School notes, April 10: York FFA member earns state award

April 10, 2014 

York FFA member earns state award

FFA member Shawna Hughes at York Comprehensive High School recently took first place in the South Carolina FFA Dairy Handler Activity.

She was judged on her appearance, control of the dairy animal and her poise and confidence. She will represent South Carolina this fall in the National Dairy Handler Event at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky.

In a separate event, the York FFA Livestock Evaluation team recently participated in the State FFA Livestock Evaluation Contest at the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena in Clemson.

Team members are Tyler Reinhart, Megan Burley, Patrick Marhan and Peyton Robinson. The members were scored on their ability to evaluate and place beef cattle, hogs and sheep.

FFA adviser is Jesse Miskelly.

FBLA students take on state competition

Clover High School’s Future Business Leaders of America students competed at the FBLA State Leadership Conference the weekend of March 29 at the North Charleston Convention Center.

Senior Courtney Conger sang the national anthem at the opening ceremony.

Senior Jodi Croat won the Rita P. Heape Scholarship.

The first-, second- and third-place winners qualify for the National Leadership Conference to be held in the summer in Nashville, Tenn.

• First place: Justin Grigg- Accounting I; David Cole and River Galacia (team) – Emerging Business Issues; Garrett Erven – Introduction to Information Technology

• Second place: Austin Dover- Healthcare Administration

• Third place: Kim Arjune and Courtney Conger (team) – Digital Design and Promotion; Maddie Rowley – Future Business Leader

• Fourth place: Jodi Croat- Economics; Ian McDevitt- Introduction to Information Technology; Victoria Burrell- Job Interview

• Fifth place: Angelo Allison- Impromptu Speaking; Jonathan Bruney- Public Service Announcement

Faculty advisers are Leslie Knutsen, Lee Ann Seay, Amy Moss, Rita Grave and Quentin McGill.

York art students raise money for autism

Members of the National Junior Art Honor Society at York Middle School held their annual service project for Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

The 33 York members designed “puzzle pins,” turning the symbol for autism awareness into tiny works of art, some of them with positive messages.

The pins were sold to students and staff at the school, raising $400 for the S.C. Autism Society. The art honor group is sponsored by Christi Csonka.

York Intermediate names Cool Cougars

York Intermediate School has named Cool Cougars for April. They are, team 6-2, Kelly Thao and Abby Crowder.

CHS students place in fishing tourney

Members of the Clover High School bass fishing team participated in the North Carolina Bass Federation League tournament on Saturday, April 5 on Lake Wylie.

Out of 119 boats, the top scorers included Chris Carnes in ninth place with five fish weighing in at 10.06 pounds and Tyler Brown in 12th place with four fish weighing 9.13 pounds.

CHS Interact group earns state awards

Members of the Clover High School Interact Club swept state awards categories in the large club division for service projects at the South Carolina State Interact Convention at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro April 4 to 7.

The Clover group, the largest Interact Club in the state with 210 members, won best club scrapbook, Facebook page, club display, fundraiser and club T-shirt. Students participated in leadership training, service project organization and planning sessions as well as team building activities while attending the conference.

A total of 25 students attended the convention from Clover High School. The Clover and Lake Wylie Rotary clubs sponsor this service club at CHS and provided sponsorship fees for the Interact Club to attend. Faculty advisers include Jimmy Roach, Wendy Tumolo and Kendall Leopard.

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

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, email JROTC commander Brian Batson at

YouLead applications accepted

Applications for the 2014-2015 Youth Leadership York County (YouLead) program are available to sophomores and juniors at any York County high school.

The youth leadership program, a joint effort of the chambers of commerce of York County, is an eight-month experience for students at public and private schools. YouLead participants meet local and state government officials, tour area businesses and volunteer with York County service agencies.

Applications are available at, on the Youth Leadership York County Facebook page (, or through any chamber office in York County.

Completed applications must be submitted to the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce by April 30. Finalists may be invited to participate in an interview process. All applicants will be notified of their status by June 1.

Only 18 to 20 students will be selected and those who accept a place in the program will pay a small fee.

The chambers of commerce of York County are made up of the York County Regional Chamber, along with the Greater Clover, Greater York, and Lake Wylie chambers. The 2014-2015 program is sponsored by various local businesses including Comporium Communications, Williams & Fudge and the city of Rock Hill.

For more information, call 803-324-7500.

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