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Education

  • Matt Blackwell Foundation presents annual scholarships

    Four local high school students have demonstrated that they have the compassion, dedication and team work to be productive members of society.  

    Bobby Bentley reminded them Tuesday night that those three qualities will indeed take them a long way in life. Selflessness is key, he said.

    Bentley, the former head football coach at Presbyterian College, was the guest speaker at the eighth annual Matt Blackwell Scholarship Dinner, held at Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.

  • Student art to grace cover of phone book

    Emily Moore’s artwork will soon be a mainstay in the homes of thousands of Lancaster County residents.

    The thought of such acclaim is hard for her to absorb.

    Moore, a ninth-grader at Lancaster High School, is the 2009 winner of the phone book cover contest sponsored by Comporium Communications, which produces the countywide telephone directory each year.

    About 100 middle and high school students in Lancaster County entered the contest.

  • BHS students try foods studied in biology class

    If you’re squeamish at all, be glad that you missed the Jan. 30 activities in Juline Wieland’s advanced placement biology class.

    Wieland, who teaches at Buford High School, decided to let her students cook and eat the plants and animals they had been studying in a recent unit. This was a way to connect what they learned in their textbook with a real-life application.

    But it wasn’t everyday beef, green beans or carrots the students sampled. Nope, they sampled ants, caterpillars, Brussels sprouts and chicken liver.

  • ArrowPointe offering $500 scholarships to members

    Tuition, books and possible room and board.

    The list goes on and on for the increasing costs of a college education.  

    To help with a portion of these concerns, while recognizing students’ academic excellence, ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union is announcing a scholarship program to award eight $500 scholarships for members seeking higher education.    

    Each scholarship is awarded based on the students’ academic efforts, character and community involvement.  

  • New classes on books for ’09-’10

    Dennis Bivins, a teacher at Indian Land High School, is excited about the new classes that will soon come into the fold.

    Starting in the 2009-10 school year, Indian Land High will offer courses in American sign language, human body systems and principles of biomedical technology.

    The latter two courses will be part of ILHS’ Project Lead The Way (PLTW) initiative, which aims to offer students a rigorous educational experience in science and engineering.

  • Spelling champ crowned

    There was a hotly contested duel between two top-notch spellers last week in Lancaster.

    Noah Bradley and David Johnson went back and forth, round after round, trying to best the other to become the champion of the Lancaster County School District spelling bee.

    The contest was Tuesday at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Johnson, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School captured the district title, outlasting Bradley, an A.R. Rucker Middle School sixth-grader.

  • It’s never too late to learn

    When Christine Barrett stepped on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, she was taking classes with people nearly 60 years younger.

    It didn’t bother the 80-year-old Gastonia, N.C., resident that she was old enough to be many of her classmates’ grandmother. She was thrilled to have the chance to attend college.

    Now with a high school diploma and college degree under her belt, Barrett stands as an example that you can achieve your biggest goals if you have faith and work hard.

  • 18 educators earn National Board certification

    Four teachers at Buford Middle School say if it wasn’t for teamwork and extended support, they wouldn’t have been able to accomplish their most recent feat.

    Karen Dingler, Lisa Hallman, Paige Johnson and Mary Beth Mize are among 18 teachers in the Lancaster County School District who earned certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

    National Board certification is regarded as one of the highest honors in the education profession.

  • Data on local youth given at breakfast

    Did you know that since 2003, underage drinking in Lancaster County has decreased 29 percent and marijuana use is down 33 percent?

    But during that same time, a study found that 22 percent of stores sold tobacco to underage customers.

    A wealth of local statistics, good and bad, related to local teen behavior was shared Friday morning at the second annual Lancaster County Legislative Breakfast.

  • ILMS student’s art in 2009 calendar

    INDIAN LAND – The 2009 Safe Kids South Carolina calendar will include artwork by Indian Land Middle School sixth-grader Brandon Sellers.

    A statewide competition was held to select 13 entries for the annual calendar that addresses child safety topics.

    Sellers’ art was selected for January, which is scald and burn prevention month.

    His drawing depicts a cigarette lighter and a flame with the tagline “Little Lighters Make Big Fires.”

    Sellers said he decided to work on a fire safety theme because he knew he could draw flames well.