CHS student is intern at Santee Cooper
CLOVER Twelve South Carolina college students, including one from Clover, put away their textbooks this summer for some hands-on learning as Santee Cooper Environmental Interns.
“I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do after I graduate,” said Ashley Whitson, a senior from Clover majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of South Carolina.
“When I read that the program rotates through multiple departments within the company, I thought it would be a perfect fit.”
Whitson said she has learned a lot about renewable energy resources and how they fit into the current power distribution system.
“In my rotation through the Analytical and Biological Services area, I have learned a lot about the lake system and what it takes to keep the balance of native and invasive species.”
Whitson is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and a member of the biomedical engineering society.
These interns are building knowledge on renewable energy, how it is used to make electricity and the importance of balancing it with real-time electrical demand. Interns also spend six weeks of their internship working in three two-week rotations through environmental areas of the company. Nine areas of the company participate: Air Quality, Analytical and Biological Services, Environmental Services, Investment Recovery, Property Management, Old Santee Canal Park, Renewable Energy, Right-of-Way Management and Vector Management.
Students from all over the state were chosen as interns, with seven representing their respective congressional districts and five representing the state at large.
The program is competitive and after their internship, the interns will leave Santee Cooper with lessons they can take back to the classroom and their careers.
Clemson student send-off event Aug. 11
ROCK HILL The York County Clemson Club invites families to a Clemson student send-off hamburger cookout at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the home of Roger and Kathy Troutman, 3352 Lake Wylie Drive.
For reservations by Aug. 10 or questions, call 803-448-1974 or 803-280-0562.
CHS teacher accepts award
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Christy Cobb Wilson of Clover High School received the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2014 National Teacher of the Year award at the AAFCS 105th annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis.
The award was presented by a representative of Goodheart-Willcox, who sponsors the award, during the Opening General Session on June 26.
Wilson’s award-winning program, “Changing the World with FACS,” uses family and consumer sciences skills to address and improve the physical, emotional, social and financial needs of the family unit. Students meet curriculum competencies by using research skills, technology and community service to expand leadership skills and to improve families within their communities. Local data, test scores and personal testimonies have identified strong local improvements.
“I feel teaching students the value of community service is an essential element in teaching life skills,” Wilson said. “When students participate in creating their own projects that benefit the families in their community students gain a deeper connection of the impact that one leader can make.”
Wilson is a member of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, based in Alexandria.
Student tip: Make use of ID card
A student headed to college this fall most likely be issued a student ID card with a photo and student number.
The first ID card is usually free.
The ID card may be a dorm room key, and debit card for on-campus meals and the bookstore, as well as entry into most of the campus buildings such as libraries, labs, test centers, campus health centers, workout facilities and some classrooms.
Many ID cards have a barcode to use to register for classes, add or drop classes, view financial aid and final grades.
KHEAA advises students to take advantage of and find out if students get discounts, for instance on campus and at local businesses.