Saturday is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and many area students celebrated the occasion Friday through the annual Read Across America program. Many schools, such as Bridgewater Academy and Myrtle Beach Primary School, had visitors come to their schools to read Dr. Seuss books to the children.
In the evening, the S.C. Education Association at Coastal Carolina University invited elementary school students and their families to celebrate on the CCU campus. The event featured First Book-Horry County board members and other volunteers reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books, as well as arts and crafts, refreshments (including birthday cake) and a viewing of the movie “The Lorax.”
Myrtle Beach Primary students will continue to celebrate Seuss next week as its 14 kindergarten classes present three performances of “Seussical” at 5:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Principal Cecelia Nance said her students have been practicing hard, especially over the last two weeks. Grandparents will also be in luck, as the day of the performance, they also can enjoy a Grandparents Day breakfast that morning.
Perfect attendance honors
The Horry County Board of Education recognized 15 students for having perfect attendance in grades one through five, one through eight or one through 11 at its Feb. 25 meeting. The honorees attended school for 900, 1,440 or 1,980 days, respectively, without an absence.
Grades one through five: Jahrique Laquavis Isaiah, Loris Middle School; Zachary Robeson Ford, Myrtle Beach Middle School; John Cameron Huggins, Green Sea Floyds High School; and Isabelle Osorio, Ocean Bay Middle School.
Grades one through eight: Miles Thomas Waddell and Whitney Dairty Martin, Loris High School; and Eboni Selena Calwise and Alonzo Lynn Stevenson, North Myrtle Beach High School.
Grades one through 11: Hannah Catherine Edwards, Alison Raina Soles and Daniella Shawna Patrick, Loris High School; Charles Hollis Whittington and Michael Everett Jones, St. James High School; Crystal Meagan Pee, Aynor High School; and Nicholas Andrew Rosaforte, Early College High School.
Georgetown County pre-K and kindergarten sign-up
Registration for children entering the pre-kindergarten (child development) program for 4-year-olds or the kindergarten program for 5-year-olds in the Georgetown County School District will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at each public elementary school.
A child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of this year to register for the Pre-K program. Registering does not guarantee acceptance, as children must be tested to determine if they are eligible.
Children who are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of this year are required to register and attend kindergarten unless parents sign a waiver accepting responsibility for their child not being in public school. The waiver is available at the school. Full-day kindergarten is available at all public elementary schools.
Parents should bring their child’s legal birth certificate, current S.C. certificate of immunization (shot record) and Social Security card (if available) to register. Proof of residency, current vehicle registration card and/or legal guardianship will be required by school administration.
Horry middle schools rock MathCounts contest
Horry County middle schools claimed three of four team awards and multiple individual wins for young mathematicians and engineers participating in the Coastal/Pee Dee Chapter of the S.C. Society of Professional Engineers’ annual regional MathCounts competition held Feb. 9.
Eighty-four students representing 12 schools from three counties participated in the event, which consists of three sessions of written math tests. Top scoring individual students compete in an afternoon Countdown Round, where the highest performing individuals competed against each other in pairs.
Forestbrook Middle School won first place. Olga Suchankova and Noah Johnson placed in the top 10 in individual competition. Other team members were Dashiell Stevanovich and Marc McCray. Individual competitors were Lexy Cody, Poojan Patel, Cameron Ball, Sophie Stevanovich and Celia Kirkman. Team coaches were Elissa Blosser, Sandra Shores, Kayla Maxwell and Erin Stroud.
St. James Middle School won second place. Alex Tew and Kody Morris placed in the top 10 in individual competition. Other team members were Jack Hoodenpyle and Dylan Silvas. Individual competitors were Gracie Guthrie, Kyra Cumbow, Ryan Riedinger, Lexi Clark and Lauren Krechel. Team coaches were Kelli Faust and Eric Wright.
Black Water Middle School took fourth place, with Eric Zhang and Jason Zhang placing in the top 10 in individual competition. Keiana Haigh, Jade Gambill, Christian Hanna, Wendell Harper, Evan Hale, Cammie Wolfe, Trinity Hanna and Olivia Wilson also were in the competition. Team coaches were Phillip Reeser and Robin Hardwick.
Individual competition winners were: Tew, St. James Middle, first place; Zhang, Black Water Middle, second place; Chase Cortese, Conway Middle, third place; Suchankova, Forestbrook Middle, fourth place. Countdown-round winners were: Morris, St. James Middle; Johnson, Forestbrook Middle; Tew, St. James Middle.
The top two schools will compete in the state competition Saturday at the University of South Carolina, where the top two individuals who were not on top two teams, Zhang from Black Water Middle and Cortese from Conway Middle, also will compete at the state competition in Columbia.
Alternative prom plans
Prom is just around the corner, and The Sun News is looking for high school juniors and seniors who are opting to spend prom night somewhere OTHER than the prom. If that’s you, email email@example.com by March 11.
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