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Phi Mu members Sarah Zamiela, left, from Aiken, a senior biology major at USC Aiken, and Skylier Grooms, a sophomore psychology major from Orangeburg County, teeter-totter in The Alley to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Georgia. Sorority members teeter-tottered for 24 hours to raise money through the Children's Miracle Network.

Lydia Terlizzi, a senior at South Aiken High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

South Aiken High School nominated Lydia for national honors last fall in recognition of her outstanding commitment to volunteer service in her community, according to a news release from Aiken County Public Schools.

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Lydia Terlizzi

Lydia began volunteering on the Newspring Church Aiken Campus’s Production Team in March 2017. Her role on the team progressed from working with the video/broadcast stream to also controlling lighting and the soundboard and conducting training.

“Lydia is an amazing young lady who has made intentional efforts to support the South Aiken community,” South Aiken High School Principal Sam Fuller said. “We could not be prouder of her and her demonstration of citizenship through all of her volunteer efforts. We know this is just the beginning for her.”

School district awarded for outstanding financial reporting

The Association of School Business Officials International awarded Aiken County Public School the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability, according to a news release from the association. The school district earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year 2018.

By participating in the COE program, school districts demonstrate their commitment to financial transparency. Applicants submit their financial report for review by a team of professional auditors, who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the CAFR meets the requirements of the program, the document may receive the Certificate of Excellence. A district’s participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.

Rebeccah Ogbuefi is writing contest finalist

Rebeccah Ogbuefi, a junior at North Augusta High, is one of 27 high school juniors and seniors from across the state who have been named finalists in the sixth-annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest.

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Rebeccah Ogbuefi

Each student submitted two pieces of writing. In the first round, students used a variety of genres to answer the question: “How should we improve the state of South Carolina?” For the second round, students traveled to USC Columbia for an impromptu timed writing test.

This year’s grand judge is Walter Edgar, a distinguished professor emeritus at USC Columbia and the author of many books, including “South Carolina: A History.” Edgar is also the host of "Walter Edgar’s Journal" on South Carolina Public Radio.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.