Education notebook | Myrtle Beach school continues tree festival tradition

All types of lights gave a holiday glow to the gym at Myrtle Beach Intermediate School Thursday night as the school held its second annual Festival of Trees and Craft Fair.

Each class decorated a tree to represent a state, and they ranged from a Pennsylvania palm with a Hershey’s candy theme to the handmade cow ornaments and Ben & Jerry’s cartons that adorned the tree for Vermont.

The evening included other activities, such as a craft fair where students sold a variety of handmade items, a luminary walk and a family pancake dinner fundraiser, and a holiday program was set to follow at Myrtle Beach High School. Guests also had another chance to view the trees Friday morning.

Toomey’s Kids take in the ice show

Toomey’s Kids made it possible for about 400 special needs students and teachers to attend the ice show at the Palace Theatre Wednesday morning. Toomey’s Kids is a state-recognized charity that supports the special needs children in Horry and Georgetown county schools, and it hopes to expand throughout the state.

Ted and Pat Prehodka founded the charity, which sponsors four activities for the students each year. Ted Prehodka said they already had gone fishing, and they will go bowling and to Ripley’s Aquarium in the second half of the school year.

The group works with 22 schools, recently adding two from Carolina Forest and one from Georgetown, Prehodka said.

The schools receive checks from $500 to $1,000, with funds coming from donors, he said. Teachers use the funds for supplies and classroom extras, and they are only required to provide receipts for their purchases.

NMB students help Christmas Angels

Three hundred North Myrtle Beach High School students gave a brighter holiday to Christmas Angels who attend North Myrtle Beach Primary, Elementary and Intermediate schools by providing much-needed presents from the children’s wish lists.

Student volunteers worked in teams of two and three to raise more than $12,000 for Christmas presents for 148 children. The North Myrtle Beach Optimist Club donated more than $1,600 to pay for bicycles, while student Jaymie Danford raised about $900 by herself.

Shopping took place Dec. 7, and gifts were presented at a party Dec. 8 at North Myrtle Beach Primary with cookies, punch and, of course, Santa Clause. The event was created by Cathy Threatt, an English teacher at North Myrtle Beach High, with this year marking the program’s 11th year.

Horry County middle schools tops at Mock Trial

Myrtle Beach teams took the top two spots in the 2012 State Middle School Mock Trial Competition Dec. 7-8 at the Mark H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center and the Lexington Summary Courthouse.

Forestbrook Middle School won its third state mock trial competition, and Ocean Bay Middle School was first runner-up. They were two of the 12 teams out of 37 teams that advanced from the regional competitions.

Participating students from Forestbrook were Holley Black, Calie Glasgow, Ashlyn Herring, Erica Holt, Kasie Ingram, Ashley Jones, Joey Kirkman, Jaida Lankford, Nayah Lewis, Aly Loyd, DeAnna Mason, Ashley Murray, Katelyn Price, Georgette Riviera, Sydny Stegall, Sophie Stevanovich, Lauren Stevens and Cinthia Zavala. Teacher coaches were Lisa Aglietti, Joe Boswell, Stephanie Necessary, April Scott and Joey Trail. Attorney coaches were Scott Hucks and Gene Vaught.

Most effective witnesses and most effective attorneys were recognized from every round at the state competition after three rounds. From Forestbrook, Zavala was named most effective attorney, Jones earned two most effective attorney awards, and Kirkman earned two most effective witness awards.

Participating students from Ocean Bay were Mikaela Campman, Bailee Carter, Alyssa Conner, Nicole Conner, Michael Corcione, Ela Ender, Natasha Flaten, Will Jordan, Sarah Miller, Kena Patel, Zannah Shockely, Teagan Smith, Kaleigh Tarabek, Christoph Tatgenhorst, Yana Tatgenhorst, Maddie Waddingham, Franky Wong and Jacky Wong. Teacher coaches were Elaine Aiken, Billy Gainus, Mary Lynn Ashby-Hope and Marion Touzel. Their attorney coach was Dominic Starr.

North Myrtle Beach Middle School and Myrtle Beach Middle School also were among the top 12 teams, coming in at numbers six and nine respectively.

Forestbrook Middle teacher wins veterans award

Forestbrook Middle School teacher Stephanie Necessary won the Veterans of Foreign Wars District Teacher of the Year award.

There are nine districts in South Carolina, and one elementary, one middle and one high school teacher is chosen for each district.

The state will choose one teacher at each school level to represent the group at the national level. State-level decisions will be made by Jan. 15.