Local Newsmakers - April 6, 2008

Sullivan dancers bring home awards

Sullivan Dance Studio took 34 entries to the Legacy Dance championships regional competiton March 29 and 30 in Greenville. Dancers received five platinum awards, 16 gold awards and 13 high silver awards. They received two first-place overall awards, one second-place overall award, three third-place overall awards, one fourth-place overall award, two fifth-place overall awards, two seventh-place overall awards, two eighth-place overall awards and one 10th-place overall award.

Scholarship were awarded to Morgan Abercrombie, Ana-Cathryn Bigham, Kristyn Blackwood, Emily Goins and Taylor Rhea. Sherri Sullivan-Thompson is the instructor/choreographer.

Other competitive dancers are Cleo Agdaca, Kendric Agdaca, Olivia Anderson, Sydney Anderson, Callie Bailey, Timara Barber, Jordan Barnes, Monte Behr, Kristyn Blackwood, Caitlyn Brooks, Tamryn Chisholm, Riley Cina, Rhea Copeland, Ashley Cunningham, Breanna Driggers, Alicia Evans, Brooke Ferguson, Joey Funderburk, Anna Goldstein, Hannah Hart, Ashton Hipkins, Rebekah Hix, Tori Keaton, Macy Kyer, Dani Lewis, Lauren Locke, Katie Logue, Dominique Martin, Bria McCullough, Bronwyn McDaniel, Brittney Miles, Reaghan Miller, Precious Neely, Amanda Phillips, Hayley Potter, Alexis Price, Holly Queen, Erin Riddle, Logan Starnes, Mackenzie Summers, Makenna Thompson, Bethany Totherow, Amanda Voges, Brianna Williams and Emma Williams.

Student participating in leadership forum

Payne Russell, a sixth-grade student at Dayspring Academy in Catawba, will participate in the People to People World Leadership Forum this week in Washington, D.C.

Payne will earn high school credit while studying leadership. Payne was nominated and accepted based on scholastic achievement, civic involvement and leadership potential. The program is coordinated by People to People student leader programs to fulfill the vision of President Dwight D. Eisenhower for fostering world citizenship.

Kimberly Jackson wins science education award

Rock Hill native Kimberly Jackson, a teacher at Project Enlightenment in Raleigh, N.C., who previously taught at schools in Rock Hill, has received the Delta Education Award for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching.

The award, presented by the National Science Teacher Association, comes with a $1,500 prize.

Jackson, a Northwestern High School graduate, earned a degree in elementary education from Winthrop University. She is the daughter of Ralph Jackson and Phyllis Jackson of Rock Hill.

Two named to serve on Republican board

Diane Carr of Lake Wylie and Glenda Rawlings of Rock Hill have been appointed to the board of the National Federation of Republican Women during the 2008-2009 term.

Carr will serve as vice-chariman on the Caring for America Committee. Rawlings will serve on the Homeland Security Committee. Carr is president of the York County Republican Women and Rawlings is chair of the group's legislative committee.