The Emily Geiger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored six local students at its February meeting. Krystina Hanna, a junior at Bluffton High School, was awarded a DAR medal as recognition for being this year's Outstanding Cadet in the school's JROTC program. The DAR Good Citizen Award went to Meredith Malphrus, a junior at Bluffton High School. This year's essay topic was "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence" and the following middle school students were the winners of the writing contest: Cross Schools fifth-grader Caldwell Tarleton; St. Gregory the Great Catholic School sixth-grader Mary Grace Nimmer; St. Gregory the Great Catholic School seventh-grader Nicholas Andrew Myhre and Cross Schools eighth-grader Savannah M. Young.
The Zapata Initiative's second annual "Peace through Art and Sport" student winners were announced Feb. 11. More than $1,000 in prize money was awarded to Hilton Head middle and high school students: Chase Faulkner, Alanna Geoffery, Emma North, Jean Foissac, Pilar Kayser, Allison Snell, Hannah Littlejohn, Madison Etchells, Camille Felix, Haley Munroe, Charlie Pitts, Brynna Collela, Alex Vinson, Angelica Santos, Jacob Desantiago, Lexica Mensez Romero and Natalie Mlodzinski.
Teachers throughout the Lowcountry who work with students who speak another language at home are invited to meet March 9 on the campus of Michael C. Riley Elementary School in Bluffton for a Compassion and Realistic Expectations Conference. C.A.R.E. focuses on providing mainstream teachers with strategies to better serve English Language Learners. Food and door prizes are included. Deadline to register is Friday. Cost is $50 a teacher. If three teachers from the same school register, the fourth is free. Details: Linda Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-706-8300, ext. 8393
BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
145 Beaufort County eighth-graders were honored at a banquet Thursday for being named Junior Scholars by the S.C. Department of Education. Eligible students score 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math or writing, or were recognized for meeting eligibility requirements and participating in Duke University's Talent Identification Program during their seventh-grade years. The students receive an award of merit from the Department of Education as well as information about summer academic programs at S.C. colleges and universities. They can use that special recognition to bolster their applications to colleges and universities, according to a district news release.
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
The fifth-grade class presents the "American Pop Forever" concert 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The fourth- and fifth-grade choral group "Singers" will be performing a selection of showtunes at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's Youth Festival.
Bluffton Early Childhood Center and Bluffton Elementary are looking for volunteers to read for students. The Wildcat Readers Program is aimed at students in kindergarten through second grade. Details: Theresa Ball, 843-707-0900, email@example.com
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Contact Ms. Joly at 843-706-8771 to receive the email newsletter.
Nicholas Wheeler has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Sydnee Wheeler, Nicholas's sister, also was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a 2013 President's Volunteer Service Award. These awards are presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and honors young people across the country.
Art teachers Diane Bass and Jeri Pautler announce that Katsuya Asano received the Best in Show Award for his artwork at the Promising Picassos exhibit at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Susana Reyes received an honorable mention. Also participating in the event, co-sponsored by the Island School Council for the Arts, were: Shoshei Inokawa, Sandy Wongwaiwate, Moyu Sasaki, Jack O'Koniewski, Chang Ju Lee and Madison Selvy.
Heritage Academy, under the direction of guidance counselor Betsey Castellano, has completed its three-week 2013 Pennies for Patients Drive at the school. Students donated their change during class blocks in the designated collection boxes that were placed throughout the school. All proceeds will benefit lymphoma and leukemia research for children. Classes that raised the most money will be treated to a pizza or ice cream party. Heritage Academy students raised $550.
Senior Emily Hammond is one of 3,000 National Senior Candidates and the only one from Beaufort County nominated for designation as a United States Presidential Scholar. The 2013 Commission of Presidential Scholars will choose one boy and one girl from each state, 15 at large and 20 from the Creative and Performing Arts discipline. The Presidential Scholars will be chosen from criteria based upon their College Board or ACT scores, essays, recommendations and school transcripts. Winners will be announced in May and presented with the U.S. Presidential Scholar Medallion at a ceremony in June in Washington, D.C.
Heritage Academy, under the direction of guidance counselors Betsey Castellano and Dean Costakis, conducted its Spring National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in the school library. The new inductees are: Francesca Martelli Cova, Kathryn Crouch, Ben Dietrich, Jae Hong, Carla Loyola, Austin Maher, John Taylor Page, Phyllis Yu Tang, Kelly Whaley and Sandy Wongwaiwate.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The "International Festival" will be 5:30-7 p.m. tonight. There will be entertainment, interactive stations for the children and food from many parts of the world. Contact Ms. Kent at 843-342-4266 if you would like to volunteer.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Heidi Stine won second place in the 2013 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Her work will be showcased at the duck stamp exhibit in Charleston. Carolanne O'Fee received an honorable mention for her entry.
The school is celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday (Read Across America) by collecting books and monetary donations through Friday to create a "free library" for the Neighborhood Outreach Center. Please bring your donation to the school library. Books should be for kindergarten through sixth-graders with a focus on the younger students.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
School is closed March 4-8 for spring break.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
Winners of the Middle School Science Fair include: First place overall, Sam Kriney, "Circadian Rhythms"; second place overall (tie), J.D. Monts, "Water Fouling vs. Depth," and Jacqueline Nahman and Kendall Smith, "Burning Calories;" third place overall, Kacy Jones, "Are You Sure?"
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Visitors are invited to view the science fair 4-6 p.m. Thursday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AMES Family Bingo Night is 6:15-8:30 p.m. Friday. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Food will be served. All proceeds benefit AMES fifth grade Florida trip.
Book Fair is through Friday. Volunteers are needed. Details: 843-707-0500.
Kindergarten Music-Arts performance is at 6 p.m. Thursday.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Spirit Shirt Day is Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
The Parenting With Purpose class will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday. This event is open to the public.
A Parent Ed Cafè on the topic of "Testing Preparation Without Testing" will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
SPMA Day at Watusi is Friday.