Schools planning fall fun Oct. 19

October 5, 2013 

LPA student recognized by National Merit

Caleb Willingham of Steele Creek has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, the Lake Pointe Academy senior placed among the top 5 percent on the 2012 PSAT national test.

The elite group of commended high school scholars was recognized from among the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Lake Pointe principal Louis Lemmon gave Willingham a commendation certificate from the National Merit organization during a school assembly this week. “The high scores he has achieved on the PSAT and SAT tests are evidence of Caleb’s knowledge,” Lemmon said. “But as Caleb prepares for college, his teachers are excited that he also has developed his talents and skills to think deeply and to articulate those thoughts.”

Willingham has served on the school’s Student Council for multiple years and is a starter on the men’s varsity volleyball team. He is the son of Mark and Laura Willingham of Steele Creek.

Lake Pointe Academy is a classical, University Model school for grades K-12. For more information, go to

PES plans Oct. 19 fall fest

Palisades Episcopal School, 13120 Grand Palisades Parkway, 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 dance camp Oct. 19

The Clover High School Dance Team will host a youth dance camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in the dance room and old gym. The campers will perform at the 7:30 p.m. home football game on Nov. 1 at Clover Memorial Stadium.

The camp is designed for dancers interested in improving technique through a work session led by Clover High School Dance Team members, directed by their dance coach, Regina Inman. Dance skills, such as turns, leaps, jumps, agility and coordination will be covered. Team building games will be incorporated.

The camp is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost is $30 per student, which includes a T-shirt, instruction and participation in the Nov. 1 football game.

For registration information, visit the Clover High School website at

Bethel Elementary Fall Carnival Oct. 19

Bethel Elementary School’s 62nd annual Fall Carnival Fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

There willb e 50-cent games, concessions, bake sale, raffle baskets and more.

Parking and admission are free. The school is located at 6000 S.C. 55 E.

Call 803-631-8300 for more information.

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.

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

Governor’s School seeks students in the arts

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 under Admissions.

For more information, call 864-282-3713.

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