CHS Robotics team competes well, Interact sweeps service project state awards

April 14, 2014 

CHS Robotics team competes well

Clover High School Robotics team took part in two competitions recently.

They competed Feb. 27-March 1 at Myrtle Beach in the Palmetto Regionals finishing in the top third.

The team also competed at the Peachtree Regionals March 27-29 in Atlanta making it to the semi-finals, but were eliminated in the second round.

CHS Interact wins for service projects

The Clover High School Interact Club swept all the state awards categories in the large club (50-plus members) division for service projects at the South Carolina State Interact Convention held April 4-7 at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro.

The largest Interact Club in the state with 210 members, the organization won best club scrapbook, Facebook page, club display, fundraiser and club T-shirt. Students participated in leadership training, service project organization and planning sessions as well as team building activities while attending the conference.

A total of 25 students attended the convention from Clover High School making their contingent the largest group in attendance this year. The Clover and Lake Wylie Rotary clubs sponsor this service club at CHS and provided sponsorship fees for the Interact Club to attend the convention. Faculty advisors include Jimmy Roach, Wendy Tumolo and Kendall Leopard.

Team awarded for responding to river pollution

The 2013 President’s Environmental Youth Award has been awarded to Team Pollution Solution by Region 4 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Three Gaston Day School eighth-grade girls formed Pollution Solution in response to concerns about pollution in the Catawba River.

The students developed and distributed educational kits to teach students about stormwater, how it affects the Catawba River and how to keep the river clean. They’ve presented their program at local elementary schools, Scout programs, and other community events. The team created a Facebook page and engages in community outreach to promote environmental stewardship.

The President’s Environmental Youth Award was established in 1971. The award winners receive special recognition and are awarded a presidential plaque at an EPA-sponsored ceremony.

The Pollution Solution team members are: Grace Wynkoop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wynkoop, Mary Hunter Russell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Russell Jr. and Katie Danis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Danis. Julie Blalock, Gaston Day middle school science teacher, serves as the team’s sponsor.

Crowders Creek Elementary carnival April 25

Crowders Creek Elementary School invites the community to its annual Spring Carnival and Outdoor Movie from 5 to 8 p.m. April 25. The movie, Disney’s “Frozen,” will begin at 8 p.m.

Event includes games, inflatables and local vendors, as well as food provided by Outback, Ron’s BBQ, Domino’s, Bagel Boat and Goldfinger.

All proceeds will go to support the students at Crowders Creek Elementary.

YouLead applications accepted

Applications for the 2014-2015 Youth Leadership York County (YouLead) program are available to sophomores and juniors at any York County high school.

The youth leadership program, a joint effort of the chambers of commerce of York County, is an eight-month experience for students at public and private schools. YouLead participants meet local and state government officials, tour area businesses with local industry leaders and volunteer with York County service agencies. Program organizers hope to encourage students to further their education after high school and to then become active members of York County community.

High School students who are rising juniors or seniors in Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill or York School Districts, Westminster Catawba Christian School, York Preparatory Academy or any other chamber-member institution may apply for the program. Applications are available online at yorkcountychamber.com, on the Youth Leadership York County Facebook page (facebook.com/youleadyork), or through any chamber office in York County. Completed applications must be submitted to the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce by April 30. Finalists may be invited to participate in an interview process. All applicants will be notified of their status by June 1.

Only 18-20 students will be selected for participation and those who accept a place in the program will be asked to submit a small commitment fee. A limited number of fee waivers will be granted for those with demonstrated need.

The chambers of commerce of York County are made up of the York County Regional Chamber, along with the Greater Clover, Greater York, and Lake Wylie chambers. The 2014-2015 program is sponsored by various local businesses including Comporium Communications, Williams & Fudge and The City of Rock Hill. For more information, call 803-324-7500.

Farm Bureau offering scholarship

York County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for 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.

Tip: Compare award letters to find best college deal

By now, most high school seniors should have completed the college application process and will begin receiving financial aid award letters. Seniors and their parents should compare those letters to find the one that offers the best financial aid package, KHEAA advises.

The letter will usually show the total cost of attendance – what it costs to go to that school for one school year, including tuition, fees, room, meals, books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses.

It may also show the expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is subtracted from the total cost of attendance to get a student’s financial need. The letter will then list various sources of financial aid offered to pay for the costs not covered by the EFC. Students can accept or reject any or all of those proposed sources.

One consideration is how much of the aid being offered is in federal student loans, which will have to be paid back after a student finishes school. If the package includes federal loans and isn’t enough to pay all expenses, students may be looking at a private education loan. Comparison shopping is a must in that case.

KHEAA is a public, nonprofit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college.

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