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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.