There is a newest addition to the Lower School playground — a shrimp boat. Beaufort Academy would like to thank the Parents’ Association for all of their work in both fundraising and collaborative planning to make this happen. The students are thrilled with the new playground equipment, and can’t wait for recess each day. Special thanks also to Virginia Rhodes for her coordination of the project, and JH Hiers Construction, Grayco, Mother Earth Landscaping, and Jay Roberts for donations to both prepare the area for the additions, as well as improve the existing areas of the playground. Also, thank you to the folks who came last Saturday to help with the final step, spreading the mulch: Stephen and Christy Schools, Wendi and Phillip Lynn, Leta Matte, Jackie Adams, Katherine and Ashley Hefner and Shannon and Jay Roberts. Third graders set sail.
• Battery Creek High School will recognize the Boys Basketball Region Championship teams of 2001, 2005, 2009,2010 at the BC vs. Beaufort basketball game on Friday, December 5. This will be a great night to celebrate these great teams. Coach Drafts is asking all team members to help spread the word and to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-322-5575 if they plan to attend.
Battery Creek High School’s SADD Club members assisted with Habersham’s Halloween Carnival at Harvest Festival on October 25. Students, from left: Shelby Scoggins, Dominique Allen, Hunter Hise, Kiarra Hall and Victoria Kellerman.
• Individualized Educational Program (IEP) will hold a Q&A Workshop for parents of children with special needs sponsored by Beaufort County School Parent/Community REACH Center and presented by Parents Reaching Out to Parents of South Carolina.
Kim Preston, Region 1 Education Coordinator will address topics such as what is an IEP, the special education process, the initial evaluation, and communication between parents and the schools. The workshop will be held November 20, 6 to 8 p.m. at Battery Creek High School, Room D241, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort, SC. Call to register 1-800-759-4776 or 803-772-5688.
• Monday, Nov. 10: BA will observe Veterans Day, no school.
• Tuesday, Nov. 11: Special program in honor of Veterans Day.
• Saturday, Nov. 8: The Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, followed by barbecue dinner and auction, to be held at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island. Tickets for the dinner and auction may be purchased before or at the event. More information can be found at www.beaufortacademy.org.
• Thursday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 14: The BA Upper School Thespians invite you to their production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Performances are to be held in the gym at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Admission is $5.
• Beaufort High students received a rare treat when they talked (via Skype) with author and Holocaust survivor Sidney Finkel. Their teacher, Brandi Van Gorder, introduced Mr. Finkel’s memoir to them as part of their English curriculum regarding collectivism vs. individualism. After learning some historical background information on the Holocaust, students read Finkel’s book, “Sevek and the Holocaust, the Boy Who Refused to Die.” They were uniformly touched by his struggles to survive the horrors he experienced in Buchenwald concentration camp, and his drive to build a new life after liberation. Students gained a new understanding of this period of history by being able to talk “face to face” with a person who actually experienced it. Several history classes also were part of the Skype interview.
The Beaufort County School District held ground-breaking ceremonies last week for the construction of May River High School, a ninth through 12th-grade school in the New Riverside area of Bluffton.
The future home of the May River “Sharks” — school colors of royal blue, black and silver — is planned to be open for the 2016-17 school year with a projected enrollment of 900 students. The building’s capacity is 1,400 students.
“This is such an exciting time of growth for our district and our county,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss, “Our team will work hard to stay on time and on budget as we build a cutting-edge school to serve our students and the Bluffton community.”
The new high school will be built with energy conservation features and a full suite of athletic facilities, and it is designed to accommodate use by the general community. The high school’s academic offerings will include an array of Career and Technical Education (CATE) courses.
Thursday, October 30 was annual Wear Red Day in celebration of Red Ribbon Week at Battery Creek High School. Not only is it fun to dress in red, but wearing the color shows support to fight drug abuse in all ages, and to remember those who lost their lives to drug abuse. Diane Grooms, Battery Creek High SADD club advisor, urges all students to think before using drugs.
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will conduct its 2014 Emerging Artists Competition on Friday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Beaufort Campus.
High school juniors and seniors from public and private secondary schools throughout South Carolina and neighboring counties in Georgia and North Carolina have been invited to submit works of art for consideration by a panel of judges drawn from the university’s faculty in the Studio Art program. The works may represent painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and media arts.
This will be the fourth annual competition for young artists throughout the region. In previous years, more than 100 entries were submitted, 40 of which were accepted for consideration.
This year’s panel of judges consists of Lisa Victoria Ciresi, Ph.D., associate professor of the History of Art and coordinator of the annual competition. She is aided by fellow judges Brian Glaze, M.F.A., assistant professor of Art and coordinator of the Studio Art program at USCB; Christopher Maraffi, assistant professor of Media Arts and USCB’s newest hire for the program, and Eliot Joanna Angell, M.F.A., instructor.
The day’s events will begin at 10 a.m. when the young artists arrive on campus. For the next hour, they may tour the Sea Islands Center Gallery on Carteret Street, where many of their submitted artworks are on display, as well as the university’s facilities for the Studio Art program and the Center for the Arts, both located on USCB’s Beaufort campus. Lunch outdoors will follow at noon.
Topher Maraffi will deliver the keynote address. An artist-animator, educator and technical author, Maraffi’s research interests involve computational performatology, an arts approach to designing performative embodied agents for procedural character animation.
“We created this event as a means of encouraging emerging artists to pursue the arts in the hope that they will come to a university with a program in art and be able to excel with the proper direction,” Dr. Ciresi says. “It’s also a big recruitment opportunity for us. It raises awareness of the university, of the Studio Art degree program, and the fact that we have a significant amount of scholarship funds to offer deserving students.”
The panel of judges will select the top three emerging artists. The first-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship; the second place winner will earn a $2,000 scholarship, and the third place winner will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. All awards are contingent upon successful completion of the USCB application process, declaring a major in studio art, and maintaining a certain grade point average. Every student whose work is accepted into the show will receive a $500 renewal scholarship; all awards are subject to the same criteria.
After making a pair of key plays to thwart Mercer scoring attempts, Citadel redshirt freshman cornerback DeVonta Delaney has been named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
With The Citadel leading 28-10 in the third quarter, Delaney, from Seabrook, ended a Mercer scoring drive when he intercepted a pass at the Bulldog one-yard line. That was his second pickoff of the season after grabbing one at Western Carolina the previous week.
His most important effort came late in the fourth quarter after the Bears scored a touchdown to pull within 28-26. Mercer attempted a trick play on the two-point conversion, with wide receiver Chandler Curtis taking a pitch and attempting a pass back to quarterback John Russ.
Delaney, a Whale Branch High School graduate, moved into position to make the play, and his leaping deflection of the Curtis pass preserved The Citadel’s lead. The Bulldogs got the ensuing kickoff and gained three first downs to run out the remaining 3:31.
Delaney also had three tackles in the game, giving him a season total of 34 including highs of six against Florida State, Chattanooga and Western Carolina.
The Bulldogs will return to Johnson Hagood Stadium this Saturday for their annual Homecoming game against Furman at 2 p.m.
Local residents are among more than 3,300 students who enrolled in Clemson University for the fall semester. They are:
• Natalie N Alvarez of Beaufort. Alvarez is a graduate of the Governor’s School of Science and Math whose major is Biological Sciences.
• Zoe A Brais of Beaufort. Brais is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Pre-Business.
• Ronald W Carter of Beaufort. Carter is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is General Engineering.
• Molly Johanna Clark of Beaufort. Clark is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Mathematical Sciences.
• Shelby L Duncan of Beaufort. Duncan is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Pre-Business.
• Joshua Edward Fickes of Beaufort. Fickes is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Pre-Business.
• Victoria Pearl Gadsden of Beaufort. Gadsden is a graduate of Montrose Christian Sch whose major is Animal and Veterinary Science.
• Deidre Gallant of Beaufort. Gallant is a graduate of Battery Creek High School whose major is Preprofessional Health Studies.
• Michelle H Gee of Beaufort. Gee is a graduate of Whale Branch Early College High School whose major is General Engineering.
• Maya A Linyard of Beaufort. Linyard is a graduate of Whale Branch Early College High School whose major is Animal and Veterinary Science.
• Noah Bradley Malphrus of Beaufort. Malphrus is a graduate of Community Bible Church Academy whose major is Pre-Business.
• Brady S. Mckenzie of Beaufort. Mckenzie is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Chemistry.
• Jonah Richard Miller of Beaufort. Miller is a graduate of the Governor’s School of Science and Math whose major is General Engineering.
• Natalie Dare Moore of Beaufort. Moore is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Chemistry.
• Justice Patrick Mullen of Beaufort. Mullen is a graduate of the Governor’s School of Science and Math whose major is Genetics.
• Jennifer Leigh Mullins of Beaufort. Mullins is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Pre-Business.
• James M Rider of Beaufort. Rider is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Chemistry.
• David A Seguine of Beaufort. Seguine is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is English.
• Paula Carol Sommerville of Beaufort. Sommerville is a graduate of Ashley Hall whose major is Biological Sciences.
• Mary Austen Stoddard of Beaufort. Stoddard is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Prerehabilitation Science.
• Jordan E Washington of Beaufort. Washington is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is General Engineering.
• Maura Elizabeth Wechsler of Beaufort. Wechsler is a graduate of Beaufort High School whose major is Pre-Business.
Ranked No. 20 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success.
The annual BA Fall Festival was once again a huge success! From the old-fashioned carnival games to the bounce house, face painting, and dunk tank, everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for putting together this wonderful event.
Highschoolers Lane Harrell, Kathleen Simkins, Malia Kaneshige, and Eliza Akers visit the face painting booth.
Madison McDougall gets wrapped like a mummy at the Boo Boo booth.
Michelle and Margaret Heirs exit the Balloon Bus.
BA Headmaster Stephen Schools takes a turn in the dunk tank — complete with shorts, button up shirt and a tie.
At last Friday night’s football game, Beaufort High was officially inducted as an American Cancer Society, Relay For Life School. BHS Interact Club, led by Robin Southard and Debbie Kidd, fundraised throughout the year and created the Kidzwalk, which entertained participants with kid-friendly games at the Relay For Life in April. This year, Homecoming King and Queen, Zack Wilson and Alex Zapp, designated that $3,500 raised during homecoming would be given to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Beaufort. These funds will go to give free wigs, free rides, and many other local patient programs and cancer research. For more information on how to become a part of Relay For Life, please call 843-744-1922 or visit Relayforlife.org/beaufortsc.
AT RIGHT: Relay Beaufort High School, from left: Relay For Life Co-chair Beth Woodring, Staff Partner Heather Lanning, Beaufort High Principal Corey Murphy, Teacher Robin Southard, Coach Gerry Linn, Herbert Glaze, and teacher Deborah Kidd.
As a part of the STEM curriculum at Bridges Preparatory School, Ms. Newton’s class became engineers last week. They learned that engineers create, build, construct and plan. They also learned that engineers use a variety of tools but the students had to use those tools properly. To incorporate the reading lesson about characters and settings, the class then sought out to build an indestructible home for the Three Little Pigs. They worked in groups to plan, create, and build homes out of different materials, then they tested the houses by re-enacting the story and watching the “Big Bad Wolf.” Ms. Newton try to blow them over with a blow dryer. Three out of six houses did not fall down. The students then compared the structure of the homes and determined why some were sturdier than others. Then they used a real power drill and applied what they had learned about safely using tools — by drilling holes into the class pumpkin.
• Friday, Oct. 31: Red Ribbon Week comes to an end, thank you to Doug Kahn and Dr. Clark Trask for being guest speakers during the week.
Sixth grade students in Mrs. Patel’s science class at Beaufort Academy extended their knowledge of the atmosphere and applied the scientific method by creating a cloud in a cup. The students used water, shaving cream and their choice of food coloring. They observed the cloud absorb droplets of water and finally break. Pictured with his cup is Conner Aivaz.
• Saturday, Nov. 1: The Junior Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, benefitting the Blue & White Athletic Booster Club at BA.
• Tuesday, Nov. 4: Last day to register for the adult Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, benefitting the Blue & White Athletic Booster Club at BA! Tournament to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Sanctuary Golf Club, followed by the Live Auction and dinner. Contact 843-524-3393 for more information, or see www.beaufortacademy.org.
• Tuesday, Nov. 4: BA families interested in learning more about financial assistance for college should plan to attend an information session at 6 p.m., presented by BA college advisor Mary Trask.
LADY’S ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
• It’s time to start getting ready for the BCSD Artistically Gifted and Talented Screening Days. The northern location will be January 24 at Robert Smalls IA for Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music
Registration is closed on December 19, so students can have plenty of advance notice to prepare their portfolios/auditions before the holidays. Online registration http://goo.gl/forms/c70UzvQXFn. For questions, call Ms. Rooney at 843-322-3100.
• Lady’s Island Middle School has a new partnership with Bi-Lo. Connect your Bi-Lo Bonus card to the Bi-Lo Educational rewards and support the school just by buying groceries. For details, contact Mr. Roberts at 843-322-3118 or email at email@example.com.
SADD Club members, parents, faculty and staff members formed a ring of unity to show support against bullying at Battery Creek High School. A moment of silence was held in memory of all bullying victims. The SADD Club also gave all BCHS teachers a handout and postcards with bullying statistics and donated Anti-Bullying/Anti-Drug stickers to some elementary students at Broad River Elementary, Shanklin Elementary, Mossy Oaks Elementary, and Beaufort Elementary schools. In addition, the SADD Club provided Anit-Bullying posters for a number of BCHS teachers to post in their rooms.
At Beaufort High, Brad Smith challenged fellow teacher Wendy Lacombe to a Shakespearean Rhyme-Off, proceeds from which will benefit the “Look Good, Feel Better” program at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. This program helps provide wigs, head coverings, and makeup to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. The BHS chapter of Health Occupation Students of America sponsored this event.
This is a second grade TACT class from Lady’s Island Elementary. These students come early to art one day a week and they created painted pumpkins for Bay View Nursing home as a community service project.
Mr. and Miss Blue and Gold: DeAnthony Moore and Mary Rice at Battery Creek High Homecoming.
Beaufort Academy sophomores and juniors went on their annual College Tour last week. Starting at Mercer University, they then visited the University of Georgia, Lander University, Presbyterian College, Newberry College, and finally the University of South Carolina in Columbia. At left: A group of BA 10th and 11th graders are seen at Mercer University during their annual college tour.