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School news: Clover High School JROTC wins Distinguished Unit Award

Unit SC-951 at Clover High School has been selected as one of the units to receive the 2014-2015 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award.
Unit SC-951 at Clover High School has been selected as one of the units to receive the 2014-2015 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award. Clover High School

CHS AFJROTC earns Distinguished Unit Award

Unit SC-951 at Clover High School has been selected as one of the units to receive the 2014-2015 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award.

The award recognizes AFJROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and have members who distinguished themselves through outstanding services to their school and community while meeting the AFJROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

This is the ninth year in a row SC-951 has been selected for this award. Instructors are Maj. Brian Batson and Senior Master Sgt. Clarence Woodham.

2 from Lake Wylie graduate Coastal Carolina University

More than 1,100 students were eligible for degrees at Coastal Carolina University’s commencement ceremonies on May 9 at the HTC Center.

Michael J. Gerson, a nationally syndicated political columnist and former aide to President George W. Bush, gave the commencement address.

Graduates from Lake Wylie are Meagan Borger, bachelor’s in psychology, and Brett Morrow, bachelor’s in communication.

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Clover student earns Hardison scholarship

Jennifer Starcher of Clover has been awarded the Elmer C. Hardison Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 by North Carolina National Guard Association Educational Foundation.

She has excelled academically, participated in community and school actives and will attend Clemson University.

Smithson takes first for oral presentation

Thirty-one students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics recently brought home 38 awards from the S.C. Junior Academy of Science annual spring meeting held April 11 at Furman University in Greenville.

Among the Oral Presentation winners was Olivia Smithson of Clover taking first in botany.

The event consisted of scientific presentations, tours, workshops and poster sessions, all focused on the ongoing education, research and development in the Palmetto state. Ninety-four GSSM students submitted written research reports and made oral presentations in several categories.

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Clover students among winning posters

Caden Clatterbuck and Alana Scruggs, both of Griggs Road Elementary, are among the winners of the York County Solicitor’s Office Anti-Drug/Violence Poster Contest involving fifth-graders in York County.

The winning posters have been selected and will be printed on calendars that will be distributed for free throughout York County in August. This is the eighth year for the contest, sponsored by solicitor Kevin Brackett.

For more information, call 803-909-7575.

River Hills church preschool enrolling

River Hills Community Church Preschool is enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year.

Spaces are open for ages 3 and 4. Call 803-831-5043 for more information, or visit

CHS baccalaureate service May 31

The baccalaureate service for Clover High School class of 2015 will be at 7 p.m. May 31 in the Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 Highway 55 E.

The speaker will be Jack Easterby, a South Carolina native and speaker, innovator and author who has served athletes, coaches and families from high school to the NFL. He serves as the character coach for the New England Patriots.

Students’ art on exhibit in Clover

Seven Clover High School students have their artwork on exhibit at Clover Art Gallery’s Spring Art Show through May 29 at 120 Bethel St.

The show provides an outlet for the students to market their works, a key component to the students’ spring service project as members of the National Art Honor Society. The students’ 14 pieces are for sale with proceeds going to RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover. The students hope to fund a scholarship for a child to go to RideAbility, owned by Michael and Wendy Schonfeld at Cherokee Farms.

Students participating are: juniors Grace Pulton and Alisha Periera, sophomore Ericka Spence, and freshmen Cameron Burroughs, Sarah Kelly, Lucas Grodin and Grace Tong.

Other local artists’ works are on exhibit and a percentage of sales also will go to RideAbility.

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