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Education

  • Residents gather to discuss ways to improve literacy here

    A literacy expert from Florida recently gave local leaders insight on how to improve literacy in Lancaster County.

    Darlene Kostrub, executive director of the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition in southern Florida, was the guest presenter at Building a Successful Cooperative workshop on Jan. 15.

    The event, which featured a breakfast and a workshop, was held at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) hosted the event.

  • A reward for top readers

    The suspense came to an all-time high for a group of students at Clinton Elementary School just days after returning to school after the winter break.

    Several fourth-graders in Kristal Salyer’s class had met and exceeded their reading challenge – each reading more than 6,700 minutes worth of books.

    For their effort, Salyer would reward them in a big way.

    But just how?

    It would be a surprise, and they’d have to wait until Jan. 7 to get it.

  • Linking parents to opportunities

    Chris Jacobs didn’t foresee the day when he’d be looking for a job at this stage of his life.

    The Lancaster native had worked in circulation at The State newspaper in Columbia for 13 years before being laid off in March because of company downsizing.

    Jacobs still hasn’t found another job and is now looking for assistance to improve his chances of getting hired.

    He said Erwin Elementary School is lending a helping hand.

  • Bringing history to life

    Taylor Burr learned a great deal about the Declaration of Independence through a recent interactive project.

    Over the past several weeks, he and all the other fourth-graders at Erwin Elementary School worked on group assignments called “Bringing History to Life With Claymation.”

    The students studied the key people and events surrounding the 18th century document in which the United States declared independence from Great Britain.

    The assignment, though, stretched far beyond reading the text book.

  • 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.