Christian school holding open houses
ROCK HILL Westminster Catawba Christian School is holding open houses Wednesday, Oct. 2, at both campuses.
• Grades pre-K to 5, 9 a.m. at Westminster Campus, 1310 India Hook Road.
• Grades 6-12, 1 p.m., at Catawba Campus, 2650 India Hook Road.
Gaston Day fall fest Saturday
GASTONIA The Gaston Day School Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the school campus, 2001 Gaston Day School Road.
In addition to annual favorites of horse rides, face painting, games and the dunk tank, this year will include the Euro Bungee, Joust and 32-foot rock climbing wall.
Wristbands may be purchased in advance for $25, or $30 at the door, and include unlimited games, rides and lunch. Tickets for individual rides or games cost $1 each.
The festival will include local vendors selling flowers, jewelry and crafts, as well as a raffle with more than a dozen themed baskets. Proceeds go to school library enhancements. Visit gdsparentsassociation.com.
Students volunteer with reading program
CLOVER Four Clover High School students volunteered with a reading readiness program offered during the summer at the Stellie J. Jackson Enrichment Center at Roosevelt Park.
The students are Caitlin Bond, Kyler Cain, Lizzy Hartsell and Maddi Ownbey.
The students helped by reading stories, demonstrations and interactions with the children at the center. The reading program was offered for children ages 3 to 5 in June and July. Ten children in the nearby community were enrolled for sessions on Monday and Wednesday each week.
Hines is National Merit semifinalist
CLOVER Clover High School student Abigail Hines is one of about 16,000 students nationally who were recently named semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Hines and other high school seniors can continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million, to be offered next spring.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a scholarship application with information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership, employment and honors and awards received.
A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm his or her earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 students are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified
Kinard students show photography
CLOVER More than 20 students at Kinard Elementary School had their photography accepted into the York County Council of the Arts’ summer youth photography show. The students also had the option of selling their work in the show.
The students whose work was accepted into the show are: Aaron Bentley, Adriana Wallace, Skyler Ingle, Tabitha Harris, Erin Williams, Isaiah Coakley, Kayla Ponton, Jadah Wentz, Lucas Raetz, Joe’Shanti Boyd, Meg Stepko, Jaeden Shirley, Madison Adams, Parker Canty, Fallyn Cassell, Merica Vallier, Cami Dwyer, Reagan Wood, Emily Epler, Dameian Bentley, Daniel Kelly, Chloe Harper, Bryleigh Barrett, Jacob Lockwood, McKenzie Pearson, Eva Pocci, Brianna Barrett, Greg Ramsey, Nico Colon and Nidhi Patel.
Bryleigh Barrett won a third-place award in the show, and Aaron Bentley, Tabitha Harris and Reagan Wood received honorable mentions. McKenzie Pearson, Chloe Harper, Meg Stepko, Fallyn Cassell and Jadah Wentz sold their work through the show.
PES plans Oct. 19 fall fest
STEELE CREEK 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
CLOVER 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.
S.C. Teaching Fellows applications available
ROCK HILL 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.
Governor’s School seeks students in the arts
GREENVILLE The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications for the 2014 summer programs and the 2014/2015 academic high school year until Jan. 8.
The public residential high school serves students statewide and is located in downtown Greenville. SCGSAH offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in five arts areas: creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. Summer programs are offered in each of the art areas.
Online application are available at scgsah.org under Admissions.
For more information, call 864-282-3713.