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October 5, 2018

Ridge Spring FFA members go to Washington

Two members of the Ridge Spring-Monetta High School FFA Chapter recently attended the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference held July 24-28. The weeklong program provided information for the RS-M FFA members to improve their leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles in their chapters, communities and future careers. They attended workshop sessions on persuasive communication, character leadership and building relationships, as well as participated in discussions on citizenship and service learning events.

Members attending were Austin Scott, RS-M FFA president, and Lacy Pou, RS-M FFA secretary. They were accompanied by FFA Advisor Michael Crim.

Highlights of the trip included the flight there and back, a trip to the Holocaust Museum, and a night tour of the Lincoln, Jefferson and The Franklin Delano Roosevelt monuments. The group also visited The Korean, Vietnam and the World War II memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery.

They spent a morning at the Capital, which included advocating for agriculture in South Carolina and promoting agriculture education and FFA with officials from both Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Scott and Pou enjoyed similar visits with Representatives Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, Jim Clyburn and Trey Gowdy.

“Walking the streets of Washington and touring the Capital was a surreal experience that let me know how far our nation has come in past hundreds of years,” Scott said. “It instills faith in me that so many people from different backgrounds can come together in one city to become one united family under God. That is message that WLC is all about and it was a privilege to be a part of it.”

Wherry to attend St. Lawrence

Elizabeth E. Wherry of Edgefield has joined St. Lawrence University as a member of the Class of 2022.

Wherry attended Emma Willard School.

Jones named to dean’s list

Laportia Jones of Aiken was named to the Summer 2018 dean’s list at Valdosta State University for the 2018 summer session.

Choral society receives grant

South Carolina Arts Commission awarded a $2,500 grant to The Aiken Choral Society for the fiscal year of 2018.

This grant will allow the organization to continue its mission to present great secular and sacred vocal works for the appreciation, inspiration and education of musicians. The Aiken Choral Society was formed in 1951 and continues to enhance the quality of life in the Aiken and CSRA community.

The S.C. Arts Commission, headquartered in Columbia, is a state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. The Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development.

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