Fort Mill Times

In Our Schools - March 19, 2008

Academic Team makes final 4

The Fort Mill High Academic Team traveled to Spartanburg High Saturday, March 8, for the 24-team Viking Invitational. Teams from North and South Carolina competed.

In the morning preliminary rounds, Fort Mill defeated Southside, Oakbrook, and Southside Christian to advance to the single-elimination playoff rounds after lunch.

Fort Mill defeated Brevard (N.C.) 340-150 in the round of 16 and then defeated Irmo 270-230 in the quarterfinals. In the tournament's final four, Fort Mill's students faced a rematch with Southside and lost a close, 280-200. Each correct answer is worth 10 points in quiz bowl scoring.

Two of Fort Mill's academic team members - Michelle Cote and Daniel Koverman - were traveling with the Mock Trial team and missed the Spartanburg tournament; The four remaining team members were Noah Nguyen, Ryan Gustafson, Caleb Klipowicz and Kevin Loeper. Fort Mill is now 16-9 on the season and has one more tournament before the academic team state championship on April 12. Based on its finish at state finals, Fort Mill is trying to qualify for return trips to either the NAQT Nationals in Chicago or the PACE Nationals in Washington, D.C., at the end of the school year.

Parker earns Dean's List honors

Stephanie Marie Parker, the daughter of Debbie W. and Thomas M. Parker of Fort Mill, was named to the Dean's List at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Datz makes Dean's List at Lander U.

Rachel Datz of Fort Mill, a former Lady Jackets soccer player, was named to the Dean's List at Lander University. She is majoring in biology and chemistry.

Lay on Dean's List

Kristen Lay, the daughter of Randall and Linda Lay of Fort Mill, was named to the Dean's List at Queens University of Charlotte.

Queens University is a private, co-educational Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies.

Special needs screenings offered

The Fort Mill School District will conduct a screening clinic for children aged 3 to 5 who are suspected of having special needs. Hearing, vision, speech-launguage and development will be screened. The clinic dates are June 24-26. To arrange an appointment, call Cynthia Yocum at 548-8358.

Nominate a stellar volunteer

The Fort Mill Area Chamber's annual Education/Volunteer of the Year Awards program is now accepting nominations.

The awards program will be held Tuesday, April 22. To nominate someone for Citizen of the Year and/or Civic Volunteer of the Year, call 547-5900.

Get your child a Head Start

Head Start is now accepting applications for children under age 4 for the 2008-'09 program year. Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Head Start is located at 100 Lestina Court, Fort Mill. Call 802-7587.

-- compiled by staff

OPES plans golf outing

The Orchard Park Elementary School PTO is planning a golf outing at the

Palisades Country Club to raise at least $5,000 to enhance and upgrade classroom technology at the school. For more information, call 548-8170.

Prom dresses needed

Palmetto Youth Dance Company is currently collecting gently used prom/formal dresses at the Keller Williams building located in Baxter Village and Kendra's Academy of Dance near the Lowe's home improvement store. Individuals can drop their cleaned dresses at their convenience.

PYDC will be hosting a fashion show/Prom dress sale at the Orchard Park Elementary Auditorium 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Food program available

Avery Lake Head Start is the local provider of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. The program is available to all eligible residents and federal law requires that no one can be denied on the basis if race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Eligibility is based on household income. For details, call 802-7587 or 1-800-795-3272.

Host families needed

n Learn firsthand about another culture without leaving the United States and establish a friendship that will last a lifetime. Forte International Exchange Association has international students from many different countries arriving into the area and surrounding communities for home stay programs. They speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. Most importantly, they have a lot of love to give their American host family. F.I.E.A. is a nonprofit educational organization who is looking for caring host families to share the American way of life. If you think you may be interested in hosting a foreign teen or would like more information about the program, call District Director Karen Shell at 1-888-866-9148.

n Local host families are also needed by the Pacific Intercultural Exchange to place students from Germany, Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Macedonia, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Australia, Yugoslavia, China, and many predominantly Islamic nations such as Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar. The agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for American high school students as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools. Families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402.

Support group for parents meets

A parent support group for children with any disorder, disability or learning issues meets at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road in Fort Mill. The group discusses coping skills, experiences, self care and school-related issues. For details, call 802-4484.

--compiled by staff