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Whittaker Elementary Student Xzavier Anthony Exhilarates the Crowd and Wins the MLK Oratory Competition

    When Xzavier Anthony, a fifth grade student at Whittaker Elementary School, was introduced at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Competition, the audience sensed that something special was about to happen. Dressed in a judge’s robe, Xzavier spoke with a confident and commanding voice that kept the audience engaged from the moment he stepped on stage. The link to the full text of Xzavier’s speech appears at the end of this article.
    The final round of the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Competition was held on the evening of January 28, 2016 at New Mount Zion Church in Orangeburg. The preliminary rounds of the MLK Oratory Competition began several months ago with competitions being conducted in each of the eight elementary schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5). The preliminary competitions determined the school champions who would move on to compete as finalists in the districtwide competition. The competition was open to fourth and fifth grade students who were required to compose and present an original speech of up to five minutes on the topic: “What can I achieve in my lifetime because of what Dr. King achieved in his?”. The names of the students who qualified to participate in the final round of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Competition, along with the schools they attend, are:
 ·  Xzavier Anthony, Whittaker Elementary – First Place
 ·  Tamia Yarbrough, Rivelon Elementary – Second Place
 ·  Ammariah McCray, Brookdale Elementary – Third Place
 ·  Tamerria Felder, Bethune-Bowman Elementary – Finalist
 ·  Ny’lasia Hallinquest, Mellichamp Elementary – Finalist
 ·  Justin Simpson, Sheridan Elementary – Finalist
 ·  Syrenity Sims, Dover Elementary – Finalist
 ·  Sheridan Tucker-Staley, Marshall Elementary – Finalist
    While the finals of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Competition provided great inspiration and entertainment for the audience, its primary purpose was to provide fourth and fifth grade students with an opportunity to develop their skills in historical research, reading, writing, and public speaking in classrooms across the district.

    A variety of uplifting and inspirational musical entertainment was provided during the program by the Whittaker Elementary School Choral Ensemble, the North Middle/High School Band, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School senior Miss Sydney Murdaugh.   Matthew Frederick, the runner-up in the 2015 MLK Oratory Competition, provided welcoming remarks. The Mistress of Ceremonies was OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year Autumn Coulter. She was joined by S.C. Senator John W. Matthews who provided a special greeting and remarks to the students at the beginning of the program. Karen James and Dr. Derrick James served as the event coordinators.
    Five community leaders volunteered their time to serve as judges for the competition including: Candace Berry-Vaughn, co-founder of the consulting firm Berry-Vaughn Enterprises; Barry Charley, Principal of St. Matthews K-8 in the Calhoun County Public School District; the Honorable Derrick F. Dash, Chief Magistrate for Orangeburg County; Gwendolyn Phillips, Director of Grants Administration/TRIO Programs at Claflin University; and Zipporah Mapp Sumter, a local attorney and Professor at Claflin University.
    Once again, Jimmy Jones Toyota of Orangeburg was the corporate sponsor for the event. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, all of the final round participants received trophies and certificates recognizing their accomplishments and were treated to a special lunch on the day before the competition. In addition, the students finishing in the top three places received the following prizes: 1st Place – Microsoft Surface Tablet; 2nd Place – iPad Mini; 3rd Place – iPod Touch. OCSD5 appreciates the support that Jimmy Jones Toyota provides to our students and teachers. According to OCSD5 Superintendent Dr. Jesse Washington, “The relationship between Jimmy Jones Toyota and the MLK Oratory Competition is an example of the positive outcomes that are possible when the business community gets involved with our schools and our children. We are very grateful for the support that Mr. Jones has provided for our children and public education in our community."
Click HERE to read Xzavier Anthony's winning speech.

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"Dancing With The Orangeburg Stars" Event Raises
Thousands For OCSD5 Education Foundation

     Eight celebrity couples entertained a sold-out crowd at The Cinema on Saturday night at the first annual “Dancing with the Orangeburg Stars” competition. The fundraising event was presented by the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) Education Foundation with the proceeds going to support targeted and innovative educational programs and experiences for the children attending OCSD5 schools.
     The dance competition included performances by Liz Keitt and her partner Akeem Bonepart dancing to “Boogie Fever”; Curtis Carter and his partner Evia Thomas swinging to “Dancing in the Streets”; Dewall Waters and his wife Phyllis shagging to “Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get It On”; Yanet Claxton and her partner John Green performing the Salsa to “Valio La Pena”; Sheriff Leroy Ravenell and his wife Angela hopping and bopping to “Jailhouse Rock”; Dr. Stephen Peters and his wife Dr. Angela Peters swaying to “Love Never Felt So Good”; Dr. John Ross and his partner Shannon Williams rocking to “Old Time Rock and Roll”; and Josh Ridley and his daughter Delaney twisting and turning to “Twisting the Night Away”.
     The judges deliberated for nearly fifteen minutes before selecting the winners of the competition. The Judge’s Choice Trophy, based on technical dancing skills, was awarded to Josh and Delaney Ridley following their high energy routine that included multiple lifts and cartwheels by both father and daughter. The People’s Choice Trophy, based on voting and fundraising, was awarded to Dr. Stephen and Dr. Angela Peters. Dr. John Ross and Dr. Peters were the leading vote getters for the evening and were back and forth in the voting all night. The “Most Entertaining” Trophy was awarded to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell and his wife Angela. Their performance to “Jailhouse Rock” drew a standing ovation from the audience and included the Sheriff dressed in a black and white prison jumpsuit with Angela appearing as the warden.
     The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Von Gaskin, Meteorologist with WIS-TV. WIS Sunrise co-anchors Mary King and Len Kiese served as judges for the competition along with OCSD5 Deputy Superintendent Dr. Sharon Quinn. Tamalyn Blackman, the owner of Tamalyn’s Dance Centre and founder of the Orangeburg Civic Ballet, was the Director and Choreographer for the show.
     “I want to thank our dancers and everyone who came out to support our cause with donations and contributions,” said Paul Miller, the President of the OCSD5 Education Foundation. He continued, “Although our final numbers will not be known until later this week, from what I have seen this will be the most successful fundraising event our Foundation has ever had.”

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Autumn G. Coulter, 4th Grade Teacher
at Sheridan Elementary, Named the
2015-16 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year

     The new school year officially began for OCSD5 teachers and administrators on Monday, August 10 with an opening session highlighted by high-energy staff development activities and culminating with the announcement of Autumn G. Coulter as the 2015-16 District Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Coulter came to Sheridan Elementary School in 2011 through the Teach for America program and fell in love with the school and her students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech. Like many of her peers, Coulter knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She recalls spending hours teaching a class of stuffed animals and Raggedy Ann and Andy in her bedroom when she was four years old.
     As the announcement of the District Teacher of the Year was about to made, a buzz of excitement raced through the room as Jimmy Jones, the owner of Jones Toyota in Orangeburg, announced that his business would be providing the use of a 2015 Toyota Camry for one year to the winner. OCSD5 deeply appreciates the demonstration of support for public education from Jones Toyota.
     Finalists for the District Teacher of the Year were Mary Pent of Dover Elementary School, Tabitha Johnson of Rivelon Elementary School, Deloris Smith of Mellichamp Elementary School, and Priscilla Charley of Robert E. Howard Middle School. Profiles of all of our OCSD5 Teachers of the Year will appear throughout the year in our monthly newsletter, the E-Blast in Five.

OCSD5 Participating in CEP Program

    Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2015-2016 school year. This provision provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-priced meals in local school districts and schools with increased levels of low-income students. All students enrolled in the district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications as in the past. For additional information contact Jackie Harris, Food Service Supervisor at 803-533-7918.


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