Local Newsmakers - November 11, 2007

Sunset Park students honored in poster contest

Second-grade students at Sunset Park Elementary School in Rock Hill participated in a poster contest held by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 in Rock Hill.

The posters demonstrated how to have a safe and fun Halloween. Three winners from each of the second-grade classes were chosen. They are:

• Tiffany Barnes' class: first place, Johanna Holland; second place, Peyton Morrison; and third place, Jopasea Miller.

• Deborah Davis' class: first place, Shakiah McCrorey; second place, Olivia Hale; and third place, Kaylee Small.

• Mary "Mac" Nowell's class: first place, Mya Steele; second place, Zaniyah Blake; and third place, Shyheim Sanders.

The winners received ribbons and a treat bag. All students who participated in the contest received treat bags.

Lisa Graupner honored during Girl Scout event

Lisa Graupner of Rock Hill was recently honored at the fifth annual York County Friends of Girl Scouting and Young Woman of Distinction Award Luncheon.

She was recognized for earning the Gold Award, the highest in Girl Scouting, which requires a multi-year commitment to community service and development. For her project, Graupner worked with a temporary shelter for abused children to help raise awareness about child abuse and create a positive experience for the children.

Graupner was selected from other Gold Award recipients. She also collected toiletries for children in the shelter, organized an Easter egg hunt and held a prom at White Oak Manor. Graupner is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern High School. She attends Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C.

Hiram Hutchison honored by The Citadel

Hiram Hutchison of Rock Hill was named District Director of the Year by The Citadel in Charleston.

Hutchison is a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and a long-standing member of The Brigadier Foundation. He is a member of the class of 1957 and former president of the Charlotte Citadel club. He is the founding father of the York County Citadel Club, which became the Tri-County Club of York, Lancaster and Chester counties and sparked the creation of the Chester/Fairfield Citadel Club.

Hutchison has served as the alumni association director for District 5, North Central. He has been active with Citadel clubs in his district, provided facilities for fundraising and has helped increase giving under his leadership.

Sarah Lynn Hayes named to arts board

Sarah Lynn Hayes is a new board member of the S.C. Arts Commission. She has been appointed by Gov. Mark Sanford to serve on the board of the agency, which works to create an arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians.

Hayes is director of Fine Arts and Gifted and Talented programs for the Rock Hill school district, district coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program and president of the Arts Council of York County.

The governing body of the commission is made of nine volunteer citizens appointed at large by the governor and confirmed by the Senate for the purpose of guiding the development of the arts in the state. For details, visit, or call (803) 734-8696.

Fifteen gather to mark 60th year for Fort Mill class

The Fort Mill High School class of 1947 celebrated its 60-year reunion with a catered meal last month at St. John's United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Fort Mill.

This was the last class required to finish 11 grades to graduate. Only 37 students were in the class. Eleven have died. Those present at the reunion are: Doris Shealy, Mary A. Briggs, Earlene Garrett, Martha Williams, Lillian Hafner, Johnnie Martin, Mary L. Dickson, Mary C. Neibarger, Dessie Jackson, Jack Neal, Odell Pettus, Charles Bayne, Delbert Cranford, Roy Fuller and DuBriel Epps.