The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center presented awards to two Aiken County School District educators on Tuesday.
Director Dr. Gary Senn announced Gabrielle Morgan – the Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School career specialist – as the winner of the Ruth Patrick Science Award for her efforts to promote science education.
Patrick, a prominent environmental scientist, died last month at age 105.
Senn also recognized Alison Churm, the Belvedere Elementary School principal, as the recipient of the Robert L. Alexander Outstanding K-12 Administrator of the Year Award.
Churm, too, was cited for her support of science education at her school. Alexander is a former USC Aiken chancellor.
In other business:
• Dusty Rhodes, a Jostens executive since 1975, was recognized for his contributions to the Aiken County School District and many others – providing class rings to thousands of students during his career. More than 20 former students – including former NFL and Silver Bluff High School football player Troy Williamson – attended the School Board meeting in honor of Rhodes by wearing those class rings.
• School Board members announced the appointment of Andrew Cox as the District’s new executive director of technology. He will succeed Dal Stanley, who is retiring in January.
Cox, who lives in Aiken, is currently the technology director for the McCormick County School District. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from USC Aiken. He also earned a doctorate of jurisprudence from Mississippi College, where he focused on administrative, technology and information law. Cox also has worked with Apple Computer and as technical manager for Ogden & Associates, a law firm in Jackson, Miss.
• Members of the Cedar Creek Ladies’ Club were cited by the S.C. School Boards Association for their support as reading volunteers at Greendale Elementary School in New Ellenton.
• Heather Howse, a Fort Gordon school liaison officer, presented a plaque to Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt and other administrators for their cooperation in welcoming the children of military families to schools in the District.