Fort Mill students prove they know numbers; Residents celebrate wins

The Fort Mill Middle School team took first place during the 2018 Matchcounts competition. Pictured is Matthew Feldmann, Kyle Nitsche, Ethan Toole, Tyler Weiss and head coach Naomi Elkin.
The Fort Mill Middle School team took first place during the 2018 Matchcounts competition. Pictured is Matthew Feldmann, Kyle Nitsche, Ethan Toole, Tyler Weiss and head coach Naomi Elkin. Contributed photo

Local residents are celebrating accomplishments. Here are a few:

Fort Mill students win Matchcounts competition awards

On Feb. 13, Fort Mill middle school students took home top awards during the 2018 Matchcounts competition, according to the school district.

Held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, the competition challenged 100 students from 12 schools to complete difficult math problems.

Individual winners were: Springfield Middle School eighth graders Connor Gouin, first place, and Cameron Norwell, fourth place. Fort Mill Middle School eighth grader Ziad Baki earned second place.

Fort Mill Middle’s team took home first place and competed in the state competition on March 3. Springfield Middle School’s team took third place.

Lancaster County high school seniors can apply for $500 scholarship

The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for the Glenn Alexander Memorial Scholarship through 3 p.m. March 26, according to the conservation district.

The $500 scholarship is open to a Lancaster County high school senior. The student must be attending an accredited college, university or technical college.

Though not a requirement to apply, preferred applicants will be majoring in an agricultural or environmental field such as agriculture education, biology, horticulture or forestry.

The scholarship is named for Glenn Alexander, who served for 57 years with the conservation district.

Applications are available on the district’s website, lancasterswcd.com, under the education program link. Call 803-286-4455, ext. 100, for more information.

York Prep student named National Merit Scholarship finalist

Anna Claire Smith, a senior at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill, has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist, according to the school.

About 50,000 students qualify for the recognition each year based on their PSAT score, a release states. Of those, 15,000 students will be named finalists and eligible for National Merit Scholarships.

Smith is the only finalist in York County, according to York Prep.

Rock Hill, Lancaster teachers nominated for state level award

Rock Hill and Lancaster area teachers were among those nominated for the Jessie Williams Little “Leading the Way” Award, according to a release from Winthrop University. The award recognizes a South Carolina educator who has made an impact as a mentor for future and beginning teachers.

Winthrop alumni Jessie and John Little created the award. Nominations come from across the state. A recognition dinner was held Feb. 15 at Winthrop.

The 2018 Jessie Williams Little “Leading the Way” Award recipient is Shawna Simmons, a second-grade teacher at Jessie Bobo Elementary in Spartanburg School District 6, the release states.

Those selected as finalists and awarded $1,000 include Indian Land High School’s Jerry Honeycutt, physical education teacher, and Kimberly Pyles, special education teacher.

Semifinalists, who were awarded $500, include Rock Hill teachers Mary Lou Pundt, a third-grade teacher at Ebinport Elementary School and Carol Weaver, an English teacher and teacher cadet instructor at Rock Hill High School.

Rock Hill administrator wins state award

Nancy Turner, director of exceptional student education for the Rock Hill school district, has been named the 2018 South Carolina Council of Administrators of Special Education administrator of the year, according to the district.

Turner has been with the Rock Hill school district for three years. Turner has helped lead the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, or PBIS, in Rock Hill schools. She also oversees the staff responsible for serving more than 2,500 students with special needs enrolled in various programs in the district.

Clemson Extension names new 4-H agent

Lauren Burdine has been named the 4-H agent serving York County with the Clemson Extension Service. She replaces Faith Israel, who was transferred to Richland County to serve as the food safety and nutrition agent.

The Clemson Extension 4-H program teaches children about animal agriculture, natural resources, the environment, leadership and science through programs, clubs and projects, according to the organization.

Burdine started her new role last December.

“I grew up in the country, so this job also allows me to bring the country to kids with outdoor/environmental education opportunities, summer camp and clubs,” Burdine said in a statement.

Burdine earned her bachelor’s in environmental and natural resources and conservation management from Clemson University. She is working toward a master’s degree in agricultural and environmental education from the University of Georgia.

Local alumni graduate from military training

U.S. Air Force Airmen Sydney Adams and Paige Purser, 2017 graduates of Fort Mill High School, completed basic military training earlier this month at the San Antonio, Texas base.

Lancaster sailor named Legalman of Year

Kareshia Stallworth of Lancaster was named the 2017 Legalman of the Year, according to a release.

Navy’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) community leaders honored the service of top sailors during a ceremony on Feb. 2 at the Washington Navy Yard. The award honors legalmen’s professional and personal accomplishments and their positive impacts on the Navy, the release states.

“Receiving this honor to me means that my hard work, dedication and being a part of a dynamic team has not been in vain,” Stallworth said. “It is an honor to be recognized by my community for striving to be the best well-rounded sailor and leader that I can be.”

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082