After a change of career to education, Dr. Debbie Bass did some substitute teaching before becoming a Busbee Elementary School teacher.

She later took a position at Wagener-Salley before moving to A.L. Corbett Middle School as assistant principal and then principal before retiring.

In March, she was invited to serve as interim principal at New Ellenton Middle School – ending that assignment last month with the arrival of new principal Shunte Dugar.

Bass was impressed with the level of commitment to the students from the faculty, staff, community and parents.

“I was glad to be able to contribute to the school and work with the School District again,” Bass said via email. “It was certainly a wonderful place to lend my expertise. I am glad I had the opportunity to step out of retirement for a short period to support the efforts of the district.”

Bass also had the chance to recognize students and community residents for their accomplishments before school ended.

• New Ellenton community volunteers were recognized for the contributions to the school – among them Mayor Vernon Dunbar, Rachel Davenport, Marian Webb, Alex Osbon, Cindy Boles and Helen Green. They represented the Parent-Teacher Organization, the School Improvement Council, the City of New Ellenton, Christ Central and area churches.

• The Junior Beta Club inducted 21 new members at a ceremony. The current members participated in a candlelighting – Tamia Valentine, Peyton McMurray, Keyera Odom, Shikorian Corbitt, Amaya Odom, Madeline Walls and adviser Bonnie McNeil.

The new inductees are Jalyn Brooks, Jayda Bush, Krysta Byars, Logan Channel, Jaden Cook, Larrissa Fiquris, Jessica Frias, Zykeira Green, Cameron Jackson, Zion Krauss, Jameshia Oakman, Destiny Robertson, Shicago Robertson, Lucero Rodriquez, Viviana Romero, Cierra Smith, Sydney Thompson, Jaliya Toomer, Madeline Walls, Justin Walker and Taylor Young.

• The New Ellenton stock market team received third place at the 24th S.C. Economics Awards Luncheon, held at the Brookland Conference Center in West Columbia. McNeil also serves as that team adviser.

Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.