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School news: Steele Creek school breaks ground on gym

Palisades Episcopal School hosted a groundbreaking for its new 10,300-square-foot Browning Recreation Center. Pictured are Jordan Gross, capital campaign co-chairman; Charlie Davidson, vice chairman of the school Board of Trustees; school head Kerin Hughes and Matt Williams, president of Metrolina Builders Inc.
Palisades Episcopal School hosted a groundbreaking for its new 10,300-square-foot Browning Recreation Center. Pictured are Jordan Gross, capital campaign co-chairman; Charlie Davidson, vice chairman of the school Board of Trustees; school head Kerin Hughes and Matt Williams, president of Metrolina Builders Inc. PALISADES EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Palisades Episcopal breaks ground on gym

Palisades Episcopal School held a groundbreaking for a new 10,300-square-foot Browning Recreation Center.

This new facility will include athletic space, a café with warming kitchen, a stage for the school’s theater arts program and special presentations and space for school and community use.

Construction is expected to be completed in January, in time for the PES Gryphons to complete the basketball season on the home court.

Clover grad awarded $3,000 scholarship from Republican women

Clover High School graduate Sydney Gabrielle Sanders of Clover was awarded a $3,000 college scholarship from the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club.

The CLWRW Fay Bergman scholarship was funded this year by proceeds from the club’s college scholarship fundraiser luncheon on April 18.

A National Honor Society student, Sanders graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a class ranking of 71 out of 441. Among other awards and honors, she received Clover High’s Blue Eagle award and was named CN2 News Athlete of the Week in her junior year, and All-Region Player in her senior year.

Sydney plans to attend the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and pursue civil engineering studies.

Clover students make Coastal Carolina University dean’s list

Approximately 1,800 students have made the spring semester 2015 dean’s list for academic achievement at Coastal Carolina University. They include Ethan Babson, a junior majoring in Musical Theatre, and Amanda Lombardi, ajJunior majoring in English, both of Clover.

Mekler graduates Wofford College

Brian Harris Mekler of Lake Wylie received a Bachelor of Arts in finance during the May 17 Wofford College commencement ceremonies.

Mekler is the son of Mark and Amy Mekler. There were 368 graduates.

BJU student named to dean’s list

Braden Jacquot of Lake Wylie, a freshman exercise science major, is one of about 830 Bob Jones University students named to the dean’s list during the spring 2015 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.00-3.74 GPA.

Clover cops ‘win’ golden toilet

Clover High School AFJROTC cadets hosted a shooting match against officers from the Clover Police Department. This match was at the high school air rifle range and pitted seven officers against five cadets from the Marksmanship Team.

The cadets were defeated the officers and presented Clover police with their trophy, the Golden Toilet Seat Award, to be displayed until the next competition, where it will be awarded to the second place finishers again.

The students who took part were Meredith Sutton, Ray Beebe, Jeremie Conner, Emily Stefurak and Brianna Fish.

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

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