Students wanted for credit union advisory board

September 10, 2013 

Credit union seeks youth advisers

Family Trust Federal Credit Union is looking for students to serve on its Youth Advisory Board, which provides ideas and feedback for products and services that appeal to young people and helps teach financial literacy to their peers.

The board is made up of teens ages 15 to 17 from York County’s four school districts.

They serve a minimum one year and no more than three years. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in the afternoon in Rock Hill.

No special knowledge is required. Board members will participate in team-building events and will help organize financial education efforts in York County.

The application deadline is Saturday, Sept. 14. The term of service begins in October.

For an application, click on Youth Accounts at For more information, call 803-326-2114.

Bug Ball helps school programs

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosts Bug Ball, a family-friendly fundraiser that encourages children – and those young at heart – to come dressed as their favorite bug from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27.

From children wearing wings, to adults in bug-eyed glasses, all attendees have the opportunity to participate in insect-inspired activity stations, games and entertainment such as: Beeswax Butterflies, where children can make butterfly-shaped candles; Fireflies in a Jar, letting children create a jar filled with glow-in-the-dark dots resembling fireflies; Swat-a-Bug, finding out who can swat the most “bugs;” and Insect-O-Rama, a bug-themed wheel of fortune. In addition, the Charlotte Youth Ballet will perform throughout the night while being dressed as butterflies.

A silent auction will add to the festivities for the night; items include: a catered cheese and wine party, tickets to a Panthers game, a 90-minute massage and more.

Special food and drinks are included with ticket purchase.

Advance registration for Bug Ball is required. Call 704-829-1290. Registration ends Sept. 20. Proceeds from the Bug Ball benefit the garden’s school programs.

Bug Ball has four ticket levels: Caterpillar (children 3 and younger), $10 per person; Beetle, $35 per person; Ladybug (includes a gift box of live ladybugs), $50 per person; and Venus Flytrap (includes a potted Venus flytrap and one complimentary beverage ticket), $75 per person. For more information, call 704-829-1290.

S.C. Teaching Fellows applications available

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is accepting applications until 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31 for state high school seniors interested in becoming a teacher.

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the U.S. and a legal resident of South Carolina.

The Fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 175 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 while they complete a degree leading to teacher licensure. A fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.

Fellows attend one of 10 Teaching Fellows Institutions across the state. These schools include: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Newberry College, USC-Columbia, USC-Upstate and Winthrop University.

Fellows are identified through a rigorous selection process that includes the application, an interview in front of a panel of three educators, a presentation, and a writing sample. Awards will be made in early Spring. Applications are available online at

Gaston school magazine awarded

Gaston Day School’s literary and arts magazine, Blutopia, has been recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the 2013 publication year.

For the sixth year in a row, Blutopia has earned a gold medal for the overall publication, placing it in the top 10 percent of magazines nationwide.

Blutopia also earned All Columbian Honors for all three adjudication sections: design, organization and content. This designation is awarded when the sectional score reaches 95 percent or more of the possible points. Blutopia earned a total of 979 out of 1000 points overall, with a perfect score in design.

Students serving on the magazine are lead editors, Mason Farmer and Porter Yelton, and associate editors, Maddy Deely and Hannah Newcombe.

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