Education news for May 30

May 29, 2013 

Kinard student to attend young scholar program

Markus Nastase, a fifth-grade student at Clover’s Kinard Elementary School, has been selected to represent the school at the National Young Scholars program this summer in Washington, D.C.

The program gives students the chance to further their interest in specific areas of study, such as engineering, forensic science and medicine. During the program, students engage in challenging coursework.

The program culminates with student projects that tie in leadership skills with the discoveries students make in their areas of study.

Markus told Clover school board members last week that Kinard enabled him to become qualified for the program through leadership activities such as the speed-stacking team and serving as student body president.

During his five-day trip this summer to Washington, Markus said, students in the program will visit sites including the Lincoln and Vietnam memorials and will get a “VIP view of Washington.”

Clover student gets PMC scholarship

Caitlin Childers of Clover High School has been named the winner of the Nurse Betty Scholarship by Piedmont Medical Center The scholarship recognizes more than 57 years of service to PMC by Betty Jenkins.

The scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors in York County who have been accepted into an accredited school of nursing in South Carolina and are pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Since 2011, one applicant per year has been chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be renewed annually until graduation, for up to four years.

Recipients must commit to work for Piedmont Medical Center as a registered nurse for 24 months upon completion of their BSN degree and licensure.

According to PMC, Caitlin’s application stood out because of her desire to become a nurse so that she can “help people and treat each person with compassion at a time when they need it the most.” She has been a leader in school organizations, community groups and has shown academic excellence.

Clover employees receive school PR honors

Six schools and the Clover school district office were recognized last month for public relations projects through the South Carolina chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. The projects were recognized as part of the Rewards for Excellence program.

Bethany Elementary lab instructor Lauren Cole was recognized in the identity and image category for the school’s theme, Untouchable as One, which appears in the school and on T-shirts.

Clover High lab tech instructor Kim Lightsey received an award for her effort to manage the school’s website, and Larne Elementary bookkeeper Becky Sellers was recognized for the school handbook and calendar.

Kinard Elementary music teacher Marianne Lenard was recognized for her role in developing the Myrna Kosko Memorial Garden dedication video, presented during a school assembly.

Griggs Road Elementary Assistant Principal Bill Pratt was recognized for his iPad fundraising video, and Oakridge Middle teacher Marianna Kaoud was recognized for her work with the school newspaper, Eagle Eye.

Public information officer Mychal Frost was recognized for his photo, Taking Flight, captured during a Kinard butterfly release for the Kosko garden dedication. He also was recognized for the district handbook and activities calendar.

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