NEWBERRY – Since around 2014, Newberry City Council has a tradition of recognizing Newberry College seniors who have given back to the community, with a proclamation.
“Newberry College students volunteer in the community as much as any group or individual and they contribute in many ways across the county. Some really stand out for their volunteer work and that is why in 2014 we started to recognize these people and we are happy to do so. It’s a small thank you for their contributions. “
Foster said the ways students choose to volunteer and contribute to the community are very diverse.
“I was impressed with this year’s group on the diversity of areas they have volunteered in, some with youth, nursing homes, veterans, one with Westview on substance abuse prevention. Every year there are old people to recognize and you just go “wow”. They really contribute and each class really adds a lot to the community, ”said Foster.
The following students have been recognized this year for their contributions, the following information has been provided by Newberry College:
• Ty’Ran Dixon of Columbia, captain of the football team, served as a peer mentor for area children, coaching youth during his offseason. He is also co-chair of the Newberry Society of Sport Professions and a member of the Order of the Gray Band, the executive board of the football team. Dixon graduated with majors in exercise science and sport management.
• Benjamin Gilmore, of Columbia, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., worked as a peer mentor in local schools and lent his services to FB Pratt & Son Funeral Home when needed. On campus, he was chairman of the Pan-Hellenic National Council and Alpha Leader. Gilmore received a degree in physical education, with a concentration in recreation services.
• Antoinaya Grant, of Charleston, has been a leader on campus and beyond, from running the Social Justice Club to mentoring local students through the Bridge to Big Ideas summer program. She also completed an internship at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, participated in focus groups for the Gallman School Project, and helped lead a Martin Luther King Jr. day of service project at the Newberry Museum. Grant plans to graduate in December with a degree in sociology.
• Aubrey Guyton of Cordova, Tennessee, a member of the women’s golf team, has served the community in a variety of ways. She volunteered at the Oakland Community Center food drives, Central United Methodist Church, Newberry Elementary School, and Newberry Alternative School, where she also conducted a mindfulness study. She is the youth director at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Newberry and a camp counselor for the Called to the Common Good program at the Muller Center. She was a representative of the Government Student Association and a leader of the Student Athletes Advisory Committee. Guyton graduated with Honors and Majors from Summerland in Psychology and Religion, with a concentration in Church Leadership.
• Julie Kinard of Prosperity, a two-time captain of the women’s basketball team, has volunteered with the Newberry County Humane Society, with the YMCA for basketball clinics, with Screaming Eagles Special Needs Athletics and with Newberry Academy as an after school mentor. After graduating with majors in biology and exercise science, Kinard will continue his education and earn his doctorate in physiotherapy.
• Nathan Lee of Irmo has volunteered in several nearby communities, offering music lessons to young musicians and participating in church music programs. At Newberry College, Lee performed in nearly every musical ensemble, including the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Scarlet Spirit Marching Band, and Newberry College Singers. Lee majored in music in performance.
• Brianna Meador, of Lexington, volunteered many hours at Westview Behavioral Health, where she compiled valuable information on Needs Assessment for Addiction Prevention. She was also a member of the Highlander Battalion ROTC. Meador received his degree in psychology, with an interest in criminal justice.
• Paige Meyer, of Georgetown, Indiana, student body president and member of the softball team, has volunteered at JF Hawkins and Springfield Place retirement homes, local elementary schools and various softball camps and clinics. . She has been an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she plans to travel on a mission to Haiti this summer. Meyer majored in elementary education.
• Nycholas Millington of Summerville, a member of the Highlander Battalion ROTC, attended Veterans Day lunches and other similar events in the community. On campus, he served on the Student Government Association, All Campus Entertainment, and as an intern in the campus recreation program. Upon graduation, Millington would be appointed second lieutenant in the United States Army.
• Preslee Sikes of Graniteville, Student Ambassador and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sisterhood, has volunteered at Newberry’s Boys Farm, Animal Shelter, and Newberry’s Oktoberfest and Pork in the Park festivals. She served as the first year experience chair, resident advisor, peer mentor and Alpha Leader. Sikes graduated in chemistry, with concentrations in biochemistry and forensic chemistry.
• Denelle Williams of Johannesburg, South Africa, a member of the field hockey team, volunteered with Newberry Town Oktoberfest, County Voter Registration, Boys Farm and the Living Hope Food Bank. She also interned with the law firm Samsung and Pope, Parker and Jenkins. On campus, she founded the Newberry International Student Organization and was a member of the Social Justice Club. She has served as resident assistant, treasurer of the Newberry College section of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, and a member of the campus disciplinary council.
• Jacob Williams of St. Augustine, Fla., A member of the men’s soccer team, volunteered with the Newberry County Parks and Recreation Department for a variety of activities, including youth soccer clinics. After earning a sports management degree, Williams plans to pursue opportunities in parks and recreation services.
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