School notes for Oct. 17

October 15, 2013 

9 York County students attend Governor’s School for science, math

Nine students from York County — including two from York and five from Clover — have been accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville.

Dae Bigach, the daughter of Bruce and Kim Bigach, and Mary Lyn Mitchell, the daughter of Bill and Marie Mitchell, both transferred from York Comprehensive High School.

Students from Clover High School are Wil Carpenter, the son of Eric and Reneé Carpenter; Aspen Golden, the daughter of Jay and Faith Golden; John McElvenny, the son of John S. and Kathy McElvenny; Emmaleigh Messer, the daughter of Gary and Carrie Messer; and Olivia Smithson, daughter of Brian and Lara Smithson, all transferred to GSSM from Clover High School.

The other two York County students are from Rock Hill.

GSSM is a public, residential high school for academically talented juniors and seniors. It offers college-level courses and a hands-on curriculum with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, math and research, along with concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship.

GSSM students started classes Aug. 18. This year, the school celebrates its largest student body since its inception in 1988, with 220 students representing 112 high schools and 32 counties.

One of 12 specialized science and math programs in the country, the school has been nationally recognized for its overall excellence, strong mix of intellectual challenges and dedicated teachers, as well as its rigorous research opportunities.

Clover Choraliers plan spaghetti supper

The Clover High School Choraliers will host its annual spaghetti supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the school cafeteria. The Choraliers will perform in an “open rehearsal” format. Tickets are $7.

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York FFA students earn livestock show honors

Three York Comprehensive High School FFA earned prizes after exhibiting animals at the 2013 York County Fall Livestock Show last month at High Tension Ranch near York. The are:

• Shawna Hughes, who exhibited her Holstein dairy cattle, taking first place in senior showmanship and winning a $250 college scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of Bill and Peggy Covington of Covington Dairy in McConnells and sponsored by their children. Shawna’s intermediate Holstein calf placed first in its confirmation class. She also took third- and fourth-place awards, respectively, with her senior calf and senior yearling Holstein cattle.

Ashley McCarter placed third in senior showmanship in the horse show and third in senior showmanship in dairy cattle. She received a second-place prize with her senior calf Holstein in the confirmation class.

Candice Brazell placed ninth in senior showmanship in the dairy cattle show. She took two first-place awards with her senior calf and junior yearling Guernseys. Her Holsteins placed 11th in the senior calf class, first in the junior yearling class, and 11th in the senior yearling class.

YCHS student gets conservation scholarship

Shuler Littleton, a York Comprehensive High School senior, was one of two high school students sponsored by the York Soil and Water Conversation District to attend the 2013 Carolina Conversation District youth workshop this summer at Lander University.

More than 30 students from across the state attended the week-long conference and participated in lab and field experiences related to national resources conservation. They ended the week by taking an exam on what they had studied.

Shuler was one of the top scorers on the exam and received a $500 scholarship from the S.C. Conservation Districts Foundation.

Jefferson gets $1K grant for ‘Yes, Virginia’

Donna Fields, a teacher at York’s Jefferson Elementary School, has received a $1,000 grant from Macy’s to produce the musical, “Yes, Virginia.”

The musical will be performed by Jefferson third- and fourth-grade students at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the school. Jefferson is among about 100 schools that will present the musical this holiday season.

Bethel participates in Walk to School Day

Bethel Elementary School’s students, faculty and staff and the school’s Scrambled Legs Running Club joined schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 8 and 9.

Bethel students with most of the faculty and staff walked or ran at school while participating in Bethel’s Stay Safe, Stay Fit Day Tuesday, Oct. 8. Many staff members ran before and after school. Bethel’s Scrambled Legs Running Club ran Oct. 9.

The school walked and ran a total of 651 miles. Bethel’s goal this month is to promote healthier lifestyles by eating smart, moving more, and learning about safety when walking and running.

The event was organized by Kay Wessinger, Bethel Elementary School’s physical education teacher and coach for Bethel’s Scrambled Legs Running Club. Larissa Pitts, A Bethel PTO leader, recruited parent volunteers.

York schools seeking disabled children who need services

The York School District is looking for children with disabilities who need services and who are not currently in a York public school program.

The district provides programs for children ages 3 to 21 with the following disabilities: preschool children with disabilities, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disability, emotional disability, speech or language impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, deaf-blindness, autism, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, vision impairment, traumatic brain injury, and children with multiple disabilities.

Screening clinics will be conducted monthly. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 803-684-1905 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Clover High plans dance camp

The Clover High School Dance Team will host a youth dance camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 in the dance room and old gym. The campers will perform at the 7:30 p.m. home football game on Nov. 1. For registration information, visit

The camp is designed for young dancers interested in improving technique through a work session led by Clover High School Dance Team members, directed by their dance coach, Regina Inman.

Dance skills, such as turns, leaps, jumps, agility and coordination will be covered during the camp. Team building games will be incorporated during the session.

The camp is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost is $30 per student, which includes a T-shirt, instruction and participation in the Nov. 1 football game at Clover Memorial Stadium.

CHS plans Christmas craft show

The Clover High School’s Student Council will present its 19th annual Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Concessions will be available throughout the day. Interested vendors can visit the school website for an application form.

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