SC State University Summer Transportation Institute closing ceremony

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

ORANGEBURG, S.C.—The South Carolina State University Summer Transportation Institute (SCSU-STI) recently held its closing ceremony in the K.W. Green Student Center on the campus of SC State. STI participants were involved in an intense and structured learning environment which exposed them to advanced highway design, transportation of people and cargo, intermodelism, laws, environmentalism, transportation career opportunities and personal development.

During the four-week institute, high school students participated in various transportation related field trips including at two-day trip to Atlanta, Ga., where they visited and learned about the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), transportation system, as well as several of the transportation systems at the Stone Mountain National Park.

During the closing ceremony, Jennifer Myers delivered the keynote speech. Myers, the 2006 valedictorian of Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, S. C., shared with the STI participants, parents, partners and supporters that determination is the key to success.

Also during the ceremony, several awards were given including: the 2006 Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, presented to Brienna J. Jones; the 2006 State Department of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Award, presented to Bryan J. Narcisse; the 2006 Federal Highway Administration Award of Excellence, presented to Ashley S. Jenkins; and the Valentine Burroughs Jr. Memorial Achievement Award, presented to Bridget Thomas.

Dr. Robert Scott, the 2006 STI Statewide Coordinator was recognized and honored for his outstanding service and support to the Institute. Also honored were partnership liaisons Pamela Foster and Barbara Beagles who received the Partnership Awards for the Federal Highway Administration and the South Carolina Department of Transportation, respectfully.

“Students who participated in the Summer Transportation Institute program received a wealth of information and gained insight to various areas of the transportation industry,” said Dr. Reinhardt Brown, interim executive director of the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center. “The information the students received will go a long way in helping them to choose careers and take advantage of opportunities in the transportation industry,” Brown added.

Students who successfully completed the program were: Ashley S. Brown, Wade Hampton High, Hampton, S.C.; Jessica Green, South Florence High School, Florence, S.C.; Ashley Jenkins, Wagener Salley High School, Williston, S.C.; Renee D. Johnson, Wilson High School, Florence, S.C.; Brienna J. Jones, J.L. Mann High Academy, Greenville, S.C.; Isha Booker, Clinton High, Clinton S.C.; Denin’e A. White, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Jade Ryant, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; LaDea Brown, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; ShaVon Johnson, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Ronneshia Green, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Christina J. Pace, Orangeburg Preparatory School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Bridget Thomas, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Bryan J. Narcisse, North Augusta High School, North Augusta, S.C.; Theodore Jones Jr., Wade Hampton High School, Taylors, S.C.; Cordaro Starlings, Sliver-Bluff High, Aiken, S.C.; Ricardo Hodges, North Augusta High School, North Augusta, S.C.; Emerson Hubbard, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Montarius Sharperson, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, S.C.; Bryan McNeal, Garrett Academy, Charleston S.C.; and Leon Sumpter, Lower Richland High School, Hopkins S.C.

SC State’s Summer Transportation Institute is one of 50 host sites throughout the United States. The Federal Highway Administration Office of Civil Rights located in Washington, DC provides the funding for the institutes through a cooperative agreement with SC State’s James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center serving as the National Summer Transportation Institute Resource Center.