Palisades Episcopal School students collect 1,900 books

March 31, 2014 

PES students collect 1,900 books

Palisades Episcopal School’s fourth grade class recently completed its annual service project – a book drive.

Students collected more than 1,900 books for Promising Pages, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide a book for every child in Charlotte. In addition to collecting the books, the students sorted them by reading level and delivered them to Promising Pages.

Edwards named OMS staff of month

Oakridge Middle School named Miriam Edwards as the March Staff Member of the Month.

This is her first year at Oakridge teaching Spanish and coaching girls’ soccer. Whether she’s in the classroom or on the field, she’s always smiling, always working hard and is a positive influence on students.

The award is sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union.

Lake Wylie student to internship in Germany

John McElvenny of Lake Wylie is one of two South Carolina high school students selected to participate in a summer research internship in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

McElvenny will spend two months researching mobile applications development with Fraunhofer Institute of Experimental Software Engineering. The research company developed the MP3 music format and other technologies.

He is a junior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and plans to study computer science after graduating.

Christian academy open house April 8

Pine Grove Christian Academy, 5415 S.C. 557, will have open house from 7 to 8 p.m. April 8.

Pine Grove offers a private Christian school for ages K4-fifth grade, a child development center for ages 6 weeks-3 years, an afterschool program for all elementary schools in the Clover School District and a summer camp program for ages 4-12.

Pine Grove Christian Academy is a ministry of The Journey at Lake Wylie. Call 803-831-2015 for more information.

Winter Guard makes school history

The Clover High School Winter Guard was in Concord, N.C., at the WGI Regionals on March 15, along with 22 other schools from the Southeast.

The team placed high enough in preliminaries to compete in the finals, which proved to be another first in Clover Color Guard history. The team received a 13th place finish in a tough Class A event.

The team is directed by Todd Winder.

CHS Drumline crowned state champs, on to worlds

The Clover High School Drumline won its third consecutive state championship on March 22 at the The South Carolina Winter Ensemble Championship at York Comprehensive High School.

The competition included 18 groups in four classifications. The group also finished with their highest score of the season - 91.9.

The team is coached by percussion instructor Danny Lenard.

They head to the world championships April 9 in Dayton, Ohio.

CHS Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble earn ‘superior’

The Clover High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble scored top honors in the State Concert Festival at York Comprehensive High School.

Both groups earned an overall “superior” rating. The rating is an average of the scores from stage performance (three prepared pieces for three judges) and sight reading. In the sight reading room, the students are asked to study a piece they have never seen for six minutes. They then play for two judges and are given a rating. Sight reading accounts for 40 percent of their score.

The CHS Wind Ensemble is one of five high schools in the state (Lexington, Northwestern, Wando and Charleston School of the Arts) that has earned a “superior” rating in the most difficult class of music for at least ten years in a row. This is the 12th consecutive year for the Clover Wind Ensemble in Class Six music. The band director is Eric Wells. ​

CHS wins PR awards

The South Carolina Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association has selected Clover High School as an award winner in the Rewards for Excellence program for 2014. This initiative recognizes exemplary public relations programs, projects, publications and electronic media.

For the second consecutive year, the CHS website,, has been selected to receive a Publications and Electronic Media Award. More than 177 entries were submitted for consideration. Entries were judged by multiple professionals who work in public relations and communications.

Additionally, a photograph depicting the CHS JROTC unit at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony, was selected to receive a Publications and Electronic Media Award. Senior Hayden Matkovich is featured playing “Taps” at the event.

The Moped to Memphis campaign was chosen for a Golden Achievement Award. This award celebrates the exemplary work in the communications of this charitable project that benefits the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Events are planned and executed throughout the year before a check is driven by moped to Memphis, Tenn.

The school webmaster is Kim Lightsey, who also submitted the winning photograph entry. The M2M project is spearheaded by Frank Falls. The award application was written by Mary Gattis.

The awards will be presented April 11 at a luncheon in Columbia.

Sweet Repeat offering scholarships

Sweet Repeat Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will award $2,500 scholarships to two Clover High School seniors in May.

One of the scholarships is being offered in memory of Donna Tucker, foundation past president.

Students applying for these scholarships must demonstrate service to community, have a financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Applications and submission details are available at Clover High School guidance department. Deadline to apply is April 9.

Scholarship offered for CHS student

Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the second LANDIS Scholarship to a deserving Clover High School senior.

Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, named the scholarship after her father, Landis Jackson, who worked in the Clover school district for many years.

Students applying for the Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students Scholarship must demonstrate volunteer community service, exhibit leadership skills and have a financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students should see the Clover High School guidance department for additional details. Applications are due to the CHS guidance department by April 9.

Farm Bureau offering scholarship

York County Farm Bureau is accepting applicationsfor its scholarship program.

The scholarship is for students pursuing higher education in agriculture or in an agriculturally-related field, after completion of a first semester at a four-year school of higher education. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 annually to be awarded $500 each semester with the check payable to the institution and the student.

This scholarship will be awarded to a resident of York County based on character, demonstrated leadership abilities, and dedication to agriculture or a related field.

Applications for this scholarship should be picked up and returned to York County Farm Bureau by May 1.

Call 803-684-4235 for more information.

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