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School news: Nation Ford writers bring home major awards

NaFo reporters, writers bring home awards

Nation Ford High School’s journalism program earned recognition for excellence by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association at its annual conference in Columbia March 1.

NaFo student journalists won 11 individual awards and journalism teacher Chuck Walker was given the SIPA Distinguished Service Award. Natalie Chuck, junior, was elected the 2015-2016 president for SIPA, a not-for-profit organization of public and private schools from 15 southern states and the District of Columbia.

In addition, SIPA gave the following ratings for 2013-2014 publications: Broadcasting, NAFO News – superior rating; The Ford, Yearbook – superior rating; Voices, Literary Magazine – excellent rating.

Students competed for individual awards in broadcast journalism, taught by Walker, as well as writing, design, photography, and art published in Voices literary magazine and in The Talon newspaper, both advised by Beth Swann.

NFHS winners are: Broadcast, Broadcasting Public Service Announcement, best of show – Sarah Catherine Swinford; Newspaper Feature Page, award of merit – Rachel Limbaugh; Infographic, honorable mention – David Beck; Computer Special Effects Photo, award of merit – Limbaugh and Caroline Wolfe; News Photo, honorable mention – Wolfe; Editorial Cartoon, honorable mention – David Beck; Voices Literary Magazine, 2014-15 Illustration, best of show – Ginelli Lopez; Literary Magazine Cover, award of merit – Hannah Bucciarelli; and Computer Special Effects Photo, best of show – Kyle Henderson. Also, in the writing competition for the 2013-2014 Voices, Cole Irvin won first place for best drama.

York County Chambers of Commerce seeks leaders

Applications for the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership York County 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-long experience for students at both public and private schools in our community.

YouLead participants will meet local and state government officials, tour businesses with industry leaders, volunteer with York County service agencies and more.

Applications are available at, on Facebook at, or through any Chamber of Commerce office in York County. Completed applications must be submitted to the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than May 8.

Families needed for exchange students

International Experience - USA, a high school student exchange organization, is looking for host families.

Hosting an international student offers families a way to explore a new culture at home, IE says. Host families – traditional families, singles, empty nesters – provide a supportive base for their student for a semester or full academic year. Visiting students participate as members of the family, integrating into their daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

Exchange students are between the ages of 15 and 18 and come from a variety of countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Montenegro and Argentina. Each student undergoes an extensive application process and is responsible for his/her own spending money and health insurance coverage. A list of students can be found at

For more information, contact Beth Murray at or 978-501-0892.

Scholarship offered

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

The $1,000 scholarship, awarded $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.

The purpose is to assist young people from farm families or from farm backgrounds with an interest in agriculture or a related field. It also aims encourage young people to develop the knowledge and skills to assume positions of leadership in agriculture, civil affairs and public service.

Applications should be picked up and returned to York County Farm Bureau no later than June 30. For details, call Sandra Robbins at 803-684-4235.