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Poet brings creativity to middle schoolers

By Hannah Strong

A crowd of seventh graders sits enthralled as Glenis Redmond floods the room with passion and history, her animated voice and hands telling stories that spark their creativity.
She scans their faces through red cat-eye glasses. She describes her 109-year-old grandmother, who smoked cigarettes and caught the long ashes in her hand when they fell.
Poet Glenis Redmond visited South Middle School and the University of South Carolina Lancaster this week to give lessons and share her poetry with seventh grade students from Lancaster County schools.


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Local partners apply for matching federal grant

$6 million in pledges for school initiative

By Hannah Strong

A coalition of Lancaster County partners has raised $6 million in local pledges and have applied for an equal amount in federal Promise Neighborhood grants to help kids growing up in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.
The application deadline, extended from the original Sept. 6 because of severe weather around the country, was Friday.
Sharon Novinger, executive director for Lancaster County Partners for Youth, said she is excited after having completed the application. It took about two weeks to write the 80-page narrative.


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Sending STEM students to college

By Hannah Strong

If you don’t apply to a college, you will never know if it might have accepted you. That’s the mindset of retired educator Dr. Carolyn Powell as she works to send high school students to college.
Powell has been involved in education consulting for nearly 30 years and has a special interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students.
Since retiring in 2014, Powell has volunteered her time and expertise to students who want college advice.


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Mobley named vice chairman of USC trustees

By Greg Summers

Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley has been elected vice chairman of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
Mobley, a 61-year-old Lancaster native, is a pharmacist and owner of Mobley Drugs. He has represented the 6th Judicial Circuit on the board of trustees since 2011. He was elected vice chairman Aug. 19.
Speaking about his new role Saturday morning, Mobley compared the vice chair’s job to that of a “second-string quarterback” who might have to step in at a moment’s notice.


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New club: Fun, fellowship, pride for young people with disabilities

By Hannah Strong

Hoping to help new friends reach their goals, junior Grace Trumpower is bringing a new club for teens and young adults with disabilities to Indian Land High School.
The club, EQUIP, is part of Able South Carolina, a self-empowerment nonprofit group. EQUIP, which will hold its first ILHS meeting this week, is for individuals with disabilities ages 13 through 28.
“People with disabilities are often severely underestimated…,” Trumpower said. “That is not fair.”


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New school will keep ILHS name

By Hannah Strong

Since Lancaster County school officials first started talking about building a new high school in the Panhandle, they’ve been calling it the new Indian Land high school.
Now they’ve made it official. The new school, 5 miles farther south on U.S. 521 than the facility it replaces, will keep the name Indian Land High School, said David Knight, the school district’s public information director.
The elementary and high school locations have sparked a bit of talk about what should and should not be called Indian Land.


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IL only over-performer on college-readiness test

County below state averages on ACT scores

By Hannah Strong

South Carolina released ACT scores for all 2016 graduating classes this week, and Lancaster County students received a 17.2 average composite score, a notch below the statewide average of 18.5.
The S.C. Department of Education said in a release Tuesday that last year’s ACT reports show much room for improvement.
The ACT, a career and college readiness test, scores high school students on English, math, science and reading. The test is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.


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Ana Licon-Lopez studies visual arts

Governor’s School picks IL student

By Hannah Strong

Indian Land High School student Ana Luisa Licon-Lopez has been selected to attend the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.
Licon-Lopez, 16, just started classes at the school, studying visual arts. She will be there for her junior and senior years.
Licon-Lopez said she was “super excited” about her acceptance. “I couldn’t believe that I had actually gotten into such a small school like this,” she said.


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I-Succeed program seeking community mentors

By Hannah Strong

Indian Land High School junior Shawn Miller was promoted from ninth grade to 11th grade this year, and he credits the school’s I-Succeed program for that success.
Miller said when he started the program, led by Assistant Principal Brenda Ishmael, he was a struggling second-year freshman.
“I was kind of feeling down, but Mrs. Ishmael checked in with me every week and helped me to stay motivated…. Because of the program’s help, I was promoted from being a freshmen to a junior.”


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4 ILHS students attend Governor’s School

By Hannah Strong

Four Indian Land High School students are all moved in and ready to begin their last two years of high school at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
Rising juniors Grayson Bockman, Revery Johnson, Finnegan Mulvaney and Alexander Schaffer will attend the public, residential high school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math and research. Founded in 1988, the school houses 288 students on its campus in Hartsville.


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