GREER EDUCATION From February 2012


City's responsible driving program earns state's top award
FEB 28, 2012

The methods the City of Greer Police Department uses to help educate young drivers earned their own reward Tuesday when the Alive at 25 program and SIDNE go-kart training tool won the 2012 Municipal Association of South Carolina Achievement Award for Public Safety.

“The MASC Achievement Awards annually highlight the most innovative programs in South Carolina. It’s highly competitive and we’re thrilled that the judges have honored the City of Greer’s program to curtail distracted and impaired driving,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said. Driggers made the announcement tonight at the City Council meeting.

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Riverside Middle School busy with activities, baseball champions and talent show winners
FEB 27, 2012

Science & Technology: Students in Mrs. Garner’s 8th grade science class used a world globe with a CBL (Computer-Based Laboratory) and temperature probe connected to a graphing calculator to model the earth and the sun during different seasons.  This activity allowed students to understand an abstract concept by interpreting data from a hands-on experiment using concrete objects, technology, and the interaction with peers.  The CBL was purchased by the school’s PTSA. 

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Blue Ridge High School honors Tigers of the Month
FEB 27, 2012

Blue Ridge High School honors Tigers of the Month

Blue Ridge High recognizes and applauds special efforts of outstanding students.

Students who exhibit qualities consistent with the school's mission are nominated on a monthly basis by each department for Tiger of the Month.

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Riverside's Williford is a young driver with a message
FEB 23, 2012

Riverside High School senior Read Williford is reading a text message classmates are sending him while he is guiding SIDNE (Simulated Driving Impaired Driving Experience) through a course to test his reflexes. 

Riverside High School senior Read Williford thought he had everything under control. 

After all, he was only maneuvering a go-kart at a very slow speed inside a small auxiliary  gymnasium with cones strategically placed and he was being monitored by Greer Police Department officers.

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Lee, Bafna, Meyer earn firsts in Southside Invitational
FEB 22, 2012

Riverside Middle School participants in the speech and debate competition at Southside were: (back row, left to right) Bryana Burch, Tiger Mou, Sangram Kadam, Vaibhav Bafna, Timothy Harris, Andrew Hall, and Carol Lee; (front row, left to right) Liz Schell, Javier Zarazua, Alex Loaiza, Aaron Keller, Ashleigh Ewens, Katherine Woo, and Yasmin Meyer. 

Riverside Middle School’s speech and debate team participated in the High School Invitational Tournament for the junior division on Feb. 11.  Finalists for the tournament were Carol Lee (first place, Humorous Interp), Vaibhav Bafna and Yasmin Meyer (first place, Public Forum Debate), Liz Schell (first place, Impromptu), and Sangram Kadam and Tiger Mou (sixth place, Public Forum Debate).

Upcoming events:

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Miss Greer Teen's theatre debut in 'Hairspray'
FEB 22, 2012

2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill reflects on her past two weeks and her upcoming performance in

2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill has had a non-stop schedule since the week she competed in the Greer pageant. Sydney talked with GreerToday.com between her ride from Byrnes to Greer for “Hairspray” rehearsals. She was upbeat, laughing and looking forward to performing in her first theatre production outside of school. Sydney was the second runner-up (Miss Lyman) in the 2011 Miss South Carolina Teen competition. She will compete in the 2012 Miss South Carolina pageant July 10-14 in Columbia.

Q: You played a big role in the Miss Byrnes High School pageant last weekend. What did you do?

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Blue Ridge FBLA members recognized at District One event
FEB 15, 2012

Pictured left to right from back:  Taylor Gibby, Cody Edwards, Rob Battenfield, Laurel Koubek, Abrianna Hill, Jaci Wilkerson, Jayma Goodwin, Kaylee Jo Fowler, Alyson Craig, Asheton Casey, Hannah Pendergrass, Kayla Hart, Kennedy Crump, Becca Stone, Jenna Church, Ashling O’Boyle, Bailey Hendley, Shaun Belue, Charlee Wilkerson, Taylor Bowen, Leighton Higgins, Sarah Rogers, Karlee Gibson, and Reagan Loftis.

Members of the Blue Ridge High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter received recognition in several competitive events at the FBLA District One Conference held at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill on  Saturday, Feb. 3.  

The competitive events were part of a one-day program for FBLA members in the Upstate.  Competitions consisted of pre-judged products, student presentations and testing of subject knowledge.  The chapter had twenty-three members attending the one-day conference.  

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Song and essays celebrate Black History Month
FEB 10, 2012

Alexis Wilkins (Broome High School) and Alexander Poteat (Greer Charter Middle College) read their winning essays at tonight's Black History Month Celebration at Greer City Hall.

Alexander Poteat and Alexis Wilkins read their winning essays who their African American heroes were and why at the Black History Month celebration at Greer City Hall tonight.

It the first of two programs organized by Wayne Griffin and sponsored by Village Hospital that celebrates Black History this month. The Black History Gala is scheduled Friday, Feb. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $10.

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Greenville Tech recognized nationally in sustainability education
FEB 8, 2012

Greenville Technical College has been recognized nationally as an innovator in sustainability education by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and its Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center. This puts the college in the company of 22 colleges across the country that are leaders in green/sustainable programming.

"Being recognized for sustainability is important to us because protecting resources matters," said Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Tech.  "Sustainability is being able to last and flourish.  As Greenville Technical College celebrates 50 years in this community, that's what we're all about. We were established in 1962 to be an economic resource preparing the labor market for an increase and diversification of the state's industrial base. Since that time the college has been a part of Greenville County's transformation from a textile hub to a leading business community."

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Greer track and field teams to host Pancake Breakfast
FEB 8, 2012

The Greer High School Boys and Girls track and field teams will host a Pancake Breakfast at Fatz Café, 1361 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. #A, in Greer on Feb. 18 from 7:30-10 a.m.

Tickets are $7, and must be purchased in advance.

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Riverside Middle School students selected for bands
FEB 2, 2012

Riverside Middle School Band students have been selected by audition for the following groups:  

All-State Band:  Katherine Woo, Monica Li, and Aaron Keller.

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Greater Greer area students on SCC's Dean's list
FEB 2, 2012

Spartanburg Community College students named to the Deans' list honors for fall semester 2011:


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Miss Blue Ridge Relay for Life Pageant
FEB 2, 2012

The 6th annual Miss Blue Ridge Relay for Life Pageant, sponsored by the Air Force Junior ROTC unit at Blue Ridge High School, will be held March 3, 6-8 p.m., at the Blue Ridge High School Auditorium.

Last year's pageant, with 18 girls participating, raised $2,050 toward the final school total of more than $4,750. The goal this year is $2,500. 

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