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Levi Turner is the first winner in 'Name The Cranes' contest

Published on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Levi Turner, third grader at Chandler Creek Elementary School, swats at the air as he reacts to learning his school earned $500 from the South Carolina Port Authority for his naming a crane Grrrr. That name will be painted on one of the three cranes at the Inland Port in Greer.

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Levi Turner, third grader at Chandler Creek Elementary School, swats at the air as he reacts to learning his school earned $500 from the South Carolina Port Authority for his naming a crane Grrrr. That name will be painted on one of the three cranes at the Inland Port in Greer.



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Chandler Creek Principal Joan Mills, left, and South Carolina Port Authority representative Matt Tomsic, back right, announced Levi Turner's winning name for one of the three cranes at the Inland Port. Family members present left to right are his father Sam Turner, sister, Savannah, and mother, Heather. His brother, Will, a junior at Greer High School, could not attend.

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Chandler Creek Principal Joan Mills, left, and South Carolina Port Authority representative Matt Tomsic, back right, announced Levi Turner's winning name for one of the three cranes at the Inland Port. Family members present left to right are his father Sam Turner, sister, Savannah, and mother, Heather. His brother, Will, a junior at Greer High School, could not attend.



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Port Authority representative Matt Tomsic presents Levi Turner with a plaque recognizing his selection of

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Port Authority representative Matt Tomsic presents Levi Turner with a plaque recognizing his selection of "Grrrr" for one of the names for a crane at the Inland Port. 



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On the home page is Levi Turner with his third grade teacher, Mrs. Candace Grugan.

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On the home page is Levi Turner with his third grade teacher, Mrs. Candace Grugan.



Levi Turner thought an appropriate name for one of the three cranes at the Inland Port should be Grrrr (with 4 r’s).

So did the South Carolina Port Authority in choosing Levi’s entry as the first winner announced for the “Name the Cranes” contest. Levi won a plaque recognizing his suggestion and Chandler Creek Elementary won $500. Names for two other cranes and two empty handlers will be announced later.

“The crane is so big and the motor sounds like it goes grrrr,” Levi said in how he chose the name. Grrrr will be painted across the top of a crane in white letters. Greer’s three rubber tiered gantry cranes are now numbered 15, 16 and 17.

Levi is in Mrs. Candace Grugan’s third grade class. Chandler Creek Principal Joan Mills and Levi’s parents were escorted into the classroom to hear Matt Tomsic of the S.C. Port Authority make the announcement and present the plaque and port authority hat.

Mills said she will sit with Levi and discuss ways he thinks the $500 should be spent. “We are promoting service with the kids and it’s exciting to know a member of our community has a special part in the Inland Port.”

Tomsic visited Chandler Creek and other Greer schools to talk about the Inland Port and the promotion for naming the cranes. He brought pamphlets showing the loading of containers. Charleston students named the cranes at the coastal port.

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