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Education

  • 'Hannah Montana' visits school

    Teenage music and acting sensation Hannah Montana paid a special visit to Indian Land Elementary School on May 15.

    Well, kind of.

    No, it wasn’t the real Hannah Montana who visited the school, but judging by the students’ loud roar, you may not have been able to tell the difference.

  • Local teachers honored for building cultural awareness

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Visiting International Faculty Program has recognized 16 of its visiting exchange teachers with 2009 International Educator of the Year awards.

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were honored with the awards.

    Chosen from among more than 70 nominees in six states, these educators work every day to create opportunities for their students to explore other cultures and countries, master new languages, and discuss and contribute to solutions for global challenges.

  • Rotary clubs recognize students with Principals' Choice awards

    Chris Catoe is in his first year at Buford Middle School and says he was nervous about starting school in a new place.

    He had to deal with the prospect of bullies, while trying to make friends and concentrate on his work.

    But since the start of school, the sixth-grader has excelled academically. He now speaks highly of his middle school experience.

    “It was scary the first few days, but it’s good now,” Catoe said.

  • Two teachers receive national awards

    The country’s largest exchange program for teachers has given high honors to two educators in Lancaster.

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s Mónica M. Díaz Jiménez is South Carolina’s 2009 International Educator of the Year for the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program.

    Verónica Raffin of North Elementary School won VIF’s honorable mention this year.

    Both Diaz and Raffin teach English as a Second Language, or ESL.

  • Korean group tours Lancaster

    As her tour group moved quickly through the ornate rooms of the Hollywood Beach railcar, HeeJong Park made sure to take a few pictures along the way.

    With her digital camera in hand, Park snapped photos throughout the luxury railcar, from the dining car to the cabins to the glass-ceiling sun room. The train, which was one of two deluxe charter trains parked at Lancaster’s L&C Railway, was just a stop along the way for Park and the rest of her tour group.

  • Four inducted into district Hall of Fame

    Bobby Bailey sat near the stage at the Lancaster County School District’s Celebration of Excellence ceremony Monday and had no idea what was coming his way.

    Bailey usually attends the annual event. But little did he know, he’d be recognized this time around.

    Bailey, a retired educator who heads a number of community outreach initiatives, is one of the four newest inductees into the school district’s Hall of Fame.

    Joining him in the 2009 class are William “Bill” Williams Jr., the late Emma Bufford and the late Bonita Howey.

  • Shaped by expert hands

    Keith “Little Bear” Brown transformed clay into works of art in just minutes.

    Using his hands and a few tools, Brown, a member of the Catawba Indian tribe, creates pipes, bowls and pots that can be used for daily functions, while others creations are kept primarily for display.

    Brown brought his pottery skills to town April 9 for the fourth annual Native American Studies Week at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The week featured several presenters and lecturers whose aim was to highlight Native American history and culture.

  • USCL honors OSPy winners

    The folks with the TRiO program at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster never seem to disappoint when it comes to their annual OSPy awards.

    This year, they created a real-life carnival on campus – and there were plenty of games, hot dogs and popcorn for everyone in attendance, not to mention the awards that highlight the event.

    The 12th annual OSPy (Opportunity Scholarship Program) awards were held Wednesday in the multipurpose room at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

  • Lancaster native receives American Legion Award at Winthrop

    ROCK HILL - Lancaster native Zachary Blum was one of two Winthrop University students recognized with the American Legion Award during the 2009 Student Life Awards Ceremony on Thursday.

    The award is presented annually to graduating students who display outstanding courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship.  

    Blum, a political science major, has volunteered to help children who are financially or physically challenged, raised money for numerous worthy causes, tutored fourth-graders and worked with Habitat for Humanity for nine years.

  • USCL hosting Native American Studies Week

    Catawba Indian music, dance and pottery are all on the bill for  the fourth annual Native American Studies Week at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    A number of demonstrations, lectures and discussion panels are slated to offer a closer look at Native American history and customs and how they have made an impact today.

    Scholars, Catawba Indians and archaeologists will be among those participating.

    All events are free, open to the public and will be held on USCL’s campus.