• Denim a winning word for BMS eighth-grader

    Seven was the magic number for Devin Lowery.

    The Buford Middle School student wore No. 7 in this year’s district spelling bee and captured the championship  in the seventh round.

    But Lowery believes his win is due to experience more than luck.

    Lowery, an eighth-grader, was one of 15 students who participated in the annual Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held Feb. 9 at Bundy Auditorium inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Students recognized at district science fair

    How similar are the fingers of people who are related? Are the fingerprints of identical twins exactly the same?

    Lisa Krause’s curiosity on the subject motivated her to undertake a project in hopes of discovering the answers. And now, she’s been honored in a big way for her efforts.

    Krause, a fifth-grader at Indian Land Elementary, was among the students who placed first in this year’s Lancaster County School District science fair.

  • Moonwalker speaks at A.R. Rucker Middle

    In April 1966, 30-year U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot Charlie Duke was in the right place at the right time when NASA was selecting 19 new astronauts.

    A little more than six years later – on April 21, 1972 – Duke became the 10th and youngest man to step foot on the moon as a crew member for Apollo 16. Gravity never held him down. Just like the Mercury astronauts, Duke had the “right stuff.”  

  • 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.