Education notebook: USC Aiken Pacer fans ready to drown out Jags

February 18, 2019

USC Aiken students hope to break a school attendance record at a basketball double-header against Augusta University on Feb. 27 in the USCA Convocation Center.

The games start at 5:30 p.m. for the women’s team and 7:30 p.m. for the nationally ranked men’s team. Doors open at 4:30. The first 400 USCA students who attend will receive a free T-shirt, courtesy of Burger King.

“Breaking the school record in attendance during this year’s USCA-AU rivalry game would be another signature milestone for USC Aiken Athletics and would serve as “icing on the cake” to any already historic season for the nationally ranked men’s basketball team,” said Brandon Eberl, USCA’s Student Government Association president.

The current record, set during the Jan. 19, 2009, game against Augusta State, is more than 3,500.

Eberl asks Pacer fans coming to this year’s games to wear white.

“This year’s “white out” game will continue a rich tradition in the long-standing rivalry series between the USC Aiken Pacers and Augusta University Jaguars and further enhances the game-day atmosphere for students and members of the CSRA alike,” he said.

USC Aiken crowns Homecoming King, Queen

During the men’s basketball team’s homecoming game, USC Aiken announced the 2019 homecoming king and queen.

A member of the women’s basketball team was crowned queen. Sade’ Johnson, the captain of the team, is an active member of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The industrial process engineering major was escorted by her nephew, Omari Johnson.

Homecoming king, Trey Williams was escorted by his mother, Ruby Williams. He is a biology major with a pre-med focus. Both the Resident Student Association and the USC Aiken Student Government Association sponsored Williams. Currently, Williams is the president of the RSA and is the resident life senator for SGA. In addition to attending classes full time, Williams works in the student life office.

They were crowned by the 2018 Homecoming Queen and King Aubry Melvin and Mason Spires.

This year, the USCA Homecoming Court was selected through a two-part process. Students could apply to become homecoming king or queen, and a committee made up of the members of the USC Aiken Alumni Council selected the finalists to serve on the court. Members of the student body then voted throughout homecoming week for their choice for the university’s royal positions.

House resolution recognizes October as Navy JROTC Month

The Aiken High School NJROTC cadets were special guests at the S.C. House of Representatives on Wednesday where they received a House Resolution sponsored by S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken County.

The resolution recognizes the corps for the contributions it has made to communities the state and to declare October as Navy JROTC Month in South Carolina.

The resolution reads in part as follows:

“These efforts have helped develop thousands of cadets into informed and responsible citizens by promoting patriotism and respect for constructed authority; and

“Whereas, in addition, Navy JROTC activities cultivate leadership potential, promote high school completion and higher education, and encourage community service; and

“Whereas, not least in importance, the Navy JROTC’s program helps develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, and individual discipline in its cadets and builds an understanding of the basic elements of national security, as well as the need for it. Further, the program furnishes information on military service as a possible career, offers an alternative to gang participation, and supplies incentives to live healthy and drug-free lives; and

“Whereas, during just this past school year, Navy JROTC cadets completed more than 166,000 community service hours in this great State. Now, therefore,

“Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

“That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, recognize and honor the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (Navy JROTC) for the contributions it has made to communities throughout the Palmetto State and declare October as Navy JROTC Month in South Carolina.

“Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to the Navy JROTC programs in South Carolina.”