Category Archives: Woodmont Area

Miss Woodmont

Ally McCaslin was crowned Miss Woodmont 2017 by Miss Woodmont 2016 Brittany Westbrooks during the Miss Woodmont pageant held recently at Woodmont High School. McCaslin won the Interview portion of the contest as well as Grand Talent and Evening Wear. (Photo by Rhonda Horne)

Woodmont to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will honor their 4th class induction during the home basketball game with J. L. Mann High School this Friday, Jan. 20. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2016) are Shane Godfrey, Ricky McCombs, Michael Sanders, Sandy Cash, and Cindy Cash. The start time for the double-header of games is 6 pm.

Woodmont High to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be honoring the 4th class in the Athletic Hall of Fame during the home basketball game with J. L. Mann High School on Frid. Jan. 20. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2016) are Shane Godfrey, Ricky McCombs, Michael Sanders, Sandy Cash, and Cindy Cash. The start time for the double-header of games is 6 pm.

Woodmont High Band at Piedmont Christmas Parade

Woodmont theater production has sign, spoken language

“The Taste of Sunrise”

The Woodmont High School theater department will present “The Taste of Sunrise” this week at Woodmont High School. The play is a combination of spoken word and sign language. The show is at 7pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday and is under the direction of Woodmont High Theater teacher and Director Harry Culpepper. He is also the creator of the theater program at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

When he was in first grade, Harry Culpepper dressed up as a principal on career day. He wore his father’s tie and carried his briefcase. He is now the theatre teacher at Woodmont High School, was raised by deaf parents and grandparents. American Sign Language was his first language, and while he wanted to become a professional actor, teaching was always in the back of his mind.

Woodmont High Class of 2016

Fork Shoals unveils historical marker

A special dedication ceremony paying tribute to the historic Fork Shoals School and unveiling of a marker was held Thursday morning April 7 at 9 a.m. in front of the old school.  Fork Shoals School was established in 1877 on the grounds of the current Fork Shoals Baptist Church. It is the oldest school in Greenville County.

Fork Shoals School designated historic landmark

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History recently designated Fork Shoals School as an historic landmark. To signify the honor, the Fork Shoals Historical Society is installing a SC Historical Marker on the Fork Shoals school grounds. A special dedication ceremony paying tribute to historic preservation and unveiling of the marker is planned for 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 7.

Fork Shoals School was established in 1877 on the grounds of the current Fork Shoals Baptist Church. It is the oldest school in Greenville County. Fork Shoals School is located at 916 McKelvey Rd.

Five arrested in Woodmont area shooting incident

Woodmont High locked down last Thursday

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has charged and arrested five people who were involved in an incident last Wednesday (Sept. 2), at 305 Daytona Lane in Piedmont, which prompted a modified lockdown of Woodmont High School on Thursday.

According to reports, on Sept. 2nd a verbal altercation began between current students and former students of Woodmont High School, which eventually escalated to a physical altercation later in the day at 305 Daytona Lane.

During the altercation one person was struck in the head with brass knuckles which caused the victim to lose consciousness and had to be transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Also during the altercation two suspects fired guns in the direction of several people and one person sustained two gun shot wounds to the left arm resulting in serious bodily injury causing the victim to receive medical treatment.

Woodmont student arrested for making bomb threats

Greenville County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested an 18 year old Woodmont student for making bomb threats related to graduation services on social media today (Tuesday). According to reports, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation after receiving information from a parent who had intercepted messages off social media. These messages were sent by an 18 year old student at Woodmont High School making bomb threats at graduation ceremonies along with threats to cause harm to those attending.

Investigators completed the investigation this afternoon and the suspect, Bejamin Aguste Slezak, 302 Timberfield Way Simpsonville, was charged and taken into custody for making Bomb Threats. Slezak is currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center and a bond hearing is scheduled for 9:30 this evening.

The Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with both the Greenville County School District and Furman University Police, where ceremonies will be held, will have increased security measures put into place such as additional law enforcement presence at ceremonies as well as intermittent security searches of the area throughout the day.

Cornish named SC Media Paraprofessional of the Year

Ralph Candler media clerk

Suzette Cornish, media clerk at Ralph Chandler Middle School, was named the South Carolina Media Paraprofessional of the Year during the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) conference in Columbia. The Media Paraprofessional Award recognizes the exemplary performance of a paraprofessional who directly supports the media profession.

Ms. Cornish has served as media clerk at Ralph Chandler Middle School in Simpsonville for more than six years, and has previous library experience in New York. She is manager of the school website and is proficient at providing technology support for teachers and students.

Woodmont Hall of Fame inductees

Woodmont High School 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees are Gary Moon, Sam Perry, Kristi Kerns, Donald Crowe and Sherry Carter.

Woodmont Middle Teacher Honored for Teaching Patriotism

Gail Rodrigues, a special education teacher at Woodmont Middle School, recently received the District 4 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. The award recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Mrs. Rodrigues will now advance to the state-level competition. Andrea Fowler, parent of a former student, submitted the nomination for Rodrigues. “Mrs. Rodrigues is always there to encourage the students. She is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ teacher. She continues to check on her students even after they leave class for the year,” she said.

Woodmont to recognize Hall of Fame inductees

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be recognizing their second HOF class on Jan. 30 at the home baskeball game against Greenville. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2015) are Sherry Carter, Sam Perry, Donald Crowe, Kristi Kerns Farmer and Gary Moon.

The evening will also include special recognition of the Woodmont Girl’s Basketball Conference Champions from 1977, 1979, and 1980 who will be recognized during halftime of the girl’s game and the 2014 Hall of Fame Class who will be introduced between the girls and boys game at 7:15 p.m.

Sherry Carter was a physical education teacher and coached women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, gymnastics, and track and field at Woodmont.

Woodmont to induct 2015 Hall of Fame – Jan. 30

On January 30th at the home basketball game against Greenville the Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be honoring the 2nd class in their Athletic Hall of Fame. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2015) are Sherry Carter, Sam Perry, Donald Crowe, Kristi Kerns Farmer and Gary Moon.

During halftime of the girl’s game, players from the Woodmont girls basketball conference champs for 1977, 1979 and 1980 will be introduced.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be introduced between the girls and boys game at 7:15 p.m. Former Woodmont and Clemson University standout Sam Perry will have his jersey retired during halftime of the boys game.

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