Gazette Class Notes for Feb. 28

Beaufort student part of musical cast

A Beaufort student was part of the cast for the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind production of the musical "Swing!" performed last week at the Spartanburg school.

Nallely Ayala of Beaufort is a senior at the school, which has integrated studies of the swing era into the its curriculum this year.

TCL plays host to financial aid workshop

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will offer a college financial aid workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the MacLean Hall Student Center on the Beaufort campus, 921 Ribaut Road.

The free event is open to the public.

The "College Goal" workshop is designed to help college-bound students and their families with the financial aid application process for any college or university and will provide assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Participants should plan to bring the following: student's 2010 state and federal tax returns; parents' 2010 state and federal tax returns; Social Security number; driver's license; verification of untaxed income; and alien registration number, if the student is an eligible noncitizen.

Details: Mackenzie McGrew, 843-525-8307 or

Nonprofit organization launches talent contest

South Carolina Future Minds is launching a statewide video talent contest for public school students. The winning students will be invited to perform live at the state Teacher of the Year celebration in April at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The contest is open to public school students in grades one through 12 in South Carolina.

Videos of students showcasing their skills may be submitted for preliminary judging and an online vote by the general public will determine the winner.

The submission period ends March 15. Public voting via Facebook will begin soon after.

Details: 803-741-5646,


  • National Honor Society students are participating in Read Across America 2011. The students will collect new or gently used children's books through Wednesday, when they will read the books to students at local elementary schools.
  • The Athletics Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. March 7 in the cafeteria.

  • Senior Lily Westergaard, who last spring scored a perfect 800 on the SAT literature subject test, is a National Merit Finalist. Last fall, she was among 16,000 semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships.

  • Votes for Beaufort Middle's favorite South Carolina Junior Book Award are due today.
  • The Beaufort Middle School community is gearing up for its next visit from Palmetto's Finest evaluators Wednesday.
  • Winners of the science fair include: Austin Bell, Reagan Kilpatrick, Akasha Nelson, Carey Burgess, Alexis Adams, Ashley DiFalco, Jessica Palombo, Bryan Dadson, Nakiya Byas, Katie Stansell, Vanessa Madrid, Shivin Shetty, Yasmine Gonzalez, Raequan Scott, Esther Lawrence, Kiara Craner, Julia Kolb, Taylor McGowan, Jake Zentner, Nathan Crandall, Skyler Williams, Ashley Shepherd, Mattie Hibbs, Jocelyn Thompson, Marcus Cook, Darrell Patterson and Kyle Torrey.

  • The district will celebrate "Parent Day" by encouraging all parents to visit their child's school either today or Tuesday. Families should receive invitations from schools.
  • The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will visit the Ridgeland High School gym for a game at 7 p.m. March 10. The team has partnered with the Jasper County Rotary Club to help raise money for its annual scholarship plan. To play, volunteer or be a sponsor, call 843-717-2456 or e-mail
  • Superintendent Vashti Washington has scheduled her next "Coffee with the Superintendent" for March 12 to chat with Jasper County residents. Parents, business people and others are encouraged to participate. To make an appointment, call 843-717-1103.

  • IGPs must be completed by today.
  • Away softball and baseball games will be Tuesday and March 8.

  • Eighth-grade Beaufort High School visits will be Thursday.
  • The annual oyster roast will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, which cost $25 a person, are on sale at the school's main office and the parish office. Details:, 843-522-9555
  • Open enrollment for the 2011-12 school year has begun and space is available in all classes, including the new 3-year-old program. Details: 843-522-2163,
  • The school is forming boys and girls soccer teams. Details: Coach Coffman, 843-522-2163
  • The school has made a change to its calendar. There will be no school March 18 because of a faculty in-service day. School will be in session March 25.

  • A School Improvement Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. today.
  • The school will have a "Snuggle Up and Read" school-wide pajama party Wednesday in recognition of Read Across America Day. Parents are invited.
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