Oakridge Middle School names Kaoud staff member of month

December 23, 2012 

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Marianna Kaoud has been named the Oakridge Middle School Staff Member of the Month.

Kaoud is a sixth-grade language arts teacher and was nominated by her peers for the great job she and her newspaper staff have done with the school newspaper.

Kaoud graduated from C.W. Post University in Long Island, N.Y. She taught in Florida for four years and has been teaching in Clover for five years.

She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 16 years. They have two sons, Chris and Ryan.

The award is sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union.

Applications accepted for Clover scholarship

Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the first LANDIS Scholarship to a Clover High School senior.

Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, named the scholarship after her father Landis Jackson, who worked in Clover School District for several years.

Students applying for the LANDIS (Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students) Scholarship must demonstrate a financial need, a 3.0-grade point average and community service.

Students can see a Clover High School guidance department for more information or email Laajacks@aol.com. Applications are due to the Clover High School guidance department by April 1.

Bethel LEGO teams rank in top

The Bethel Elementary School LEGO Robotics program competed Dec. 8 in the Spartanburg Regional against 19 other teams.

Team 5580, the Betbots, finished sixth and earned second place for their research project on a product they created called the Power Hand, designed to help sufferers of arthritis. Student members of the team are Jerry Bowen, John Grant, Hayden Johnson, Abby List, Sarah Lerner, Matthew Lerner, Gracie Starnes and Cole Walters.

Team 5581, Bethel Botics, placed fifth overall and earned a Judge’s Award for overall performance in all areas of the competition.

This means the team performed well in robot design, robot performance, research project and core values. This also earned the team one of the five coveted “Golden Tickets” to the Feb. 23 state tournament in Lexington.

Their research project focused on a product they created called the Blipper, a device to help senior citizens with balance. Student members of team are Sam Bangert, Adam Bouchama, Lauren Gilkeson, Nathan Nishimuta, C.J. Stefanco, Kaitlyn Suddee, Kaylee Williams and Regan Zierverink. Bethel sent a team to state finals during the 2009-10 season. The program is under the leadership of Todd Goff, Monica Roveri and Patricia Smith.

Culinary school contests under way

Culinary arts students can compete to earn a tuition scholarship to one of The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, including the Charlotte campus. The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition is for high school seniors. The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition is for high school graduates.

The first-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $4,000 tuition scholarship. The second-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,000 scholarship. The first-place winner in the high school graduate competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,500 scholarship.

The deadline for entry is Jan. 24. Selected finalists will participate in a cook-off competition at each participating Art Institutes school on March 2, judged by professional chefs and culinary faculty. Entrants selected to participate in the cook-off competition receive recipes in advance and have an opportunity to participate in a pre-competition coaching session. Entering the competition is easy – entrants must submit an entry/release form, a favorite recipe and an essay, as well as transcripts.

For information, visit aicompetitions.com/culinary2013/.

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