USCL honors OSPy winners

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By Jenny Hartley


Opportunity Scholars got folks at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the mood for the Beijing Olympics during the program's annual awards lunch Wednesday.

Students and faculty alike ran into the multi-purpose room at the university's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building waving paper streamer flags to the "Rocky" and Olympic theme songs to kick off the awards lunch, called the OSPy Awards.

A student-manned Chinese dragon made the circuit around the room, as did torch bearer Max Bonek, the academic specialist for the Opportunity Scholars program.

Those attending received shrimp or chicken fried rice from Bo Thai Cuisine at tables decorated with paper fans, chopsticks, fortune cookies and tablecloths in Chinese red, of course.

Opportunity Scholars offers academic advising, one-on-one tutoring, career planning, college transfer assistance and cultural events. Participants are first-generation college students with financial and academic need, first-generation college students or economically disadvantaged or disabled students.

Opportunity Scholars is one of the federally funded TriO programs at USCL.

Student award winners received a certificate and medal, and took their place on a winner's podium for photo ops.

OSPy award winners were:

- Lab Spirit: Bridgette Tyson and Shequieta Williams

- Most Improved : Felicia Taylor and Antonio Cherry

- Foundation of Excellence: Donovan Walton and Tammy Clyburn

- Quiet Leader: Amandela Wilson

- Positive Attitude: Brooke Hunter

- Remarkable Optimism: Sapna Patel and Brandi Harrington

- Outstanding Principles: Mathew Ryan

- It's Never Too Late: Meta Bailey and Mario Reid

- Most Conscientious: Chelsea Bell

- Perseverance: Regina Hagwood and Xavier Kee

- Most Focused: Adrianne Jackson and Violet Wright

- Outstanding Leadership: Latoya McGriff

- Best All-Around: Adam Lynn and Hope DeasOther awards

The Office of the Year was the Academic Success Center, for its outstanding service for OSP students.

Sociology and anthropology professor Dr. Nancy Hazam was recognized as Professor of the Year.

Program director Thelathia Bailey recognized other students and staff for their assistance and volunteerism for various program activities. She urged students to keep volunteering.

"Volunteer and service first – because you never know who's watching you and what could come of it," Bailey said.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1151