Hundreds of cheerleaders and dancers from the Rockstar cheer and dance teams in Greer will compete this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Rockstar qualified 10 teams with up to 30 members each from a series of regional youth, junior and senior competitions. Rockstar earned bids to The Summit at the Disney World competition by earning the No. 1 or No. 2 placements at each regional competition.
Hannah Bannister, Blue Ridge High School, and Chelsea Danielle Gentry, of Berea High School, have been awarded the Foothills Scholarship by North Greenville University.
The $12,000 annual scholarships have a total worth of $48,000 with satisfactory academic progress.
Madison Calvert and Dalton Raines of Greer High School finished second and third, respectively, in Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Fourth District Congressional Art Competition.
Katherine Mruz, “Saturday Pancakes”, Southside High School won first place.
School will most likely be out before the Memorial Drive Extension bridge will be repaired.
Weather and construction delays will push the completion of the project, near the intersection of Chandler and Taylor Road, into late May and possibly June. A mid-April finish was previously announced.
Suzanne Koty, an English teacher at Sumter High School, was named 2015/2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.
Bob Anderson, 39, a student in the Honors program at Greenville Technical College, has been selected as the Alden Transfer Scholarship recipient this year at Furman University.
Anderson lives in Greer with his wife, Andrea.
Perry Williams has been taking photographs since he attended Greer High School. A camera, sometimes three or four, are nearby at all times.
Williams, a commissioner on the Greer Commission of Public Works, entrepreneur and professor at Clemson University, all but swept the Greer Juried Arts photography contest judged last month. He finished 1-2-3 in “Greer Goes Global” and 1-2 in “Greer – An Upstate Destination”.
The Riverside Middle School Running Club has been preparing for the iMOVE 5K on May 2. The team has improved its speed and endurance and many members will be running their first 5K race.
The race is open to the public. To register, visit the Riverside Middle School website.
Kim Deering and Christopher McCants have been appointed new principles at District Five Schools. The board of trustees unanimously approved the appointments for the 2015-2016 school year.
Deering has been selected as the principal of Reidville Elementary School. She has served as a guidance counselor, assistant principal, and most recently, as interim principal at the school. Deering earned her bachelor’s in Psychology, as well as a doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina, and obtained her masters in Education Administration from Converse College.
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CLEMSON — Kaitlynn Lewis has taken a circuitous route, unlike many others, in arriving at Clemson University.
Greer High School grads from every generation will be holding their annual reunion on Saturday, May 16 at Greer City Hall. The event is free.
The Price family, owners of Smith & James, Chelsea’s and Trims on Trade, are the presenting sponsors. Smith & James is celebrating its 99th year in business in downtown Greer.
More than the 600 grads who attended the 2014 Greer High Alumni Reunion are expected this year and there will be more restaurant seating availability – inside and out – with the new Wild Ace Pizza and Pub on Depot Street scheduled to open later this month.
Senior Grant Bennett, Greenville Tech Charter High School, is a 2015 National Beta Scholarship recipient. There are 249 Beta Club members nationally who will receive $1,000 to use at the school of choice.
The National Beta Club promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary students.
By Paul Alongi
Greer area teachers are among the 10 finalists selected by Greenville County Schools for the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.
This year's finalists include teachers from two high schools, three middle schools and five elementary schools.
Two home-schooled 7th-grade students in Greer will be recognized at the S.C. State Recognition Ceremony for their outstanding achievement on the SAT test, which they took alongside other middle school, high school and college students at Greenville Technical College earlier this school year.
Olivia Henn (Critical Reading, Writing) and Joanna Henn (Math, Critical Reading, Writing) will receive recognition for their high scores in the subject areas indicated on May 12 at Furman University.
By KIM WOOTEN
USC Upstate senior guard Ty Greene culminated one of the greatest seasons in school history on Friday when he was announced as the Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year Award winner at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet.
Greene led USC Upstate to a single-season school record for wins during the Division I era with 24, which included victories over Georgia Tech and Mississippi State to make it back-to-back seasons with wins over the ACC and SEC. The Spartans knocked off Virginia Tech and South Carolina during the 2013-14 season.
The Memorial Drive Extension bridge is within weeks of final repairs and being open, according to a spokesperson at the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
“We’re still a few weeks out,” said Brandon Wilson, district assistant maintenance engineer of SCDOT. Wilson is overseeing the project near the intersection of Chandler Road and Taylor Road.
The Greer International Ballet will perform “Giselle” with two principal guests from the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago.
The performance is Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center.
The Bob Jones Academy Speech and Debate Team has been awarded the National Speech and Debate Association's Leading Chapter Award, and Jonathan Savoy of Greer has qualified for the National Speech and Debate tournament.
The award was presented to BJA at the South Carolina District Qualifier tournament hosted by Riverside High School on March 20-21.