‘Spirit of Service’ scholarship applications accepted

April 1, 2013 

Lake Wylie Rotary Club is accepting applications for the “Spirit of Service” Scholarship Award to recognize high school seniors in the Clover School District who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service through hours of volunteering and dedication to their chosen service. Top award is $2,000.

Graduating seniors who live in the Clover School District, regardless of whether they attend Clover High, a private school or are homeschooled are eligible. Students must be nominated by an adult, not a peer or family member.

A Rotary club selection committee will choose the finalists. The top applicants will be invited to present a 5- to 7-minute information session to the Rotary club about their volunteer work, and why they chose to commit their time to these efforts.

Nomination forms are available online at LakeWylieRotary.org, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and Clover High School guidance department. Deadline to apply is April 30.

Applications may be dropped off at the church office or mailed to: Scholarship Committee- Lake Wylie Rotary Club, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5082, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Finalists will be notified by May 4 and invited to give their presentations May 19.

Clover schools earn Palmetto gold, silver

The S.C. Department of Education announced last week that eight Clover schools are among 662 state schools and career centers to receive a Palmetto Gold and Silver Award for the 2012-2013 school year.

The awards are given for general performance, closing the achievement gap or in both categories. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.

In the Clover school district, Bethany, Crowders Creek and Larne elementary schools received gold awards in both areas. Griggs Road Elementary and Oakridge Middle won gold awards in the area of general performance and silver awards in closing the achievement gap.

Clover’s Kinard and Bethany elementary schools and Clover High School received gold awards in general performance only.

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools that demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement.

The state revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.

Of the award recipients statewide, 446 schools were recognized for general performance only, 39 were recognized for closing the achievement gap only, and 192 were recognized for their performance in both areas.

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