Education news for Jan. 3

January 4, 2013 

Maggie Ramsey chosen for state honor choir

Maggie Ramsey, a student at Hunter Street Elementary School, has audictioined and been chosen as a member of the S.C. Elementary Honor Choir. Her music teacher is Donna Fields.

Each year, over 400 students from across the state prepare and submit auditions for the SC Elementary Honor Choir. Students who are selected to participate will prepare the music with their school music teacher before attending honor choir weekend in Charleston.

Ten York students have banners chosen

Ten York students had their banners chosen to be displayed in downtown York during the annaul banner contest sponsored by The Arts Council of York County. The banners will be displayed in March.

The students are: Skylar Baucom, David Tripp, McKinley Burton, Hunter Street Elementary and Kylie Garza, all of Hunter Street Elementary; Hannah Crews, Alexandra Dae Bigach, Shelby Lynn Martin and Brandi Bostwick, all of York Comprehensive High School; and Cassidy Hill, Tre’ Roberts and Rylee Cash, all of Jefferson Elementary School.

Applications accepted for Clover scholarship

Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the first LANDIS Scholarship to a deserving Clover High School senior. Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, affectionately named the scholarship after her father Landis Jackson, who worked in the Clover school district for a number of years.

Students applying for the LANDIS “Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students” Scholarship must demonstrate a financial need, a 3.0 grade point average and community service.

Students can see the Clover High School guidance department for additional details or they may also contact Jackson via email at Applications are due to the Clover High School guidance department by April 1.

York Intermediate names Cool Cougars

York Intermediate School has named Cool Cougars for Team 6-3. They are, Jennifer Banchi, Justin Grant, Trevor Lucente and Faith Williams.

York students have artwork shown

The following students had their artwork chosen to be on display at the York School District Office: Emma Korver and Jordan Lowery, both of York Intermediate School; and, Sean-Clay Davis, Megan Faulkner, Kobi McNeely, Cameron Miller, Samantha Mensavilla, Emma Patterson, Cody Thomas, Kaicee Thomasson and Mariah Vinson, all of York Middle School.

Students score a perfect PASS

The following York students scored a perfect score last spring during the PASS testing in the following areas:

• Math: Justin Sadler, Cotton Belt Elementary; Callan Brooks, Fabiana Mendoza and William Rampey, all of Hunter Street Elementary; Mikkel Sanchez, Carlee Shannon and Bailey Tumblin, all of York Intermediate School

• English language arts: Bowen Turner, Hunter Street Elementary; Colin Clinton, Jefferson Elementary; Christian Loftis, Tierra Thompson and Christy Totherow, all of York Intermediate School; and Anayeli Castro and Laura Tripp, both of York Middle School.

• Writing: Caroline Nelms, York Intermediate School; Robert Ashley, Audrey Garrison and Taylor Wilkerson, all of York Middle School

• Social studies: Justin Good, York Middle School.

Donna Fields earns board certification

Donna Fields, a teacher at York’s Hunter Street Elementary School, has obtained her National Board Certification. The mission is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing standards for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers and leaders in that process.

Kathleen Mills wins professional grant

Kathleen Mills, a student at Harold C. Johnson Elementary School in York, was recently selected to receive a National Conference Professional Development Grant. The grant was awarded from the Reading Recovery Council of North America in the amount of $1,000.

Foundation offers scholarships, grants

The Cindy Mackie Foundation has been able to present 12 children, adults and teachers with scholarship and grant checks ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000 over the past two years. The total amount of awards is $30,000.

The foundation was created in memory of Cindy, who was killed with her baby McAllister on April 4, 2009 while driving to church. For the past several years, organizers have diligently strived to continue Cindy’s mission of lighting the world by starting a Foundation in honor of her and the baby.

For more information about scholarships and grants through the foundation, or to make a donation, visit the website at or contact Sharon Furr at 704-577-3639 and/or 803-385-6958.

Culinary contests under way

Culinary arts students can compete to earn a tuition scholarship to one of The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, including the Charlotte campus. The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition is for high school seniors. The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition is for high school graduates.

The first-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $4,000 tuition scholarship. The second-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,000 scholarship.

The first-place winner in the high school graduate competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,500 scholarship.

The deadline for entry is Jan. 24

Help choose Employee of Month

The Clover School District’s Teacher Forum, a group made up of each school’s teacher of the year, seeks community input as it expands the district’s Employee of the Month recognition program, sponsored by Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

The program, which runs through May, is a way for school employees to be shown appreciation and gratitude from co-workers, parents, students and the community. The program has been operated for several years through paper ballots in each school.

Beginning this month, a Anyone may nominate an employee for recognition on each school’s website.

To nominate a school-based employee in the district, visit the employee’s school website and click the “vote now for Employee of the Month” button on the homepage.

Each school’s recipient is presented with a $25 Visa gift card from Family Trust, and his or her picture is displayed in the school’s lobby.

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