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Education

  • Students compete in science fair

    If you’re looking to grow the greenest grass or strengthen your cell phone reception, there are a few local students who may help you out.

    Zachary Bean, a fifth-grader at Discovery School, did his science project this year on drought-resistant grass.

    He tested different types of grasses to see which one could stand straight the longest without receiving water.  

    The Pensacola Bahaia proved to be the best in his experiment.

    Nick Retter, an eighth-grader at Indian Land Middle School, explored cell phone reception for his project.

  • Diabetes focus of family event

    Traci Scott is fully aware of the complications and tribulations associated with diabetes.

    Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with type 1, or juvenile, diabetes when he was 7. They received the information during a regular check-up.

    “It was being hit broad side by a Mack truck out of the blue,” Scott said.

    She described the following few days as a blur, as the family was overwhelmed with information, including that about insulin intake, carbohydrate needs and other diabetic details.

  • Students receive GEAR-UP scholarships

    Students throughout the school district are being rewarded in a big way for their commitments to excellence.

    More than 100 seventh- through 12th-graders have received scholarships through the federal GEAR-UP grant.

    GEAR-UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, offers support and programs to encourage students to attend college.  

    The district is in the first year of this three-year grant program.

  • Conservation district to award $500 scholarship

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for the Glenn Alexander Memorial Scholarship.

    The $500 scholarship will be presented to a Lancaster County high school senior who will be attending a college, university or technical college and majoring in an agricultural or environmental-related field such as agricultural education, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, biology, forestry, horticulture, soils or wildlife management.

    The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. April 3.

  • Local teacher named top educator

    INDIAN LAND – Denise Trufan walks up and down the halls at Indian Land Elementary School with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step.

    As she steps out the side door to check on one of her gardens, a few teachers yell “congratulations.”

    But Trufan doesn’t like to bring attention to herself. She’d rather talk about what she does that helps her students learn.

    Trufan, who teaches science to all the school’s students, recently received a major honor for her dedication in the classroom.

  • Time for college students to apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Applications for Leroy Springs student loans are now available for students who are planning full-time attendance at a four-year accredited college or university in South Carolina.

    The loans are also available to students who attend York Technical College.

    Loans are available for up to $3,000 a year for undergraduates and up to $4,000 a year for medical or dental school students.  

  • North Elementary preps for Spring Fling

    Organizers of North Elementary School’s upcoming Spring Fling festival promise an enjoyable time for the entire family.

    The 11th annual event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds, will feature more than 10 inflatable rides for children.

    Participants will be able to play the Dance Dance Revolution interactive video game, go on hay rides and experience a bungee trampoline. Children can also enjoy a shark slide, laser tag and an obstacle course.

  • Closing the gap will take effort

    A nationally known motivational speaker visited Lancaster for the second time in four months to speak to concerned residents about the disparity in academic achievement among students.

    Mychal Wynn, an educator and author of several books, was the keynote speaker at the first-ever Community Education Summit, a product of the local Closing the Achievement Gap initiative.

    A large part of Wynn’s message centered on black children, who, according to local data, perform considerably lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests.

  • Middle school faculty begins physical fitness challenge

    After long days of class discussions, lessons plans and meetings, a number of local educators are making time to exercise.

    Middle school teachers and other faculty in the Lancaster County School District are taking part in a fitness challenge based on the “Biggest Loser” television show.

  • AJ High students recognized for anti-smoking efforts at school

    KERSHAW – If you ask Katie Truesdale about the cigarette butts she sees on the grounds at Andrew Jackson High School, she’ll tell you they are just a small representation of the smoking problem that exists among students there.

    Truesdale, a junior, was inspired to do something about it after attending a student government rally in Columbia in the fall. There, she learned about the statewide Rage Against the Haze campaign.