Newsmakers: Rock Hill High grad named state’s top young band director

▪ The Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu presented Ben Hingle, director of bands at Cheraw High School, with the South Carolina Young Band Director Award. The award includes a trip to Florida to study with master music educators.

Hingle attended St. Anne Catholic School and graduated from Rock Hill High School. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in music from Winthrop University. He taught in Lancaster County and was named the most outstanding new teacher in Lancaster County schools. ​He is in his second year at Cheraw High School.​

Phi Beta Mu, a professional bandmasters fraternity, was established in 1938.​

▪ Matthew Weaving of Troop No. 277 at St. Anne Catholic Church, became the 100th Eagle Scout to be elevated to that rank in the 52-year history of the troop, during a ceremony at St. Anne school April 13. For his service project, Matthew, 16, a student at Rock Hill High School, helped the Rock Hill Police Department with the construction of an outdoor kennel for K-9 Officer Nick Cutter’s dog Molly. The project, which took 30 days to complete, was made possible through donations and discounts from Lowe’s Home Improvements, Stevenson-Weir Concrete, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware and private donors.

▪ Anna Beynon, Lindsey Scott and Jeremy Ward were inducted into the Lambda Gamma chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha homeschool honor society April 16.

▪ Sam Walker, a homeschool student, was awarded the Congressional Award – Gold Medal by the U.S. Congress. To complete requirements for the award, Walker completed more than 400 hours of community service and more than 200 hours in each category of personal development and physical fitness.

▪ Joseph R. McNinch of Chester has been named agricultural director for the Undergraduate Student Government Association at Clemson University for 2015-16. He has previously served the student government as a member of the Governmental Affairs and Agricultural Committees. He is a 2012 graduate of Chester High School where he served as president of the FFA chapter and was awarded the State FFA Degree. He is the son of Todd and Marsha McNinch of Chester. His FFA adviser was Kip Beam, agri-science instructor at the Chester County Career and Technology Center.