By Jonathan King
• Video of Anna and Emma taking the plunge
The temperatures climbed into the 40s, the warmest it’s been for nearly a week, for the “Freezin’ for a Reason” polar plunge Saturday afternoon.
Colleen Perry Keith, president of Spartanburg Methodist College since 2009, has been named president of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. Keith begins her duties at Pfeiffer on July 1.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I will miss SMC and my Pioneers. This is a great college and one that plays a very important role in getting students started on their higher education journey. Of everything we have accomplished over the past six years, I am most proud of the fact that SMC is no longer the ‘best kept secret’ in the Upstate. People recognize the value that we offer and our amazing success rate (85 percent of SMC students go onto complete their college education elsewhere, compared to 20 percent nationally for two-year colleges) is evidence that we are doing an exceptional job at implementing our mission.”
2015 Miss Greater Greer Anna Brown and Miss Greater Greer Teen Emma Kate Rhymer will be taking a polar plunge and they are inviting the public to join them.
“Freezin’ for a Reason” is the fundraiser Brown and Rhymer will co-host Saturday from 3-4 p.m. – regardless of rain, snow or freezing temperatures. And the forecast, 43-37 degrees with 20 percent icy mix, is threatening all three possibilities. The event is at 109 Peachtree Drive in Greer.
Michael King of Riverside High School and Jackson Darash of Byrnes High School are among 48 students nominated by Sen. Tim Scott to U.S. Military Service Academies for the class of 2019.
King has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and Darash to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Ron Demonet, managing director of Veteran Scholarships Forever (VSF), has created an endowed scholarship fund at Greenville Technical College. The fund’s purpose is to allow veterans and their spouses to re-enter the workforce and thus provide for their families.
Scott Perry, an Army veteran discharged in 2012, is the inaugural recipient. Perry, a Greenville Technical College Health Sciences student, is studying to become a nurse or physician’s assistant.
David Burke, head of the speech communication department at Greenville Technical College, was a presenter at the National Opera Association convention last month in Greensboro, N.C.
The session, “Sacred in Opera Initiative: Simeon: A New Sacred Opera,” covered the process of writing the libretto for “Simeon”, a Christmas opera composed by the late Dwight Gustafson.
Greer Technical Charter High School junior John Price is a state winner in the Poetry Category (Senior Division) for the National Career Development Association's Poster and Poetry Contest.
Price’s poem was entered into the state contest after receiving 1st place at both the school and district-level contests.
Greenville and Spartanburg counties are forecast to be the hardest hit areas for ice accumulation, according to revised weather forecasts.
Sleet, freezing rain and snow have fallen throughout the evening with most of the roads turned white and have become extremely treacherous. The Upstate will see icing for the longest time throughout the night with more than ½ - inch of ice.
By Jonathan King
Tyler Wright signed to play linebacker at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., Wednesday at Greer High School.
The opportunity to play full-time out-weighed the lure to play for the University of South Carolina as a long snapper.
Cole Henderson, a standout offensive lineman for Greer High School, signed to play football at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Wednesday in the school’s alumni room.
Henderson, 6-foot-3, 265-pounds, was a three-year starter for the Greer Yellow Jackets and was selected as one of the team’s four permanent captains.
Cole Henderson, Tiquan Lyles, Jackson Tipton and Tyler Wright, of Greer High School, signed football grants-in-aid Wednesday.
Henderson, a three-year offensive lineman, will play at Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, N.C,), Lyles will enter Newberry College, and Tipton and Wright will play at Union College (Barbourville, Ky.).