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School notes for July 24: Clover student interning at Santee Cooper

Clover student interning at Santee Cooper

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 very competitive and after their internship, the interns will leave Santee Cooper with lessons they can take back to the classroom and their careers.

Clover Spanish students visit Spain, Italy

Clover High School Spanish teacher Rebecca Boyd jetted to Spain and Italy for 10 days with five of her students in June.

The Clover students were Ginny Womack, Sydney Lorik, Savannah Smith, Bethany Croat and Nathan Huaman.

In Madrid, they visited the Spanish Royal Palace just days before the new king and queen were confirmed. In Barcelona, they visited the Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, and the world’s longest bench, in Parque Guell, followed by a quick swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

They stood in the Pantheon in the rain in Rome, strolled Vatican City and quickly studied the paintings of Raphael and Michelangelo, followed by gelato in an Italian café before a quick run up the famous Spanish Steps.

CHS French students visit England, France, Spain

Ann Carol Love, a Clover High School French teacher who is the school’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, took a group of students to Europe this summer.

The group toured England, France and Spain.

The students were Emily Atkinson, Corey Brom, Madeleine Burrell, Ryan Crawford, Christina Cray, Andrew Donald, Michelle Gendelman, Holden German, Harriett Hall, Brenna Hunter, Kaitlynn Jefferies, Ali King, Grayson Love, Wylie McCarter, Caylie McMahan, Anna Miszkiewicz, Ericka Pence, Jessica Suga and Ajani Wilhelm.

Some of the highlights of the group’s trip included a bird’s-eye view from the London Eye, climbing the Eiffel Tower and surfing the French coast.

The students carried a Moped to Memphis banner with them to show support for the Clover High School charity drive for St. Jude patients.