EDITORIAL: Wow, That’s A Lot of Congratulations!
In the long tradition of The Clinton Chronicle publishing an every-once-in-a-while congratulations column, this will be a look at people, groups and organizations since March 1 that deserve a spotlight on accomplishments. Bear with us, please, it’s a long list.
Destini Robinson, a Clinton High School senior, has nearly completed a stellar high school career that is being rewarded with a national Army ROTC Scholarship. With the aim of becoming an Army nurse and then going to medical school, Robinson will attend the University of South Carolina on a full scholarship.
Other Red Devils - actually, the most recent of a large number of signees the last three years - going on to college on athletic scholarships are Isaac MacMillan, Zach Chaffins, Tyrese Booker, Tania Contrera and Caroline Birchmore.
Speaking of MacMillan, Senior Night was Thursday for the Red Devil boys tennis No. 1 singles player, and leader of the Region Champion Red Devils for spring 2018. Now, they are off to the AAA Playoffs where they are looking to repeat as Upper State Champions.
Speaking of Red Devil Athletics, a shout-out is due to the Girls Track Team. Last Wednesday, they became the Region 3 AAA Champions.
Speaking again of tennis, a thank you for the invitation is due from us to the Rufus Sadler Tennis Foundation to a stellar Saturday night event. Organizers are raising money to enhance tennis instruction and tournaments in Clinton, and they are off to a fantastic start.
Staying on athletics for just a moment, a long-overdue pat on the back is due the newest class of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame: Rickey Foggie, Bobby Ivey, Sam Owens, Truman Owens and Kinard Littleton. They are fantastic representatives, along with the hall’s inaugural class, of Laurens County’s rich sports heritage.
Individuals, too, are due recognition for their recent work.
Clinton High School graduate and Presbyterian College senior Sela Vaughan gave us an eye-opening look at the “value” of Blue Hose Nation to the Laurens County Community.
District 56 Bus Driver Cathy Bennett did what she was trained to do - as a nurse and a 9-year veteran of handling a bus full of children. She saved one of her charges from choking on a sucker.
On D56 for just a minute, the Clinton Middle School Academic Team is to be congratulated for a No. 1 in their category finish in a nationwide, computerized academic bowl competition.
The CMS and the CHS Science Olympiad Teams will fly out prior to the May 18 and 19 National Science Olympiad in Colorado. They have a strong grip on this statewide science competition that is staged annually at Newberry College; thanks to PMPA for kicking in $1,000 for their travel expenses but, of course, we still say the State of South Carolina should pay the State Champion’s travel expense.
Switching to buildings for a moment, an “Atta Boy” goes to Piedmont Technical College for completing its third expansion of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County. The center “showed off” its training last Monday in an open house event, and recently earned another first-in-the-state designation as a manufacturing training facility.
GHS-Laurens County Memorial Hospital’s Maternity Care received a prestigious Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blue Distinction as one of the best places in the country to birth a baby. It is monitoring technology - sure - but what it really boils down to the caring nurses and doctors.
Also, the Laurens County Museum is to be congratulated for a successful unveiling of The Magnolia Room. The second floor of its downtown Laurens headquarters soon will be a wedding receptions destination - they still need to install an elevator, in case anyone out there needs to make a tax-deductible donation. Two events are coming up at The Witherspoon Building on May 3, and museum board is making steady, debt-free progress in opening what will be a three-story, wonderful display and research space for Laurens County history.
Two “causes for celebration” are still developing. Laurens County EMS is going to get $63,000 to buy a 50-patient mass casualty transport vehicle - the first of its kind in the Upstate. District 56 and 55 will receive $29,856 each to run summer reading camps for local youth.
Don’t worry - we have plenty more ink to do a lot more congratulations for everyone doing remarkable work in our community. Thank you all!