School notes, May 15: Three CHS students to attend military academies

May 16, 2014 

3 CHS students to attend military academies

Three Clover High School students have received Congressional appointments to attend U.S. military academies.

• Senior Hayden Matkovich has been named to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Matkovich has been active in the CHS Air Force JROTC, where he has held many positions, from deputy group commander to corps commander.

Matkovich had received a full scholarship to attend Tulane University but decided to attend West Point instead. He is planning on following a curriculum in history and law before joining active duty as a commissioned officer in the Army.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Matkovich of York.

• Senior John Slavens has accepted a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Slavens had nominations at both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy, but decided the Navy would be a better fit for his major and future plans.

Slavens plans to major in systems engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He is an Eagle Scout and has served as president of the Spanish Club and the Special Olympics Fan Club at CHS. He also has set records in swimming at CHS.

Slavens is the son of Dawn and Gary Slavens of York.

• Senior Nicholas “Brady” Watson has accepted a nomination to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I.

Watson, who was appointed by Rep. Mick Mulvaney to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, is the son of Stacy and Stanley Watson of Lake Wylie.

CHS Choraliers compete at regional event

Thirteen members of the Clover High School Choraliers competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C.

High school and college students from the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia competed individually in classical and musical theater solo categories. Each student prepared two or three contrasting solo pieces and received a composite score from three judges.

The following students scored in the top percentage of the competition, qualifying them as Honors participants: Miriam Coburn, Sydney Entrikin, Rebecca Forrest, Maddie Johnston, Myranda Thomas, Dajulyn Wallace and Sydney Wood.

Sydney Entrikin, who competed in the Freshman/Sophomore Beginning High School Women category, won first place and qualified to audition to compete at the national level.

She sent her video audition for nationals and is waiting to hear if she will be asked to compete. Only the top 15 scorers in the nation in each category will compete in the national competition this summer in Boston.

Maddie, who prepared five songs and competed in both classical and musical theater, qualified for Honors in both categories. Maddie tied for third place in the Freshman/Sophomore Musical Theater Women’s category.

The Choraliers will present its annual Candlelight Classics Concert at 8 p.m. May 20 and May 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, N.C.

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CHS junior receives Reeves scholarship

Clover High School junior Billy Gallien has been awarded the $1,000 Eddie Reeves Community Commitment Scholarship.

Eddie Reeves was the chairman of the board of directors for Family Trust Federal Credit Union for a quarter of a century.

Gallien is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 37, vice president of the CHS Future Farmers of America club and is a volunteer with the S.C. division of Children of the Confederacy.

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