Two Clover High seniors accept Congressional appointments

May 10, 2014 

Matkovich to attend West Point

Clover High School senior Hayden Matkovich has been named to the United States Military Academy of West Point, N.Y.

His Congressional appointment by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Congressman of the 5th District of South Carolina, was finalized May 6 when Matkovich received the telephone call he had been hoping for.

Following a strenuous application process and series of interviews by advisory boards, Matkovich was chosen for his outstanding academic and leadership skills at Clover High School.

Active in the CHS Air Force JROTC, he has held many positions from deputy group commander to corps commander. His many hours of community service have improved conditions for several groups as well.

Matkovich had recently received a full scholarship to attend Tulane University but decided to accept West Point after his graduation in June. He is planning on following a curriculum in history and law before joining active duty as a commissioned officer in the Army.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Matkovich of York.

Slavens to attend U.S. Naval Academy

Clover High School announces senior John Slavens has accepted a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy following graduation in June.

Planning to major in systems engineering, Slavens acknowledges the support he had in Rep. Mick Mulvaney and his staff as well as his teachers at CHS.

He had nominations at both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy, but felt the Navy would be a better fit for his major and future plans.

His leadership as an Eagle Scout and president of the Spanish Club and the Special Olympics Fan Club at CHS prepared him for the challenge. He also has set records in swimming during his years on the CHS swim team.

He is the son of Dawn and Gary Slavens of York.

Elliott named April Staff of Month

Oakridge Middle School seventh grade science teacher Craig Elliott has been named April Staff Member of the Month.

Elliott has been available throughout this year’s iPad deployment answering questions from teachers and students, and leading multiple professional development sessions.

The award is sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union.

McClure named May Staff of Month

Oakridge Middle School named sixth grade English/language arts teacher Penny McClure as May Staff Member of the Month.

Students and staff nominated McClure not only for her dedication to teaching, but also for her love for her students.

The award is sponsored by Family Trust credit Union.

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.

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

Discovery Place expands offering for teachers

Discovery Place Education Studio will offer expanded professional development offerings for kindergarten to eighth grade science teachers through its affiliate partnership with the national education research and development nonprofit WestEd. The Education Studio will become a host site for WestEd Making Sense of SCIENCE professional development courses.

MSS offers a comprehensive series of professional development courses for teachers that focus on core topics of earth, life and physical science. Each course explores the intersection of science knowledge, teaching and literacy so that teachers are better able to support students in making sense of essential science content.

Evidence from a series of randomized controlled studies have shown that the MSS approach to professional development strengthens teachers’ content knowledge, transforms classroom practices, and boosts student achievement – especially for low-achieving students, English learners, and students with poor literacy skills. The materials were developed at WestEd and published in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association.

All Discovery Place Education Studio program managers will be certified WestEd course facilitators this summer. The first Discovery Place Education Studio facilitation academy for Making Sense of SCIENCE runs June 2-6 on the topic of Energy and the first teacher workshop runs June 23-27 on the topic of Force & Motion. Registration is open to educators. Visit or call 704-372-6261, ext. 505, to register.

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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