CHS field caretakers earn state award
CLOVER Clover High School has been selected for the 2013 SCSTMA (South Carolina Sports Turf Managers Association) Softball Field of the Year.
The field caretakers include Lee Clinton, Will Rogers, Tony McCarter, Frank Falls and softball coaches Shea Hall, Doug Collins and Allison Knapp. Representatives from Clover High School have been invited to the annual SCSTMA business meeting Dec. 10 in Columbia to accept the award.
The awards include funding for one S.C. chapter registration for 2014, a plaque and clothing to honor the staff who care for the field.
Foster crowned Miss CHS
CLOVER Senior Kelsey Foster was crowned Miss Clover High School during the Nov. 9 pageant at Clover School District Auditorium.
Foster received $750 in scholarship money.
Her favorite part of the evening was the interview session because the emcees made her feel at home and comfortable, she said.
Last year’s winner Maggie Keefe presented her with the crown.
Foster plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in physical therapy with a focus on working with special needs children. She is the daughter of Karra and Andy Reynolds of Lake Wylie.
Senior Hannah Mace was runner-up and Madison Ownbey was named Miss Congeniality.
Christian school open house Dec. 4
ROCK HILL Westminster Catawba Christian School Open House will be held Dec. 4.
Open house for grades K3 to fifth begins at 9 a.m. at Westminster Campus, 1310 India Hook Road.
Open house for grades sixth-12th begins at 1 p.m. at Catawba Campus, 2650 India Hook Road.
Westminster Catawba Christian School offers a Christ-centered community of learning.
Call 803-328-5456 for more information.
Local Goddard School leaders honored at convention
FORT MILL 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 www. goddardschool.com.
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 Carolina 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 www. panthers.com 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 Brad.Wornick@Panthers.NFL.com no later than Dec. 6.
For details, call 704-358-7807.
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 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 a teaching license. 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 www. 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 www. scgsah.org under Admissions.
For more information, call 864-282-3713.
Sophomores can apply for GSSM
COLUMBIA The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is accepting applications from current high school sophomores through Feb. 15. Online applications are available at scgssm.org/apply-now.
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.