Bess Dowling Ware award winners

  • Christopher Deaunte Woods, a third grader at Varnville Elementary.
  • Sabryn Grace Rentz, a third grader at Varnville Elementary.

Christopher Deaunte Woods, a third grader at Varnville Elementary, was the recipient of the annual William S. Ware award, which was presented during the awards day program on May 31 at the Varnville Recreation Department. Woods has attended VES since Prekindergarten.  The award winner is chosen from the third grade students at VES and must exemplify scholarship, leadership, citizenship, honesty, and friendliness. Sandra W. Gooding, and Martha Bouknight, daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. William S. Ware, were present. They congratulated Christopher and the VES third grade with encouraging words.  Also presenting the award was his teacher, Kelly Shipes. 

Woods was presented with a $50 check and a plaque at the awards ceremony. Tiffany Mole, Woods’ mom, and Chase Woods, his little brother, were also in attendance for this special award. Woods resides in Varnville. He loves being outside with his uncle, James Smith, and plays football and basketball in the Hampton/Varnville recreation league.

Sabryn Grace Rentz, a third grader at Varnville Elementary, was the recipient of the Bess Dowling Ware award, which was presented during the awards day program on May 31.  The award winner is chosen from the third grade students at VES and must exemplify great character to include respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring, and leadership.  Announcing the award were her teachers, Kelly Shipes and Michelle Hiers.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams S. Ware’s daughters, Sandra W. Gooding and Martha Bouknight, were present and presented Sabryn with her award.

Rentz was presented with a $25 check and a plaque. Rentz is the daughter of Whitney and Kristin Rentz and she resides in Varnville. Rentz’s brother, Parker Rentz, along with her grandmothers, Donna Griner and Cheryl Brown, were present at the awards program.   Rentz’s hobbies include playing the piano, cheerleading for the Hampton/Varnville Peewee team, and taking gymnastics.  She is in the Hampton District One Gifted and Talented program and attends Open Arms Fellowship Church.