Clover High School’s FFA members stand out at nationals

November 9, 2013 

CHS FFA members stand out

The Clover High School Future Farmers of America state-winning Horse Evaluation Team competed recently under a national spotlight at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

The Horse Evaluation Career Development event consisted of judging eight classes of horses (four in performance classes and four in halter classes), delivering four sets of reasons on the horse classes, identification of horse equipment, and a team event related to reading feed tags and determining amounts of supplements to give a horse.

CHS team members Courtney Barnett, Haleigh Bryant and Rea Campbell placed 12th out 44 national teams, finishing in the gold bracket of the Career Development event.

Barnett, a junior, placed 10th overall in performance classes and fourth overall in reasons. She received $800 in scholarship money. She also placed third as the highest individual of the entire event. This marks the first time in 10 years that an individual has placed in the top three at the National FFA competition level from South Carolina. She had the honor of being recognized on stage at the ninth general session of the National FFA Convention.

Senior Logan Cogdill participated in the National FFA Chorus during the week of the National FFA Convention. She was given a solo performance. She is the first member of the Clover FFA to have participated in the National FFA Chorus or Band.

The Clover FFA is sponsored by faculty adviser Kelsey Anderson. Current Ninth Grade Academy administrator Carrie Bolin was the Clover FFA adviser when this group performed at states before being invited to nationals.

Beels named OMS staff member of month

Oakridge Middle School’s October Staff Member of the Month is seventh-grade social studies teacher Daniel Beels.

Beels is in his second year teaching at OMS, and fourth year in teaching. He is an assistant coach for the eighth-grade football team and the girls head track coach.

Beels‘ students nominated him with comments such as “He’s a great teacher who makes class fun and exciting;” “he’s helpful in class and explains stuff so easily;” “he assigns awesome projects that make you feel like you’ve went back in time.”

The award is sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union.

Scott of Olympic among Carrousel applicants

Olympic High School student Jaliyah Scott is among 43 area high school senior girls who will represent their schools in the 2013 Carrousel Scholarship Program.

The program awards college scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement. Scholarships are awarded based on the representatives’ applications, personal essays and interviews. The Carrousel Scholar and four runners-up will be selected.

The York Scholarship for community involvement also will be awarded. The 2013 Carrousel Scholar, four runners-up and the York Scholarship winner will be invited to appear in the 2013 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 28, in uptown Charlotte.

PES open house Nov. 19

Palisades Episcopal School, 13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy., is holding an open house at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

PES offers grades JK-8 with a Christ-centered environment and integrated classical curriculum. RSVP to or 704-583-1825 to attend or 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.

Allen Tate, Carolina Panthers sponsor Spirit Rock art contest

The fifth Annual Spirit Rock Contest, sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and Allen Tate Co., invites North and South Carolina schools to show their Panthers pride and artistic talents at the same time.

To enter, schools should create a Panthers-themed design on their school rock and submit photos by Dec. 6. The contest is open to all public and private elementary, middle and high schools in North and South Carolina.

Ten winning schools, selected by a community panel of judges, will receive grants to support school art projects, ranging from $400 to $1,000 for the top rock.

Top finishers will also be featured on a slide show on and in an upcoming issue of the Panthers fan magazine, Roar.

“The Spirit Rock Art Contest combines three things that Allen Tate Company is passionate about: education, arts and culture and of course, the Carolina Panthers. We are thrilled to be the official sponsor of this event and provide $5,000 in arts grants to deserving students throughout the Carolinas,” said Pat Riley, Allen Tate president and chief operating officer.

School art teachers or administrators should submit two unique photos of their school rock featuring a Panthers design. Photos should be a minimum file size of 1 MB per image and should be emailed to no later than Dec. 6.

For details, contact Brad Wornick at 704-358-7807.

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 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.

Sophomores can apply for GSSM

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is accepting applications from current high school sophomores through Feb. 15. Online applications are available at

GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math.

GSSM applicants should be current high school sophomores and state residents, have a PSAT score of 110 or higher (math and verbal only), have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, complete geometry, algebra I and II, English II and one lab science by the end of sophomore year.

Financial aid mistakes to avoid

Some people don’t bother to apply for financial aid because they don’t think they’ll qualify. But they should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to find out if they’re eligible for state and federal student aid programs. Not filing may hurt their chances of getting more free money for college.

Another common mistake is waiting until the last minute to apply for financial aid. Some programs have deadlines, while others have limited funds. Students and families should submit the FAFSA as early as possible after Jan. 1 of each year.

Colleges send each student who has applied for student aid a financial aid package. Students and their families should look it over carefully. They should compare offers if they have received offers from more than one school to see which one is the best deal.

Students who need loans to help pay for college must be good consumers. They should apply for federal student loans before applying for private loans. Not all private lenders offer the same rates and benefits. Borrowers should pay close attention to what lenders call the back-end benefits: the interest rate and principal reductions offered when repaying the loan.

Local Goddard School leaders honored at convention

Bill and Amy Strickland of The Goddard School, 868 Gold Hill Road, joined more than 350 Goddard School franchisees at the 2013 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Nashville to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational childcare programs in a technology-driven age.

A highlight of the gathering was the award ceremony, where these local business owners received several business awards and recognition for five years in business.

To learn more about the school, call 803-802-2112 or visit

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