by Nancy T. Duncan,
Co-Chair Collections Committee
Travelers Rest Historical Society
During the last few weeks, the Travelers Rest Historical Society has had the pleasure of working with some delightful young graphics students and their teacher, Cheryl Bennefield, from the Enoree Career Center.
For a long time, the Historical Society has been trying to locate someone to reprint the Echoes booklets, our small printed collections of local historical stories. We were discouraged when we were told by some that it was almost impossible to duplicate the old pictures and stories successfully. However, we did not hear this discouraging attitude from the optimistic career center instructor who was eager to accept the challenge.
Yes, she agreed to help the Historical Society by supervising the students as they all worked on the reprinting of the Echoes booklets. The principal of Enoree Career Center, Greg Cooke, seized the opportunity to have the students work with a local nonprofit and agreed to help fund the reprinting of Volume 1, preserving the history of the Upstate.
Echoes Volume 1 is now in the process of being reprinted by the students for the Travelers Rest Historical Society. We are extremely excited about having the books ready to sale to former Northwest students, members of the Travelers Rest Historical Society and the community. Also, we are super excited about being able to work with our local students and teachers in this capacity.
Currently, there is a great deal of enthusiasm in the Enoree Career Center classroom this time of the year as the students are preparing to participate in the South Carolina State Competitive Events. Two students from Enoree Career Center placed first in the SkillsUSA state competition on March 17 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus. They continue to study and hone their skills in preparation for the National SkillsUSA Competition this summer in Atlanta.
Michi Corona-Martinez won a gold medal in Dye Sublimation in the State SkillsUSA event. This is the digital process that uses heat to transfer an image and is used for decorating apparel, signs and banners.
Jasmin Reese won a gold medal for Screen Printing in the State SkillsUSA event. A printed image is made using the process where ink is forced through a mesh screen onto a surface.
Both Michi and Jasmin are enrolled in the Graphic Communications classes at Enoree Career Center where they learned these valuable technical skills. Winning the state competition allows the girls to participate in the SkillsUSA National Competition in Atlanta, Georgia during June where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent at the national level.
The students are currently raising money in various ways to help pay for their upcoming trip to Atlanta. If you would like to help, please send your contribution to Enoree Career Center for SkillsUSA or call the Center to make arrangements.
Want to learn more?
Graphic Communications – Greenville County Schools – follow this link to find out more about Enoree Career Center.
Museum – Travelers Rest Historical Society – follow this link to learn more about the Historical Society’s goals or to join the organization.