close than for any of our students to be harmed.”
Lander Emeritus Professor of Music Dr. Tony Lenti retired in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped him from teaching.
“I teach pretty much what I was teaching before I retired. It’s only my business status that has changed. I teach music history, I teach piano, I teach music appreciation.”
The 73-year-old Lenti recently began his 50th year on the job, with no immediate plans to quit. If his older brother Vince can do it, he asks, why can’t he? Vince, who is 81, still serves on the faculty of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, with plans to work several years more.
“I’d be crazy to sit home and put my feet up in the morning and read a newspaper when I can come to school and interact with energetic and interesting young people,” Lenti, a native Long Islander, said.
Teaching allows him to vent some of the energy he used to put into performing with his wife, Marianne, who was forced to retire from teaching and performing in 2003, because of migraine headaches. The Lentis team taught for twelve years in the Summer Honors Program of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. During the same time, they served as the piano ensemble faculty for the Chamber Music Conference of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. They played together for more than 40 years, appearing in such far-flung places as London, Milan, Warsaw and Bermuda, as well as in 33 of the 50 states, and recording fourcompact discs.
Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2019 Summer Term have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.