Buzhardt Honored

Emme Buzhardt Honored
By Southern Conference

  Emme Buzhardt of Saluda and Furman University has  been named to the All Southern Conference Softball second team.
  Buzhardt was selected to the All-SoCon Second Team after posting a 7-7 record and 3.29 ERA in 29 appearances and 15 starts during her sophomore campaign.
  The right-hander did her best work in league play where she posted a 4-2 mark in the circle with a 2.31 ERA in 10 outings. The Saluda native and Gray Collegiate Academy product tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 victory over Mercer and hurled seven innings without surrendering an earned run in a 7-1 win at Western Carolina. Her season-high of eight strikeouts game in a complete-game victory at Presbyterian on March 7.
  Emme is the daughter of Darryl and Pamela Buzhardt.

Ridge Lines 

by Josie Rodgers

May is always full of all kinds of events and special days and more. On May 3, I went on a field trip to the zoo with my 7th graders. National Day of Prayer was the next day. I had lunch with my good friend Lara Edwards at Juniper Sat. Later, Coach, Aiden, Jon, and I traveled to Spartanburg and Converse’s ring ceremony for my niece Taylor and then to Annalee’s apartment to begin bringing home her things. My mom went to her first Fireflies game Sat night with John and Joanne Kneece and had a great time! We celebrated my firstborn’s birthday May 7. Amber has been a blessing to me since May 7, 1989, at 11:22 a.m.! This week we have awards day, senior signing day, sports banquet, state softball tournament, and Mother’s Day. Then we’re headed into exams, luncheons, highway clean-up, and a weekend of graduations. Wardlaw graduates May 19. My niece Taylor graduates from Converse May 20 (her birthday!). Annalee and Will graduate from Wofford College on May 21. Whew! Exciting times for us!
  Juniper always has beautiful artwork by our local artists, and Lisa Anne Tindal is one whose art is on display. On June 3, you can paint with Lisa and enjoy delicious snacks by Chef Brandon. The event is $65 per person and will run from 3-5 p.m. More info to come!
  The Friends Ridge Spring celebrated some very special people last weekend! The town held a Fabulous Nineties event and honored community members who are in their 90s! Honorees included Phillips Boatwright, Jennie Boatwright, Borell Boat-wright, Betty Ann Cone, Pearl Holston, Roma Jay, Faye Powell, Ellen Price, Otis Miles, Ernest T. Padgett, and Jean Bell. Making sure the event was memorable were Steve Thomas, Sherald Rodgers, Pat Asbill, Debbie Black, Joanne Crouch, Jerrold Watson, Kedryn Evans, & Mayor Qwen Etheredge. In addition, the RSM High FFA donated beautiful marigolds for the celebration!
  The Peachtree 23 Yard Sale will be June 2-3. Spaces are almost gone! For more info, visit the Facebook page or go to www.ridge springsc.com.
  Palmetto Dance Aca-demy’s registration for summer and fall classes begins May 22 for current students and May 29 for new students. PDA will hold a Beach Blast Camp June 12-16 for ages 5-8. Nutcracker Camp will be held July 17-21 from 9 until noon.  Manic Mondays will run June 5 to July 24 for ages 7 and up; this is intense technique study.
  Edgefield’s Special Needs Rustic Elegance Believe Prom will be held June 2 at the NWTF Shooting Complex from 6-9 p.m. You can sign up to attend at https://tinyurl.com/2023believe. For more info about how to help, please contact Calvin Henderson.
  RSM Elem: The administrators, faculty, and staff are thankful for several colleagues for their outstanding service to the school. Ms. Watson is “always filled with joy and smiles when greeting not only staff but also our students. She goes above and beyond for our students and will help in any way she can.” Also, the SPED team and students did a wonderful job without indoor Special Olympics!
  Students enjoyed having middle school and high school agriculture students as guest readers recently. The ag students shared how honey is made, how strawberries are grown, and how crop production has increased over the years due to advancements in seeds and fertilizers.
  May and June bring fun events for our youngest Trojans! Field Days will take place after Memorial Day: Tues., May 30, 4K/5K 8:00-10:20 and 3rd grade 12:00 to 2:20; Wed., May 31: 5th grade 8:00-10:20 and 1st grade noon to 2:20; Thurs., June 1: 2nd grade 8:00-10:20 and 4th grade noon to 2:20. Trojan Pride Day will be June 2. June 5-8 will be half days. On June 5, the 4K/5K will have a promotion ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Awards Day is June 6. The 5th grade promotion ceremony is June 7 at 8:30 a.m. June 8 is a half day and the last day of school.
  RSM Mid/High: The Miss Odyssey Pageant had lots of winners. High school winners included  Miss Talented, Yara McMillan; Miss Photogenic, Avery Watson; People’s Choice Award. Windsor Blair Williams; The Director’s Award, Windsor Blair Williams; Miss Congeniality, Windsor Blair Williams; Miss Freshman, Windsor Blair Williams; First Runner-Up, Riley Nisbet; Miss Sophomore, Gracelyn Padgett; First Runner-Up, Y-Unesti Bing; Miss Junior,    Yara McMillan; First Runner-Up, Nadia Evans; Miss Senior, Chaley Robb; First Runner-Up, Savannah Minor; Miss Odyssey, Avery Watson.
  Middle school Odyssey winners included Miss Talented, Kollyns Harley; Miss Talented, Paetyn Colwell; Miss Photogenic, Shamira Gibson; Miss Trojan, Jamiyah Williams; The Director’s Award, Jamiyah Williams; Miss Congeniality, Kollyns Harley; Miss 6th Grade, Shamira Gibson; First Runner-Up, Kollyns Harley; Miss 8th Grade, Paetyn Colwell; First Runner-Up, Nikki Cockrell; Junior Miss Odyssey, Jamiyah Williams.
  The 6th-12th grade art students will have an art exhibition at the Ridge Spring Arts center on May 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The AARS is in need of volunteers to help that day. Call Town Hall for more info.
  State testing is right around the corner. Middle school students will take the SC Ready Math test on May 24 and the SC Ready ELA on May 17 and 19. Sixth graders will take the SC PASS in science on May 31.
  The 2023 Spring Trojan Golf Classic will be held on May 27 at Indian Trail Golf Course in Batesburg. The Shotgun Start is at 9 a.m. with 4-Man Captain’s Choice teams at $60 per person or $240 per team. Other perks are $5 for two Mulligans, $5 Solo Cup, a 50/50 Drawing, and lunch included.  Prizes award include Winning Team, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive. The entry deadline is Fri., May 12.  Contact Brian McCormack at mcfalcons@ comporium. net or Jeff Clamp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All proceeds benefit the RSM Golf Team and Band Program.
  Wardlaw: Congratulations to Sarah Berry, our Palmetto Girls State representative! Also, congratulations to our Palmetto Boys State representatives Matthew Murphy, Adam Ruth, and Addison Faust!
  The 7th graders took a trip to Riverbanks Zoo last Wednesday as part of their science study of animals. Many thanks to our drivers/chaperones Nicole Clark, Ashleigh Forrest, Keri Haars-Sherry, Sara Ray, & Lang Rodgers.
  National Day of Prayer was May 4, so the entire student body gathered in the gym and formed prayer circles of all ages. Within those circles, everyone from K4 to adult prayed aloud for our country, our school, our fellow man, and more. To hear those sweet little ones utter precious words of praise while their innocent eyes were closed and their tiny hands were folded was a tremendous blessing for us all.
  The varsity baseball team made the playoffs and traveled to Holly Hill last Monday, falling 8-3. On Tuesday, the Patriots hosted Holly Hill and defeated them, allowing them to travel back to Holly Hill on Thursday. Unfortunately, the Patriots’ season ended with a loss that night, but it was an incredible run!
  The varsity softball team  will compete in the SCISA Softball State Tournament this weekend in Sumter.  
  Congratulations to senior George Agner and his friend Brock Pearson for placing 2nd in the Peach Blossom Festival’s Pond Fishing Tournament. They weighed in with 22.86 pounds!