School news for June 6

June 4, 2013 

Alex Sisk, a senior at Clover High School, has been awarded 2013 Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship.

Clover High student earns scholarship

Alex Sisk, a senior at Clover High School, has been awarded 2013 Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship.

The $1,000 award, named for percussion teacher, arranger, clinician and judge Dennis DeLucia, is awarded each year at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Indoor Percussion World Championship Finals to a deserving percussionist. Yamaha donates the scholarship.

Sisk plans to study music education at Winthrop University and then transfer to the University of South Carolina. For the past three years, Sisk marched with cymbals for the Clover Indoor Percussion Group and this past season he served as the cymbal captain. He began playing in band in the sixth grade and also plays the alto saxophone in the top band at Clover High.

“I am very honored and thankful for this opportunity that WGI and Yamaha gave to me,” said Sisk. “Everything that I thought I had accomplished on my own could never of been achieved without those who work behind the scenes to make things happen. I have a passion for music that burns very deep and look forward to pursing my musical studies and furthering my education.”

The WGI Indoor Percussion World Championships is the culminating event of the season for indoor percussion, with 210 percussion ensembles traveling to Dayton for the 2013 Championship finals. This year marks the eighth presentation of the award at WGI.

Charter school session planned

Parents looking for public school options for their children are invited to an information session from 6 to 8 p.m. June 11 in Rock Hill for the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina.

The charter school alliance is hosting six informational sessions for families around the state this spring. The Rock Hill session will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, 650 Tinsley Way.

“This is a great opportunity for families to find out about more educational options in their community,” said Mary Carmichael, executive director of the alliance.

“With public charter school students now able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities at home zoned schools due to newly adopted laws, we have seen the families’ interest in alternative academic options increase,” Carmichael said. “We are excited students no longer have to choose between academics and athletics.”

Charter schools are public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for improving student achievement. This coming school year there will be nearly 20,000 public school students across the state in 55 public charter schools.

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