Education notebook | Conway academy spreads word of major success

01/11/2013 9:24 PM

01/11/2013 9:25 PM

MYRTLE BEACH The Academy for Technology and Academics had a fantastic night Wednesday for the first of its three open houses, said Principal David Stoudenmire, as the school welcomed more than 400 parents and students, and collected over 150 applications for next year.

“Each year seems to be improving because we’re getting the word out,” Stoudenmire said, “and we’re staggering the days to try to avoid conflicts people might have.”

The open houses are for 10th-graders in Horry County Schools who want to take advantage of the many majors offered at ATA, which is located at 5639 U.S. 701 N., Conway. The remaining open houses will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and Feb. 12.

The school offers a variety of majors, such as culinary, pre-med, nursing and automotive, and some, such as cosmetology, are not offered elsewhere in the district. Students must apply to attend ATA, and they come from all of the district’s nine attendance areas. Stoudenmire said the district will provide transportation if six or more students are traveling from the same attendance area.

Open houses are opportunities for prospective students and parents to talk about majors with teachers and staff, as well as with about 75 to 80 student ambassadors who also are on hand to answer questions. For more information about ATA, call 488-6600.

Carolina Forest High headed to national contest

Carolina Forest High School’s “We the People” team won the state competition Thursday and will be headed to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in April. “We the People” is a competition based on the constitution and is governed by the Center for Civic Education and the S.C. Bar.

The school tied a historic standard by sweeping all six-unit divisions that comprise the competition, said J.J. Iagulli of the Carolina Forest Social Studies Department. He said the six-unit sweep was only the second time in the 26-year history of the event that the feat had been accomplished.

Democratic Women sponsors essay contest

The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County is sponsoring its annual scholarship essay contest, and the essay theme is “Democrats Represent Me Because ... .” Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are registered voters in Horry County are eligible to enter to win one of two $1,000 scholarships.

Essays must be received no later than April 5. Contest application and a complete set of rules and criteria are available at Information is also available by contacting Essay Committee Chair Milly Vaughn at

A booklet containing all the winning essays will be published, with ad sales in the booklet and other fundraising activities of the council going to support the scholarships. For more information, contact Sally Howard at 843-455-1936 or

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