Four area students have been awarded the Crusader Fellows Scholarship by North Greenville University.
Olivia Bennett, Haley Thackston, Hannah Hall and Kelly Wynn Cross have been awarded scholarships on the basis of their academic achievement, school, church, and community involvement. With satisfactory academic progress, the scholarships will guarantee the full cost of tuition, room and board for four years of attendance at NGU.
Kira Reed and Ryan McCullough, art students at Greer High School, are winners in the South Carolina PTA Reflections contest.
Reed's drawing, "I'm an Open Book" won the Excellence Award. Ryan McCullough's painting, "Mapping Out My Possibilities" won the Merit Award.
Thomas Williams of Blue Ridge High School and Victor Rutledge of Riverside High School attended a formal dinner at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
They are in their plebe year at West Point in the same company.
Kayla “Birdie” Barbare of the University of South Carolina Upstate will be honored as Major of the Year by SHAPE America.
The award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the health, physical education, recreation and dance professions who are nominated by a faculty advisor or professor. Barbare will be receive her award on Thursday during the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) awards ceremony in Boston.
The 11th Annual Spartanburg versus Greenville Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Basketball Challenge for high school senior boys and girls players will be held at Dorman High School on Saturday, March 11.
The girls game begins at 6 p.m., and the boys game will be at 8.
By Jonathan Duty
Benjamin “Ben” Waters, IV, vice president of Cunningham-Waters Construction Company, died Wednesday. He was 41.
Waters graduated Greer High School.
Riverside’s boys run came to an end Tuesday night in the third round of the state high school Class AAAAA basketball playoffs.
Dorman ended Riverside’s season and the Warriors’ unexpected success in the state playoffs.
Greer High School senior captain Marshea Murray has been selected to the North-South All-Star basketball team.
Murray scored 12 points in the girls state Class AAAA playoff game victory over Aiken, 55-39, Tuesday night.
Ashleigh Anderson, Greer High School softball coach, has been selected assistant softball coach for the North Team for the 2017 North/South All Star Game.
Greer High School boys basketball coach Greg Miller talks his team’s seniors and the upcoming playoffs.
Digital Sports Editor Alex Love features the seniors’ final home game and his conversation with Miller.
Greer earned the No. 3 seed in the Upstate Class AAAA state basketball playoffs beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets beat Blue Ridge, 70-57, in its final regular season game Thursday night.
Greer dominated Union County in a boys basketball game Tuesday night winning by its widest margin of the season and hold all scorers under double figure scoring.
Greer beat Union County, 61-25, moving the Yellow Jackets one game above .500 in the Region II standings, 4-3. Greer is 10-13 overall and has one remaining game, at Blue Ridge Thursday night to complete regular season region play.
Byrnes beat Greer, 65-61, in a non-region boys basketball Friday night.
Philip Simpson of Byrnes scored a game-high 25 points including five three-point goals. Teammate Devonte Wright added 20 points.
Noah Hannon signed with Appalachian State Wednesday.
The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $20,582 in grant money to 18 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a reception Jan. 26, 2016 at Greer City Hall.
Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $182,000,” Garrett said. “It is because of our sponsors and community support, that we can award these grants today.”
The 2016 Corporate Sponsor for the Foundation are Greer Memorial Hospital and J.M. Smith Charities. Corporate Friends are: BMW, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education, C.F. Rhem Jr., and Kathy Cochran.
Garrett also praised the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for their GreerMade program. “Most of our students who receive grants go to schools that prepare them for work at local companies and suppliers. By staying in Greer, they continue to make Greer “the place to be.”
David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, commented: "As a retired educator, being a member of a Foundation that gives money to educators and students is a privilege for me. Our classrooms are filled with very competent teachers and their needs, to effectively serve their students, are great.
"?I love fulfilling teachers' wishes," he said.
Dolge then presented grants ranging from $400 to $1,500 to:
Sherry Smith, Tigerville Elementary
Grant amount: $400
Smith has plans for an arts “career” where students 3rd-5th grades will rotate throughout the year in their art classes, working at a drafting table complete with artist’s chair, special desk top lighting as well as learning to use a light box to gain the experience of taking ownership of a potential career in the arts.
Lisa Hansen, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $829.50
Hansen plans to include “BreakoutEDU” kits for each of your grade level teams, a game to encourage students to think critically using problem solving and trouble shooting, which promoting teamwork.
Diane Jackson, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $752.93
Jackson plans to purchase electronic renewal subscriptions to “Reading A to Z” or the updated program “Rax Kids” for each grade level at Tigerville.
Carol C. Godfrey, Skyland Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Godfrey plans to introduce students to the local history and folk tradition of the Blue Ridge community by giving them an opportunity to hear live traditional folk music, meet a local folk musician and play a folk instrument.
Jody Dill, Mountain View Elementary School
Grant amount: $490.80
Dill plans to purchase four Hokki stools to go along with the two currently in use. The goal is to use these stools to help special needs student gain the wiggle room they need while reading or taking tests. The ergonomic stools keep students moving, while they are sitting still.
Amy Holcombe, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,463
Holcombe plans to purchase pocketsize portable devices that read text out loud or can be used with headphones. “Students will be able to do research and come to their own opinions based on what they have discovered. Being able to read is vital to communication.”
Kara Ponder, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,479.76
Ponder plans to purchase two iPad Pros and 2 Apple pencils for students to use to make learning engaging and fun. Ponder said he plans to use the iPads and Apple Pencils to enhance and supplement their learning of content taught in the regular education classes. An additional benefit will be a heightened interest in learning and a boost in student confidence.
Shelly Eubanks, Dunbar Child Development Center
Grant amount: $1,386.48
Ponder plans to purchase an Osmo play system for iPad, which takes iPads into a whole new level of learning. The system impacts the students’ learning in the areas of technology, math, literacy, creativity and social skills.
Jackie Knafelc, D.R. Hill Middle School
Grant amount: $750
Knafelc plans to continue to grow the butterfly garden at her school by adding more railroad ties and smaller gardens around the space, also using railroad ties. The space will include an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a flower garden and walkways. The garden also helps students create relationships with each other.
Kate Canterbury, Crestview Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Canterbury plans to purchase a Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Kit for use with struggling first grade readers. The kit will provide high-interest, appropriately leveled materials for support at school and at home.
Alicia Keller, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,400
Keller plans to purchase materials available for teachers to use with students identified as autistic with autism, anxiety and ADHD. The materials will be included in “toolboxes” which can help students calm down. The toolboxes also make an impact on instruction across the school.
Jennifer Dodds, Tyson Wright, Kevin Washington, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,100
Dodds, Wright and Washington will continue their Works in Progress program that teaches students how to dress and act like gentlemen. Students are taught how to shake hands, open doors, make eye contact and address someone older with respect.
Greer’s boys split a pair or Class AAAA Region II basketball games.
The Yellow Jackets lost at home Friday to Travelers Rest 58-57. Greer beat Blue Ridge last Tuesday, 63-52.
The Greer boys basketball team won its second game in two nights, beating Union, 62-48.
The win boosted Greer’s Class AAAA Region II record to 2-1 and improved its overall record to 8-10. Union fell to 4-11 overall and 1-2 in the region.
Noah Hannon of Greer High School was a finalist in the 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Hannon was an All-State selection, finalist for Mr. Football and also was a national competitor for the school’s Virtual Enterprise team that traveled to New York.
Magic Moody scored a game-high 29 points to lead Greer to a win over Travelers Rest, 75-57, in a Class AAAA, Region II boys basketball game at Greer High School Thursday night.
Moody scored 14 of his points on 14 free throw attempts. Delmar Moore scored 14 points, 10 coming in the fourth quarter.
Case Roach led Travelers Rest with 17 points and Derrick Fields scored 12.
Greer evened its region record at 1-1 and is 7-10 overall. The Yellow Jackets play at Union Friday night.
Travelers Rest is 9-10 and 1-2 in the region. TR plays at Pickens Friday night.
• Jonathan Stoerh contributed to this report.