School news for June 13

June 11, 2013 

York teacher earns national honor

Diane Brown, a Hunter Street Elementary School art teacher, has been nominated by the S.C. affiliate of the National Education Association for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The awards have different names at different stages due to sponsorships. Brown is a member of the 2014 class of the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence honorees.

She will receive a $650 award for her school, to be given in the fall, and a stage introduction at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. in February 2014. Brown also will receive an expense-paid trip to attend the gala.

Brown — the York school district’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year — also will participate in the Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, which includes nine months of professional development with other Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients and an all expense-paid study abroad tour in the summer of 2014.

Members of the 2011 and 2012 classes spent 10 days in China, and the 2013 class will be going to Brazil in June.

Brown also will be interviewed and considered by an NEA national selection panel to be one of five honored teachers who will receive the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence this month. These five awardees will be invited to interview with the panel Aug. 15 in Washington.

Based on the interviews, the national panel will select the recipient of the top NEA honor, the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence. The recipient will be named at the 2014 gala.

Clover Women’s Club presents scholarships

The 2013 Clover Woman’s Club scholarships were presented in memory of Barbara McConnell Parrish, a retired Clover assistant superintendent and a Clover school board member who was vice president of club.

Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Clover High School graduates. They are Lauren Benoist, daughter of Douglas and Cathy Benoist, who will attend USC Upstate, majoring in nursing; Sarah Keistler, daughter of Greg and Laura Keistler, who will attend Clemson University as a secondary education math major; and Katherine Stewart, daughter of Terri Stewart and the late James W. Stewart, who will attend the University of South Carolina majoring in pre-dental.

The scholarships were funded by memorial donations and funds raised by the club’s annual tour of homes and its spring card party.

Each year the Clover High faculty name a recipient for the club’s Outstanding Young Woman award. This year’s winner was Katherine Stewart, Clover High’s student body president.

Clover schools honor support staff at each school

The Clover School District Teacher Forum, comprised of each school’s teacher of the year, is for the third consecutive year recognizing support employees at each school.

The forum is honoring one employee at each of the districts 10 schools with the title of support staff person of the year. The honorees, selected by the faculty and staff of each school, were announced last week at a luncheon at each school.

The winners are:

• Mary Mitchell, custodian, Blue Eagle Academy

• Michelle Lee, teacher assistant for academic assistance, Bethel Elementary

• Rebecca Hart, kindergarten assistant, Bethany Elementary

Kim Lightsey, technology teacher assistant, Clover High

• Lynne Krashner, attendance secretary, Clover Middle

• Christie Pressley, head custodian, Crowders Creek Elementary

• Brenda Glenn, receptions, Griggs Road Elementary

• Tracey Thompson, technology instructor, Kinard Elementary

• Becky Sellers, bookkeeper, Larne Elementary

• Jane McCall, bookkeeper, Oakridge Middle.

Clover schools honor 21 retirees

The Clover School District last week honored 21 retirees who have a combined 352 years of service in the district.

Retirees, honored during a banquet at the City Club in Rock Hill, are listed here with years of service shown in parentheses.

Mattie Alexander (9), Larne; Brenda Briand (13), Clover High; Connie Carnes (6), Clover Middle; Linda Dover (25), Griggs Road; Lisa Gadsden (29), Larne; Carla Clarke (27), Clover Middle; Brenda Gess (25), Bethel; Meredith Gibson (9), Kinard; Cheryl Gill (7), Crowders Creek; Rachel Gray (28), Clover High; Susan Grose (5), Clover Middle; Alice Hanks (17), Clover High; Glenda Lindsay (20), Clover High; Della Love (25), Kinard; Cathy Lowman (33), Kinard; Janet Nelson (12), Griggs Road; Nancy Parham (27), District Office; Patricia Ratchford (7), Oakridge Middle; Gary Short (7), Clover Middle; Diane Senn (14), Crowders Creek; and Jane Tucker (7), Crowders Creek.

CHS junior wins gold in cheerleading event

Kendra Evelsizer, a junior at Clover High School, recently competed with a team that won the Gold Medal in The Worlds Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida on April 26 and 27.

Kendra is a member of the Senior Elite all girls level 5 at Cheer Extreme All Stars gym in Kernersville, NC. Twenty-eight countries were represented by more than 11,000 cheerleaders.

Senior Elite consists of 36 girls ages 14 to 18. The team is coached by Courtney Smith Pope and Ben Pope. The team won various national competitions during the season.

Their crucial win was first place at the American Championships in Las Vegas, where they earned an invitation and received a bid to attend the World Competition in Orlando. Other competitions took the team to Dallas, Texas, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Georgia and Myrtle Beach.

Kendra’s team performance has been aired on ESPN.

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