Five Clover High students attend math, science Governor’s School

October 12, 2013 

9 attend Governor’s School for science, math

Nine students from York County — including five from Clover — have been accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville.

Dae Bigach, daughter of Bruce and Kim Bigach, and Mary Lyn Mitchell, daughter of Bill and Marie Mitchell, both transferred from York Comprehensive High School.

Students from Clover High School are Wil Carpenter, son of Eric and Renee Carpenter; Aspen Golden, daughter of Jay and Faith Golden; John McElvenny, son of John S. and Kathy McElvenny; Emmaleigh Messer, daughter of Gary and Carrie Messer; and Olivia Smithson, daughter of Brian and Lara Smithson.

In addition, two students are from Rock Hill and two are from York.

GSSM is a public, residential high school for academically talented juniors and seniors. It offers college-level courses and a hands-on curriculum with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, math and research, along with concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship.

GSSM students moved onto campus in mid-August and classes started Aug. 18. This year, the school celebrates its largest student body since its inception in 1988, with 220 students representing 112 high schools and 32 counties.

One of 12 specialized science and math programs in the country, the school has been nationally recognized for its overall excellence, strong mix of intellectual challenges and dedicated teachers, as well as its rigorous research opportunities.

Bethel participates in Walk to School Day

Bethel Elementary School’s students, faculty and staff and the school’s Scrambled Legs Running Club joined schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 8 and 9.

Bethel students with most of the faculty and staff walked or ran at school while participating in Bethel’s Stay Safe, Stay Fit Day Tuesday, Oct. 8. Many staff members ran before and after school. Bethel’s Scrambled Legs Running Club ran Oct. 9.

The school walked and ran a total of 651 miles. Bethel’s goal this month is to promote healthier lifestyles by eating smart, moving more, and learning about safety when walking and running.

The event was organized by Kay Wessinger, Bethel Elementary School’s physical education teacher and coach for Bethel’s Scrambled Legs Running Club. Larissa Pitts, A Bethel PTO leader, recruited parent volunteers.

Clover Choraliers plan spaghetti supper

The Clover High School Choraliers will host their annual spaghetti supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the high school cafeteria. The Choraliers will perform in an “open rehearsal” format. Tickets are $7.

Visit for more information.

Family Trust offering teacher grants

York County educators have until 5 p.m. Nov. 8 to apply for a $250 or $500 collaborative grant from Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

The credit union will give out 30 grants of $250 each for projects that encourage creative learning opportunities or enrich existing classroom activities. Five $500 collaborative grants will be awarded for grants involving more than one class or group of students. Bonus points will be given to grants that include a financial literacy lesson.

Applicants must be a member of Family Trust, open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in York County.

Only online applications will be accepted. Applications can be found by clicking on Scholarship and Grants under the Financial Education tab at Entries will be judged by the Family Trust School Advisory Committee, which is made up of volunteer educators. Grant winners will be invited to a banquet in early 2014.

Family Trust has given more than $70,000 to over 200 educators in York County since the Teacher Grant Program was created in 2000.

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 will be 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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