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Education

  • How about a career in pharmacy?

    Anik Vartanian’s parents have always chosen herbal treatment over medicine. Because of that preference, she’s long wanted to learn more about the effects of pills and other medications.

    Vartanian, a sophomore at the University of South at Lancaster, wants to become a pharmacist. She believes lectures like the one she attended Thursday are helping prepare her for that career.

    Ron Honeycutt, a pharmacist with Barnett-Honeycutt Pharmacy in Lancaster, was the latest guest to speak as part of a lecture series sponsored by USCL’s Chemistry Club.

  • Engineering success

    INDIAN LAND – The ins and outs of propeller design are a lot easier to understand now for a group of Indian Land High School students.

    Two groups of students in John Marlette’s engineering class competed last month in a design and build competition in Rock Hill. The contest required groups from area high schools to design a miniature rotor/propeller using CAD (computer-aided design) software.

  • KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School will be well represented at a major regional choral event coming up in a few months.

    Six students from AJHS have been chosen to participate in the 2010 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Conference.

    The event, held every two years, features a men’s honor choir and a women’s honor choir that will both perform during the weekend.

    This year’s conference is from March 10-13 in Memphis, Tenn.

  • Poetry Out Loud

    Michaela DeBruhl uses poetry to bring joy to others while taking them to a place they’ve never been before.

    The Andrew Jackson High School freshman brought that joy center stage Dec. 16 when she captured first place in the Lancaster County School District’s second annual Poetry Out Loud contest.

    The competition requires students to memorize 19th or 20th century poems and recite them in front of judges at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • LHS club helping prevent flu

    People throughout South Carolina will soon learn what a Lancaster High School student-driven group has done to promote health in Lancaster County.

    The LHS chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America, or HOSA, is the December pick to the All-Health Team.

    The All-Health Team recognizes youth in the state who are positively impacting the health of their communities.

    LHS’s HOSA club is being honored for its efforts to educate and prepare the school community to fight influenza – whether it’s the seasonal flu or H1N1 (swine flu).

  • AJMS mock trial team goes to state finals, places seventh

    The home of a journalist covering a highly anticipated football game has been vandalized.

    The reporter singles out a student from one of the rival high schools as the culprit.

    But whether that student is found at fault will be based on how the civil trial plays.

    Students from Andrew Jackson Middle School found themselves in the middle of this fictitious case as they participated in this year’s S.C. Bar State Middle School Mock Trial Competition.

    AJMS finished seventh in state finals, held Nov. 21 in Lexington.

  • USCL holds scholarship luncheon

    Linda Blalock believes a scholarship bearing the name of her father and husband is the perfect way to memorialize them.

    She recalls how her father, the late Andy Clough, didn’t have a chance to go to college but made sure his children were afforded that opportunity.

    Blalock, a former teacher, said that emphasis on education remained at the forefront in her life and, years later, inspired her to create the Clough Blalock Memorial Scholarship – in memory of her father and late husband, Jacky Blalock.

  • What is The Tribe?

    INDIAN LAND – What started as a simple homework assignment has blossomed into a full-fledged school spirit club at Indian Land High School.

    As part of an assignment in her advanced-placement English class last year, then-junior Taylor Altier was asked to write a proposal about what she would change at her school. Altier, 17, already had an idea about what could be improved.

  • Author mentors young writers

    INDIAN LAND – A few young aspiring writers recently got the chance to receive one-on-one mentorship from a nationally known author.

    Caroline B. Cooney, who has written dozens of books for teenagers, worked with a select group of students at Indian Land Middle and Indian Land High schools on two separate days earlier this month.

    Cooney, now a Sun City Carolina Lakes resident, saw the high school students Nov. 3 and the middle school students Tuesday. The workshop sessions were held at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

  • IL, AJ high bands compete in state finals

    The marching bands at Indian Land High and Andrew Jackson High schools placed sixth and 12th, respectively, at their state finals competitions on Oct. 31.

    Indian Land High’s show theme this year featured a mixture of different music styles and was called “Danse.”

    Director Mathew Willis said the band ended the season at state finals with a strong performance.