EDITORIAL: Science Olympiad & Steven Evans


Don’t Sprint,

Run the Marathon if you’re

going to take away this title


You’re going to have to change a lot more than venue and number of events to make us lose this title.

For the 17th consecutive year, Clinton Middle School (and its predecessor Bell Street Middle School) is the South Carolina State Champion in Science Olympiad. We are raising money now to compete in Nationals at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. If we know anything about the Team Clinton coaches, they’re going to find some rewarding “side adventures” for our junior scientists.

We had a guest writer chronicle the marathon, “not a sprint,” work ethic that produced this 17th consecutive title for CMS. Clinton High did not compete this year because it has too few junior scientists. Lots of competition for young people’s attention at the high school level these days.

So the high schools didn’t have to worry about Clinton as they changed locations - from Newberry College, central in the state, to Charleston, on the coast. Nor did they have to worry about Clinton Highas events from expanded from 20 to 23 - very challenging for a small team. But they did have to worry about Clinton Middle School. We have such a dedicated, well-oiled machine that it’s going to take equal passion - not a juggling of events and venue - to dislodge us from our competitive position. Out-work us - go ahead.

We have been honored on the floor of the United States Congress for our Championship Science Olympiad Team. And yes, one day we are going to relinquish this title.

Just, not today.


STEVEN EVANS, a nominee


Before we get too far removed from our March 20 People & Places subject, let’s take a look at his nominations for Citizen of the Year:

“Steven is a product of the inner city of Greenville, SC and a mentee of some of its greatest community leaders. Growing up in some of the more economically challenged neighborhoods of Greenville, but being educated in some of the more affluent communities, Steven embraced an early call to fight for the disenfranchised and the voiceless.  He is a pastor, community organizer, consultant, and social justice activist. The Clinton community knows him as the former pastor of Friendship AME Church and the columnist for The Clinton Chronicle’s ‘Community Consciousness.’  

“Steven completed his undergraduate studies at Berea College in Berea, KY and his graduate degree at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC. He is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church, and in addition to serving as a pastor, he has served as a statistician, conference secretary, conference trustee, and General Conference delegate. Steven has been the chair of the Committee on the State of the Country for the Piedmont Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church. Thus, he has been able to facilitate social and political awareness and action in relation to local and national needs. Steven has been voted Best Pastor by the readership of the Clinton Chronicle and Pastor of the Year for the Piedmont Annual Conference of the AME Church. In 2018, he was named one of the Upstate’s Black History Makers for 107.3 JAMZ. Steven, his wife Jessica, and their four daughters, currently serve as the senior servant leaders for St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Irmo, SC.” 


“Rev. Steven L. Evans became a member of the Clinton community in 2009 when he was assigned to pastor historic Friendship AME Church. Not only did he pastor and deliver soul-stirring sermons at Friendship, his passion is to serve, and he jumped in with both feet to serve the citizens of Clinton and the surrounding communities. He has partnered with local pastors of all faiths to bring closeness and unity through the annual Sunday Nights in the Neighborhood worship services. Another project to bring unity and fellowship to the community was the Nat Fuller Reconciliation Feast, and Rev. Evans served on the planning committee. To address other issues of utmost importance to the citizens, he presently and actively serves in the following capacities, Board of Directors, Laurens County Community Foundation, Columnist for the Clinton Chronicle: ‘Community Consciousness’, Board Member Clinton Community Garden Project, Board Member Laurens County United Miniseries, Chaplain with the Laurens County Sheriff's Department, Board Member AMI Kids-Piedmont, currently serving as the chief consultant for the Martha Denny Project. Additionally, he has worked tirelessly with the School District 56 administration to champion causes for our young people. Not only a father to his own four daughters, he has become a father figure to many of the children in the schools who recognize him from either attending Friendship,seeing him in the classrooms or at school/athletic functions. He especially enjoys being a BADD Mentor at CHS. All the children feel comfortable approaching him, and talking to him. Rev. Evans has built strong relationships with the Administration at Presbyterian College, and has been called upon to speak at many religious/ civic observances and has spoken at Champs as well. While he was assigned to pastor another church in November 2018, he continues to live in the Clinton community and continues to be present in the schools and in the community, where he is known and beloved by many. For these reasons and many more, Rev. Evans is being nominated for the Citizen of the year for Clinton.”

Thank You, Rev. Evans, for your Clinton Community legacy.


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