Free book fair gives students a dozen books for summer reading
MAY 29, 2014

Crestview students are already absorbed in free books they selected as part of a $15,000 grant to provide each student with 12 free books.

Crestview was among 18 Greenville County elementary schools and more than 10,000 students awarded a free book fair, “Make Summer Count”.

Each student in grades 4K-5th grade received 12 free books for summer reading.

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Clemson lands career naval officer as director of engineering department
MAY 29, 2014

Captain Joe Watkin will become director of Clemson University’s engineering department.

The new director of Clemson University’s general engineering department is a career naval officer who has served aboard three nuclear submarines and has done research on how lasers can be used as weapons.

Joe Watkins, who will retire as a captain after 31 years in the Navy, comes to Clemson from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was most recently associate professor and general-engineering program director in the academy’s mechanical engineering department.

Watkins said he expects to begin his new job at Clemson on Aug. 15

“I’m very passionate about educating young men and women about how to think like an engineer,” he said. “This was a great opportunity.”

All students who want to major in engineering at Clemson are admitted to the general engineering program before picking a specific field.

Students take courses that prepare them for the work they will face in upper-level classes and their careers. They are also offered academic advising and career counseling.

Watkins will replace Interim Director Don Beasley.

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said that Clemson has landed a star faculty member.

“Our general engineering program, through world-class engagement experiences, is the cornerstone to creating the next generation of engineers, a vital need of our state and nation,” Gramopadhye said.

“We are truly fortunate to recruit a leader and a top-notch engineer like Capt. Watkins to Clemson.”

Watkins is the founding director of the academy’s Directed Energy Research Center, where he did his laser research. He said that he may continue the research at Clemson once he’s settled in his new job.

Watkins said that Clemson’s vision for its engineering program attracted him to the university.

“It really excited me,” he said. “The university is committing the necessary resources to make it the best school in the nation in engineering. And that is something we sorely need to meet the technological demands of today's society -- more top-quality graduates in engineering fields.

Watkins is a veteran of the Navy’s submarine force, serving in three nuclear submarines from 1983 to 2001. His last afloat tour was as executive officer of USS Louisville, SSN 724.

Watkins was qualified as a nuclear engineer and for command.

Watkins was awarded a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2004. He also holds a Master of Science in astronautical engineering, a Bachelor of Science equivalency in electrical engineering and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Auburn University.

Watkins will move to the Upstate with Teresa, his wife of 32 years.

They have two adult children. Joseph is a recent graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sarah is completing her interpreter training program in American Sign Language.


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RMS 8th graders produce 'Saturday Night Lost in Time'
MAY 25, 2014

The 8th grade Riverside Middle School students based their play on “Saturday Night Live” and added the element of time travel, creating “Saturday Night Lost in Time”.

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Eighth grade students at Riverside Middle School produced “Saturday Night Lost in Time”, an annual production of the drama department. Heidi Kurtz has been director of school’s drama for the past 10 years

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Gallagher, Algebra team lead Riverside Middle in math competition
MAY 25, 2014

The champion Algebra Team #1 members were Ikumi Chigusa, Nathan Sun, Luke Adams and Sebastian Alverado.

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Michael Gallagher and Algebra Team #1 won the individual and team event, respectively, to lead Riverside Middle School students in an outstanding competition at the Mauldin High Math competition.

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Crestview students get A+ in entertainment
MAY 25, 2014

Rey Rivera, fifth grader at Crestview Elementary School, offered this salute during the school's annual book parade last Friday,


Rey Rivera, a fifth grader at Crestview Elementary School, offers a salute to honor active and veteran military personnel.

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Education Foundation awards $13,100 in scholarships to 16 students
MAY 23, 2014

David Dolge, chairman of the foundation's grant and scholarship committee, presented the scholarships. Margaret Burch is chairman of the Greater Greer Education Foundation.

May 22, 2014

The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,100 in scholarships to 16 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Thursday afternoon at Greer City Hall.

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Wild & Wooly cast delivers outstanding performance
MAY 23, 2014

The 50-student cast of grades 3-5 from Crestview Elementary School.

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Wild & Wooly Big Fat Bully was one of the most entertaining children's plays ever performed at the J. Harley Bonds Center on Thursday night.

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Washington Center students give back to community
MAY 20, 2014

Washington Center student Victoria Johnson is assisted by Para-educator Maxine Wilkes assembling food bags for needy children.

The students of Washington Center are giving back and helping others in their community. They are working with St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Blythe Elementary and Greenbrier Elementary to provide meals to children who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year.

Once a month the students are performing a variety of skills to assemble bags filled with non-perishable food items during Sarah Ashworth's Daily Living Classes. The goal is that these meals will reduce hunger for the students which in turn will improve their educational experience.

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Crestview students perform 'Wild & Wooly Big Fat Bully' Thursday
MAY 20, 2014

Wild & Wooly Big Fat Bull will be performed by a 50-student cast of grades 3-5 from Crestview Elementary Thursday at 7 p.m. at the J. Harley Bonds Center.

Admission is $3 for adults and students are free.

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2013-2014 Leadership Greer classes graduate
MAY 19, 2014

Leadership Greer Class XXXIV

Leadership Greer Class XXXIV and Junior Leadership Class XXV held their graduation ceremony last Tuesday at the BMW Zentrum.

Leadership Greer’s class project, Leaders in Action, a partnership with Christmas in Action, coordinated a project day, and worked on five homes in the Greer area. A donation of $1,000 each was also made to Greer Relief & Resources, Greer Community Ministries, Piedmont Women’s Center, Middle Tyger Community Center, and the Greer Soup Kitchen.

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Purvis signs to play baseball at Erskine
MAY 19, 2014

Jake Purvis, center, signs a baseball letter-of-intent with Erskine College while his parents, Rodney, left, and Dana, right, and brother, Ridge, observe. Baseball coaches Bob Massullo and Brian Wortkoetter.

Jake Purvis of Greer High School signed a letter-of-intent Monday to play baseball for Erskine College.

A two-sport standout with Greer High School, Purvis was starting catcher for two years and played H back/linebacker for the Class 3A football Yellow Jackets.

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237 Greer students to be recognized for completing EverFi
MAY 19, 2014

237 Greer students to be recognized for completing EverFi

Greer State Bank will recognize 237 Greer High School students for completing EverFi, the new online Personal Finance program.

The certification ceremony, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the high school, will highlight both the success of students and the private-public initiative within the community. Guest speakers will discuss the importance of financial education to high school students, information on how this education initiative is transforming learning in the classroom, and the value of public-private partnerships in making it all happen.

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Quiz: How is your etiquette?
MAY 19, 2014

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GHS teacher to attend Supreme Court Summer Institute
MAY 16, 2014

Jeremy Murphy of Greer, a teacher at Greer High School, will attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute in Washington.

After an application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate. The Institute is open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education.

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Bob Jones Academy graduates 87
MAY 16, 2014

Claire Overly was the valedictorian for the Bob Jones Academy Class of 2014.

Bob Jones Academy graduated 87 students Thursday at Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus.

Claire Overly was the valedictorian and Elliott Lovegrove the salutatorian, both from Greenville.

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Riverside has mass signings of athletes attending colleges
MAY 15, 2014

Julianna Inglesby signed to attend Clemson and be a member of the cheerleading team.

Riverside had 20 student athletes sign with colleges Tuesday to continue their athletic career.

Photos of the signings are here.

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Greer Middle Charter hosts first soccer playoff game at Furman
MAY 14, 2014

Greer Middle Charter hosts first soccer playoff game at Furman

Greer Middle College plays Greenville Tech Charter   in a second round 1A state playoff boys soccer game Thursday at 8 p.m. at Furman University. That simple sentence has a much deeper meaning for the Blazers and their followers.

GMC is seeded fourth in the Upper State playoffs and received a first round bye. 

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'Trinity's New Song' book release is at Stomping Grounds
MAY 14, 2014

Bunny Sedmont has penned

Bunny Sedmont will release her first published novel 6-9 p.m. on May 31 at a book signing at the Stomping Grounds in Greer. “Trinity’s New Song” is a Christian romance book.

The back jacket of the book illustrates its theme:

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Washington Center holds Craft Day fundraiser
MAY 14, 2014

Washington Center student Justin Simmons is accompanied by Christ Church Episcopal School volunteers during Washington Center’s annual Craft Day event.

Washington Center recently held its annual Craft Day school-wide fundraiser.

Students and teachers created items to sell to the public during the fair. Volunteers assisted in the event.

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Washington Center receives honors
MAY 14, 2014

Washington Center’s recipients of Southwest PTA Awards include Samantha Stansell, Teacher of the Year, left, and Karen Grindstaff, Volunteer of the Year.

Washington Center is the recipient of several recent awards.

The center received the Upstate Diversity Leadership Honorable Mention Award for efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the upstate community.

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