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School news: 5K raises $3,000 for Palisades area schools

Almost 250 runners raised $3,000 for local schools at the May 16 Palisades Spirit 5K and Fun Run.
Almost 250 runners raised $3,000 for local schools at the May 16 Palisades Spirit 5K and Fun Run. COURTESY OF DANIELLE TOCCO

Palisades 5K raises $3,000 for schools

Almost 250 runners raised $3,000 at the May 16 Palisades Spirit 5K and Fun Run hosted by Standard Pacific Homes.

Proceeds benefit the Palisades area schools: Palisades Episcopal, Palisades Park Elementary, Southwest Middle and Olympic High.

Event sponsors were First Service Residential, Coleman Burnett Inc., Jackson Orthodontics, Omega Sports, Lake Wylie YMCA, Steele Creek Animal Hospital, SAS Cupcakes, Bright Eyes and Bush Tails, Art Space Studio, Lake Wylie Bowl N’Bounce, The Fuzzy Peach, Tega Cay Pharmacy, Great Harvest Bread Company and Sign Techniques.

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Quinn named S.C. administrator of year

Clover School District Assistant Superintendent Sheila Quinn has been named the 2015 S.C. District Level Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

She was presented a $500 check she donated to the district’s back to school kickoff celebration.

PES teacher chosen as teaching fellow

Hailee Yurjevich, Palisades Episcopal School fourth grade teacher, has been accepted to the Teaching Fellows Institute class of 2015.

Yurjevich also won Lake Wylie Pilot’s 2015 Best of the Lake Teacher of the Year, voted on by readers.

The Teaching Fellows Institute honors provides opportunities to develop leadership and professional expertise. Fellows participate in a summer symposium where they share best practices, explore the art and science of teaching, and are encouraged to become educational advocates and community leaders.

CHS student chosen for NRA summit

Bonita Faye Wyatt, a junior at Clover High School, was selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual National Youth Education Summit.

The a seven-day, expense paid educational experience is in Washington, D.C., for rising high school juniors and seniors.

While in the nation’s capital, Wyatt will learn the significance of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of government and the importance of actively participating in it.

She was selected from applicants throughout the country, and was required to complete an extensive application and an essay about the Second Amendment.

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.

Simmons makes Berry College dean’s list

Kristen Simmons of Clover has been named to Berry College’s dean’s list for the spring semester.

Students must post an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

2 awarded scholarships

Arthur Q. Black, president of York County Farm Bureau, announces two students have been awarded the 2015 Sara Ann Comer Memorial Agricultural Scholarship recipients. Each recipient will receive $1,500.

Ashley Sue McCarter, daughter of Mark and Carla McCarter of York, will enter her second year at Clemson University majoring in animal and veterinary sciences.

Katherine Grace Wilkins, daughter of Mike and Kelly Wilkins of Smyrna, will enter her first year at Clemson University majoring in agricultural education.

This scholarship is awarded to two residents of York County based on involvement and leadership in school, community and agricultural activities and deemed an active advocate for agriculture with a passion for the industry.

River Hills church preschool enrolling

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

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

See students’ art exhibit by May 29

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