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School notes - December 9, 2008

Holbrook talks to S.C. Ag Council about biodiesel

COLUMBIA -- State FFA President K. Flint Holbrook, a senior at Clover High School, recently addressed a conference on alternative energy sponsored by the South Carolina Agricultural Council in Columbia, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs for the SC FFA organization.

Holbrook talked about the production and utilization of biodiesel fuel based on his extensive experience researching the subject, construction of necessary processing equipment and successfully producing a high-quality product.

Widely recognized for his knowledge on alternative fuels, Holbrook has addressed several conferences in South Carolina, a regional conference in Georgia, and a national conference in Ashville, N.C. He has been featured on the National RFD-TV Satellite Network, as well as a number of newspapers and television stations in South Carolina. He is the only high school student serving as a member of the advisory committee for development of a Biosystems Technology curriculum to be used in high school agricultural education departments, Greenville Technical College and Clemson University.

The South Carolina Agricultural Council is an organization of professional agriculturalists, including farmers, other agri-business representatives, state and federal agricultural and natural resources agency staff, agriculture-related organizations, researchers, faculty and administrators involved in agriculture at Clemson University, other universities and technical colleges, officers of the State FFA Organization and the South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association.

Choral concerts this week

CLOVER -- The Clover Choraliers, Mixed Ensemble and vocal arts department present the holiday concert, "Merry Christmas with Love," at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Clover School District Auditorium.

Admission costs $7 for Thursday and Saturday performances, and $5 for Sunday. Seating is limited.

Audience members are asked to help Clover Area Assistance Center by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Santa's Closet. Toys priced $10 to $15 for children ages infant to 12 accepted.

Free holiday band concert Dec. 18

CLOVER -- Clover Bands free Holiday Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Clover School District Auditorium. Donations will be accepted for Susan Warren.

Students invited to apply for trip

YORK -- An all-expense-paid week in Washington, D.C., will be awarded to two high school juniors by York Electric Cooperative.

Winners of an interview contest will be awarded the trip, which begins June 13, said Joyce Baker, tour coordinator for the cooperative.

The winners will travel with more than 50 other South Carolina students to Washington for six days to meet with their representatives and senators, see historical sites and learn about cooperatives.

Winners will be eligible to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship to be awarded to one South Carolina participant.

Students do not have to be served by York Electric Cooperative to qualify. Application deadline is Feb. 14.

For information, call 803-628-5541 or visit

Palisades school adds grades

STEELE CREEK -- The Palisades Episcopal School, currently offering grades K-5, announces the addition of junior kindergarten and sixth grade for the 2009-2010 school year. Call 704-583-1825 or e-mail for more information.