People and achievements, March 18

March 18, 2013 

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SCHOOLS

DENT MIDDLE SCHOOL’S MATHCOUNTS TEAM has won its fifth state title in a row, and remain MATHCOUNTS champions. Team members include Vinita Cheepurupalli , Brennan Ravan, Jenning Chen, Albert Huang and Masa Kanasugi. The team’s coach is teacher Cathy Stinson.

LEXINGTON 3’s Lifelong Learning Center Certified Nursing Assistant Program has been recognized as one of the top two Certified Nursing Assistant Programs in the state based on graduation rate and pass rates on skills and written testing for the 2012 National Certification examination.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE GREENVILLE has been honored as a 2013 Townes Award Honoree by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation.

COMMUNITY

A BARBECUE CHICKEN FUNDRAISER will be held Friday from noon-6 p.m. at Platt Springs United Methodist Church, 3215 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. Dinners are $10 each. Proceeds benefit Cindy’s Place at Springdale Elementary.

DOUGLAS McNAMARA has been named Legionnaire of the Year by the Chapin American Legion Post No. 193. McNamara has been a member of the post since 2007 and has since served as the historian and second vice-commander.

THE RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT GANG UNIT has been named the South Carolina Gang Investigations Association 2013 Unit of the Year.

LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF JAMES R. METTS has promoted three Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies. Alex Mountzouros of West Columbia and James Stokes of Lexington have been promoted to serve as a field training officers for deputies assigned to road patrol shifts in the North Region Patrol District. Joshua Ryan of Chapin has been promoted to serve as a field training officer for deputies assigned to road patrol shifts in the South Region Patrol District.

YOUTH

FULMER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ART WORK will be on display through April in the Harry Hampton Visitor Center at the Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (803) 776-4396.

MILITARY

ARMY PVT. JAMALL A. RICHARDSON has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Micheal Richardson of Columbia.

ARMY PFC. BRANDON L. DIXON has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Janet and Dalton Dixon of Batesburg.

AIR FORCE AIRMAN MAKENZIE A. PAYNE has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Anthony Payne of Elgin.

ARMY RESERVE PFC. BRANDON R. SHAW has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. He is the son of Tracy Shaw of Irmo.

ARMY PVT. ANTHONY T. WASHINGTON has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. He is the son of Sherika Washington of Columbia.

ARMY PVT. JONATHAN C. FIELDS has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. He is the son of George and Soo Fields of Elgin.

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