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School news: 4 Clover High seniors earn $800,000 in military scholarships

Four Clover High School students, from left, Jackson Gordon, Daniel Lopez, Caitie Bowman and Tyler Lightsey received full military scholarships or appointments.
Four Clover High School students, from left, Jackson Gordon, Daniel Lopez, Caitie Bowman and Tyler Lightsey received full military scholarships or appointments. CLOVER HIGH SCHOOL

4 seniors earn $800K in military scholarships

Four Clover High School students have received full military scholarships or appointments with a value of more than $800,000.

They are all seniors and cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC program. The selection for these national scholarships is largely based on academics and leadership roles.

The students are: Jackson Gordon - Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend Winthrop University; Daniel Lopez - Army ROTC scholarship to attend the Military College of Georgia; Caitie Bowman - appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Tyler Lightsey - Army ROTC scholarship to attend Wofford College.

CHS Drumline misses semi-finals

The Clover High Indoor Drumline, the best in the state of South Carolina, traveled April 9-11 to Dayton, Ohio, to compete at the WGI World Championships.

The team overcame injuries and a stomach bug to advance to the semi-finals and came short of moving to the finals by 12,000ths of a point. They are directed by instructor Danny Lenard.

Board approves updated school calendar

The 2015-2016 Clover School District calendar approved by the board April 23 had an error.

State law requires students have 180 school days. The calendar only included 179, said Mychal Frost, district public information officer.

To correct the error, the Board of Trustees last week approved a revised 2015-2016 Clover School District calendar at its regular meeting.

The first day of school will be Aug. 17. Teachers will return to school Aug. 11.

CHS teacher named Apple Distinguished Educator

Clover High School Environmental Science Teacher Nick LaFave has been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2015.

LaFave was one of Clover’s Connected Classroom 1:1 pilot program teachers. Clover School District’s 2012 District Teacher of the Year, LaFave regularly speaks and writes about the use of technology in the classroom.

As an Apple Distinguished Educator, he will be provided with opportunities to be an author, ambassador and advocate of innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning. LaFave will collaborate with colleagues worldwide to bring new strategies to the classroom.

YouLead application due May 8

Applications for the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership York County (YouLead) program are available to sophomores and juniors at any York County high school.

The youth leadership program, a joint effort of the chambers of commerce of York County, is an eight-month experience for students at public and private schools.

YouLead participants will meet local and state government officials, tour businesses with industry leaders, volunteer with York County service agencies and gain an understanding of their community. Through the program organizers to enhance leadership skills, to encourage the students to further their education after high school and then live, work and become active members of York County community.

High School students who are rising juniors or seniors in Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill or York School districts, Westminster Catawba Christian School, York Preparatory Academy or any other chamber-member institution may apply for the program. Applications are available at,, or at any chamber office in York County. Applications are due May 8.

Finalists may be invited to participate in an interview process. All applicants will be notified of their status June 1. Only 18 to 20 students will be selected for participation and those who accept a place in the program will be asked to submit a small commitment fee. A limited number of fee waivers will be granted for those with demonstrated need.

The chambers of commerce of York County are made up of the York County Regional Chamber, along with the Greater Clover, Greater York, and Lake Wylie chambers. For more information, call 803-324-7500.

River Hills church preschool enrolling

River Hills Community Church Preschool, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, is enrolling students for the 2015-2016 school year.

Call 803-831-5043 for more information or visit

Farm Bureau offers scholarship

York County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for its annual annual scholarship program through June 30.

The $1,000 scholarship, awarding $500 per semester, is given each year to a student pursuing higher education in agriculture or a related field, after finishing a first semester at a four-year college or university.

The scholarship will be awarded to a York County resident based on character, demonstrated leadership and dedication to agriculture or a related field.

Applications are available at the York County Farm Bureau. Call 803-684-4235 for details.

Lions offering $3,000 for exchange program

IE The River Hills/ Lake Wylie Lions Club is offering a new award for Clover High School students.

A member of the class of 2017 can earn up to $3,000 in airfare and tuition to participate in the 2016 S.C. Lions Summer Youth Exchange, which provides an opportunity to promote cooperation through friendship among American and international future leaders.

Interested 10th-graders may pick up applications at the school guidance office. Applications are due Aug. 28.

The selected recipient will be announced by Oct. 13. Students will be judged on academic standing, community service and a self awareness essay.

Financial hardship counts up to 30 percent of the judging.

Host blood drive, earn scholarship

▪ High school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive June 1-Aug. 31 through the Leaders Save Lives program.

The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply during the summer. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card.

Ten scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit

▪ The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is calling on high school and college students for its seventh annual Students Saving Summer Scholarship Program.

Students who organize and host a successful blood drive with CBCC June 1-Sept. 30 have the chance to earn scholarship money for their secondary education. The top five producing blood drives each receive a $1,000 scholarship from CBCC. Since 2009, CBCC has awarded more than 300 scholarships and grants.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must choose a location, recruit donors and collect a minimum of 25 units of blood. Each student will be paired up with a CBCC representative who will provide assistance with planning the blood drive. The CBCC scholarship donation must be directly transferred to the college, university or other learning establishment of each winner's choice.

For more information or to register, call 704-972-4727 or email