Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 16, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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REMEMBERING MLR JR.
Texas town holds onto hope for teen’s return
► Since late December, law enforcement off leers and dozens of volunteers have been searching for the Hailey Dunn 112A
Betty McCreight Garnett
J C Chavis, Salley
James Tillman Williams,
Sarah S. Groce,
Witla Mae West Shelby,
Deaths and Funerals 16A
Jackson teenager holds IHRA Champion title
Staff photo by Rob Novit Rosalyn Belton and her daughter Kayla, 22 months, listen as "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is sung at the Drum Major Unity Breakfast Saturday, a remembrance for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Fraternity recognizes educator as ‘drum major’
By ROB NOVIT
By ASHLESY WILLIAMSON
Shelby Miles isn’t your average teenager, but, on the surface, you’d nevcr guess that.
The 13-year-old Jackson Middle School student is a cheerleader and plays softball.
However, when she’s not in school, her extracurricular activities differ quite a bit from most girls her age.
“I like to be di Herent,” Miles said while standing tm the drag strip of Carolina Dragway during an interv iew, “I don’t like to be like everyone else; I like to stand out.”
It’s not too hard to stand out for Miles. In (Vtober, sin: took first place
in the International Hot Rod Association’s Junior Dis ision ll Inst Summit Finals, beating oui 200 other qualifying racers,
“(Racing) is just something that s always been passed around in my family; it’s just kind of in the blood, she said, noting that her family owns the I aeolina Dragway. “My dad s dad built the track before he passed away, and my dad and grandpa taught me how to race. My grandpa died when I w as 6, so he helped me at the beginning of it, and Daddy helped me after that”
Miles got her first car when she was a small child, and, although she wasn’t able to competitively race until she w as 8, she hopped in, buckled up and
began rac ing at the tender age of 6.
“I was pretty tall for my age at 6,” she laughed.
Miles’ mom, Angie, said she understands the possible dangers associated vy ith racing for her daughter bul swears her daughter is safer at the track than on the street.
“I d rather her do this than dove down the street in a regular car any day. Tile thought ut her running (80 mph) scared me al first, but now that she does it, to me, ifs like second nature,” sin.* said, adding that Shelby is covered head to toe in flame-retardant materials and wears a full helmet w hile racing.
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Thirteen-year-old Shelby Milts stands with her champion trophy at the Darlington Dragway in October. Miles beat out 200 other junior racers to receive the champion title.
Children look to future for regional competition
► Several Aiken County middle schools are going to tackle tesue of nation’s health cafe crisis 12A
■ Team holds clinic to introduce those in high school to sport.
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Now m his fourth ylur as president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity’s Omicron Tau Lambda chapter. Scottie Fryar is proud that his organization was named the state chapter of the year in 2010 - not just for the award hut also for what it represents.
,“We want to a part of the community." Fryar said at Lamback the fraternity’s annual Drum
Major Unity Award Breakfast Saturday, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Ifs important to give back because someone gave back to me The term “drum major” refers to a King speech, given just two months before his assassination in 1%8. In part, King said that if he is to be called a drum major to say that he is a drum major for justice, for peace and for righteousness.
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Start photo oy Asmeey Williamson
During the rugby clinic at Perry Park on Saturday, various drills were practiced. Here, members of the USC rugby team practice a scrum with members of the Aiken Lions.
Touching down on rugby
The Aiken Lions rugby team held a rugby clinic at Perry Park on Saturday to perk interest in the game growing in popularity and to offer skill and drill exercises to area high-school age area boys that are interested.
The clinic was held from noon until 2 p.m. and included drills focusing on tackling, passing and contact and scrums - an ordered formation used to restart play.
The players also enjoyed a friendly game of touch rugby during the second half of the camp.
“We’re holding this clinic today in the hopes of getting rugby a little more in the public eye.” said Nicole Wemet, manager for the Aiken Lions. “So people know what rugby is and so they know that we have a rugby team in Aiken.”
Players from the USL rugby team traveled to Aiken to help out in the clinic, and James Farrar, administrator for the team, said it was only natural the players come and help out.
“Two of our players, Colin Kane and C hris l ourtney, are
Staff photo by Ashkey Williamson USC rugby player Quinn Williams-McClure tries to rush Caleb Gon-nella, a junior at Silver Bluff High School who plays for the Aiken Lions rugby team, while playing a friendly game.
assistant coaching the Aiken (Lions) team at the moment and asked us to come down and assist them in a skills camp,” he said. “The guys are definitely having a great time; I think both the Aiken guys and the USC guys are really enjoying themselves.”
For two hours, the boys threw passes, practiced tackles and scrums, played a friendly game and took adv ice from coaches Jeffrey F^pps, Richard Law and
Schwenker said the USC players were a tremendous help in the clinic and prov ided for a way to get more people involved and help grow the sport.
“It was an opportunity for them to come out and play some rugby, have a great time and hopefully influence some of these kids," he said.
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Camellia show blooms on opening day Saturday
► Camellia Society opens annual show far its first day Saturday at Aiken Mall, j 3A
Computer could make ’Jeopardy!’ champs lose
► Watson, which IBM claims is a profound advance in artificial intelligence, edged out game-show champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in its first public test 111A