School notes for April 25

April 23, 2013 

Ashley Blackwood, a senior at York Comprehensive High School, will receive a $1,600 educational scholarship from GFWC-York County Woman’s Club.

With proceeds from the Southern Sweet Tea event and matching funds from GFWC-SC Progress Foundation, this is the third year the club has offered a scholarship to the child of a veteran or active-duty service person. Blackwood plans to attend Winthrop University to study music.

CHS FBLA members to attend nationals

FBLA members from Clover High School traveled to the State Leadership Conference at the North Charleston Convention Center April 12 and 13.

Eleven members of the group will be traveling to Anaheim, Calif., in June to compete in nationals. Junior Jodi Croat was also elected S.C. State Vice President for District I FBLA and she also will go to California in June.

The students who participated included:

• First place, Marketing: Samantha Rich and Caroline Hester

• First place, Web Page Design: Avery Lane and Olivia Smithson

First place, Computer Game Simulation: Mark Boyd and Cullen Glankler

First place, Networking Concepts: Drew Gray

Second place, Entrepreneurship: Braxton Shuler and CJ Dellinger

Third place, Entrepreneurship: Sidney Foster, Courtney Conger and Kim Arjune

Third place, Computer Problem Solving: Julian Hegemann

Third place, Sports Management: Devin Archer

Fourth place, Marketing: David Cole and Zane Hernandez

Fifth place, Global Business: Charles Graham and Will Whisenant

Fifth place, Economics: Jodi Croat.

York FFA team brings home state awards

The York FFA Agricultural Mechanics competed at the state FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems career development event April 13 at Clemson University. Team members Patrick Houston, Clayton Julian, Thomas Wilkerson and Dillon Lingerfeldt brought home a third-place finish. Patrick Houston was the high overall individual scorer.

Agricultural technology and mechanical systems is one of 24 career development event areas, covering job skills from communications to mechanics. Participants take a written test and demonstrate skills through hands-on activities in machinery and equipment, electrical, energy, environmental and natural resources and structural systems.

FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture.

Clover students to compete in chemist challenge

Three Clover Middle School competed last month in the regional “You Be the Chemist Challenge” at Discovery Place in Charlotte. All three earned one of four spots to compete in the state competition in Columbia on Saturday, April 27.

Brennan Cain won first place, James Boone was third and Ethan Boone was fourth. A CMS student has represented the state in the national competition in Philadelphia for the past three years.

BEA plans bike rodeo

Blue Eagle Academy has teamed up with S.C. Saferoutes, Clover Police, Clover Recreation Department and Eat Smart, Move More of York County to present a Clover bike rodeo on May 9.

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Clover football stadium parking lot. It will involve giveaways, food and certificates for completion of the bike safety checklist. The goal is to ensure that children learn and adopt safe practices to use when riding. Volunteers are welcome.

Choraliers to present Candlelight Classics

The Clover High School Choraliers will present its Candlelight Classics concerts on Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, N.C.

Tickets are now on sale. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are $10 and both concerts are at 8 p.m.

For details, email or call 803-327-1768

Clover student receives Rotary award

The Rotary Club of Lake Wylie has awarded Nicole Huhnke, a Clover High School junior, with a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to community service.

Winners participate in a week-long motivational, leadership training, and free enterprise seminar at Erskine College in June. “One of the great benefits of attending RYLA is the personal growth and development through interaction with both peers and outstanding business, political and community leaders,” said Chad Bordeaux, president of the Rotary Club of Lake Wylie.

Huhnke has been a member of the Clover High School Interact Club for two years. “Through the RYLA experience, I feel I will be able to learn a great deal and also be able to grow as a leader,” she said.

Interact is Rotary International’s youth service club. The CHS Interact Club is co-sponsored by the Lake Wylie Rotary Club and the Clover Rotary Club. It has 283 student members and is the largest in South Carolina.

It recently won two state awards. They are Best Cooperative Project with sponsoring Rotary Club, for its joint effort with the Lake Wylie Rotary Club in Riversweep, and the Service Before Self Award for a Christmas party for the Children’s Attention Home.

Conservation district offers scholarship

The York Soil and Water Conservation District will provide a scholarship for a York County student to attend the S.C. Conservation District’s Youth Workshop June 24-28 at Lander University in Greenwood.

This is an opportunity for students to study the environment in the areas or wildlife, forestry and natural resource conservation. Included is instruction in outdoor recreation such as canoeing and kayaking.

Students in ninth to 12th grades are eligible to attend. Applications must be received by April 19. For an application or details, contact coordinator Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137, ext. 101 or email her at

Service scholarship applications accepted

The Lake Wylie Rotary Club is accepting applications for the “Spirit of Service” Scholarship Award to recognize Clover seniors who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service through hours of volunteering and dedication to their chosen service. Top award is $2,000.

Graduating seniors who live in the Clover School District, regardless of whether they attend Clover High, a private school or are homeschooled are eligible.

Students must be nominated by an adult, not a peer or family member.

A Rotary club selection committee will choose the finalists. The top applicants will be invited to present a five- to seven-minute information session to the Rotary club about their volunteer work, and why they chose to commit their time to these efforts.

Nomination forms are available online at, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and Clover High School guidance department. Deadline to apply is April 30. Applications may be dropped off at the church office or mailed to: Scholarship Committee Lake Wylie Rotary Club, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5082, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Finalists will be notified by May 4 and invited to give their presentations May 19.

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