GREENWOOD—Lander University conferred degrees upon 200 graduates at the university’s fall commencement ceremony in December. Newly-elected South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, a 1976 Lander alumna herself, delivered the keynote address before a full house at the university’s Horne Arena.
Thirty received honors at the ceremony. Honors included summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude. Eligible graduates also received Lander’s Golden L award, which is given to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in the last 60 hours of instruction through Lander University.
Golden L recipients included: Samuel Roland Addy, of Saluda; Charles Julian Roesner, of Saluda; Chelsea Nicole Schmieding, of Saluda.
Below is a listing of summer and fall 2014 Lander graduation candidates, along with their hometowns, degrees and majors.
Samuel Roland Addy, Saluda, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education; Charles Julian Roesner, Saluda, Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication & Theatre; Chelsea Nicole Schmieding, Saluda, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education; and Julianna Stanfield, Saluda, Bachelor of Science, Nursing.
Legislators Appreciation Day
Fifteen Saluda High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia on February 25.
The students were accompanied by Amanda N. Crouch, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Saluda High School, Julia Miller, student teacher at Saluda High School from Clemson University and Ben Webb, health/physical education instructor and coach at Saluda High School. Due to the two hour school delay, the Saluda Chapter was unfortunately not able to meet with Representative Kennedy, Senator Massey, or Senator Nicholson as in the past – as they were in session when the group arrived. The group did brave the cold and weather to join the hundreds of FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State Capitol for a special recognition ceremony. The event got under way with the FFA opening ceremony. The group was lead in the Prayer by DeShawn Blanding, State Vice President and heard a rendition of the National Anthem by Abbee Carnes the 2015 Miss SC FFA from West Oak.
The State FFA Officers presented the prestigious Honorary State FFA Degree to Ronnie Summers, Regional President with AgSouth Farm Credit and James Roberts, Agricultural Teacher at Aynor High School. The purpose of the Honorary State degree is to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the FFA program.
Commissioner Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture, presented the Governors Proclamation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of Governor Haley. This was in recognition of National FFA Week February 21-28, 2015.
State Senator Daniel B. Verdin, of Laurens, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and State Representative David R. Hiott, of Pickens County, Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee, both gave remarks to the FFA members in attendance and presented a Concurrent Resolution of Recognition and Commendation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of all the members of the SC General Assembly.
The 2014-2015 state FFA officers conducted the ceremony at the South Carolina State House.
The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. With the exception of this year, FFA Week runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday.
The FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA members are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture. With more than 610,000 members, the organization has a history of service and a legacy of leadership.
KING ACADEMY QUIZ BOWL TEAM - The Middle School Quiz Bowl Team traveled to Orangeburg Prep on February 19 to participate in the SCISA Quiz Bowl tournament. Participants pictured left to right are Addie Smith, Quinten Miller, Reaghan Pugh, River Guy, Joe Sauls, Ashlyn Dowling, and Sponsor Crissie Kirby. We would like to thank Ms. Kirby for taking the time to be the coach for our Middle School students. All the students had a great time on the trip and enjoyed participating in the tournament.