Sheldon A. Bates, DMD, completed his residency in orthodontics at the Virginia Commonwealth University, formerly the Medical College of Virginia, receiving a Master's of Science in Dentistry. Graduating from Lugoff High School in 2002, Wofford College in 2006 and Medical University of South Carolina in 2010, Dr. Bates will practice in Virginia. Dr. Bates is appreciative of family, friends, teachers and mentors who have made this possible.
The U.S. Department of Education approved a waiver Thursday for South Carolina to be exempted from certain provisions of the state's version of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program. Now, school districts, including the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), must figure out how to deal with the changes the waiver allows them to make.
Taylor Phipps, BriAnna Alexander, and Callie Olano have been awarded 2012 Laurie Slade Funderburk Leadership scholarships. For a fifth year, the South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus has given scholarships in honor of each of the 16 women legislators currently serving in the South Carolina General Assembly. Funderburk is currently serving as chair of the Women's Caucus.
Rebecca Armentrout, of Cassatt, is one three Coker College biology students who presented research at the 11th European Conference of Fungal Genetics held last month at the Philipps-Universität/Max Planck Institute of Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. Armentrout and her fellow students were the only undergraduate programs in Coker's biology department.
Parents hoping to connect with their children's teachers at Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) have another tool at their disposal this year, as the school's supply lists and wish lists are now posted on the free TeacherLists.com website. Parents can easily find exactly the supplies the kids need for back-to-school and -- perhaps more importantly -- the extra supplies that teachers feel would make for an even more effective classroom.
Thanks to generous donations made in memory of the late Thomas E. "Daddy Mac" McLester, four young women -- three who graduated from Kershaw County schools -- have been named as recipients of scholarships in McLester's name.
South Carolina Connections Academy, a virtual public charter school serving students in grades K-12 from across South Carolina, is now open for enrollment. Connections Academy will host an information session Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the AllStaff Occupational Health Services Meeting Facility, 2513 Broad St., in Camden.
For the past ten years, Kershaw County residents have helped provide school supplies for more than 2,000 local needy students through the School Tools program. In order to make it even more convenient for persons to participate this year, a special account has been set up at First Citizens Bank where donations can be dropped off or sent through the mail.
Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) Director Chet Horton congratulates Natalie Harris, a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, on becoming the first ATEC student ever to win a national scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society. Harris is one of only 125 students nationwide to receive a $1,000 Jon H. Poteat $1,000 scholarship.