School open house Oct. 2
STEELE CREEK Palisades Episcopal School, 13120 Grand Palisades Parkway, will hold Admission Open House at 6 p.m. Oct. 2.
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The school offers grades JK-eight. Visit pescharlotte.org for information.
College student awarded for academics
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Natalie Beitel, a junior in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has been awarded the Min H. Kao Scholarship in electrical and computer engineering in recognition of her academic achievements. The scholarship is named for Kao, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Garmin International Inc.
In addition to her studies, Beitel serves on a research team at UT developing an electronic detector for the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome. She was selected as the 2014 Sophomore of the Year in the UT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and was recently inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. She was an engineering intern at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory this summer, working in microelectronic technologies. Before enrolling at UT, she attended the 2011 Tennessee Governor’s School in Science and Engineering, and graduated in May 2012 as valedictorian of Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Beitel has been a member of the UT Pride of the Southland marching band on trumpet, UT Concert Band on flute, and UT men’s basketball pep band on piccolo. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She also is National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar and recipient of several scholarships: UT Volunteer Honors, Col. S.H. Lockett Engineering, Jacobs Global Engineering and Thomas D. Dunlap Academic.
She is the daughter of Gregg and Myra Beitel of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and the granddaughter of Bob Beitel of Lake Wylie.
CHS grad accepted to Lander U.
GREENWOOD Sarah T. Lynch has been accepted to the Lander University Honors College in recognition of academic performance.
Lander University Honors College enrolls 98 students. Many students study abroad, while others complete internships, for example at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Santee Cooper Power, or independent research projects, including for NASA and Harvard.
Lynch is the daughter of Nina and Wayne Lynch of York. She graduated from Clover High School and is majoring in mass communications at Lander.
Wristbands for sale for fall festival
GASTONIA The Gaston Day School Fall Festival is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 4 at 2001 Gaston Day School Road.
In addition to the annual favorites of horse rides, face painting, games and the dunk tank, this year will include the Euro Bungee, 65-foot slide and 32-foot rock climbing wall.
The festival includes vendors selling flowers, jewelry and crafts, and a raffle of more than a dozen themed baskets and artwork from GDS Visual Arts instructors.
Wristbands can be purchased in advance for $25, or $30 at the door. Bands include unlimited games, rides and lunch. Tickets for individual rides or games will be available for $1 each.
This year’s proceeds go to the Visual Arts Department. More information and advance wristband purchases can be made at gastonday.org/pamygds1.
Child Find screenings available
CLOVER Child Find, a screening process to help families identify children with special needs who may require specialized instruction, is available at Clover School District.
For more information or to arrange a screening, call 803-810-8400.
Students named National Merit semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named its annual semifinalists and several area students have made the cut.
Included in the list are Governor's School for Science and Mathematics students James ‘Wil’ Carpenter, son of Eric and Reneé Carpenter of Lake Wylie, and Aspen Golden, daughter of Jay and Faith Golden of Clover.
Out of the 1.4 million juniors who take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (also known as the PSAT/NMSQT), 16,000 are named semifinalists, less than 1 percent of high school seniors.
About 15,000 of the semifinalists will be named finalists and just over half will be given one of thousands of scholarships available through the program and participating organizations, corporations, colleges and universities.
CHS thrift store open
CLOVER The Eagle Closet, a thrift store operated by Clover High School special needs students, will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday at 402 Knox St.
The store will have its seasonal sale Sept. 29, Oct. 1 and Oct. 3. Clothing costs 25 cents per bag. Books cost 5 cents, and all household items are half off.
Homeschoolers offered outdoors class
YORK The Clemson Extension Service in York County and city of Rock Hill will host Great Outdoors Adventures 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for homeschooled students October-June for ages 5-15 in Rock Hill.
Cost for four adventures is $65 for ages 5-9 and $75 for ages 10-15.
Events will help students cultivate awareness, knowledge, appreciation and concern for the natural environment and physical fitness while using the outdoors as a classroom. Students learn bicycle safety, goal setting, animal adaptations, compassing, soil quality, and take an ecology and history hike.
Call 803-684-9919, ext. 113 or email email@example.com for information.
S.C. Teaching Fellows accepting applications
ROCK HILL The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is accepting applications at teachingfellowsc.com.
The program is open to high school seniors in South Carolina interested in becoming a teacher. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the U.S. and a legal resident of South Carolina.
The fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 200 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in funds while they complete a degree leading to teacher licensure. A fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.
Fellows attend one of 12 institutions across the state: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Newberry College, USC-Aiken, USC-Columbia, USC-Upstate or Winthrop University.
Fellows are identified through a selection process that includes the application, an interview in front of a panel of three educators, a presentation and a writing sample. Awards will be made in early spring.
Kangaroo Express offering scholarship
YORK COUNTY Kangaroo Express is giving away a $500 scholarship.
Download the Kangaroo Express mobile app and navigate to the More tab. The contest is open until Feb. 1. One winner will be randomly selected from each university in the Big South and announced at the Big South Basketball Championships March 4-9 at Coastal Carolina University.