I have a lot of good news to share this week! Mike Skehan, the manager of our Chapin Publix, was recently recognized with a Publix Community Champion Award for his efforts to support his local community. He was given an opportunity to select a charity of his choice to receive a $2500 grant from Publix, and he selected Chapin We Care Center. Congratulations to Mike and thank you Publix for your generous support of our Chapin community!
Congratulations to Chapin High School’s Billie Williams for being named the Teacher of the Year for Lexington-Richland School District 5! Billie teaches geography and government and serves as Student Activities coordinator and Varsity Cheerleader assistance coach. We also want to congratulate the Chapin Varsity Boys soccer team on their back-to-back state championships with their 2-0 win over Eastside this past weekend. And we are proud of the Chapin Varsity Girls soccer team, too, which competed in the 4A championship game Saturday but fell short to South Aiken.
I attended the Chapin High Junior ROTC Banquet Saturday evening, and I am so proud of our young leaders. As Dr. Akil Ross stated in his remarks, the Chapin community won the lottery because of our students at every grade level. Congratulations and best wishes to seniors Anna Gray, who served as the Commanding Officer and Gabriella Ivanov, who was the Executive Officer for 2016-2017. Clay Bellinger and Jakob Free will serve as joint Commanding Officers for next year.
This Saturday, there will be a benefit 5K race in Little Mountain to support Brett and Jacob Rhoad. The Rhoad twins are about to graduate from Spring Hill High School and will be attending Newberry College in the fall. I hope you will become a Rhoad Warrior and support their family and friends who annually raise funds for the boys and their family to cover their medical expenses in the fight against muscular dystrophy.
We were pleased to welcome Katherine Call to Town Hall last week as our summer intern. Katherine graduated from Spring Hill High School in 2016, and just completed her freshman year at the College of Charleston. She is studying political science and public health and has aspirations to go into politics someday. We are glad to have her on our team as she learns about the various aspects of town operations.
Our friends at Lake Murray Country are signing up boats for their annual Boat Parade on Lake Murray. This year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1, with the boat parade in the morning and the fireworks display that evening. You can visit their website – LakeMurrayCountry.com or the Town’s website for get a sign-up form.
Speaking of Lake Murray Country, I want to thank Miriam Atria and her colleagues at the Forrest Wood Cup fishing tournament, which will be held August 11-13, at Lake Murray, for the beautiful street banners that will be going up soon. For the past three years, we have partnered with Lake Murray Country to cross promote their activities with our annual Labor Day Festival and Parade. It’s hard to believe it, but Labor Day plans are already underway. You can find out more on our website, or on the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages.