York, Clover bands take honors at competition
YORK COUNTY The York Comprehensive High School marching band came in first in its class last weekend at the Byrnes Tournament of Bands in Rock Hill. The York band also won the music award in its division.
The Clover High School band finished second in its class. Overall, the CHS band was third of the day in visual execution and visual effect and the drum line and color guard finished first of the day.
FFA officers attend workshop
CLOVER Clover High School’s Future Farmers of America officers attended the Mid-State Chapter Opportunity Workshop Sept. 23 in Pelion.
The officers mingled with other chapters throughout the mid-state region and gained knowledge to better the chapter through a workshop put on by the state officers. Teacher Kelsey Anderson is the faculty adviser for the club.
YCHS students host anti-bullying 5K
YORK A Bigger than Bullying 5K run and walk will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 15 at the York Recreation Complex.
The event is being hosted by York Comprehensive High School students Leah Fuda, Halle West and Alexis Zara to raise awareness about bullying in York County.
All proceeds will go to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which is used in York schools.
Cost is $15 per entrant, which includes a T-shirt and a bracelet. For details, email biggerthanbullying5K@gmail.com.
Clover HOSA students host fun run
CLOVER The Clover High School HOSA Club’s Sept. 27 5K Fun Run raised money for two health charities.
HOSA is Health Occupation Students of America. The students were able to donate $250 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and $250 to Moped to Memphis.
Junior Jharee Kerns won the race with a time of 22:11.
The Clover HOSA Club is sponsored by faculty members Deborah Violante and Natasha Duckwall.
York students chosen for honor choir
YORK Thirteen York Middle School chorus students auditioned last week for the Rock Hill Middle School Honor Choir.
The choir is made up of choral students from the five Rock Hill middle schools and York Middle. The audition consisted of singing a prepared piece and sight reading a selection.
All 13 of the YMS students were selected and scored in the top 10 of the 120 students that auditioned. Four students scored a perfect score of 30.
The York students are, eighth grade, Yasmine Brady and Bethany Garner, both perfect scores, and Katherine Sharpe and Lilli Kale; and seventh grade, Alex Constantine and Beck Daniel Johnston, both perfect scores, and Sarah Spencer, Grace-Lyn Neal, Liza Tolson, Jackson Williams, Miranda Goforth, Cati Cofield and Parker Sims.
Clover cadets ride military cargo transport
CLOVER Thirty-six Clover High School Air Force JROTC cadets rode a C-17 Globemaster military cargo transport plane on Monday.
The students few up the coast from Charleston to the Smoky Mountains and back again, performing a midair refueling mission.
The plane has a wing span of 170 feet and is designed to hold rolling stock such as 69-ton battle tanks and other armored vehicles.
The cadets, under the direction of Maj. Brian Batson and Sgt. Clarence Woodham, are a small part of the popular SC-951 award-winning JROTC unit at CHS.
Bullying awareness program planned
YORK COUNTY Sue Hilton will present a bullying awareness program, Mean Girls, Tough Guys, as part of a countywide effort to raise parents’ awareness of issues that affect their students.
The talk is presented by York County No Wrong Door. The presentation is being offered in each of the four school districts in York County and parents may attend any of the sessions.
All presentations will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Dates and locations are: Oct. 9, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 East, Clover; Oct. 16, Fort Mill School District Office, 2233 Deerfield Parkway, Fort Mill; Oct. 23, York School District Office, 1475 E. Liberty St., York; and Oct. 30, Rock Hill School District, with the location to be announced.
Community invited to Rachel’s Challenge assembly
CLOVER Parents and members of the community are invited to join sixth-graders from Clover and Oakridge middle schools for an assembly on Rachel’s Challenge on Friday, Oct. 10.
Clover Middle School will host the assembly at 2 p.m. at the Clover School District Auditorium, while Oakridge Middle School will host the same assembly in the school gym at 9:30 a.m.
Parents may park behind Clover Middle School and walk to the auditorium.
The event was rescheduled from Sept. 4 due to a power outage.
Rachel’s Challenge includes a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs and strategies called the Awaken the Learner Five-step School Improvement Process.
The process is intended to equip students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments.
The programs are based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.
Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.
Shortly before her death she wrote: “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
Eagle Closet open in Clover
CLOVER The Eagle’s Closet, a thrift store operated by Clover High School special needs students, will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday.
The Eagle’s Closet is at 402 Knox St.
Child Find screenings available
CLOVER Child Find, a screening process to help families identify children with special needs who may require specialized instruction, is available in the Clover School District.
For more information or to arrange a screening, call 803-810-8400.
Homeschoolers offered outdoors class
YORK The Clemson Extension Service in York County and city of Rock Hill will host Great Outdoors Adventures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for home-schooled students from October to June for ages 5 to 15 in Rock Hill.
Cost for four adventures is $65 for ages 5-9 and $75 for ages 10-15.
Events will help students cultivate awareness, knowledge, appreciation and concern for the natural environment and physical fitness while using the outdoors as a classroom. Students learn bicycle safety, goal setting, animal adaptations, compassing, soil quality, and take an ecology and history hike.
Call 803-684-9919, ext. 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
S.C. Teaching Fellows accepting applications
ROCK HILL The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is accepting applications at teachingfellowsc.com.
The program is open to high school seniors in South Carolina interested in becoming a teacher. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the U.S. and a legal resident of South Carolina.
The fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 200 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in funds while they complete a degree leading to teacher licensure. A fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.
Fellows attend one of 12 institutions across the state: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Newberry College, USC Aiken, USC Columbia, USC Upstate or Winthrop University.
Fellows are identified through a selection process that includes the application, an interview in front of a panel of three educators, a presentation and a writing sample. Awards will be made in early spring.
Kangaroo Express offering scholarship
YORK COUNTY Kangaroo Express is giving away a $500 scholarship.
Download the Kangaroo Express mobile app and navigate to the More tab. The contest is open until Feb. 1. One winner will be randomly selected from each university in the Big South and announced at the Big South Basketball Championships March 4-9 at Coastal Carolina University.