What are your neighbors up to? York County students celebrate award, competition wins

David Yandle, program director for Clover School District Auditorium, was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service.
David Yandle, program director for Clover School District Auditorium, was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service. Contributed photo

This feature appears each month on the first and third Monday in The Herald highlighting people's accomplishments and celebrations from around the region. Email submissions to aharris@heraldonline.com.

Clover school district program director honored for service

David Yandle, program director for Clover School District Auditorium, was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service March 1 during the U.S. Army Field Band concert, according to the United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus.

For 18 years, Yandle has supported 10 U.S. Army events, according to the chorus. The reward honors Yandle for “outstanding patriotic support of The United States Army Field Band mission to honor our nation’s Soldiers and Veterans through music.”

Pastor honored for helping clean litter off Rock Hill streets

Pastor Curtarus T. Kirk, known as "CT," of the Sanctuary of Life Outreach Center in Rock Hill, was recently awarded the Upper Palmetto Litter Patrol Leader Award.

Kirk said his church partnered with others in the area last year to remove more than 2,500 pounds of litter from Rock Hill streets.

“We have made it our mission to bring awareness to our communities that the city will never invest in our communities if we don't invest in them,” Kirk wrote in an e-mail.

Fort Mill JROTC students take home awards

Indian Land American Legion Post 250 recently presented Benjamin Nelson Clish of Fort Mill, who has earned his Eagle Scout, with the American Legion Good Citizenship award, a release states.

Clish helped clear an area of the Anne Springs Close Greenway for his Eagle Scout project. Clish is considering attending The Citadel and later joining the U.S. Army.

The legion also recently presented a medal and ribbon to students Jennifer Hovanee for scholastic excellence and Favia Delgado for military excellence during the Indian Land High School JROTC Awards banquet.

Fort Mill student earns $14K scholarship

Nation Ford High School senior Hannah Ross was awarded the Trustee Scholarship from North Greenville University, according to the school.

Ross was awarded the $14,000 scholarship because of her academic achievement and involvement in her school, community and church, a release states. The scholarship will be awarded each year for four years if Ross meets the academic requirements, providing $56,000 toward her tuition.

Ross competed for the scholarship on Feb. 23 during a Scholarship Day at the university.

Ross plans to enroll in August at North Greenville University in Tigerville. She is the daughter of Joseph and Heather Ross of Fort Mill.

Fort Mill rifle team takes home national win

The Nation Ford High School Marine Corps JROTC earned their third consecutive first place finish in February during the National Rifle Championship competition in Anniston, Ala.

Of the top 22 teams in the nation, Nation Ford was one of two schools to have two teams qualify and compete, according to the Fort Mill school district. The school’s second team finished 17th overall.

Rock Hill middle school student’s ‘Ollie the Otter’ art piece wins award

Karlee Adams, an eighth-grade student at Castle Heights Middle School in Rock Hill, won first place at the Arts Council of York County Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit, Feb. 16-March 16, according to her family. The exhibition features artwork from Rock Hill elementary, middle and high school students.

Adams’ “Ollie the Otter” sculpture won first place. Adams’ art teacher is James Tarlton.

Fort Mill students place second at mock trial competition

Nation Ford High School’s mock trial team finished as the first runner-up in the 2018 state high school mock trial competition held March 9-10 at the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia.

Participating students included Muskan Bhadauria, Lauren Coleman, Emma Farrell, Lauren Feeley, Elizabeth Hartman, Guinevere Hartman, Amber Kodell, Cooper Kuess, Leah Letterhos, Emily Madsen and Natasha McNeil. The teacher coaches were James Fitzpatrick, Robert Morris and Sean Shamble.

Dean named for Winthrop’s College of Arts and Sciences

Adrienne McCormick has been named the dean of Winthrop University’s College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.

McCormick previously served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of English at the State University of New York at Oswego, according to Winthrop.

York County schools receive awards at Model United Nations

During the Model United Nations competition at Winthrop University March 21-23, two York County teams took home awards, according to Winthrop University.

Rock Hill High School’s team earned the Geoffrey Bruce Award for acting most in character of their country -- North Korea.

Fort Mill’s Nation Ford High School team was recognized for writing the best resolutions.

Several Winthrop students also were honored for their roles as advisers to the high school delegations: Alexander Earnest, Israel; Nathan Crunkilton, U.S.A.; Kyle Conrad, Venezuela; David Truesdale, DPRK; Savanna Bannio, Brazil; and Kennedy Mayers, Nigeria.

USC Lancaster archivist named Distinguished Archaeologist of the Year

Brent Burgin, archivist for USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, recently received the Distinguished Archaeologist of the Year Award from the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, according to the university.

The award recognizes Burgin’s contributions to the field of archeology in South Carolina. Burgin has been an archivist with USC Lancaster since 2014, co-authored a paper for the 50th anniversary of the society and has volunteered at the Johannes Kolb Archaeological Site in Darlington County, according to the university.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

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