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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 3, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Presenting the class of 2011 Area high schools hold commencement By ROB NOVIT Senior writer She was the very last in line. and when Emily Zimmerman's name was called ut Silver Bluff High School's commencement Thursday, her classmates rose to their lect tor a spontaneous standing ovation. , I inily smiled vividly as she shook the hands of Principal tian Altnnger, Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt, Associate Superintendent Dr. Rev in O’tiorman and Area 5 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Randy Stowe - people that Emily amid not see. She lost her sight three years ago following surgery for a brain tumor. Emily will leave next month for Littleton, ( ok)., where she will enroll in a specialised center to help her learn independent bv mg before she starts college Carrie L. White, Williston Gregory "Greg" Baker, Nemaha, Neb James C Jensen, Graniteville Nancy Ann "Toots" O'Leary, Aiken Joshua Thomas William Miles, Beech Island Deaths and Funerals I BA iisiiite Calendar SC Classifieds ID Crossword 4C Comics SC Dear Abby ' ~ 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 14A Movie Listings SC Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C For more photos, see 4A. “It’s huge, huge, huge to be graduating," she said. “That was very cool (about the ov ation). It means a lot to have Sarah with me. She s very special and has meant so much to me." A Silver Bluff junior, Sarah said it’s surreal that her sifter has finished high school and w ill be leav mg next week. “I don’t know if! can explain it. It’s very emotional,” Sarah said. Midland Valley High School and North Augusta High School seniors graduated Thursday, as well. Four more commencements -Aiken High, South Aiken High, Wagener-Salley High and Ridge Spring-Monetta High - are scheduled at USL Please see GRADS, page 11Aconstruct, donate tree for ‘Rent’ Staff photo by Rob Novi! Silver Bluff High senior Emily Zimmerman, left escorted by her sister Sarah, received a standing ovation from her classmates at commencement Thursday. By A3HLEEY WILLIAMSON Stat! writer lf you’ve seen the Aiken ( omimtmtfrisyhfHisc's production of “Rent,” chances are you’ve seen the one-of-a-kind C hristmas tree on stage. The tree was built by the 32 members of Aiken Technical College's American Welding Society Student Chapter, adv iscd by Jean Palmer, lead welding instructor at ATC. "The purpose of this club is to enhance the students' knowledge of welding and, in this particular chapter, dev elop leadership and organizational skills,” said Palmer. In February, Palmer was contacted by ACP Executive Director Thurmond Whatley, who asked her if she and some students would be interested in creating an "abstract tree" for an upcoming ACP production. "We went through a discussion about what exactly they (the theater) wunled in the tree," explained Palmer. "They PIMM Me TREE, page 11A wanted anything that could be found in a big city on the side of the road .. items like huh caps, springs, bicycle tires. They gave me an idea and a * plan, and I also kind of net had my own idea in mind." Aller bringing the project up to the AWS Student Chapter, Palmer said all of the students were willing and excited to participate in building the tree. Brainstorming began, and each student was asked to bring in an item; a student ottered to bring in a motorcycle, which was taken apart and serves as the foundation for the tree. Other items included a child’s bicycle, a lamp, old copper pots and pans, forks and spoons, drill bits and a basketball rim donated by the ATC Athletic Department. Over the course of the next three months, all of the members spent collaborative lime in the lab coming up w uh ideas and all worked hard in City Council discusses redistricting plans By AMY BANTON Staff writer Aiken City Council has asked for an ordinance to be dratted for a new redistricting plan. The first reading of an ordinance to hold a referendum during die general elections on Nov. 8, to change to a 6-to-1 format - six single-member districts and the mayoral seat will be held on June 13 at a regular Council meeting During a special meeting lliursday evening, Bobby Bowers w uh the State Budget and Control Board informed City Council, with the growth seen at District 4, it will be hard to keep the 4-2-1 format that the City has in place. Tins includes lour single-member districts, two at-large Council members and the mayor seat. The 4-2-1 format has beal in place in Aiken for more than IS yeas. District 4 is sitting at 10,3*43 residents while the other three districts have a population of a little more than 6,000 each, according to the LLS Census numbers. District 4 is located on the south side of Aiken and has seen such growth due to developments like the Village at Woodside When redistricting, a municipality must adhere to the l%5 Voting Rights Act as amended and controlling colat decisions, but, most importantly, it must stay true to the constitut lonal requirement of "one person, one vote,” Bowers said The reasoning behind redistricting is that district lines are occasionally redrawn based on the population numbers of a city to maintain equal representation of its residents. Bowers told ('ouncil that keeping the 4-2-1 format in place would endanger the minority majority districts - districts I and 2, and they would be nearly impossible to keep unless they go to another format like 6 to I. Historically, C ity ( ouncil has always had minority representation, according to City Manager Richard Pearce. live census lists 1*4,324 non-Hispanic whites and 8,485 non-Hispanic blacks in Aiken. Currently, 7,752 of Aiken’s black residents live in districts I and 2. SM DISTRICTS, page HA pill! I Hill!!II e 'hcOOVl'UUQO 1*»v DAYS AWEEK South Side Brunch \\ hiskt’v Road iii (Void oj bitnet Security. Federals Bank 641-3000 ® Toll Free 866-851-3000 Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson The Christmas tree used in the ACP production of "Rent" was built by the welding society members at Aiken Technical College. Midland Valley High seniors toss their caps in the air to celebrate commencement. alan pnoio ny hod NoviStudents at ATCLemon hunt begins today In an effort to promote its new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, McDonalds is hiding five giant lemons throughout the CSRA at 9 a.m. today. I hose who find the lemons will win lemonade for a year. | 3Aoui Lot ii Sourer Sitter *1807 ____ VA/WW.aikenStandard.COm Today’s Weather High % 82° V*    ‘    Low nV&P67° Full forecast 16C 500 ;