Fort Mill Times

In Our Schools - October 1, 2008

Phillip Taylor Aull
Phillip Taylor Aull

Martinez, Jasper graduate from SCCTA program

Veronica Martinez, a student at Fort Mill High School and Chelsea Jasper, who attends Nation Ford High School, were among approximately 200 high school students from across South Carolina who graduated from South Carolina Business Week, presented by the South Carolina Cable Television Association thissummer at Presbyterian College in Clinton.

Now celebrating its 25th year, Business Week has offered some of South Carolina's brightest young minds the unique opportunity to interact with esteemed business leaders and their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career. Business Week cultivates leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system in real world situations and prepares high school students for the workplace by motivating them to consider possible careers in business.

Throughout the week, students worked within mock companies led by company advisors from some of South Carolina's most prestigious organizations. Students were provided the opportunity to test their newly acquired knowledge in a computer business simulation, designed to achieve an authentic company feel with challenging real-world situations. Using business simulation software called "Threshold Competitor," students competed to make their respective companies the most profitable through sound business decisions.

Donations needed for FMES festival

Fort Mill Elementary School's PTO will be hosting its annual fall festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Donations of business materials, supplies and services are needed. Also, sponsorships that cost $100 for a festival game and/or a line of advertisement and $200 for a business spot on the back of the T-shirts and other promotions are available. The names of business that donate will also be announced at the festival and mentioned in the parent newsletter.

Donations can be mailed to FMES PTO, Fort Mill Elementary School, 192 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill, SC 29715, Attn: Fall Festival Committee. For more information, call FMES at 547-7546.

Thies attends D.C. summit

Anna Thies, a student at Fort Mill High School, attended the 2008 National Leadership Summit, sponsored by Lead America, at American University in Washington, D.C.

The National Leadership Summit is a college-accredited invitational leadership program for academically talented and promising young leaders from across the United States and internationally. Exceptional high school students with a record of academic achievement and extracurricular or community involvement, were invited to participate in the summer program.

At the National Leadership Summit, students explored national leadership, how issues are debated, policy is made, and world events unfold. In a hands-on learning environment, Thies and fellow students stepped into the shoes of those who lead on the national level in an "Executive and Legislative Simulation."

Faced with complex issues and conflicting points of view, students learned to negotiate, compromise and build consensus and support for their positions.

"Lead America has opened up many doors for me and I value everything I have gained from my experience," said Thies, who met District 1 Rep. John Spratt (D-York).

"In the future. I plan to study international business and later hope to become a diplomat representing the United States. Meeting Representative Spratt and his staff in Washington was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. At the conference I learned how to be a leader in the midst of an amazing group of young adults. I have learned that in order to achieve great things you must express your ideas in extraordinary ways."

Aull inducted into honor organization

Phillip Taylor Aull of Fort Mill was recently inducted into the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors organization at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Sigma Alpha Lambda promotes and honors academic achievement and community service. Aull is a junior majoring in civil and structural engineering. His father, Frank M. Aull Jr. is president/founder of Aull Technology in Fort Mill.

Martin wins scholarship

Kimberly Martin, a teacher at Fort Mill Middle School, was named a Horace Mann scholar by Horace Mann Educators Corporation as part of the company's 2008 National Educator Scholarship Program. Martin, of Rock Hill, will receive a $500 scholarship to cover continuing education expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must be a current U.S. public or private school or college educator with a minimum of two years experience. Applicants are judged on school and community activities and an essay question. This year's essay question focused on making a difference in the world.

Student artists needed for contest

Art on Main, a local festival held in the fall, is holding a student illustration contest.

The theme is a children's picture book by Derick Wilder titled "My Superest Superheroes."

All entries will be displayed in the "My Superherest Superheroes" section of Art on Main. Winning entries will be awarded ribbons and the artists' names will be published in the Fort Mill Times and be announced during the show, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11.

For more contest rules and more information, visit, click on "Art on Main" and then click on the "Superheroes" link.

--compiled by staff