Newsmakers | Marking milestones along Myrtle Beach area communities

January 31, 2013 

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PAWLEYS ISLAND

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Joseph Abed-El-Latif, a resident of Pawleys Island, was named to Siena College’s President’s List for the Fall 2012 semester. Abed-El-Latif is a senior economics major at Siena. To be named to the President’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be 3.9 or above. Abed-El-Latif was one of 215 students to be named to the President’s List for the Fall 2012 semester.

GRAND STRAND

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The following students earned bachelor’s degrees from the College of Charleston on December 16, 2012 in a ceremony in the TD Arena: Randy Hering, Alexis Harvey and Emma Owens, all from Murrells Inlet; Shannon Kelly from Myrtle Beach, who graduated magna cum laude; Erica Hill (magna cum laude) and Brijette Johnson, both from North Myrtle Beach; Kristen Warren from Pawleys Island; and Beverly Snow (cum laude) of Surfside Beach.

CENTRAL STRAND

GRAND STRAND

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South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities recognizes students with the 2012 Fall President’s List and Honor Roll: Kaleb Allen, of Conway, a drama student at Aynor High School; McKayla Conahan of North Myrtle Beach, a creative writing student at North Myrtle Beach High School; Casey Fleck, of Conway, a drama student at Carolina Forest High School; Rebekah Lyons of Conway, a dance student at Carolina Forest High School; Nick Vlandis, of Myrtle Beach, a music student at Myrtle Beach High School; Anson Zwingelberg, of Myrtle Beach, a dance student at the Academy for Arts, Science and Technology; and Tia Sandman, of Murrells Inlet, a dance student at Waccamaw High School.

CONWAY

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Lt. Robert Bergeron, of Conway, a company commander in the S.C. State Guard’s 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, accompanied a team of more than a dozen State Guard members during a two-day security training event in Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 19 and 20.

“Even as an 11-year veteran police officer, I came away with a great appreciation for the training our state guard members received during this course,” said Bergeron. “In our class alone, we had over 90 years of law enforcement experience and we were all impressed with the training we received.”

During the training, State Guard members received instruction on security measures as well as the fourth amendment and the protection of constitutional rights.

In the event of natural or man-made disasters, the State Guard acts in a support role for the National Guard, law enforcement and other state, county and municipal agencies.

“This was training we would need if we were ever called to duty in a law enforcement role to assist the National Guard,” Bergeron said.

Other Horry County members who attended the training included Capt. Al Leonard, Capt. Arthur Wendelken, Warrant Officer 2 Janet Gatewood, Warrant Office 1 Cheryl Sievers, Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur Beram, 1st Sgt. Angelo Scorzello, Sgt. 1st Class Edward Angone, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Delgado, Staff Sgt. Angela Britt, Sgt. Terry McCray, Cpl. Jason Hurley and Pvt. Jeffrey Gatewood.

The S.C. State Guard traces its lineage back to the early state militia of 1670 and is today an all volunteer state defense force component of the S.C. Military Department, which also includes the S.C. Army National Guard, the S.C. Air National Guard, the S.C. Emergency Management Division and other elements.

MYRTLE BEACH

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On Jan. 26, Risen Christ Lutheran School’s Robotics Team took part in the North Charleston Regional Qualifier for South Carolina Junior’s First Lego League and came away champions. This competition was held at Northwoods Middle School in North Charleston. They are now holders of a “Golden Ticket” and will be attending the State Championship on Feb. 23. The State Championship will be held at White Knoll High School in Lexington.

Just to qualify for participation is, in it’s own right, a privilege, but to walk away with the top award is a blessing for Risen Christ who just began their Robotic’s program two years ago under the leadership of their coaches, David Hart and Jan Snyder. The students involved in the Risen Christ “Bots” team are Sean Cherney, Michael Hart, Jack Austin, Katherine Hager, Alijah McDonald, Christopher Handl, Sekel Ortiz and Chandler Pate. This was their first competition and they were the only non-public school among 18 other schools competing. They do have a lot of hard work ahead of them as the the state competition will have more than 80 teams represented.

NORTH STRAND

SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

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Family and friends are celebrating 70 years of marriage today between George “Dutch” and Betty Geesey with a drop-in at the Country Club at Sea Trail Plantation, Sunset Beach, N.C., where they live.

They have two daughters, Pamela Shepler of Myrtle Beach, and Patricia Kochik of York, Pa., four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Geeseys were married on Jan. 31,1943, in Towson, Md., and lived n York, Pa., before retiring to the Carolinas

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Wilneydi Lopez, of North Myrtle Beach and a student at North Myrtle Beach High School, has been selected to represent South Carolina as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Lopez has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Lopez was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University, along with partners National Geographic and the National Zoo, are excited to welcome the nation’s youth scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

LITTLE RIVER

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Little River Elks held their annual Hoop Shoot Contest on Jan. 24 at the Parks and Recreation on Possum Trot Road. Jake Brown and Dawson Hardee were winners of the Little River Elks Hoop Shoot contest in their prospective age groups. They represented the area in the District Contest held in Georgetown on Jan. 26.

Dawson Hardee placed second in the 10-11 age group and Jake Brown won his division in the 8-9 age group. Jake will represent the North Myrtle Beach and Little River area in the state contest on Feb. 23 in Lugoff.

Pictured are Dawson Hardee (from left, front row); Jake Brown; Sylvia Comiskey. Little River Elks Hoop Shoot Chairperson (from left, second row), Dawson Hardee’s mother, Mike Comiskey, Little River Elks Hoop Shoot Assistant Chairperson, Jake Brown’s father, and John Vecchio, Elks State Vice President.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

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Patrick S. Franz, of North Myrtle Beach, has been selected for inclusion on the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the fall 2012 semester at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. To be eligible for the Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University, a student must have completed at least four semester units and have an academic average of 3.6 (based on a perfect 4.0 scale) for the semester.

SHALLOTTE, N.C.

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Shallotte Presbyterian Church Joyce Skeen Circle members recently donated numerous items for the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter SECU Hospice House of Brunswick Family Kitchen. The kitchen is used by friends and relatives of patients at the hospice facility in Bolivia. In the kitchen, families can prepare meals, meet and dine together in a homelike setting without the worry of leaving the building at what could be a critical time. The supplies donated by the circle members will also help supplement food donated for patient family members through the hospice’s Meals of Love program.

Pictured are Shallotte Presbyterian Church’s Ann McPhaul (left) with Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Administrative Coordinator Carol Cressman, behind the abundant supplies for patient family members.

GREEN SEA

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The following students were named to the honor rolls at Green Sea Floyds Elementary for the Second Nine Weeks 2012-2013:

THIRD GRADE

• All A’s | Kirsten Causey, Sydney Collins, Gavin Cooke, Austin Damron, Julian Edwards, Emily Hardee, Auron Moore, Gavin Moore, Natalie Claire Naughton, Michavelyn Richburg, Lewis Rhodes and Brooklyn Sawyer.

•  A/B Honor Roll | Tania Alvarado, Chasity Bethea, Marcus Boland, Omari Brown, Maci Buffkin, Ben Bullard, Matt Bullard, Kristen Bullock, Bailey Carroll, Jazmine Carroll, Lizzy Cox, Michael Cribbs, Kelsea Dimery, Nathan Erwin, Kyleigh Esque, Celeste Galarza, Shayla Hardee, Hailey Hedrick, Jamie Lewis, Autumn Lombardi, Tnaija McAllister, Gabriel Meadows, Jessica Padron, Kelli Ray, Elena Rhodes, Samauria Riggins, ZaMari Robinson, Gavin Rogers, Daniel Sessions, Ryan Skipper, Sammoriana Stevenson, Rilie Stockton, Dalton Stroud, Reyn Watson and Yacyris Young.

FOURTH GRADE

•  All A’s | Grant Blevins, Nick Clemons, Harely Fowler, Clayton Gasque, Landon Hill, Jackson Jeter, Abby Marlowe, Gracie Rabon and Michael Stone.

•  A/B Honor Roll | Juan Arias-Vega, Alex Buffkin, Nate Clemons, Caroline Davis, Jaquan Dixon, Caroline Elliott, Hayden Enzor, Gage Floyd, Reece Fissel-Brown, Crystal Hester, Jordan Hucks, Shiann Isaiah, Elizabeth Kearns, Michael Malawey, Cheyenne Marlowe, Gavin McDowell, Janey Merck, Zayvionna Miller, Alex Munoz, Jamarius Patterson, Cynthia Reagan, Brianna Richardson, Shawn Richardson, Kylea Rogers, Aziah Temoney and Muhasia Young.

FIFTH GRADE

•  All A’s | Anthony Campbell, Tanner Cox, Tanner Dulin, Grace Elliott, Keith Elliott, Alexander Garcia, Breionna Gore, Jordan Grainger, Tindall Huggins, Christian Jordan, JaNiya Livingston, David Lopez, Marisol LuvianoRodriguez, Lucas McDowell, Angelique Stevens, Carleigh Stroud, Hillary Todd and Amber Watts.

•  A/B Honor Roll | Rebekah Anderson, Edgar Arias-Vega, D’niya Baker, Cameron Barnhill, Nichole Brown, Lana Grace Buffkin, Angel Cannon, Zakeya Clark, Ethan Damron, Ryan Elliott, Brianna Ellis, JaArius Goff, Reid Gore, Anwain Graham, Kaleb Graham, Tess Graham, TyQuan Green, Ari’yana Hayes, Jahovia Hemingway, Caleb Hewitt, Koltin Hollon, Kaitlan Johnson, Keilani Jones, Tryquan McAllister, Olivia Mendoza, Grant Mincey, Gage Montgomery, Kylie Norton, Morgan Randolph, Logan Parker, Kaeleigh Phillips, Argelio PulidoTinoco, Alyvia Rios, Alfredo Rodriguez, Drake Sadler, Hailey Simmons, Alyssa Slobodiak, Cole Strickland, Kaylee Stroud, Gauge Tyler, Josue Villegas and Lee Ollie Woods.

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