GREER EDUCATION From January 2014


31 area students nominated to attend service academies
JAN 31, 2014

31 area students nominated to attend service academies

Thirty-one students have been nominated to attend the U.S. Service Academies. The nominees now compete to receive an appointment directly from the service academy.

“Each of these young men and women has already contributed so much to their communities. It is my privilege to nominate these outstanding students to attend one of our service academies," Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C. – 4) said. "Their commitment to serving this country should be inspiring to us all.”

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High school pageant rescheduled for Friday and Saturday
JAN 30, 2014

The Miss Greer High School pageant preliminaries scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed and will be held on consecutive days, Friday and Saturday.

Pageant preliminaries are Friday at 7 p.m. and finals Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Barnett's excitement of making a wreath becomes sobering at Tomb of the Unknowns
JAN 29, 2014

Geoffrey Barnett and government teacher Ryan Stone chat about Greer Middle College Charter High School's trip to Arlington National Cemetery where Geoffrey had a wreath placed, that he made, at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Geoffrey Barnett at first didn’t take the invitation to make a wreath, to be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, much differently than floral arrangements he had been asked to design for friends and brides.

“I thought that would be a great opportunity and something great to put on my resume,” said Barnett. The 18-year-old, after serving as an assistant at a florist, now routinely is asked to serve individuals and clients at The Poinsett Club and Cliffs at Glassy. He has two weddings scheduled this spring.

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Woodland's Adams, Dugle, Holland, Miles headed to national competition
JAN 27, 2014

The team of Libby Adams, Isabelle Dugle, Grace Holland, and Abigail Miles finished first in the Living Literature division. They will compete in the national competition this summer in Richmond, Va.

Woodland Elementary students had a sterling weekend at the 21st annual South Carolina Jr. BETA Club convention in Myrtle Beach.

The team of Libby Adams, Isabelle Dugle, Grace Holland, and Abigail Miles finished first in the Living Literature division. The win earned the team a trip to the national competition this summer in Richmond, Va.

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Blue Ridge Middle Junior Beta Club has successful convention
JAN 25, 2014

Blue Ridge Middle School's scrapbook, featuring the theme “Making History With Beta”, placed second overall in the state at the Junior Beta Club Convention at Myrtle Beach Jan. 16-17. The scrapbook highlighted the work of Blue Ridge students to serve their community and leave their mark on history.

Sixty-three Blue Ridge Middle School students attended the state convention and participated in a wide range of academic and artistic competitions.

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Dean's List students for fall semester at Spartanburg Community College
JAN 23, 2014

The following Spartanburg Community College students have earned dean's list honors for fall semester 2013. Listed alphabetically by hometowns and individually.


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Chandler Creek tutoring and mentoring initiative gains momentum
JAN 22, 2014

Alicia Keller, left, was awarded a $1,500 grant by the Greater Greer Education Foundation for Chandler Creek Elementary school's tutoring and mentoring initiative. Principal Jane Mills will introduce the program Friday. GGEF director David Dolge made the presentation.

A $1,500 grant awarded to Chandler Creek Elementary on Tuesday jump-started its tutoring and mentoring initiative,

Business, community and church members are invited to a “Friends of the C.R.E.E.K.” volunteer breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday to hear about the initiative and for the public to voice their ideas as the hands-on program begins to take shape.

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High school students audition for chairs in All State Band
JAN 22, 2014

Advancing to the All State Band auditions Saturday are, left to right: Michael Yoon, Ethan Thompson, Daniel Steeves, Brandon Woods and Kendra Schmidt.

Bryn Carrier, Daniel Steeves and Ethan Thompson from Greer, and Bob Jones University Academy students, have qualified to advance to the All State Band audition to be held Saturday in Lexington.

They will join seven other BJA students competing for chairs in the South Carolina All State Band. The region competition, with more than 2,000 students, was held Jan. 11 at Greer High School.

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Arrington joins SMC as executive director of information technology
JAN 22, 2014

Trey Arrington has joined the Spartanburg Methodist College staff as executive director of information technology. 

Arrington previously was employed at Union Hospital District where he was the director of information systems. Prior to the hospital system, he served in various IT and communication roles with Exopack LLC, ProVest Wealth Advisors and IMT Duncan. 

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Egan is competing for Miss SMC title Saturday
JAN 22, 2014

Stefanie Egan, from Greer, is among six contestants competing in the annual Miss SMC (Spartanburg Methodist College) Pageant Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium on campus.

Contestants will compete in preliminary interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear, and on-stage interview. The winner will compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant in July.

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Bowling is fun and a learning experience for Washington Center students
JAN 22, 2014

Washington Center student Adorrious Dunlap is assisted by Para-Educator Karimah Morris during a community-based Instructional bowling trip.

Nardia Lloyd's middle school class at Washington Center enjoys taking curriculum-based instruction trips to the bowling alley. Through bowling trips, students are able to work on gross motor skills, turn-taking skills, sportsmanship and practicing appropriate behavior. 

Communication is also a huge skill that is practiced on bowling trips. Students are able to communicate their snack choices and needs through tactile picture symbols and voice output devices.

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Education Foundation presents $16,550 to 15 school, community projects
JAN 21, 2014

The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $16,550 inj grant money to 15 school and community projects Thursday. Award winners present are left to right: Jamie Garrett, Sara Arndt, Andrea Moore, Lisa Hall, Jenny Hunter, Kim Derring, Tonya Williams, Diane Jackson, Susan Ward, Karen Cummings, Alicia Keller and Jane Mills.

The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented  $16,550 in grant money to 15 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a news conference Tuesday at Greer City Hall.

The grants, made possible by funds from the October 2013 Education Gala, ranged from $400 to $1,500.

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Dramatic interpretations, song and poignant message inspire MLK audience
JAN 20, 2014

Rev. Earl Simmons of Maple Creek Baptist Church was the keynote speaker Monday at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration luncheon at Greer City Hall.

• Hear Rev. Simmons speech here.

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Caroline Neely is 2014 Miss Le Flambeau
JAN 19, 2014

Caroline Neely was voted 2014 Miss Le Flambeau at Greer High School Saturday. Left is Brooke Swofford and right is Takeyra Jenkins-Dodd.

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MLK celebration tugs at Griffin's heart
JAN 18, 2014

City Councilman Wayne Griffin took the oath last Tuesday for another four-year term. Griffin has organized the MLK Celebration in Greer for 12 years.

The inspiration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has shined a light in Greer City Councilman Wayne Griffin’s heart for decades.

Tributes and church services will be held across the United States to commemorate King's 85th birthday on Monday, a federal holiday.

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Chander Creek students launch fundraiser for playground equipment
JAN 17, 2014

Chander Creek students launch fundraiser for playground equipment

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Chandler Creek Elementary invited Boosterthon to help launch awareness to renovate and improve three playgrounds.

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Students selected for Discovery Flight program to learn about aviation
JAN 16, 2014

Thirty-four students interested in a career in aviation have been selected to participate in a program that includes 45 minutes of ground instruction and a 45-minute flight.

Discovery Flight is a program that targets students who are interested in a career in aviation and would like to find out more about the requirements. The aviation industry forecasts a need for pilots and aircraft mechanics in the future as many veteran pilots are scheduled to retire.

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Riverside Middle students to perform in All State Orchestra
JAN 15, 2014

Riverside Middle School students selected to attend the South Carolina All State Orchestra at Furman University are: Madison Bevan, Haley Howell, Ikumi Chigusa, Stephan Voelk, Emmy Klaeser, Cindy Li, Louise Averitt.

By Brooke Howard

Riverside Middle School

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Judge Mims is keynote speaker at MLK Day celebration
JAN 14, 2014

City Councilman Wayne Griffin has organized the city's Martin Luther King Day celebration through words, dance, song and multimedia presentations.

Judge Henry Mims will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 20, at Greer City Hall.

The annual lunch is 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the City of Greer Parks and Recreation Department at 446 Pennsylvania Ave. Greer Memorial Hospital.

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Preview Night for Greer Middle Charter scheduled Monday
JAN 8, 2014

A Preview Night for prospective students at Greer Middle College Charter High School (GMC) is scheduled Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at Praise Cathedral on Brushy Creek Road.

GMC is a public, charter high school located on the Greer campus of Greenville Technical College.  Students have the opportunity to take dual credit college classes, engage in project-based learning, internships and community service. 

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