Clover High Academic Quiz Team takes two wins

February 9, 2013 

The Clover High School Academic Quiz Team opened its season Wednesday with two victories in the team’s only home match of the season.

Led by freshman Grayson Love, Clover defeated Gaffney High School with a score of 300 to 170. The Blue Eagles then knocked off Blacksburg High School with a score of 160 to 90. Love was the high scorer for both matches.

Individuals scoring in the matches were: Cullen Glankler, Mary MacInnis, AJ Ciurlik, Annie Sanford, Ricky Haley, Alyssa Ciurlik, Gage Yukob, Carson Hicks and Khoi Tran.

OMS names teacher of month

Oakridge Middle School named seventh-grade language arts teacher Jessica Taylor the Staff Member of the Month for February.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, and attended the University of Dayton, majoring in middle childhood education with concentrations in language arts and science. This past year, she completed her graduate degree in educational leadership and received her license in administration.

Prior to coming to Clover, she taught science and language arts at the middle school level in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Bedford, Va. Taylor now lives in Lake Wylie with her husband and two children, Carson and Jackson. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, going to football games and spending time with her family.

The award is sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union.

Family Trust awards teacher grants

Family Trust Federal Credit Union awarded more than $10,000 in grants to 43 educators at a banquet Jan. 31 at York Comprehensive High School in York. Educators from York County’s four school districts, Rock Hill Head Start and Winthrop University received or shared one of the 31 $250 grants and five $500 collaborative grants.

The 2012-2013 winners from Clover are: April Stiles Clinton, Bethany Elementary; Rebecca Hester, Crowder’s Creek Elementary; Lesli Ann J. Howell, Larne Elementary; Patti Myers, Griggs Road Elementary; and Kay Wessinger, Bethel Elementary.

April Stiles Clinton of Bethany Elementary in Clover also received the Phyllis Paden-Adams Award for creativity, and her school was given $250 for basic supplies.

Paden-Adams is a member of the Family Trust School Advisory Committee and retired in 2010 after 32 years of teaching. The award was created to honor Paden-Adams for being an exemplary teacher.

Clover schools registration slated

Clover School District pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration is scheduled for the week of March 4. Parents should register their children at their current elementary school assignment based on the 2012-13 attendance lines.

Parents may register children at Bethany, Bethel, Griggs Road, Kinard and Larne from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4-8. Registration hours at Crowders Creek are 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 4-8.

All six elementary schools will have an evening registration period 3-6 p.m. March 5.

To be eligible for pre-k, children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents should bring the child’s legal birth certificate copy with the state seal, two proofs of residency with the name and address of the parent registering the child, and up-to-date immunization records when registering.

For more information, call 803-810-8013.

Certified teacher info sessions Wednesday

The last of community information sessions held in Lake Wylie and Fort Mill to counsel career-changers on how to become certified teachers in South Carolina will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Fort Mill Public Library.

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, The American Board provides an opportunity to become a qualified teacher through a state-sanctioned, alternative route to educator certification.

Katelyn Price, a teacher certification specialist, will advise aspiring teachers on how to become certified. Paraprofessional educators and substitute teachers also are highly encouraged to attend.

Visit to register in advance.

Governor’s school application deadline Friday

The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is accepting applications from current high school sophomores through Friday, Feb. 15, at

GSSM is a public, residential high school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math. GSSM offers other smart opportunities including the Summer Program for Research Interns, the Research Exchange Scholars Program and January Interim. These programs provide students with scientific, graduate-level internships, study abroad experiences and options to participate in non-traditional courses.

The school also offers classes and experiences in business and entrepreneurship.

GSSM is highly selective, taking into consideration courses taken, grades, class rank, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities.

The school considers not only aptitude, but also proven performance and demonstrated interest in science and mathematics.

For more information, call 803-201-9168.

Parenting class offered in Clover

A six-week session of the Love & Logic parenting class will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 20-March 25, at the Clover Resource Center.

Cost is $12 per person for materials. Child care will be provided for school-aged children.

Deadline to register is Feb. 15. Completed registration forms, available online at, should be turned in to parents’ school guidance counselor or mailed to Kinard Elementary, 201 Pressley St., Clover, SC 29710.

Tractor Supply Co. launches scholarship program

As an extension of its sponsorship with the National FFA Foundation, Tractor Supply Co. announces a new scholarship program to assist FFA members.

The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,150 Tractor Supply stores Feb. 15-24, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers may donate $1 at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will be used to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent will benefit state FFA organizations.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be current FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients.

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

Applications are due to the Clover High School guidance department by April 1.

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