Local Newsmakers - February 17, 2008

York High grad receives national athletic honor

Dana Daves, a sophomore at Coker College in Hartsville, was one of four Coker crosscountry runners to receive national recognition for exceptional athletic and academic performance. Daves, a 2006 graduate of York Comprehensive High, was named to the 2007 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Women's All-Academic Cross Country Team. She was one of the 202 female student-athletes from 99 Division II programs named to the All-Academic team.

To qualify for the individual All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have completed 24 semester of 36 quarter hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The student-athletes also must finish in the top 30 percent of individual participants at their respective regional cross country championships.

Keystone recognizes volunteer efforts, corporate sponsors

Keystone Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services recently recognized area volunteers and donors for their contributions to the center:

• The Outstanding Achievement Award was given to York County Multijurisdictional Drug Unit for dedication and commitment to keeping kids sober. Through their efforts, the county reduced its' underage alcohol buy rate to 21 percent, down from 34 percent in 2006.

• WRHI and Interstate 107FM earned the Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness Award for working with area schools promoting the prom pledge, which encourages prom-goers to sign a pledge promising to have a safe and sober prom. They also were recognized for assisting Keystone with public service announcements concerning prenatal care, substance abuse, and drunk-driving.

• Catawba Care Coalition's work was recognized with the Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award for providing free HIV/AIDS tests and counseling to Keystone clients. Catawba Care Coalition is a nonprofit organization in Rock Hill that provides medical care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and educates the community on HIV prevention.

• Best Buy received the Community Service Award for supporting area youth through events such as an after-prom-party, Coolfest and ChristmasVille.

• Keystone volunteers Joe and Shirley Gerrald received the Above and Beyone Volunteers of the Year Award, for delivering Christmas dinner and gifts to clients and for their mentoring work with a client's son.

• Wachovia received the Outstanding Partnership Award for its many roles, including sponsorship of a gala event, volunteering and locating temporary space for prevention efforts. First Citizen's Bank and the City of Rock Hill were recognized for painting a bridge that symbolizes the journey its clients make as they cross over to sobriety.

Keystone provides prevention, intervention and treatment services to individuals, familities and the community affected by substance abuse.