SC Association of School Resource Officers
Deputy Will Gibson DARE Instructor with Overall Essay Winner- Emna
Guedhami Runner UP - Juliet Gregg
Deputy Gibson, Proud Parents Mr. & Mrs Guedhami, DARE
Director, Deputy Arlene Sharpe (Guest Speaker) and Emna
Emna reads essay as proud Teacher listens intently
The Center for
Deputy Gibson is proud of all his DARE Students. He was thrilled with
the essay that Emna read for the DARE students and parents at the
graduation. Emna shared an impressive essay stating what she learned
in DARE class for the past 10 weeks. Emna and her parents were
thrilled with the news that Deputy Gibson will be sending her essay to
the State DARE Association to be considner it for a state award.
Mill Creek Elementary School
Leon Lott-RCSD, Dr. Charles DeLaughter-Principal, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Olson Sr.-parents, Sofia Olson-Overall Essay Winner, D'Curtis
Goodwin-Essay Winner and Deputy Jordan, DARE Instructor (not pictured)
Carlos Thomas, Essay Winner.
Deputy Jordan had her 1st DARE graduation. She
put her heart into every word that she spoke to the facility, parents and
students. Tears of love fell from many in attendance as we all could tell
the close relationship that had developed between the school, the
graduating 5th grade students and Deputy Jordan. D’Curtis was
a proud recipient of the title DARE Essay Winner displaying his
holds the title Overall DARE Essay Winner for the school and read her
essay. Sofia shared how she had used the DDMM to handle the loss of her
beloved puppy earlier this year. Sofia said she will always use her
knowledge from DARE to handle situations for the rest of her life! Her
parents are so proud of their daughter.
Harbison West Elementary -
Ed Davis (principal), Ms. Lamprey - Celine Steyer, Ms. Murray
- Kennedy Cook, Ms. Washington- Amiyah Christopher, Ms. Edwards - Sean
Johnson, Ms. Brannan- Blaine Bushman (also overall winner), Ms. Chandler-
Ariana Jones, Deputy Russ Rabon, - *Ms. Stevens - David Gotz (not pictured)
Pictured above are the DARE Essay Winners and the name of each teacher
that they represent. Blaine Bushman will be the reigning 2018 Harbison
West Essay winner and did read his essay today at the DARE graduation. All
of the students at Harbison West are proud to be called DARE graduates.
Sr. Deputy Russ Rabon says he is honored to be their DARE Officer and he
hopes that each one of his students know if they ever need him, he will be
there for them.
Essay Winners - Lake Murray Elementary
row: Gracyn Beale-Salovitch, McKenzie Metts, Will Perez - Second row: Mrs.
Claire Thompson-Principal, Sidney Hearne, Over-All Essay Winner-Lila
Bower, Mary Bennett Pritchard, Aidan Black, Ashlyn Anderson, Deputy Todd
Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary - Columbia, S.C.
1st row: DARE Essay Winners: John
Dzialo (overall winner), Aliyah Andrews, Coulter Branham, Samantha
Winters-Gribble, and Maddie Roberts. 2nd row: Deputy
Arlene Sharpe, S.C. Coordinator, Capt. Ewing, SRO Division, Deputy Jamel
Bradley DARE Instructor, Guest Speaker Mr. Terry Dozier, NBA-Charlotte
Dzialo (overall winner):
Deputy Bradley had a hard time making a decision for the overall winning
essay; in fact he asked another DARE Instructor for input because all of
them were outstanding. John’s essay included what he had learned in DARE
and how it will help him in his future. John also stated if someone
needed help that he would step-up.
Caughman Elementary – Columbia, S.C.
It was Deputy McNeill’s 1st D.A.R.E. graduation. Anxious
and with the desire to do his best, Deputy McNeill was a huge success
with his principal, his students and his command staff today. I am
sure we all remember our 1st graduation wondering will I
get it correct; “Will it be memorable for my school and for my
Deputy McNeill can breathe easy now and just so you
know, (whispering…) Mrs. Hall your principal shared with Sheriff Lott
how she, the school and the community just love you!
Deputy McNeill, Essay Winners: Aaliyah Bull, Jolie-Ann Cook, Nya
Glenn, Tamia Sanders (overall winner) Sheriff Leon Lott, Guest Speaker
Pringle and her Montessori Class within Caughman Elementary
Deputy McNeill with a big smile on his face said, “I had one
Montessori classroom within the 5th grade level. It was a
pleasure to teach these students as they developed and discovered how
to be a proud DARE student.”
McNeill, Mrs. Shawn Hall, Principal, Sheriff Leon Lott, Lt. Verlon
Rhodes, S.R.O. Division and Deputy Arlene Sharpe State
Coordinator/Director DARE Training Center
The students had heard the encouraging words from
Sheriff Lott. From their DARE Instructor, Deputy McNeill they heard
encouragement, caring and expectations; it was now time to cross the
stage to receive their certificates. They each shuck the hand of all
that are so proud of them and joined the millions of other student in
the world as a D.A.R.E. Graduate. Deputy McNeill’s heart was filled
with pride for all of his students and yes, he has a big smile on his