Choraliers compete in regional competition

May 16, 2014 

Choraliers compete in regional competition

Thirteen Clover High School Choraliers competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at UNC-Greensboro.

High school and college students from the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia competed individually in classical and musical theater solo categories. Each student carefully prepared two or three contrasting solo pieces and received a composite score from three judges.

Of the thirteen students, the following students scored in the top percentage of the competition, qualifying them as Honors participants: Miriam Coburn, Sydney Entrikin, Rebecca Forrest, Maddie Johnston, Myranda Thomas, Dajulyn Wallace and Sydney Wood.

Entrikin, who competed in the Freshman/Sophomore Beginning High School Women category, won first place and qualified to audition to compete at the national level. She sent in her video audition for nationals and should hear soon. Only the top 15 scorers in the nation in each category will compete in the national competition this summer in Boston.

Johnston, who competed in both classical and musical theater (she prepared five songs), qualified for Honors in both categories. She tied for third place in the Freshman/Sophomore Musical Theater Women’s category.

Choraliers Candlelight Concerts this week

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

Tickets cost $10. Visit clover.k12.sc.us/Domain/1604. Email choraliers@gmail.com for more.

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 cerra.org/expo.aspx.

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 educationstudio.org 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.

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