D-O Honorees

Eight outstanding alumni of Denmark-Olar High and Voorhees High schools were inducted at the 2nd Annual Denmark-Olar Wall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 23 at the high school. Pictured are, from left, Peggy Faust, Dywanna Washington, Tiffany Freeman, Jonathan Goodman II, La’Tanya Salley (standing in for honoree Martha Guess Crawford), Tracey Sanders and Lawrence Dennis Brown. Absent from the photo is honoree Frank Williams Jr.

T&D CORRESPONDENT LISA B. STOKES

DENMARK --Eight outstanding alumni were recognized during the 2nd Annual Denmark-Olar Wall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the high school.

“The Wall of Fame Committee was established to recognize graduates of Denmark-Olar High and Voorhees High schools who have contributed either individually or collectively to the promotion, betterment and/or success of his or her community,” said Douglas Stokes, chairman of the committee.

Honorees were:

Tiffany Freeman, a 1994 graduate of Denmark-Olar and South Carolina State University, received her law degree at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and her MBA at Colorado Technical University. After graduating from S.C. State, she worked as a claim representative. Upon receiving her law degree, she returned to South Carolina and served as a judicial clerk for Alexander Macaulay. After that, she was an administrative hearing officer for the S.C. Department Employment and Workforce. Freeman served for nearly six years as an assistant solicitor in the Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. In 2010, she became an associate with Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte in Columbia. She also served as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee. Freeman is currently senior public policy counsel for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Lawrence Dennis Brown, a 1975 graduate of Denmark-Olar, resides in Denmark. He attended Denmark Technical College from 1980-1984. Brown is affiliated with the Denmark-Olar Alumni Foundation and is the treasurer of the Denmark-Olar Wall of Fame Committee. A long-time member of the “Men of Integrity," he was inducted into the Honor Society while with the group and received awards for math and English while pursuing secondary education. Brown is a member of the Bamberg County Chapter NAACP. He serves as a community advocate for Bamberg School District 2 and is a member of City of Refuge Church Disciple in Denmark. He is currently employed at Georgia Pacific in Allendale.

Peggy Saxon Faust has provided outstanding volunteer service with CASA Family Systems and as a sexual abuse and domestic violence counselor for Bamberg County Mental Health, the Bamberg County Department of Juvenile Justice and Low Country Healthy Start. Faust is a member of Rome Baptist Church, the Denmark Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Low Country Healthy Start Advisory Board and the Citizens Against Sexual Abuse Board. She also served on the Denmark Technical College Area Commission and is a member of the Foundation Board at Denmark Tech.

Dr. Jonathan Goodman II, a 1990 graduate of Denmark-Olar, graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1994 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He received his master’s from Webster University and his doctorate from Argosy University in business. He was previously a professor at Voorhees College. He is employed with Bamberg School District 1 as an assistant principal. He has done extensive volunteer work in the community.

Tracy Sanders, a 1991 graduate of Denmark-Olar, earned a Juris Doctor at the Syracuse University College of Law (2002), Master of Public Administration at the University of South Carolina (1998) and B.A. in political science at the University of South Carolina-Aiken (1995). She is a member of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, California; the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Sanders has appeared on ABC, FOX, MSNBC, TLC and WE. She is an attorney in Los Angeles and is employed at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services. She also teaches at UCLA Extension.

Dywanna Nichole Washington, a 1994 graduate of Denmark-Olar, excelled in both academics and athletics, earning a full scholarship to attend Voorhees College. In 1998, she earned a B.S. in health and recreation, and in 2011, she received a master's in rehabilitation counseling at South Carolina State University. Washington completed post-graduate studies at Converse College, earning an Education Specialist degree in administration and supervision in 2006. She has devoted the past 15 years in the public-school system, currently serving as a special education teacher in Richland School District 2. Washington was named Teacher of the Year (2004-2005) while employed at The Learning Centre Alternative school in the Fairfield County School District.

Frank Williams Jr., a 1983 graduate of Denmark-Olar, attended Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in 2004. In 2002, he attended Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia. He also attended Aiken Technical College in 1990 and Denmark Technical College in 1985. He was employed with the S.C. Department Corrections in Allendale and worked at the Department of Energy's Westinghouse Savannah River Co. from 1991-1995. Williams retired from the United States Navy in May 2009. Williams has been employed at Crane Merchandising Company for 20 years. He is an active member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Olar and the Feed My Sheep Ministry in Denmark.

Martha Guess Crawford, a 1967 graduate of Voorhees High School, completed her B.A. at Benedict College and continued her studies at Dartmouth, the Amos Tuck School of Business and the University of Miami School of Business. Crawford is the founder and CEO of Arcadia Chemical Inc. in Columbia She has received numerous professional awards.

Contact the writer: lisastokes@bellsouth.net.

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