In the recent Claflin University student elections, women’s track and field athlete Faith McKie was voted Miss Claflin for the 2019-20 academic year.

In addition to her duties associated with Claflin, McKie, a junior sport management major from Columbia, will represent Claflin in the Miss CIAA pageant during the 2020 CIAA Tournament next February in Charlotte, N.C.

Last February, McKie was one of four $5,000 grand prize winners of the CIAA Coca Cola-Food Lion essay contest.

In addition to McKie, several other student-athletes and student support staff were voted into student leadership positions for the upcoming academic year.

Women’s track and field athlete Destiny Hall was voted as junior class president, baseball player Caleb Green was voted as Mr. Senior and women’s basketball student manager Tyniah James was voted as Miss Homecoming 2019.

Claflin students present Paw Awards

Several Claflin University student-athletes and a coach and administrator picked up Paw Awards at the third annual Paw Awards Show held April 10.

The show titled “A Golden Night on the Hilltop” is the signature award show created by students. It recognizes students, staff, faculty and administrators for outstanding work for the university throughout the year.

Athletic Department award recipients include head softball coach Marty Kinard as coach of the year and assistant athletic director Matisse Lee as administrator of the year.

Student-athletes winning awards were Kayla Cato (softball) as female athlete of the year and Triston Thompson (men’s basketball) as male athlete of the year.

Women’s softball was named the female team of the year and men’s basketball was named the male team of the year.

Claflin coach named Phenom

Claflin University cheerleading coach Leslie Simpson was named a 2019 Phenom by the Columbia Regional Business Report at the Inaugural Icons & Phenoms luncheon held on April 11 in Columbia.

The Business Report launched the new event to shine the spotlight on both senior leaders as well as the area’s young rising stars already showing their impact on the Midlands. More specifically, the Phenom award is presented to young professionals working in the Columbia area who show indications of being part of the next generation that will take the lead in shaping the region.

Simpson is an attorney at McAngus, Goudelock and Courie LLC, an insurance defense firm in Columbia, where she specializes in workers' compensation. She is a 2003 graduate of Claflin, where she received her bachelor of science in biology. In 2014, she obtained her juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Malik William leaving Clemson

CLEMSON — Sophomore forward Malik William will transfer from Clemson University, head coach Brad Brownell announced Tuesday.

“I’d like to thank Malik for his commitment and dedication to our program over the last two seasons and his contributions to back-to-back postseason appearances,” said Brownell. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

William, an Orlando, Fla. native, appeared in 17 games during his freshman season in 2017-18, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 4.4 minutes per contest. William scored a career-high six points against Western Carolina. In that same game, William grabbed a career-high five rebounds.

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