Oakridge Middle School earns 13th in Scholastic Summer Challenge

September 21, 2013 

OMS earns 13th place in reading challenge

Oakridge Middle School earned 13th place in the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free global program designed to keep children reading throughout the summer months.

Students from 4,284 schools representing all 50 states and 30 countries read and logged 176,438,473 minutes, breaking last year’s world record of 95,859,491 minutes.

By reading 2,548,754 minutes, Oakridge Middle School earned a place in the Scholastic Book of World Records and a plaque.

Barnaba awarded scholarship

Alexandra Barnaba of Lake Wylie and Clover High School Class of 2013 has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship through the Korean American Scholarship Foundation.

She accepted an offer of a seat in the bachelor’s dance program at the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, in Londonberry/Derry, Northern Ireland. The program focuses on creativity, choreography and professional dance training.

Get free graduate school advice

Winthrop University professors are hosting an informational session for anyone interested in learning more about graduate school programs on Friday, Sept. 27.

“Survive and Thrive” in graduate school will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Winthrop’s Kinard Hall, room 338.

The graduate school advice session is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 803-323-4656 or 803-323-4602.

Bug Ball Friday 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. Friday, Sept. 27.

A silent auction will include items like catered cheese and wine party, tickets to a Panthers game, a 90-minute massage and more.

Proceeds benefit the garden’s school programs. Call 704-829-1290 for more information.

Rock Hill schools host band festival

The Northwestern High School Purple Regiment and the Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction will host The Olde English Festival of Bands at noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at District Three Stadium on Cherry Road.

The competition, presented by Carolinas HealthCare System, includes 19 bands from North and South Carolina that will compete for eight finalist spots. Rock Hill and Northwestern bands will also perform in exhibition.

Gates open at 11 a.m. Finals will begin at 7:45 pm.

Northwestern will perform its show “Musical Candy” at 5:30 p.m. and Rock Hill will perform “Darkness to Light” at 9:45 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

For information, call 803-981-1323 or 803-981-1225.

PES plans Oct. 19 fall fest

Palisades Episcopal School, 13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy., is hosting a Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

Activities include a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, dunk tank, inflatable slides, obstacle course and Velcro fly wall. The community is invited.

CHS plans Christmas craft show

The Clover High School’s Student Council will present its 19th annual Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Concessions will be available throughout the day. Interested vendors can visit the school website for an application form.

Clover students volunteer at riding center

CLOVER A group of students from Clover High School have been saddling up to work with families with special needs in the community.

The volunteers work at RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover, which offers horse-related activities to children, adults and families with special needs to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual well being of its participants.

The volunteers are Madison Lovelace, Taylor Kelly, Haley Hurst, Emily Babb, Bonnie Wyatt, Amanda Priestley, Tiffany Lombardo, Bianca Lombardo, Emily Atkinson, Emily Puryear, Taylor Eidson, Jillian Phillips and D’Hannah Morrison.

School dedication Thursday in Charlotte

Charlotte’s first school solely for children with learning differences and attention deficit disorder will dedicate its new lobby – The Dickson Foundation – from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at The John Crosland School, 5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd.

Formerly named Dore Academy, The John Crosland School is in its second year at its new six-acre campus near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The John Crosland School is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For admissions information or to visit the school, call 704-365-5490 or visit JohnCroslandSchool.org.

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 teachingfellowsc.com.

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