Local Newsmakers - March 23, 2008

Drayton Wade earns Eagle Scout Award

Drayton Charles Wade, a member of Boy Scout Troop 205 at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

Wade has served as patrol leader and senior patrol leader with the troop and earned 22 merit badges. He is a member of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle project, Wade organized and helped clear and develop a walking trail at Westminister Park. This summer he will attend a two-week camp at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Wade is a sophomore at Northwestern High School. He is the son of Charles and Carolyn Wade of Rock Hill.

Local turkey federation receives national award

The Rock Hill chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently received the Best NWTF Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship special event award. It was presented at the national convention and sport show in Atlanta.

The award is the highest honor given for a JAKES event. More than 500 youth participated in the event, Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs fishing rodeo, sponsored by the Rock Hill chapter and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources last May at the Draper Wildlife Management Area in York County.

Participants took part in activities including fishing, archery, hot air balloon rides, hayrides and clay shooting. The program teaches the principles of wildlife management and continues traditions of safe, ethical and responsible hunting for youth up to age 12.

Northwestern teacher receives scholarship

Northwestern High School chemistry and forensic science teacher Jeffrey Venables was awarded an $800 scholarship from the Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship Foundation at the Palmetto State Teachers Association convention in Lexington on March 15.

The teachers association sponsors the scholarship and provides members the opportunity to further their studies. Venables is working toward a doctorate in education from Walden University and is a PSTA board member. The association sponsors professional development programs for teachers. Since 1976, it has awarded more than $76,500 in scholarship money.

Teen receives grant to hold volunteer fairs

Sam Andersen received a grant from the Rock Hill Youth Council to conduct high school volunteer fairs at five area schools in March and April.

Andersen, a community volunteer since elementary school, said the purpose of the fairs is to encourage students to volunteer by introducing them to organizations in need of volunteers.

The fair, Think Globally, Act Locally, will feature 10 organizations that need teen volunteers. The fairs will be at South Pointe High School, Rock Hill High School, Westminister Catawba School, Northwestern High School and Trinity Christian School.

The organizations are Upper Palmetto YMCA, American Red Cross, A Place for Hope, Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism, York County Library, Pilgrims' Inn, Piedmont Medical Center, Hospice and Community Care and the Children's Attention Home.

Rock Hill Toastmasters win local competition

Maryanne Genus and Brian Joyner recently won speaking competitions during the Rock Hill Toastmasters Club speaking contest.

Genus won the prepared speeches competition for her speech, "Say What?," a humorous look at communication woes. Joyner won the table topics competition for his proficiency in speaking for one to two minutes on a given topic without preparation.

Both Genus and Joyner will represent the club at the area competition at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Baxter Village branch of the York County Library in Fort Mill. The competition is open to the public. The local club is part of a world-wide network of clubs, that teach the arts of speaking, listening and thinking. The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Red Cross building, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

Pak's event raises $11,000 for DARE

Pak's Martial Arts Fitness Center of Rock Hill raised $11,000 for the York County D.A.R.E. program during its Feb. 23 Charity Master's Exhibition. More than 1,000 spectators attended the event that included performances by Grandmaster Pak, visiting martial artists from across the country and the center's demonstration and special needs teams. The D.A.R.E. program teaches youth the consequences of making bad choices and instructs them on alternatives.