School Notes 1-7-15

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A weekly listing of local education news and events

Acuff makes dean’s list at Harding
Indian Land resident Samuel Acuff, a senior psychology major at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., is among more than 1,200 Harding students on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2014 semester. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.
Deadline today for YES scholarships
The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is today, Jan. 7.
The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides full scholarships to American high school students to study abroad for one academic year.
Interested students should visit www.yes-abroad.org to learn more about the program and to apply. Contact the YES Abroad program at yesabroad@afsusa.org or (800) 237-4636, ext. 2151, for details.
Discovery School info session Jan. 8
Discovery School, Lancaster County’s charter elementary school, will hold parent orientation and information sessions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, and Jan. 22 at the school, 302 W. Dunlap St., Lancaster.
The school is taking applications for kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2015-16 school year.  
Applications are available on the school’s website or at the school. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. A lottery will take place at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 11.
School menus available online
The Lancaster County School District’s website features breakfast and lunch menus for the district’s elementary, middle and high schools. To see the menus, visit www.lancastercsd.com/mealsbuses/.
District seeking Hall of Fame nominees
Nominations for the Lancaster County School District Education Hall of Fame will be accepted through Feb. 6. To make a nomination, submit a nomination form, available at www.lancastercsd.com or the district office, 300 Catawba St., Lancaster. Nomination guidelines include:
• Nominees may be former teachers, administrators or board members. Community members who have made significant contributions through their work as a civic leader, politician or friend of education may also be nominated.
• A deceased person can be nominated.
• Nominees from the teacher, administrator or board member categories must have completed their educational careers.
• Nominations are accepted from students, educators and the community.
Nominations may be mailed to Hall of Fame, Lancaster County School District, 300 Catawba St., Lancaster, SC 29720; or delivered to the district office.
Host families sought for exchange students
Imagine being a representative of the American family by hosting a foreign student. You and your family could be the introduction to American living and culture for a young foreign student, ages 15-18. What better way to learn a new language, learn about another country, make new friends and be a positive international influence?
The Academic Year in America (AYA) program is looking for host families for foreign exchange students. AYA is a nonprofit, quality foreign exchange program under the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation. The program has been promoting worldwide understanding through cross-cultural exchange for 33 years.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer host family for a foreign exchange student in the Fort Mill area may contact Trenette Tucker at trenettetucker.aya@gmail.com or (843) 465-2559.
Background checks for everyone in the household age 18 and up will be conducted.
Apply now for Senate internships
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for spring 2015.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have a strong interest in public service, government and press.
Internships are unpaid, but provide students valuable work experience and an opportunity to work with professionals in legislative, constituent services and press roles.
Internship hours are flexible to accommodate students’ course schedules, but can generally run 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Interested South Carolina students should email internships @scott.senate.gov or call (202) 224-6121.

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