Notable Achievements

 (All Youth are listed by first name in alphabetical order)

Alana Nicole Jones- Principal's List, 4.0 GPA, Student Congress Representative, Duke University TIP Program (Talent Identification Program), Tested for Gifted and Talented Program, Highest Average in Social Studies (Denmark, SC)

Alex James - Jr. Beta Club, Honor Roll (Denmark, SC)

Alexandra Waiters- Student of the Week, Monthly Reading Goal Award (Columbia, SC)

Amber Johnson- Preservation Award, Student Council (Columbia, SC)

Andrew Finklea- Class winner “Excellence Expository Writing” Lt. Governor’s Writing Awards Program, South Carolina Junior Scholars Award (Sumter, SC)

Apryl L. Bailey- Honor Roll, among 21 Finalist in the state of Florida to participate in the Tallahassee Women’s Lawyers 2004 Legacy of Excellence Program, Teen Civil Rights Activist, Volunteers with elderly (Tallahassee, FL)

Ashley Brown- Perfect Attendance Award, Ballet Trophy (Columbia, SC)

Brandy Golston- “B” Honor Award (Hopkins, SC)

Briana Beard- President’s List Award, PACE Gifted Student Program, Volunteers with elderly (Mobile, AL)

Briana Rice- Student of the Month ($50 prize) (Charlotte, NC)

Brittany Boulware -Honor Roll, Avid Ambassador, Tutor, Beta Community Service Club, Student Panel (Charlotte, NC)

Bobby Edwards- 2004 President's Education Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Studies, Language Arts Achievement Award (Atlanta, GA)

Broderick Daniel- Terrific Kid Award (Columbia, SC)

Caleb Major- Piano Completion Certificate Award (Columbia, SC)

Camille Dibble  - A/B Honor Award (Denmark, SC)

Cedric Harville- Principle’s List, Academic Team (Hopkins, SC)

Chantel Ervin-Honor Roll Award (Charlotte, NC)

Charity Anderson- Star Student of the Week Award, Dynamic Dolphin of the Week Award, Teacher’s Friend Award, Reading Goal year 2003-2004 (146 books),  Homework Award (completed every homework assignment) (Killian, SC)

Charles Alan Jones- Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, nominated and accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, earned academic (high school level) credits after passing the required course "Exploring American Leadership" at the World Leadership Forum, while in the 7th grade,  earned 10 service learning hours by choosing to write letters to active or former U.S. soldiers and their families, nominated and accepted to receive a math scholarship from the United States Achievement Academy, Selected in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) (Denmark, SC)

Cherise Daniel- Good Citizen Award, Book Club Award (Columbia, SC)

Darius Daniel- Good Citizen Award, Terrific Kid Award (Columbia, SC)

DeMario Ervin- Honor Roll (since K-8th grade), UNC- Charlotte Pre-College Program Student (Charlotte, NC)

Derrick Goodwin- ‘B” Honor Award (Columbia, SC)

Domonique Bellamy- Accelerated Reader Award (Columbia, SC)

Donald Wright, II- Honor “B” Award (Columbia, SC)

Elizabeth Christina Sumter- National Beta Club, Poet of the Year Nomination, Prestigious Editor Choice Awards for poem “Joy” (Columbia, SC)

Emmanuel Jenkins- Artistic Achievement Award, Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (Columbia, SC)

Eric Rice, Jr.- “Honor Roll” Award (Charlotte, NC)

Forrest Q. Sumter- National Beta Club (Columbia, SC)

Gavin Boulware - Honor Roll, Tutor, Red Cross Volunteer (Charlotte, NC)

Gavin D. Sumter- 1st place in Math Olympiad Award, Academically Gifted Caesars English Program Completion (Columbia, SC)

Geneise Hinton- National Honor Society (Hopkins, SC)

Gerry Bailey - Plaque of Outstanding Student Citizen Award (only male recipient in his high school to receive this award), Highest Ranking History Student Award (in high school), Highest Ranking Bible Student (in Bible Class) Award  (Chesterfield, SC)

JaKayla Graham- Excellence in Citizenship Award (Columbia, SC)

Jamarre Graham- Excellence in Citizenship Award, Being the Most Cooperative Award, Trustworthiness Award (Columbia, SC)

James Riley-Red Star Reading Award, Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll Award, State of SC Honor Roll Achievement Recognition, National Junior Beta Club, Qualified to participate in Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)  (Denmark, SC)

James Williams, III- Designated Class Leader Award (2x) (Columbia, SC)

Jeffrey Jenkins, II- Barnwell Scarlet Knights Band, Best Saxophone Award (Denmark, SC)

Jeremy James - USC Aiken Scholar Award, Leadership Training sponsored by the Rotary Club (Denmark, SC)

Jerron Howard- 3rd Place in Science Fair Award (Atlanta, GA)

Johnathan Ervin- Presidential Award (Charlotte, NC)

Jonathan Jackson- The American Legion Certificate of School Award of Distinguished Achievement along with a Medal (Atlanta, GA)

Kamika Hemphill- Who’s Who All American Scholar, Columbia Urban League Gifted & Talented Program, Richland School District One Academic All Star, Honors Graduate, Life Scholar, Principle’s List (Hopkins, SC)

Karen Bell -Significant Achievement Award – Chorus (Denmark, SC)

Kenyon Stewart- Accelerated Reader Award (Columbia, SC)

Kiedra Keitt- “Highest In the School Average Award” in English/ Language Arts, Improvement in Health Award (Columbia, SC)

Kimberly Smokes- named in Who's Who Among High School Students, Certified Nurse's Aid (Denmark, SC)

Kyron Davis- 5,000 Hours of Community Service Award (Columbia, SC)

Lamaria Bryana Jamison -2nd Place Art, 1st Place Strings (Cello), 3rd Place Magnet Science, National Junior Honor Society, Qualified to participate in Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), Participation in the Consortium for the Arts (Strings), Principles list, Double recipient of  Clark Scholar for maintaining a 4.0 GPA  (Denmark, SC)

Latonya Jett- Falcon Student of the Year Award (Florence, SC)

Lauryn Jamison - 3rd Place Odyssey of the Mind (State Level), 3rd Place Magnet Social Studies, 2nd Place Chorus, 2nd Place Physical Education, 2nd Place Art, 3rd Place Magnet Science, 3rd Place Science Fair, Invited to compete at the State Region II Science Fair, ACT 98 percentile of eight graders (Lauryn is a 6th grader), Participation in the Consortium for the Arts (Chorus), Qualified to participate Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)  (Denmark, SC)

Mariano Williamson- Math Award, Perfect Attendance, Certificate of Academic Excellence (Hopkins, SC)

Mark Riley-Qualified to participate in Duke University Talent Identification Program(TIP) Gifted and Talented Program (Denmark, SC)

Marque Macon- National Society High School Scholar, “A” Honor Award (Hopkins, SC)

Matthew Scott- recognized by Charlotte Observer as a Mecklenburg County All-Star Scholar, nominated as “Senior of the Year”, 4.o GPA (Two consecutive years), graduating as number 14 out of his class of 300, recipient of Presidential Scholarship ($15,000), T.H.I.N.K. College Scholarship ($1,000), Allstate Foundation Scholarship ( $10,000), recruited by more than 25 colleges and universities with full scholarship offers to South Carolina State College ($63,000), Winston Salem State University ($75,000), North Carolina State University ($ 84,000), and Davidson College ($ 150,000)   (Charlotte, NC)

Megan Hinton Harris- Strings (Violin) Most Valuable Player Award, D.A.R.E. Graduate, “B” Honor Award (Hopkins, SC)

Melanie Moore- “B Honor” Award (Columbia, SC)

Melanie S. Robinson- The State of South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry - Nursing Assistant Certification, American Heart Association - CPR/AED Certification, Recipient of the Life Scholarship, South Carolina Health Occupations Students of America (SC HOSA) Award of Achievement – Administrative Medical Assistant 1st Place, SC HOSA Award - Most Outstanding Student at Lower Richland High School (LRHS), LRHS Career and Technology Education (CATE) – Certificate of Highest Class Average in Health Science Technology II,  Honor Graduate, LRHS CATE – Straight “A” Average in Health Science Technology II,  Academic Excellence in Health Science Technology II, Most Outstanding HOSA Student, Certificate of Achievement for obtaining 5.0 credit hours in the Area of Health Science Technology, Certificate of Completion - Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program, A & B Honor Roll Award, Principal’s List, Certificate of Honor from Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Certificate of Honor- National Honor Roll, Coker College - Coker Scholar, National HOSA Participation Award – Kaiser Permanente Health Care Issues Exam, SC HOSA Participation – Voting Delegate,  Certificate of Achievement for completing 20 Clinical Internship Hours for Home Health Care (HOSA), Team Player Award, 3.5 club (GPA), 4.0 Club, Academic Excellence in Marketing , Highest Course Average in Marketing, Highest Class Average in Home Health Care Assisting, “A” Average in Health Science I, Richland County School District One (RCSDO) Superintendent’s Award – State 1st Place Winner (HOSA), RCSDO Career and Technology Education– Certificate of Recognition for Placing 1st in Administrative Medical Assistant at the 2004 State HOSA Competition, Columbia Urban League, inc. –Young and Gifted Achievement Award in the area of Academics, Southern Regional Education Board State Career and Technical Education Consortium - Award of Educational Achievement for meeting the performance and curriculum requirements established by High Schools That Work (Lugoff, SC)

Micah Williamson- Spanish Award, Reading Award, Super Speller Award (Hopkins, SC)

Michael Bell- Significant Achievement Award – Chorus (Denmark, SC)

Michaela Danielle Jenkins - Spanish Student of the Month, Citizenship Award for Perseverance, National Piano-Playing Auditions - Early Elementary Level (Columbia, SC)

Michael Johnson-Duke Talent Identification Program for Mathematically and Verbally Talented Students, Irmo Honor Band (Columbia, SC)

Michal Johnson- Lexington County Choral Society Scholarship 2004, ACDA Regional award, Tri-M Honor Society (music award) (Columbia, SC)

Miesha Goodwin- Miss January, Miss C.A. Johnson, Who’s Who Award, Most Likely to Succeed Award, Superlative Award, Hall of Fame Award, C. A. Johnson Alumni Award, Full Scholarship to Benedict College, Full Scholarship to Johnson C. Smith University, Full Scholarship to Paine College, Alumni Scholarship (Columbia, SC)

Naomi Hinton- Math Silver Medal (Hopkins, SC)

Nazuri Jenkins- Certificate of Achievement Award, Book-It Reading Award, Computer Lab Achievement, Word-Recognition Award, Super Star Award (Columbia, SC)

Phyllicia L. Owens- Honor Graduate (Florence, SC)

Rachael Johnson- Respect Award (Columbia, SC)

Ramon Sampson- “A” Honor Award (Suffolk, VA).

Rinesha Finklea- Excellerated Reading Program, Class Winner in Young Writer’s Contest, “Highest Average in All Academics in the School” Award (Sumter, SC)

Robert Richardson- Math Olympiads Team Award (Columbia, SC)

Ronald C. Jett II- Honor Graduate, Sarah B. Coffee Scholarship for $500.00, Susan B. Johnson scholarship, a four-year award given to those students that will pursue a medical career, Upward Bound Vocational Program Volunteer at area Nursing Homes, Heart of the Falcon award given to the student that exemplifies the total essence of the student body and school mission (Florence, SC).

Sarah Riley- Qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)  (Denmark, SC)

Shanda Mack- Double recipient of the Youth Leadership Program Award for tutoring, 6E Medical System Scholarship, Nucor Steel Scholarship, LIFE Scholarship (Florence, SC)

Shanequa Frazer- Beta Club, Honor Student (Orchestra & Algebra), Community Service Award, Science Fair Award, Spanish Star of the Week Award, A/B Honor Award (Columbia, SC)

Shanita Ervin- Character Award (Charlotte, NC)

Shannon Gibson- “A” Honor Roll, Spanish National Honor Society, Infolink Magnet Program, International Foreign Language Award, Tutor, Candy Striper (Killian, SC)

Simone Gibson- Student of the Week Award (Killian, SC)

Shekinah Williams- Principle’s List (Hopkins, SC)

Stephen Gibson- Honor Roll Award, Reading Renaissance Award, CHAMPS (Killian, SC)

Tai’sa Lewis- Honor Graduate (Florence, SC)

Tariq Lawrence- “Most Improved Student in Academics” Award (Sumter, SC)

Taylor G. Ross- Class Valedictorian (Northminster ECE) (Columbia, SC)

Thomas E. Bell - American Cancer Society Scholarship (Denmark, SC)

Tiara Felder- Lieutenant Governor’s Writing Award, Midlands Math Meet Spin to win Trophy & Certificate, Student of Distinction, Class Choice Award, Best Singer Award, Accelerated Reader, Student Council, Music, Citizenship Award, Unselfish Super Star Award , Club Cien ( 100 Club) (Columbia, SC)

Tiffany Fields- “Most Improved Student in Academics “Award (Sumter, SC)

Trivon Goodwin- Excellence in Reading Award, Excellence in Math Award, Book It Reading Award (Columbia, SC)

Tyeshawn Wright- Selected to have original artwork displayed in “Literary”, artwork sent to Warshaw College at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Vonda M. Jackson- Irmo Singers Buzz On Award (Columbia, SC)

William Ervin- Character Award (Charlotte, NC)


College Information

  • Edletha Owens

    Edletha Owens is a recent graduate, in political science, of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.  Edletha graduated as a Magna Cum Laude graduate with a 3.6 cumulative grade point average.  Her honors included Presidential Scholar, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and a member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, National Dean’s List, while also being named to be in the listing of Who’s Who Among Students at Colleges and Universities. Edletha is the daughter of Deacon Edwin and Sis. Phyllis Owens of Florence, SC.

  • Jessica Epps

    Jessica Epps- of Winthrop University is in the College of Arts and Sciences. She‘s on the Dean’s List, recipient of Close Scholarship (2000-2004) based upon Community Service, Close Scholar Graduate Award 2004, Life Scholarship recipient (2000- 2004), Club Med Secretary, Winthrop Professional Development School Grant Participant,  and National Dean’s List nominee. Jessica is the daughter of Deacon Leroy and Sis. Marie Epps of Columbia, SC. 

  • Keith Harrison

    Keith Harrison- of Florence-Darlington Technical College is a recent recipient of an Associates degree of Health Science in Radiologist Technology. Keith is a recipient of the Life Scholarship for having at least a 3.0 GPA, employed by McLeod Regional Medical Center in the Radiology department, and a SC State licensed Certified Radio Logic Technologist, and also registered with the American society of Radio Logic Technologist. Keith is the son of Harry Lee and Sister Jean M. Harrison, Sr. of Florence, SC.

  • Latoya Jenkins

    Latoya Jenkins is a freshman in the School of Honors at Benedict College, with a 3.81 GPA, a SCAMPS Scholarship recipient, Target Scholarship recipient, SC Tuition Grant recipient, HOPE Scholarship recipient, and on Benedict College President’s List. Latoya is the daughter of LaShaundre Jenkins and the granddaughter of Sis. Sarah Jenkins of Columbia, SC.

  • Lisa Felder

    Lisa Felder- attends Midlands Technical College where she is majoring in Nursing. She works as a Beautician while attending school. She also is an active Volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. She is a member of the church in Killian, SC.

  • Shanta Stevens

    Shanta Stevens - Columbia College Scholar, South Carolina L.I.F.E Scholar, Columbia College Presidential Scholar, Leadership Boot camp Nominee, National Dean’s List honoree, South Carolina Teacher Certification Program, and carries a 3.65 GPA.  She has also taught as a teacher’s candidate at Scottish Rite Center Childhood Language Disorders and Leaphart Elementary.  She is also a volunteer in a program that assists children with their homework. Minister Joseph and Sis. Rosetta Stevens of Saluda, SC.

  • Charity Watson

    Charity Watson - She was president of the Student Body at Columbia High School and finished third in her class with a 4.5 GPA.  She is currently a Furman Scholar with a 3.8 GPA on the Dean’s List and has been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, a National Honor Society and Pi Mu Epsilon, a National Mathematics Honor Society. Recently she was one of two freshmen chosen to participate in a Mathematics contest at Austin Peay University.  She is also South Carolina Palmetto Scholar.  Volunteer work includes working with Meals On Wheels and tutoring children. Charity is the daughter of Elder Henry and Sister Carrie Watson of Saluda, SC.

  • Alisha Alford

    Alisha Alford, Sophomore, Spelman College.  High School GPA 4.16, was only person in her class to receive an Academic Bar for having straight A’s all four years, and ranked third in her high school graduating class. Community Service work in high school included visitation to home for the elderly and home for abandoned children; helped with Leukemia, Muscular Dystrophy, and book drives; and mentored freshmen.  Alisha received the following scholarships for college:  Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Clayton County Employee Foundation, George Alden, and Georgia HOPE.  Alisha’s college cumulative GPA is 3.58 and she is on the Dean’s List.  She is also eligible for the sophomore honor society for which she is expecting an invitation.  Even though she has just begun her college career, Alisha has advised high school and college students about money management and financial literacy.  She has also helped to facilitate a Leadership Symposium and Conference, and the Alumni Reunion. Alisha is the daughter of Deacon Alonzo and Romenia Alford of Atlanta, GA.

  • Ariella Myers

    Ariella Myers is a rising sophomore at USC Aiken where she majors in Biology. Ariella has received the HOPE Scholarship. She is the daughter of Sis. Martha Myers of Denmark, SC.

  • Eldrin L. Deas

    Eldrin L. Deas, Junior, Morehouse College.  Eldrin is in the Dual Degree Engineering Program between Morehouse and Georgia Tech.  He received scholarships from Morehouse College, and the Georgia HOPE.  Eldrin also received invitations to be in the Honors Program at Morehouse and the State University of West Georgia.  He recently received a cash incentive award for engineering along with a certificate. His most recent community service work was with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Eldrin also tutored several college students in calculus, and in engineering graphics. Eldrin is the son of Elder Earnest and Sis. Janis Deas of Atlanta , GA. 

  • Kenesha Jackson

    Kenesha Jackson, Senior, State University of West Georgia.  Kenesha would be an up coming senior but has applied for the nursing program at the Medical College of Augusta, Georgia. She has an over all GPA of 3.10, and was most recently on the Dean’s List for the Spring Quarter, 2004 with a GPA of 3.75. The Women’s Auxiliary department has applauded Kenesha’s volunteer work singing at a local nursing home, and reading and playing with children at the Nicholas House, a temporary residence for mothers and children in various transitional stages. Kenesha is the daughter of Bro. Kenneth and Sis. Josalind Jackson of Atlanta, GA

  • Kristin Smokes

    Kristin Smokes graduated from Barnwell High School in 2002.  She was named in Who's Who Among High School Students in 2001.  She was a recipient of the Hope and Big Seven Association scholarships.  She attends Charleston Southern University and is a rising junior.  Kristin is majoring in Nursing. Kristin is the daughter of Bro. James & Sis. Mildred Smokes of Denmark, SC.

  • Carrie Sumter

    Carrie Sumter was accepted into the CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant)Program during her senior year in high school. She has received her Certified Nurses Assistant Certificate and attends Midlands Technical College in the Nursing program. Carrie is the daughter of Brother Anthony and Sister Terrilyn Sumter of Columbia, SC 

  • Justin Smokes

    Justin Smokes graduated from Barnwell High School in 2001.  He is aNational Guardsman.  He was deployed to Iraq in April 2003.  God blessed Justin to return home after a year's tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Justin is the son of Bro. James & Sis. Mildred Smokes of Denmark, SC.