Lake Wylie student’s poster in EPA contest

May 2, 2014 

Seventh-grader’s poster in contest

Tony Daniels, a seventh-grader at Oakridge Middle School, entered the Environmental Protection Agency’s SUNWISE contest. The contest to is help promote sun safety.

Tony’s poster was chosen from all entries in the state for his age group to represent South Carolina in the national online contest. If Tony wins the national contest, he and his science teacher, Mrs. Howell, will win a trip to Washington, D.C., where Tony will be recognized. Oakridge Middle School would also receive a sun canopy.

CHS students earn Congressional Awards

Congressman Mick Mulvaney presented Clover High School siblings Hannah and Wade Summer with silver medals for their accomplishments in working on their Congressional Award on April 22. They are the children of Laura and Harrison Summer of Lake Wylie.

Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people.

Hannah, a senior, earned the silver medal in November 2012 and Wade, a freshman, earned his silver medal in February. Hannah will travel to Washington, D.C., for the gold medal ceremony at the White House in June for completing her goals toward this distinction during this past summer.

Wade continues to work toward his gold medal in hopes of completing his goals by summer 2016.

Students can earn the gold medal Congressional Award for accomplishing goals in community service with 400 hours, personal growth with 200 hours, physical fitness with 200 hours and an expedition/exploration five-day/four-night trip.

CHS teacher honored for volunteer work

Clover High School science teacher Nick LaFave was awarded for his volunteer work in the field of litter abatement and his efforts in environmental education by the South Carolina Litter Control Association during the York County Earth Day Birthday Celebration at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill.

LaFave and his environmental students have adopted the portion of Highway 55 in front of Clover High School.

Scholarship night guest speaker former Panther

Lake Wylie Rotary Club will award the Spirit of Service Scholarship to a Clover/Lake Wylie area senior at a dinner event at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church.

Recently retired Carolina Panther Jordan Gross is the guest speaker.

Scholarship finalists will provide presentations before Rotary committee award the scholarship.

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Teacher job expo May 30

Public school districts from across South Carolina will converge upon the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on May 30 to fill current and anticipated teaching vacancies.

The one-day job fair attracts jobseekers from across the state and nation, and offers them an opportunity to network with representatives from public school districts.

This year’s expo, sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, is designed to help districts find top-notch candidates to fill shortages in critical need subject areas such as math, science, special education and foreign language.

Participation is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative licensure program in South Carolina, who are certified or will be eligible for certification in one of the identified critical subject areas.

For more details, including a list of critical subject areas and registration information, visit

Choraliers Candlelight Concert tickets on sale

The Clover Choraliers present Candlelight Classics Concert at 8 p.m. May 20 and May 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia.

Tickets cost $10. Visit Email if you have any questions.

CHS French teacher chosen as TOTY

Clover High School selected Ann Carol Love as Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.

Love is a French teacher. She has been teaching for 22 years and has spent the past eight years at CHS.

She lives in Clover with husband Dan and their two children, Grayson and Walker.

OMS names math teacher TOTY

Karen Schmolze, eighth grade math teacher, has been named Oakridge Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.

Schmolze graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s in secondary education math. She taught math (algebra I and geometry) at Northwestern High School from 1993-2000. She was able to stay at home with her children from 2000-2009. Schmolze got back into teaching eighth grade math at Oakridge Middle School in 2009.

She and husband Tommy have been married 25 years. They have two sons, Kam, 16, a sophomore at Clover High and Collin, 13, a seventh-grader at OMS. Schmolze will compete against the other Clover School District winners for the district’s Teacher of the Year, which will be named in August.

Blood center offers scholarship program

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is recruiting students to help kick off its sixth annual Students Saving Summer Scholarship program on June 1.

High school and college students who host a successful blood drive with CBCC between June and September have the chance to earn scholarship money. The students with the top five producing blood drives will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from CBCC. Since 2009, CBCC has awarded more than $129,500 in scholarships and grants.

To be eligible for the scholarship, participating students must hold their blood drive between June 1 and Sept. 30, choose a location, recruit donors and collect a minimum of 25 units of blood. Each student will be paired with a CBCC representative who will provide assistance with planning the blood drive. The CBCC scholarship donation must be directly transferred to the college, university or other learning establishment of each winner’s choice.

For more information or to register, call 704-972-4727.

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, on the Youth Leadership York County Facebook page (, 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.

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