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Yesteryear for May 14, 2014

20 YEARS AGO - May 9-13, 1994

Posted: May 13, 2014 9:15 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

CHS group addressing racial, social barriers

The black-and-white logos on their shirts say, “Unity -- where do you stand?” and these Camden High School students are standing firmly together, hoping more of their peers will join them there.

The Human Relations Committee formed … when school officials … asked 30 students and several teachers to find a way to bring different groups of students together.

“We want to work together in a team spirit in setting realistic goals for creating understanding, breaking barriers and eliminating fear among all people,” a flier from the committee states. “People fail to communicate with each other, which leads to misunderstandings, separations and even tensions among people.”

“We just want to be a group of positive role models,” said senior Beth Blaskowitz, the group‘s president.

“And get everyone to understand each other,” said junior Keme Heaven.

The committee has focused its efforts on breaking down racial and social prejudices, said Vonnie Holliday, vice president. “I really think the reason groups don’t interact outside school is that there’s not much opportunity,” the senior said.

Most response has been positive, but when it hasn’t, “I think the reason they really don’t approve of it is they really don’t understand,” said sophomore Rachel Julian.

The group’s future plans include an anti-violence program called Students Against Violence Everywhere, or SAVE, that will extend their work to other schools and younger students.

They also want to organize a semester-long human relations class. “And we’d like to make it a required course,” Vonnie said.

Lady Demon bats explode in 11-4 win

Early Thursday afternoon, Lugoff-Elgin softball coach Charlene Trapp sent a copy of her team’s batting order to assistant coach Joni Jordan, who took a quick look at it and gave the thumbs-up signal.

Several hours later, both Trapp and Jordan had the same expressions on their faces after the Lady Demons banged out 15 hits in an 11-4 win over visiting Eastside in the first round of the AAA state tournament.

The Lady Demons’ offensive explosion was paced by Varn, Lee and Ruarke who each had three hits. Wood added a pair toward the winning cause.

Cannon strikes gold

Stephanie Cannon of Camden was the winner of two-gold medals and one bronze medal at the South Carolina AAU Junior Olympic State Gymnastics Meet in Florence on April 24.

Stephanie, who competes in the level four gymnastics division, took first place in the 8-year old all-around competition … received first place on the uneven parallel bars, third place … vault competition and … fifth place … floor exercise … sixth place on the balance beam.

Busy weekend on tap at Longbranch

Camden will play host to 90 of the world’s best water skiers and wakeboarders this weekend at the third annual Longbranch Lake Open.

The action at the Mount Olivet Road facility will begin on Friday at 9 a.m. with qualifying rounds in men and women’s slalom … Friday’s events are free and open to the public.

When the sun goes down on Saturday, Longbranch will come alive again with a barn dance from 7:30 until 11:30 p.m. featuring the band Prime Catch.

Book-signing, reception planned at Lugoff-Elgin

Students, faculty and friends are hosting a book-signing and reception for Lugoff-Elgin High School journalism teacher Liz Simon.

Simon, who is also the yearbook/newspaper adviser at the school, co-authored the book, It’s a Soap Opera Life, with former student Gary Frakes. The book, which includes nearly 50 photos of television stars, is the result of almost 10 years of fund-raising and publicity events featuring soap opera stars.

A percentage of the book proceeds will be contributed to an L-EHS scholarship fund.

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