Education

AROUND THE SCHOOLS

ELEMENTARY

Belleview

Terrific Kids for February were: Sarah Anderson, Michael Reid, McKenzie Stevenson, Gracie Cronister and Ayanna Williams, kindergarten; Christopher Mayton, Timothy Canty, Jackson Blackmon, Brittney Morris, Breonna Hayden and Taylor Long, first grade; Ryan Osborne, Colebry Snipes, Sam Cable and Jon Franklin, second grade; Hunter Costales, Nathan Steen, Kemani Wormley, Mac Liggins and Macie Wingate, third grade; ShaDeja Johnson, Jailen Jones, Antwain Johnson, Tara Liggins, Kailand Smith and Travis Scheppele, fourth grade; Treyvon Edwards, Mykayla Roberts, Halley Boatwright and Emma Marceau, fifth grade.

The Children's School

Spirit Night is Thursday at Chick-fil-A on Dave Lyle Boulevard.

Ebenezer Avenue

Annalyn Milligan, a visually impaired student, recently submitted artwork to be displayed at the South Carolina State Library's Talking Books Services Art Gallery. The gallery opened Wednesday, and artwork will be on display for one year.

Ebinport

Outback Bingo Night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Outback Steakhouse will provide a meal and fifth-graders will have a bake sale. Tickets can be purchased at the school office. Everyone is invited to attend.

Fifth-graders will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon March 29 in the cafeteria. Parents can drop off slightly-used items, not including clothes, during the week of March 24 to sell. All proceeds will help pay for the Charleston trip.

Hickory Grove/Sharon

Students of the Week are: Justin Williams, Chase Moss, Nakia White, Alex Feemster, Dawson Michaels, Triston Robinson, Breonna Moss, Abby Traylor, Raygan Michaels, Barbara Dover, Taylor Workman, Michaela Christoffer, Matthew Ott, Stephanie Martin, Duncan McLaren, Crystal Bolt, Elly Turbeville, Laura Comer, Aryn Cecil, Thomas Wilkerson, Dominique Riley, Christina Fowler and Alison King.

Independence

Drama Club will meet with April Ballard from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Yearbooks are on sale and can be purchased from the office. Cost is $17 for a softbound copy and $21 for a hardbound copy.

Indian Land

This year's spring festival, hosted by the elementary and middle school PTAs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 in the parking lot on Doby's Bridge Road, just off U.S. 521.

Activities will be offered for children and adults, including games, rides, auctions, food and entertainment. Pre-sale armbands for children's rides and games (excluding the pony rides and new Flex Flying attraction) can be purchased in the school office for $10. Price goes up to $15 on the day of the festival. Funds go to education enhancements for the Indian Land schools.

Northside

The Single Parent Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday.

Northside Family Night at McDonald's will last from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Manchester Village location.

Terrific Kids for March will be recognized at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

Oakdale

Fifth-grader Megan Rector recently received the Governor's Citizenship Award. She was nominated by her teachers as a student who exemplified the attributes of showing good character, discipline, service, leadership and responsibility.

Rector and the four other nominees, Kayla Lue Roberts, Cameron Davis, Mallory Harvell and Alicia Howley, wrote papers describing their involvement at school and in the community in regard to these characteristics.

Rector will be invited to the Statehouse in Columbia for a lunch this spring with Gov. Mark Sanford and will receive a medal and certificate. Her name also will be posted on the governor's Web site.

February Terrific Kids were: Logan Hoffman, Naavah Craze, Hunter Demby, Devin Chapman, Zy'Marian Gordon, Jaye Daniels, Kierra Belton, Ja'Derrion Ervin, Meghan Brown, Chelsie Simon, Raymirea Johnson, Martin Jackson, Taylor McDonald, Austin Stacks, Will Rector, Lily Lessmeister, Mikeya Johnson, Jaden Peay, Megan Marshall, Andrew Eller, Madelynn Moon-Yarbrough, Emma Lesslie, Michael Strickland, Kobe Tate, Oriana Gilmore, Shelby Hinnant, Brittany Hinson, Colton Ferrell, Morgan Dennis, Brendalee Craig and Alexander Yarborough.

Richmond Drive

The Health Committee's recycling drive, to help earn money for the school's new track, will last through April 11. Parents, grandparents and friends of RDES are encouraged to donate clean plastic bags, including bags that are split or torn, to put in the school receptacle.

Sunset Park

Intersession begins for students Thursday. Students will return to school April 14.

Wednesday is the last day to register students to participate in spring ExCEL courses. Students will attend classes from 8 a.m. to noon during the week of March 24. Cost is $30.

For details, call Cassie Cagle at 981-1273.

MIDDLE

Castle Heights

All visitors should be prepared to present a photo ID when visiting the school.

Students of the week are: TJ Potts, Laci Beck, Justin Horne, Arnissa Agurs, Keely Dover, Desiree McCrorey and Bre'onca Wade.

Dress Down Day is Monday. In order to dress down, students must donate $1 to Relay for Life. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

The Team Feet Competition for Relay for Life began last Monday and will continue until April 3. The team that raises the most money by purchasing purple feet will receive a popcorn party. Anyone in the community who would like to donate money can purchase a foot in honor of someone at the front desk.

Harold C. Johnson

Good Citizens for February were: Logan Leapard, Daniel Lingerfelt, Hannah Barnwell, Scottee Burns, Jake Stafford, Jessica Camp, Lauren Marine, Brianna Reinhart, Meagan Kiser, Andrea Quintero, Ryan Lackey, Meme Brock, Aqlimiah Sanders, Skylar Sims, Ashley McCarter, Marissa Jackson and Hannah Cassell.

Rawlinson Road

Visitors should be prepared to present a photo ID when visiting the school.

Students of the week are: sixth-graders Sara Guyton, Jyquille Griffin, Clenzo Ross and Shanice Rhinehart.

Students who recently received Raider Referrals are Savanah Case, Delanie Gaskill and Adis Crosby. Students can receive Raider Referrals from their teachers, administrators and other staff members who catch good behavior. These students will be treated to a party at the end of the nine weeks.

The band will have a pre-festival concert in the auditorium with Sullivan Middle at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Thursday is RRMS night at Jersey Mike's on Cherry Road. The school will receive a percentage of the sales when customers mention they are with Rawlinson Road Middle School.

Medication should be checked in with the school nurse by March 24 for students attending the Orlando trip. A parent meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 3 and 7:30 a.m. April 4 in the auditorium to discuss the trip, which will last from April 16 to 18.

Saluda Trail

Most recent Star Students are: London Minor, Aniya Turner, Nick Bradley, Rachel Gregory, Jimmy Savee, Jeremy Hopkins and Suzanne Nunn, seventh grade; Caitlin Moss, Brianna Keasler, Sarah Marshall, Marquavious Chisholm, Carlos Romera, Alea Nash, Kaleb Shillinglaw and Sarah Garner, sixth grade.

David Williams won first place in the Arts Council middle school art contest for painting. A public reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts.

Sullivan

Students of the week are: Brittney Kilpatrick,Gene Orr, Christian Moore and Gabe Paxton, sixth grade; Elli Barnette, Corey Drennon, Robert Martin and Mary Campbell Kellett, seventh grade; Juan Navarro, Kaity Williams, Stewart Brock, Whitney Brown, Frank Cerda, Regan Stegall and Cody Cartner, eighth grade.

Internet safety assemblies will be held at 8:45, 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Thursday for students and parents.

HIGH

Lake Pointe Academy

An information presentation for prospective first- through 12th-grade students for fall 2008 will be held Tuesday. For more details, call 631-5253.

Junior and senior high students recently selected the Mariners as the school's mascot. Students chose the sea-faring emblem over two other water-related creatures, the Otters and the Kingfishers.

Lake Pointe is in its third year as York County's only parent-involved, University Model school. The mascot choice was delayed until this year as student activities have grown.

Lancaster

A benefit car show, including food, prizes and activities, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 to benefit the special needs class at Lancaster High. Funds support causes such as community-based training outings, field trips and classroom supplies. For details, call Tanya, 285-9434, or Steve, 320-3193.

Northwestern

The Senior Jazz Ensemble and the Clinic Jazz Band received all superior ratings from the six adjudicators this past Saturday at the state Jazz Festival at Newberry College, marking only the second time in the history of the festival that a school has had two bands receive superiors in the same year (Northwestern has the distinction of being the other school in 2006).

Chris Mitchell and Sommer Moya-Mendez were recognized as outstanding soloists for their performances. Mitchell, Jason Piers and Laney Mauldin also performed as members of the South Carolina All-State Jazz Bands, having earned spots at the all-state auditions in January.

Phoenix Academy

The next Business Attire event will be held at 7 p.m. March 26. Watts Huckabee, a certified financial planner and registered employee benefits consultant, will be the speaker.

York

Dora Beth Tomberlin was recently named a South Carolina Teaching Fellow, the state's most prestigious fellowship for future teachers.

Following a rigorous application and interview process, Tomberlin was selected from more than 750 student applicants and is among up to 200 high school seniors to receive the award in 2008.

Teaching Fellows are chosen for their high academic achievement, history of service to the school and community and desire to teach South Carolina's children. Tomberlin will attend Winthrop in the fall.

HOMESCHOOL

Luke Andersen, son of Brian and Martha Andersen, and Collin Smith, son of Charles and Heather Smith, both homeschooled students from Rock Hill, were recently named National Merit Finalists.

To be awarded National Merit Finalist, a student must score higher than the top 1 percent of all 11th-graders in the nation taking the PSAT that year. The 53rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program will award more than $34 million to finalists from across the country.

PRIVATE

Westminster Catawba

Grade-level spelling bee winners who attended the ACSI Spelling Bee at Ben Lippen earlier this month are: Reid Ferguson, Seth Roddey, Elizabeth Jennings and Julia Scott, fifth grade; Kyle Brandt, Lane Christopher, Luke Hamrick, Courtney Petitgout, Mason Rudolph and Ethan Start, sixth grade; Joy Caroline Hicklin and Caleb McGill, seventh grade and Mary Alexander Barron and Sara Brandon, eighth grade.

Start placed second and Hamrick placed fourth in the sixth-grade division, and McGill placed third in the seventh-grade division. Start also placed sixth overall in the Master Spelling Bee, which included first- and second-grade winners from the four divisions.

Sixth-grader Mason Rudloph was recently selected as one of the semi-finalists eligible to compete in the 2008 South Carolina Geographic Bee, sponsored by Plum Creek. The bee will be held April 4 at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia.

PTF will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Catawba Campus Media Center.

Course Selection Night for 2008-2009 will be held March 24 in the Catawba Campus Cafetorium. Current sixth- and seventh-grade parents will meet at 6:30 p.m. and current eighth- through 11th-grade parents will meet at 7 p.m.

The board of trustees will host a town hall meeting April 3 in the Catawba Campus Cafetorium, with focus groups at 6 p.m. and a presentation at 7:15.

Used print cartridges, old cell phones, Labels for Education and boxtops are still being collected.

COLLEGE

Coastal Carolina

Elizabeth Jane Vickery, a 2004 graduate of Northwestern High School, was recently awarded the 2008 South Carolina Governor's Tourism and Travel student award representing Coastal Carolina University. The award recognizes exemplary students from South Carolina's university and technical college tourism programs. Awards are based on academics, interest and dedication. Elizabeth will graduate from Coastal Carolina in May.

Winthrop

Christina Ruth Williams, a senior English major, and Kelly Leahy Turney, a senior physical education major, recently received scholarships from the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation because of their active commitment to community service, as well as their academic excellence.

For more education news, including area school honor rolls, visit heraldonline.com/education.

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