FFA Competition

SHS FFA MEMBERS COMPETE IN MR FFA COMPETITION - On February 23rd, two Saluda High School FFA members were among twenty six young men competing in the annual Mr FFA Scholarship Competition held at Pendleton High School.  The afternoon began for the boys with individual interviews, preparing for a surprise event, and practicing a dance routine.  During the competition, the boys competed in official dress and casual wear divisions.  They also introduced themselves on stage and top ten contestants answered an agriculture related question.  Saluda members that participated were seniors William Yonce and Wyatt Doolittle.  Wyatt was named fist runner up and “Mr MVP”.  Mr MVP was awarded based on Wyatt’s essay and interview which addressed the issue of how he felt he has made an impact on a fellow FFA member.Pictured, left to right - Saluda FFA members Ginger Wertz, William Yonce, Wyatt Doolittle, Kelly Wertz.

Author Kate Salley Palmer visits
Hollywood Elementary School

  Author Kate Palmer visited with Hollywood Elementary School students on Friday, March 2 in commemoration of “National Read Across America Week.”
  A native of Orangeburg, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina,  Mrs. Palmer began her career as a 6th grade teacher  in Seneca, and later was the first political cartoonist working for a daily newspaper in South Carolina.  In the 90’s she began doing children’s picture books as an author/illustrator and had several published by national publishers like Simon and Schuster, Boyds Mills Press and Albert Whitman.
  In 1998, she and her husband Jim, a retired Clemson professor, started Warbranch Press and have since published 10 books - 9 for children.  In 2014, the SC Council for the Social Studies presented Jim and Kate the “Friend of the Social Studies” award to acknowledge the contribution of Kate’s books to the rigorous study of social studies in South Carolina classrooms.  Jim and Kate live in Clemson.

Saluda Adult Education Student Hunter Owens
Earns a Platinum WorkKeys Certificate!

  The faculty, staff and students of the Saluda County School District Adult Education Program would like to congratulate Hunter David Owens on qualifying for a Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The ACT NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance. People can earn an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate by taking three ACT WorkKeys exams: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. They are awarded certificates of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels, depending on their test scores.
  Hunter’s certificate puts him in an elite group.  According to the ACT Work Ready Communities website for South Carolina (https://www.workreadycommunities.org/SC), of the 427,922 people who have taken WorkKeys in South Carolina, only 1500 have qualified for a Platinum certificate.  In addition, according to the website for Saluda County (https://www.workreadycommunities.org/SC/081), of the 1073 people who have tested in Saluda County, Hunter is the first to earn a Platinum NCRC.  Congratulations Hunter!
  If you are interested in taking the WorkKeys assessment, preparing for a high school equivalency Diploma (GED) or high school diploma, contact Joyce Rushton or James Crawford at 864-445-3346.  Pictured below are Hunter and James Crawford, Director of Adult Education.