People and achievements, Jan. 7

January 7, 2013 

SCHOOLS

PELION HIGH JROTC DRILL AND RIFLE TEAMS recently competed in the Greater Midlands Area Drill and Rifle Team Championships. The Drill Team won four categories, and the Rifle Team members won first in four categories. Both teams won the League Championship titles as well.

TRI-DISTRICT ARTS CONSORTIUM is accepting nominations for the 2013 Summer Program through Jan. 14. The program will be from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. July 1-20. www.tridac.org

AIRPORT HIGH SCHOOL will accept nominations for their Alumni Wall of Honor through Feb. 11. E-mail Jcoleman@lex2.org for an application.

COMMUNITY

AUTHOR MCKENDREE LONG III of Blythewood has been awarded a 2012 Stars and Flags Book Award Program finalist medal in the Historical Fiction category for his book “Dog Soldier Moon.”

RONNIE EARRON STURGES has received the “2012 Officer of the Year” award. Sturges started with the Lexington Police Department in 2005 as a patrol officer, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in 2008 and promoted to corporal in the Patrol Division in 2009.

THE NEWCOMERS’ CLUB OF GREATER COLUMBIA has made a donation of $800 to the Free Medical Clinic to help the clinic provide free healthcare to community residents.

ALISON ESPINOSA has earned the highly prestigious certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Espinosa is a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship alumna and mathematics teacher at A.C. Flora High School.

YOUTH

KATHERINE ELISE PHEMISTER has won the Miss Heart of Greenville Teen pageant, which was held at Easley High School. Phemister, a Columbia resident, is a freshman at Ben Lippen High School. She will compete in the Miss America, Miss South Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant in July.

MILITARY

MARINE COPRS PVT. TRENT N. RUVALCABA has graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He is the son of Ericka M. and Robert G. Ruvalcaba of Elgin.

MARINE CORPS PFC. ANDREW M. MCCALL has graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He is the son of Maria C. and Barry A. McCall of Chapin.

AIR FORCE AIRMAN MARQUIS D. NELSON has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Dawn Nelson of Columbia.

NAVY SEAMAN NICHOLAS T. HOOVER has graduated from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Robin D. Viera of Pelion and Nathan H. Hoover of Williston.

MARINE CORPS PVT. DANIEL HIDALGO has graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He is the son of Agustin Hidalgo of Lexington.

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