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home : news : school & college July 15, 2019 

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WCTEL Contributes to Abbeville County School District
Billy Bauman, WCTEL Board Member representing Abbeville, presents a check for $2,500.00 to Abbeville County School District’s Superintendent, Betty Jo Hall and Director of Operations, Mike Reepe. The check will help fund the new concession stands and public restrooms located at the Abbeville High School Softball Field. “The project is set to be done by the end of August,” Reepe says. “We appreciate WCTEL’s dedication to the students in Abbeville County and for supporting this project. 
Monday, July 15, 2019

Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, Promotes Science Program at Clemson
After winning Miss South Carolina title, Clemson grad plans to promote science in S.C. and across the nation.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Greenwood School District 50 Meeting
The Board of Trustees of Greenwood School District 50 will meet for the regular July meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Genesis Education Center, 400 Glenwood Street. A tentative agenda is listed below.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

SC National Guard Foundation Scholarships

The South Carolina National Guard Foundation (SCNGF) is pleased to announce that $76,000 in scholarships was awarded to 75 deserving recipients this past June. Recipients were honored at a scholarship luncheon held last month in Columbia, South Carolina. 

The Foundation is honored to fund $76,000 in scholarships to these very deserving students. There was a record number of applicants this year and funding would not have been possible without the generous support from Foundation donors.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lander University announces President's List, Dean's List and Freshman Honor Roll

Lander University has announced the names of those undergraduate students who have been named to the President's List, Dean's List, or Freshman Honor Roll. The students and their hometowns are listed by South Carolina county for your convenience.

“We are proud of our students and their continued academic success,” says Writer and Public Information Coordinator, Lander Graham Duncan '17 University Relations and Publications, Lander University.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

100% of McCormick Middle College Students Earn Associate Degree

Valerie Yarbough-Jones is on the road a lot around graduation season. All 16 of her students ― 100 percent ― graduated this spring with associate degrees from Piedmont Technical College (PTC). In fact, McCormick Middle College (MMC) has logged a near-perfect completion record since it started in August 2011. She keeps tabs on nearly every one of her students, and she’s seen many go on to graduate from four-year universities. 

“I try to make as many graduations as I can,” said Yarbough-Jones, MMC Coach at McCormick High School. “I’ve become a lifelong mentor to the majority of my students. It’s a great feeling when I see them out in the community and they come up to me in places like the grocery store and hug me. Some will even stop by to visit when they are on break from college.” 

Yarbough-Jones is excited by how the program has grown, and students tell her that when they arrive on a college campus, people are impressed with what they have accomplished.

“The students who make the best candidates for MMC are those who are self-motivated and understand the advantages of this opportunity,” she explained. “It’s a rigorous program, and it takes a lot of discipline. They need to know and understand the importance of being accountable and responsible … We understand that they are still in high school, but we try to give them an opportunity to grow and develop into the best version of themselves.”

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

XLR greets incoming freshmen

Hannah Gallant (left) and Damion Moragne (right), on-air talent for Lander University’s radio station, XLR, speak with incoming freshmen about participating in student media during Lander’s Freshman Orientation session. XLR is part of Lander’s Department of Mass Communications and Media Studies and can be streamed by visiting –Photo by Laura Brown.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Piedmont Tech to Establish New Kappa Pi Chapter

The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Commercial Art Department on Thursday, June 27, 2019, will celebrate the historic installation of the college’s first chapter of the international Kappa Pi Art Honor Society at the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. The ceremony also will welcome 11 new student inductees. All media and the public are invited to attend. 

The event will take place at the Self Conference Center, Room 102C, at the Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood on Thursday, June 27 from 10 am to 11 am.

PTC is the first two-year technical college in the state to be accepted into Kappa Pi.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Four New Assistant Principals Named in District 50

Hodges, Mathews, Westview and Greenwood High School will have new faces on their administrative teams for the 2019-2020 school year.

Courtney Thomas will be the Assistant Principal at Hodges Elementary next year. Thomas has worked in District 50 as a teacher at Springfield and Westview for the last eleven years. Thomas obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lander University and received her Masters of Education degree from Clemson University.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Late faculty member wins Moore Award, colleagues reflect on his impactful career

Previous winners of Lander University’s Moore Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching have received praise for their dedication to general education courses, as well as their devotion to students of all academic disciplines who enter these courses with varying levels of aptitude. Those who knew Jack Burton, the 2019 recipient of the Moore Award, confidently attest that he, too, fit the bill.

As a Lander alum with a B.S. in environmental science, Burton enjoyed his role as a lecturer of chemistry at his alma mater. He loved having the opportunity to help prepare students for a successful future, regardless of their declared major, in addition to helping many uncover a hidden passion for science and the environment.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

LU freshmen orientation

Lander University’s incoming freshmen and orientation leaders took a break for lunch during the first of three orientation sessions for new students. Lander’s Freshman Orientation program gives incoming freshmen a taste of life at Lander, covering how to get involved with campus organizations and study tips for the upcoming fall semester.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Piedmont Tech Program Explores Cybersecurity ― Stardate 72929.7

If you can play ― and win ― at Star Trek 3-D chess, you just might be a cybersecurity professional.

One challenge in cybersecurity work is that the playing field is constantly changing, and not just in a binary way. That can make training and certification, like a Klingon Bird of Prey, a moving target. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Computer Technology Instructor Henry Ecker says that people interested in the profession need to be good at time management and willing to constantly learn more to keep abreast of rapid technological expansion and innovation.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Piedmont Tech Announces Writing Contest Winners

The fear of loss was a common theme in the winning essays of Piedmont Technical College’s annual English Department Writing Contest. The anxieties, both deeply human and understandable, have vastly different origins. One, through personal storytelling, addresses the fear of death and contemplation of mortality. The other examines, through analysis of a poem, an immigrant father’s fear that his Americanized daughter will lose her Hispanic culture.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

From Greenwood to Cambridge: PTC Alumnus Transfers to Harvard

It makes perfect sense that 25-year-old Grateful Dead fan Vincent Bell would enroll at Harvard University this summer to study business. The former Piedmont Technical College (PTC) student can only applaud a band that very successfully deployed one of the most unconventional business plans in music history by actually encouraging their fans to tape and share recordings from their live shows. The tactic expanded their fan base and drove record turnout at their live shows. It was genius.


Monday, June 17, 2019

SC WINS: New Scholarship Helps Further Reduce Tuition Cost at Piedmont Technical College

Thanks to state and federal financial aid, local Promise programs, and a thriving Foundation scholarship program, 70 percent of students attending Piedmont Technical College (PTC) are able to attend tuition-free. Now, a new South Carolina scholarship is poised to make the cost of attending the college even more affordable. 


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Southard-Dobbs Wins Young Faculty Teaching Award

Lander University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Shana Southard-Dobbs, the winner of this year’s Young Faculty Teaching Award, is a memory researcher.

“More specifically, my area of scholarship is how people think about and remember stressful life events,” she said.

She said that two people in a car accident together might have entirely different reactions, with one brushing it off, and the other developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“A driving question of my research,” she said, “is why those differences?”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Two Receive SWM International Technical Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winners of the SWM International Technical Scholarship are James Leonard, right, and Kayla Malone, left, both of Greenwood and pictured here with Donor Representative Crystal Pittman.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, an industry located in Newberry, established this scholarship in 2014. It is available to students enrolled in the Mechatronics, Industrial Electronics and/or Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

D50 Recognizes Jr. Scholars and Duke TIP Qualifiers

At the May District 50 Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent Darrell Johnson recognized 25 middle school students as S.C. Junior Scholars and 5 middle school students as Duke TIP Scholars.

The S.C. Junior Scholars program was designed to identify 8th grade students with exceptional academic skill and scholastic achievement. Eligible students must score a 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math, or writing to be identified as a Junior Scholar. The program offers students the chance for academic opportunities during the summer sponsored by South Carolina colleges and universities.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

EHS Senior Julia Boone Recognized for Completing Accelerate Program

Emerald High Senior Julia Boone was recognized as the first Accelerate graduate for Greenwood School District 50 at the district’s May Board Meeting. Julia was also recognized as one of only 20 seniors in the state to complete the program offered through the SC Governors School for Science and Mathematics.

In 2016, Greenwood District 50 collaborated with the SC Governors School for Science and Mathematics to offer the Accelerate program to qualifying students. Accelerate is an intensive engineering program that offers virtual courses to 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders across the state of South Carolina. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kelly Receives Martha B. Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winner of the Martha B. Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship is Kathryn Kelly of Greenwood.

This scholarship was established in 2005 by the children of Ms. Martha Brown Williams to honor her memory. This scholarship is open to any student in the service region of Piedmont Technical College. Criteria include leadership ability, financial need, and academic achievement.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Area high school students ready for college courses after Dual Enrollment orientation at Lander

Thirty-five high school juniors and seniors from the GLEAMS area took part in Lander University’s orientation sessions for its Dual Enrollment program. Shelby Dominick Reed, director of Lander’s Special Cohort Outreach & Bridge Programs, expects the number to increase to more than 100 students when classes begin in the fall.

Through Lander’s Dual Enrollment program, participants earn college credit while still in high school. They can complete their courses either in person while in a Lander classroom, online or through a hybrid combination of both forms. Just like all Lander students, Dual Enrollment participants will enjoy a host of benefits, including free tutoring in Lander’s Academic Success Center, Fitness Center and swimming pool.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Emerald Celebrates Student Achievements

Emerald High School celebrated the academic achievements of its students during their annual academic awards program.  The following is a list of awardees:


SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO FELLOWS EARLY RECIPIENT SCHOLARSHIP:  Award amount is up to $7,500 annually. Recipients are: Gryphon Balentine, Julia Boone, Kierdyn Davis, Mitchell Gabriel, Lauren Knierim, Amber McCombs, Michael McLeod, Benjamin Ross, Brooke Ruhoff

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lander extends partnership with Chinese university

A delegation from Sanda University in Shanghai, China, visited Lander University on May 23 to sign a five-year extension to an agreement that enables student exchanges between the two schools.  


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WCTEL Awards $11,000 in College Scholarships Awards given by WCTEL and the Foundation for Rural Service.

West Carolina Tel (WCTEL) recently awarded the recipients of the WCTEL & Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) 2019 college scholarships, totaling $11,000 in funds to help local youth pursue further learning. All scholarship applications are mailed to FRS and independently judged in Washington, DC, by a panel of judges selected by FRS.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Four Receive Tour de Tech Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winners of the Tour de Tech Scholarship are Myasia Anderson of Ninety Six, Jalen Pratt of Johnston, Peter Smith of Greenwood, and Crystal Tepetate Hernandez of Greenwood.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Tiara Watson named Springfield Elementary Principal

Springfield Elementary School will have new faces on their administrative team next school year.

Tiara Watson has been named as the new principal at Springfield Elementary.  Watson currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Springfield Elementary School.  In 2017, Watson completed her first year in District 50 as a 5th grade teacher at Woodfields Elementary School.

“I am honored to be selected to lead Springfield Elementary,” Watson stated.  “I look forward t continuing to work with the students, staff and stakeholders in my new role.  Together, I know that we will continue to make a difference in the lives of children every day.”

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dr. Glenn named Superintendent of Greenwood School District 50

During a called school board meeting on Wednesday, May 29, the Board of Trustees for D50 announced Dr. Steve Glenn as their new Superintendent.

The selection of Dr. Glenn follows an extensive Superintendent search conducted by executive search firm Coleman Lew Canny Bowen of Charlotte, NC.  The search began in Jan 2019.

Dr. Glenn comes to Greenwood from Ninety Six, where he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Greenwood School District 52 since 2019.  He has a strong background in all aspects of educational administration including service as assistant superintendent, middle and high school school principal, director, assistant principal, and teacher.  

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lander senior accepted into Clemson as graduate assistant

When Mickayla Crumley arrived at Lander in August 2015, something about being a freshman appealed to her so much that she signed up almost immediately to be a Freshman Orientation leader for the next three years.

Her decision recently paid off in ways she never imagined when she was accepted this past spring into Clemson University’s Master of Education in Student Affairs program as a graduate assistant.

Crumley will be assisting first-time freshmen in their transition to Clemson – and she has no time to wait as her assistantship starts June 3.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Satisfy Your 'Need for Speed' at PTC June Instant Admission Days

Those planning to attend Instant Admission Day are asked to bring their official high school transcript or GED Score report, official college transcripts if they’ve completed previous college courses, a photo ID, and their 2017 tax return (parents’ 2017 return if under 24). Fall classes begin August 19. For more information, call (864) 941-8369.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Griffith named men's basketball assistant coach

Justin Griffith has been named assistant coach for the Lander men's basketball program, head coach Drew Richards announced on Friday.

Griffith has seven years of coaching experience, including six at Mount Olive, where he was in charge of recruiting, scouting, and on-floor player development. Griffith also served as an assistant at Winston-Salem State during the 2014-15 season.

Friday, May 24, 2019

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