City Council approved first reading to adopt the budget for FY19-20 Tuesday night prior to no comments made in favor or opposition to the proposed budget.

City Manager Matt DeWitt said the city had presented a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year with no increases in taxes or business license fees. However, it does contain an incremental increase in sanitation services of one dollar on residential garbage pickup and the elimination of one free pick up on commercial garbage containers.

The total proposed General Fund budget plus special accounts for FY19-20 total $14,031,872.

Also in the budget is a four percent increase for employees broken down by a three percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and one percent merit pool. DeWitt said that major capital items included in this year’s budget were a new pumper fire truck and rear load dump truck.

“We’ve been cycling these pieces of equipment through on a schedule to make sure our folks have the best equipment possible to service the community,” DeWitt said.

Mayor Foster Senn asked DeWitt on the age of the pumper truck being replaced for the fire department to which he replied it was a 1996 model that would ultimately be donated to the Newberry County Career Center for their firefighter program to help train students getting their certifications.

The total proposed under the city’s utility fund budget including special accounts totals $49,995,258. DeWitt said retail electric base rates would remain flat and all scheduled Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA) credits would be passed through to the benefit of the customer.

Both the minimum meter charge for water and sewer meters is proposed to increase under this budget by two percent, yielding an average of .74 per customer increase per month based on a 5/8 inch meter (standard residential meter size).

Both budgets combined for FY19-20 show a total of $64,027,130, which represents a decrease of $2,746,520 from last year’s budget, DeWitt said.

Motion was made by Councilman Thomas Louis Boyd and seconded by Councilman Edwin Wicker to approve first reading of the budget. Second reading will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Several special recognitions were made Tuesday to include a presentation by Kelly Duncan with The Newberry Observer. Recently, the Observer polled their readers to determine the “Best” of Newberry in many categories. Several city departments to include best garbage pickup, best theatre, best in recreation and best craft. Members of the city’s Public Works, Newberry Opera House and Recreation departments accepted the recognitions on behalf of their staff.

“We’re very pleased that the city was recognized in four categories,” Senn said.

Also recognized by council Tuesday were several employees recently having graduated from the 2019 Leadership Newberry County program through the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. Jana Boice, Heather Hawkins, Elyssa Haven and Katie Werts began the program in September 2018. The program focuses each month on topics including Agriculture, Arts, Communities, Economic Development, Education, Government, Infrastructure, Law Enforcement, Health and Human Services, Recreation and Tourism. The program is experienced-based and designed to help participants understand the assets and challenges of Newberry County, elevate their leadership and promote further engagement in the community.

Under announcements, Senn recognized that employees Luke Layman and Moses Groom were recently named Team of the Year on behalf of the City of Newberry for the work they do with meter services.

DeWitt said while the city formerly recognized an employee of the year, that so many things at the city require a team effort to make sure they operate the best they can for citizens.

“These guys have been instrumental in making sure that our utility meter program can communicate with customers and City Hall and we thank them for the work they’ve done,” DeWitt said.

Assistant Utility Director David Eldridge provided council with updates Tuesday on the fiber network being rolled out into the city limits, notifying them that the first service area (Newberry Hospital area) would be ready to begin customer hookups beginning Friday, June 14.

Senn reminded council and community members Tuesday that while downtown they may see utility vehicles from Electricom, the city’s contractor for the fiber installation and their contractor LightWave Fiber and Utility Group.

Eldridge said they estimated that the installation of fiber throughout the city limits should be completed early in the new year.

Hearing no one speak in favor or opposition of two public hearings held by City Council Tuesday, several readings were held with the first being second reading of an ordinance rezoning a property on Dixie Drive, Tax Map #346-2-1-44 from GC General Commercial to R8 Residential. Motion was made by Councilman Lemont Glasgow and seconded by Wicker.

Motion was made by Councilman David DuBose and seconded by Boyd to approve first reading of an ordinance to amend the zoning text of the city to provide for murals in the city limits. The city’s Planning and Development department in an effort to streamline processes and create uniformity for murals in the city recommended an amendment, Senn said to add murals to general regulations of the zoning ordinance. The amendment would give council the authority to approve all murals located within the General Commercial, Core Commercial and Office Commercial zoning districts.

Senn said mural designs would be submitted to council for approval done through two readings as well as a public hearing.

Under new business, council approved a resolution to define the usage of color within the color palette used by the city’s Architectural Review Board (ARB). Senn said the zoning ordinance the city adopted October 9, 2018 required the city through council to approve all exterior paint colors of buildings that may be considered for approval by the ARB. The resolution’s purpose is to designate three separate classifications (body, trim, accent) for approved colors and how they are to be used.

Body colors were defined as those colors identified as “body colors” and may be applied to a portion or all of the exterior building structure. Those labeled as “trim colors” may be applied to no more than 20 percent of the total exterior painted surface area of the building structure. Colors labeled as “accent colors” may be applied to no more than 10 percent of the total exterior painted surface area of the building’s structure.

Motion to approve the resolution was made by Goudelock and seconded by Boyd.

Council also approved authorization to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), partnering with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office to utilize GIS mapping software.

Senn said the sheriff’s office had been using a Where Technology Happens (WTH) GIS mapping software system for some time with success, helping officers with safety during critical incidents and including an Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) that allowed dispatchers to have real time tracking of police units in the field.

The software allows viewing of units nearest to call for service locations, reporting unit travel history to reduce liability and also provides citizens patrol history in their neighborhood if there are complains on officers not patrolling certain areas. In addition, there are crime mapping applications that assist in locating active crime areas and crime trends and officers will have the ability to utilize critical facility mapping on their computers.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office approached the Newberry Police Department, Senn said with the opportunity to partner and utilize the program that would streamline processes currently used by the departments as well as save on the cost of the software.

DeWitt said he felt the technology was much needed to help better keep citizens informed about what the city’s police department did each day to protect their interests.

Police Chief Roy McClurkin said their department had a great working relationship with the sheriff’s office and it was great to be able to tap into what they’ve already been able to use in that service. The Newberry Fire Department, McClurkin said would also be included in those services.

Motion was made by Boyd and seconded by Goudelock to enter into the MOU.

Following executive session, council entered into open session with a motion made by Goudelock and seconded by Wicker to reappoint Robert Summer to a four-year term of the Newberry Opera House board. Robert Matheson was appointed to a three-year term (expiring in 2022) filling an unexpired term of a former member, followed by Dr. Peggy Winder, Mattie Dillion, Jack Shield and Susan Dorton appointed to four-year terms, expiring in 2023.

 Voted Best Craft - Newberry Arts Center 

 Voted Best Theatre - Newberry Opera House 

 Voted Best in Parks and Recreation - Parks, Recreation and Tourism 

 Voted Best Garbage Pickup - Public Works 

 City employees were recognized on their recent graduation from Leadership Newberry County: Jana Boice, Heather Hawkins, Elyssa Haven and Katie Werts. 

City of Newberry staff have recently developed a Boards and Commissions application to gauge citizens’ interest and desire to serve on one of the city’s boards or commissions that provides information and recommendations to City Council.

Council was updated of the creation of the new application process at their meeting on May 7.

City Manager Matt DeWitt said that council wanted to find a more inclusive process to get citizens involved in the city’s local boards and commissions. The boards and commissions are city-wide and designed to help keep the city running smoothly, he said.

“They involve citizens making recommendations that will have lasting impacts on their community,” DeWitt said. “There are many areas of interest available, and the volunteer work on boards and commissions can be very rewarding personally, when the member gets to see their decisions positively impact their city.”

The applications are available on the homepage of the city’s website, www.cityofnewberry.com under the “Get Involved” graphic. Those interested in applying can click underneath the graphic to find the downloadable PDF file with application and qualifications.

As the applications come in, the files will be kept at City Hall. When openings arise on various boards and commissions, the file will be consulted as to whom may have interest in filling a vacancy.

“We encourage all of our citizens to be active, involved and educated,” DeWitt said. “Even if you don’t apply for a boards and commissions position, I encourage you to tune into our social media outlets to find out about the latest happenings around the City of Newberry.”

The City of Newberry currently has accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Citizens can also sign up for the city’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System through the city website. News is also posted on the homepage of the city’s website underneath their public social media feed.

For questions regarding the new boards and commissions application process, contact the city’s Planning and Development department directly at 803-321-1019.

Police Chief Roy McClurkin thanked the west end community’s crime watch organization last week for the work they had been doing. The group met to discuss their plans for the future along with hearing updates from the Newberry Police Department.

McClurkin said it was the department’s goal to encourage other communities to do the same and invest in their neighborhoods.

“I hope that you’ve seen that we’ve still been in the area and will continue to be as much as we can,” he said.

The police department would soon be doing their Memorial Day safety checkpoints, McClurkin said and they planned to be in the west end area over the course of the weekend along with other areas of town.

The department’s directive patrols in the area, the community agreed had been effective in deterring some of the activity that they had seen in the past.

McClurkin thanked the community for starting to come forward as he said he had been receiving more calls from the area to inform the department when things may be going on which he said was key to residents taking back their neighborhoods.

As a reminder, McClurkin shared one of the department’s newer initiatives of the CodeRED Emergency Notification System. While the City of Newberry has been using this system for a little over one year, the police department had been using a system called, Nixle.

Under the CodeRED platform, the police department has text messaging, email and phone call capabilities to reach residents.

McClurkin told the community that when signing up for CodeRED, they would have the ability to sign up for the types of notifications and messages that they were interested in by creating a managed account. With a joint agreement with several entities, Newberry County residents can choose to receive messages from the Newberry Police Department as well as the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry County Emergency Management Services, the school district and more.

Those interested can register on the homepage of the City of Newberry’s website (www.cityofnewberry.com).

“This is very beneficial and the more people we can get involved, the better,” McClurkin said. “We’d like to have every citizen registered.”

The next community meeting hosted by the Newberry Police Department will be in September, with the time, date and location to be announced closer to the event.

Grab your bicycles and walking shoes, it’s almost time for the City of Newberry’s inaugural Open Streets event! Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events manager for the city is encouraging everyone to get out and get moving for their community.

Held downtown on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. until noon, Open Streets is part of a national movement to “reclaim the road” for bikers and pedestrians by temporarily closing roads commonly used for vehicle traffic and open the streets to families.

Kopp said the idea for this new event was brought to them by Newberry resident, Christina Henricks, who had participated in organizing Open Streets events in the Columbia area and felt that it was something the Newberry community could benefit from.

“I’m the co-chair for the Bicycles and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the City of Columbia and have helped organize Open Streets initiatives for the past three years,” she said. “From my experience implementing it, I felt it was a really good fit for Newberry to promote active living and transforming streets into car-free space for people to enjoy.”

Henricks said she brought the idea forward to Kopp and several city staff members who were very receptive and ran with the idea.

The committee Henricks chairs created a toolkit to help neighborhoods in Columbia implement similar programs in their communities, which she said she provided to Newberry as a guide in how to start the program here.

While many cities, including larger cities such as Minneapolis as well as cities closer to home like Charlotte participate in the Open Streets initiative, it takes shape differently in each location, Henricks said.

Kopp said when planning what Newberry’s Open Streets would look like, they wanted to make sure it was for people of all ages and families and as the event took shape it also embodied a community engagement and active lifestyle fair. The event will focus on fitness and fun and provide a variety of summer options for children’s camps.

Vendors

For Open Streets, Kopp said Newberry conceptualized the idea of partnering with agencies downtown that represented what it meant to live a safe and healthy lifestyle. One of the partners for this year’s event is the Grow Newberry Farmer’s Market that will officially open that Saturday, June 1 in Memorial Park for their summer season.

“You’re able to go to the farmers market, buy the freshest of foods, all the while supporting our local farms,” Kopp said.

Other partners include the Newberry YMCA that offers pool service as well as child and adult programming and Newberry County Memorial Hospital that is ready to share information on their pediatric therapy program, Kopp said.

Several City of Newberry partners will be represented including the Newberry Fire Department to go through basic fire safety information as well as relay races and games similar to what families may remember from the department’s annual Kids Fun Day event.

Because the event is focused on promoting walking and biking, the Newberry Police Department will host a bike safety rodeo, open to all ages to teach the community the basics of bike safety on the roadway.

The Newberry Arts Center will be downtown Saturday with a variety of activities as well as the city’s RecMobile to show families what that summer program is all about.

The COMET, Kopp said will be sending an example of the commuter bus that will be used for the 93X route that began on May 28.

“It’s a great way to show people that if you do work in the Columbia area that there is a more active way you can get to and from work where you’re not spending money on gas or sitting in your car in traffic,” Kopp said.

The bus will have bike racks for residents that want to ride their bike from home to the COMET pickup, then ride the rest of their way to work at the bus drop-off station. Kopp said they wanted the community to know that service was available to them. The option to sign up for the service will be on site during the event.

Fitness Groups/Activities

Kopp said Newberry had many gyms and fitness groups that would be set up at Open Streets with information to provide to residents.

“Maybe you’ve lived here forever and didn’t know some of these places had opened,” she said.

Many of the groups will be holding free fitness classes that morning to include Newberry Yoga holding their regular Saturday Power Class at 8:30 a.m. in Astwood Park. The power class combines yoga with strength building exercises. At 10 a.m., the group will hold a beginner class. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, Kopp said.

The classes will be free, she said and modified so that they’re regularly accessible to everyone, which makes it a great opportunity to learn what it is they’re about.

Other fitness classes will be set up on the corner of Main and Nance Streets.

Bear Arms Crossfit will hold class from 9-10 a.m. that will be modified to fit a wide variety audience, Kopp said.

At 10 a.m., Mayor Foster Senn, along with Miss Newberry and Miss Teen Newberry will host a one-mile walk. Both Miss Newberry and Miss Newberry Teen will take a minute to discuss their platforms that are family-health focused before the walk begins. The walk is approximately one-mile and is a loop from Main Street at Memorial Park up to Calhoun Street and back. During the walk, Senn will be providing some history of downtown for those joining.

June 1 is also National Trails Day and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation is celebrating that with the opening of the Newberry Passage of the Palmetto Trail. That morning, hikers that have hiked that portion of the trail will meet up with Senn for their walk at 10 a.m. to join in.

At 10:15 a.m., if you’ve completed the one-mile walk and want to keep the momentum going, Kopp said Anytime Fitness will be hosting a class at the corner of Main and Nance Streets.

For families with children, there will be a free children’s movement class from 10:45 until 11:15 a.m. with StageMakers. Kopp said those that came downtown for the city’s Chili Cookoff may remember a similar class for children held by the same group.

“The class is definitely focused for children, so those with little ones, bring them there to check it out,” Kopp said.

Miss Newberry and Miss Teen Newberry will host a Zumba class from 11:15 until noon when the event officially ends.

All of those doing demonstrations will have booths, Kopp said where residents can sign up for their programming.

Other Features

A few other groups will be represented including Tribe Fitness located off C.R. Koon Highway in Newberry. The fitness group is known for their Dance2Fit classes.

Midlands Southern Off-Road Biking Association (SORBA) will have a booth for their organization dedicated to teaching the community about the lifestyle of mountain biking. Their booth will have information about mountain biking and how to get involved with their organization.

Located next to Midlands SORBA will be Blue Zones Newberry to provide information on what it means to be a Blue Zone Community.

Representing the Enoree River Ranger District, the Sumter National Forest will be set up near the end of Main Street with information about the different recreation opportunities available in the forest, including but not limited to horseback riding, fishing and biking. A partner organization, Leave no Trace will be joining them to give basic information on using public lands and trails for example how to leave these areas looking better than how they were found.

The Palmetto Trail will also be located next to the fitness stage downtown with 300 free bottles of water for those that get thirsty! The Palmetto Trail now has four legs within Newberry County and information will available on those along with how to get involved.

The Newberry County Animal Shelter will be hosting pet adoptions during the event, Kopp said with quite a few animals looking for a good home.

“If your family has been contemplating a pet, this might be a good time to come down and take a pet home with you,” she said.

Bike Baby will be open for business that day at 1104-B Main Street and will have several bikes on the sidewalk to encourage visitors to check out their store.

“If you don’t have a bike for Open Streets, you could pay them a visit and leave with a bike,” Kopp said.

Kopp said Bike Baby was currently offering free bicycle tune-up services for anyone planning to participate in the Open Streets event from now until the event. There will also be a free water station at her business during the event.

Summer Camps

Directly across the street, is an area Kopp said they’re referring to as the Summer Camp Walk. With the event taking place just days before the last day of school, she said they thought it would be a great opportunity for organizations to promote their summer camps for children and teens.

“We’re hoping that parents will treat this as a one-stop shop to sign their children up for summer activities,” she said.

Camps signed up to participate in the event and a little of what they’re offering is as follows:

  • Newberry Arts Center – will preview of what their summer camp experience is like for children and teens.
  • RecMobile – free summer mobile recreation program that will have a preview of games set up at the event as a demonstration.
  • Newberry YMCA - will have a booth for general membership, children’s summer programming and swimming lessons.
  • Bear Arms Crossfit – will have a booth for general membership and information on their children’s summer camp.
  • Munson’s Music – music summer camp signups
  • Newberry County Library – information and schedule for their summer reading program along with applications for library cards.
  • Oakland Tennis Center – information on summer camps as well as Youth Fun Day that will be taking place on June 8. Will also have information on their summer adult tennis programming.
  • Newberry Wolves Soccer Camp – information on summer soccer camps at Newberry College
  • Earwood’s Karate Dojo Kicking Kids Kamp – information on their Karate kids camp that teaches kids about empowerment and respect.
  • Newberry County 4H – general 4H information as well as information on a variety of summer camp opportunities. Will also have hands-on activities and a takeaway gift.
  • Newberry County Soil and Water Conservation District – information on their Camp Conservation summer camp that encompasses outdoor play, recreation, respect for outdoor spaces and the science behind agriculture and farming.
  • Camp Horseshoe – information on Newberry County’s horseback riding camp as well as their other camp opportunities.
  • StageMakers – summer camps for ages 3-14 in the performing arts.
  • Newberry Opera House – information on their summer Astronaut Camp, hosted by Janet’s Planet and the groups that visited Newberry during EclipseFest.
  • Newberry County Literacy Council – information on their nonprofit programming as well as their free summer camp located in the Wise Street neighborhood.

All of the summer camps will be located in the block of Main Street immediately next to Community Hall, Kopp said and allow the opportunity for parents to sign their children up on-site.

“Our summer camp opportunities rang from music, to summer arts, sports and science,” she said. “We have something for everyone in this summer camp walk.”

Main Street will be blocked off similar to areas closed during a parade downtown, Kopp said, however side streets will be primarily open. The streets will close Saturday morning around 6 a.m. and reopen by around 1 p.m.

Kopp said the community response to the event so far had been great and that they felt this was something Newberry really needed.

“I’m really excited about what this could mean for the Newberry County community in general and having a better understanding of what’s out there,” Kopp said. “I think it’s going to be a great event.”

Kopp said she encourages those coming to bring bottles of water as it will be warm outside and after the event to cool down indoors at one of the many restaurant options available downtown.

“A lot of these places will do to-go food so if you really want to stick to the outside theme of the morning, you can pick up a picnic lunch and take it with you into the area,” she said.

The Newberry Opera House will be open for restrooms. No portable restrooms will be available.

Henricks said she was really proud of the way Newberry was giving its Open Streets initiative its own stamp in connecting with the downtown farmer’s market and summer camp opportunities.

“It feels like a natural fit to bring an event to the city that takes a new angle from its other festivals,” she said. “I’m thankful for Mary Alex’s work in putting it together – the list of partners and participants is impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.”

A full list of activities, schedule and an interactive Google map can be found under the Facebook event Open Streets Newberry, Kopp said.

Students from Gallman, Boundary, Newberry, and Reuben elementary schools and Newberry Academy were recognized May 15 at the Newberry Opera House as part of the City of Newberry’s eighth annual Academic All-Star Night.

Each student was recognized on stage with a certificate and were also presented with an ice cream treat from The Corner Scoop prior to the program.

Academic All-Stars were chosen by their elementary school for having been on the honor roll most or all of the academic year. Students in third, fourth and fifth grades were recognized by Mayor Foster Senn and City Councilman Lemont Glasgow.

“We want to salute you on your accomplishments this year,” Senn told students. “Your teacher said you learned enough in reading, writing, science, math and history to be one of the top students in your class and in your school. That’s quite an accomplishment.”

Glasgow encouraged the students to keep going and to dream big.

“Being on the honor roll means learning and working hard,” Glasgow said. “Those are great qualities to have that will take you into your adult life. If you keep doing it, and I know you will keep doing it, you’ll have great opportunities in the workforce.”

Senn reminded students to thank their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other for helping them along the way and their teachers and principals for being keys to their success.

Boundary Elementary

The following students were recognized from Boundary Street Elementary School in the third grade: BreAsia Wise, Kennedi Trapp, Dixie Scott, Zymir Bowers, Rut Bautista Perez, Paloma Alvarez Mora, Ryan Wilson, ZaLan Elkins, Raymont Hugley, Abigail Longhouser, Raul Osorio Aguilar, Elijah Sanders, Anthony Flores, Jah'Nira Davenport, Brisa Flores Vera, Jose Gomez Ramos, Aiden Goree, Logan Pena Lopez, Josie Price and Rony Sales Sales. Fourth grade students recognized were: Kaydrian Gartman, Maria Maldonado, Syrenity Trapp, Adrian Marquez, Maddock James, Ashley Hernandez Vega, Jade Frasier and Brooklyn Davis. Fifth grade students recognized included: Brayden Hutchinson, Janayia Jeter, Elijah Rhea, Keneiah Rutherford, Zamirraney Smith, Jazmin Vazquez Gonzalez, Ximena Aguilar, Isaiah Brown, Belle Stocker, Emily Avila Parra, Fantayshia Lindsay, Vanessa Martinez Chaidez, Azia Neal, Blythe Riddle and Cameron Shealy.

Gallman Elementary

Gallman Elementary School recognized the following students in the third grade: Allyson Parnell, Autum Irons, Caleb Jones, Cameron Wideman, Deja Scurry, Kylie Ann Senn, Kylie Valdes, Mary Miner, Natalee Spires, Isaac Nichols and Zaelynn Cannon. From the fourth grade: Hillary Robles, Karmen Gray, Logan Holden, Ryan Davis and Randy Thanabouasy. Recognized from the fifth grade: Amara Woodruff, Jaiunna Gibson, Kindel Jaeger, Melanie Espinoza, Ramona Olvera, Sha Hura Cheek and Taylore Henderson.

Newberry Academy

The following students were recognized from Newberry Academy in the third grade: Kalle Colbert, CJ Davis, JP Huggins, Emily Kyzer, Anslee Wood and Gaines Sease. Students recognized from the fourth grade were: Brady Black, Zeb Darby, Anna Grace Evans, Kade Koon, Grace Mayer, Olivia Piersol, Hayden Wright and Keribeth Zwart. Fifth grade students recognized included: Jarlath Catucci, Khloe Cheeks, Lindy Dube, Graham Evans, Justin Huggins, Thomas McLean, Jessi Pitts, Olivia West, Caleb Wilbanks, Daniel Williams and Kayleigh-Jane Zwart.

Reuben Elementary

From the third grade at Reuben Elementary, the following students were recognized: David Smith, Abby Beni, Kaitlynn Quarles, Jesus Ramos, Max Rushton, Jaemera Tucker, Derrikus Oliver and Jonah Caswell. Students in the fourth grade recognized were: Alayah Ceja, Kacen Crawford, Serenity Pratt-Hall, Aiden Roby and Ellie Shaw. Bryson Spicer and Deagan Rushton were recognized from the fifth grade at Reuben Elementary.

Newberry Elementary

The following third grade students from Newberry Elementary were recognized: Kylie Burrell, Hayden Davenport, Emanual Guzman Antonio, Makayla Crooks, Jakayla Rice, Javon Kirkland, Kalyn Saverance, Michelle Cisneros-Ordaz, Alison Bundrick, Ernest Clark, Mizrain Gomez Perez, LaMonya Williams, Alayjah Syphertt, Brandon DuBose, Taraji Glymph, Helman Gomez-Perez and ZuCorin Padgett. Students recognized in the fourth grade included: Ashley Acosta, Lacey Garland, Zakirra Byrd, Armoni Caldwell, Akiya Chapman, Le'Nota Dunbar, Faith Gallman, Za'Davion Gallman, Alex Gamez, Moni Garcia, David Gary, Cordell Jackson, Quendarius Johnson, Hope Gilbert, Kamora Good, Princess Tellez Lucas, Leyana Jeffrey, Karsen Wix, Emily Benitez, Elisha Colson, Zi'Kenya Evans, David Hendrix, Keimari Long, Caycin Burrell, Atyria Douglas, Ameria King and Gabrielle Nelson. Fifth grade students recognized from Newberry Elementary: Zachary Boyd, Gavin Brown, Kenton Caldwell, Hailey Conner, Alyssa Crane, Kendra Crumpton, Zion Eigner, Aniyah Foster, Ty'Asia Houseal, Destiny Hicks, Mia Illescas-Colina, Jasmin Lopez-Lorenzo, Yasmin Marshall, Xitlalic Meza, Ashley Perez-Campos, Jervarii Quick, Bonnie Racine, Tyler Tidwell, Jesus Vara, Reilly Winder, Eduardo Guzman Antonio, Jaslyn Lopez-Lorenzo, Ja'Nylin McDowell, Zion Rodriguez, Davion Wallace, Jamere Crooks, Alyssa Dubose, Kaylee Fox, Leland Gregory, Mason Hunter, Alex Perez-Campos, Brandon Tellez-Lucas, Kaitlyn Wessinger, Douglas Williams, Keyari Brown, Madison Coats, Vinebaldo Cruz Cruz, Shakayla Robinson, Alondra Rojas and Karen Vilatoro.

 

Boundary Elementary

 Third Grade at Boundary Street Elementary School

 Fourth Grade at Boundary Street Elementary School 

 Fifth Grade at Boundary Street Elementary School 

 Elijah Rhea, fifth grade student at Boundary Street Elementary School 

Gallman Elementary

 Third Grade at Gallman Elementary School

 Fourth and Fifth Grade at Gallman Elementary School 

Newberry Academy

 Third Grade at Newberry Academy 

 Fourth Grade at Newberry Academy 

 Fifth Grade at Newberry Academy 

Newberry Elementary 

 Third Grade at Newberry Elementary School

 Fourth Grade at Newberry Elementary School 

 Fifth Grade at Newberry Elementary School

Reuben Elementary 

 Third Grade at Reuben Elementary School 

 Fourth Grade at Reuben Elementary School 

 Bryson Spicer, fifth grade student at Reuben Elementary School