Governor Citizenship Winners

Governor Citizenship Winners

On Tuesday, May 2, Governor Stanford’s Citizenship Award program was held at the State House in Columbia, SC. The special event was to celebrate “Governor’s Citizenship Day”. The ceremony was to honor students who demonstrate good character, service, leadership, responsibility and discipline. Students representing East, South, Stewart Heights, Gordon and J. V. Martin attended the program with their parents, Miss Manning - School Counselor at East, Mrs. Baker - School Counselor at Gordon and Dr. Flossie Bartell, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.

Winfred Murdaugh, third grade student, at East Elementary School is all smiles after receiving his Governor’s Citizenship Award medallion from Governor Sanford. Winfred’s teacher, Mrs. Martha Johnston, wrote the following about Winfred: Winfred shows the utmost respect for teachers and other students. He is well liked by all. He shows responsibility by working hard in class, completing all assignments and helping others who need it. His family, who believes in the education system, encourages Winfred to strive to do his best, also supports him. Winfred is the son of Gypsie and Winfred Murdaugh and the grandson of Judith and Winfred O. Murdaugh, Sr. and Sam and Flossie Bartell. The faculty, staff and students are all very proud of Winfred.

Congratulations to Qydarrius Bethea for being chosen as South Elementary School winner for the South Carolina Governor’s Citizenship Award. Qydarrius was chosen because he is always thoughtful, enthusiastic, respectful and responsible. He helps others whenever possible without being asked. He treats everyone the same and influences his classmates to do positive things. Qydarrius is a third grade student in Mr. Jay Alderman’s class. He is the son of Taralco Bethea and Gary Legette. South faculty and students are proud of Qydarrius.

Xzavier Williams, third grade student, at Stewart Heights Elementary School is congratulated by Governor Stanford after he received his medallion. His mother, Latasha Williams, accompanied him at the ceremony. Xzavier’s teacher, Mrs. Beth Minshew, wrote the following about Xzavier: As a young third grade student, Xzavier already portrays many fine qualities of a good citizen. He works well with others and serves as a positive role-model for his peers. These outstanding character traits, along with many others, will take him far in life. Xzavier is the son of Latasha Williams and Johnny Williams, Jr. The faculty, staff and students at Stewart Heights are all very proud of Xzavier.

Gordon Elementary congratulates Julio Fernandez who is a Mexican American student who has overcome the language barrier and has managed to excel in his studies. While this may appear to be a small accomplishment to English speaking citizens, it has been a great leap for this sixth grade student who now speaks both languages fluently. He has become a positive role model for other Mexican American students. He acts as a mentor for another student in his class. As part of his responsibility, Julio serves as an interpreter; sometimes explaining information otherwise may not be understood. He is willing to assist in any way necessary to ensure that other Mexican American students will experience a smooth transition. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities. He has accepted this challenging task with a positive attitude while still maintaining good grades. His teacher, Mrs. Queen McRae, states that his actions clearly demonstrate service, leadership, responsibility, character, and self discipline. These are the qualities which serve as indicators of outstanding citizenship. Julio is the son of Yolanda and Florencio Fernandez. Julio’s parents and two uncles accompanied him at the ceremony.

Elizabeth Horne, eighth grade student, is J. V. Martin’s representative for the Governor’s Citizenship Award. J. V. Martin’s faculty nominated and voted on the student who best exemplifies good citizenship, character, and scholastic achievement. Beth’s winning smile and willing spirit of helpfulness contributed to her winning this honor. Beth is the daughter of Dwayne and Michele Smith and Greg and Jeannie Horne. She is the granddaughter of Don and Barbara Carter and Bobby and Brenda Horne.

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