School notes, April 3: York women’s ensemble earns superior rating

April 3, 2014 

York women’s ensemble earns superior rating

The 27-member York Comprehensive High School Women’s Ensemble competed in the Southern Star Music Festival on March 21 in Atlanta, earning an overall superior rating and the festival’s Gold standard.

The singers performed “Boats Sail on the Rivers” by Johnson, “Cantate Domino” by Schutz, and “Hello Girls!” by Pfautsch. The judges complimented the group’s tone quality, diction and expressive singing. The group scored 286 out of a possible 300 points.

“Our group is very young, consisting mostly of freshmen and sophomores, making this achievement very impressive and rewarding,” YCHS choral director Phil Suggs said.

In the 23 years of this festival, only 20 percent of ensembles have achieved the gold standard. The group will perform in the annual spring concert at 7 p.m. May 15 in the school auditorium. Admission is $4.

Clover Choraliers take state title

For the 10th time in the past 12 years, the Clover High School choral program, the Choraliers, has captured the highest ranking by achieving the title of state champions in the S.C. State Choral Festival.

The event is sponsored by the S.C. Music Educator’s Association.

In addition, the Honors Chorale claimed first place in the sight reading category.

The choral program is led by director Jay Forrest and vocal instructor Meredith Cornwell.

Clover FFA plans pancake supper

The Clover High School 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 kelsey.anderson@clover.k12.sc.us.

CHS wins PR awards

The South Carolina Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association has selected Clover High School as an award winner in the Rewards for Excellence program for 2014. This initiative recognizes exemplary public relations programs, projects, publications and electronic media.

For the second consecutive year, the CHS website, MyBlueEagles.com, has been selected to receive a Publications and Electronic Media Award. More than 177 entries were submitted for consideration. Entries were judged by multiple professionals who work in public relations and communications.

Additionally, a photograph depicting the CHS JROTC unit at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony, was selected to receive a Publications and Electronic Media Award. Senior Hayden Matkovich is featured playing “Taps” at the event.

The Moped to Memphis campaign was chosen for a Golden Achievement Award. This award celebrates the exemplary work in the communications of this charitable project that benefits the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Events are planned and executed throughout the year before a check is driven by moped to Memphis, Tenn.

The school webmaster is Kim Lightsey, who also submitted the winning photograph entry. The M2M project is spearheaded by Frank Falls. The award application was written by Mary Gattis.

The awards will be presented April 11 at a luncheon in Columbia.

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 brian.batson@clover.k12.sc.us

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 to 3 years, an after-school 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.

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 guidance department by April 9.

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