Nedell wins oratory title
Mathis Nedell, a student at Springfield Middle School, advanced to the South Carolina Zone Oratorical Contest after winning first place in an earlier contest. The district contest was held in Columbia.
Nedell won first place in the boys competition and was awarded a $1,500 scholarship to the college of his choice.
Nisha Kandpal, a student at Springfield Elementary, was among the runners-up in the girls competition.
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The theme was "For Me Optimism is..." the local students competed against boys from across the state.
Mathis was the sixth-grade student council president and a morning announcer on school TV.
Mathis has a pet sitting business and he recently donated funds for the youth programs of the Fort Mill Community Optimist Club.
Juanita Sanders, the Fort Mill Community Optimist president, said, "The members of our optimist club have no doubt that Mathis has a bright future ahead of him. He is an asset to our community as well as our school. "
Maulding achieves excellence
Cadet Benjamin Jacob Maulding of Fort Mill achieved Dean's List status at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston.
The son of the Rev. and Mrs. Timothy Mark Maulding, the cadet majors in pre-business. Cadets must achieved a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher to qualify for the list.
Maribeth Studebaker of Fort Mill graduated with honors May 8 from Clemson University. In the fall, she will begin graduate studies in veterinarian medicine at Tuskegee University.
Studebaker is a 2005 graduate of Fort Mill High School.
Students receive academic honors
Columbia College in Columbia announced the following students who were named to the President's List and the Dean's List for the fall semester of 2009:
Sarah Frances Foster and Kelly Christine Sanders, both of Fort Mill, made the President's List. A student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average to make the President's List.
Carolyn Ruth Turbeville of Indian Land made the Dean's List. A student must obtain a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean's List.
Foster is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Foster. Sanders is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Sanders Jr. Turbeville is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell D. Turbeville.
Crocker, Szeman serve as marshals
Two Winthrop University students from Fort Mill, Sharon Crocker and Maggie Szeman, were among 17 juniors selected to serve as marshals at the May 9 spring commencement ceremony.
Marshals, who have among the top grade-point averages in their class, help out during graduation by handing out programs, directing participants and coordinating seating.
Bolin named PAX regional coordinator
Tracy Bolin of Fort Mill has been appointed regional community coordinator of the Program of Academic Exchange. PAX is a nonprofit education program that brings international students to the U.S. to go to school and live with host families.
Bolin was selected as coordinator based on her enthusiasm, interest in foreign cultures and community involvement, according to a statement from PAX.
Host families are needed in the Fort Mill area. A local family would need to provide students with a bed, a quiet place to study, meals at home and a warm, supportive environment. Young couples, single parents and retirees are all welcome to apply as hosts.
If you would like to learn more about hosting and consider the essays and photos of the students, call Bolin at 802-2494.
Leadership and Adventure Camp
Nation Ford High School's Marine Corps JROTC will be hosting a leadership camp June 15-19 and July 6 -10. The five-day camp will start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
Cost is $100 without overnight stay on Thursday, and spending the night on Thursday will be $150.
The camp will not only provide attendees lunch and snacks, it will also help build character, leadership skills and teamwork through fun activities such as crafts and scavenger hunts.
Cava, Noerper on Dean's List
Bethany Ann Cava and Amanda Kayla Noerper, both of Fort Mill, were named to the Dean's List at Montreat College. To make the Dean's List, student must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.
Montreat College is a Christian liberal arts institution with its main campus in Montreat, N.C.
Smith wins scholarship
The S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division announced that Mattson Smith of Fort Mill High School is one of six recipients of the 2009 High School Mock Trial Scholarship.
Nominations were solicited from teachers, students and lawyers in the LRE school network across the state to recognize achievement and the impact that mock trial has on the lives of the students who participate. The selected recipients of the $500 mock trial scholarships must have participated in mock trial at either the district or the state level of competition to qualify for the scholarship.
The South Carolina Bar's LRE Division, developed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education, has been a part of the Bar since 1976.