By Alex Love
Jessica Candid led more than 100 students from Greer Middle College Charter High School (GMC) with a first place and Gold Key at the annual South Carolina Beta Club convention in Myrtle Beach.
Topper Hartness came to visit 8th-grade math classes at Riverside Middle School, where students are currently working on a project-based learning assignment about surface area and volume.
Hartness talked to students about real-life applications of surface area and volume in Hartness International's packaging business.
The Riverside High School Speech and Debate Team won the first-place sweepstakes award at the Sampson Smith Robertson Invitational held Feb. 6 at Southside High School.
Event champions include Sooruj Bhatia and Lucy Wang in Duo Interpretation, Sooruj Bhatia in Program Oral Interpretation, Manu Budidi in Expository Speaking, Michael Gallagher in Declamation, Carol Lee in Humorous Interpretation, Cindy Li in Radio Speaking, Mit Patel in Novice Reading, and Devin Remley in Informative Speaking.
The Greer and Woodruff fire departments are practicing the Good Neighbor Policy.
Greer wants to rid itself of a surplus 1991 Sutphen Pumper fire truck that requires extensive maintenance and Woodruff is proposing a trade for the older model.
Justin Ludley has been named principal for Greer High School and will succeed retiring Marion Waters. Ludley begins his duties in the fall.
Ludley serve as assistant principal at Southside High School for the Freshman Academy. He heads Crisis Response Drills, Safety plans, the Star teacher program, and the Math and Foreign Language Departments.
The Miss South Carolina workshop weekend is scheduled Feb. 26-28 in Columbia.
Among the beauty queens from greater Greer attending the event are the following girls crowned at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center representing Blue Ridge/Foothills, Wade Hampton/Taylors and Travelers Rest.
Hollywood Animal Park is a crossroads – raise $500,000 this year with an annual effort half of that, or close the park and place the animals in a new setting.
Kim Atchley, executive director of the non-profit animal park, has called a public meeting for Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce to discuss the park’s options.
Greer Middle College Charter High School (GMC) has been nominated as one of three finalists for the Lowell Milken TAP Founder’s Award. Total Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) participants consist of 500 schools in 26 states.
Laura Sawicki, GMC TAP Master Teacher, will represent the school at the March 19 conference in New Orleans. The winning school will be awarded $50,000.
Three special guests visited the children at Little Me Academy in Greer on Thursday morning.
Officer John Saunders of the Greer Police Department, Miss Greater Easley Teen 2016 Sarah Finleyson, and Jeff Randolph of the Randolph Group, who developed O'Neal Village in Blue Ridge, paid a visit for a special story time and delighted the youngsters with some classic children's tales.
Joy Grayson of Taylors has been recognized by the National PTA with the 2016 Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award for her leadership and commitment to being a powerful voice for all children and a strong advocate for public education.
National PTA will honor Grayson at the association’s Legislative Conference, March 9 in Arlington, Va.
Columbia — S.C. Education Superintendent Molly Spearman recently announced new passing score for the GED test with recalibrated performance levels added to more fully measure learners’ skills.
"I am pleased that these changes to the GED test and program will open new doors for South Carolina students," Spearman said. "Our focus is on readiness for college and careers and this is a step in the right direction for the nation and South Carolina."
Greer has been approved a grant that will pay for sidewalks on Hammett Bridge Road connecting Riverside High School and Riverside Middle School. The total financial package is $250,000.
Funding for the project is provided $235,000 through the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study and $15,000 from the City of Greer. The project is scheduled in 2017.
Johnee McGogens won the Gold Key for her Digital Art entry in the Scholastic Art Awards in the Southeast Region.
The Scholastic Art & Writing awards recognize the vision, ingenuity and talent of youth, and provide opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.
The Virtual Enterprise class from Greer High School won first place in three divisions – Business Card, Salesmanship, Business Plan – in the State Business Plan Competition and Southern Region Trade Show in Myrtle Beach.
The team advances to the National Business Plan Competition at Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 17-19. The team will compete in three competitions, National Business Plan, Global Business Challenge and International Trade Show.
Greer City Council honored winners of the City of Greer Black History Month Essay Contest Tuesday night at City Hall.
It turned out to be an all Riverside ceremony. First through third place were awarded students from Riverside High School and Riverside Middle School. Students also earned cash awards with $75 for first place, $25 for second and $15 for third.
Shane Ericks, a student at Greenville Technical College, was selected the $2,500 grand prize winner in the Global Pinoy Singing Idol competition last month in Manila, Philippines.
Ericks performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. The performance earned her opportunities to perform in the United States and abroad.
The University of South Carolina Upstate will create an undergraduate urban studies degree in Greenville that will serve, in part, as a feeder for Clemson University's master's program.
USC Upstate announced details of its expansion into Greenville on Monday.
Molly Cook, of Chandler Creek Elementary, won second place in Greenville County for Visual Arts for Reflections contest. Molly’s parents are Jason and Toni Cook of Greer.
Tina Smith is Molly’s third grade teacher and Greg Patton is the art teacher.
Thirty rising high school seniors will have the opportunity to explore manufacturing production processes and healthcare quality outcomes, to driving high-performance BMW’s.
The students will have the opportunity to apply both science and math principles using Lean and Six Sigma tools to manufacturing and healthcare situations during a two-week Academic Outreach Camp led by the University of South Carolina Upstate, BMW Manufacturing Co. of Greer and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). The program is free.
Products made in Greer can now be certified as GreerMade in an initiative presented by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at its annual celebration Thursday night. The chamber is marketing the logo as one word.
Mark Owens, President/CEO of the Chamber, said the program is to promote and market the diversity of products made in Greer. “We’re doing a certification of origin, a registered trademark that shows the product comes from Greer,” Owens said.