School notes, March 27: York teacher gets state health science award

March 28, 2014 

York teacher gets health science state award

Michelle Campbell, a teacher at the Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center in York, was recently named New Health Science Teacher of the Year.

The award was presented by the Health Science Educators Division of the S.C. Career and Technology Education Association during a conference in Myrtle Beach.

Campbell will also be recognized for the honor during the S.C. Education and Business Summit in Greenville on June 24.

She earned the award for her leadership with the school’s Health Occupation Students of America, or HOSA, and for the 85 percent first-time passage rate of her students on the certified nursing assistant exam.

Bowman accepted to Naval seminar

Clover High School Air Force JROTC Cadet Caitlin Bowman has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar in Annapolis, Md.

The summer seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high school students who are high achievers. The selection process is competitive with only 3,000 students selected from more than 18,000 who apply each year. The program teaches students about life at naval academies and how academics, athletics and professional training are important in developing leaders. Additionally, the seminars help educate, motivate and prepare students who are considering applying for admission to a service academy.

Bowman, a junior, is deputy group commander. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Jim Bowman of Clover.

Her JROTC instructors are Chief Louis Csencsits and Maj. Brian Batson.

YCHS places in Panthers rock art contest

The York Comprehensive High School National Arts Honor Society and art club members placed second runner-up in the fifth annual Panthers Spirit Rock Art Contest, sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and Allen Tate Co.

A community panel voted on the top school rock designs, which included a mixed media of rocks and props as well as art and design concepts.

YCHS received a $400 grant to fund a field trip to the Columbia Museum Egyptian exhibit.

Students involved in the project were Cameron Gardner, Sammie McClurkin, Payton Hollis, Skylar Sims, Annah Whitehead, Ashley Jensen, Hunter Braly, Will Baisden, Katt Riley and Haley Maylor.

York’s Hagner gets financial reporting award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the York school district by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded Amy Hagner, director of finance, the person primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning report.

Clover symphonic, wind groups take top honors

The Clover High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble scored top honors in the State Concert Festival at York Comprehensive High School.

Both groups earned an overall superior rating, an average of the scores from stage performance (three prepared pieces for three judges) and sight reading. In the sight reading room, the students are asked to study a piece that they have never seen before for six minutes. They then play for two judges and are given a rating. Sight reading accounts for 40 percent of their score.

The CHS Wind Ensemble is among those from five high schools in the state, including Lexington, Northwestern, Wando and Charleston School of the Arts, that have earned a superior rating in the most difficult class of music for at least 10 years in a row. This is the 12th consecutive year for the Clover Wind Ensemble in Class Six music. The band director is Eric Wells.

Clover FFA plans pancake supper

The Clover High School FFA, or Future Farmers of America, will have a pancake supper from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11 to support the Clover, Bethel, Newport and Steele Creek fire departments for the help they have provided to the Bolin family.

Clover FFA members will serve pancakes and sausages with breakfast beverages. The Cane Creek Bluegrass Bank will perform.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For details, or to purchase tickets in advance, email Kelsey Anderson at

CHS ROTC plans leadership camp

The Clover High School Air Force JROTC will hold a week-long Leadership and Adventure (LEAD) camp July 14 to 18 for rising sixth- to ninth-grade students.

For details, contact JROTC commander Brian Batson at

Christian academy open house April 8

Pine Grove Christian Academy, 5415 S.C. 557, will have open house from 7 to 8 p.m. April 8.

Pine Grove offers a private Christian school for ages K4-fifth grade, a child development center for ages 6 weeks-3 years, an afterschool program for all elementary schools in the Clover School District and a summer camp program for ages 4-12.

Pine Grove Christian Academy is a ministry of The Journey at Lake Wylie. Call 803-831-2015 for more information.

Interact Club clears path for runners

The Clover High School cross country team has new turf to practice on thanks to the CHS Interact Club.

The Interact Club chose this as its annual school service project and were able to finish it the week of March 10.

About 50 students teamed up to clear about half a mile of new trail through the brush and terrain behind the high school for the cross country runners to use for daily practices and competitions.

CHS HOSA members’ gala earns No. 1 in state

Clover High School HOSA students competed at the State HOSA Leadership Conference the weekend of March 15 in Charleston.

The unit was recognized as the No. 1 club in the state for its Cystic Fibrosis Gala, which raised more than $2,000 for cystic fibrosis research. The club is sponsored by faculty members Deborah Violante, Natasha Duckwall, Kim Bressler and Matt Bressler.

Nineteen students competed in subjects including medical photography, CPR/First Aid, sports medicine, nursing assisting and HOSA Bowl. The HOSA Bowl Team, made up of Kristopher Gross, Carly Graber, Ashton Nicholas and Jordan Brock, lost only one match and placed third in the state. Kaitlyn Parada came in second place and TJ Francis came in third place for nursing assisting.

These students will compete at the HOSA National competition in Orlando, Fla., in June.

Other HOSA members are Victoria Ashare, Cassie Blanton, Hannah Burke, Jarod Dollar-Seely, Amber Hess, Jacqueline Matheson, Hylah Miller, Ann Montero, Alex Peeler, Erika Spence, Saige Stermin, M’Kenzy Walters and Madison Woodhouse.

Choraliers soloists earn top scores

Thirteen Clover High School Choraliers soloists were top scorers in their categories at the S.C. National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held March 15 in Columbia. They qualify to compete in the Regional NATS competition in April.

Singers are: Sydney Entrikin, Jessica Johnson, Maddie Johnston, Miriam Coburn, Annie Dellinger, Myranda Thomas, Kaity Froneberger, Courtney Ramsey, Dajulyn Wallace, Andrew Collins, Matt Penley and Rebecca Forrest.

Sydney Wood, who was the top scorer in her category, performed in the Honors Recital.

Jay Forrest is director and vocal instructor is Meredith Cornwell.

CHS Drumline wins open class

The Clover High School Indoor Drumline traveled to Richmond, Va., on March 15 to compete at the WGI Virginia Regional.

The team dominated once again with a first place finish in open class. This puts the team in position for the World Championships in three weeks in Ohio.

Drumline director is Danny Lenard.

Winter Guard makes school history

The Clover High School Winter Guard competed in Concord, N.C., at the WGI Regionals on March 15 with 22 other schools from the Southeast.

The team placed high enough in preliminaries to compete in the finals, which proved to be another first in Clover color guard history. The team received a 13th-place finish in the Class A event. The team is directed by Todd Winder.

Clover cadets compete in Irmo event

The Clover High School Air Force JROTC Drill Team competed March 8 at the Irmo Drill Meet and came home with five top finishes. They are led by CHS faculty members Major Brian Batson and Chief Louis Csencsits.

The awards included, first place in regulation flight unarmed, commanded by cadet Samantha Lucas; third place in color guard, commanded by cadet Daniel Lopez; third place individual armed, commanded by cadet Zach Filaber and executed by cadet Meredith Sutton; second place armed knockout, cadet Austin Case; and third place armed knockout, cadet Scott Thalacker

Prescription drug abuse seminar planned

York County “No Wrong Door” will present a Raising Awareness for Parents seminar on prescription drug abuse on Thursday, March 27, at the York school district office.

The presentation, which has been offered at all four York County school districts this month, will be from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

It will feature a short documentary, as well as a question-and-answer session with a panel of experts from the medical, law enforcement and treatment professions.

GOTR forming teen advisory board

Girls on the Run program seeks teens to participate.

An inaugural Teen Advisory Board for the Tri County Chapter of Girls on the Run is forming with principals and guidance counselors in the GOTR Tri County chapter asked to nominate one person by March 31.

For more information, call 803-493-6040.

Scholarship offered

Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the second annual LANDIS Scholarship to a deserving Clover High School senior.

Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, named the scholarship after her father, Landis Jackson, who worked in the Clover school district for many years.

Students applying for the Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students Scholarship must demonstrate volunteer community service, exhibit leadership skills, have a financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students should see the Clover High School guidance department for additional details. Applications are due to the CHS guidance department by April 9.

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