Lucky student wins iPod touch
Faithful attendance at North Augusta High School led to a welcome surprise for sophomore Sebastian Hernandez, in the form of an iPod Touch.
Hernandez was called out of an afternoon class April 23 by the principal, Todd Bornscheuer, to receive the prize.
Guidance counselor Jane Kaplenski noted that Hernandez’s name was drawn from among those of students who were present at the school during all three days of testing (April 16-18) for the High School Assessment program test. South Carolina students, who must pass the test in order to graduate, take it for the first time during the spring of their sophomore year.
“We tested 355 students for English language arts and 360 for math. NAHS had few make-up tests to administer this school year,” Kaplenski wrote.
She added, “During testing this year we had 98.5 percent of our student body present, and we tested 100 percent of our first time test takers for the second year in a row.”
The Hernandez announcement, complete with a drum roll, was made over the school intercom system.
Bill Bengtson, a native of Florence, Ala., has been a full-time reporter since 1994, when he started with the Index-Journal, in Greenwood.